Captain Cornelius Howland

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Cornelius Howland

Death: Died
Place of Burial: New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Gideon Howland and Sarah Hicks
Husband of Rhoda Howland
Father of Rebecca Howland; Susannah Howland; Lydia Howland; Rhoda Howland; Capt. Cornelius Howland and 1 other
Brother of Rebecca Russell; William Howland; Judith Howland; Captain Joseph Howland; Lydia Howland and 7 others

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About Captain 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
October 12, 1785
Age 27
November 16, 1791
Age 33
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
August 17, 1793
Age 35
January 9, 1796
Age 37
November 14, 1802
Age 44
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
December 29, 1804
Age 46
New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts
June 1, 1835
Age 77
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States