NameJohn Howe Jr.
Birth20 Nov 1620, Warwickshire, England
Death28 May 1680, Marlborough, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
FatherJohn Howe
Misc. Notes
John Howe may have been from Hadinhull, now Hodnet, Warwickshire (Hodnet is today in Shropshire). He settled first at Watertown where Savage says he'd been a long time. He was one of the first settlers of Sudbury, MA, there as early as
1638-39 and was one of 47 who shared in the division of the Sudbury meadows. He was Freeman 13 May 1640 and in 1642
was Selectman.

In 1656, he was one of the signers of a petition to the General Court for grants of land in Marlborough, where he was later one
of the first settlers and a Selectman. He likely came to Marlborough 1657-58. According to "The History of the Town of
Marlborough," pg. 381, he built a cabin a little east of the Indian Planting Field, some 100 rods from the Spring Hill Meeting
House. Being close to the Indians fields, he came to know them well and was known among them for his fairness and good

He opened the first public house at Marlborough and in 1670, applied for renewal of his license which apparently reads as
though he had been in such a business for some time. His will was proved in 1689 and mentions wife Mary, children Samuel,
Isaac, Josiah, Thomas, Eleazer, Sarah Ward, Mary Wetherby and John Howe, Jr, a son of his son John, deceased. The estate
inventory totaled 511 pounds.

Alternate dates of death: 10 July 1678, per Savage and 28 May 1680, per "Early Generations of the
Wetherby-Witherby-Wetherbee-Witherbee Family in New England," W. Wetherbee, 1946 and per William Richard Cutter,
New England Families Genealogical & Memorial, Third Series, Vol. IV, (Orig. publ. NY, 1915; repr. by Genealogical
Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1997), pg. 2073. Died 28 May 1680 or 1689, per William Richard Cutter, Genealogical &
Family History of the State of Connecticut, Vol. II, (Orig. publ. NY, 1911; repr. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.,
Baltimore, 1997), pg. 1129. Died 28 May 1680, per NEHGS, Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts to the end of the
year 1849, (Worcester, MA, 1908), pg. 367, date taken from Middlesex Co. registry.

alternate birth place: Hadnall, Stropshire, England

Ref: "Genealogical Dictionary of the Early Settlers of New England," James Savage, 1860-1862

See information compiled by John F. Chandler (GEDCOM posted to
WorldConnect at Rootsweb at the following URL: and
e-mail address: ) providing: 1. that John
How was from Ladbrooke, Warwicks, England (rather than Hodinhull,
England) in "Topographical Dictionary of 2,885 English Emigrants to New
England, 1620-1650," Bankes, Charles Edward (EE Brownell, 1937,
Philadelphia, PA); 2. fact that John How received a house grant in 1639
in Sudbury, MA and shared in a the 3 divisions of meadow land in 1639-40
in "History of Framingham, MA, 1640-1885," Temple, Josiah H. (1887,
Framingham, MA); 3. immigration occurred in 1640 to Sudbury where John
became a freeman on May 13, 1640 and removed to Marlborough, Mass., in
1656 in "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England,"
Savage, James (Little, Brown & Co., 1860, Boston, MA); 4. name listed in
"List of Freeman of Mass.," Paige, Lucius R. (Genealogical Pub. Co.,
1978, Baltimore, MD); 5. name listed in "Pioneers of Mass.," Pope,
Charles H. (Charles H. Pope, 1900, Boston, MA); 6. John How appointed to
keep order among youth in church in 1655 and that he was licensed to keep
a house of entertainment in Sept. of 1661 in "History of Jaffrey (Middle
Monadnock), NH," Annett, Albert (1934, Jaffrey, NH); 7. petitioned court
re: land in "New England Historical Register," NEHGS (1847 Boston, MA);
8. assigned a house lot for 30 acres in Marlborough, Mass., in 1660, and
said to have been first white settler in town, with a reputation for good
judgment and tall tales in "History of the Town of Marlborough," Hudson,
Charles (TR Marvin & Son, 1862, Boston, MA)(see this note for verbatim
quote of assignement); 9. assigned to William Kerly's garrison on Oct.
1, 1675 in (see note 7. above); 10. will probated on May 24, 1680 in
Marlborough listing Solomon Johnson, Edward Rice and Abraham How
[witnesses?] and mentioning sons Samuel, Isaac, Josiah and Thomas (who
was to receive the house), wife Mary, son Eleazar, daughters Sarah Ward
and Mary Witherby, grandson John How the son of John, and executors wife
Mary and son Samuel in Probate Court Case Records Docket 12049; 11. age
at deat listed as 78 years in "History of the Town of Northfield, Mass.,
for 150 Years," Temple, JH & Sheldon, George (Joel Munsell, 1875, Albany,
NY); 12. death date listed as 1687 in "Vital Records of Marlborough,
Mass., to the End of the Year 1849," (Franklin P. Rice, 1908, Worcester,
MA); marriage in "The William Ward Genealogy," Martyn, Charles (Artemas
Ward, 1925, NY, NY).

