Edward DENISON

Male 1678 - 1726  (48 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Edward DENISON was born 1678, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island; was christened 14 Nov 1683, Stonington, New London, Connecticut (son of George DENISON and Mercy GORHAM); died 09 Dec 1726, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • AFN: 9CQ0-6C
    • Birth: 1678, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA

    Edward — Mercy ?. Mercy was born Sep 1680, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; died Aft 18 Oct 1715, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Abby DENISON was born 1709.
    2. Mary DENISON was born 1705, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA.
    3. Elisha DENISON was born 1703, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA; died 02 Nov 1714, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA.
    4. Edward DENISON was born 1699; died , young.
    5. Desire DENISON was born 1707, Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island; died 1740, Groton, New London Co., Conn..
    6. John DENISON was born 1701, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA; died 28 Nov 1777, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA.

    Edward married Anna DENISON Between 02 Mar 1717 and 1718, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA. Anna (daughter of John Borodell DENISON and Phebe LAY) was born 03 Oct 1684, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA; died UNKNOWN. [Group Sheet]


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  George DENISON was born 1653 (son of George DENISON and Ann BORODELL); died 27 Dec 1711, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • AFN: 959G-92
    • Birth: 16 Jul 1653, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts
    • Will: 04 Dec 1711
    • Will Proved: 10 Mar 1712

    George married Mercy GORHAM Abt 1677, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Mercy (daughter of John GORHAM and Desire HOWLAND) was born 20 Jan 1658, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; died 24 Sep 1725, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Mercy GORHAM was born 20 Jan 1658, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts (daughter of John GORHAM and Desire HOWLAND); died 24 Sep 1725, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Death: 24 Sep 1725, Stonington, Conn.

    Children:
    1. Desire DENISON was born 16 Apr 1693, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island; died 13 Aug 1737, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
    2. 1. Edward DENISON was born 1678, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island; was christened 14 Nov 1683, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; died 09 Dec 1726, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island.
    3. Joseph DENISON was born 1681, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island; died Between 18 Feb 1724 and 1725, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA.
    4. Desire DENISON was born 1687, Westerly, Wash, Ri; died 16 Apr 1693, Stonington, Connecticut.
    5. Thankful DENISON was born 01 Apr 1695, Westerly, Washington, Ri.
    6. Elizabeth DENISON was born 11 Sep 1689, Westerly, Wash, Rhode Island; died 22 Nov 1749, Charlestown, Rhode Island.
    7. Samuel DENISON was born 26 Sep 1686, Westerly, Washington, Ri; died 02 Jun 1724, Saybrook, New London, Conn.
    8. Mercy DENISON was born 01 Mar 1683, Westerly, Washington, Ri; died Aft 1721, Newport ?, Newport, Rhode Island.
    9. George DENISON was born 1698, Westerly, Washington, Ri; died 16 Jan 1737, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  George DENISON was born 1618, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England (son of William DENISON and Margaret CHANDLER); died 23 Oct 1694, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; was buried 26 Oct 1694, Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, Conneticut.

    Other Events:

    • AFN: 89C7-VG
    • Birth: 10 Oct 1620, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    • Baptism: 10 Dec 1620, Bishop's Stortford, Herts, England
    • Fact: 1643, Went to England and fought in the Parliamentary Army
    • Fact: 02 Jul 1644, Wounded and captured - Battle of Marston
    • Emigration: 1651
    • Residence: 1654, Stonington, Conn.
    • Will Proved: Jun 1695

    Notes:

    "After his wife's death, Bridget, George wen to England, served under Cromwell in the army of the Parliment, won distintion, was wounded at Naseby, was nursed at the house of John Borodell, by his daughter Ann- whom he married and returned to Roxbury, and finally settled at Stonington, Conn."

    "George and Ann were both remarkable for magnificent personal appearance, and for force of mind and character. She was always called "Lady Ann." They held foremost place in Stonington. He has been described as "the Miles Standish of the settlement," but he was a greater and more brilliant soldier than Miles Standish. He had no equal in any of the colonies, for conducting a war against the Indians, excepting, perhaps, Captain John Mason."

