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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Benjamin Howland son of ............
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 16:03:15 EST
Subject: Benjamin Howland
Source: The Howland Heirs (full book online with google books online)
Zoeth and Abigail Howland had nine children, the births of the first eight
children being established by the
Newport "Friends" records. The sons were: Nathaniel, Benjamin, Daniel,
Henry and Nicholas and the
daughters were: Lydia, Mary, Sarah and Abigail.
Benjamin Howland, second son of Zoeth and Abigail Howland, was born May 8,
1659 and was
seventeen years old when his father was slain. At the age of 25, on June 23
1684 he m. Judith Sampson,
probably a sister of his brother Daniel's wife. He may have been the
Howland (first name not stated) who
was among those taking the Oath of Fidelity at Dartmouth in 1686. The town
had been incorporated in 1664
and the settlement developed gradually. It was here that many Friends found
refuge from the rigors of the
Benjamin Howland's first allotment was in the Apponegansett region on the
tract between the Paskamansett
and Apponegansett Rivers called Nomquid Neck (a name perpetuated in
"Nonquitt") embracing the terri-
tory named after the twin hills on the shore, the headland called Round Hill
skipping along to p.9
Benjamin Howland was several times chosen for town offices, being a
Selectman and Assessor in 1697
and Surveyor of highways in 1698 and Constable in 1709. He died at Round
Hills, March 12, 1727 aged
sixty-eight years and was survived by his wife and five adult children.
In his Will, executed in March of 1722 - reference is made to his "new
house". To his wife, Judith he gave
the life use of his "old house" and all the household goods - this property
at her death to be divided between
his three daughers: Abigail Ricketson, Desire Howland, and Lydia Soule. His
son, Barnabas Howland, as
Executor, was entrusted with Testator's stock of cattle and money, in order
to provide comforts for his
mother, and after her death to divide the remainder among the daughters.
To his son Isaac he left the Round Hill meadow, so called - forty acres,
being part of his homestead on the
east side of the highway leading to Salt House Point, also four acres and
sixty-five rods of salt meadow, to-
gether with three lots of land aggregating 74 acres on the west side of
Nomquid Neck and one-half of the
To his son Barnabas he bequeathed all of his homestead farm, excepting the
portion left to Isaac, and eight
acres sold to Hezekiah Smith with houses and barns, orchard, fences and
cribs: also six and one half acres
of salt meadow adjoining; half of the cedar swamp; and a lot on Nomquid
Neck. The Inventory showed a
total of 2,968 pounds, fifteen shillings - of which 2,500 pounds was in real
estate. The personal property
included a bible and other books valued at two pounds, fourteen shillings.
The children of Benjamin &
Judith (Sampson) Howland were:
1. Abigail Howland b. Nov. 30, 1686 m. July 8, 1710, Jonathan Ricketson, son
of William & Elizabeth
2. Benjamin Howland b. Nov. 30, 1688, prob. died young - not mentioned in
his father's Will.
3. Isaac Howland, b. Jan 30, 1694; died Sept 22, 1788; m. Hannah Allen.
4. Desire Howland, b. Aug 20, 1696; m. Jan 19, 1726, John, son of John &
Mary (Russell) Lapham.
5. Barnabas Howland, b. Sept 16, 1699; died Feb 19, 1773; m. (1) Rebecca
Lapham; and m. (2) Mrs.
6. Lydia Howland b. Oct 8, 1701; m. 1719, George, the son of William and
Barnabas Howland carried on the Round Hills farm for nearly half a century,
dying in his seventy-fourth year.
He was as tenacious of his religious scruples as any of his forebears - for
the Friends (Quakers) records
of 1750 state that he had been in prison for twelve months for refusing to
go to war. (skipping along) He was
twice married (1) July 30, 1724 to Rebecca Lapham of Dartmouth, b. Oct 5,
1707; died Nov. 7, 1736, the
dau. of John & Mary (Russell) Lapham. (Her brother John m. Barnabas'
sister, Desire) He m. (2) Penelope
(Tripp) - the widow of Jedediah Allen of Dartmouth whom he m. June 16, 1750
and who survived him.
This family genealogy continues with Google Books Online - and is downloada
ble at 12.9 megabytes.;
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
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