Desire Gorham (Howland)
|Birthplace:||Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Colony|
|Death:||Died in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Colony|
|Place of Burial:||Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States|
Daughter of John Howland, "Mayflower" Passenger and Elizabeth Howland, "Mayflower" Passenger
|Occupation:||Housewife (Mayflower descendant), Keeping House|
|Managed by:||Private User|
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About Desire Gorham
"COLLAPSED PEDIGREE" - FIRST BORN OF MAYFLOWER PASSENGERS JOHN HOWLAND AND ELIZABETH TILLEY AND SISTER OF NINTH BORN, RUTH HOWLAND. (FOR DESIRE'S SIBLINGS & ANCESTORS SEE RUTH HOWLAND'S ANCESTORS ELSEWHERE IN THIS MATERIAL.)
THERE ARE 2 LINES CONNECTING OUR FAMILY WITH THE MAYFLOWER; ONE BEING THE ALLERTON/CUSHMAN/BIRCH/WHEELER LINE WHICH INCLUDES AN EARLY CONNECTION WITH THE HOWLAND LINE THROUGH DESIRE'S SISTER RUTH, THE OTHER BEING THE HOWLAND/GORHAM/HAWES/CLAGHORN/VALENTINE/CUSHMAN/BIRCH/WHEELER LINE.
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Married John Gorham, c1643. Notes from "John Howland of the Mayflower, Vol. 1: John and Desire Gorham lived in Plymouth after the birth of their first child, Desire, April 2, 1644, and then moved to Marshfield, Yarmouth, and Barnstable. John died February 1676/7 and she survived him for more than five years, dying after her father, John Howland, but before her mother, Elizabeth Tilley. Desire was mentioned in her father's will in 1672, but not by her mother in 1686 [MD 2:70-77; 3:54-56]. Desire's husband John died intestate. On March 7, 1675, Mistress Desire Gorum (sic) and her sons, James Gorum and John Gorum, were named administrators of the estate. The court appointed "Mr. Hinckley, Mr. Chipman and Mr. Huckins" to take care of the estate of the youngest children until they came of age. The inventory, amounting to L710-43, was taken February 29, 1675 and sworn to March 7, 1675. It included the dwelling house, barn, upland, meadow, tan vats, a bark mill, and two houses and tools 'belonging to the taning.' In the division of Capt. John Gorham's estate, dated Plymouth March 7, 1676/7, widow Desire Gorham received her dower thirds. [MD 5:153-58: Plymouth Colony Records, Wills 3:1:162-64 (John Gorham). The inventory of Desire's estate was dated August 3, 1683, more than two months before her death, October 13, 1683. On March 5, 1683/4, the Assistants of Plymouth Colony, Gov. Hincley, Major Bradford, Deputy Gov. Mr. Freeman, Mr. Lothrop and Mr. Thacher, "with the mutual consent of the children then appearing," named as James, John and Joseph Gorham, and with the consent of the sons-in-law, agreed that the eldest son James would receive a double share, according to custom, and that the rest of the children, namely John, Joseph, Jabez, Shubael, Desire, Temperance, Elizabeth, deceased, Mercy, Lydia and Hannah, should have an equal portion. As Elizabeth had died, they agreed that her children, not named "should have an equal part that did belong to their mother" [MD 4:217-20: Records of the Colony of New Plymouth 6:124 (Desire Gorham).
She is a decendent of the Mayflower. Her marriage to John Gorham is censused as Feb.,20,1643 + Nov.,6, 1642+1644.
Siblings: John born 24 April 1627, Hope born 1629, Lydia, Elizabeth born circa 1631, Hannah, Joseph born circa 1640, Ruth, Jabez born circa 1644, and Issac born circa 1649.
Desire Howland was named in honor of her parents friend Desire Minter. Desire Minter was the daughter of William and Sarah Minter. Desire's father died in 1618, and she joined Govenor John Carver's family. Her mother remarried in 1622, and her new parents established an endowment that Desire would inherit at the age of twenty-one. After a few years in Plymouth, Desire returned to England to assume her inheritance. John and Elizabeth Howland were very fond of Desire.
