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  • ID: I10316
  • Name: John HOW 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: John /Howe/
  • Birth: 20 NOV 1620 in Hodnell, Southam, Warwickshire, England
  • Death: 10 JUL 1687 in Marlborough, Middlesex, MA 2
  • Death: 28 MAY 1680
  • Event: Bullet IMMIGRANT
  • Note:
    JOHN HOW (HOWE) was a son of John How, whom it is supposed came from Warwickshire, England, and was descended from John How, the son of John of Hodinhull, who was connected with the family of Sir Charles How of Lancaster, England. John How was admitted a freeman in 1641, and two years later was one of the town's selectmen. In 1655 he was appointed to see that the youth were well behaved on the Sabbath. He was said to be the first white settler on the new grant land. He was petitioner for the Marlboro Plantation in 1657, and moved to that place about the same year. He was located east of the Indian "planting field" and was the first tavern-keeper in Marlboro, having kept a public house there as early, at least, as 1670. At this ordinary his grandson, who afterwards kept the Sudbury "Red Horse Tavern", may have been favorably struck with the occupation of an innholder, and thus led to establish the business in Sudbury. Mr. How was a man of kindly feeling and uprightness of character, and both Sudbury and Marlboro were favored with the presence of successive generations of the family. John How died at Marlboro in 1687, at which place and about which time his wife also died. [The Sudbury Archives,]

    Note: I have a different death date for John and his wife, which I took from a web page which supposedly used the sources listed below. I did not see any death date given in The Sudbury Archives data base of vital records. But his will, dated 24 May 1680 was not inventoried until 1690; so who knows?


    Reference: John F. Chandler providing: birth and death records on this family can be found in "Vital Records of Sudbury, Mass., to the Year 1850," NEHGS (1903 Boston, MA).); (records providing that David How received 130 acres of land in Sudbury where he built the How Tavern, later known as the Red Horse Tavern and immortalized as Longfellow's "Tales of the Wayside Inn," can be found in "History of Framingham, Mass., 1640-1885," Temple, Josiah H. (1887 Framingham, MA); "Bent Family in America," Bent, Allen H. (David Clapp & Sons, 1900 Boston, MA); records providing that the tavern was well known immediately and a regular stop for Ebenezer Parkman can be found in "Diary of Ebenezer Parkman, 1703-1782 (American Antiquarian Society 1974, Worcester, MA); and a will mentioning wife, Hepzibah (Death), sons Elifalet, Israel and David, eldest daughter Thankful, second daughter Hephzebath Keyes, youngest daughter Ruth Stone and naming son Ezekial as sole executor,
    Probate Court Case Records Docket 11995.

    Reference: "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).


    WILL of JOHN HOW, dated 24 May 1680,
    provided by The Sudbury Archives,

    # 14896

    Will of John How, 1690

    I, John How, of Marlborough in the Countie of Middlesex in New England being under bodily distemper but of intire understanding, and expecting my departure out of this life, do make and ordain my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:

    First, I yeeld up my soul into the hand of god my merciful father who hath in his long suffering and goodness lengthened out my dayes hitherto.

    Nextly, for the disposal of my worldly goods, I will and bequeath unto my son Samuel How five and twenty acres of my upland which is part of my third division of upland lying on the south side of Stony Brook, to be the possession of my said son Samuel and his heirs forever.

    I give to my son Isaac How and his heirs forever sixteen acres of upland upon part of which his hous now standeth on Pate [?] Plain, and I give my said son Isaac all that part of Patch Meadow which lyeth next unto his said upland, as the said meadow lies already divided betwixt my said son Isaac and his brother Josiah How.

    To my son Josiah How and his heirs forever I give seven acres and one half of upland, granted as an addition to my house-lot, and lying next thereto, in that which I call Grape Field. Also I give to my son Josiah two acres more of upland, in which his orchard is now planted. And unto my said son Josiah I bequeath all that part of meadow on Pate [?] Plain which lyeth to the westward, and is already divided betwixt his brother Isaac and himself. Also I bequeath unto my said son Josiah sixteen acres more of upland, being part of my third division of upland granted unto my house-lot, and lyeth on the south side of Stony Brook. Furthermore, I will that my son Isaac abovesaid shall pay or cause to be paid unto my said son Josiah or his assigns the sum of ten pounds in what he can best spare, within four years next after my decease viz: fifty shilling a year during the said term of four years.

