Mayflower Families – John Howland

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. Commemorative publications, programs, and tours are planned in the US, the UK, and the Netherlands by various organizations, including the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Plymouth 400, Inc.

In preparation for the festivities, we will be blogging about our resources for a different Mayflower family each month. This month we’ll explore the descendants of John Howland!

John Howland was born in Fenstanton Huntingdonshire England to Henry and Margaret Howland. An exact date of birth has not been established. He was believed to be over 80 years old when he wrote his will dated 29 May 1672.

John married Elizabeth Tilley prior to 25 March 1624 in Plymouth. They were married before the 1623 Division of Land but after the marriage of Governor Bradford on August 14, 1623.

The first generation of John Howland descendants:

  • Desire, born ca. 1624 in Plymouth, married John Gorham ca. 1644
  • John, born 24 April 1627 in Plymouth, married Mary Lee on 25 October 1651
  • Hope, born 30 Aug 1629 in Plymouth, married John Chipman ca. 1647
  • Elizabeth, born in Plymouth, married John Dickinson on 10 July 1651
  • Lydia, born in Plymouth, married John Brown ca. 1654
  • Hannah, born in Plymouth, married Jonathan Bosworth on 06 July 1661
  • Joseph, born ca. 1640, married Elizabeth Southwood on 07 Dec 1664
  • Jabez, born ca. 1644 in Plymouth, married Bethia Thacher ca. 1669
  • Ruth, born ca. 1646 in Plymouth, married Thomas Cushman on 17 Nov 1664
  • Isaac, born ca. 1649 in Plymouth, married Elizabeth Vaughn ca. 1676

Want to learn more about John Howland’s descendants? Stop by the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center and browse through volume 23 of Mayflower Families Through Five Generations (SC 929.2 May)

(posted by Cristina)

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