Information regarding the Howe/How, Goodnow/Goodenow and Barnes families
is contained in the following documents: "Goodenows Who Originated in
Sudbury, Massachusetts, 1638 A.D.," by Theodore James Fleming Banvard
(Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore 1994); Marlborough Vital Records; Sudbury
Vital Records; "The History of Sudbury, Massachusetts, 1638-1898," by
Alfred Sereno Hudson (Sudbury Press, Sudbury, MA 1898); "New England
Marriages Prior to 1700," by Clarence Almon Torrey (Geneaological Pub.
Co., Baltimore 1985); New England Historical and Genealogical Record,
49:65, 32:409, 48:288; "The Pioneers of Massachusetts," by Charles Henry
Pope (Boston 1900); "Founders of Early American Families," by Meridith
Colket; and "History of the Town of Marlborough, Middlesex,
Massachusetts," by Charles Hudson (Boston 1862).

Information from Family Group Record obtained from Yates

Information from Family Group Record obtained from Yates Publishing.

Of the ancestry of John Howe of Sudbury and Marlborough, nothing
seems to be known, except that he was an Englishman. From the painting
which used to hang upon the walls of the old Red Horse or Howe Tavern in
Sudbury, and from vague family traditions, it has been conjectured that
the father of John was John How, Esq.; that the latter was of
Warwickshire, England, and was a son of John How of Hodinhull, and was
related to the family of Lord Charles How, Earl of Lancaster, in the
reign of Charles I.

Nor is it known when John How came over from England. His name does
not appear in Hotten's Lists of Emigrants to America, containing lists of
those coming over between 1600 and 1700. Many of the lists originally
kept in England have been destroyed or lost and many came over without
being registered in England at all.Neither is it known where he first
settled in this country. It is supposed by some that he resided for a
while in Watertown. Sudbury was first settled in 1637 and the plan of
settlement originated in Watertown but a large portion of Sudbury's early
settlers came directly from England. At any rate, as Watertown was
settled only a few years before Sudbury, it is probable that John How, if
he ever resided in Watertown, resided there only a short time.

All we know about John How's marriage is that the first or christian
name of his wife was Mary. What his trade or occupation was when he came
to Sudbury is also unknown. He has been mentioned in some sources as one
"John How, the glover."

After he removed to Marlborough he kept a tavern for many years, but
it is probable that he did not rely altogether upon this as a means of
support, as he owned a considerable quantity of land.

It is certain that he was in Sudbury as early as 1638 or 39 and that
he was one of the 47 who shared in the division of the Sudbury meadows
about that time.

See HOWE GENEALOGIES by Daniel Wait Howe providing: "In 1642 he was one
of the selectmen of Sudbury, and in 1655 was appointed to "see to the
restraining of youth on the Lord's Day." He was one of the signers to
petition the General Court in 1656 for the grant of lands in Marlborough
and was the first settler there and was the first white inhabitant of the
town. He came to the place as early as 1657 - 1658 and built a cabin a
little east of the Indian planting field, about one-third of a mile
northeasterly of Spring Hill Meeting House, where the late Edward Rice
resided. The ground upon which the house stood was owned for several
generations by the descendants of John How. After that it passed out of
their possession , but subsequently it came into the possession of
Ephraim Howe, a direct descendant of John. During King Philip's War, one
of the his sons, also named John, was slain in Sudbury by Indians, and
his son Colonel Thomas Howe bore a conspicuous part in the subsequent
wars. John How was one of the first selectmen of Marlborough and in all
civil and religious affairs of the town took a prominent part for many
years, so much of his history is so closely identified with that of
Marlborough as to become a part of it. Some little has been preserved
illustrating his individual life and character. He resided near the
Indian Plantation, but by his kindness and justice succeeded in gaining
their good will. A dispute arose between two Indians as to the ownership
of a pumpkin in a case where the vine sprang up on the premises of one,
but the fruit ripened upon the premises of the other. John settled the
dispute by cutting the pumpkin in two and giving each of the disputants
one half. This struck the parties as the perfection of justice and fixed
the impartiality of the Judge on an immutable basis."

"Genealogical Dictionary of the Early Settlers of New England," James Savage, 1860-1862

Ancestry & Genealogy of Thomas Grover
AUTHOR: Joel P. Grover
PUBLICATION: Los Angeles: Privately Printed, 1959
PAGE: pg. 215
Birth1618, England
Death9 Sep 1672, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Marriage1640, Marlborough, Middlesex, MA
ChildrenMary (1654-1684)
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