    Excerpt from "Rev. John Eliot's Record of Church Members, Roxbury, Mass.": This winter we had a gracious p'vidence of God befell two brothers Edward & George Dennison, who had been proude incendiarys of some trobls among us, and full of distemp', and disaffection. but the Lord left them to open and shamefull drundennesse at Boston: espec'.edward. We did so greatly humble them both yet though George (being a membr) was excomvnicated, yet in a short time was taken in againe. And Edward humbling himselfe so effectually yet he was also speedyly received in to the Church, this is the tryvmph of grace, to magnify grace by sinne.

    Excerpt from "Direct Descendants of Capt. George Denison": George's bro, Gen Danl Denison wrote in 1672 "My two brothers, Edward and George had all the Estate of my father left between athem, being both marryed long before my father's death; my Brother George buried his first Wife in the year 1643, went into England was a souldier ther above a year, was at the Battle of York, or Marton Moore, where he did good service, was after ward taken Prisoner, but got free and having maried a second Wife he returned to New England the year before our Mother died, and not long after ward removed himelf to New Ldon near whereunto at Stonington he now liveth, having 3 sons John, William, and George, 4 or 5 daughters......3 daughters are married to Stanton, Palmer and Cheesebrook all living at present in the same town."
    He served as Deputy to the Conn Gen Court from New London Sept 1653, May 1654 and Feb 1657, and from Stonington Oct 1671, Oct 1674, May 1678, Oct 1682, May and Oct 1683, May, July and Oct 1684, May and Oct 1685, May 1686, May 1687, Sept 1689, May Sept and Oct 1693, and May 1694. When 1st mentioned in "Conn Col Recds" he is called "Captain," based upon his service and commission in England. He served on the War Comm for New London in 1653 when war threatened with Dutch. Although 56 he served as capt in King Philip's War 1676 in command of New London County troops and second in command of the Conn Army under Maj Robert Treat. He was ap'pted Provost Marshal May 1677. He was Capt of volunteer troops against the enemy Sept 1689.

    George married Ann BORODELL 1645, Naseby, Northamton, England. Ann (daughter of Sir John BORRODELL and Anne BROUGHTON) was born Abt 1615, England; died 26 Sep 1712, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried , Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, New London, Conn.. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Ann BORODELL was born Abt 1615, England (daughter of Sir John BORRODELL and Anne BROUGHTON); died 26 Sep 1712, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried , Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, New London, Conn..

    Other Events:

    • Birth: Between 17 Mar 1615 and 1616, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    • Death: 06 Sep 1712

    Children:
    1. John Borodell DENISON was born 14 Jun 1646, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; died 26 Apr 1698, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
    2. Ann DENISON was born 20 May 1649, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; died 17 Nov 1706, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA; was buried , Wequetequock Cemetery, Stonington, New London, Ct.
    3. Borodell DENISON was born 1651, New London, Connecticut; died 11 Jan 1702, Stonington,New London, Connecticut.
    4. 2. George DENISON was born 1653; died 27 Dec 1711, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island.
    5. William DENISON was born 1655, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA; died Between 26 Mar 1714 and 1715, New London, New London, Connecticut, USA.
    6. Margaret DENISON was born 1657, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA; died 05 May 1741, Barrington, Mass., (now Rhode Island).
    7. Mercy DENISON was born 1659, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA; died Between 10 Mar 1670 and 1671, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA.

  3. 6.  John GORHAM was born 28 Jan 1620, Benefield, Northamptonshire, England, England; was christened 28 Jan 1621, Benefield, Nrthampton, England (son of Ralph GORHAM and Margaret STEPHENSON); died 05 Feb 1675/6, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts; was buried 15 Feb 1676, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: Between 07 Mar 1676 and 1677, Division of Estate

    John married Desire HOWLAND 06 Nov 1644, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA. Desire (daughter of John HOWLAND and Elizabeth TILLEY) was born Bef 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; was christened , Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.; died 13 Oct 1683, Barnstable, Barnstaple Co.,, Massachusetts; was buried 14 Oct 1683, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Desire HOWLANDDesire HOWLAND was born Bef 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; was christened , Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. (daughter of John HOWLAND and Elizabeth TILLEY); died 13 Oct 1683, Barnstable, Barnstaple Co.,, Massachusetts; was buried 14 Oct 1683, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Birth: 13 Oct 1623, Plymount, Plymouth, Ma
    • Fact: Between 05 Mar 1683 and 1684, Settlement of Estate

