||James Howe migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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James Howe was born about 1598, based on the age he provided at a court deposition in 1696 and a statement by Judge Sewell in his diary of 1902 that James was 104 when he died.  In another court deposition in 1666, he was recorded as saying he was 61, which would put his birth about 1605. Another clue is a reference to James as the senior son of Robert Howe in son Abraham's Account Book. Abraham Howe, his brother, was born about 1598, and it seems unlikely that the "senior son" was born as late as 1605.
He married 27 Jun 1628 in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, Elizabeth Dane, daughter of John Dane, another emigrant who settled in Roxbury. She died 21 January 1693/4.
He arrived in Massachusetts in 1635. James Howe and his wife were for some time members of Rev. John Elliot's church in Roxbury. He was admitted freeman in Roxbury on 17 May 1637. They remained in Roxbury only a few years, as he sold his house and land in Roxbury, 1 April 1641. Then he and his father-in-law, John Dane, with their families, journeyed northward to the new plantation, which had been recently named Ipswich, and there took up his permanent abode. At Ipswich in 1641, James Howe was made a Commoner; in 1641 he was granted six acres of upland; he was elected Town Constable in 1648, and in the following year he was chosen one of the seven men to "fix the Rates."
He was a farmer and a weaver, and a man of excellent repute, as we learn from the Court Records, he was often styled Goodman How, a title of honor not often bestowed. In 1650 he wasgranted a tract of I00 acres located in the western section of Ipswich known as "Ipswich Farms." There with additional acres purchased later, James How lived the remainder of his life, a period of fifty-four years. This part of town was made a parish, known as Linebrook Parish.
In 1684 he and his wife were named as members of the church in Topsfield. On the "21 day of January 1693-4," Elizabeth (Dane) Howe, wife of James, died, after a wedded life of sixty-five years and seven months.
He died 17 MAY 1702 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts. While he did not leave a will, he left a Deed of Gift in January 1700 specifically naming his children and their families. The full text is included in the Howe Genealogies cited below.
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