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ENS. THOMAS HOWLETT (1606 - 1677/8) of Boston, Ipswich and Topsfield
Thomas Howlett was born about 1606. [Ref] He deposed that he was 52 on 25 Nov 1658 and that he was about 60 in Mar and Jun 1665. [Ref][Ref] He died between 4 Nov 1677, when his will is dated, and 24 Sep 1678, when it was proved. [Ref] He married first Alice French by about 1637. [Ref] She died on 26 Jun 1666. [Ref] He married second Rebecca, the widow of Thomas Smith. [Ref] She died on 1 Nov 1680 in Newbury. [Ref] Samuel Sewall wrote to Stephen Sewall on "Xr 24, 1680" that he "... rote of Mis. Howlet's death." [Ref]
Thomas was admitted to the Boston church in late 1630 as member 51. [Ref][Ref]
Thomas Howlett is on the 4 Mar 1633/4 list of freemen. [Ref][Ref] He was a commoner of Ipswich on "the last day of the last month", 1641. [Ref] He is on a list of commoners assessed at Topsfield in 1664. [Ref] He shared in the common lands there in Mar 1673. [Ref] He was assessed in Topsfield on 18 May 1668 and 27 Jan 1668/9. [Ref]
Thomas Howlett was Deputy to the General Court for Ipswich on 6 May 1635. [Ref] He was Deputy for Topsfield [Ref] in 1665. [Ref] He was on the grand jury at the 24 (7) 1650 court at Ipswich. [Ref][Ref] He was also on the grand jury on 26 Sep 1654, 27 Sep 1659, 25 Sep 1666 and 26 Mar 1667. [Ref] He was on the petit jury on 4 Nov 1645, 29 Sep 1657 and 28 Mar 1665. [Ref] He was arbiter on 28 Sep 1652. [Ref]
Thomas was obviously trained as a surveyor. He was frequently on the committee to determine the bounds between two towns: Salem and Ipswich on 27 Mar 1643, Haverhill and Salisbury on 23 May 1650, Hampton and Salisbury on 14 Oct 1656, Rowley and Newbury on 13 Nov 1656 and Wenham and Ipswich in 1669. [Ref] He was also on committees to lay out land: a committee to lay out 500 acres at Rowley on 18 May 1653, a committee to lay out 600 acres for Maj. Daniel Denison on 12 May 1654 and a committee to lay out land for Gov. John Endicott on 14 May 1656. [Ref] He was appointed to a surveying expedition up the Merrimack on 6 Jun 1639. [Ref] He was on a committee to consider the claim to Jeffrey's Creek on 31 May 1660. [Ref]
On 28 Sep 1672 John Gage deposed at Merrimack that he and his brother Howlet had laid out land for John Gold. [Ref] John Gage and Thomas Howlett's names are next to each other as members of the First Church in Boston in 1632. [Ref]
Thomas Howlett (1599 - 1677) of Ipswich was a soldier in the Pequot War of 1637-8. [Ref] He was referred to as a sergeant on 13 Mar 1638/9. [Ref] He was confirmed as an ensign at Ipswich on 14 May 1645. [Ref]
In his will of 1 Mar 1643, Robert Andrews of Ipswich commended his son John to the guardianship of Thomas Howlett. [Ref]
In his will, Thomas Howlett of Ipswich made bequests to his wife Rebecca, his sons Samuel, John and William, his daughters Sarah Comings and Mary Perley, to Allis Comins and to his son Thomas's wife and children. [Ref]
In his will dated 27 Feb 1657, John Robinson, a wheelwright of Ipswich, left Alice Howlett, wife of Thomas £10. He left Thomas Howlett, Jr. his chest and all of his tools. He left the rest of his estate to Thomas Howlett, Sr., whom he named his executor. [Ref 2;70] The Robinson family of Little Waldenfeld [Waldingfeld?] came to New England with the vicar of Assington. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Howlett and Alice French
THOMAS HOWLETT (d. 1667)
Parents: Thomas Howlett and Alice French
Thomas Howlett was born say 1637. He died on 23 Dec 1667. [Ref] He married Lydia Peabody. [Ref]
In hs will, Thomas named his father Peabody and his (own) wife executors. [Ref]
The elder of his two daughters married Thomas Hazen at Boxford on 1 Jan 1682/3. [Ref]
In his will, dated 21 Mar 1667 and proved on 31 Mar 1668, Thomas Howlett, Jr. mentions his wife Elizabeth [!] and his father Pabody. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Howlett and Lydia Peabody:
SARAH HOWLETT (d. 1700)
Parents: Thomas Howlett and Alice French
Sarah Howlett was born say 1639. [Ref] She died on 7 Dec 1700 in Dunstable. [Ref][Ref] She married John Cummings. [Ref]
Sarah (John Cummings' wife) was the 26th female member of the church in Topsfield. [Ref]
ALICE HOWLETT (d. by 1696)
Parents: Thomas Howlett [Ref, p. 14] and Lydia Peabody
Alice Howlett of Boxford married Isaac Cummings on 25 Dec 1688 [Ref, p. 14] in Topsfield. [Ref] She died before 23 Nov 1696, when her husband remarried. [Ref]
Alice and her sister Mary, the wife of Thomas Hazen, received 100 acres of land in Ipswich in the "thick woods" from their grandfather Thomas Howlett in his will of 4 Nov 1677. The land was deeded to them by William Howlett, executor, on 4 April 1687. Thomas and Mary Hazen sold their half to Isaac and Alice Cummings on 10 Oct 1693 for £80. [Ref, p. 15]
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