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John Howland, Sr. 

John Howland, Sr.

Male Abt 1591 - 1673

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  • Suffix  Sr. 
    Birth  Abt 1591  Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  23 Feb 1673  Rock Nook, Kingston MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Burial Hill, Rock Hook, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I17253  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  30 May 2011 

    Father  Henry Howland 
    Mother  Alice Aires 
    Family ID  F6517  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Tilley,   b. 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1687, Swansea, Bristol, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Mar 1623  Plymouth, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Hope Howland,   b. 30 Aug 1629, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1684, Barnstable, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  13 May 2011 
    Family ID  F6392  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • John Howland (c. 1591 February 23, 1672/3) was a passenger on the Mayflower. He was an indentured servant who accompanied the separatists, also called the Pilgrims, when they left England to settle in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He signed the Mayflower Compact and helped found Plymouth Colony.

      Having outlived John Carver, the first governor of the Plymouth Colony, to whom he was indentured, Howland became freeman in 1621 and perhaps inherited some of Carver's estate. In 1626, Howland was one of eight settlers who agreed to assume the colony's debt to its investors in England in exchange for a monopoly of the fur trade. He was elected deputy to the General Court in consecutive years from 1641 1655 and again in 1658.

      Howland married fellow Mayflower passenger Elizabeth Tilley, and together they had ten children and 88 grandchildren. The couple founded one of the three largest Mayflower progenies and their descendants have been "associated largely with both the 'Boston Brahmins' and Harvard's 'intellectual aristocracy' of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

      John Howland died February 23, 1672/3 at the age of 80, having outlived all other male Mayflower passengers except John Cooke, who died in 1695. The location of his grave is unknown, but it presumed that he is buried on Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Elizabeth Tilley outlived her husband by 15 years. She died December 21, 1681, in the home of her daughter, Lydia Brown, in Swansea, Massachusetts, and is buried in a section of that town which is now in East Providence, RI.