The children of our Pilgrim ancestors, John Howland and his wife Elizabeth, will be our subjects of this column. According to the records known, we will include the dates of their births, marriages and deaths.
DESIRE, born abt. 1625 in Plymouth and died October 13, 1683, at Barnstable. She married in 1643, Captain John Gorham, who was in command of a company in the King Philip war, and died in Swanzey, aged 54.
JOHN, born February 24, 1627, in Plymouth; married Mary, daughter of Robert Lee, October 26, 1651, and settled in Barnstable, where he died after 1703.
HOPE, born abt. 1629, in Plymouth, and died January 8, 1684, at Barnstable. Married bef. 1647 to John Chipman, who came in 1630 from Barnstable, England, where he was born in 1614 and died April 7, 1708.
ELIZABETH, born abt. 1632 at Plymouth; married first, September 13, 1649, Ephriam Hicks of Plymouth, who died on December 12, 1649. Married second, July 10, 1651, John Dickenson of Plymouth.
LYDIA, born abt. 1633 at Plymouth and died after January 11, 1711 in Swansa, MA; married abt. 1654 James, son of John and Dorothy Brown, who was born in 1623 and died October 10, 1710.
HANNAH, born abt. 1637 prob. Plymouth or Duxbury, and married July 6, 1661, Jonathan Bosworth.
JOSEPH, born abt. 1640 at Plymouth, and died in Plymouth in 1704. Married December 7, 1664, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Southworth of Plymouth.
JABEZ, born abt. 1644 at Plymouth; married Bethiah, daughter of Anthony Thatcher who came from Salisbury, England bef. 1669. In 1667 Jabez bought what is known as the Old Howland House in Plymouth, but moved to Bristol, Rhode Island in 1680, where he lived until his death. His will was dated May 14, 1708.
RUTH, born abt. 1646 in Plymouth. Married November 17, 1664, Thomas, son of Thomas Cushman and grandson of the Rev. Robert Cushman, of Plymouth.
ISAAC, born abt.1649, at Plymouth, and died March 9, 1724; married Elizabeth, daughter of George Vaughn of Middleborough.
Items of interest concerning the children of John and Elizabeth Howland:
John (2nd) possessed a great deal of energy and was a systematic business man highly respected in the colony. In 1674 he was appointed by the court "Ensigne of the Milletary companie of Barnstable." In 1689 he was chosen one of the selectmen of the town.
Jabez Howland did good service in the King Philip war. At the first town meeting of Bristol, RI, for the transaction of general business held November 10, 1681, he was chosen town clerk and the following June he was elected Selectman.
Hope Howland's grandson John Chipman was graduated from Harvard College and was a clergyman. Another grandson, Thomas, hasd a son Samuel, who was the father of Judge Nathaniel Chipman, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War, a United States Senator and Chief Justice of Vermont.
Joseph Howland lived and died in Plymouth, where he was closely identified with the welfare of the people. He was commissioned a lieutenant of militia in 1679 which position he held many years. He was a large real estate owner, and he and his son Thomas, his grandson Consider, and great-grandson Thomas, successively held the land on which Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth now stands.
Isaac Howland was an earnest, active citizen, and was very prominent in the early settlement of Middleborough, residing on the land willed him by his father. He was surveyor of highways in 1672, selectman in the "Grand Enquest" in 1682, and a deputy in 1689-91. He partook of the military spirit of the family and acted as lieutenant to Col. Benjamin Church in his raids for King Philip, in August, 1676.
Reprinted from the July 1937 issue of The Howland Quarterly.
Revised October 2016
References: The Pilgrim Migration, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Vol 23 Part One, John Howland of the Mayflower Vol. 1-4