    Children:
    1. Desire GORHAM was born 02 Apr 1644, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachsetts; died 30 Jun 1700, Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
    2. Temperance GORHAM was born 05 May 1646, Marshfield, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died 12 Mar 1715, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts .
    3. Elizabeth GORHAM was born 02 Apr 1648, Marshfield, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died Between 7 Mar and 5 Mar 1684.
    4. James GORHAM was born 28 Apr 1650, Marshfield, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died Between 14 Nov and 09 Dec 1707; was buried 1707, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    5. John GORHAM was born 20 Feb 1652, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 11 Nov 1716, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; was buried , Cobb's Hill Cem, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    6. Joseph GORHAM was born 16 Feb 1654, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; died 09 Jul 1726, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
    7. Jabez GORHAM was born 03 Aug 1656, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; died Between 16 Mar and 20 Apr 1725, Bristol, Mass. (now Rhode Island).
    8. 3. Mercy GORHAM was born 20 Jan 1658, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; died 24 Sep 1725, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island.
    9. Lydia GORHAM was born 11 Nov 1661, Barnstable, Massachusetts ; died 02 Aug 1744, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts; was buried , Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    10. Hannah GORHAM was born 28 Nov 1663, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; died 1728, Cape May, New Jersey.
    11. Shubael GORHAM was born 21 Oct 1667, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; died Between 8 Jul 1749 and 7 Aug 1750, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  William DENISON was born Abt 1586, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England (son of John DENISON and Agnes WYLLEY); died 25 Jan 1653, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; was buried , Old Eliot St Cemetery, Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass..

    Other Events:

    • Birth: 03 Feb 1570, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    • Immigration: 1631, Came to America in the "Lion"

    Notes:

    Excerpt taken from "Rev. John Eliot's Record of Church Members, Roxbury, Mass.": William Dennison, he brought 3 children to N.E. all sons: Daniel Edward & George: Daniel married at Newtowne, & was joyned to the church there he afterwards removed to the church at Ipswich."

    Excerpts from "Major-General Daniel Denison" from NEHG: As to the origin of the family, there is much uncertainty. The name, variously spelt Denison, Dennison, Denyson, Dennistown, is unquestionably ancient and probably of Norman extraction. In the "Patronymia Britannica", is the following notice: "The Dennistowns" of the ilk" have an extraordinary way of accounting for their surmane. One Danziel, or Daniel (say they), probably of Norman extraction, settled in Renfrewshire, and calling the estate Danzielstown assumed therefrom his surname. The family are unquestionably ancient, the name appearing in a charter of King Malcolm 1st, who died in 1165, but the Norman Danziel is probably a genealogical figment. The English Denisons are said to have sprung from a cadet of this "ancient house, who went from Scotland, temp. Charles I., who fought at Marston Moor."
    We have been unable to determine with any degree of accuracy from what county of England came the Denisons who emigrated to this country. Neither is the exact period of their coming out by any means certain. There is little doubt, however, that Mr savage, is correct when he states that William Denison, with his wife Margaret, and his three sons, Daniel, Edward and George, probably came in the ship Lion, with Winthrop's wife and son, John and the Apostle Eliot, in 1631. This may be inferred from the fact that the name of William Denison stands third in the records of Eliot's church in Roxbury, it being highly probable that he would follow the fortunes of a man with whose noble character he must have become intimately acquainted during the tedious trans-atlantic voyage; even if he had not recognized him as his spiritual adviser before leaving the shores of the old world.
    From the few records which exist relating to Mr. william Denison, we learn that, having settled in Roxbnury, he soon enjoyed the esteem of his fellow-townsmen. With seven others he took the oath of freeman July 3, 1632. "At a court holden at Boston March 4, 1633-34 Mr. Will Dennison is chosen constable of Rocksbury.: and, under the same date, the colony records give his name among those who have "gyven and pmised towareds the sea fort." Chosen deputy in 1634, he was called upon th serve on important committees, among which was the boarding of vessels for the regulation of trade. Taking part in that unhappy religious controversy, which shook the plantation to its very centre, and which nearly terminated its existence, at its commencement, he, together with his son Edward, was "disarmed" November 20, 1637.
    In 1645, Mr Denison was one of the original donors of the "Roxbury Free Schoole," and for many years was an appraiser of wills. That he was a man of substance, may be inferred from the fact that his name appears on a loose leaf in the oldest record of the town, entitled "a note of y estates and persons of y inhabitants of Roxbury." in which he is represented as the possessor of considerable property.

