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Ancestors of Branson Satterthwaite**

      614. Henry Howland**^^, born November 25, 1604 in Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England; died January 17, 1670/71 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was the son of 1228. Henry Howland** and 1229. Margaret Aires**. He married 615. Mary Newland**^^ Abt. 1629 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

      615. Mary Newland**^^, born Abt. 1609 in Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England; died June 15, 1674 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of 1230. William Newland** and 1231. Agnes Greenway**.

Notes for Henry Howland**^^:
United States Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon descend from him.

25 MAR 1633 Arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts to be with his brother John.      

Excerpt From "THE HOWLAND HEIRS," by William Emery. Published By E. Anthony & Sons New Bedford, Mass. 1919.
Henry Howland, the pioneer, with his brother Arthur, came to this country in either the Fortune, 1621, or the Ann, 1623. Their brother John had preceded them to Plymouth as one of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620. The origin of this family is believed to have been in Essex County, England, but extensive researches have failed to reveal the parentage of the three brothers. There was another brother, Humphrey Howland, a draper, of the parish of St. Swithin, London, whose will, proved July 10, 1646, left certain legacies to his three brothers, Arthur, John and Henry in New England. Still another brother, George, was of St. Dunstan's parish in the east.
The first mention made of Henry Howland is in the allotment of cattle in Plymouth in 1624, when he appears as owner of the "black cow." In 1633 his name is found in the list of freemen, and in the same year he indentured a servant, Walter Harris. In 1634 he was taxed eighteen shillings, as against a tax of nine shillings the year previous. He was among the earliest settlers of Duxbury, where in 1635 he was chosen constable, and was described as "one of the substantial landholders and freemen."
In 1640 he purchased five acres of upland and an acre of marsh meadow in Dux bury, the price paid being "twelve bushells of Indian Corne." For several years he was surveyor of
highways in the town, and for nine years served on the grand jury. But in 1657 he refused to serve longer on the grand inquest, the apparent reason being that he had turned Quaker and could not conscientiously perform the duties required of him.
Thereafter he was an object of persecution by the authorities of the Colony. In October, 1657, he was "summonsed to appear at the next March Court to answare for intertaining Quakers meetings at his house." He was fined ten shillings. In March, 1659, his wife, their son Zoeth, and the latter's wife, and Arthur Howland and wife, with others, were fined ten shillings each for "frequently absenting themselves from the publicke worship of God." In 1659 Henry Howland was convicted and sentenced by the Court "to be disfranchised of his freedom in the corporation" for being an abettor and entertainer of Quakers. The following year he was again convicted and fined for a similar offense. Once, on refusing to pay his fine, his house and lands were seized by the marshal.
In 1652 Henry Howland was among the original purchasers of Dartmouth, where
his son Zoeth and four of his six grandsons were destined to become settlers. He was the owner of half a share, or one sixty-eighth of the purchase, which was acquired from the Indians. Subsequently, with twenty-six others he bought the land known as ABsonet, including the present town of Freetown, Mass., and here his son Samuel settled. In 1664 he bought a large tract of land at Swansea. It is probable that he lived for a time at Apponegansett, on his share of the Dartmouth purchase, as his will of 1670 gave to two of his children his horses and cattle "now running" there, and his wife's will, four years later, made this bequest: "Unto my son John Howland my house at Apponegansett." His old homestead at Duxbury was left to his son Joseph, excepting the "new room," which was reserved for the widow of the testator.
Henry Howland died in Duxbury, Jan. 17, 1671. His wife was Mary Newland, a sister of William Newland, who came from Lynn in 1637 and settled in Sandwich. She died in Duxbury, June 17, 1674. To the couple were born four sons and four daughters, Zoeth, Joseph, John, Samuel, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary and Abigail, all of whom were legatees under the wills of both parents.
Zoeth Howland, son of Henry, was born probably in Duxbury about 1636. In the tenth month, 1656, he was married to his wife Abigail, as appears by the Friends' records at Newport, R. I. In 1657 he took the oath of "Fidelitie" at Dux bury, but because of his Quaker proclivities held the clergy of the established church in little esteem. Witness a deposition of one Samuel Hunt about this time: "About a fortnight before the date heerof, being att the house of Zoeth Howland, hee said hee would not go to meeting to hear lyes, and that the diuill (devil) could teach as good a sermon as the minnisters; and that a 2cond time being att the house of the said Zoeth Howland, and his brother, John Hunt, and Tho Delano being with him, he questioned with the said Zoeth Howland whether hee would not goe to the meeting, because the minnesters taught lyes, and that the diuill could teach as good a sermon as the minnesters; and he said hee denied it not. Also, Tho Delano questioned him whether the minnesters taught lyes, and hee said yes, and lett him looke in the Scriptures and hee should find it soe."
For this audacious utterance Zoeth was arraigned at the term of Court in March, 1657-58, "for speaking opprobriously of the minnesters of Gods Word," and was sentenced to sit in the stocks. He and his wife were also fined for not attending the ordained meetings.

