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Howland, Joseph, was born in Rutland, Jefferson county, N. Y., May 3, 1834, a son of Albert and Lucy (Herrick) Howland. His father was born in Delaware county, and came to Rodman with Samuel Ralph, when twelve days old. He was given to this man by his father, his mother dying at his birth. Mr. Ralph was one of the leading farmers of the town and his brother, Squire Ralph, was one of the largest farmers of Rodman. Albert Howland when married went to Rutland and followed farming. In 1838 he came to Theresa and settled on the farm Joseph now owns, where he died in 1883. He was a Republican aud active in politics. He and his wife were members of the Protestant Methodist church and were very liberal supporters of that church. Mrs. Howland diedin 1881; they had three sons and one daughter and two grew to manhood. Joseph Howland has lived on the farm he owns since four years of age. He was eäucated in the common schools, and has a farm of 160 acres. In 1856 he married Editha S. Pierce, and. they had five children: Ella, Joseph, Albert, Frederick and Arthur. Mr. Howland is a Republican in poiitics and a member of the G. A. R. at Theresa, N. Y. August 11, 1862, he enlisted in Co. F, 10th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and served three years, serving in the first battle of Petersburg. He was lieutenant of Co. D, in the State militia.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898