Birth: John Howland was born in Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire.
Death: He died in Plymouth on February 1672/3 “above
Ship: Mayflower, 1620
Life in England: John Howland has been identified as the
son of Henry and Margaret (_____) Howland of Fenstanton.Two of Henry’s
sons, Humphrey and Simon, became merchants in London. Humphrey’s 1646
will listed brothers,Arthur, John and Henry, and sister, Margaret.
Life in New England: John Howland came to New England
aboard the Mayflower in 1620 as servant to John Carver. The
Carvers died in 1621 and John was presumably freed from service at that
time. He was a freeman of Plymouth in 1633 and served the colony in
several important capacities, including assistant governor, deputy and
as head of the Kennebec trading post. His wife, Elizabeth Tilley, came
over with her parents on the Mayflower as well, and was left an
orphan after the first winter.
Family: John Howland married Elizabeth Tilley in Plymouth
about 1624 and had ten children. She died in Swansea on December 22,
Children of John and Elizabeth Howland: