From: John Howland, Mayflower Pilgrim, by William HowlandIn 1674 he was appointed by the court Ensign of the Military Companies of Barnstable. In 1689 he was chosen one of the selectmen of the town of Barnstable.From: "Families of the Pilgrims", compiled by Hubert Kinney Shaw, 1955.Lieutenant John Howland, second of the name, was born in Plymouth Feb. 24, 1626-7, as he informed Chief Justice Sewall when at Barnstable in 1702. He removed from Plymouth to Marshfield, andthence to Barnstable about the year 1658. His farm at Wast Barnstable contained about 90 acres, and in 1672 he conveyed by deed the easterly half therof to his brother-in-law Elder John Chipman. A portion of the estate is yet owned by his descendants. He held many town offices and was lieutenant of the military company. He was admitted a freeman of the colony in 1658. There is some evidence that in early life he favored the Quakers. He certainly was opposed to the intolerant party of which George Barlow of Sandwich was the leading man. His wife joinded the church Nov. 22, 1691. He and two other aged men, Joseph Lothrop and James Lewis, Joined the church on the 18 June, 1699.
After his first wife died, he married Thankful Hinckley , 1710-11 widow of John Hinckley, Jr. and daughter of Thomas Trott of Dorchester.