Family Group of John Howland

JOHN HOWLAND 1   ( Briggs, Zebulon, Samuel, Abraham, Samuel, Henry, Henry, John, John, John ) was born August 31, 1794 in Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine, and died July 02, 1852 in Lemon's Point, Dallas County, Iowa. He married (1) LYDIA ANN HARDY 1 Abt. 1817 in Phillips Township, Somerset County, Maine, daughter of JESSIE HARDY and BRIDGET REED. He married (2) ELIZABETH, Abt. 1839 in Monroe County, Ohio.

Notes for JOHN HOWLAND   Chart  

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

1794, August 31 b. Wiscasset, Lincoln, Maine
1817, Abt. married Lydia Ann Hardy; Phillips Township, Somerset, Maine
1830, Abt. Moved with family to Wayne County, New York
1838, July 14 Lydia's death; lived in Arcadia, Wayne, New York.
1839 Abt. m. Elizabeth; Monroe County, Ohio
1840 Monroe Co., Ohio Census Indexes; Union Twp.
1844 - 1848 moved to Polk County, Iowa; 1850 Polk County Census
William, 6 yrs. b. Ohio - Mahala 2 yrs. b. Iowa
1850 Polk County Iowa 1850 Census Index
1852, July 19 d. buried Snider Cemetery, Section 26, Des Moines, Dallas, Iowa (62y 11m) 6


Burial: Snider Cemetery near Woodward, Dallas County, Iowa 6
Snyder Cemetry (private) Section 26, Des Moines Township, Dallas County, Iowa

HowlandJohn no date1852unable to locate (from prior DCGS transcription)


George Washington Howland 1

(These documents were commonplace during that era -- usually biographies that their subjects paid to have included in the books. This was published while G. W. Howland 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.)

States that George Washington Howland (John Howland's son) 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 87 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. Briggs Howland was born in Wiscasset, but for several years of his earlier life had been a sea-faring man. Later he became a farmer.

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. A year later our subjects father was again married, and shortly after removed to Polk County Iowa, where his death occured.


Polk County Iowa 1850 Census Index 7

HOWLAND, John 60 ME 18b 07
HOWLAND, Elizabeth 29 OH 18b 08
HOWLAND, Jesse 16 NY 18b 09
HOWLAND, Lydia 09 OH 18b 10
HOWLAND, William 06 OH 18b 11
HOWLAND, Mahala 02 IA 18b 12

Notes for LYDIA ANN HARDY   Chart

Old Marbletown or Hinkley Cemetery - Town of Arcadia, Wayne County, NY.
Situated in the township of Arcadia, Wayne County, N.Y. 1/2 mile west of Marbletown Corners on the west side of road, north of Mr. Sweede's farmhouse. Copied in 1939.

Tombstone Inscriptions: 8
HOWLAND Lydia wife of John d. Jul. 14, 1838, 38y
HOWLAND Briggs son of John (gravestone sunk in ground)

"This cemetery is on land once owned by Nicholas Marble, a pioneer settler of the township of Arcadia, Wayne County, N.Y. The cemetery is in a completely riotus condition. Ray Marble, a descendent is now living in Newark."

2005 Driving Directions - Continue down Vienna street from East Newark Cemetery and turn Left onto Sweed Rd. Continue around bend in Sweed Rd. Cemetery is on the Left hand side of the road.

Notes for Elizabeth _  

Time Line for Elizabeth _ ... developed from research data

Abt. 1821 b. Ohio
Abt. 1839 m. John Howland; Monroe County, Ohio
1844 - 1848 moved to Polk County, Iowa; per birthplaces in 1850 Census - William, 6 yrs. b. Ohio - Mahala 2 yrs. b. Iowa
1850 Census: Polk County, Iowa
1852, July 02 husband John Howland dies.
1853, Fall Lived in Des Moines Township, Dallas, Iowa. Head of Household
1854 Special Census:, Des Moines Twp., Dallas Co., IA
Abt. 1857 m. Elijah Jeffers
1860 Census: Iowa, Dallas County, Des Moines Township Jeffers, Eli & Elizabeth and 2 Jeffers children and 3 Howland children
1864 June husband Eli Jeffers dies in Civil War
1870 U.S. Federal Census; Iowa, Dallas County, Des Moines Township, Snider P.O.
1880 Federal Census; LaGrange Township, Harrison County, Iowa
1883, Jan. 1appears on List of Pensioners for Harrison County, Iowa
1901, Nov. 29 d.
Interment: United Brethren Cemetery, Polk City, Washington Township, Polk County, Iowa


1854 Special Census, Dallas Co., IA 9

Last Name First NameMalesFemales VotersMilitiaTotalTwp.
HowlandElizabeth 23 115Des Moines


History of Dallas County, Iowa
Thirty-Ninth Infantry, Company C. pg. 419
"Jeffers, Elijah, enlisted August 21, 1862, died June, 1864"

Chattanooga National Cemetery   10
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee
"Jeffers, Elijah, d. 05/31/1864, PVT C 39 IOWA INF CW, Plot: D 12447"

Iowa - Harrison County
List of Pensioners on the Roll; January 1, 1883

No. of Certificate Name of pensionerPost-office addressCause for which pensioned Monthly RateDate of Original Allowance
44,179 Jeffers, ElizabethLoganwidow 8.00July, 1867



  1. GEORGE WASHINGTON HOWLAND, b. November 26, 1818, Phillips, Franklin County, Maine 2; d. October 01, 1900, Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois 3; m. PERSIA ANN BLAKEY, July 22, 1843, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio.
  2. JESSE HARDY HOWLAND, b. March 22, 1835, New York; d. 1902; m. (1) ARMARRILLA GRIER DOANE, Ohio; m. (2) MARIA WAXLER, January 01, 1857, Washington County, Ohio.
  3. BRIGGS HOWLAND 8, d. Abt. 1840, Arcadia, Wayne County, New York.
  4. CORDELIA FAIRBANKS HOWLAND, b. October 18, 1825, Phillips, Franklin County, Maine; d. November 12, 1901, Hiramsburg, Noble County, Ohio; m. LEWIS CASEY WESTCOTT, January 11, 1844, Morgan County, Ohio.
  5. ZEBULON HOWLAND, d. February 02, 1819, Hiramsburg, Noble County, Ohio.


  1. LYDIA HOWLAND, b. 1841, Ohio.
  2. WILLIAM HOWLAND, b. 1844, Ohio.
  3. MAHALA HOWLAND, was born April 1848 in Iowa. She married THOMAS DOGGETT October 30, 1866 in Dallas County, Iowa, son of THOMAS DOGGETT and JANE MANOR.
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1. Unknown Author; George W. Howland; Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois; Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1889; p. 809.   read page for G. W. Howland
2. Affidavit - Town Clerk of Phillips, Maine, pg 26.
3. Tombstone - Savannaha Cemetery. Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois.
4. The History of Carroll County, Illinois, (Publisher: H. F. Kett & Co., Times Building; original printing1878), pg. 305, 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.
5. "Early Families of Sabattus, Androscoggin Co, Maine: formerly part of Greene, Lewiston, Lisbon, Bowdoin & West Bowdionham"; 1st draft by David C. Young
6. Cemetery CD received from Dallas County, Iowa, Genealogical Society
7. Polk County Iowa 1850 Census Index, Presented By The Charter-Pierce Memorial Internet Genealogical Society & Library;
8. Wayne County Cemeteries;
9. Iowa Genealogical Society, 6000 Douglas, P.O. Box 7735, Des Moines, Iowa, 50322;
10. web site (cemetery records online);