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James Howe

Birthdate: (99)
Birthplace: Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
Death: May 17, 1702 (95-103)
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex, Ma, Usa
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Howe and Elizabeth Howe
Husband of Bridget Howe and Elizabeth Howe
Father of Elizabeth Howe; James Howe, Junior; Mary Abbott; Sarah Bridges; Abraham Howe of Ipswich and 2 others
Brother of Abraham Howe of Roxbury

Occupation: Weaver
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About James Howe, of Ipswich

James Howe b. 15 May 1598 per Howe Genealogy; considerable research presented on the site. James Howe was said to be 94 years old in 1692 when he testified on behalf of his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Jackson Howe, at the Salem witch trials.


James Howe was born by about 1603 (deposed on 27 March 1666 "aged sixty-one years;" deposed on 28 November 1681 "aged about eighty years"), son of Robert Howe. Weaver from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire who came to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 (based on admission to Roxbury church).

First settled in Roxbury; moved to Ipswich by 1641. Died in Ipswich 17 May 1702 ("May 19th [1702] Mr. James How, a good man of Ipswich, 104 years old is buried. Died I think on Lords-Day night, just about the time the news of the King's death was brought from Madera").

James Howe was brother of ABRAHAM HOWE {1636, Roxbury}. On 28 November 1681, "James How, Sr., aged about eighty years, and Abraham How, aged about thirty years, testified that their cousins, Goodman Seres and his wife came to their house to visit them about four years ago and Hester Seers, formerly the wife of Henery Mason, told them that her first husband had given her cousin John How his feather bed, but she could not spare it yet." The first deponent is the subject of this sketch, and the second deponent is his son. Hester (Howe) (Mason) Sears is a daughter of the immigrant Abraham Howe. 


  1.  at Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, 27 June 1628 Elizabeth Dane, daughter of JOHN DANE {1636, Roxbury} (in his will of 7 September 1658, John Dane included bequests to "my daughter Elizabeth How"). She died at Ipswich on 21 January 1693/4.


  1.  Abraham HOWE b: ABT 1630 in Ipswich, MA
  2. James HOWE b: ABT 1635
  3. Sarah HOWE
  4. Mary Howe Abbott (1638 - 1729)


  •  Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer co. NJ editorial supervision of Francis Bazeley Lee, Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer co. NJ editorial supervision of Francis Bazeley Lee.
  • 987. Ancestry.com; Joseph B. Felt, Full Context of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton, MA: Town Histories MA: Town Histories, (2001; Cambridge, MA 1834).
  • 988. New England Familes Genealogical and Memorial, Series 1.
  • 989. New England Familes Genealogical and Memorial, Series 1, Howe line .


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James Howe, of Ipswich's Timeline

Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England


James Howe (Born: 1598)

March 12, 1606
Age 3
St. Botolph, London, England
Age 28
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
March 23, 1632
Age 29
Hatfield, Essex, England
Age 38
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
September 25, 1644
Age 41
March 28, 1649
Age 46
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 48
Ipswich,Essex Co.,MA