John HOWLAND

John HOWLAND

Male Bef 1592 - 1673  (> 81 years)

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  • Name John HOWLAND  [2, 3, 4, 5
    • 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."
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    Born Bef 1592  Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Birth 1602  Of, Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Christened 16 Jan 1603  Holy Trinity, Ely, Cambridge, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Fact 03 Mar 1672  Inventory taken. Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Will 29 May 1672  [6
    Died 23 Feb 1673  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 6, 7
    Buried Burial Hill, Rocky Hook, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    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."
    Person ID I30032  Main Tree
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2015 

    Father Henry HOWLAND,   b. 1564, Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1635, Fen Stanto, Hunts, England, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Anne Margaret AIRES,   b. 1567, Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1629, Fenny, Stanton, Hunts, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 26 Apr 1600  Ely, Cambridge, Eng., (st. Mary) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Family ID F05335  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth TILLEY,   b. 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1687, Swansea, Bristol Co., 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  [4, 6
    Children 
     1. Desire HOWLAND,   b. Bef 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1683, Barnstable, Barnstaple Co.,, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years)  [Birth]
     2. John Joseph HOWLAND,   b. 24 Apr 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 18 May 1699, Barnstable, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 72 years)  [Natural]
     3. Hope HOWLAND,   b. 30 Aug 1629, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachsetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jan 1683/4, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     4. Elizabeth HOWLAND,   b. Bef 1631, Poss. Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1691, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 60 years)  [Natural]
     5. Lydia HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1633, Poss. Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1710/1  (Age ~ 78 years)  [Birth]
     6. Hannah HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1637, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1687, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)  [Natural]
     7. Joseph HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1640, Kingston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1703/4, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)  [Birth]
     8. Jabez HOWLAND,   b. 1644, Rocky Nook, Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Apr 1708, Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +9. Ruth HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1646, Kingston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 29 May 1672 and 16 Oct 1679  (Age ~ 26 years)  [Natural]
     10. Isaac HOWLAND,   b. 15 Nov 1649, Kingston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 09 Mar 1723 and 1724, Middleboro, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F07230  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Bef 1592 - Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 16 Jan 1603 - Holy Trinity, Ely, Cambridge, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Burial Hill, Rocky Hook, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    John Howland Headstone
    John Howland Headstone
    John Howland, one of the original pilgrims, is the husband of Elizabeth Tilley. He is buried in Burial Hill in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts.

    Maintained by: Find A Grave
    Originally Created by: K
    Photo Added by: The Guardian(inactive)

  • Sources 
    1. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    2. [S02437] HOLLAND.ged.
      Date of Import: Oct 8, 2000

    3. [S02006] Crapo.ftw.
      Date of Import: Oct 15, 2000

    4. [S02395] GORHAM.ged.
      Date of Import: Apr 21, 2002

    5. [S00012] "Denison Genealogy" Ancestors and Descendants of Captain George Denison, E. Glenn Denison, (Name: Name: Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore 1993;;), 63-13712.

    6. [S02658] Mayflower Increasings 2nd Edition by Susan E. Roser.

    7. [S02648] Mayflower Births & Deaths Vol. 2, by Susan Roser.