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HOWARD Lieutenant John

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  • Name  HOWARD Lieutenant John  [1, 2, 3
    Prefix  Lieutenant 
    Born  , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  Bef 1643  Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    England 
    Residence  1645  Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • He was one of the original fifty-four proprietors of land grants, and one of the fourteen men with allotments in the easterly part of the grant.
    Occupation  1656  Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    surveyor of highways 
    • He was one of two surveyors this year.
    Freeman  1657  Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation  From 1670 to 1700  Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    tavern keeper 
    • John Howard was licensed to keep an "Ordinary" or tavern as early as 1670. His family maintained the establishment until almost 1840.

      From The Howard Genealogy: Descendants of John Howard of Bridgewater by Heman Howard, p. 2:

      Mr. Howard lived in a house which he built near the first meeting house. It stood [...] on the corner of Howard and River streets. [...] This was the first public house in Bridgewater, as Mr. Howard was licensed to keep an ordinary or tavern, as early as 1670, at this place. It would probably be difficult to find, in the history of all the taverns that have existed in Massachusetts, another of which it can be said, as Judge Mitchell says of this original Howard House, that "He (John Howard), was licensed to keep an ordinary or tavern, as early as 1670, and it is remarkable that a public house has been kept there by his descendants ever since, till within a few years." This house was owned and managed by John Howard and his direct descendants for a period of 151 years. John Howard opened the tavern in 1670, and kept it 30 years, until his death in 1700. His oldest son, John, then became proprietor, conducting it 26 years, until 1726. His son, Maj. Edward, was proprietor from that date to 1771, for 45 years. His son, Col. Edward, owned and conducted the house for 38 years, from 1771 to 1809, when he d. Then his widow and son, Capt. Benjamin Beal Howard, kept the house open 12 years, until 1821. The house was taken down in 1838. A list of the distinguished guests of this tavern, could we know their names, would make exceeding interesting reading. Without doubt, one of the early distinguished visitors was Mary (Chilton) Winslow, (the first lady who came on shore from the Mayflower), who was grandmother of the wife of the second proprietor, John Howard. An occasional guest was John Reed, D. D., who was a member of congress during Washington's administration. Oakes Angier, a young lawyer, Hon. William Baylies and Judge Howard, were other prominent and frequent visitors.
    Appointed  5 Jun 1678  , , Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    deputy to the General Court of Massachusetts 
    Appointed  5 Jun 1678  Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    selectman 
    Appointed  1683  , , Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    representative to the General Court 
    • Thomas Hayward, his father-in-law, was also appointed at this time.
    Died  Abt 1700  [7
    Estate  15 Oct 1701  Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • From The Howard Genealogy: Descendants of John Howard of Bridgewater by Heman Howard, p. 2-4:

      Lieut. Howard d. in 1700. His property was appraised in October, the next year. It consisted of about 450 acres of land, and his estate was valued at 840 pounds. Following is a copy of the division of his estate and of that of widow, who d. before 1703.

      A true copy of the division of the estate of Lieut. John Howard, late of Bridgewater, who died intestate, as it was mutually agreed and consented to by all the several heirs apparent to said estate, on the fifteenth day of Oct., Anno Dom. 1701, which division is made according to the appraisement in the inventory taken of the said estate: --

      To the widow, one hundred and seven pounds out of the moveable estate, and her thirds in the improved lands and housing.

      To John Howard, the eldest son, as followeth: -- Ninety-one acres of land, lying part of it at John's bridge where he now lives and near there-unto, (45, 0 s., 0 d.), and the rest of the Satucket river and Black brook; more, the house and barn and the land between the river and the highway that goes directly toward the meeting house, and ten acres joining to the said highway, on the north side, lying the whole breadth of the said lands, (60, 0 s., 0 d.); more, ten acres toward West meadow, (05, 00 s., 00 d.); half a lot of meadow in Flag meadow, (04, 00 s., 00 d.); the land at Tetaquat, (02, 00 s., 00 d.); more, a quarter part of the undivided lands, and a quarter part of his right in the Cedar swamp, (1, 07 s., 06 d.); more, a quarter part of the purchase right in the North purchase, (5, 00 s. 00 d.); more, two lots of meadow, one of them in Poor meadow and the other at Black brook, (10, 00 s., 00 d.). His whole proportion being 146 pounds, he hath given out of it 10: -- 5 to his brother Jonathan, and 5 to his brother Ephraim.

