John HOWLAND

John HOWLAND

Male Abt 1592 - 1673  (~ 81 years)

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  • Name John HOWLAND 
    Born Abt 1592  Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1620  Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Aboard the Mayflower 
    Immigration 1620  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 23 Feb 1672/3  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I29207  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2014 

    Father Henry HOWLAND 
    Mother Margaret 
    Family ID F9775  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth TILLEY,   c. 30 Aug 1607, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1687, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married Abt 1625  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Desire HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1624,   d. 3 Aug 1683, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
     2. John HOWLAND,   b. 24 Apr 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Hope HOWLAND,   b. 30 Aug 1629, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1683, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     4. Elizabeth HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1631
     5. Lydia HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1633
     6. Hannah HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1637
     7. Jabez HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1644
     8. Joseph HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1640
     9. Ruth HOWLAND,   b. Abt 1646
     10. Isaac HOWLAND,   b. 15 Nov 1649, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2011 
    Family ID F9774  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1592 - Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Aboard the Mayflower - 1620 - Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1620 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1625 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Feb 1672/3 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    'Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor' by William Halsall, 1882, at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
    "Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" by William Halsall, 1882, at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

  • Notes 
    • "In the fall of 1620, the Mayflower's ability to steady herself in a gale produced a most deceptive tranquility for a young indentured servant named John Howland. As the Mayflower lay ahull, Howland apparently grew restless down below. He saw no reason why he could not venture out of the fetid depths of the 'tween decks for just a moment. After more than a month as a passenger ship, the Mayflower was no longer a sweet ship, and Howland wanted some air. So he climbed a ladder to one of the hatches and stepped onto the deck.

      "Howland was from the inland town of Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, and he quickly discovered that the deck of a tempest-tossed ship was no place for a landsman. Even if the ship had found her own still point, the gale continued to rage with astonishing violence around her. The shriek of the wind through the rope rigging was terrifying, as was the sight of all those towering, spume-flecked waves. The Mayflower lurched suddenly to leeward. Howland stagged to the ship's rail and tumbled into the sea.

      "That should have been the end of him. But dangling over the side and trailing behind the ship was the topsail halyard, the rope used to raise and lower the upper sail. Howland was in his midtwenties and strong, and when his hand found the halyard, he gripped the rope with such feral desperation that even though he was pulled down more than ten feet below the ocean's surface, he never let go. Several sailors took up the halyard and hauled Howland back in, finally snagging him with a boat hook and dragging him up onto the deck.

      "When Bradford wrote about this incident more than a decade later, John Howland was not only alive and well, but he and his wife, Elizabeth, were on their way to raising ten children, who would, in turn, produce an astounding eighty-eight grandchildren." [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., 1022.

    2. [S63] Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick, (Viking Penguin, 2006), ISBN 978-0-14-311197-9., 32-33.