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James Howland

Birthplace: Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, U S A
Death: Died in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel Howland and Rose Howland
Husband of Deborah Howland
Father of Thomas Howland, Sr.; James Howland; Deborah Howland; Elizabeth Swain; Cook Howland and 3 others
Brother of Rebecca Russell; John Howland; George Howland; Mary Smith; Content Briggs and 1 other

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About James Howland

a Quaker, Appongansett Meeting, expelled for marring out of meeting

James Howland's name appears more frequently on the town records of Dartmouth than any of the other members of the Howland family. He was surveyor of the highways in 1711, on the Jury in 1721, fence viewer 1727, town clerk in 1725, surveyor in 1726, moderator of the Town meeting in 1730 and 1734, selectman in 1729-1733, tax assessor 1723, 1735, 1736 and 1739, town constable in 1737, grand juror in 1742. At about this time he left Dartmouth for Shrewsbury, New Jersey with his two youngest sons, Charles and George and his youngest daughter Ruth along with his wife Deborah. These children were between 12 and 16 years old at the time. His older children stayed in Dartmouth and thrived while living in the family home.


Page: 249

Name: James Howland

Date: 13 Nov 1748

Location: Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co.yeoman; will of. Wife, Deborah, executrix. Son, Thomas, lands he now lives on in Dartmouth in New England and £120. Son, James, lands he lives on in Dartmouth and £120. Daughter, Elizabeth. Three younger sons, Cook, George and Charles, lands in Shrewsbury. Daughter, Ruth. Refers to "new house" when completed. Witnesses--William Osborn, James Osborn, Jon. Herring. Proved Dec. 13, 1748. On February 4, 1748-9, Cook Howland, a Quaker, affirmed.Lib. E, p. 257.1748, Dec. 27. Inventory of the estate, including a turning lathe, turning tools, part of a box of Lockers Pills, some "Jazuits Bark," gun, pillion, 3 powder horns and 3 shot bags, part of cask of powder, bonds from Britten White, William Brand, Jacob Taylor, Francis Hance, James Parker and Peter White, 10 gal. rum, 45 gals. molasses, silver tankard (£14), silver porringer (£4). Made by Gisbert Longstreet, Gershom Bills. William Osbourn.1748-9, Feb. 4. Bond of Cook Howland, of Shrewsbury, as administrator, with will annexed. Daniel Cornell, of Shrewsbury, and Richard Fitz Randolph, of Perth Amboy, fellow bondsmen. Witnesses--John Royce, Thomas Bartow.

Poplar Swamp in what is now known as West Long Branch and where the old Howland Homestead was located had a endless supply of Marl (Potash) used by local farmers as a fertilizer instead of manure. In the 1830's a horse load of manure would cost about 50 cents, Marl was half that price but it lasted up to 12 years while manure would have to be reapplied a least 3 times during the same period. Based on the spread rate manure would cost $200 an acre and Marl $5.00. John Howland's Marl was assayed as 88% Greensand, 6.5% Clay with a little carbonate of lime, and Quartzose Sand at 5%.

In 1864 The Howland Marl was 16 feet deep as was written in the book "Geology of Long Branch", In 1922 a survey found that all of the Marl pits in the area of Poplar and Elberon were overgrown and not being used anymore.

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James Howland's Timeline

February 18, 1689
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, U S A
December 1, 1718
Age 29
Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
November 3, 1719
Age 30
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, U S A
March 6, 1722
Age 33
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, U S A
July 12, 1724
Age 35
Dartmouth, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts
Age 36
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Age 37
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Age 39
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Age 40
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States