||John Howe migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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direct quote from History of Marlborough
"John Howe of Sudbury was one of the petitioners in 1657 for the grant which constituted Marlborough. He was the son of John Howe, supposed to be the John Howe, Esq., who came from Warwickshire in England, and who was a descendant of John Howe, himself the son of John of Hodinhull, and connected with the family of Sir Charles Howe of Lancaster, in the reign of Charles I."
"John Howe resided first perhaps at Watertown, and afterwards at Sudbury where he was in 1639. He was admitted a Freeman in 1640. ... In 1642 he was Selectman there. ... According to tradition, he was the first white man who settled on the new grant. He moved to Marlborough in 1657 and built a cabin a little to the East of the Indian planting field, where his descendants continued to live for many generations. His proximity to the Indian Plantation brought him in direct contact with the natives; and, by his kindness, he gained the confidence and good will of these neighbors, who not only respected his rights, but made him the umpire in cases of difficulties amongst themselves. In a case where a pumpkin vine sprang up within the premises of one Indian, and the fruit ripened on the premises of another, the dispute which arose between them as to the ownership of the pumpkin was presented to him. He called for a knife and split the fruit, giving half to each. This struck the parties as the perfection of justice; and put him in an immutable light."
"When in 1662, Thomas Danforth, Esq. made a demand upon the colony for a further compensation for his services, the court ordered that "he shall have granted to him so much land as old Goodman Rice and Goodman Howe, of Marlborough, shall judge to be worth ten pounds; and they are empowered to bound the same to him."
" ... will proved 1689 mentions wife Mary, sons Samuel, Isaac, Josiah, Thomas and Eleazer and dau Sarah Ward, Mary Wetherby and John Howe Jr, a son of son John, deceased ..."
It is interesting to note that John Howe, Sr. was the founder of the Inn and Tavern business in the Howe Family. He was the owner and operator of the Black Horse Inn in Sudbury. Later, his son, Samuel gave the land to his son, David Howe, who built the Howe Inn upon it. The Howe Inn was later known as the Red Horse Inn due to a picture on its sign. Years later when it was operated by Lyman Howe and his sister, Jerusha Howe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a regular customer; and, immortalized the place in his book "Tales of the Wayside Inn". It is still operated today as the "Wayside Inn", although Lyman and Jerusha were the last of the Howe Family to own it.
The history and sources for John Howe's family in Sudbury and Marlborough and beyond are all well documented. But information on his date of birth, birthplace in England, parentage, siblings, and the last name at birth of his wife Mary are all based on less solid information and matching based on name similarities, at best. This information cannot be considered confirmed. I would welcome well documented refutation of this note.Walter Howe 12:50, 24 October 2015 (EDT)
20 NOV 1620 Hadnall, Shropshire, England, Source: AGBI Birth date: 1615 Hadinhull, Warws, England
28 MAY 1680 Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts 
Arrival 1639 Massachusetts
From Howe Genealogies, p2: "It is certain that he was in Sudbury as early as 1638 or 1639, and that he was one of the 47 who shared in the division of the Sudbury meadows about that time. (13 N. E. His. Gen. Reg. 261; Ward's Shrewsbury 310 note ; Temple's Framingham 599; Hudson’s Sudbury 111.)
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