Family Group of Briggs Howland

BRIGGS HOWLAND 1   ( Zebulon, Samuel, Abraham, Samuel, Henry, Henry, John, John, John ) was baptized October 30, 1768 1 2 in Wiscassett, Lincoln County, Maine, and died July 18, 1855. He married ABIGAIL MERROW April 03, 1790 in Edgecombe, Lincoln, Maine.

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Time Line for Briggs Howland ... developed from research data

1768, Oct. 26 b. Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts -
1768, October 30 Baptism; Pembroke, MA.;
Elijah Cushing and Briggs, sons of Zebulon Howland. 1
1790, Apr. 3m. Abigail Merrow; Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine
1794, Aug. 31Wiscasset, Lincoln, Maine - birth date of John Howland
1810 Census- Town of Avon, Franklin County, Maine
1813, Feb. 14Phillips, Franklin, Maine - birth date of Roxsana Howland
1820Census - Heads of Family - Town of Avon, Franklin, Maine
1820Census - Heads of Family - Phillips, Franklin, Maine
1833, March d.


Information taken from census records

1820 - Census
Howland, Elijah Jr
Howland, Briggs
Howland, Elijah
Howland, Briggs 2nd

1830 - Census Howland, Oliver
Howland, Elijah
Howland, Briggs 2nd
Howland, Elijah Jr

1840 - Census Howland, Elijah
Howland, Oliver
Howland, Isaac
Howland, Briggs

1850 - Census
Howland, Elijah, Anna, Lydia
Howland, Isaac, Abigail, William, Goerge, Alice
Howland, Oliver, Emily, Myra, Sarah, also: Dennison Harden


Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois.

George W. Howland

(These documents were commonplace during that era -- usually biographies that their subjects paid to have included in the books. This was published while he was still alive, and supposedly authorized the information. I should note that it is not totally accurate, but he should know who his ancestors were. Excerpts pertain to Briggs; full text.)

States that GWH was ... the son of John and Lydia (Hardy).Howland.
Zebulon (Jebland) was the father of a numerous family -- one of his sons, Briggs Howland, being the father of John, and grandfather of our subject.
Briggs Howland was born in Wiscasset, but for several years in his earlier life had been a sea-faring man. Later he became a farmer, and was engaged in that avocation up to the time of his death, which occurred when he was about 65 years old. "

Briggs went to New York to work on the Erie Canal, and that coincides with the time that John Howland left Maine for New York. The book also has a copy of a letter from Evelyn Howland, Phillips, Maine, to a genealogical researcher, dated Dec. 6, 1921, which says Zebulon Howland came to the area in 1808 and Isaac Howland came in 1809. This writer claimed decendency from John Howland. She also said that Briggs lived in Wilton, Maine. 3


Last name could be Murrey, Merry, Merrow, Murray or Murry


Per Bio of George W. Howland in "Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois" "He was married to a Scotch-Irish lady named Murray, who lived to about the same age as her husband."


  1. JOHN HOWLAND 3, b. August 31, 1794, Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine; d. July 02, 1852, Lemon's Point, Dallas Co., Iowa; m. (1) ELIZABETH; m. (2) LYDIA ANN HARDY, Abt. 1817, Phillips Township, Somerset County, Maine.
  2. ROXSANA HOWLAND, b. February 14, 1813, at Phillips, Franklin County, ME d/o Briggs & Abigail (Merry) Howland, m 2 Dec 1832, GEORGE LAKE b February 10, 1808, d. December 5, 1878 5
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1. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register - 1895, (By the Society - 1895 / Volume XLIX), Taken from the "Letters of Eldridge Gerry" Baptisms at Pembroke, Mass, pg. 428.
Baptism date, "Oct. 30, 1768 Elojah Cushing and Briggs, sons of Zebulon Howland."
2. Vital Records of Pembrooke, Mass: to the year of 1850, pg. 110, Page heading "Pembroke Births" ; "Briggs, s. Zebulon, pb. Oct 30, 1768. C.R.2."
3. Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois; Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1889; p. 809.
4. HEADS OF FAMILES - Town of AVON; Information taken from census records;
5. "Early Families of Sabattus, Androscoggin Co, Maine: formerly part of Greene, Lewiston, Lisbon, Bowdoin & West Bowdionham"; 1st draft by David C. Young