Birth: Oct. 13, 1623
Death: Oct. 13, 1683
John Howland (1591 - 1673)
Elizabeth Tilley Howland (1607 - 1687)
Desire Gorham Hawes (1644 - 1700)
Temperance Gorham Baxter (1646 - 1715)
Elizabeth Gorham Hallett (1648 - 1683)
John Gorham (1651 - 1715)
Joseph Gorham (1654 - 1726)
Jabez Gorham (1656 - 1726)
Mercy Gorham Denison (1658 - 1725)
Lydia Gorham Thacher (1661 - 1744)
John Gorham (1620 - 1675)
Cobb Hill Cemetery (East and West)
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Record added: Mar 29, 2007
Desire(2) Howland (John) was born in Plymouth, Mass., about 1625 or 1626, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland. Desire and her brother, John were listed with their parents in the Division of Cattle in Plymouth, 22 May 1627 (old style), 1 June 1627 (new style). John's birth date, 24, 2, 1627 (old style)[24 April 1627], was recorded by Judge Sewall who met John(2) Howland on the road and asked him when he was born. Therefore, Desire must have been the eldest child, born one year or eighteen months earlier than John. Desire died in Barnstable, Mass., 13 October 1683.
Desire Howland married in Plymouth, about 1643 John Gorham, who was baptized in Benefield, Northamptonshire, England, 28 January 1620/1, the son of Ralph Gorham. Capt. John Gorham was buried in Swansea, Mass, 5 February 1675/6.
The Northamptonshire branch of the Gorhams are supposed to have descended from Sir Hugh de Gorham and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir William l'Angevin. Sir Hugh de Gorham, in 1281, possessed the manor of Churchfield in the parish of Oundle, and land in Benefield which had belonged to his wife's father. More than three hundred years later, the baptism of "John Gorram, son of Ralph Gorram" was entered in the Benefield register.
A john Gorham, perhaps this man, was a passenger on board the Philip, bound for North America, 20 June 1635, with Richard Morgan, master. A Ralph Gorham was greanted land in Plymouth 2 October 1637 for a house and garden. On 5 March 1637/8, he complained against Frances Sprague. A year later, "Ralph Gorham the older" was presented for breaking the peace. On 1 September 1640 he complained against Ralph Smith and on 2 March 1640/1 Smith complained against Ralph Gorham. On 5 April 1640 he sued Tristram Clark and John Crab for debt. he then disappeared from Plymouth records.
On 8 March 1648 Desire's father, John Howland, sold to his "son-in-law, John Gorum," half of the lands in Marshfield that he had bought from Governor William Bradford. In 1672, Desire's mother, Elizabeth Howland, "wife of Mr. John Howland, deceased, came into court at Plymouth and acknowledged that she freely gave and surrendered rights in the lands of her late husband lying in Namasket in the township of Middleboro to Mr. John Gorum of Barnstable."
The exact date of their marriage is not known but Desire was called "Desire Gorum" in her father's will dated 29 May 1672. Additional proof that Desire Howland married John Gorham was found in a land transaction dated 16 February 1673, in which "John Gorum Senr of Barnstable" sold to George Dawson, "now resident at Barnstable," land in Middleboro formerly belonging to John Howland and Elizabeth, his wife, and given to the said John Gorum before John Howland's death. the transaction was witnessed by Joseph Laythorpe and John Thompson, and acknowledged 24 February 1673 before Thomas Hinckley, Assistant. Desire, wife of John Gorum, gave her consent 30 April 1674.
John and Desire Gorham lived in Plymouth after the birth of their first child, Desire, 2 April 1644, and then moved to marshfield. Their great-grandson, Col. John Gorham, in his "Wast Book, " recorded that "John Gorum, alias Gorham - which Son after Having Marryed With and Howland and Had Sevrall Children Went home to England and Returned Soone again to his family... Moved from Marshall to Barnstable and Settled there in ordr to begin to township Called Barnstable. Built Mills - tan fatts &c."
