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Desire Gorham (Howland)

Also Known As: "Desire Howland Gorham"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth County, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
Death: October 13, 1683 (58)
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Barnstable, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Howland, "Mayflower" Passenger and Elizabeth Howland, "Mayflower" Passenger
Wife of Capt. John Gorham
Mother of Desire Hawes; Temperance Baxter; Elizabeth Hallett; James Gorham, Sr.; Joseph Gorham and 6 others
Sister of Lieut. John Howland, Jr.; Hope Chipman; Elizabeth Dickenson; Lydia Brown; Hannah Bosworth and 4 others

Occupation: Housewife (Mayflower descendant), Keeping House
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About Desire Gorham

Descendant of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland

(Hopkins)https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Howland-7

Desire (Howland) Gorham (abt. 1624 - abt. 1683)


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"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).

(http://www.wheelerfolk.org/keithgen/d255.htm#P631


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.

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Birth: Oct. 13, 1623
Plymouth
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 13, 1683
Barnstable
Barnstable County
Massachusetts, USA

Family links:

Parents:<br/>

John Howland (1591 - 1673)
Elizabeth Tilley Howland (1607 - 1687)


Children:
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)

Spouse:
John Gorham (1620 - 1675)


Burial:

Cobb Hill Cemetery (East and West)

Barnstable

Barnstable County

Massachusetts, USA


Created by: Ryan Curtis

Record added: Mar 29, 2007


Desire(2) Howland (John[1]) 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."

source:

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~kenzie/GenHOWLAND.htm


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

11 children


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
SOURCES:

Title: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 Name Mrs Desire Gorham[User-submitted-comment] Event Type Death Death Date 13 Oct 1683 Death Place Barnstable, Massachusetts Father Name John Gorham

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Title: Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2 Name Desire Howland Gender Female Relationship Wife Spouse's Name John Gorham Spouse Gender Male Household Members Name Age John Gorham Desire Howland Desire Gorham Temperance Gorham Elizabeth Gorham James Gorham John Gorham Joseph Gorham Jabez Gorham Mercy Gorham Lydia Gorham Hannah Gorham Shubael Gorham

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Detail: Book Title: Mack Genealogy : The Descendants of John Mack of Lyme, Conn Name Desire Howland Gender Female Death Date 1683 Father John Howland Mother Elizabeth Tillie Spouse John Gorham

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Title: Pennsylvania, Society of Mayflower Descendants Applications, 1911-1929 Name Desire Howland Gender Female Father John Howland Spouse John Gorham Child Desire Gorham Applicant Name Paul Sturtevant Howe Pilgrim Name John Howland

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GEDCOM Source

Age: 58

GEDCOM Source

MH:S750 Ancestry Family Trees Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Ancestry Family Tree http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=156543180&pid=17287


GEDCOM Note

Category:MtDNA Haplogroup_H Mayflower Family Member Category:Mayflower Family Member Category:Plymouth, Massachusetts Category:Barnstable, MassachusettsCategory: Cobb's Hill Cemetery (East and West), Barnstable, Massachusetts Mayflower Descendant - child of passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. Descendant of 4 Mayflower Pilgrims: John Howland, John Tilley, Joan Hurst Tilley, Elizabeth Tilley.

Biography of Desire Gorham

Desire Gorham was born to John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley about 1624in Plymouth Colony. Desire Gorham was one of the first children to beborn in Plymouth Colony. She was the eldest child of ten children born to parents John and Elizabeth Tilley Howland.<ref>The Boy Who FellOff the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune, author and illustrator P J Lynch, published by Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachucetts, copyrighted 2015.

