Harriet Topliff Houghton

F, #1231, b. 1 March 1842, d. after 1912
Father*Joseph Houghton b. 24 Mar 1798, d. 1890
Mother*Elizabeth B. Topliff b. 1805, d. 1873

Biography

BirthMar 1, 1842IL, USA, age 13, NY, in 1855 census; age 18, IL, in 1860 census; age 38 in 1881 census
MarriageMay 21, 1863Princeton, IL, USA
1881 Canadian Census1881St. Stephen, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada, age 48, physician; and Mable Burns, 11, USA
Deathafter 1912Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA, USA, widow, 19 Allston St.

Family

Dr. William H. Todd b. c 1833, d. 1894
Marriage*Harriet Topliff Houghton married Dr. William H. Todd on May 21, 1863 at Princeton, IL, USA
Child

Joseph Warren Houghton

M, #1232, b. 16 March 1826, d. 1 January 1894
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Biography

BirthMar 16, 1826New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 24 in 1850 census; age 29 in 1855 census; age 43 and 44 in 1870 census; age 54 in 1880 census; JWH, MLM: Mar. 26, 1826
MarriageNov 23, 1850New York, New York Co., NY, USA
1870 Census1870New York, New York Co., NY, USA, 1st enumeration: age 44, lumber dealer; 2nd enumeration: age 43, lumber merchant
1880 Census1880Manhattan, New York Co., NY, USA, age 54, a retired merchant
DeathJan 1, 1894New York, New York Co., NY, USA, Francis W. Houghton: Jan. 3, 1894
BurialGreen-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA

Family

Mary Jean Brown b. 6 Jun 1828, d. 22 Dec 1888
Marriage*Joseph Warren Houghton married Mary Jean Brown on Nov 23, 1850 at New York, New York Co., NY, USA
Children

Mary Anna Houghton

F, #1233, b. 23 February 1837
Father*Rev. George Washington Houghton b. 22 Oct 1799
Mother*Maria Rowe b. c 1810, d. 20 May 1860

Biography

BirthFeb 23, 1837Milton, MA, USA, age 13, NY, in 1850 census
DeathFWH: unmarried; JWH: young

Mary Jean Brown

F, #1234, b. 6 June 1828, d. 22 December 1888

Biography

BirthJun 6, 1828Lifford, County Donteal, Ireland, age 26in 1855 census; age 41 and 42 in 1870 census; age 53 in 1880 census; McManaway: 10 Jun 1828
MarriageNov 23, 1850New York, New York Co., NY, USA
1870 Census1870New York, New York Co., NY, USA, 1st enumeration: age 44, lumber dealer; 2nd enumeration: age 43, lumber merchant
1880 Census1880Manhattan, New York Co., NY, USA, age 54, a retired merchant
DeathDec 22, 1888New York, New York Co., NY, USA
BurialGreen-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA

Family

Joseph Warren Houghton b. 16 Mar 1826, d. 1 Jan 1894
Marriage*Mary Jean Brown married Joseph Warren Houghton, son of Elijah Houghton and Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway, on Nov 23, 1850 at New York, New York Co., NY, USA
Children

Ann Comstock Houghton

F, #1235, b. 1834
Father*Charles Warren Houghton b. 2 Oct 1808
Mother*Mary St. John b. 1814, d. 2 May 1873

Biography

Birth1834NY, USA, age 16 in 1850 census; age 26 in 1860 census; age 36 in 1870 census
MarriageFeb 10, 1863New York City, NY, USA, record 39/146; (NY Herald: Feb 11, 163)

Family

Charles S. Strong
Marriage*Ann Comstock Houghton married Charles S. Strong on Feb 10, 1863 at New York City, NY, USA, record 39/146; (NY Herald: Feb 11, 163.) 
Children

Deborah Hathaway Houghton

F, #1236, b. 22 June 1830, d. 7 January 1915
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Biography

BirthJun 22, 1830New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 20 in 1850 census; age 25 in 1855 census; age 30 in 1860 census; age 40 in 1870 census; age 50 in 1880 census; age 80 in 1910 census; JWH, MLM: 9,22, 1830
1880 Census1880Manhattan, New York Co., NY, USA, age 50, a book keeper, "a widower"
DeathJan 7, 1915New York, New York Co., NY, USA, at her home, age 85
BurialJan 8, 1915Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA, Plot: Lot 8105 Sec 54

Elijah Augustus Houghton

M, #1237, b. 20 September 1832, d. 26 August 1895
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Notable Houghton

     Notable Houghton: Shipping company of Miller and Houghton.

