In July of 1936 the Pilgrim John Howland Society began to publish our quarterly newsletter the Howland Quarterly. Now over 76 volumes of the Quarterly exist.

The main objects of this publication are (1) to bring our members closer together, for, after all, we are one large family; (2) to present to you the many interesting items relating to the Howlands—past and present—and (3) notices of our meetings, the work we are doing and our plans for developing the PJHS.

Listed to the below are articles from past issues of the Howland Quarterly that should be of interest to you. In addition much of the material of this Web site is culled from the past issues of the Howland Quarterly and are written by our members to help celebrate and to educate about our ancestors achievements and lives.

The Naming of Howland IslandAt the time of the fateful flight of Amelia Earhart in 1937, a small sand-strewn coral reef in the Pacific ocean, 1600 miles from Honolulu, was prepared for her by our government as a landing base.

This island according to our maps is called Howland Island and until recently we have been unable to find out why it was so named.

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Howland Children Q&AThe children of our Pilgrim ancestors, John Howland and his wife Elizabeth, will be our subjects of this column. According to the records known, we will include the dates of their births, marriages and deaths.

DESIRE, born 1625 in Plymouth and died October 13, 1683, at Barnstable. She married in 1643, Captain John Gorham, who was in command of a company in the King Philip war, and died in Swanzey, aged 54.

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Pilgrim Life Q&AAs a matter of historic as well as “Family” interest, we are giving you some data regarding our Pilgrim ancestors.

Who were our Pilgrim ancestors who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620?
John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

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Pilgrim Q&AThe following suggestion may be found interesting to our members. We will call it a Thanksgiving Game. Prepare place-cards for the mmembers of the family and guests. On the backs of these cards have the ansers to the questions given below.

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capt-jhowland-smThrough the years there has been much written about Pilgrim John Howland, making it difficult to introduce any new material about our ancestor, leaving avenues that tough on him very narrowed. In searching for something different I set out to fine something somehow related to his name. In doing so I discovered that there were numerous John Howlands in and adjacent to New Bedford, Mass., who were captains, other officers and seamen. Some were owners, part owners, and crewmen of various whaling ships.

Read more: Many a Brave John Howland Had a Whale of a Time

Admiral George RemeyIt is impossible to determine after eight generations what qualities a man inherited from John Howland of the Mayflower but Admiral George Collier Remey displayed many of the attributes that made John Howland a valuable and prominent leader of the Pilgrim colony in Plymouth.

Read more: Admiral George Remey: A Man Hailed for His ‘Good Judgment’

The Howland SpoonSpoons are among the more common artifacts found in Old Colony archaeological sites of the seventeenth century. The archaeological collections at Plimoth Plantation, recovered from seven sites in Plymouth, Kingston and Marshfield, contain a good sample of spoons which illustrate the development of the spoon during the seventeenth century.

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A Flag, a Cross and a SwordWhen the Howland Society’s shallop sailed from Plymouth to Maine in August 2003 the tiny ship was flying the flag of St. George — the flag created a furor in the early days of New England.

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Hey Puddin' HeadHave you ever been called a “pudding head?” Ever wonder where this seemingly endearing term comes from?

Many historians believe that the term “pudding head” came from the colonial belief that if children learning to walk fell frequently and hit their heads, they could scramble their brains, making them like the consistency of pudding, thereby becoming “pudding heads.”

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Warwick Charlton: Mayflower II VisionaryOn December 10, 2002 Warwick Charlton, 84, died. He should be forever remembered by all Mayflower descendants as the man who had the vision of building a replica of the Mayflower. Charlton conceived the idea while serving with the Eighth Army in the North African desert during World War II. He had been inspired after reading William Bradford’s journal Of Plimoth Plantation.

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Pastor Robinson Gave the Pilgrims Some Sound AdviceIf Jackie Robinson had been a 17th century clergyman instead of a 20th century baseball player he might have offered this advice to the Pilgrims:

“Keep your eye on the ball” and “watch our for the Indians.”

If John Robinson had been a baseball player instead of the pastor left behind in Leyden when the Pilgrims sailed to the New World on the Mayflower he might have offered some wise suggestions still applicable in today’s world of greenback greed...

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Purloined, Found and Recovered: The History of Bradford's HistoryWhat is Bradford's history Of Plimoth Plantation? Most readers will recognize the title and some will know that it is the firsthand account of Plymouth Colony's history written during the period 1630-1650 by the Colony's second and, with 33 years, its longest serving governor.

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Did Elizabeth Howland Make the Ink for the Document?We may never know whether both the John Howland signatures, shown to the right were written by the Mayflower Pilgrim. The top one which was on the 1623 indenture probably was signed when Howland was about 30, while the other (bottom) which is taken from John Howland of the Mayflower by Elizabeth Pearson White, seems to have been signed when he was elderly.

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Double Date ConfusionHave you ever seen a date written 1672/3? Did you ever wonder what it meant? You will find it frequently in our country’s early records. Let me explain what it means because of our calendar changes.

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Forefathers Day, December 21: Our DayIn 1769 a club was formed to honor the settlers of New Plymouth. In Thacher's History of Plymouth, Boston, 1835, he states "...seven respectable individuals, inhabitants of Plymouth, instituted a social club...which they called the Old Colony Club for the purpose of solemnizing the anniversary of the arrival of our forefathers."

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Widow Elizabeth Tilley HowlandFor 15 years—or almost 20 percent of her life—Elizabeth Tilley Howland was a widow. She never remarried after her husband and fellow Mayflower passenger died on Feb. 23, 1672/3 and instead played the useful role of grandma while living with her daughter Lydia Brown in Swansea. Elizabeth was 65 when John died, probably still vivacious and attractive enough to say “yes” to a second husband, but she preferred to remain a widow until she died on Dec. 22, 1687.

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John Howland and Courage on the Kennebec in MaineJohn Howland’s character was forged by danger and death and the result was courage on the Kennebec. The young man from Fenstanton left England in 1620 as a Mayflower passenger and promptly showed his quick wit in a perilous situation when he was swept overboard during a violent storm and was able to grab some trailing halyards and hold on until rescued. When the Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod, Howland was among those who explored the strange land, braving terrible cold and Indian attack.

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