John Gorham's name was on a list of men able to bear arms in Plymouth in 1643. He was chosen constable in Marshfield in 1648. He was made a freeman 4 June 1650 and in 1651 he became a member of the Grand Inquest of Plymouth Colony. He and his family moved to Yearmouth, Mass., in 1652, and then went on to Barnstable where he owned a grist mill and a tannery. He was a surveyor of highways in 1654. As a captain in the militia in King Philip's War, he took part in the Narragansett fight in December 1675, where he was wounded "by having his powder horn Shot and Split against his side," He died of the resulting fever and was burned in Swansea 5 February 1676/7. His widow, Desire, survived him for more than five years, dying after her father, John Howland, but before her mother, Elizabeth Tilley. Desire was mentioned in her father's will in 1672, but not by her mother in 1686.
Desire's husband, Capt. John Gorham died intestate. On 7 March 1675, Mistress Desire Gorum (sic) and her sons, James Gorum and John Gorum, were named as administrators of the estate. The court appointed "Mr. Hinckley, Mr. Chipman and Mr. Huckins" to take care of the estate of the youngest children until they came of age. The inventory, amounting to L710-4-3, was taken 29 February 1675 and sworn to 7 March 1675. It included the dwelling house, barn, upland, meadow, tan vats, a baark mill, and two houses and tools "belonging to the taning." In the division of Capt. John Gorham's estate, dated Plymouth 7 March 1676/7, widow Desire Gorham received her dower thirds. Son Jomes received "the dwelling house he now lives in," with the barn and half of the upland. Son John Gorham received the tan vats, bark mill, tools, stock and the other half of the upland. Son Joseph was given forty acres of land next to Joseph Hallet's land, and some meadow. The rest of the estate was divided into five equal parts among the rest of the children, who were named as Jabez, Mercy, Lydia, Hannah and Shubael Gorum. Shubael was allotted L50 for the costs of his education, in addition to receiving his share of the estate. Three married daughters, Desire, Temperance and Elizabeth, had already received L40 each. If there should be an overplus, the married daughters were to share equally with the other children, except that James, the eldest son, was to have a double share.
The inventory of Desire's estate was dated 3 August 1683, more than two months before her death, 13 October 1683. On 5 March 1683/4, the Assistants of Plymouth Colony, Gov. Hinckley, Major Bradford, Deputy Gov. Mr. Freeman, Mr. Lothrop and Mr. Thacher, "with the mutual consent of the children then appearing", named as James, John and Joseph Gorham, and with the consent of the sons-in-law, agreed that the eldest son James would receive a double share, according to custom, and the rest of the children, namely John, Joseph, Jabez, Shubael, Desire, Temperance, Elizabeth, deceased, mercy, Lydia and Hannah, should have an equal portion. As Elizabeth had died, they agreed that her children, not named, "should have an equal part that did belong to their mother."
Desire is known to have had two brothers both of whom became subalterns (low level officers) in the militia that in the mid 1600's pretty much wiped out the pre-Columbian indigenous peoples ("Indians") of New England.
Desire (Howland) Gorham Online: http://www.billputman.com/Gorham.pdf
married 1) Ephraim Hicks 1n 1649, 2) John Dickinson in 1651 - 9 children born at Oyster Bay, Long Island.
Desire Howland, eldest daughter of John and Elizabeth, born 22 May, 1627 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, married Captain John Gorman – who died in King Philip’s War, 1676. She died 13 October, 1683 in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
Daughter of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilly, and grand daughter of Mayflower passengers John Tilly and Joan Rogers, she married John Gorham, son of Ralph Gorham and Margaret Stephenson, about 1643. Between them they had 11 children; Desire Gorham 1644–1700 Temperance Gorham 1646–1715 Elizabeth Gorham 1648–1684 James Gorham 1650–1707 Lieut. Col. John Gorham 1651-1716 Joseph Gorham 1653–1726 Jabez Gorham 1656–1725 Mercy Gorham 1658– Lydia Gorham 1661–1744 Hannah Gorham 1663– Shubael Gorham
Desire Gorham's Timeline
October 13, 1625
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Colony
April 2, 1644
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
May 5, 1646
Marshfield, Plymouth Colony
April 2, 1648
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
April 28, 1650
Probably Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
February 20, 1651
Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States