Biography

BirthSep 20, 1832New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 18 in 1850 census; age 28 in 1860 census; age 38 in 1870 census; age 49 in 1880 census; JWH: June 22, 1830; MLM: June 22, 183-; Houghton Family Records: Sep. 20, 1832; NY Times: 1822
MarriageMar 15, 1866
1880 Census1880Manhattan, New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 49, a machinist (wife Eliza lined out)
DeathAug 26, 1895Riverside, CT, USA, age of 62; Francis Houghton: 28 Aug 1895
BurialGreen-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA

Family

Elizabeth Jane Hatten b. c 1846
Marriage*Elijah Augustus Houghton married Elizabeth Jane Hatten on Mar 15, 1866. 
Children

Francis Walter Houghton Esq.

M, #1238, b. 22 April 1835, d. 17 April 1911
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Notable Houghton

     Notable Houghton: The first published genealogy of the Houghton family in the United States. He wrote the Houghton Memorial in 1869.

Biography

BirthApr 22, 1835New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 15 in 1850 census; age 20 in 1855 census; age 25 in 1860 census; age 35 in 1870 census; age 45 in 1880 census; Apr 1835, age 65 in 1900 census; age 74 in 1910 census
Mil. EnlsSep 5, 1864Lyons/Lyndon, NY, USA, in the Union Army, Comp K, 7th NY Inf, a private/Sergeant, age 28, length 30 days
AuthorApr 8, 1869The Houghton Memorial, a history of the Houghton family; A significant, but unknown portion, of it was published in Columbus Smith's 1869 Report to the Houghton Association, where he lists 670 Houghton in the Ralph Houghton line. This latter consititutes the first published genealogy of the Houghton family.
See Houghton Family Records made by Francis W. Houghton in microfilm at Mormon Center.

CJV: Despite his contributions to the history of Houghtons in America, his theories (given below) are totally speculative with no documentary evidence.

EXTRACT FROM THE HOUGHTON MEMORIAL OF FRANCIS W. HOUGHTON OF NEW YORK, 1862 (From JW Houghton's 1912 Houghton Genealogy, p. 60)

Ratcliffe the Emigrant

"Let us now turn to Ratcliffe Hoghton, Sir Richard's fourth son, who, according to our tradition, was identical with Ralph Houghton, from whom we trace our direct lineage. He was born in the year 1623. Our records inform us, rather obscurely, that he once saved the life of King Charles I while on a hunting excursion, by a display of personal strength and daring, and that he was knighted by the King for this gallant service. He nevertheless stroke boldly under Cromwell for the cause of civil and religious liberty; and took an active part in the Civil War which then ravaged England. None but the most noble and disinterested motives could have actuated him to such a course, for all his associations and interests must have urged him to take up arms for the King. By entering the ranks of the Round Heads he effectually sundered the fraternal claim which bound him to his connections and his family, who were ardent Royalists, and made a Royal stronghold of their ancestral Tower ; he turned his former patron, the King, into a powerful enemy, he became a rebel, subject to all the penalties of high treason, but none of these things moved him."

"He was present and assisted at the taking of Preston (near Hoghton Tower) by the Parliamentary forces, February 9, 1643. According to the English family records he was there slain, but for reasons before stated, we think this an error. Sir Gilbert, Ralph's eldest brother, had garrisoned Hoghton Tower, fired his beacon, and in company with Lord Strange was now taking an active part against the Round Heads. After the taking of Preston, the Tower was invested. As Ralph was present at the capture of Preston, it is more than probable that he participated in the attack on the home of his ancestors. If such were the fact, it speaks better for his patriotism and puritanic hardihood than for his sensibilities. It may be also that his family considered him a renegade, and his treason, particularly the last act, a blot upon their escutcheon, and dropped him from their records, and announced his death at the battle of Preston, a statement which doubtless facilitated his subsequent escape from England. The different accounts we have of Ralph are contradictory as to dates, and therefore difficult to unravel. They state that in consequence of the Civil Wars and religious troubles, which then agitated England, he emigrated to America about the year 1646. This period of his history is involved in obscurity ; some say that he was accompanied by his wife, Jane, and his sons, Ralph and James, also John, supposed to be a cousin, and John's wife, Beatrix, and their children, John, Jacob, Mary, and that they landed 1650-1651. Ralph appears to have settled at Watertown, Mass., in 1646, and to have remained there until the next year (1647) when he and nine others obtained a grant of a township of land a few miles distant, to be forever called Lancaster, the first division of land by the Prudential managers was made in 1653, when, or in the following year, the General Court, in response to their petition, regularly incorporated the township, whereupon Ralph Hoghton was chosen the first town clerk."