Daughter of the "Mayflower Pilgrims", her parents : John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley-Howland of England. Her father was one of the 41 men who signed the Compact on the Ship before they stepped foot on America.Her parents were married for fifty years at the time of John Howland's death. Elizabeth Tilley Howland lived fifteen years beyond her husband. They had ten children, eighty-eight grandchildren and there are multitudes of descendants that are living to date.. There is no record of her birth, but her parents were probably married about 1624. The Pilgrim John Howland Society's website gives 1625as her birth year, but gives no source for this information.<ref>Howland Society</ref> She is mentioned in the division of cattle in 1627, so she was born prior to May 22, 1627, and shewas their oldest daughter.<ref>{{MLA citation|title= Records of theColony of New Plymouth, in New England: Deeds, &c., 1620-1651| volume= Vol. 1| author=New Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. General Court (Nathaniel Bradstreet Shurtleff, David Pulsifer, editors)| publisher= Press of W. White| publication-place=Boston| year=1861 |url= http://books.google.com/books?id=0dgUAAAAYAAJ&dq=plimoth+deed+of+lands&source=gbs_navlinks_s| repository= Google Books}} Page 10, (citing original record page 52) </ref> She married John Gorham, probably before 1644, as their eldest child was born in April 1644. Again, there are no primary records evidencing her marriage date.<ref> The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (OriginallyPublished as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). Page 1022</ref> John Gorham andDesire Howland had the following children, born between 1651 and 1667: Desire, Temperance, Elizabeth, James, John, Joseph, Jabez, Mercy, Lydia, Hannah, and Shubael. Desire Gorham died in 1683, but the precise date of her death is not known as the records conflict. George Ernest Bowman states::"Desire (Howland) Gorham, eldest daughter of John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, died at Barnstable and her death is entered on the town records [Volume I, page 414] as follows : 'Mrs Desire Gorham Relict of Cap John Gorham Senr Late of Barnstable Deceas d Departed this Life y e 13 Day of Octor 1683." According to the probate records her inventory was taken 3 August, 1683, more than two months earlier, and it is evident that one of these entries is incorrect. The probate record was copied from the original inventory and the town record was copied, in 1736, from the original volume now lost."<ref>{{MLA citation| title= The Mayflower Descendant | publisher= Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants | publication-place=Boston |year=1902}| vol. 4| page=217|url= https://archive.org/details/mayflowerdescendv4mass |repository= Internet Archive}}</ref> The probate of her estate, dated March 5, 1683/4, mentions sons James,John, Joseph, Jabez and Shuball (the youngest son), and daughters Desire, Temperance and Elizabeth (deceased), Marcy [this was Mercy, who married George Denison], Lydia and Hannah. You can see the Inventory of her estate at Gorham Inventory.

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Other Sources

  • White, Elizabeth Pearson. John Howland of the Mayflower (Picton Press, Camden, Maine, 1990 - 7th printing 2014) Vol. 1, pages 9-12::: Desire Howland may have been named after Minter-110|Desire Minter, who came over on the Mayflower with John and Kathrine Carver and lived in the household of John and Elizabeth Howland in 1623 before going back to England.
  • Otis, Amos. Space:Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families|Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families (F.B.& F.P. Goss, Publishers and Printers, Barnstable, Mass., 1888)
  • Mayflower Births & Deaths, Vol. II
  • Clemens, William Montgomery, Space:American Marriages Before 1699|American Marriages Before 1699 (Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, USA: Biblio Co., 1926)
  • Author: Dori Coplien: We're Coming to America, database online, May 09, 2008.
  • Snow, Nora Emma. Space:The Snow-Estes Ancestry|The Snow-Estes Ancestry (Hillburn, New York, 1939) Vol. 1
  • Savage, James. Space:A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England|A Genealogical Dictionaryof the First Settlers of New England (Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1862)
  • Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families. William T. Davis; Michael Tepper - Editor- Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Originally published as Part II of Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth Second Edition Boston 1899. (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1985, Baltimore.)
  • Space:NEHGR|The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.)
  • "EDMOND HAWES and His American Descendants" by Raymond Gordon Hawes,Gateway Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 2000.
  • Livermore, Abiel Abbot. Space:History of the Town of Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire|History ofthe Town of Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (Lowell, Massachusetts, Marden and Rowell, printers, 1888)
  • Austin, John Osborne. One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families (1893) The inventory of the estate of Desire Howland dated Mar. 1, 1684 amounted to L123, 16s. 11d. shown by sons James and John.
  • Space:Records_of_the_colony_of_New_Plymouth%2C_in_New_England|Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England (Press of W. White, Boston, 1861) Vol. 12Deeds, &c. Vol. 1 1620-1651 & Book of Indian Records for their lands.Page 10, (citing original record page 52).
  • Space:The Mayflower Descendant|The Mayflower Descendant (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1902) Vol. 4
  • Space:The Howland Homestead|The Howland Homestead (Society of the Descendants of Pilgrim John Howland, of the Ship Mayflower, Boston, 1911) Page 9: She was "named after Minter-110|Desire Minter, the faithful friend of Elizabeth Tilley."
  • History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts : 1620-1637-1686-1890. New York: H.W. Blake & Co., 1890, Chap 17 pg 458.
  • GEDCOM Source valentine huddleston 3.ftw Other

