Biography of Charles F. Howland
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Howland, Charles F., was descended from (1) Henry Howland, who came to Plymouth from England before 1625, settled in Duxbury, and married Mary Newland; (2) Zoeth, killed by the Indians at Pocasset in 1676; (3) Nathaniel, born in 1657, settled in Dartmouth, married Rose, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Allen, of that town, and died in 1723; (4) James, born in 1689, married Deborah Cook, a descendant of Francis Cook, of the Mayflower; (5) James, born in 1719, married Elizabeth Wing, lived in Dartmouth and died in 1773: and (6) Jonathan, born in 1765, settled in New Bedford, and died in 1846. Jonathan Howland became a captain of coasting vessels. He married, first, Hannah Aiken; second, in 1800, Desire, daughter of Jonathan and Patience Tabor; and third, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Hannah Taber. Capt. Charles F. Howland, son of Capt. Jonathan and Desire (Taber) Howland, was born on Water street, at the head of Commercial, in New Bedford, October 19, 1808, and received a public school education. When seventeen he made his first voyage on the brig Indian Chief; later on the ships George Porter, Emerald, Hope, and South Carolina, from New Bedford to South America; he passed through the different subordinate offices, and afterward commanded the William Baker and Atlantic, of Warren, R. I., the Lion, of Providence, R. I., and the Courier, of New Bedford. In 1858 he retired from the service and subsequently acted as agent for William Crosby, of Talcahuana, and the Chili Whaling Company of Valparaiso, in the purchase of vessels and other materials. Captain Howland always enjoyed the respect and confidence of all who knew him. In 1864 he settled at 108 Fourth street, New Bedford, where he died August 6, 1895. He married Charlotte Himes, a native of Wickford, R. I., and the of Stukeley and Elizabeth Himes, who survives him. Their children were Henry A., born December 6, 1831, who was engaged in the whaling service from New Bedford, became master of the ship Midas, settled in Valparaiso in 1868, and was given charge of the Chili Whaling Company; Emeline, born March 5, 1839, died December 12, 1883; Emma Frances, born September 20 1841, died October 24, 1843; and Edward C., born July 16, 1845, died August 18, 1869. Emeliné married in 1862 Major Edwin Dews, who served in the 9th N. Y. Vols. and 3d Mass. H. A. during the Civil war and afterward engaged in the book trade in New Bedford.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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