Francis W. Houghton.

Francis W. Houghton in a letter written to and published by Columbus Smith in a pamphlet he printed says concerning the coming of Ralph to America :

"Although the Houghtons of Houghton Tower do not credit the tradition that Ralph was the son of Richard, and although no documentary proof of its correctness can now be produced, yet circumstantial evidence is not wanting.

"Sir Richard died in the year 1630 leaving several sons, among whom were Sir Gilbert, the eldest, who succeeded to the family estate and honors, and who transmitted them, in turn, to his descendants, who now hold them with an undoubted title.

"Sir Gilbert, the head of the family, during the civil war was a zealous and powerful adherent of the King. He garrisoned Houghton Tower, and held it as a Royal stronghold. This castle, situated on the summit of a commanding hill overlooking Preston, was almost impregnable against such artillery and arms as were used in those days, unaided by treachery. Moreover, Sir Gilbert was a favorite with the King, and had been a companion in youthful sports with the Prince, as appears by the records of the time. The King with his court had visited Houghton Tower and had been royally entertained there with the most splendid festivities. Ralph, on the contrary, is represented as having been as devoted a Round Head as his brother was a Cavalier. Our old records, citing the traditions of his parentage, state that he greatly excited the ire of the King against him. Now we know that in 1643 Ralph was not over twenty years of age. He was, moreover, a younger son of a numerous family, and however active he may have been in the Revolutionary cause, he certainly made no mark in the general history of his time. How a person of no greater consequence that he could have greatly excited the ire of a powerful monarch it is not easy to conceive, except on the basis of some act of special audacity against either the King or some one near to him.

"A possible cause for such a sentiment is afforded by the local history of the time. On the 9th of Feb., 1643, the Parliamentary forces attacked Preston, and captured it after a desperate conflict. They then turned their attention to Houghton Tower, and took it also, but not until after the great central gateway had been treacherously blown up, killing over two hundred men. Sir Gilbert escaped by so hasty a flight, as to leave his lady and family prisoners in the hands of the enemy, and his brother, Ratcliffe, a captain of horse, among the killed. The hill on which Houghton Tower now stands has been the seat of the family since the Conquest, A. D. 1066.

"Now, if it be possible that Ralph, in his puritanic hardihood, carried his zeal in the Revolutionary cause so far as to lead or even assist in the assault on his ancestral home, the bitterest feeling must have been caused between his brethren and himself, and it is therefore not surprising that his name appears no more upon the family rolls.

"This was before the great conflict between the King and his Parliament was decided; and it was while the civil war was still raging that Ralph sought a refuge in America. That he came with great secrecy is evident from the fact that no records extant show when or how he left England, or arrived here; nor can any papers be found in evidence of his identity.

"Strong reasons why no records exist concerning his parentage and estates in England, are readily suggested. Whatever documents he brought with him were, no doubt, burned in 1675, when Lancaster, Mass., was taken by the Indians, under King Philip. Ralph was the recording officer of the settlement and the town records were destroyed with the place. Moreover, it is not reasonable to suppose that one that had fled from before a powerful enemy in England, would in an English colony publish the fact of his identity to all comers, or endeavor to replace any official documents he may have lost. On the contrary, he would naturally communicate the facts to his children only, whence the knowledge would descend by tradition alone, precisely as ours has done.

"Still again, America was at an incredible distance, practically, from England; and when one had settled on the far off shores of the New World he was almost regarded as out of the world altogether. Being then separated from his former home, literally by a great gulf; and being, moreover, one of those stern old puritans who affected a disregard for the fleeting treasures of this lower world, it is not surprising that when he turned his back upon the Old World, he washed his hands of all things therein, especially such of its possessions as he could not carry with him.

"Of course, it is not pretended that these traditions are proven true, and yet in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we are constrained to believe in the traditions which have been so religiously preserved, and transmitted to us, through many generations.

"As a further evidence, in making researches among the family records, old genealogical collections, local histories, etc., much light has been thrown upon the subject, and considerable data discovered, which was not known to exist. Everything found, so far, goes to prove the truth of the family traditions, strengthening us in the belief of their entire truthfulness."



Michelle A. Boyd: CONCERNING THE IDENTITY OF RALPH AND RATCLIFFE.

