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Rocky Nook

Located on a small peninsula of land, Rocky Nook represents the core of the farmstead purchased by John Howland from John Jenny in 1638 and held by three generations of Howlands.


Shallop Elizabeth Tilley

Our shallop—Elizabeth Tilley—is a 38-foot, solid oak reproduction of a 1628 shallop. Shallops were the coasting vessels used by our Pilgrim ancestors.


Jabez Howland House

The Jabez Howland House is the only existing house in Plymouth where Pilgrims actually lived. John Howland and his wife, Elizabeth Tilley Howland spent their winters here with their son Jabez and his family.


John Howland

Son of Margaret and Henry Howland, was born about 1592/3. He died at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, February 23, 1672/3.
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The History of Bradford's HistoryOf Plimoth Plantation
A remarkable work by a man who himself was something of a marvel.

Letter From the President

I am writing this letter on February 2 — Ground Hog Day. So far, those of us who live in New England have enjoyed the mildest of winters...

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Bradford Gorham

The PJHS is deeply saddened by the death of our President, Bradford Gorham.

Brad was first elected President of the Society in 1999, and he served until his death on Oct 19, 2015.  He orchestrated the building and sailing of our shallop, The Elizabeth Tilley, from Plymouth to Augusta, ME, following the same route our ancestor John Howland would have taken. He was an affable and respected leader of the society who was proud of his family history, even writing a book "John and Elizabeth Howland PIlgrims on the Kennebec" last year.  Our sympathies are with his wife Christine and the entire Gorham family.  For more information on his life and information on services, please read his Obituary.

Howland Five Generations Books

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants meticulously investigates primary records that substantiate the identity of individuals and families that descend from the Pilgrims who traveled on the ship Mayflower in 1620.

The Five Generations Project books, also called the Silver books, are now being researched beyond the first five generations. These avidly collected books are an invaluable tool in genealogy research.

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