Cliff McCarthy, 2016
Last Updated, 1 June 2019
Jeremy How [sometimes Jeremiah Howe] was the son of Edward and Elizabeth How of Lynn, Massachusetts. Jeremy was born, presumably in England in 1614. It is said that he came to America aboard the Truelove in 1635 with his parents and siblings. In fact, the ship manifest for the Truelove reads, in part:
“Edward Howe, husbandman, 60; Elizabeth Howe, aged 50 [or 56]; Jeremie Howe, 21; Sara Howe, 12; Ephraim Howe, 9; Isack Howe, 7; William Howe, 6.”
The ship sailed from London on 19 September 1635. Jeremy How was a resident of Lynn, Mass. Bay Colony by 1635. He married Elizabeth, whose surname is unknown, perhaps at Lynn. In 1644, he was dismissed from the church in Lynn to join the church in New Haven, Connecticut. He took the Oath of Fidelity at New Haven in May of 1647.
Four families named How (or Howe) were living at New Haven early on. The males Jeremy and Ephraim were brothers, and Zachariah (Sr.), and Nathaniel, were sons of Jeremy. After about two decades at New Haven, all of these men moved their families to Wallingford, Conn., between 1670 and 1672.
By 1669, the Colony of New Haven had begun planning Wallingford village. Jeremy How and his sons Zachariah and Nathaniel were among the first 100 persons to settle there. Each of the 38 heads of households, after signing the original Covenant, were allotted land in the village. The three Hows all signed the Wallingford covenant.
Jeremy was a mariner by occupation. The New Haven court records for March 1662/63 show “Jeremiah How desired Liberty to depart the Court to attend the tide, being about to Loade his vessel to goe to Milford Mill, which was granted him.” The New Haven mill had recently burned to the ground, so the settlement was dependent on the mill at Milford.
Also, in a court case involving some six missing barrels of cider, the following testimony was taken from Samuel Munn: “I, Sam’l Mun, Sayler, being in ye Barke called ye Richard & Mary, doe testify that our Master Jeremiah How, in Virginia in ye winter 1664, did deliver all ye Barrills of Sidar that were shipped by Mr. Bryan except one of them, & this delivery was unto John Thompson in Patuckson [Patuxent] in Mary Land, Witnes my hand this 25 September 1665.” The court found in favor of the plaintiff and Master Jeremiah How was ordered to pay fifty shillings, plus court costs, for one barrel of cider in February of 1665. However, in a follow-up lawsuit a month later, Master How was again charged: “the Seamen which went with Skipper How say that the negers [Negroes] they carried to Virginia drunke up part of a barrill of sidar; alsoe I have heard Jeremiah How say ye same.” Once again, How was fined sixteen shillings and eight pence, plus court costs. However, this case raises a question about the “negers” being carried to Virginia — was Jeremiah How a slave trader?
They were residents of Wallingford until the 1680s, when they returned to New Haven. He is probably the “Jeremiah How” who, as the head of a household of four, received 24.5 acres in the Third Division of land at New Haven in December of 1680, although it is possible this was his son. This may have been the motivating factor for the move back to New Haven. As “Jeremiah How” he was listed among the proprietors of New Haven in 1685.
In September 1685, Jeremy was readmitted to the First Church at New Haven. He died there 16 January 1690/91. Elizabeth, his wife, died at New Haven on 23 January 1695/96.
Children of Jeremy & Elizabeth HOW
JEREMY HOW was born 1614 in England, and died 16 January 1690/91 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. He married ELIZABETH. She died 23 January 1695/96. The Children of JEREMY HOW and ELIZABETH are:
i. ZACHARIAH HOW, d. June 1703, Wallingford, CT; m. SARAH GILBERT, 22 March 1666/67, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; d. 2 February 1713/14.
ii. NATHANIEL HOW, d. 12 February 1722/23, Wallingford, CT; m. (1) ELIZABETH CURTISS; b. Abt. 1644; d. 29 December 1713, Wallingford, CT; m. (2) SARAH FOOTE, 9 August 1714, Wallingford, CT; b. 12 February 1661/62, New Haven, CT.
iii. ELIZABETH HOW, b. Bef. 30 March 1645; m. JAMES REDFIELD, May 1669, New Haven, CT.
iv. BATHSHUA HOW, b. 15 May 1648, New Haven, CT; d. 27 December 1729, Middletown, CT; m. JOHN DIXWELL, 23 October 1677, New Haven, CT.
v. JEREMIAH HOW, b. 8 July 1650, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; d. 22 September 1740, Wallingford, CT; m. (1) ELIZABETH PECK, 29 October 1674, Wallingford, CT; b. 1654; d. 4 October 1704, Wallingford, CT; m. (2) MARY MALLORY, 9 April 1705, Wallingford, CT; b. 28 November 1656, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; d. 17 September 1752.
vi. JOSEPH HOW, b. 22 October 1653; d. 1703; m. ESTHER BOTSFORD; b. 18 October 1668, Milford, CT.
vii. EBENEZER HOW, b. 26 June 1656.
viii. JOHN HOW, b. 26 June 1656, New Haven, CT.
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