There are some facts, however, regarding the foregoing theory of Francis W. Houghton that render his theory entirely improbable. First, the records give the date of Ralph's death as occurring in 1705, and his age 82 years, consequently his birth must have occurred in 1623. That this is right is conceded by all parties. The age of Ratcliffe is not in the record of the family of Sir Richard but he was the fourth son and his brother, Stephen, who was the sixth child, was born in 1612. Ratcliffe's birth must have been three or four years earlier, say in 1608 or 1609, fourteen or fifteen years earlier than the date fixed for his birth by the New England records, and his age at death would have been in that case 97 years.

Again, the date of the birth of Sir Richard's thirteenth child, Eleanor, was 1613. The fourteenth child, Alice, must have been born in 1615, and if Ralph was the fifteenth, as Francis suggests, there would have been an interval between the birth of Alice and Ralph of eight or nine years, an interval improbable though not impossible.

Sir Richard's record gives the date of the death of his wife, Catherine, as Nov. 16, 1617, at least six years earlier than the date fixed for the birth of Ralph by the New England record of his age and death.

There is no record of Sir Richard having married a second wife and the sketch of his life says that he had fourteen children by his wife, Catherine, all of whom are accounted for by name in the list of his children.

The foregoing considerations very effectually rule out the idea or supposition that Ralph was the son of Sir Richard. I do not think that the suggestion of Francis Houghton, that Ralph's name was omitted from the family record on account of his treason, has much weight.

Finally, it must be conceded that the question of Ralph's ancestry has not and probably cannot be certainly settled. After weighing all the theories and evidence that have been presented we conclude that he was a grandson of Sir Richard, son of Thomas, the second son of Sir Richard. This Thomas is said to have left descendants and this conjecture very nearly satisfies and accounts for the tradition so general that there must have been some ground for its origin that he was a son of Sir Richard.

A generation is needed to fill the gap between Sir Richard and Ralph which this supposition provides for, and without which it would seem that his descent from Sir Richard would be impossible.

From JW Houghton's 1912 Houghton Genealogy, p. 67:

CONNECTION OF JOHN AND RALPH WITH ENGLISH ANCESTRY.

By R. H. Curtis, Corning, N. Y.

There has been an effort made by different parties to find a connection between Ralph and John, the emigrants, with their English ancestry. Traditions have been handed down through several generations that Ralph was a son of Sir Richard of 1670, and that John was his cousin. The name Ralph is not found among the children of Sir Richard, and several theories or conjectures have been advanced to make the relation credible.

Mr. R. H, Curtis, of Corning, N. Y., who has given the genealogy of the Houghton family much attention, has kindly furnished me the line of descent from the original ancestor who came over to England with William the Conqueror down to the present time. As already mentioned, he traces the descent from Roger de Busti, joint Lord of Blackburn, the first generation ; then to his son, Warren Bussell, the second generation, and to his daughter, who married Hamo Pincerna, and from this last his record agrees with that obtained by Mr. Rice, as given in the preceding pages. Mr. Curtis' record, however, says that Hamo was a direct descendant of Herocines Watter, who came to England with William the Conqueror. I suspect it amounts to a little difference in spelling the names, and that through the male line we arrive at the same ancestor.

Mr. Rice's record has it first Herverus, second Walter Herverus, third Hamo, who afterward added the name Pincerna. We are unable to account for the discrepancy, and it does not signify very much.

Mr. Curtis also branches off from the Rice record in the twelfth generation, neglecting the eldest child, Sir Richard, who succeeded to the titles and estate, and follows the line of the next brother Henry, down to Catherine of the nineteenth generation, who married Thomas Houghton, a brother of Sir Richard of 1570, and which Thomas is said to have been the father of John the emigrant, and whose line he follows down to the present time.

For the purpose of furnishing the record complete to those who may desire it, we insert as Mr. Curtis gives it from the twelfth to the nineteenth generation.

Beginning with Sir Henry and wife, Jane Ratcliff, the line is as follows:

GENERATION XIII.

"Richard, who married Agnes and held Lagram Park near Chepim in 1420, and of whom the Rice record says that they were the progenitors of the Pendleton Houghtons, who in after times went off in two heirs female, viz., Catherine married to Thomas Houghton, and Mary."

GENERATION XIV.

"Henry Houghton of Pendleton, second son of Richard, living 1453, married Catherine."

GENERATION XV.

"William Houghton married first, Grace Banks ; second, Elizabeth."

GENERATION XVI.

"John Houghton, married first, Elizabeth Farquharson ; second, Catherine Catterall."