Burial location: Cobb's Hill, Barnstable, Massachusetts on Oct 14 1683 check Findagrave.com


 

Mayflower Descendant - child of passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Descendant of 4 Mayflower Pilgrims: John Howland, John Tilley, Joan Hurst Tilley, Elizabeth Tilley. She was "named after Desire Minter, the faithful friend of Elizabeth Tilley."

Mother of Desire (Gorham) Hawes, Temperance (Gorham) Baxter, Elizabeth (Gorham) Hallett, James Gorham, John Gorham Jr., Joseph Gorham, Jabez Gorham, Mercy (Gorham) Denison, Lydia (Gorham) Thacher, Hannah (Gorham) Whilldin and Shubael Gorham


https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Howland-7

Profile last modified 11 Apr 2020 | Created 11 Jun 2010 | Last significant change: 11 Apr 2020

Desire Gorham formerly Howland

Born about 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth

Daughter of John Howland and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland DNA confirmed

Sister of John Howland Jr., Hope (Howland) Chipman, Elizabeth (Howland) Dickinson, Lydia (Howland) Brown, Hannah (Howland) Bosworth, Joseph Howland, Jabez Howland, Ruth (Howland) Cushman and Isaac Howland

Wife of John Gorham — married 6 Nov 1644 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Mother of Desire (Gorham) Hawes, Temperance (Gorham) Baxter, Elizabeth (Gorham) Hallett, James Gorham, John Gorham Jr., Joseph Gorham, Jabez Gorham, Mercy (Gorham) Denison, Lydia (Gorham) Thacher, Hannah (Gorham) Whilldin and Shubael Gorham

Died about 13 Oct 1683 in Barnstable, Plymouth \ 18:30: Anne B edited the Birth Date for Desire (Howland) Gorham (abt.1624-abt.1683). (See bio for data changes per Mayflower Families) [Thank Anne for this]

Desire (Howland) Gorham was related to a passenger on the Mayflower.

Biography of Desire Gorham

Desire Gorham was born to John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley about 1624 in Plymouth Colony. Desire Gorham was one of the first children to be born in Plymouth Colony. She was the eldest child of ten children born to parents John and Elizabeth Tilley Howland.[1]

Daughter of the "Mayflower Pilgrims", her parents : John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley-Howland of England. Her father was one of the 41 men who signed the Compact on the Ship before they stepped foot on America. Her parents were married for fifty years at the time of John Howland's death. Elizabeth Tilley Howland lived fifteen years beyond her husband. They had ten children, eighty-eight grandchildren and there are multitudes of descendants that are living to date. . There is no record of her birth, but her parents were probably married about 1624. The Pilgrim John Howland Society's website gives 1625 as her birth year, but gives no source for this information.[2] She is mentioned in the division of cattle in 1627, so she was born prior to May 22, 1627, and she was their oldest daughter.[3]

She married John Gorham, probably before 1644, as their eldest child was born in April 1644. Again, there are no primary records evidencing her marriage date.[4] John Gorham and Desire Howland had the following children, born between 1651 and 1667: Desire, Temperance, Elizabeth, James, John, Joseph, Jabez, Mercy, Lydia, Hannah, and Shubael.

