This tombstone was photographed at Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
John Howland is my 10th great grandfather, and was a Mayflower passenger. His wife, Elizabeth Tilley, was also a young passenger on board the Mayflower, along with her parents, brother, aunt and uncle. She was left an orphan when they all died that first winter, and married John Howland three years later in the new Plymouth Colony. They had ten children. You can read all about my lineage from John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley HERE. Elizabeth Tilley was buried in Swansea, Massachusetts, where she went to live with her daughter Lydia when she was widowed. NOTE: This burial ground in what was once Swansea, Massachusetts is now East Providence, Rhode Island [thank you to reader Andrew Whipple for this edit!]
This is the second known tombstone for John Howland. It is unknown if any type of marker, stone or wooden, was place on his grave site in 1673. Around 1844 a simple marker was erected, and then replaced with this current, more elaborate memorial stone in 1897.
For the truly curious:
Surname Saturday - Howland - https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/08/surname-saturday-howland-mayflower.html
A blog post about Rocky Nook, the homesite of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley in Duxbury, Massachusetts https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/03/rocky-nook-site-of-mayflower-passenger.html
Find A Grave, John Howland - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6613808/john-howland
A story about the two known grave markers for John Howland at Burial Hill in Plymouth - https://pilgrimjohnhowlandsociety.org/The_history_of_John__Elizabeth_and_Yet_Mercy__s_Headstones
To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "John Howland, Mayflower Passenger, died 1673 - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 21, 2023, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2023/02/john-howland-mayflower-passenger-died.html: accessed [access date]).
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