Cornelius Howland (1758 - 1835)

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About Cornelius Howland


Capt. Cornelius Howland was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and was master of a vessel by the age of 18. He was taken prisoner during the Revolution and survived 15 months of captivity in Edinburgh Castle. Howland had some gold hidden away while he was held prisoner, and he used it to bribe a cleaning woman. Disguised in one of the woman’s dresses, Howland escaped and boarded a vessel bound for Holland.

After more adventures, Captain. Howland settled down on a farm at Clark’s Point, and eventually received the lighthouse keeping appointment. Daniel Ricketson remembered him as a “fresh, healthy-looking man” in his old age, who “well represented the old school of the primitive Dartmouth Friends.

Source: "Clark's Point Light"

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Captain Cornelius Howland's Timeline

March 13, 1758
November 16, 1784
Age 26
November 16, 1791
Age 33
December 29, 1804
Age 46
New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts
June 1, 1835
Age 77