1 Henry Howland
Married: Anne Margaret (Died July 31, 1629)
Died: May 17, 1635 Fenstanton
2 1. Humphrey Howland
2 2. Arthur Howland
came to Plymouth before 1640
Ref: National Genealogical Society Quarterely 71:84+
Decendants include Winston Churchill
2 3. Henry Howland
came to Plymouth before 1633
Ref: National Genealogical Society Quarterely 75:105-116, 216-225
Decendants include Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
2 4. George Howland
2 5. Margaret Howland
2 6. John Howland
Born: 1592 Fenstanton, Huntington England
Landed: 1620 on Mayflower
Job: Assistant Gevenor 1633-1635
Married: About 1624 Elizabeth Tilley
Died: Feb 23/24,1673 (or 1672) Rocky Nook, Kingston MA
The following note and all children (except Lydia) were taken from the web at:http://members.aol.com/calebj/mayflower.html which has a list of passengers on the Mayflower.
The traditional date that has been ascribed to John Howland's birth is "about 1592", and this has never really been questioned. However, a birth about 1599 is clearly a better estimate for the following reasons:
John Howland is called a "manservant" in William Bradford's passenger list. Servants were contracted out until the age of 25. Thus, Howland must have been under 25 in 1620, meaning he had to have been born after 1595.
Since Howland signed the Mayflower Compact, he must have been born sometime before 1600 to have been legally old enough to sign.
John Howland's wife was born in 1607, and it is most unlikely that he, at the age of 32, married a 17 year old girl as his first wife. Most men married about age 25, and since his marriage occurred about 1624, this would place his likely birth at 1599.
John Howland's last child was born in 1649. If the 1592 date were accepted, he would have fathered a child at the age of 57, a most unlikely circumstance.
William Bradford writes in that John Howland was a "lusty young man" in 1620. It is unlikely that Bradford would call a 28-year old a "young man". The only other person Bradford called a "young man" in 1620 was John Alden, who was born in 1599.
John Howland came on the Mayflower as a servant to John Carver. He is best remembered for having fallen off the Mayflower during a mighty storm, as recorded by Bradford:
In sundry of these storms the winds were so fierce and the seas so high, as they could not bear a know of sail, but were forced to hull for divers days together. And in one of them, as they thus lay at hull in a mighty storm, a lusty young man called John Howland, coming upon some occasion above the gratings was, with a seele of the ship, thrown into the sea; but it pleased God that he caught hold of the topsail halyards which hung overboard and ran out at length. Yet he held his hold (though he was sundry fathoms under water) till he was hauled up by the same rope to the brim of the water, and then with boat hook and other means got into the ship again and his life saved. And though he was something ill with it, yet he lived many years after and became a profitable member both in church and commonwealth.
Elizabeth Pearson White, "John Howland of the Mayflower through Desire Howland for Five Generations", vol. 1 (Camden: Picton Press, 1990).
Robert Charles Anderson, "The Great Migration Begins" 2:1020-1024 (Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1995).
Eugene Aubrey Stratton, "Plymouth Colony, Its History and Its People, 1620-1691" (Ancestor Publishers: Salt Lake City, 1986).
William Bradford, "Of Plymouth Plantation", ed. Samuel Morison (New York: Random House, 1952). Gary Boyd Roberts, "The Mayflower Decendents of President George Herbert Walker Bush, First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush, and Vice President James Danforth Quayle," Mayflower Descendant, 41:1-8. Gary Boyd Roberts, "Ancestors of American Presidents" (Carl Boyer, 3d: Santa Clarita, 1995).
3 1. Desire Howland
Born: 1625 Plymouth
Married: 1643 John Gorham
Died: October 13, 1683 Barnstable MA
3 2. John Howland
Born: April 24, 1627 Plymouth
Married: October 26, 1651 Mary Lee
Died: after 1699
3 3. Hope Howland
Born: August 30, 1629
Married: 1647 John Chipman
Died: January 8, 1683/4
3 4. Elizabeth Howland
Born: 1631 possibly in Maine
Married (1): September 13, 1649 Plymouth to Ephraim Hicks
Married (2): July 10, 1651 to John Dickinson
Died: 1691 Oyster Bay, NY
3 5. or 6. Lydia Howland
Born: 1623 or 1633
Lived: Rehoboth in 1624
Married: 1655 Maj. James Brown
Died: 1710
3 6. Hannah Howland
Born: 1637 possibly in Maine
Married: Jonathan Bosworth probably on July 6, 1661.
3 7. Joseph Howland
Born: 1640 Kingston Maine
Married: December 7, 1664 Plymouth Elizabeth Southworth
Died: January 1703/4 Plymouth
3 8. Jabez Howland
Born: 1644 Kingston Maine
Married: 1668 Bethiah Thacher
Died: between 1708 and 1712
3 9. Ruth Howland
Born: 1646 Kingston Maine
Married: November 17, 1664 Plymouth Thomas Cushman
Died: between 1672 and October 16, 1679
3 10. Isaac Howland
Born: November 15, 1649 Kingston Maine
Married: 1676 probably at Marshfield MA Elizabeth Vaughan
Died: March 9, 1723/4 Middleboro MA