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Zoeth Howland

Also Known As: "Zoar"
Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Death: March 13, 1676 (36-44)
Tiverton, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States (Slain by 6 Indians - one named Manasses - during King Phillips' War)
Place of Burial: unknown
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Howland, Jr. of Duxbury and Mary "Sarah" Howland
Husband of Abigail Kirby
Father of Nathaniel Howland; Benjamin Howland; Daniel Howland; Lydia Howland; Mary Howland and 4 others
Brother of Abigail Young; John Howland; Sarah Dennis; Elizabeth Allen; Samuel Howland, of Freetown and 1 other
Half brother of John Howland; Sarah Dennis; Elizabeth Allen; Samuel Howland, of Freetown; Abigail Young and 3 others

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About Zoeth Howland

	

Zoeth Howland, son of Henry, was born in Duxbury, and settled in Dartmouth as early as 1662. He took the oath of fidelity in Duxbury in 1657, and probably about this time with his father became a convert to Quakerism, and meetings were held at his house, for which he was fined. He was killed by the Indians at Pocasset 2Ist of 1st month, 1676. Tiverton and Little Compton were known as Pocasset, and the present stone bridge was Howland's ferry, which was later kept by Daniel, son of Zoeth. Abigail Howland, widow of Zoeth, married (second) in 1678 Richard Kirby. All of the sons of Zoeth except Samuel were active members of the Apponegansett Meeting. His children were: Nathaniel, Benjamin, Daniel, Lydia, Mary, Sarah, Henry, Abigail, Nicholas and Samuel

http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/report/rr03/rr03_173.html#P101093 geni.com: 'Zoeth Howland, son of Henry, was born in Duxbury, and settled in Dartmouth as early as 1662. He took the oath of fidelity in Duxbury in 1657, and probably about this time with his father became a convert to Quakerism, and meetings were held at his house, for which he was fined. He was killed by the Indians at Pocasset 2Ist of 1st month, 1676. Tiverton and Little Compton were known as Pocasset, and the present stone bridge was Howland's ferry, which was later kept by Daniel, son of Zoeth. Abigail Howland, widow of Zoeth, married (second) in 1678 Richard Kirby. All of the sons of Zoeth except Samuel were active members of the Apponegansett Meeting. His children were: Nathaniel, Benjamin, Daniel, Lydia, Mary, Sarah, Henry, Abigail, Nicholas and Samuel Abigail Kirby (unknown) MP Gender: Female Birth: circa 1635 Death: circa 1708 (65-81) Duxbury, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA) Immediate Family: Wife of Zoeth Howland and Richard Kirby, Jr. Mother of Nathaniel Howland; Benjamin Howland; Daniel Howland; Lydia Howland; Mary Freeman; Sarah Howland; Nicholas Howland; Abigail Booth, (twin) and Henry Howland, (twin) « less Added by: Mary Hope Howland on January 22, 2007 Managed by: Kenneth J Burgos and 41 others Curated by: Ben M. Angel, back, but catching up

Wife of Zoeth Howland and Richard Kirby, Jr.

Wife of Zoeth Howland and Richard Kirby, Jr. Mother of Nathaniel Howland; Benjamin Howland; Daniel Howland; Lydia Howland; Mary Freeman and 4 others Added by: Mary Hope Howland on January 22, 2007

'FORUM ARTICLES SEARCH Home > User Trees > Cheryl-A-Howland Howland's of Connecticut:Information about Zoeth Howland Zoeth Howland (b. 1636, d. Bet. 21 Jan 1675 - 1676) Zoeth Howland (son of Henry Howland and Mary Newland)34 was born 1636 in Duxbury, Plymouth, MA34, and died Bet. 21 Jan 1675 - 1676 in Tiverton, newport, RI34.

He married Abigail ? on Oct 1656 in Newport, Newport, RI.

More About Zoeth Howland and Abigail ?:

Marriage: Oct 1656, Newport, Newport, RI.

Children of Zoeth Howland and Abigail ? are:

+Nicholas Howland, b. 13 Jul 1670, Newport, Newport, RI35, d. 01 Apr 1722, Possibly Dartmouth, Bristol, MA36.

Benjamin Howland, b. Bet. 08 Mar 1656 - 1657, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA.36, d. Bet. 12 Feb 1725 - 172636.

