Southworth Howland, (1775 – 1853)

“Southworth Howland, son of Job and Hannah (Jenkins) Howland. was born March 29. 1775, in Barnstable, and died June 9, 1853. He married first, November 24, 1797, Esther, daughter of Nathan and Persis Allen, of West Brookfield, born December 18, 1780, died October 12, 1814; second, March 13, 1816, Polly, daughter of Dr. Samuel and Bertha (Avery) Ware, of Conway, born December 5, 1785, died February 11, 1870, in Conway. He learned the trade of a house carpenter with his eldest brother. John Howland, and in coming of age was employed in the erection of an elegant dwelling house in West Brookfield by the distinguished architect, Asber Benjamin, and became a prominent resident of that town. He was a man of decided convictions, and was prompt and fearless in defending them. As early as 1812 or 1814 he and his wife pledged each other not to take intoxicating drinks passed around in company, or when making calls, as was the universal custom at that time, and not long after united with a few neighbors in forming a society for the promotion of temperance. He also printed at his own cost, for distribution, an edition of a tract on the subject by the celebrated Dr. Rush.

Children: 1. Southworth, died young. 2. Southworth A.  3. Maria, born August 22. 1802, married June 17, 1830, William Avery, of Conway, born September 16, 1705, died April 25, 1853. 4. Harriet, born July 6, 1804, died May 9, 1805. 5. Harriet, born March 18, 1806; married, March 11, 1845, Hezekiah Perry. 6. Louisa, born March 26, 1808, died September 10, 1877; married first, April 9. 1839, Galen Carpenter, of Worcester, born October 16, 1804, in Attleborough, died July 3, 1867; second, Dr. Henry O. Adams, of South Royalston. 7. Henry J., born October 26, 1810; married, November 29, 1832. Ellen Maria, widow of Horace H. Smith. 8. Harrison O., born January 28, 1813, died February 14, 1872; married, November 23. 1845, Hannah O. Bailey, of Amesbury, born March 23, 1813. Children by second wife: 9. William Ware, born July 25, 1817; married, October 14, 1845, Susan Reed. 10. Samuel, born August 2, 1819, died June 24, 1843. 11. Joseph Avery, born February 19, 1821; married, April 20, 1847, Adeline Henshaw. 12. Mary E., born August 28, 1823, died March 26, 1879; married, 1867, Edward Smith, of Enfield. 13. Elizabeth S., born April 3, 1826. died September 15, 1855, at Cincinnati. Ohio; married, February 25, 1852, Rev. H. D. Ferry, of Monson.”

Source:  Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Vol. 4, by William Richard Cutter, A.M., The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1908, pages 1861-2


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