Family Group of George Washington Howland

GEORGE WASHINGTON HOWLAND   ( John, Briggs, Zebulon, Samuel, Abraham, Samuel, Henry, Henry, John, John, John ) was born November 26, 1818 in Phillips, Franklin County, Maine 1, and died October 01, 1900 in Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois 2. He married PERSIA ANN BLAKEY on July 22, 1843 8 in Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, daughter of CHURCHILL BLAKEY and FRANCES MURPHEY.


Time Line for George W. Howland ... developed from research data

1818, Nov. 26b. Phillips, Franklin, Maine
183012 yrs. old; move with family to Wayne County, NY
1840 abt.moved to join family in Ohio
1843, July 22m. Chillicothe, Roos, Ohio; Persia Ann Blakey
1846Settled in Dubuque, Iowa
1847 moved to Weston, JoDaviess, Illinois
1847 Employed by Hughlett, Goldharp and Grain, buying and selling minerals
1855 Settled in Carroll County, Illinois 3
1858 Purchased 224 acres in Washington Township, Carroll, Illinois
1900 Interment: Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll, Illinois 2.


"Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois"
(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.) read entire article

States that George W. Howland was born November 26, 1818 in Phillips Township, Somerset County, not far from Moosehead Lake, the son of John and Lydia (Hardy).Howland. The text says that John was the grandson of Jebland Howland who died at Wiscasset, Maine in 1824, at which time he was more than 90 years old. (My records have him 86 when he died.) The story says that 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.

When our subject was 12 his parents moved to Wayne County, NY and there in 1837 his mother died. Later his father, with his children, moved to Ohio, settling in Monroe County. Some time after this our subject, who had for 7 years been working on the Erie Canal, joined the rest of the family in Ohio. A year later our subjects father (John Howland) was again married, and shortly after removed to Polk County Iowa, where his death occured.

"George W. Howland is one of the intelligent and prosperous farmers of Washington Township (Carroll County), and owns a good farm of 224 acres, on sections 34 and 35, his residence being on the latter. This place he has lived on and owned for 31 years years, having first bought it in 1858." "He has taken a some what active part in the political affairs of his township, and for some years has been Justice of the Peace, and also Town Collector." 9


1869 County Land Platte: Section 35, Washington Township, Carroll County, Illinois George Washington Howland and son George Frank Howland had adjoining properties in Washington Twp, Carroll County, Illinois per the 1893 land plat; which was signed by Frank to certify correctness.

G.W.H. signed an "Old Settlers Association Agreement" with constitution for association for the purpose of collecting and preserve information about Carroll County. Signed by G.W.H. with 1855 as year settling in Carroll County. 3


1884, Interment: Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois 2.

"July 23, 1843 in Ross County OH he (GW Howland) was united in marriage to Persia A. Blakey, a native of Orange County VA born March 13, 1824. Her father, Churchill Blakey, was a Captain in the Revolutionary Army, died when a little past middle-life when his daughter was quite young. Some time after his decease his wife was again married and with her second husband and children, removed to Ohio, where her daughter, Mrs. Howland, spent her earlier years. For some time before her marriage, however, Mrs. Howland had lived with the widow of Governor Worthington, for whose house she was married." 9


  1. GEORGE FRANK HOWLAND 4, b. January 11, 1859, Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois; d. May 27, 1918, Marion, Brown, Linn County, Iowa 5; m. LULU ELDORA OXLEY 4, February 25, 1891, Marion, Linn County, Iowa.
  2. JESSE EMMA HOWLAND, b. Abt. 1864, Savanna, Washington Township, Carroll County, Illinois; m. CHARLES D. MITCHELL, May 29, 1887, Carroll County, Illinois.
  3. JAMES T. HOWLAND, b. Abt. 1854, Savanna, Washington Township, Carroll County, Illinois; m. ALICE BROWN.
  4. CHARLES A. HOWLAND, b. August 30, 1845, Ross County, Ohio; d. January 27, 1865, Savannah, , Georgia.
  5. ELEANOR HOWLAND, b. Abt. 1852, Savanna, Washington Township, Carroll County, Illinois; d. 1924 2; m. WILLIAM DIXON GILLOGLY, April 09, 1874, Carroll County, Illinois.
  6. HARRIETTE LANE HOWLAND, b. March 10, 1861, Savanna, Washington Township, Carroll County, Illinois 10; d. February 18, 1910, Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, Illinois; m. JOSEPH H. GILLOGLY 10, April 05, 1882, Carroll County, Illinois 7.
  7. CATHERINE F. HOWLAND, b. June 6, 1866, Savanna, Washington Township, Carroll County, Illinois; m. WILSON B. GILMAN, February 28, 1884, Carroll County, Illinois.
  8. CORDELIA HOWLAND, b. January 21, 1848; m. (1) ARTHUR DUMPY, March 26, 1870; m. (2) ARTHUR DUNPHEY, November 21, 1886.
  9. MARY HOWLAND, b. May 18, 1852; d. July 30, 1853, Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois.
  10. SARAH A. HOWLAND, b. November 07, 1856, Savanna, Washington Township, Carroll County, Illinois; d. November 30, 1861, Savanna, Washington Township, Carroll County, Illinois.
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1. Affidavit - Town Clerk of Phillips, Maine, pg 26.
2. Savannaha Cemetery. Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois.
Tombstone and Cemetery record
3. The History of Carroll County, Illinois, (Publisher: H. F. Kett & Co., Times Building; original printing 1878), pg. 305.
4. Birth Certificate - Ralph W.D. Howland
Specifies parents as George Frank Howland and Lulu Eldora Oxley
5. Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette, May 27, 1918
Obituary of Frank Howland
7. Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763 - 1900.   Illinois Archive Databases
8. ROSS COUNTY MARRIAGES 1789 - 1850;  
"Howland, George W.   Atkins, Persia Ann   Jul 23, 1843 "
9. Unknown Author, "Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois"; Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1889; p. 809.
10. Carroll County Mirror, Feb. 25, 1910; Obituary of Harriette Lane Howland.