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John Howland

Male Bef 1592 - 1673  (> 81 years)


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  • Name John Howland 
    Born Bef 1592  Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1592  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alternate birth Abt 1592  Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Alternate birth Abt 1599  Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Alternate death 23 Feb 1672  Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 23 Feb 1673  Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 6
    Buried 25 Feb 1673  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I501  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2016 

    Father Henry Howland,   b. Abt 1570,   d. 17 May 1635, Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Margaret,   b. Bef 1575,   d. Bef 31 Jul 1629, Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 54 years) 
    Married Bef 1591  [3
    Family ID F2010  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Tilley,   b. Bef 30 Aug 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1687, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 80 years) 
    Married 25 Mar 1623  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 7, 8
    Children 
    +1. Desire Howland,   b. Abt 1624, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1683, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    Last Modified 19 May 2017 09:44:39 
    Family ID F1356  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated on the Mayflower, 1620.

      "It has been traditionally reported that John Howland was born about 1592, based on his reported age at death in the Plymouth church records. However, ages at death were often overstated, and that is clearly the case here. John Howland came as a servant for John Carver, which means he was under 25 years old at the time (i.e. he was born after 1595). William Bradford, in the falling-overboard incident, refers to Howland as a 'lusty young man,' a term that would not likely have applied to a 28-year old given that Bradford himself was only 30. Bradford did call 21-year old John Alden a 'young man' though. Howland's wife Elizabeth was born in 1607: a 32-year old marrying a 17-year old is a relatively unlikely circumstance. Howland's last child was born in 1649: a 57-year old Howland would be an unlikely father. All these taken together demonstrate that Howland's age was likely overstated by at least 5 years. Since he signed the Mayflower Compact, we can assume he was probably at least 18 to 21 years old in 1620." [Caleb Johnson]

      From http://www.americanancestors.org/john-howland-mayflower/ -- descendants of John Howland or his father include:

      Constitution signer Nathaniel Gorham, Jr
      Ralph Waldo Emerson
      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
      Henry Adams
      Brooks Adams
      O. Henry
      Sam Ervin
      Humphrey Bogart
      Louis Auchincloss
      Hetty Green
      David Souter
      Norman Rockwell
      Bing Crosby
      Johnny Carson
      Marilyn Monroe
      Kingman Brewster (president, Yale University)
      Benjamin Spock
      Joseph Wharton (founder, Wharton School of Business, U of Pennsylvania)
      William Crapo Durant (founder, General Motors)
      Henry Cabot Lodge
      Henry Cabot Lodge II
      Charles Sanders Peirce (founder of Pragmatism)
      Charles Crocker (California banker and tycoon)
      Lillian Russell
      Joseph Smith
      Emma Hale Smith
      Franklin D. Roosevelt
      The Bush presidents

  • Sources 
    1. [S759] The Pilgrim Migration: Emigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.

    2. [S1139] Ancestral Lines, Third Edition: 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California: 1998.

    3. [S212] The Slovak Yankee, by Martin Hollick.

    4. [S760] John Howland of the Mayflower, Volume 1: The First Five Generations: Documented Descendants from His First Child Desire Howland and Her Husband Captain John Gorham, by Elizabeth Pearson White. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1990.

    5. [S494] MayflowerHistory.com, by Caleb Johnson.

    6. [S940] The Ancestry of Annis Spear, 1775-1858, of Litchfield, Maine by Walter Goodwin Davis. Portland, Maine: The Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1945.

    7. [S759] The Pilgrim Migration: Emigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004., says "by about 1624".

    8. [S1139] Ancestral Lines, Third Edition: 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California: 1998., year and place only.