Notes for Henry J. Howland


Howland, Henry

Plymouth Colony, p.310

A brother of 1620 Mayflower passenger, John Howland, Henry Howland was in Plymouth at least as early as 25 March 1633, when his name appears on the tax list, and he was also on the original freeman list. On 8 April 1633, Walter Harris had his indenture transferred to Henry Howland (PCR 1:13). On 5 January 1635/36 Henry became the constable of Duxbury (PCR 1:36). He was frequently a member of trial and grand juries (PCR, passim). On 3 June 1657 he, John Tompson, Morris Truant, Ralph Allen, and Thomas Greenfield refused to serve on the grand jury (PCR 3:115). On 2 March 1657/58, the same day his brother Arthur was fined £4 for permitting a Quaker meeting in his house and £5 for resisting the constable of Marshfield in the execution of his office, Henry Howland was fined ten shillings for entertaining a meeting in his house [p.311] contrary to court orders (PCR 3:129). On 7 June 1659 the court, referring to an order disenfranching Quakers and other offenders, gave notice to four men to appear in court the following August, and on 6 October 1659 Howland had his freeman status taken away from him (PCR 3:167, 176). On 1 May 1660 Henry Howland was charged with entertaining another man's wife in his house after her husband had complained to him, and for permitting a Quaker meeting in his house and entertaining a foreign Quaker. He stiffly denied the first charge, and the court noted that the evidence "did not appeer to make it out," but he was convicted on the Quaker charges. On the same day Lt. Samuel Nash complained against Howland for stopping up a highway (PCR 3:186). On 2 October 1660 he was fined £4 for twice having Quaker meetings at his house (PCR 3:201). On 3 June 1668 he was a highway surveyor for Duxbury (PCR 4:181). He made his will 28 November 1670, inventory 14 January 1670/71, and he named his wife Mary (her surname is not known; they were possibly married in England), his sons Zoeth, Joseph, John, and Samuel, and his daughters Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Abigail (MD 19:32). An article by Robert S. Wakefield and the late Robert M. Sherman, "Henry Howland of Duxbury, Mass., 1633, His Children and His Grandchildren," will appear in a forthcoming issue of NGSQ.

He was a frequently called to be a member of trials and grand juries but he refused to serve. 25 March 1633 Arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts. to be with his brother John. 1 May 1660 And on October 2, 1660 fined for have entertained Quakers in his house. United States Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon descend from him. He was fined ten shillings for entertaining a Quaker meeting in his house.

Henry Howland, yeoman, Duxbury, taxed in 1632. Frm. 1633 atba. 1643; town officer. His will dated 28 or 9 probated March 8, 1670, bequethed to wife Mary; children Zeoth, Joseph, John, Samuel, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary & Abigail. The widow made will May 3, 1674 prob. May 26, 1674; bequethed to sons named above and to daughters Abigail Young, Mary Cuddworth, Sarah Dennis and Elizabeth Allin. per Pioneers of Massachusetts. by Pope.

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