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Margaret Miller (Willard)

Also Known As: "Mary"
Birthplace: Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: January 25, 1758 (62)
Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Captain Benjamin Willard Sr. and Sarah Willard
Wife of Nehemiah Howe and Ens James Miller
Mother of Esher Howe; Submit Howe; Sgt. Caleb Howe; Sarah Alexander; Samuel Howe and 6 others
Sister of Sarah Pratt; Major Joseph Willard, Sr.; Simeon Willard; Hannah Brigham; Benjamin Willard Jr. and 1 other

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Immediate Family

About Margaret Miller

ID: I528264918

Name: Margaret WILLARD

Given Name: Margaret

Surname: Willard

Sex: F

Birth: 1696 in Grafton, Worchester, Ma.

Death: 25 Jan 1758 in Ma.

Father: Benjamin WILLARD b: in Lancaster, Worchester, Ma.

Mother: Sarah LARKIN b: 4 Feb 1660/61 in Groton, Middlesex, Ma.


ID: I20371


Sex: F


If the legends are true...a work in progress.

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J. Craig Canada's Family Tree

ID: I9529

Name: Margaret Willard

Reference Number: 14 1

Sex: F

Death: 25 Jan 1758

Reference Number: 14 1

Note: The foloowing was taken from the diary of Rev. Ebenezer Parkiman of Westboro, bearing date of 25 Jan 1758.

We had ye sorrowing tidings of ye wife of Ensign James Miller. She was heretofore ye wife of Mr. Nehemiah How of Grafton, who was carried away captive frem ye grt Meadows. Her maiden name was Willard, daughter of Captain Benjamin Willard, a woman of many virtues; her death is not only a great loss to me and mine, but to all ye place. May ye God of all Grace sanctifie it to me and mine to ye bereaved Ensign (who is under great sufferings by ye palsey) and to all ye Relatives and neighborhood."

Daniel Wait Howe - 1929

Change Date: 2 Jun 2006 at 19:13

Father: Benjamin Willard

Mother: Sarah Larkin

Marriage 1 Nehemiah Howe b: Abt 1693 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts


Change Date: 2 Jun 2006


Joshua Howe b: 11 Oct 1716 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Submit Howe b: 4 Mar 1717/18 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Caleb Howe b: 30 Jan 1719/20 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Esther Howe b: 25 Apr 1722 in

Caleb Howe b: 31 Dec 1723 in

Sarah Howe b: 13 Jul 1725 in

Samuel Howe b: 15 Jun 1727 in

Edward Howe b: 28 May 1729 in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Abner Howe b: 20 Oct 1731 in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Hannah Howe b: 29 Nov 1733 in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Mary Howe b: 12 Apr 1735 in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Martha Howe b: 16 Sep 1738

Marriage 2 James Miller

Married: 26 Jan 1748/49 2

Change Date: 2 Jun 2006


Abbrev: Howe Genealogies


Black - Howe Family

Entries: 14606 Updated: 2007-04-01 02:57:06 UTC (Sun) Contact: Brenda Black Watson

The Black (Scots-Irish) and Howe (English) families originate from the southeast and northeast US. Surnames include: Beardsley, Bent, Black, Brigham, Brooks, Bull, Carter, Clark, Conklin, Cooper, Curtis, Damon, Fletcher, Fullenwider/Vollenweider, Giddings, Goddard, Hart, Hicklin, Hinson, How, Howe, Kerfoot, Lee, Lockridge, Lockwood, Louthan, Mallory, McCoy, Meloan, Miller, Moore, Northrup / Northrop, Penfield, Peyton, Rice, Smith, Terrell, Trowbridge, Ward, Warner, Wetherbee, & Wright.

ID: I10183

Name: Benjamin Willard 1

Sex: M

Title: Capt.

