Capt. Gideon Howland, Jr.

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Gideon Howland, Jr.

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Round Hill, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Death: September 2, 1847 (77)
Place of Burial: New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Gideon Howland and Sarah Hicks
Husband of Mehitable Howland
Father of Sylvia Ann Howland and Abbigale "Abby" Slocum Robinson
Brother of Rebecca Russell; William Howland; Captain Cornelius Howland; Judith Howland; Captain Joseph Howland and 7 others

Occupation: Whaling Captain
Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Capt. Gideon Howland, Jr.


Much has been written of Capt. Gideon Howland, Jr., his father's fourth son. It was through his marriage with a relative, Mehitable, daughter of his partner and cousin, Isaac Howland, Jr., that the fortune of Sylvia Ann Howland was founded. At one time a whaling captain, he became a member of the celebrated shipping firm of I. Howland, Jr., & Co., in which Edward Mott Robinson and Miss Howland were subsequent partners. How this firm waxed prosperous is familiar New Bedford history. Gideon Howland, Jr., had but two daughters, Abby, who married Mr. Robinson, and Sylvia Ann. Hence at the latter's death in 1865, Hetty, the only child of Mrs. Abby Robinson, was the only niece of Sylvia Ann Howland, only granddaughter of Gideon Howland, Jr., and only great granddaughter of Isaac Howland, Jr., and thus was heir at law to all of them, as well as to her father. Isaac Howland had died in 1833, leaving an estate of $248,000; Gideon, Jr., died in 1847, having multiplied this to $800,000,- and Sylvia Ann's fortune was placed at $2,025,000.

The Gideon, Jr., line is the smallest among the Howland heirs. There are only two descendants, Mrs. Green's children, Col. Edward H. R. Green and Mrs. Matthew Astor Wilks of New York. Abby Slocum (daughter of Gideon, Jr.) born in 1809, died in 1860. Married Edward Mott Robinson, and had but one daughter, whom they left about $5,000,000, and who became famous as "Hetty Green," the richest woman in America.

Hetty Howland Robinson married Edward H. Green of New York City; died July 3, 1916. Had three children, two of whom are now living, Col. Edward H. R. Green, who married recently in Chicago, and Mrs. Matthew Astor Wilks of New York. Neither has children.

Source: "The Massachusetts Magazine"


Howland Island, an uninhabited coral island located just north of the equator in the central Pacific Ocean, about 1,700 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu; was named after Capt Gideon Howland, Jr and Isaac Howland, Jr.

Source: "The Naming of Howland Island"

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Capt. Gideon Howland, Jr.'s Timeline

August 4, 1770
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
June 11, 1806
Age 35
January 20, 1809
Age 38
New Bedford, Bristol , Massachusetts, United States
September 2, 1847
Age 77
Age 76
New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
December 10, 1917
Age 77
April 29, 1927
Age 77
May 1, 1974
Age 77