Capt Joseph HOWLAND

Male 1762 - 1839  (77 years)


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  • Name Joseph HOWLAND  [1
    • When a boy of twelve he walked from his father's home at Round Hills to Boston to ship for a voyage at sea. For many years he engaged in the West Indies trade, and sailed from Boston and New Bedford in command of merchant vessels. He was managing owner of a number of sloops, some of which were commanded by his younger brother, Captain John H. Howland. Old ship's papers show that on Dec 31, 1795, his sloop, the Goodintent, sailded from New Bedford with the following cargo: "36 boxes spermiciti candles, 50 barrels flour, 3 barrels rye flour, 45 bushels potatoes, 50 turkeys, 13 barrels ship bread, 4 boxes tallow candles, 60 barrels whale oil, 4 earth closets, wine, and 607 lbs. cheese."

      Captain John H. Howland was master of the Goodintent, and his accounting states that the net proceeds of the sale of the whale oil were eight hundred ninety-one pounds, eight shillings, seven pence. In 1799 Captain Joseph sent out his brother in command of sloop Franklin with a cargo of flour for Kingston, Jamaica, to be sold at two dollars a barrel, and giving him orders to return with a shipment of sugar. During the War of 1812, the Rainbow, of which Captain Joseph was master and part owner, was captured by a French privateer. He told his crew to go below, and took the wheel himself, but was forced to surrender. With all on board he was made a prisoner, being subsequently released. Captain Howland estimated his loss at about $3000. Nearly a century afterward, through the Court of French Spoliation Claims, his heirs were partially reimbursed by a payment slightly in excess of one-tenth of that amount. Some of them received shares of only eight dollars and twelve cents each.

      Captain Howland lived for a number of years after the death of his father on the old Round Hills farm. [1]
    Prefix Capt 
    Born 8 Apr 1762  Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jul 1839  Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I92648  Main Tree
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2018 

    Father Gideon HOWLAND,   b. 29 Mar 1734, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1823  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Sarah HICKS,   b. 15 Mar 1736,   d. 16 Sep 1824  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 25 Mar 1753  [1, 2
    Family ID F38677  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mehitable WILBUR,   b. 4 Aug 1766, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1823  (Age 56 years) 
    Married Jun 1785  [1
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F38690  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Peace KIRBY,   b. 15 Jan 1791,   d. 11 Aug 1859  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 1827  [1
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F38691  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Apr 1762 - Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jul 1839 - Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S10118] The Howland Heirs being the Story of a Family and a fortune and the Inheritance of a Trust, William M. Emery and William W. Crapo.

    2. [S5459] "A Brief Genealogical and Biographical History of Arthur, Henry, and John Howland, and their Descendants, of the United States and Canada", Franklyn Howland, (Franklyn Howard - New Bedford, Mass, - 1885).