Father: Simon Willard

Marriage 1 Sarah Larkin


Margaret Willard

Sources: Title: Howe Genealogies Author: Hon. Daniel Wait Howe, Edited by Gilman Bigelow Howe






CALEB HOWE b: 31 DEC 1723 in Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts


  1. ID: I08143
  2. Name: Margaret Willard 1
  3. Sex: F

Father: Benjamin Willard b: 1665 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA

Mother: Sarah Lakin b: 14 FEB 1661/62 in Groton, Middlesex, MA

Marriage 1 Nehemiah How

Marriage 2 James Miller


     Author: Materials gathered by Joseph Willard and Charles Wilkes Walker, Edited and completed by Charles Henry Pope
     Publication: Printed for the Willard Family Assn., Boston, MA, 1915, Murray and Emery, Kendall Sq., Cambridge, MA, Digital Edition 2001 by Richard Bingham, Oceanport, NJ
     Media: Electronic 

The Story of Jemima How and her Captivity and her genealogy.

New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume IV

(IV) Caleb, third son of Nehemiah and Mary (Willard) Howe, was born December 3, 1723, in Sudbury, and removed with his father to Westmoreland, New Hampshire, where he was elected town clerk, March 31, 1752. Soon after he removed to Vernon, Vermont, which was formerly a part of the town of Hinsdale, New Hampshire. He married Jemima, daughter of the Josiah Sartwell or Sawtelle, who built the old fort bearing his name in Vernon, Vermont, in 1739. In company with two others, Hezekiah Grout and Benjamin Garfield, Caleb Howe was engaged in hoeing corn in June, 1755, in the meadow on the east side of the Connecticut river and started on the night of June 27 of that year to return to Bridgman's Fort on the Connecticut river, just below Fort Sartwell. They were attacked by twelve Indians in ambush, and Howe, who had two young lads on the horse with him, was brought to the ground by a shot in his thigh. They also pierced him with spears and tore off his scalp. The next morning he was found by a party from Fort Hinsdale still living, and was carried to the fort where he died. Grout escaped unhurt, and Garfield was drowned while trying to escape. The Indians took the wives of these three men, Jemima Howe, Submit Grout and Eunice Garfield, a child of Garfield, three children of Grout, and seven children of Mrs. Howe, the eldest of the latter being eleven years old, and the youngest six months. The two eldest were children by her first husband, William Phipps, who was also slain, July 5, 1743, by Indians. The Indians plundered and fired the fort. After camping one night six Indians returned to the fort to do more destruction. The next morning they started on the long journey to Canada, and sold their captives in Montreal. Mrs. Howe's youngest daughter was given to Governor De Vaudreuil. Her baby was carried off by a hunting party to Missiquoi, on Lake Champlain, where he died. Mrs. Howe was kindly treated by the French and was finally ransomed and returned home. Her eldest daughter was taken to France and married a Frenchman; the other children were scattered. Colonel Schuyler contributed two thousand seven hundred livres to her ransom. He had been a prisoner at Montreal when she was there. Her story has been told in various histories and she was known as the "Fair Captive." She married (third) Amos Tute, who died April 17, 1790, in his sixtieth year. She died March 7, 1805, aged eighty-two. Her epitaph states: "Having passed through more vicissitudes and endured more hardships than any of her contemporaries."

No more can Savage foes annoy, Nor aught her wide-spread fame destroy.

Her children by her first husband, William Phipps, were: Mary and Submit Phipps. Children of Caleb and Jemima Howe: William, Moses, Squire, Caleb, infant, died from exposure in Canada.

(V) Moses Howe, son of Caleb and Jemima Howe, was born in 1749-50, and lived at Vernon, Vermont, at the old homestead, after his return from captivity. His children were: Elijah, Ebenezer, mentioned below; Samuel, Edwin and Adeline.

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Margaret Miller's Timeline

Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
October 11, 1716
Age 20
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
March 4, 1718
Age 22
April 25, 1722
Age 26
December 3, 1723
Age 27
Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
July 13, 1725
Age 29
United States
June 15, 1727
Age 31
Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
May 28, 1728
Age 32
Grafton, Worcester County, MA
October 20, 1731
Age 35
Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States