“WILLIAM WARE HOWLAND, the son of Southworth and Polly (Ware) Howland, was born in West Brookfield, Mass., February 25, 1817, and was fitted for college at West Brookfield and Leicester Academies. He studied theology at Union Seminary, graduating from there in 1845. On the 14th of October of the same year he was ordained at South Hadley, and under appointment as a missionary of the American Board of Missions, he sailed soon after for Ceylon. He was stationed first at Batticotta and afterwards at Tillipally in the Jaffna Mission. In 1861, he made a visit to the United States on account of his health, and returned to his post the next year. From the year 1876 he was in charge of the work at Oodooville and the Female Seminary at that station. He died of chronic dysentery, in Jaffna, Ceylon, August 26, 1892.
Mr. Howland was married, October 14, 1845, to Susan, Daughter of Jonas Reed, of Heath, Mass., who died July 23, 1887. Of eight children, six survive their father. Five of his sons graduated at Amherst College: Rev. Dr. Samuel W. and Rev. William S. in 1870, Rev. John in 1876, Rev. Henry M. in 1862, and David B. in 1883.”
Source: Obituary Record of Graduates of Amherst College, by Henry M. McCloud printer, 1874, pages 12-3