Desire Gorham died in 1683, but the precise date of her death is not known as the records conflict. George Ernest Bowman states:

"Desire (Howland) Gorham, eldest daughter of John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, died at Barnstable and her death is entered on the town records [Volume I, page 414] as follows : 'Mrs Desire Gorham Relict of Cap John Gorham Senr Late of Barnstable Deceas d Departed this Life y e 13 Day of Octor 1683." According to the probate records her inventory was taken 3 August, 1683, more than two months earlier, and it is evident that one of these entries is incorrect. The probate record was copied from the original inventory and the town record was copied, in 1736, from the original volume now lost."[5] The probate of her estate, dated March 5, 1683/4, mentions sons James, John, Joseph, Jabez and Shuball (the youngest son), and daughters Desire, Temperance and Elizabeth (deceased), Marcy [this was Mercy, who married George Denison], Lydia and Hannah. You can see the Inventory of her estate at Gorham Inventory.

DNA

Maternal relationship is confirmed by an exact HVR1 and HVR2 match between this Family Tree DNA mtDNA test for William Matthew Thornton Jr. and this Family Tree DNA mtDNA test for Cynthia Herald, 10th cousins twice removed. Their Most Recent Common Ancestor is Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland.[6] Sources

↑ The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune, author and illustrator P J Lynch, published by Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachucetts, copyrighted 2015 ↑ Howland Society ↑ New Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. General Court (Nathaniel Bradstreet Shurtleff, David Pulsifer, editors). Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England: Deeds, &c., 1620-1651. Vol. 1. Boston: Press of W. White, 1861. Google Books Page 10, (citing original record page 52) ↑ The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). Page 1022 ↑ The Mayflower Descendant. Boston: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1902}. Internet Archive ↑ See FTDNA Kits 159230 and 337121 at GSMD/FTDNA Mayflower DNA Project - mtDNA Test Results for Members. (As of Aug. 2019.) Other Sources

White, Elizabeth Pearson. John Howland of the Mayflower (Picton Press, Camden, Maine, 1990 - 7th printing 2014) Vol. 1, pages 9-12 Desire Howland may have been named after Desire Minter, who came over on the Mayflower with John and Kathrine Carver and lived in the household of John and Elizabeth Howland in 1623 before going back to England. Otis, Amos. Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families (F.B. & F.P. Goss, Publishers and Printers, Barnstable, Mass., 1888) Mayflower Births & Deaths, Vol. II Clemens, William Montgomery, American Marriages Before 1699 (Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, USA: Biblio Co., 1926) Author: Dori Coplien: We're Coming to America, database online, May 09, 2008. Snow, Nora Emma. The Snow-Estes Ancestry (Hillburn, New York, 1939) Vol. 1 Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1862) Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families. William T. Davis; Michael Tepper - Editor- Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Originally published as Part II of Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth Second Edition Boston 1899. (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1985, Baltimore.) The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.) "EDMOND HAWES and His American Descendants" by Raymond Gordon Hawes, Gateway Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 2000. Livermore, Abiel Abbot. History of the Town of Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (Lowell, Massachusetts, Marden and Rowell, printers, 1888) Austin, John Osborne. One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families (1893) The inventory of the estate of Desire Howland dated Mar. 1, 1684 amounted to L123, 16s. 11d. shown by sons James and John.

Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England (Press of W. White, Boston, 1861) Vol. 12 Deeds, &c. Vol. 1 1620-1651 & Book of Indian Records for their lands. Page 10, (citing original record page 52).

The Mayflower Descendant (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1902) Vol. 4 The Howland Homestead (Society of the Descendants of Pilgrim John Howland, of the Ship Mayflower, Boston, 1911) Page 9: She was "named after Desire Minter, the faithful friend of Elizabeth Tilley." History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts : 1620-1637-1686-1890. New York: H.W. Blake & Co., 1890, Chap 17 pg 458. Burial location: Cobb's Hill, Barnstable, Massachusetts on Oct 14 1683 check Find A Grave: Memorial #18676934

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Desire Gorham's Timeline

1625
October 13, 1625
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
1625
Plymouth, Mass.
1644
April 2, 1644
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America
1646
May 5, 1646
Marshfield, Plymouth Colony
1648
April 2, 1648
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1650
April 28, 1650
Probably Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
1652
February 20, 1652
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1653
February 16, 1653
Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States