John Howland

John Howland

Male 1600 - 1673  (~ 81 years)
Person ID: I25328 


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  • Name John Howland  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Relationshipwith Jeffrey Scott Vitter
    Born Between 1592 and 1600  Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Feb 1672/73  Rocky Nook Farm, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Buried 25 Feb 1672/73  Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Siblings
     1. Arthur Howland (ID:I25338)
     2. Henry Howland (ID:I25337)

    Parents

    Family ID: F17466 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father Henry Howland (ID:I25335),   b. 1564, Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1635, Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Anne Margaret Ayres (ID:I25336),   b. 1567, Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1629, Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married Abt 1590  Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Family

    Family ID: F17465 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart 7 Oct 2020   
    Wife Elizabeth Rogers Tilley (ID:I25339),   b. 30 Aug 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1687, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 25 Mar 1623  Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
      1. Desire Howland (ID:I25340),   b. 22 May 1624, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1683, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
      2. John Howland (ID:I25329),   b. 24 Apr 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1703/04, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
      3. Hope Howland (ID:I25330),   b. 30 Aug 1629, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1683/84, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
      4. Lydia Howland (ID:I25331),   b. 1 Feb 1632/33, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1710/11, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
      5. Elizabeth Howland (ID:I25332),   b. Feb 1632/33, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1682/83, Oyster Bay, North Shore of Long Island, Nassau, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
      6. Hannah Howland (ID:I25342),   b. 31 Jan 1636/37, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1686, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
      7. Jabez Howland (ID:I25341),   b. 1644, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1708, Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
      8. Joseph Howland (ID:I25333),   b. Feb 1644/45, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1703/04, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
      9. Ruth Howland (ID:I25343),   b. 1646, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1679, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
      10. Isaac Howland (ID:I25334),   b. 15 Nov 1649, Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1722/23, Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)

    Other Personal Events

    Baptism 16 Jan 1602/03  Ely, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arrival 18 Dec 1620  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Arrived with the original group of Pilgrims, saved from falling overboard during trip 
  • Event Map

    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 16 Jan 1602/03 - Ely, Cambridgeshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - 18 Dec 1620 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Mar 1623 - Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 25 Feb 1672/73 - Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
  • Photos
    John Howland
    John Howland Overboard
    Documents
    Great Migration Begins: Immigration to N.E. 1620–1633, Vols. I–III, pages 1820–1824 Document
    Great Migration Begins: Immigration to N.E. 1620–1633, Vols. I–III, pages 1820–1824 Document
    These pages are an excerpt from a volume published as part of the American Ancestors series by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
    Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775 Document
    Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775 Document
    North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 Document
    North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 Document
    Book Title: Thacher - Thatcher Genealogy : Part 1 : Coat-of-Arms
    Headstones
    Howland John Headstone
    Howland John Headstone

  • Notes

    • American history legend from the voyage of the Mayflower and founding of Plymouth Rock in 1620.
      American history legend from the voyage of the Mayflower and founding of Plymouth Rock in 1620.
      When American children discover John Holland, 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 about 14 years of age at the time.  [Correction added by Jeff Vitter: He was actually about 28 years old. His gravestone documents that he was over 80 years old when he died in 1672.]  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.
  • Source Citations

    1. [S1251] Find A Grave.
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6613808
      Howland John Headstone
      Howland John Headstone


    2. [S525] Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2013;).
      Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2 Document
      Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2 Document


    3. [S979] Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646, William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, (Name: Massachusetts; Date: 1952;), Summary of account written by Governor William Bradford.
      American history legend from the voyage of the Mayflower and founding of Plymouth Rock in 1620.

      When American children discover John Holland, 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 about 14 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.

    4. [S651] North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.;), North America, Family Histories, 1500–2000 for Lydia Howland, pages 110–113.
      North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 Document
      North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 Document
      Book Title: Thacher - Thatcher Genealogy : Part 1 : Coat-of-Arms


    5. [S1391] Family Database of the Fleming Family, John Howland.
      Extensive documentation and testimony (with over 2,000 sources!) about Pilgrim John Howland.
      https://sites.rootsweb.com/~barbpretz/ps01/ps01_377.htm