    Of his wife, Margaret, we know nothing beyond these brief records of the church: "Margaret Dennison, the wife of William Dennison. It pleased God to work upon her heart and change it in her ancient years after she came to this land and joyned to the church in the year 1632."
    "1645 Month 12, day 3, Old Mother Dennison dyed."
    He died January 25, 1653.

    William married Margaret CHANDLER 07 Nov 1603, Bishop's Stortford, Hertsfordshire, England. Margaret (daughter of John CHANDLER and JOAN, daughter of Tobias CHANDLER and Joan MUMFORD) was born 13 Oct 1577, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; died 23 Feb 1645, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; was buried , Old Eliot St Cemetery, Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass.. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Margaret CHANDLER was born 13 Oct 1577, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England (daughter of John CHANDLER and JOAN, daughter of Tobias CHANDLER and Joan MUMFORD); died 23 Feb 1645, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; was buried , Old Eliot St Cemetery, Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass..
    Children:
    1. Sarah DENISON was born 07 Oct 1615, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; died 13 Oct 1615, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
    2. William DENISON was born Bef 05 Oct 1606, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; died Abt 1624, Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherslands.
    3. Edward DENISON was born 1614, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; died 26 Apr 1668, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
    4. George DENISON was born 15 Oct 1609, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; died 18 Jun 1614, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
    5. Daniel DENISON was born 1612, Bishop's Stortford, co. Hertford, England; died 20 Sep 1682, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; was buried , Interred at the High Street burying Ground.
    6. 4. George DENISON was born 1618, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; died 23 Oct 1694, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; was buried 26 Oct 1694, Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, Conneticut.

  3. 10.  Sir John BORRODELL was born 1589, Cork, County Cork, Ireland (son of John BORRODELL); died 1667, Cork, Ireland.

    Sir — Anne BROUGHTON. Anne (daughter of Humphrey ALDWIN) was born 1593, Cork,County Cork, Ireland; died Between 1620 and 1687. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Anne BROUGHTON was born 1593, Cork,County Cork, Ireland (daughter of Humphrey ALDWIN); died Between 1620 and 1687.
    Children:
    1. 5. Ann BORODELL was born Abt 1615, England; died 26 Sep 1712, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried , Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, New London, Conn..
    2. Margaret BORRODELL was born Abt 1617.

  5. 12.  Ralph GORHAM was born 1575, Benefield, Northampton, England; was christened 28 Jan 1621, Benefield, Northamptonshire, , England (son of James GORHAM and Agnes BERNINGTON); died 1643.

    Ralph married Margaret STEPHENSON 22 May 1610, Benefield, Northamptonshire, England. Margaret was born Abt 1579, Bennefield, Northampton, England. [Group Sheet]


  6. 13.  Margaret STEPHENSON was born Abt 1579, Bennefield, Northampton, England.

    Other Events:

    • AFN: 8M55-4G

    Children:
    1. Ralph GORHAM was born 1619, Benefield, Northampton, England; died 1643.
    2. 6. John GORHAM was born 28 Jan 1620, Benefield, Northamptonshire, England, England; was christened 28 Jan 1621, Benefield, Nrthampton, England; died 05 Feb 1675/6, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts; was buried 15 Feb 1676, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.
    3. Thomas GORHAM was born 29 Jun 1626, Benefield, Northampton, England.

  7. 14.  John HOWLANDJohn HOWLAND was born Bef 1592, Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England; was christened 16 Jan 1603, Holy Trinity, Ely, Cambridge, England (son of Henry HOWLAND and Anne Margaret AIRES); died 23 Feb 1673, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried , Burial Hill, Rocky Hook, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Birth: 1602, Of, Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire, England
    • Fact: 03 Mar 1672, Inventory taken.
    • Will: 29 May 1672

    Notes:

    Excerpt from Mayflower Increasing: In the Plymouth ChR 1:147, Rev. John Cotton said of him, " he was a good old disciple & had bin sometime a magistrate here, a plaine-hearted christian". Nathaniel Morton wrote, "The 23 February 1672 Mr John Howland Senr of the Towne of Plymouth Deceased hee was a Godly man and an ancient professor in the wayes of Christ hee lived untill hee attained above eighty yearaes in the world he was one of the first Comers into this land and proved a usefull Instrument of Good in his place & was the last man that was left of those that Came over in the ship Called the May Flower that lived in Pkymouth he was with honor intered at the Towne of Plymouth on the 25 February 1672."

