from A Short History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Trials by Martin Van Buren Perley
James Howe, Jr., was born in Roxbury, in 1635 or 1636, since he was "about 30" in 1666 and "about 34," Sept. 28, 1669.
He married, April 13, 1658, Elizabeth Jackson, a neighbor, daughter of William and Joanna, of Rowley, and sister to Mary, who married Wm. Foster, of Boxford, and to Deborah, who married Lieut. John Trumble, of Newbury, official men in their respective towns.
He had a share in Plum Island, 1664; was a voter, 1679; at about fifty years of age was blind, so he had to be led.
His will is dated Nov. 19, 1701. He confirms to his daughter Elizabeth Jackson's children, what he had given her; mentions his daughter Deborah and grandson James "when 21" and granddaughters Martha How and Sarah How "when 18 or married." He gave his other two daughters, Mary and Abigail, "for their pains and care that they have taken of me for several years and their labor for my maintenance," my house, barn, orchard, lands, and movables, and appointed them executrices. He signed his will James How..."
James, who died in July, 1664.
Elizabeth, born June 1, 1661, married Caleb Jackson, son of Nicholas, a neighbor.
Mary, born Feb. 25,1664
Deborah, who married Isaac Howe, of Roxbury, son and grandson of Abrahams.
John, born April 17, 1671, married Hannah Browne, and had
Sarah, 1692-3; who married Thomas Wood;
James, 1695, ancestor of the Methuen family of Howes.
His widow married Ephraim Roberts, of Methuen, and had Patience, 1703, and Mary, 1705.
Abigail, born Dec. 3, 1673