GENERATION XVII.

"Henry Houghton, who married Jane."

GENERATION XVIII.

"John Houghton of Pendleton, mentioned in 1569, married Asmull (Ashmole) in 1584."

GENERATION XIX.

"Catherine Houghton, who married Thomas Houghton, brother of Sir Richard Houghton of Houghton Tower, (This is the Richard who was created Baronet by James I March 22, 1611, and was as is claimed father of Ralph Houghton, the Emigrant.)

"Catherine had a sister Mary who married first George Singleton ; second, Livesay Connor of Stayning."

GENERATION XX.

** John Houghton the Emigrant, son of Catherine and Thomas, married Beatrix, was born in Lancaster, England, in 1624, died in Lancaster, Mass., April 29, 1684."

It is assumed by Francis Houghton in his record of the Colonial Houghtons that John the Emigrant was the fifth and youngest child of Thomas and Catherine. As no dates are given we insert them in the order he gives them,

i Christiana, m. Thomas Woolfall.

ii Anna, m. Simon Blakely of Blakely.

ill Jane, m. John Ben.

iv Catherine, m. John Whiteside.

V John, b., according to Francis Houghton, in 1631.

He makes this claim probably owing to his faith that the record of the ship Abigail, which gave John's age as four years, and date of arrival 1635, was correct.

He says further, "Upon the death of John, the father of Catherine, his daughter Mary and his granddaughters, Christiana, Anna, Jane and Catherine, became his co-heirs." If Thomas and Catherine, however, had a son in the way, the estates would have been inherited by him to the exclusion of the daughters. This fact in connection with John's shipment to America in infancy affords grounds for a strong suspicion that he was foully wronged by an abduction from interested motives, instigated, perhaps, by the four husbands who married the four daughters.

Note. — If the foregoing record is correct Ralph and John were cousins, being the sons of the brothers Richard and Thomas. No date is given of the birth of Thomas, father of John, the Emigrant as is claimed, but as Richard was born in 1570 and Thomas was the Third in Sir Richard's line it may be inferred that his birth was about 1573. Then John's birth occurred when his father was 52 years of age, a not improbable interval, and since we have no history of Catherine and do not know when her death occurred it cannot certainly be said to be incorrect, but we incline to the belief that the record furnished by the descendants of Timothy and given elsewhere is much more probable.



A later genealogical record published in 1896 by the descendants of Timothy Houghton, gives more probable and reasonable account of the advent of John into this country. Omitting some previous history which does not concern our present purpose, we quote:

"In the year 1635 the ship Abigail, 300 tons, Capt. Sir. David Kirk's flagship, sailed from London with many passengers for New England, some of whom fled with their families and servants because of the religious troubles disturbing Old England.

"Many of those who came out were Puritans, and others had Puritanical leanings and among those who sailed from London in the Abigail was John Houghton, the progenitor of Capt. Timothy Houghton. This John was christened May 19, 1593, in St. Mary's church at Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, where his father, John Houghton, was buried April 28, 1618.

"The following is a transcription of the passenger list : June 20, 1635, passenger from London to New England in ship Abigail, Heckwell, Master, John Houghton four years old, certificate of his conformity from Justice of the Peace and Minister of Eaton Bray, in county of Bedford, England.

"This gentleman did not remain in New England but returned to England, where he had left his family, after the trouble had subsided. In those days as now it was the practice of many to make a home in America for the family who came later.

"December 24, 1624, John Houghton, son of John who sailed in the Abigail, was born. He came to New England about the year 1647 with his wife, Beatrix, and his cousin, Ralph Houghton, with his wife, Jane. Ralph moved from Watertown, near Boston, to Lancaster in 1652, at which place he was a leading man. He died at Milton Common, Mass., April 15, 1705, aged eighty-two years. He was John's senior by about a year."

By reference to the Rice pamphlet as given in the introduction it will be found that this account and the one there given practically agree. The error which has caused so much difficulty was the giving of the age of John who came in the Abigail as four years.

It should have been noticed that a child of four years of age surreptitiously sent into a far country by designing relatives who desired the utmost secrecy would not have been likely to be furnished a Certificate of Conformity signed by a Justice of the Peace and Minister of Eaton Bray. Besides a child of that age would hardly need a Certificate of Conformity either to the Government or a State Religion.

