Per Mayflower records in "Plymouth Colony Its History and People
1620 - 1691" by , Eugene Aubrey Stratton, he was in Plymouth as early as 25 Mar 1633 when he appears on tax list also on original freeman list. Quaker. Highway surveyor for Duxbury. WILL made 28 Nov 1670, inventory 14 Jan 1671, named wife, Mary, sons Zoeth, Joseph, John, and Samuel, and daughters Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Abigail.
In 1985, Wakefield & Sherman wrote about Henry's family, correcting previously published errors and providing new evidence, including:
He was born before 1613, probably at Fenstanton, Huntingdon, England, son of Henry; he died at Duxbury, Massachusetts on 1 Jan 1670/1.
He was apprenticed 1 Oct 1623 to his brother Humphrey Howland in London
He married, prob. in England, Mary ______; she d.d in Duxbury 6 Aug 1674. No evidence of the surname "Newland" has been found.
His earliest Plymouth Colony record was a tax list dated 25 Mar 1633 at which point he must have been at least 21.
By 5 Jan 1635/6, removed to Duxbury where he was constable.
He was not involved in the 1627 division of cattle in Plymouth.
Freeman in Duxbury 7 Mar 1636/7
Served on juries through 1653
Around 1656 became permanently involved with the Quakers, as did brother Arthur; various family members penalized for their faith.
Will dated 28 Nov 1670, probated 8 Mar 1670/1; inventoried 14 Jan 1670/1; bequests to son Joseph, Zoeth, dau Sarah; son John; dau Elizabeth; son Samuel; daus Mary and Abigail; wife Mary
Will of Mary "sometimes wife of Hennery Howland now deceased," written 8 May 1675; bequests to dau Abigail Young, sons Zoeth and John, dau Mary Cudworth, son Samuel; dau Sarah Denis and Elizabeth Allin, son Joseph.
He was born about 1603 probably in Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire, England Siblings included John Howland (profiled by Anderson) and Arthur Howland.
1 Oct 1623 Apprenticeship London, England Note: The source for this information suggests that it is likely that Henry did not finish his apprenticeship to his brother, Humphrey. (Henry Howland of Huntingdonshire, a son of Henry Howland, yeoman, of Fenny Stanton, Huntingdonshire, was a new apprentice under Master Humphrey Howland, clothworker, of Thames St, London at the Drapers' Company on October 1st, 1623 with the bond of 7 years). See also: The Drapers' Company.
1627: erroneous claim that he participated in the Plymouth Colony Division of Cattle.
1633 Freemen list, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts There is no place listed, but the context of it suggests the likelihood that he was still living in Plymouth. As he was listed on a freemen list, it stands to reason that he was born before 1613 as a man had to be at least 21 to be considered a free man.
Mar 1634: Tax List, Plymouth Colony There is no location listed, but it seems likely that he was still living in Plymouth as the context suggests this is the case.
1636-1653: frequently served on Duxbury grand inquest or other juries after being listed in the freemen list.
26 Jul 1638: supposedly shared cattle among the poor, Plymouth Colony The source for this suggests there may be a mistake as at the time of this event, Henry had relocated from Plymouth previously.
1643: listed as able to bear arms, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
2 Mar 1657/8: fined for entertaining a meeting of Quakers in his house.Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
6 Oct 1659: He and William Newland were sentenced by the court for "being abettors and entertainers of Quakers" in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts sentenced "to be disfranchised of their freedome of this corporation....for their being abettors and entertainers of Quakers."
1 May 1660: fined for permitting a Quaker meeting in his house and "entertaining a forraigne Quaker..." in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Henry was again fined on 1 May 1660, for permitting a Quaker meeting in his house and for "entertaining a forraigne Quaker contrary to the order of the Court," and again fined on 2 October 1660 for entertaining two Quaker meetings.
3 Jun 1668 - Surveyor of highways; suggests that there must have been a change in sentiment for Henry with his reappointment as surveyor in 1668.
8 Mar 1670/1: Will Probated, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Hennery Howland being week of body, yet a good and perfect memory makes and ordains this to be his last will and Testament as followeth:
Imprimis. I give and bequeath all my housing, both dwelling house barne with all my lands both vpland and meddow land now lying and being within the Township of Duxburrow unto my sonne Joseph Howland only during my wife's life she shall have and injoy the new Room to herself for her owne self
2 I give and bequeath to my son John Howland five oxen and two heifers and one horse with all the trappings belonging there to as also a bed with things belonging there to as also my fowling piece.
3 My will is that my son Joseph Howland out of the fore mentioned houses & lands & cattle shall pay or cause to be paid unto my son Zoeth Howland 20 pounds that is to say 5 pounds by the year till the 20 pounds be paid; as alsoe twelve pence apiece to all his brothers and sisters and their children sviving.
