Capt Pardon HOWLAND

Male 1777 - 1821  (44 years)


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  • Name Pardon HOWLAND  [1
    • Captain Pardon Howland was the first of the sons to pass away, and outlived but two of his sisters. Following the example of his elder brothers he went to sea, and became a captain in the merchant service. he was a member of the free Masons. Captain Howland was recalled by his eldest daughter, Mrs. Shearman, who was not quite fifteen years of age at the time of his death, as possessing a most lovable, gentle, and kindly disposition. Of rather a delicate physique he met death by his unselfish devotion to duty in the interests of others.

      An account of Captain Howland's closing days has been furnished by his granddaughter, Mrs. Mary S. Kimber. "There occurred in 1820 and 1821," she writes, "a very cold winter of such unusual severity that the harbor of New Bedford was frozen over. Up to this period no land route was available, and the people of that vicinity depended entirely upon having their main food supplies brought to them by water. This being shut off, a famine impended, if it did not actually exist. In this emergency the appearance of a schooner in the mouth of the bay was welcomed as a God-send. This schooner had succeeded in ploughing her way through the great ice blocks to the entrance of the harbor, where she stuck fast.

      "One of the first to reach the welcome vessel's side was Captain Pardon Howland, then a man in the prime of life. He was not a large or very strong man, but impelled by the prospect of securing food not only for his own wife and little ones, but for his fellow-townsmen he put forth all his strength. In helping to host a barrel of flour and get over the side of the schooner he strained his side. The much needed relief was secured - the wives and babies were fed, but in the end it proved to have been at the cost of one gallant rescuer's life, for from the result of that over-exertion Captain Pardon Howland never recovered. He died in a few days thereafter, leaving a widow with a house full of little ones to mourn his loss."

      The intensity of the cold of that disastrous winter is chronicled by the New Bedford Weekly Mercury of Jan. 26, 1821, in these words: "Our bay (excepting a small rip south of Naushon Island), is entirely frozen over as far as Woods Hold, a distance of sixteen miles." [1]
    Prefix Capt 
    Born 1 Jan 1777  Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jan 1821  New Bedford, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I92659  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 Hepsa HATHAWAY,   b. 13 Apr 1777,   d. 31 Aug 1856  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1802  [1
    Children 
    +1. Capt Pardon HOWLAND, Jr.,   b. 29 May 1803,   d. 4 Apr 1856, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)  [Birth]
     2. Hepsa HOWLAND,   b. 22 Sep 1804,   d. 22 Sep 1804  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
     3. Hepsa Hathaway HOWLAND,   b. 12 Jun 1806, New Bedford, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1892, Richmond Hill, Long Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [Birth]
     4. Eliza L. HOWLAND,   b. 6 Jul 1808,   d. 11 Sep 1837  (Age 29 years)  [Birth]
     5. Capt Benjamin Franklin HOWLAND,   b. 12 Apr 1810,   d. 24 Feb 1888, New Bedford, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [Birth]
     6. Capt Henry Stoddard HOWLAND,   b. 2 Jan 1812,   d. 14 Mar 1877, Honolulu Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [Birth]
     7. Mary Taber HOWLAND,   b. 24 Jun 1814, New Bedford, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1906, New Bedford, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  [Birth]
     8. Hannah HOWLAND,   b. 30 Dec 1818,   d. 13 Oct 1891, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F38724  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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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).