A full correspondence of a descendant of Timothy Houghton with the Rector of St. Mary's Church at Eaton Bray near the close of the last century, when some repairs were about to be made to the tower of that church, soliciting subscriptions from John's descendants on the ground of his former relation to that church, pretty nearly establishes the correctness of the foregoing record. Whether it may conflict with the tradition that John and Ralph were cousins is uncertain, though it may have that result.

It should be added that the foregoing account agrees with that pubhshed by J. Willard in his sketches of Lancaster, Mass.

But for this error in date it is not probable that Francis Houghton and others would have conjectured that he was sent away from England in order that his sisters might inherit his estates.

Another objection to the theory in question occurs to us. It assumes that the four sisters or most of them were married previous to the time he is supposed to have been sent to America and if so there would have been an interval between his birth and that of the next older sister of fifteen to twenty years, which is improbable, to say the least.

The earliest ancestor of John the emigrant, known, as given in the genealogy we are now considering, and his descent through three generations is as follows :

1. "John Houghton, buried at Eaton Bray, April 23, 1618, of whom we have no further record.

2. "John Houghton, christened May, 1593. Married Demaris Buckmaster, and had ten children. He was a passenger on the Abigail in 1635 where his age was entered by mistake as four years, an error probably through carelessness.

3. " John Houghton, christened December 24, 1624, in Lancaster, England, who came with his wife, Beatrix, to America and settled in Lancaster, Mass., in 1652."

If the foregoing is correct we have the ancestry of John the Emigrant traced back to his grandfather John, who was a co-temporary of Sir Richard, of 1570. The lines of Sir Richard and the earlier John may have and probably did run together in some former generation, and if so Ralph and John would have been cousins of some degree, but such connection has not been determined. If they were own cousins then both would have had for grandfather the John buried at Eaton Bray April 28, 1618, and could not have descended from Sir Richard and Thomas.



THE COLONIAL HOUGHTONS. (JWH, p. 73)

Continuing the compilation of the literature concerning the early Houghtons we quote from the pamphlet of Columbus Smith, of 1869, who says :

"Francis W. Houghton of New York City, who has been long engaged in tracing the pedigree of the Houghton family, and in collecting facts relating to the same, and having gathered a large amount of information not generally known to the family, kindly forwarded to me the following communication:

"The Houghtons of Massachusetts are mostly descended from Ralph and John, who came from England to America sometime between the years 1635 and 1647."

"The name is largely represented among the original settlers of New England. The first mention of the name we find in America is in 1629, when Henry Houghton having arrived by Higginson's fleet, landed at Salem, Mass. He was made a ruling elder in the church and died the same year."

"Chris Houghton, aged 19, came to Virginia Jan. 6, 1635, in the ship 'Thomas and Richard,' Lombard Master."

"William Houghton, butcher, aged 22, came from England in the ' Increase,' Capt. Robt. Lea, April 15, 1635, and removed shortly to Connecticut."

"On the 20th of June, 1635, John Houghton, 4 years old, landed at Charlestown from the ' Abigail de London,' Captain Hackwell. His certificate was signed by the minister of Eaton Bray, near Dunstable, County of Bedford, England." (The error in this is noticed on a former page.)

"The name also appears among the original settlers of Wales, Mass.

"Richard Houghton of Boston, with his sons, Joseph and Robert, bom respectively about 1639 and 1642, removed in 1651 to London. (Connecticut, I presume.)

"A Richard Houghton died at Weathersfield, Conn., in 1682.

"In 1649, William Houghton is named as a resident of Providence, R. I."
MarriageSep 18, 1873Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA, USA, JWH, MLM: 9,18, 1893 (error)
Mil. Serv.Jan 1, 1876New York, New York Co., NY, USA, Captain Francis W. Houghton assumed command of the Battery, per Roll of the Members most Distinguished in the Seventh Regiment, National Guard, S. N.Y.
1880 Census1880Jersey City, Hudson Co., NJ, USA, age 45, a clerk in an office
1890 Veterans Census1890Jersey, Hudson Co., NJ, USA
1900 Census1900Jersey City, Hudson Co., NJ, USA, age 65, superintendent of maritime exhange; and a servant
1910 Census1910Jersey City, Hudson Co., NJ, USA, age 74, maritime exchange custodian
DeathApr 17, 1911New York, New York Co., NY, USA
BurialGreen-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA, Plot: Sec 71 Lot 8105

Family

Maria Caldwell Palmer b. 27 Oct 1840, d. 25 Sep 1916
Marriage*Francis Walter Houghton Esq. married Maria Caldwell Palmer on Sep 18, 1873 at Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA, USA, JWH, MLM: 9,18, 1893 (error.) 
Children