4 Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah two heifers and two sheep and one mare now running at Apponogansett; as alsoe one bed and bedding there unto belonging
5 Item I give unto my son John one muskett
6 Item I give unto my Elizabeth one cow7 Item I give my old mare now running at Apponogansett unto my son Samuel Howland.
8 Item I give unto my son Joseph Howland ten acres of meadow land now lying and being at a place commonly known by the name of the Garnetts Nose Marsh
9 I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary, 10 shillings to be paid out of my estate as yet undisposed of
10 Item I give unto my daughter Abigail 10 shillings to be paid by my son Joseph who is to sell a barrel of syder and to pay it out of that
11 I give unto my two sons John and Samuel both of them a barrel of syder
12 Lastly I give and bequeath unto my loving wife all the rest of my estate both movables and chattelsthat this is my last Will and Testament I here unto sett my hand and seale this 28th day of Nov 1670
"Howland, Henry, born England; died Duxbury, Mass., Jan 17, 1671; married Mary Newland; died Duxbury, June 16, 1674. She was a sister of William Newland who came from Lynn in 1637 and settled in Sandwich. She and her brother were Quakers. Henry resided for a while in Plymouth, but became an early settler in Duxbury ?by the bayside, near Love Brewster.' He was a surveyor of highways, and was able to bear arms in 1643. As a Quaker he suffered the persecutions of the times. On April 2, 1659 Henry with 26 others bought of the Indians what is now Freetown, for a few old coats, rugs, iron pots, etc. including "one little kittle. In 1664 he purchased a large portion of land in Mattapoisett (Swansea). Henry was owner of the sixth lot in Freetown. However, his sons, John and Samuel, really became the actual settlers."
Abigail Howland m in Plymouth 13 Dec 1648 John Young (see PCR 8:5)
Zoeth Howland, m 1656 Abigail ----
Samuel, b abt 1638; m bef 2 Jun 1681 (and prob bef 1673) to Mary Sampson
John Howland, b abt 1641; m in Duxbury 29 Jan 1684/5 Mary Walker; d Freetown bef 8 Aug 1687, apparently widowed as administration of his estate was granted to his brother Samuel and the inventory included women's apparel". See BrPR 1:2.
Mary, b abt 1643 m bef 1665 James Cudworth. See NGSQ 75:110.
Elizabeth, m abt 1668 Jedidiah Allen
Sarah b abt 1645, d in Portsmouth 2 Oct 1712; m in Portsmouth, RI 19 Nov 1672 Robert Dennis (NGSQ 75:216)
Joseph, b abt 1649 (not a minor when father wrote his will); m in Hampton 4 MAy 1683 Rebecca Hussey. See NGSQ 75:217.
Footnotes and citations:
↑ Robert S. Wakefield & Robert M. Sherman, "Henry Howland of Duxbury, Massachusetts, 1633, His Children and His Grandchildren," in NGS Quarterly, 75(June 1987):105-113
↑ Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1995, p 1018
↑ Institute of Historical Research. “Event Details of Humphrey Howland.” Records of London's Livery Companies Online, Institute of Historical Research, 2018, www.londonroll.org/event/?company=drp&event_id=DREW8578.
↑ on line at Division of Cattle] Henry Howland had not yet immigrated as he was not listed here. Later sources erroneously list him as sharing cattle in 1627.
Emery, William M. The Howland Heirs (E. Anthony and Sons, Inc., New Bedford, Mass., 1919)
Jackson, Ron V, Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Henry by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Unknown-24524 is not the wife of Howland-77 nor the mother of his children. Newland-1 is the wife of Howland-77 and the mother of his children: Howland-51, Howland 61,Howland-71, Howland-90, Howland-93, Howland-96, Howland-100, and Howland 121
Howland-1411 and Howland-77 appear to represent the same person because: Names are the same and b/d dates and locations are a good match. The one child, Elizabeth, who is in both records is also a match.
Becky, There is a note on this Bio saying: "August 26, 2013 This profile is in the process of post merge cleanup. The whole biography and sources section has been backed up off line." is this profile still being edited or should be note be removed?
"Here is the info from The Pilgrim John Howland Society publication "The Howland Quarterly", October 1960, pg 6: "Henry, later of Plymouth Colony, died 17 Jan. 1671 at Duxbury. He married Mary Newland. Mentioned in will of his brother Humphrey, 1646. Apprenticed to his brother Humphrey in Roll of Drapers' Company, London, 1 Oct. 1623." The article is part of their English Research section, no author given, and no footnotes for this particular statement."