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~ THE ABRAHAM HOWE FAMILY ~

A GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY of THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND, SHOWING THREE GENERATIONS OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE MAY, 1692
ON THE BASIS OF FARMER'S REGISTER.
BY JAMES SAVAGE, published 1860

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The below is information from various records

Abraham Howe, was in Marlborough as early as 1657 as records show.  In 1660 he shows as being one of the proprietors of the town.  He probably came from Roxbury, Masachusetts.  He may have removed to Watertown when difficulty with Indians arose, for his second and third child are recorded as being born in Watertown.  His house was located near where the schoolhouse number two was located (see 1803 map).

Abraham Howe House one of the most beautifully located in Marlborough. It was in 1660 when Abraham Howe who was settled in Watertown moved to Marlborough where he established the Howe Tavern. He married Hannah Ward, daughter of William and they had eleven children among whom was Abraham Jr. who married 1695, Mary Howe, and who with Col. Thomas Howe, the Miles Standish of Marlborough at that time when the Indians burned our Meeting house and so much property, marched in 1704 to the Lancaster Relief where Abraham was killed with Benjemin Hutchins at the time of that engagement. His brother Joseph Howe, who married in 1688 Dorothy Martin, became a large land holder in Marlboro and other places, and owned the grist mill in Feltonville before 1700, probably the first mill erected there.

Among their children was Joseph 2nd who married Zeruiah Howe, daughter of Capt. Daniel and Elizabeth (Kerley) Howe, and at her death married Ruth Brigham, daughter of Jonathan and Mary Brigham. It was Joseph 2nd who built the above house in 1700 which somewhere near 1825 was enlarged and again remodeled in 1895. A skin parchment deed signed by Great James and John Woomscon, Indian Chiefs, is the only recorded deed of the home place.

Among Joseph's children was Thaddeus who married Levinah Brigham, daughter of Joseph and Comfort [Bigelow] Brigham. [At her death he married Prudence Holman of Bolton.] Among his children was William  Howe who married Elizabeth, daughter of John and Grace (Newton) Stowe. Their son Willliam Loring Howe married Persis Sawyer of Berlin. They were the parents of William Nelson Howe, a pleasant old gentleman who smilingly exclaimed,

"They didn't put my name down in the book published 50 years ago (referring to Hudson's book)" And then he told stories of the days of the old Indians when his Farm no doubt was one of their burial places as his father, William. L., who owned a considerable portion of their Planting Field had found quantities of beads and arrow heads which no doubt had been buried with these dusky natives.

William Nelson Howe married 1850 Abbie D. Witt, daughter of Dwight Witt and Abigail Estabrook Witt. At her death he married Elizabeth Wilkins daughter of Stephen and Relief Whitcomb Wilkins, and here on this old Homestead was his life peacefully lived and ended. His body rests in Rock Lawn Cemetery where his parents were buried. His son, our respected townsman Elmer D. Howe, succeeded to the estate and still resides here with his wife Leonora M. [Bemis] and their three children, William Llewellyn. [married Esther M. Walker,] Leroy Martin, Elizabeth Lavinia.

Source: Ella Bigelows Book

Daniel Howe, son of Abraham and Hannah (Ward) Howe, was a large land owner in Marlborough, Lancaster and that part of Marlborough which became Westborough.  His property was inventoried at 1,264 pounds and was administered by his wife.

Joseph Howe, son of Abraham and Hannah (Ward) Howe, was also a large land owner in Marlborough, Lancaster and Watertwon.  He owned a gristmill at Feltonville, now Hudson, before 1700.  His estate was inventoried at 1,442 pounds.

Joseph Howe Jr., son of Joseph and Dorothy (Martin) Howe, was a large land owner in New Marlborough which is in the Berkshires.  His will is dated  July 16, 1770 and was proved on March 14, 1775; it mentions his wife Ruth, sons Joseph, Thaddeus, Phinehas and Artemus, daughters Zerviah, Dina and Betty.  It also mentions his grandchildren of daughter Dorothy.

Joseph Howe III, son of Joseph and Grace (Rice) Howe, bought, in 1777, from Reverand Mr. Smith a negroe servant, whose name was Dill Oxford, for the sum of 66 pounds.  The Constitution of 1780 made all such persons free.  Miss Dill, from choice, remained with the family until the day of her death.  She was highly esteemed in the family and neighborhood.  Her mode of dress was unuseal for the times, she wore a skirt and petticoat like a female and a coat after the fashion of a man; this was her normal and holiday appearance.  There is no record her death in the vital records of Marlborough, nor in the inscriptions of the five cemeteries.

Adonijah Howe, son of Abraham and Rachel (Rice) Howe, marched from Princeton as lieutenant at the Lexington Alarm in Capt. Boaz Moore's Company. He died in Princeton.

Samuel Howe, son of Joseph and Grace (Rice) Howe, move to Vermont.He was placed on the pension roll of Essex County, Vermont in 1832 for service as private in the Massachusetts militia. He died in Guildhall, Vermont.

Artemas Howe, son of Joseph and Ruth (Brigham) Howe, enlisted 1775 in Captain Daniel Howe's Company, Colonel Samuel Holden Parsons' 10th regiment.

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