Nathaniel Howland, b. 05 Aug 1657, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA36, d. Bet. 03 Mar 1722 - 1723, Dartmouth, Bristol, MA36. Daniel Howland, b. May 1661, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA36, d. WFT Est. 1662-175136.

Lydia Howland, b. 23 Sep 1663, d. WFT Est. 1664-1757 . Mary Howland, b. 23 Dec 1665, d. WFT Est. 1666-1759.

Sarah Howland Howland, b. Bet. Feb 1667 - 1668, d. WFT Est. 1669-1762.

Henry Howland Howland, b. 30 Jun 1672, d. WFT Est. 1722-1764.

Abigail Howland, b. 30 Jun 1672, d. WFT Est. 1673-1766.

'Son of Henry, was born probably in Duxbury about 1636. In the tenth month, 1656, he was married to his wife Abigail, as appears by the Friends' records at Newport, R. I. In 1657 he took the oath of "Fidelitie" at Duxbury, but because of his Quaker proclivities held the clergy of the established church in little esteem. Witness a deposition of one Samuel Hunt about this time:

"About a fortnight before the date heerof, being att the house of Zoeth Howland, hee said hee would not goe to meeting to hear lyes, and that the diuill [devil] could teach as good a sermon as the minnisters; and that a 2cond time being att the house of the said Zoeth Howland, and his brother, John Hunt, and Tho Delano being with him, hee questioned with the said Zoeth Howland whether hee would not goe to the meeting, because the minnesters taught lyes, and that the diuill could teach as good a sermon as the minnesters, and hee said hee denied it not. Also, Tho Delano questioned him whether the minnesters taught lyes, and hee said yes, and lett him looke in the Scriptures and hee should find it soe." For this audacious utterance Zoeth was arraigned at the term of Court in March, 1657-58, "for speaking opprobriously of the minnesters of Gods Word," and was sentenced to sit in the stocks. He and his wife were also fined for not attending the ordained meetings. It is therefore not surprising that he departed from Plymouth, and made his home in Dartmouth, on a portion of his father's holdings, where he could breath a freer air. At his death his estate, as reported to the Court at Plymouth June 7, 1677, included a quarter share of land valued at fifteen pounds, a yoke of oxen, three cows, one mare, and miscellaneous farming and household utensils. There is no record of a will.

Zoeth Howland was slain by the Indians at Puncatest, in Tiverton, R. I.,

near the ferry, on March 28, 1676.

The ferry was subsequently kept by Zoeth's son Daniel, and known for many years as "Howland's Ferry."

It is probable that Zoeth was going to or from the Friends' meeting at Newport when he met death. John Cook of Portsmouth, R. I., at a court-martial held on some Indians at Newport in August, 1676, testified that being at Puncatest in the middle of July he asked several Indians

"Who killed Zoeth Howland?" and they said "there were six in the company and that Manasses was the Indian that fetched him out of the water."

Zoeth and Abigail Howland had nine children, the births of the first eight being established by the Newport Friends' records. The sons were Nathaniel, Benjamin, Daniel, Henry

and Nicholas, 

and the daughters Lydia, Mary, Sarah and Abigail. The mother applied to the Court for an order in her favor to assist in rearing her large family, and on July 3, 1678, was granted her husband's entire estate, "lands, goods and chattels."

On Dec. 2, 1678, she married Richard Kirby, Jr. 

"In the following spring, a pious Quaker from Dartmouth, one Zoeth Howland, was passing through Pocasset, as he was wont to travel, for the purpose of attending the meetings of his sect at Newport. On the way through Tiverton he was waylaid by six savages, one of whom went by the name Manasses. Without any provocation, the peaceful Friend was slain in cold blood and the assassins satisfied their passion by mutilating the dead body. Then they carried the mangled corpse in the stream which flows into Nannaquaket Pond at the foot of Highland Road and threw it in the water. His horrified friends, when they discovered the outrage, called the brook "Sinning Flesh River," the name by which it has been known to the present day." Albion C. Cook, "The Early Years of Tiverton;" Rhode Island Sinning Flesh River: HomeFacts & Folklore Sin and Flesh Brook, looking upstream from its outlet at Nannaquaket Pond. Quahog.org Sin and Flesh Brook River of death! Old Main Road, Tiverton On March 28, 1676, a pious fellow named Zoeth Howland was riding from Dartmouth to Newport to attend a Quaker meeting. It was quite a distance to travel in those days, and all the more so because of the dangers en route. Howland had to be careful of wolves and rattlesnakes, and, because of the ongoing King Philip's War, ticked-off Indians. Having come about fifteen miles from Dartmouth, and with a like distance still to go, Howland was following a small stream through a forest in Tiverton when he was ambushed by six Native Americans. They killed the dedicated church-goer, mutilated his body and threw the mangled corpse into the stream. According to an article by Elon Cook on the Sakonnet Historical website, court records reveal that one man was brought to justice for Zoeth's murder

His name was Manasses (or Molasses), and his punishment was to be sold into slavery.

