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Zoeth Howland[1]

Male 1636 - 1676  (40 years)


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  • Name Zoeth Howland  [2, 3
    Born 13 Jan 1635/36  Duxbury, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Jan 1675/76  Puncatset, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I4310  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father Henry Howland,   b. by 1603, Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1670/71, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Mother Mary Newland,   b. 1609, Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1674, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married by 1628 
    Family ID F1726  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail,   b. Abt 1640,   d. Bef 26 Apr 1674  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1656  [4
    Children 
    +1. Mary Howland,   b. 23 Dec 1665, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1741/42, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1717  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • "Killed by Indians"

      From "A Great Migration Begins":

      Found in the Friends' records at Newport, R. I., are the marriage and death records of Zoeth Howland: "Zoar Howlan of Dartmouth in plimoth Colony was maried to Abigall his wife in the tenth month of the year one thousand six hundred fifty-six" and "Zoar Howland was killed by the Indians at Pocaset the twenty first day of 1st mo. 1676".

      In the list of names of those who took the oath of Fidelity at Duxbury in the year 1657, is Zoeth Howland. He became a convert to the faith of his father about the same time, and meetings were held at his house, for which he was fined in December, 1657. The following deposition of Samuel Hunt will show the esteem in which he held the Puritan clergy and their teachings. It reads thus: "About a fortnight before the date heerof, being att the house of Zoeth Howland, hee said hee would not goe to meeting to hear lyes, and that the diuill 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, hee 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 hee said hee denied it not. Alsoe, 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 utterance he was arraigned at the next term of the court in March, 1657-8, "for speaking opprobiously of the minnesters of Gods Word," and was given the humiliating sentence "to sitt in the stockes for the space of an houre, or during the pleasure of the Court; which accordingly was pformed, and soe released." His wife was a sharer in his sympathies and fate. She was fined 10s. in March, 1659, for not attending the meeting of the Puritans. Zoeth probably moved to Dartmouth as early as 1662. The Newport Friends' records, and the inventory of his estate, refer to him as Zoeth of Dartmouth, and that his mother owned a house there. Just where he was killed, and how he came to be there, is unknown. The section of Rhode Island including Tiverton and Portsmouth was originally known as Pocasset, and later the name was confined to Tiverton. There existed a ferry at that date, and which was subsequently owned and kept by Zoeth's son Daniel. It is conjectured that Zoeth was likely going to, or from, a Friends' meeting when he was killed.

      Sources: ANC: The Great Migration Begins, by Charles Robert Anderson, under the auspices of the New England Historical Society, profile of Henry Howland; GL: A Brief Genealogical History of Arthur, Henry and John Howland and Their Descendants, by Franklin Howland, 1885, pp 67-68, 70-74. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S986] Glen C. Bodie, Glen C. Bodie, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gcbodie&id=I9941 (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S995] Richard Medders, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=medders_family&id=I78604 (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S995] Richard Medders, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=medders_family&id=I64244 (Reliability: 0).