    To my son Thomas How and his heirs forever, I give (after my decease) my now dwelling house, and all my out-houses with all the land lying about the same, now in my possession, as well as that which is without fence as that which lyeth within fence, together with all town rights and privaledges belonging to my house-lot, and I give unto my said son Thomas all my right in Fort Meadow, also the hors he troops on, with all his furniture, and my two best oxen, and my cart, and plaow with all tackling pertaining thereto, he allowing his mother, my loving wife ______ maintenance for both food and rayment according to her rank. And he shall pay or cause to be paid unto his said mother fifty shillings in money from year to year, during her widowhood, and if during the said time, she shall see meet to move from my house to dwell elsewhere, my said son Thomas shall defray the whole charg of her maintenance where she shall choose to reside.

    To my son Eleazar How and his heirs forever I give thirty acres of upland which are part of my third division of upland, lying on the south side of Stony Brook. Also I give my said son Eleazar my four acres of meadow lying in Chaunty Meadow and four acres more lying in Middle Meadow, and an hors colt and two steers of two years old.

    To my daughter Sarah Ward I give a feather bed with all appurtenances therrto, namely sheets, blankets, rug or coverlid with pillows and pillow-drawers, curtins and vallins. To my daughter Mary Witherly I give a feather bed also with all appurtenances thereto as before is specified unto her sister Sarah Ward. But neither my daughter Sarah nor Mary aforesaid shall have either of the said bedd or the said furniture or appurtenances until my wife can spare the same.

    To Mary my loving wife I give twenty acres of upland, being the third division of upland pertaining to the ten acre lot which I purchased of Abraham Williams, which said twenty acres ly in Saddle Plain, about half a mile north westward of John Brighamís saw mill, and I give my said wife ten acres of meadow lying about a mile northward of the said saw mill. Also I give her four acres of meadow more which ly in Cold Harbor Meadow, also I bequeath unto her ten acres of swamp lying in two pieces, both of them beyond Assabat River, about a mile apart. Also I bequeath unto my loving wife all my movable goods and estate which I have not otherwise disposed of, and if Joseph Graves which now lives with her as a servant should well and truly serve out his time viz: until he shall be nineteen years of age, unto the advantage of my wife, she shall cloth him well at his departure, and shee shall give him either a good cow, or an hors which of them he shall then choose. Also I give unto my wife all debts due to me from any persons wheresoever they dwell.

    Also I will that John How my grandchild, son unto son John How deceased, shall have an ew lamb, I having already done well for his father and my will is that when my wife shall part with any of the legacies now bequeathed unto her, by any gift of hers, she shall dispose thereof among my surviving children.

    And of this my last will and testament, I make and appoint Mary my beloved wife executrix and my son Samuel How executor, and I disire and appoint my beloved friends Edward Rice and Abraham Williams to be the overseers of this my will. In witness hereof I hereunto put my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of May in ye year of Christ one thousand six hundred and eighty.

    Signed and sealed in presence of us

    William Brinsmead

    Solomon Johnson Sr. John How

    Abraham How

    John Haynes

    15, 4, 80 sworn in court by John Haynes and Solomon Johnson J R C

    Inventory taken June 5, 1690 Total 511-0-0

    Item. Due from the countrie for expense during the warr 5-0-0

    Transcriptions: Capitalization, punctuation and archaic characters have been modernized in form and usage. Spelling is retained as it appears in the original document. Roman text between brackets, i.e. [text], indicates the editorís attempt to supply missing or illegible text, while italicized text between brackets, i.e. [text] indicates the editorís own words. For further information, see "Transcription Criteria."

    Father: John HOW , of Warwickshire b: ABT 1598 in Hodnell, Southam, Warwickshire, England

    Marriage 1 Mary (Martha) JONES b: 1618 in England
    • Married: 1640 in Marlborough, Middlesex, MA
    1. Has No Children James HOW b: 24 AUG 1640 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    2. Has Children Samuel HOW , Col b: 20 OCT 1642 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    3. Has No Children Sarah HOW b: 25 SEP 1644 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    4. Has No Children Mary HOW b: 18 JAN 1645/46 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    5. Has No Children Isaac HOW b: 8 AUG 1648 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    6. Has No Children Josiah HOW b: 1650 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    7. Has No Children Mary HOW b: 18 JAN 1651/52 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    8. Has No Children Thomas HOW b: 12 JUN 1656 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    9. Has No Children Daniel HOW b: 3 JAN 1658/59 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    10. Has No Children Alexander HOW b: 29 DEC 1660 in Marlborough, Middlesex, MA
    11. Has No Children Eleazer HOW b: 18 JAN 1662/63 in Marlborough, Middlesex, MA

    1. Title: The Sudbury Archives,
      Page: How, John - Biography & Will dated 24 May 1680
    2. Title: The Sudbury Archives,
      Page: How, John - Biography
      Text: 1687
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