After the discovery of Howland's body, the brook became known as "Sinning Flesh River." Over the years the name has been colloquialized to Sin and Flesh Brook. Since no mention is made in the story of any sin that Howland may have committed, we're not sure of the exact connection, but it's a cool name, anyway. The easiest access point to the brook is at its outlet into Nannaquaket Pond. For those who are more intrepid, Fort Barton Woods is only a short drive up Highland Road. A military redoubt used during the Revolutionary War, Fort Barton commands a splendid view of the Sakonnet River and the Portsmouth shore. Behind the fort are several miles of wooded trails that offer a pleasant spot for an afternoon walk. Although it's not marked, some of the trails pass over Sin and Flesh Brook, perhaps close to the spot where Zoeth Howland lost his life. The brook appears unencumbered by human improvements now, but that wasn't always the case. In the early 1800s it was dammed in a number of places to supply water power for various types of mills. Mill ponds also were a source of ice in winter. If you're going to go poking around in Fort Barton Woods, you'd best take a nature trail map. This flier on cultural history and natural communities might be of interest, as well. Both PDFs appear courtesy of the Town of Tiverton Open Space Commission. And if you see Zoeth, well, tell him we said "howdy!" Finding it: from Route 95 take exit 20 for Route 195 east to exit 8 in Fall River; follow Route 24 to Route 77 south (Main Road); turn left onto Bridgeport Road just at the north end of Nannaquaket Pond; Old Main Road passes over Sin and Flesh Brook where it empties into the pond. If you continue up Highland Road from there, you will soon come to Fort Barton Woods on the right. Map data ©2016 Google This article last edited May 4, 2015 © 1999–2016 Quahog.org (with the exception of elements provided by contributors, as noted).


1657, December- Fined for having meetings of Quakers at his house. He had recently converted from Puritan faith to Quaker.

1657/8- Arraigned for speaking opprobiously of the ministers of Gods Words and sentenced "to sitt in the stockes for the space of one houre, or during the pleasure of the Court, which accordingly was pformed and soe released." The offensive utterance was he would not go to the Puritain meeting to hear lyes, and that the deuill (devil) could teach as good a sermon as the ministers. He repeated this to at least two witinesses and when questioned again about whether he thought the ministers taught lyes, he responded, "let him looke in the Scriptures and hee should find it so.

It would appear that Zoeth was over a hundred years ahead of his time as the right to freedom of speech and religion had not yet been granted to every citizen. 1662- Moved to Dartmouth, MA. Killed by the Indians at Pocaset, RI during King Philip's War. Siblings: Joseph, John, Samuel, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Abigail.


Source: ancestry.com:

Zoeth Howland Found 10 Records, 8 Photos and 1,137,384 Family Trees Born in Duxbury on 1635 to Henry Howland and Mary Newland. Zoeth married Abigail and had 9 children.

He passed away on 1656 in Pocassett, Rhode Island, USA. Family Members

Parents

Henry Howland 1602-1671

Mary Newland 1603-1674

Spouse(s)

Abigail 1635-1678

Children

Abigail Howland 1672-1692

Daniel Howland 1661-1714

Lydia Howland 1665-1763

Sarah Howland 1668-1768

Nathaniel Howland 1657-1723

Benjamin Howland 1659-1727

Mary Howland 1665-1748

Nicholas Howland 1670-1722

Henry Howland 1671-1729


Ancestry.com:

'Zoeth Howland

Born in Duxbury on 1635

to Henry Howland and Mary Newland.

Zoeth married Abigail and had 9 children.

He passed away on 1656 in Pocassett, Rhode Island, USA.