      To Jonathan Howard, the second surviving son, the land wehre his house stands, 49 acres, (30, 00 s., 00 d.); more, 35 acres in the neck of land beyond James Keith's, (17, 00 s., 00 d.); more, 35 acres at Lathrop's swamp, (17, 00 s., 00 d.); more, 25 acres near the same place, (12, 10 s., 00 d.); more, a quarter part of undivided lands, and a quarter of his right in the Cedar swamp, (01, 07 s., 06 d.); more, a quarter of a purchase right in North purchase, (5, 00 s., 00 d.).

      To Ephraim Howard, the youngest son, the land on which his house stands, (60, 00 s., 00 d.); more, 35 acres in the neck (17, 10 s., 00 d.); ten acres near Bimeleck's hill, (05, 00 s., 00 d.); one lot of meadow in Flag meadow, (08, 00 s., 00 d.); more ten acres at Lathrop's swamp, (05, 00 s., 00 d.); more, a quarter part of undivided land, and a quarter part in the Cedar swamp, (01, 07 s., 06 d.); more, a quarter part of a purchase right in North purchase, (05, 00 s., 00 d.); more, a share in the north lands, (02, 00 s., 00 d.).

      To James Howard, the only son of James Howard, deceased, to be divided, the one moiety to him and the other moiety to his two sisters. The land where his house stands, and the land adjoining thereunto, being 45 acres, (45, 00 s., 00 d.); more, half a lot of meadow in Flag meadow, (04, 00 s., 00 d.); more, 40 acres of land above the stone house, (08, 00 s., 00 d.); more, in moveables as per inventory, or money, (14, 12 s., 06 d.); more, a quarter part of undivided land in Cedar swamp, (01, 07 s., 06 d.).

      To Edward Fobes, his wife, in money and moveables, (68, 00 s., 00 d.); to Zacheus Packard's wife, in money and moveables, (68, 00 s., 00 d.); to Henry Kingman's wife, in money and moveables, (68, 00 s., 00 d.); the said three daughters to have their part as appraised and as set in the inventory; and for as much as the above-mentioned lands divided to Ephraim, amounts to one hundred and three pounds, seventeen and six pence, he is to return to the estate 18, 07 s., 06 d.

      The above written is the mutual agreement of the sons, sons-in-law, and daughters of the above-named Lieut. John Howard, late of Bridgewater, deceased, made and agreed on the sixteenth day of October, 1701. In testimony whereof they have hereunto sealed and subscribed.

      Signed, sealed and declared by the subscribers to be their agreement, in the presence of Elisha Wadsworth, Martha Howard, John Howard, Jonathan Howard, Ephraim Howard, Thomas Snell, Edward Fobes, Elizabeth Fobes, Zacheus Packard (In behalf of himself and Sarah his wife), Henry Kingman (In behalf of himself and Bethiah his wife), Edward Mitchell (As guardian of the children of James Howard, deceased).

      MEMORANDUM, that on the sixteenth day of October, 1701, the above-named parties to this agreement, who have hereunto sealed and subscribed, all of them came personally before me, the subscriber, Judge of Probate for the County of Plymouth, and acknowledged the before written instrument to be their act and deed. William Bradford.

      Recorded, October 24, 1701.
      Per Samuel Sprague, Register.

      MEMORANDUM, Setp., Anno Dom. 1703
      The legatees of the estate of Lieut. John Howard, of Bridgewater, came to a division of the estate of Martha Howard, who was the widow of said John Howard, and upon that division there was fourteen pounds that did accrue to the children of James Howard, twelve pounds whereof was in the hands of Samuel James, which they ordered Ensign Edward Mitchell, the said children's overseer, to receive for them, which accordingly he accepted of, and the other forty shillings they engaged to pay to Jonathan Howard, and he to give bill to the overseer for the said forty shillings.

