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The Jabez Howland House: A Time Line

Throughout history also known as Caughtaugh-canteist, Strawberry Hill, The Garden Spot, Carver House and Watson’s Hill
1665/7 Jacob Mitchell granted a deed for land and builds a house; he married in 1666.
1669 Jacob received a deed of gift from his father, Experience Mitchell, for land in Dartmouth on November 5, 1669, and sold the house and land to Jabez Howland, son of John and Elizabeth Howland.


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Society news - Renew your membership!

It's time for annual members to renew your membership!  You can do this online by logging into your account via the Member Area tab above (you should have received login instructions in a welcome email).  You can also renew by mailing your dues payment ($25 for annual members) to:

Pilgrim John Howland Society
PO Box 1479
Plymouth, MA 02362-1479

Please note that if you mail in your dues, it may take some time for this information to be updated on the website.

If you're not currently a member, consider joining the society. Entrance fees are waived through December 2020 (annual or life dues fees still apply). See here for more information and application forms.

Annual Meeting 2018

It was great to see so many cousins at our annual banquet and meeting on Aug 10/11. Our dinner speaker, Whit Perry, gave a fascinating overview of the work that has been done on Mayflower II. You can follow Mayflower II updates here.

Although some of our afternoon activities were cancelled due to weather, several members enjoyed a group painting lesson. See Hudson's painting of the Jabez Howland House below.

ROCKY NOOK archaeological dig 2018

The annual archaeological dig at the site of John Howland's homestead at Rocky Nook, Kingston, MA, will take place on August 6-9. All members are invited to participate in the dig, and non-members are welcome to come by and learn about what's happening.

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The Jabez Howland House is now open for the season.  Stop by for a tour! Open daily between 10-4:30.

The next meeting of the Executive Board is Friday August 10, 2018.

Members, did you know that you can read and download high quality PDFs of the Howland Quarterly, NOW dating back to 2011? Access these under the Member Area tab.


If you would like to see pictures of the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley sail, visit our Facebook page.

The Tilley had a wonderful sail to the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society Picnic on Clark's Island on July 15th. Learn more about the DRHS here and about Clark's Island's important role in Pilgrim history here.

The Crew of the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley at Clark's Island (photo credit Matt Villamaino/Ninky Savage)

photo credits (left: Pulpit Rock: Michael Goldstein, right: The Crew of the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley at Clark's Island: Matt Villamaino/Ninky Savage)


Letter From the President 

Welcome members and visitors to the Pilgrim John Howland Society website!  The Society has been a part of my life since I was about seven years old. I have spent countless summers driving from New York City to Plymouth with my family, and participated in numerous events and activities, including the annual archeological dig. I have been a Director on the board for about five years and have enjoyed working with my fellow board members over the years. Both my father and grandfather have also served on the board in the past. We Howland cousins keep our family at the center of it all! We have a lot to look forward to, together. Our organization has a strong legacy, but our operations need a few updates. We are working on our communications with the public and our members, such as this new website and through our social media presence. We are improving our administrative procedures by assessing our investments, our bylaws, and making sure each executive position has a transition document developed. All things that will help to sustain us in the future.

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Don't miss the Cohasset Historical Society exhibit: Painting Cohasset: 90 Summers through Sept 21.

See this flyer for more information.

Howland  Books

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants meticulously investigates primary records that substantiate the identity of individuals and families that descend from the Pilgrims who traveled on the ship Mayflower in 1620.  The Five Generations Project books, also called the Silver books, are now being researched beyond the first five generations. These avidly collected books are an invaluable tool in genealogy research.

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