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Edward Howe (1573 - 1639)

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Edward Howe aka How
Born in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 22 Apr 1610 (to about 1 Jan 1632) in Englandmap
Husband of — married 1 Oct 1632 in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 20 Feb 2019 | Created 25 Sep 2010
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Edward Howe migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Edward Howe was born in England in 1573. According to the ship manifest of the Truelove (see below), he was 60 years old when he embarked from England in 1635, which would place his birth in 1575. Threlfall [1] states that he was baptized on 12 June 1573 at Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. He probably married his first wife around 1598, because he had a daughter baptized at Ivinghoe on 11 Nov 1599. Threlfall states he next appears in nearby Iver, Buckinghamshire where son Ephraim was baptized in Oct 1625. His son Isaac was baptized there in June 1628. Threlfall concludes that there were probably two wives involved in these births over a 29 year span. His second wife may have died about 1631, because there is a record of a marriage between an Edward Howe and Elizabeth Marvill on 1 October 1632 at Watton-on-Stone, Hertfordshire. Threlfall believes that this is the Elizabeth that accompanied Edward Howe on the Truelove.

According to the Truelove's manifest [2] , Edward How(e) embarked with his family on the "Truelove", on 19 September 1635, John Gibbs, Master; the manifest shows:

  • Edward Howe, husbandman 60
  • Elizabeth Howe 50
  • Jeremie Howe 21
  • Sarah Howe 12
  • Ephriam Howe 9
  • Isacke Howe 7
  • Wm Howe 6

The Iver records cited by Threlfall agree well with the manifest. Anderson [3] accepts the Iver records, but questions whether the Edward Howe records from Ivinghoe are the same person and feels further research is needed.

On reaching this country, they settled at what is now known as Lynn, Mass. He was admitted freeman 8 Dec. 1636. Evidently he was a man of much ability, of good report, and a highly respected citizen. He was chosen deputy to the General Court in 1638, and in the same year, his name appeared on the list of land-owners in Lynn, as having 210 acres.[4]

Edward Howe died unexpectedly in April 1639. John Winthrop records in his Journal[5], "One Mr. Howe of Lynn, a godly man, and a deputy of the last general court, after the court was ended, and he had dined, being in health as he used to be, went to pass over to Charlestown, and being alone, he was presently after found upon the strand, being there (as it seemed) waiting for the boat, which came soon after."


  1. John Brooks Threlfall, Twenty-Six Great Migration Colonists To New England & Their Origins (Madison, Wisconsin, 1993), pages 135-140
  2. Cotton, "The original lists of persons of quality emigrants", London, 1874. From mss. preserved in the State Paper Dept. of Her Majesty's Public Record Office, England
  3. Anderson, The Great Migration, vol. G-H, pages 428-431
  4. Daniel Wait Howe, Howe Genealogies, Vol. 2, NEHGS; Boston 1929, pages 397-398
  5. John Winthrop's Journal, History of New England, 1630-1649, Vol. 1, p299

"English Marriages 1588-1973" for Edward Howe: 22 April 1610 to Elizabeth Pike and 10 October 1632 to Elizabeth Marville.

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I guess I left the "edit in progress" in place, because of Anderson's note that more research is needed. We have no new information in hand, and I removed the note.


posted by Walter Howe
Walter Howe, it looks like you were working on this profile back in 2015 when you added "edit in progress; more changes coming". Do we still need that at the top of the profile?
posted by Jillaine Smith
Origin of Elizabeth Marvill Gaylord as Edward's wife's name (as it appears on 1 Jun 2015) is confused. There is a record of a marriage of Edward Howe to Elizabeth Marvil in 1629, as cited in the bio. The 1613 marriage records may be based on the birth date of Jeremie Howe in 1614, but that was probably from an earlier wife. One unsourced tree record shows Elizabeth's father as Gaylord Marvill.

All three wife listings on 1 June appear to be the same person, but if Threlfall's conclusions are correct, he probably had three wives. The common birth date of 1585 for all three listed, probably comes from Elizabeth's age 50 on the ship manifest and no other source.

posted by Walter Howe

Edward is 15 degrees from Alice Paul, 18 degrees from Michael Schell and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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