      Mutually signed in the presence of Nathaniel Brett, Edward Howard, Edward Fobes, John Howard, Jonathan Howard, Ephraim Howard, and Henry Kingman.
    Military  King Philip's War  [4
    • From The Howard Genealogy: Descendants of John Howard of Bridgewater by Heman Howard, p. 1:

      He was one of the first military officers, and was appointed Ensign, Sept. 27, 1664. Ensign John Howard, with twenty others, fought with some Indians and took seventeen of them alive with much plunder, and all returned without serious injury. [...] Oct. 2, 1689, he was promoted, and received his commission as a lieutenant.

      King Philip's War was an armed conflict between Native American inhabitants of southern New England and English colonists with their Native American allied in 1675 and 1676. The war was named after the main Native American leader, Metacomet, who was known to the English as "King Philip".
    Name  John HAWARD  [4
    Occupation  carpenter  [4
    Person ID  I11866  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  23 Jul 2011 

    Family 1  HAYWARD Martha,   d. Bef 1703 
    Married  Y  [4, 9
    Children 
     1. HOWARD John, Jr.,   b. West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1727
     2. HOWARD James,   b. West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1690, Saint-Denis, , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. HOWARD Major Jonathan,   b. Abt 1664, West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1739  Age: ~ 75 years
     4. HOWARD Elizabeth,   b. West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. HOWARD Sarah,   b. West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. HOWARD Bethiah,   b. 1672, West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1755  Age: 83 years
     7. HOWARD Ephraim,   b. 1667, West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1750, West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 83 years
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F3933  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. HOWARD Elizabeth,   b. West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F5814  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - - , , , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - England - Bef 1643 - Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1645 - Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - surveyor of highways - 1656 - Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFreeman - 1657 - Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - tavern keeper - From 1670 to 1700 - Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAppointed - deputy to the General Court of Massachusetts - 5 Jun 1678 - , , Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAppointed - selectman - 5 Jun 1678 - Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAppointed - representative to the General Court - 1683 - , , Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEstate - 15 Oct 1701 - Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From The Howard Genealogy by Heman Howard, p. 1-2:

      John Howard, with his brother James, came from England, and settled in Duxbury. He was among those who were able to bear arms there in 1643. He was about fifteen years old when he came to Duxbury. He lived in the family of Capt. Miles Standish, who came from Shorely, Lancashire, England. He soon removed to Bridgewater, and was one of the original settlers and proprietors of that town. Judge Mitchell, in his history of Bridgewater, says that John Howard, the first Howard to settle in Bridgewater, was a man of much influence in the new plantation. [10]

  • Sources 
    1. [S200] Genealogical & Family History of the State of Vermont, Hiram Carleton, (New York, NY: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903.), Vol. 2: p. 184. (Reliability: 3), 26 Jun 2010.

    2. [S52] Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, [Unknown Author], (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers & Company, 1912.), Vol. 3: p. 1214. (Reliability: 3), 20 Apr 2011.

    3. [S51] History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Nahum Mitchell, (Boston, MA: Kidder & Wright, 1840.), p. 163, 197, 225. (Reliability: 3), 21 Apr 2011.

    4. [S114] The Howard Genealogy, Heman Howard, (Brockton, MA: The Standard Printing Co., 1903.), p. 1. (Reliability: 3), 8 Mar 2009.

    5. [S51] History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Nahum Mitchell, (Boston, MA: Kidder & Wright, 1840.), p. 197. (Reliability: 3), 14 Jun 2011.

    6. [S114] The Howard Genealogy, Heman Howard, (Brockton, MA: The Standard Printing Co., 1903.), p. 2. (Reliability: 3), 8 Mar 2009.

    7. [S51] History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Nahum Mitchell, (Boston, MA: Kidder & Wright, 1840.), p. 197. (Reliability: 3), 21 Apr 2011.

    8. [S114] The Howard Genealogy, Heman Howard, (Brockton, MA: The Standard Printing Co., 1903.), p. 2-4. (Reliability: 3), 8 Mar 2009.

    9. [S51] History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Nahum Mitchell, (Boston, MA: Kidder & Wright, 1840.), p. 181, 197. (Reliability: 3), 21 Apr 2011.

    10. [S114] The Howard Genealogy, Heman Howard, (Brockton, MA: The Standard Printing Co., 1903.), p. 1-2. (Reliability: 4), 8 Mar 2009.