    Name:
    American history legend from the voyage of the Mayflower and founding of Plymouth Rock in 1620. American children discover John Howland when they learn of the Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, and the first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims' leader Governor William Bradford wrote a first hand account of the Pilgrim history from 1620 to 1647. This account was first published in 1952, and is considered one of the best first hand accounts of any kind on American history. In Bradford's account of the voyage over on the Mayflower, he tells of how John Howland washed overboard in violent storm. Howland was 29 years of age at the time. Howland was able to grab some ropes from the sails and gradually pull himself back on board the ship. This event and Bradford's account of it made John Howland a legend. Howland's name and account has been published in hundreds of publications and in school history books. As myths can grow, the story had changed that he had died and was the first pilgrim to die, thus the oldest burial in the Plymouth cemetery, Burial Hill. In fact, he survived, married and had a number of children with Elizabeth Tilley Howland, and lived to 80 plus, according to his grave stone. His grave stone also states from Plymouth records that he was the last male to die from the original pilgrims of the Mayflower. (bio by: Bruce)


    Inscription:
    Here ended the Pilgrimage of JOHN HOWLAND who died February 23, 1672/3 aged above 80 years. He married Elizabeth daughter of JOHN TILLEY who came with him in the Mayflower Dec. 1620. From them are descended a numerous posterity. "Here was a godly man and an ancient professor in the ways of Christ. Hee was one of the first comers into this land and was the last man that was left of those that came over in the Shipp called the Mayflower that lived in Plymouth."

    John married Elizabeth TILLEY 25 Mar 1623, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Elizabeth (daughter of John TILLEY and Joan HURST) was born 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England; was christened 30 Aug 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England; died 21 Dec 1687, Swansea, Bristol Co., Massachusetts; was buried 01 Jan 1688, Brown Lot, Little Neck Cemetery, Riverside, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet]


  8. 15.  Elizabeth TILLEYElizabeth TILLEY was born 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England; was christened 30 Aug 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England (daughter of John TILLEY and Joan HURST); died 21 Dec 1687, Swansea, Bristol Co., Massachusetts; was buried 01 Jan 1688, Brown Lot, Little Neck Cemetery, Riverside, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • AFN: 1DR0-GW7
    • AFN: 8WRK-6V
    • Baptism: 30 Aug 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
    • Will: 17 Dec 1686
    • Will Proved: Between 10 Jan 1687 and 1688
    • Death: 21 Dec 1687, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    Name:
    When the Mayflower set sail for the new world in 120, one of the passengers was a thirteen-year-old teenager, Elizabeth Tilley. The daughter of John and Joan (Hurst) (Rogers) Tilley, Elizabeth was baptized at Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, on 30 August 1607. She died at Swansea, Massachusetts 22 December 1687, at the age of 80. Throughout the seasons of her life, Elizabeth tilley was a first person witness and participant in the settlement of what came to become known as New England and the United States of America...

    Sadly Elizabeth Tilley's parents did not survive the first winter. Historians believe that she subsequently went to live with John Carver and his wife, and it is with this family that John Howland was employed as a servant. However, John Carver died the first spring and his wife, Katherine, died the first summer and so this apparently left John Howland in charge of the Carver household. the Carvers' children died in Leiden and "Howland may have inherited at least a portion of Carver's estate. In 1624 he was considered the head of what was once the Carver household when he was granted an acre for each member of the household including himself, Elizabeth Tilley, Desire Minter and a boy named William Latham."

    The exact marriage date of Elizabeth Tilley to John Howland is unknown. However, the Pilgrim John Howland Society states that,"...in the Division of Cattle in 1627 they were married with two children, Desire and John. If Desire was born in 1624 or 1625 it seems John and Elizabeth were married in March 1623 when Elizabeth was almost 16." John Howland was approximately 15 years her senior based on his date of death at age 80. Their ten children included six daughters and four sons: Desire, John, Jabez, Hope, Elizabeth, Lydia, Ruth, Hannah, Joseph and Isaac. Using an estimated marriage date of 1623, John Howland cared and provided for his then "teenage wife" for approximately 49 years.