Catherine Louisa Houghton

F, #1239, b. 11 February 1838, d. 5 March 1917
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Biography

BirthFeb 11, 1838New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 17 in 1855 census; age 22 in 1860 census; age 32 in 1870 census; age 42 in 1880 census; age 71 in 1910 census
DeathMar 5, 1917Kings Co., NY, USA, age 79; Never married; Cert. 8130: Mar 5, 1917
BurialMar 7, 1917Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA, Lot      8105     54

Jason Edwin Houghton

M, #1240, b. 11 December 1840, d. 27 December 1901
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Biography

BirthDec 11, 1840New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 9 in 1850 census; age 14 in 1855 census; age 19 in 1860 census; age 28 in 1870 census; age 38 in 1880 census; Dec. 1840, age 59 in 1900 census
MarriageNov 1, 1865NY, USA, Uran: Nov 1865; JWH, MLM: 1860
1870 Census1870New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 28, book keeper; and Nancy Boardman, 48, NY
1880 Census1880Manhatten, New York Co., NY, USA, age 38, shipping merchant
1900 Census1900Manhatten, New York Co., NY, USA, age 59, none; and mother in law Hannah Boardman, 75, NY
DeathDec 27, 1901New York, New York Co., NY, USA
BurialGreen-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA

Family

Mary Amanda Boardman b. 8 Oct 1844, d. 27 Aug 1914
Marriage*Jason Edwin Houghton married Mary Amanda Boardman on Nov 1, 1865 at NY, USA, Uran: Nov 1865; JWH, MLM: 1860. 
Child

Addison Hathaway Houghton

M, #1241, b. 21 January 1843, d. 3 September 1895
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Biography

BirthJan 21, 1843New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 7 in 1850 census; age 12 in 1855 census; age 17 in 1860 census; age 27 in 1870 census; age 37 in 1880 census
MarriageApr 4, 1883Manhatten, NY, USA
DeathSep 3, 1895New York, New York Co., NY, USA, JWH, MLM: 1893; McManaway: Jul 3 1893; GS: burial 1895
BurialSep 5, 1895Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA, 8105     54

Family

Annie Emily Kent b. 17 Jul 1855, d. 25 Oct 1907
Marriage*Addison Hathaway Houghton married Annie Emily Kent on Apr 4, 1883 at Manhatten, NY, USA

James Lincoln Houghton

M, #1242, b. 18 October 1845, d. 28 April 1865
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Biography

BirthOct 18, 1845New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 5 in 1850 census; age 9 in 1855 census; age 14 in 1860 census
DeathApr 28, 1865New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 20

Howard Clapp Houghton

M, #1243, b. 9 June 1848, d. 14 February 1923
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Biography

BirthJun 9, 1848New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 2 in 1850 census; age 7 in 1855 census; age 12 in 1860 census; age 22 in 1870 census; age 33 in 1880 census; June 1848, age 51, in 1900 census; age 61 in 1910 census; age 71 in 1920 census
MarriageJul 30, 1869Somerville, Somerset Co., NJ, USA, JWH, MLM: 2373 Filbert St; San Francisco CA ,1868; McManaway: 31 Jul 1869;
NY Times: Jul 30, 1869;
also Jan 30
1880 Census1880Virginia City, Storey Co., NV, USA, age 33, a book keeper
1900 Census1900San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, USA, age 51, single, club manager, living with a boarder
Marriagecirca 1902mar 8 y in 1910 census
1910 Census1910San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, USA, age 61, private secretary, railroad co.
1920 Census1920San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, USA, age 71, cashier, wholesale parts
DeathFeb 14, 1923San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, USA
BurialLos Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose, CA, USA

Family 1

Catherine Amanda Doolittle b. c 1842, d. 1892
Marriage*Howard Clapp Houghton married Catherine Amanda Doolittle on Jul 30, 1869 at Somerville, Somerset Co., NJ, USA, JWH, MLM: 2373 Filbert St; San Francisco CA ,1868; McManaway: 31 Jul 1869;
NY Times: Jul 30, 1869;
also Jan 30. 
Children

Family 2

Lillian M. (?) b. c 1869
Marriage*Howard Clapp Houghton married Lillian M. (?) on circa 1902 mar 8 y in 1910 census. 