Family Members

Parents

Henry Howland 1602-1671

Mary Newland 1603-1674

Spouse(s)

Abigail 1635-1678

Children

Nathaniel Howland 1657-1723

Benjamin Howland 1659-1727

Daniel Howland 1661-1714

Lydia Howland 1665-1763

Mary Howland 1665-1748

Sarah Howland 1668-1768

Nicholas Howland 1670-1722

Abigail Howland 1672-1692

Henry Howland 1671-1729


https://familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/11554188

ZOETH & ABIGAIL (UNKNOWN) HOWLAND, BIOGRAPHICAL ITEMS

· 13 November 2014 ·

(1) Zoeth & Abigail [maiden name unknown] Howland, Data in biographical sketch about his father, Henry Howland, in outstanding historical series, "The Great Migration Begins....," by Robert Charles Anderson (see attached source for publication data):

      CHILDREN OF HENRY HOWLAND:

ii. ZOETH, b. say 1631; m. by 1657 Abigail _________(eldest child

      b. 5 October 1657 (Their marriage date is published as "Dec. 656," with the bride's surname not given [Rhode Island Vital Records 7:21]; this may be a marriage record created by calculation.)[There is an] apparent gap of about seven years between the first two children (Abigail and Zoeth) and the remaining six.  These first two children may well have been born in England, and there is the possibility that they were by an earlier wife and not by Mary. 

(2) Zoeth & Abigail (maiden name unknown) Howland, Biographical & family data in article: 'Henry Howland of Duxbury Massachusetts, 1633, His Children and His Grandchildren', by respected genealogists Robert S. Wakefield and Robert M. Sherman (see attached source for publication data):

    2. ZOETH OR ZOAR HOWLAND, 3 (Henry, 1) was killed by Indians in King Philip's Ward at Pocaset (in Tiverton, now in Rhode Island) on 31 March 1676.  He was said to be "of Dartmouth" when he married in the 10th month (December) `1656, to Abigail [______].  His wife died before 30 January 1707/8 (according to her second husband's will).  Abigail married seconfd to Richard Kirby (also his second marriage) " at the house of Robert Malins in Newport." Rhode Island, on 9m [November] 1678,  Both spouses were "of Dartmouth.:   Kirby died before 5 April 1720, when his will was probated.
    Zoeth took the oath of didelity in 1657; few records exist for him after that.  From those which do, it is evident that he was among the more-outspoken Quakers.   He was condemned to sit in the stocks for an hour on 2 March 1657/58 for speaking 'opprobriosly' of the ministers.  He was accused of

saying that he would not go to meeting to hear lies and that the Devil could teach as good a sermon as the ministers. "Goodwife Howland,the wife of Henery Howland, Zoeth Howland and his wife . . . .of Duxbury" and others were fined in March 1658/59 for absenting themselves from public worship. Zoeth was again fined ten shillings in October1661 for breaking the Sabbath.

    The inventory of the estate of Zoeth Howland of Dartmouth, "who was killed by the Indians the 28th of March, 1676," was exhibited ;7June 1677 on the oath of the widow  Abigail Howland.  HIs entire estate was settled on his widow on 3 Jully 1678, she having "many small children."
    The children of oeth and Abigail Howland (except Nichohlas , for whom no birth record has been found) are recorded in the Dartmouth Vital Records:
 9.    i. NATHANIEL, b. 1 8m (October) 1657; m. Rose Aallen

10 , ii. BENJAMIN, b. 8 em (May)1659; m. Judith Samson 11. iii. DANIEL, b. 1 m (March) 1661; m. Mary [______] 12. iv. LYDIA, b. 23 9m (November) 1663 13. v, MARY, b. 23 12m (February) 1665/66 14. vi. SARAH, b. 2m (April) 1668 15. vii. HENRY, twin, b. 30 6m (August) 1667; m. Deborah Briggs & Elizabeth Northrup 16. viii. ABIGAIL, twin, b. 30 6m (August) 1667 17, ix. NICHOLAS, m. Hannah Woodman

"U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700" (Torrey Collection)

    (Ancestry.com) 

Name: Zoeth Howland Marriage Date: Dec 1656 Marriage Place: New England [Possibly Newport, Newport, Rhode Island]] Spouse's Name: Abigail

(3) ZOETH & ABIGAIL (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) BIOGRAPHICAL DATA Sources: ANC: The Great Migration Begins, by Charles Robert Anderson, under the auspices of the New England Historical Society, profile of Henry Howland; GL: A Brief Genealogical History of Arthur, Henry and John Howland and Their Descendants, by Frankli [CONTRIBUTED TO ANCESTRY.COM BY "dwatts48"]