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ORIGIN: Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire
REMOVES: Duxbury 1636
FREEMAN: In the "1633" list of Plymouth freemen Henry Howland appears immediately before those admitted on 1 January 1632/3 [PCR 1:4]. In the 6 March 1636/7 list of Plymouth Colony freemen [PCR 1:52]. In the Duxbury section of the 1639 and 1658 lists of Plymouth freemen (with his name erased from the 1658 list) [PCR 8:174, 198]. (See COMMENTS for disenfranchisement in 1659.)
EDUCATION: He signed his will. His inventory included "books" valued at 10s.
OFFICES: Grand jury, 7 June 1645, 4 June 1650, 2 October 1650, 7 June 1653, 3 June 1657 (refused to serve) [PCR 2:84, 155, 162-63, 3:32, 115]. Petit jury, 7 March 1636, 2 October 1637, 2 January 1637/8, 4 June 1639, 3 September 1639, 7 July 1646, 6-7 June 1649, 29 October 1649, 10 June 1650, 7 October 1651, 4 June 1652, 5 March 1655/6, 5 October 1656 [PCR 2:140, 160, 7:5, 7, 12, 13, 42, 46, 56, 60, 77, 81].
Duxbury highway surveyor, 3 June 1656, 3 June 1668 [PCR 3:100, 4:181].
ESTATE: In the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 assessed 9s., and in the list of 27 March 1634 18s. [PCR 1:11, 28].
On 27 July 1640 William Renolds acknowledged the sale to Henry Howland of Duxbury of five acres of upland in Duxbury and one acre of marsh meadow lying at the east end thereof, with all rights [PCR 12:60-61]. On 6 June 1650 Henry Howland granted to Experience Mitchell and his heirs access to a spring on the border of his property [MD 1:97-98, citing PCLR 2:1:9].
In his will, dated 28 November 1670 and proved 8 March 1670/1, Henry Howland bequeathed "all my housing both dwelling house and barn, with all my lands both upland and meadow ... within the township of Duxburrow ... unto my son Joseph Howland only during my wife's life she shall have and enjoy the new room to herself for her own use"; to "my son Joseph Howland four oxen and two heifers and one horse with all the tackling ... also a bed with things belonging thereunto, as also my fowling piece"; "my son Joseph Howland out of the forementioned houses and lands and cattle shall pay or cause to be paid unto my son Zoeth Howland 20 ... as also 12d. apiece to all his brothers and sisters and their children now surviving"; to "my daughter Sarah two heifers and two steers and one mare now running at Ponaganset, as also one bed and bedding thereunto belonging"; to "my son John one musket"; to "my daughter Elizabeth one cow"; "my old mare now running at Ponagansett unto my son Samuell Howland"; to "my son Joseph Howland two acres of meadowland ... at ... Gurnett's Nose marsh"; to "my daughter Mary 10s."; to "my daughter Abigaill 10s. to be paid by my son Joseph who is to sell a barrel of cider and to pay it out of that"; to "my two sons John and Samuell each of them a barrel of cider"; to "my loving wife Mary Howland" residue [MD 19:32-33, citing PCPR 3:1:26].
The inventory of Henry Howland of Duxbury was taken 14 January 1670/1 and totalled 141 4s., with no real estate included [MD 19:33, citing PCPR 3:1:27].
In her will, dated 8 May 1674 and proved first 26 April 1674 and second 8 April 1675, Mary Howland "sometimes the wife of Hennery Howland now deceased" bequeathed to "my daughter Abigaill Young" 1; to "my son Zoeth Howland" 1; to "my son John Howland my house at Ponagansett"; to "my daughter Mary Cudworth" 1; to "my son Samuel Howland" 1; to "my daughter Sarah Denis" 1; to "my daughter Elizabeth Allin" 1; and to "my son Joseph Howland" the residue [PCPR 3:2:10].
BIRTH: Probably Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, by about 1603 (based on estimated date of marriage), son of Henry Howland [TAG 14:214-15].
DEATH: Duxbury 1 January 1670/1 [NGSQ 75:113, endnote 3].
MARRIAGE: By about 1628 Mary _____ (assuming that she was the mother of all his children). "Mary Howland who had been the wife of Hennery" died at Duxbury 16 June 1674. (The claim that Mary was a Newland is unsupported [NGSQ 75:105].)
i ABIGAIL, b. say 1628; m. Plymouth 13 December 1648 John Young [PCR 8:5].
ii ZOETH, b. say 1631; m. by 1657 Abigail _____ (eldest child b. 5 October 1657 [RIVR 7:64]). (The marriage date is published as "Dec. 1656," with the bride's surname not given [RIVR 7:21]; this may be a marriage record created by calculation, and the original should be examined.)
iii SAMUEL, b. about 1638 (described as "near 70 years old" in 8 July 1707 [NGSQ 75:112, citing Bristol County Court of General Sessions 1702-1714:121]); m. by about 1673 Mary Sampson, daughter of Abraham Sampson (eldest child b. about 1673 [NGSQ 75:112]) [TAG 15:165-67].
iv JOHN, b. say 1641; m. Duxbury 29 January 1684/5 Mary Walker; d. Freetown before 8 August 1687 ([BrPR 1:2]). (His wife was apparently dead, as administration was granted to his brother Samuel; his inventory included 3 10s. in "women's apparel".)
v MARY, b. say 1643; m. by 1665 James Cudworth (eldest child b. Scituate 3 June 1665 [NGSQ 75:110, citing records of Pembroke Monthly Meeting).
vi SARAH, b. about 1645 (d. Portsmouth 2 October 1712, aged about sixty-seven years [NGSQ 75:216]); m. Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 19 November 1672 Robert Dennis [NGSQ 75:216].
vii ELIZABETH, b. say 1647; m. by about 1669 Jedidiah Allen (eldest child b. 30 August 1669 or 1670 [NGSQ 75:111, citing Sandwich Monthly Meeting]).
viii JOSEPH, b. say 1649 (evidently not a minor when his father wrote his will); m. Hampton 4 May 1683 Rebecca Hussey [NGSQ 75:217, citing Salem Monthly Meeting 3:1].
ASSOCIATIONS: Brother of JOHN HOWLAND and Arthur Howland.
COMMENTS: On 22 December 1657 Henry Howland, for entertaining Quaker meetings at his house, was summoned to appear at the next court [PCR 3:126]. On 2 March 1657/8 he was fined 10s. for entertaining a meeting at his house contrary to the order of the court [PCR 3:129].
On 7 June 1659 "Henry Howland of Duxburrow" as a Quaker "or manifest encourager of such" is on a list to lose freemanship and is ordered to appear in August to be convicted and censured [PCR 3:167]. At court 6 October 1659 Henry Howland was disenfranchised for being an "abettor and entertainer of Quakers" [PCR 3:176].
On 1 May 1660 he was accused of entertaining another man's wife in his house after complaint was made to him by the husband, and for permitting a Quaker meeting in his house, and for entertaining a foreign Quaker contrary to the order of the court. The first charge he "stiffly denied" but he was convicted of the other two and fined [PCR 3:186]. He was twice fined on 2 October 1660 for entertaining Quaker meetings [PCR 3:201].
We differ slightly from Wakefield and Sherman [NGSQ 75:107] in the birth sequence and estimate of birth dates for the children of Henry Howland. The assumption has been made that all the sons were of age when the father made his will, but this makes some of them older than the norm when they marry. Even this arrangement leaves an apparent gap of about seven years between the first two children (Abigail and Zoeth) and the remaining six. These first two children may well have been born in England, and there is the possibility that they were by an earlier wife and not by Mary.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: The parentage and parish of origin of the three Howland brothers was reported in 1938 by Clarence A. Torrey [TAG 14:214-15]. A definitive article on what is known to date about Henry Howland was published in 1987 by Robert S. Wakefield and Robert M. Sherman [NGSQ 75:105-16, 216-225].

More About Henry Howland**^^:
Occupation: January 05, 1635/36, Became Constable of Duxbury
Religion: Quaker
Children of Henry Howland**^^ and Mary Newland**^^ are:
  307 i.   Abigail Howland**, born 1629 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died April 07, 1692 in Eastham, Barnstable Co, Massachusetts; married John Young** December 13, 1648 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  ii.   John Howland, born 1633 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died Bef. August 08, 1687 in Freetown, Bristol Co., Massachusetts; married Mary Walker January 29, 1684/85 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; born 1645; died 1712.
  iii.   Zoeth Howland, born January 31, 1636/37 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died January 21, 1675/76 in Pocasset, Now Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island; married Abigail Newland October 10, 1656 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; born Abt. 1640 in Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island; died Aft. 1678 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts.
  Notes for Zoeth Howland:
"He was killed by Indians in the middle of King Phillips War, Jan. 21, 1676."      
*History of Authur, Henry, and John Howland : His son, Daniel owned the ferry
[Howland's Ferry] at Tiverton, and Zoeth might have been killed while on a
visit to see his son.

  iv.   Samuel Howland, born 1638 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died April 18, 1716 in Freetown, Bristol Co., Massachusetts; married (1) Mary Merrihew November 28, 1670; born Abt. 1652; died Aft. 1675; married (2) Mary Sampson Aft. 1676; born Abt. 1650; died Aft. February 04, 1713/14.
  v.   Nicholas Howland, born 1639 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died 1692.
  vi.   Mary Howland, born 1644 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died Bef. January 05, 1698/99 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; married James Cudworth 1664; born May 03, 1635 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died December 17, 1697 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts.
  vii.   Sarah Howland^^, born 1645 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died October 02, 1712 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island; married Robert Dennis^^ November 19, 1672 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island; born 1645 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island; died June 05, 1691 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island.
  Notes for Robert Dennis^^:
Married at the house of Joshua Coggeshall. Her brother John (Howland) signed as witness to the wedding.

  413 viii.   Elizabeth Howland**, born Abt. 1646 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; died Aft. 1713 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., New Jersey; Stepchild; married Jedediah Allen** 1668 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
  ix.   Joseph Howland, born 1649 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died June 15, 1692 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; married Rebecca Hussey March 04, 1681/82 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; born Unknown; died Unknown.

      616. Adam Kyrke**, born Abt. 1608 in Derbyshire, Hope, England; died April 22, 1684. He married 617. Mary** 1621 in Derbyshire, Hope, England.

      617. Mary**, born Abt. 1603 in Derbyshire, Hope, England; died Unknown.
Children of Adam Kyrke** and Mary** are:
  308 i.   Godfrey Kyrke**, born Abt. 1622 in Derbyshire, Hope, England; died Unknown; married 1652 in Derbyshire, Hope, England.
  ii.   Hellen Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  iii.   Elizabeth Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  iv.   Mary Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  v.   Alice Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  vi.   Grace Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  vii.   Joane Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  viii.   Sarah Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  ix.   Adam Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  x.   Margaret Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  xi.   Maudlin Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  xii.   Jane Kyrke, born Unknown; died Unknown.

      624. Captain Lawrence Wilkinson**, born in Lanchester, Durham, England; died Unknown. He was the son of 1248. William Wilkinson** and 1249. Mary Conyers**. He married 625. Susannah Smith**.

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