Timothy & Barbara Rodgers Family History

May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours. And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life. ~ John O’Donohue

John & Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland


7602.  John Howland, son of [15204] Henry and Margaret (—) Howland, was born about 1592, and died 23 February 1672/73 in Plymouth (Plymouth) Massachusetts.  He married about 1624 in Plymouth,

7603.  Elizabeth Tilley, who was born before 30 August 1607 in Henlow (Bedfordshire) England, and died 22 December 1687 in Swansea (Bristol) Massachusetts, daughter of [15206] John and Joan (Hurst) (Rogers) Tilley.

Mayflower Passengers.

John was about 27 years old when he left Fenstanton in Huntingdonhire, England and crossed the ocean in the Mayflower as a servant of John Carver.  Elizabeth, about 13, was also on the journey with her parents.  They married a few years later and resided in Plymouth, where John became freeman in 1633.  John owned “1 great Bible and Annotations on the 5 Books of Moses” (£1) and 9 other books together worth another £1.  He served the community as Plymouth Colony Assistant, Deputy for Plymouth to General Court, and was on the committee on the fur trade.  John’s will was dated 29 May 1672 and proved 6 March 1672/73.  In Elizabeth’s will, dated 17 December 1686 and proved 10 January 1687/88, she distributed the books between her children.

About John, Gov. Bradford wrote the following:

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 & John were the parents of ten children:

i.  DESIRE HOWLAND, probably born about 1625 in Plymouth, died 13 October 1683 in Barnstable (Barnstable) Massachusetts.  She married  before 1644, Capt. John Gorham, who was born before 28 January 1620/21 in Benefield (Northamptonshire) England, and died 5 February 1675/76 in Swansea, son of Ralph and Margaret (Stephenson) Gorham.

ii.  LT. JOHN HOWLAND  (7506)

iii.  HOPE HOWLAND, born 30 August 1629 in Plymouth, died 8 January 1682/83.  She married (as his first wife) before 1646, Elder John Chipman, who was born in 1620 in (Dorset) England, and died 7 April 1708 in Sandwich (Barnstable) Massachusetts, son of Thomas Chipman.  Hope & John were the parents of six children: (a) Elizabeth Chipman, married Hosea Joyce, three children, John, Mehitable and Mary;  (b) Ruth Chipman, married Eleazer Crocker, two children, Nathan and Sarah;  (c) Dea. Samuel Chipman, married Sarah Hinckley, ten children;  (d) Hope Chipman, married first, John Huckins, five children, married second, Dea. Jonathan Cobb, six children;  internet cousins(e) Lydia Chipman, married John Sargent, one daughter, Lydia [Distant Cousins:  Lydia (Chipman) Sargent's 3rd great-grandson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, is Barbara's sixth cousin, four times removed.  Ralph lies buried on Author’s Ridge Path at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts.];  and (f) John Chipman, married Mary Skiff.

iv.  ELIZABETH HOWLAND, born about 1631.  She married (as her first husband) 13 September 1649 in Plymouth, Ephraim Hicks, who was born there about 1625 and died 12 December 1649, son of Robert and Margaret (—) Hicks.  Elizabeth married (as her second husband) 10 July 1651 in Plymouth, John Dickenson.

v.  LYDIA HOWLAND, born about 1633 and died after 11 January 1710/11.  She married about 1655 James Brown, who was born about 1623 and died 29 October 1710 in Swansea, son of James and Dorothy (—) Brown.

vi.  HANNAH HOWLAND, born about 1637.  She married 6 July 1661 in Swansea, Jonathan Bosworth, who was born about 1635, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (—) Bosworth.

vii.  JOSEPH HOWLAND, born about 1640.  He married 7 December 1664 in Plymouth, Elizabeth Southworth, who was born about 1644, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Reyner/Reynor) Southworth.  Joseph & Elizabeth were the parents of:  (a) Nathaniel Howland, married first, Martha Cole, a son, Nathaniel; Nathaniel married second, Abigail Churchill;  and (b) Lydia Howland, married Joseph Jenkins, nine children, Abigail, Bathshua, Ann, Joseph, Lydia, Benjamin, Reliance, Prudence and Hannah.

viii.  JABEZ HOWLAND, born about 1644.  He married about 1669, Bethiah Thacher, daughter of Anthony Thacher.

ix.  RUTH HOWLAND  (3801)

x.  ISAAC HOWLAND, born 15 November 1649.  He married before 1677, Elizabeth Vaughan, daughter of George Vaughan.


Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org), (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), “Electronic.”

Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut, Register of Pedigrees and Services of Ancestors, The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut, 1941, Hartford, CT, (Hartford, Connecticut: The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1941), 69, 269, 581, 598, 932

Benjamin Shurtleff, Descendants of William Shurtleff of Plymouth and Marshfield, Massachusetts, Vol I, (Revere, Massachusetts: Privately printed, 1912), 61, 62

Elizabeth Pearson White, John Howland of the Mayflower, Vol 2, (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press,1993), 14, 17

Frank William Sprague, “John Gorham and Martha Cobb Their Ancestors and Their Descendants,” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 53: 207

Last Revised:  12 June 2011

One comment on “John & Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland

  1. Rebecca Dianna Gorham Geisert
    July 18, 2014

    We are also direct decendents of Captain John Gorham and Desire Howland.

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