     Found in the Friends' records at Newport, R. I., are the marriage and death records of Zoeth Howland: "Zoar Howlan of Dartmouth in plimoth Colony was maried to Abigall his wife in the tenth month [December]  of the year one thousand six hundred fifty-six" and "Zoar Howland was killed by the Indians at Pocaset the twenty first day of 1st mo. 1676".
     In the list of names of those who took the oath of Fidelity at Duxbury in the year 1657, is Zoeth Howland. He became a convert to the faith of his father about the same time, and meetings were held at his house, for which he was fined in December, 1657. The following deposition of Samuel Hunt will show the esteem in which he held the Puritan clergy and their teachings.
    It reads thus: "About a fortnight before the date heerof, being att the house of Zoeth Howland, hee said hee would not goe to meeting to hear lyes, and that the diuill could teach as good a sermon as the minnisters; and that a 2cond time being att the house of the said Zoeth Howland, and his brother, John Hunt, and Tho Delano being with him, hee questioned with the said Zoeth Howland whether hee would not goe to the meeting, because the minnesters taught lyes, and that the diuill could teach as good a sermon as the minnesters; and hee said hee denied it not. Alsoe, Tho Delano questioned him whether the minnesters taught lyes; and hee said yes, and lett him looke in the Scriptures and hee should find it soe."
    For this utterance he was arraigned at the next term of the court in March, 1657-8, "for speaking opprobiously of the minnesters of Gods Word," and was given the humiliating sentence "to sitt in the stockes for the space of an houre, or during the pleasure of the Court; which accordingly was pformed, and soe released." His wife was a sharer in his sympathies and fate. She was fined 10s. in March, 1659, for not attending the meeting of the Puritans. Zoeth probably moved to Dartmouth as early as 1662.
    The Newport Friends' records, and the inventory of his estate, refer to him as Zoeth of Dartmouth, and that his mother owned a house there. Just where he was killed, and how he came to be there, is unknown. The section of Rhode Island including Tiverton and Portsmouth was originally known as Pocasset, and later the name was confined to Tiverton. There existed a ferry at that date, and which was subsequently owned and kept by Zoeth's son Daniel. It is conjectured that Zoeth was likely going to, or from, a Friends' meeting when he was killed.

(4) ZOETH HOWLAND, FIND-A-GRAVE MEMORIAL #52430249:

    Birth: 1631

Massachusetts, USA [possibly England]

   Death: Mar. 31, 1676

Tiverton Newport County Rhode Island, USA

     ZOETH, eldest son of Pilgrims Henry & Mary Howland, was born say 1631. He married by 1657 Abigail _____ (eldest child b. 5 October 1657 [RIVR 7:64]). (The marriage date is published as "Dec. 1656," with the bride's surname not given [RIVR 7:21]; this may be a marriage record created by calculation, and the original should be examined.)

Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project

      Family links: 
Parents:
 Henry Howland (1603 - 1671)
 Mary Howland (1609 - 1674)
Spouse:
 Abigail Howland (1635 - 1707)*
Children [partial list]:
 Benjamin Howland (1659 - 1727)*
 Nicholas Howland (1670 - 1722)*
 Siblings:
 Abigail Howland Young (1629 - 1692)*
 Zoeth Howland (1631 - 1676)
 Samuel Howland (1638 - ____)*
 John Howland (1641 - ____)*
 Mary Howland Cudworth (1643 - ____)*
 Sarah Howland Dennis (1645 - 1712)*
 Elizabeth Howland Allen (1647 - 1733)*
 Joseph Howland (1649 - 1692)*
  • Calculated relationship
   Burial:

Unknown

      Created by: Linda Mac

Record added: May 15, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 52430249

    NOTE ADDED TO THIS MEMORIAL:

Zoeth was born on January 31, 1635 in Plymouth,Massachusetts. He died on January 21, 1676 at Tiverton, Rhode Island. He was on his way home from a Quaker Meeting and was attacked.

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Zoeth Howland's Timeline

1636
1636
Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1657
August 5, 1657
Age 21
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1659
March 8, 1659
Age 23
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
1661
May 1661
Age 25
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
1663
November 23, 1663
Age 27
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts
1665
December 23, 1665
Age 29
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
1668
February 1668
Age 32
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts
1670
July 13, 1670
Age 34
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusett
1672
June 30, 1672
Age 36
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts