1481. Howland


  1. Henry Howland (d. 1635) m. Margaret ____ (d. 1639); Fenstanton, Hunts., Eng.
  2. John Howland (ca. 1598–1673) m. ca. 1625 Elizabeth Tilley (1607–1687); Plymouth, Mass.
  3. Hannah Howland (ca. 1637–1708) m. 1661 Jonathan Bosworth (ca. 1636–bef. 1708); Swansea, Mass.


The pioneering work on the origin of the Howland family is Clarence Almon Torrey, The Howland Ancestry, American Genealogist 14 (1937/8): 214-5. A summary of the known English documentation on Henry Howland’s entire family, with explorations of possible parents of Henry, is in Caleb H. Johnson, “Henry Howland of Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire: Father of Mayflower Passenger John Howland,” Howland Quarterly 81, no. 1 (March 2016): 10-20, no. 2 (June 2016): 18-23.

There have been two separate projects aimed at producing an authoritative summary of John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland’s descendants on all lines for five generations. Elizabeth Pearson White, John Howland of the Mayflower, 4 vols. (Camden, Me.: Picton Press, 1990–&2008), covers his children Desire, John, Hope, and Elizabeth. Descendants from the other children are listed in a Silver Book: Ann Smith Lainhart, Robert S. Wakefield, and Jane Fletcher Fiske, comps., Mayflower Families through Five Generations, vol. 23, Family of John Howland, 3 parts (Plymouth, Mass.: General Society Mayflower Descendants, 2006–12).

The standard works on John Howland’s New England immigrant brothers are Robert S. Wakefield and Robert M. Sherman, Arthur Howland of Plymouth, Mass., 1640, His Wife Margaret (____) Walker, and Their Children, National Genealogical Society Quarterly 71 (1983): 84-93, and Robert S. Wakefield and Robert M. Sherman, Henry Howland of Duxbury, Massachusetts, 1633, His Children and His Grandchildren, National Genealogical Society Quarterly 75 (1987): 105-16, 216-25, 278-88.

Related surnames

185. Bosworth · 2963. Tilley

Created 9 June 2003; last updated 8 June 2019.
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