Letter From George C. Howland
4605 Drexel Boulevard
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
31 Aug 191
There was another brother of Amos named Joseph. Nothing is known of him or of Wilbur.
Although it appears that we are not related, I can give you some information about your family.
John Howland came over in the Mayflower in 1620. I am descended from him, in the seventh generation.
Two brothers, Henry and Arthur, came over sometime about 1625. They were Quakers, and were probably not related to John (note: they were John’s brothers) However the author of the Howland Genealogy, published in 1885 assumed that they were brothers and published in one volume such facts as he could discover about their descendants. Among these I find the one who was probably your father, although his marriage was unknown to the historian. I find in Page 132 of the book mentioned: “Reverend Amos, born about 1805. He studied Medicine and was an eminent physician; later in life he became a preacher of the gospel, and died at Covington, Pennsylvania a few years ago...no family”.
I shall give presently his descent but I will give here what is said of his brothers:
- Asa, born ?; died ?; married 1812, Lucretia Brant.
Asa worked at shoemaking for twelve or fifteen years, and then kept a hotel. The building was made of logs, and was called “The Log Tavern”. It stood on the stage road between Delhi and Walton, Delaware County, New York.
Daniel R. born 27 June 1792 in Connecticutt; died May 1882. Married when about twenty one years of age Sarah Hasbrouck, whose ancestors were Huguenots. In 1818 he settled in the town of Hamden, Delaware County, New York. He became a Methodist preacher. He had eleven children of whom John H. was a school teacher and had thirteen children.
John was born in 1818 and was still living in 1885. Two of his sons were living in 1885 (John E. and Ward B) and were in the book business in Chicago. I find in the directory Ward B. Howland, 5955 Race Ave., Chicago. I do not know if it is the same one. If it is the same one he is your cousin once removed.
- Charles A. Howland, another son of Daniel, was in 1885 a doctor in Kansas. His address was not given.
- George W., another son, was in 1884 a Methodist minister in East Charleston, Pennsylvania.
The father of Joseph, Asa, Daniel, Wilbur and Amos was fourth in descent from Henry. Henry came in about 1625. He lived in Plymouth where he was frequently arrested and fined for attending Quaker meetings or entertaining Quakers in his house. He died in Duxbury in 1671. His wife’s name was Mary Newland.
Of Henry’s seven children, Samuel, the fourth, was born in Duxbury, year is uncertain. He died in 1716. He lived in Freetown and was a large landowner there. His wife’s name was Mary, second name unknown. Of his nine children (I assume he meant Samuel), Joshua was the sixth. By his first wife, Elizabeth Holloway, Joshua had six children. By his second wife, Dorothy Lee, seven more. The sixth was another Joshua. He was born in either Freetown or Tauton. Nothing more is known of him except either he or his son, Seth moved to Delaware County, New York. This Seth was the father of Amos and consequently your grandfather. His wife was Mary Russell of Nantucket. He was born about 1768, died about 1830 at Hamden, Delaware County, New York. He was a shoemaker by trade.
The book from which the above information was taken has the title page, "A Brief Genealogical and Biographical History of Arthur, John and Henry Howland, and their descendants for the United States and Canada, together with an account of the efforts made in England to learn of their English Ancestry etc. by Franklin Howland. First Edition; New Bedford, Massachusetts. Published by the author in 1885".
On account of sickness in the family and other interruptions, I have delayed some time in answering your letter. I hope the answer is satisfactory.
My own descent is as follows:
1John Howland came over in Mayflower, 1620
3Job, a soldier in the Revolutionary War
6Henry (Colonel and Chief Quartermaster in General John M. Palmer’s staff.
7George C. born 1865.
George C. Howland