    With so little written about Elizabeth Tilley, a review of John Howland's record adds to what can be surmised about her --Elizabeth was John's able partner for life. He took an active role in Plymouth's affairs and became a prominent society member. Also, John Howland was one of the "Undertakers" who assumed the debt of the colony and was in charge of the Plymouth Colony trading post at Cushnoc on the Kennebec River, and he also served as Assistant to the Governor and participated in the founding of the First Parish Church in Plymouth.

    The first house of Elizabeth and John Howland was located on the north side of Leiden Street in Plymouth. A reproduction of this first dwelling can be found at Plimoth Plantation....

    The place that was to become their home for many years was the farm known as Rocky Nook. "This place" (now in the village of Kingston) 'we had a great liking to plant in, but it was so far from our fishing our principal profit and so encompassed with woods that we should be in much danger of the savages, and our number being so little and so much ground to clear,' that they wisely decided to settle on the high cleared lands of the present town of Plymouth, 'so near the sea, so well provided with fresh water, and so fortunately protected against Indian attacks.'" In 1637/8 John Howland acquired three acres of land, a house, barn, out buildings and five acres of adjoining meadow, Rocky Nook Farm. It appears that three of their ten children were born there...

    Information varies with regard to the widow Elizabeth Howland leaving Rocky Nook. However, it is known that she never remarried and went on to live with two of her children. It appears she was in residence with her son, Jabez Howland, in Plymouth from 1674 until his house was sold in 1680. It was then that Elizabeth went to Swansea to live with her daughter, Lydia (Howland) Brown. Sadly the Howlands beloved Rocky Nook Homestead was burned in 1675 during the King Philip's War.....

    While it isn't known how Elizabeth Tilley Howland occupied herself following the death of her husband, there are several interesting articles on the website of the Pilgrim John Howland Society. One article indicates that she kept busy with her numerous grandchildren. Elizabeth's admonition to her children in her Last Will and testament reveals her love of God and family: "I give & commit my soule unto Almighty God my Savior & Redeemer....It is my Will & Charge to all my Children that they walke in ye Feare of ye Lord, and in Love and peace toward each other."

    Article written by Kathleen M. (Kathy) Myers

    Children:
    1. 7. Desire HOWLAND was born Bef 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; was christened , Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.; died 13 Oct 1683, Barnstable, Barnstaple Co.,, Massachusetts; was buried 14 Oct 1683, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    2. John Joseph HOWLAND was born 24 Apr 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; died Aft 18 May 1699, Barnstable, Mass..
    3. Hope HOWLAND was born 30 Aug 1629, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachsetts; was christened , Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died 08 Jan 1683/4, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts; was buried 09 Jan 1683, Lothrop Hill, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    4. Elizabeth HOWLAND was born Bef 1631, Poss. Maine; was christened , Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 1691, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York; was buried , Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York.
    5. Lydia HOWLAND was born Abt 1633, Poss. Maine; died Between 11 Jan 1710 and 1711; was buried UNKNOWN, Mass..
    6. Hannah HOWLAND was born Abt 1637, Maine; was christened Feb 1641, Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.; died 1687, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts; was buried UNKNOWN, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.
    7. Joseph HOWLAND was born Abt 1640, Kingston, Massachusetts; was christened Feb 1645, Plymouth, Plymonth, Massachusetts; died Between Jan 1703 and 1704, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
    8. Jabez HOWLAND was born 1644, Rocky Nook, Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was christened , Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 07 Apr 1708, Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island; was buried 21 Feb 1712, Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island.
    9. Ruth HOWLAND was born Abt 1646, Kingston, Massachusetts; was christened Abt 1646, Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.; died Between 29 May 1672 and 16 Oct 1679; was buried UNKNOWN, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
    10. Isaac HOWLAND was born 15 Nov 1649, Kingston, Massachusetts; was christened Nov 1649, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died Between 09 Mar 1723 and 1724, Middleboro, Massachusetts; was buried , The Green Cem..