Arthur Milton Houghton

M, #1244, b. 29 August 1851, d. 6 September 1853
Father*Elijah Houghton b. 10 May 1801, d. 14 Aug 1868
Mother*Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway b. 29 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1878

Biography

BirthAug 29, 1851New York, New York Co., NY, USA
DeathSep 6, 1853New York, New York Co., NY, USA, 2 y
BurialMay 29, 1854Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA, an Arthur Milton Houghton; Lot 8105 Sec 54

Mary Amanda Boardman

F, #1245, b. 8 October 1844, d. 27 August 1914

Biography

BirthOct 8, 1844NY, USA, age 25 in 1870 census; age 35 in 1880 census; Oct 1844, age 55 in 1900 census; age 65 in 1910 census; JWH: 1884
MarriageNov 1, 1865NY, USA, Uran: Nov 1865; JWH, MLM: 1860
1870 Census1870New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 28, book keeper; and Nancy Boardman, 48, NY
1880 Census1880Manhatten, New York Co., NY, USA, age 38, shipping merchant
1900 Census1900Manhatten, New York Co., NY, USA, age 59, none; and mother in law Hannah Boardman, 75, NY
1910 Census1910Manhattan, New York Co., NY, USA, age 65, widow, 3 children born, 1 living; and also sister Fanny J. Nagle and brother in law John Nagle
DeathAug 27, 1914New York, New York Co., NY, USA, at her home
BurialGreen-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, USA

Family

Jason Edwin Houghton b. 11 Dec 1840, d. 27 Dec 1901
Marriage*Mary Amanda Boardman married Jason Edwin Houghton, son of Elijah Houghton and Elizabeth Stoddard Hathaway, on Nov 1, 1865 at NY, USA, Uran: Nov 1865; JWH, MLM: 1860. 
Child

Lucy Sylvania Hill

F, #1246, b. 25 December 1829, d. 1918
Father*Edward Stearns Hill b. 19 Jul 1800, d. 24 Mar 1874
Mother*Catharine Houghton b. 4 Oct 1806, d. 20 Jun 1892

Biography

BirthDec 25, 1829Milton, MA, USA
Marriage
Death1918

Family

Charles A. Cragin Jr
Marriage*Lucy Sylvania Hill married Charles A. Cragin Jr

Abby Jones Hill

F, #1247, b. 1 December 1832, d. 1914
Father*Edward Stearns Hill b. 19 Jul 1800, d. 24 Mar 1874
Mother*Catharine Houghton b. 4 Oct 1806, d. 20 Jun 1892

Biography

BirthDec 1, 1832Milton, MA, USA
Marriage
Death1914

Family

Richard I. Hall
Marriage*Abby Jones Hill married Richard I. Hall

Harlan Page Hill

M, #1248, b. 17 September 1835, d. 14 December 1836
Father*Edward Stearns Hill b. 19 Jul 1800, d. 24 Mar 1874
Mother*Catharine Houghton b. 4 Oct 1806, d. 20 Jun 1892

Biography

BirthSep 17, 1835Milton, MA, USA
DeathDec 14, 1836

Captain Ebenezer Bancroft Hill

M, #1249, b. 24 December 1838, d. 1900
Father*Edward Stearns Hill b. 19 Jul 1800, d. 24 Mar 1874
Mother*Catharine Houghton b. 4 Oct 1806, d. 20 Jun 1892

Biography

BirthDec 24, 1838Milton, MA, USA
Marriage
Death1900

Family

Mary Emma Lindsley
Marriage*Captain Ebenezer Bancroft Hill married Mary Emma Lindsley

Charles Walter Hill

M, #1250, b. 12 February 1842
Father*Edward Stearns Hill b. 19 Jul 1800, d. 24 Mar 1874
Mother*Catharine Houghton b. 4 Oct 1806, d. 20 Jun 1892

Biography

BirthFeb 12, 1842Milton, MA, USA
Marriage

Family

Anna Hawley b. c 1867
Marriage*Charles Walter Hill married Anna Hawley
Child

Catharine Marie Hill

F, #1251, b. 9 February 1846, d. 5 January 1917
Father*Edward Stearns Hill b. 19 Jul 1800, d. 24 Mar 1874
Mother*Catharine Houghton b. 4 Oct 1806, d. 20 Jun 1892

Biography

BirthFeb 9, 1846Milton, MA, USA
DeathJan 5, 1917Oconto, Oconto Co., WI, USA
BurialJan 9, 1917Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto, Oconto Co., WI, USA

Mary Dater

F, #1252

Biography

Marriage

Family

Edward Stearns Hill Jr b. 28 Sep 1828, d. 12 Oct 1900
Marriage*Mary Dater married Edward Stearns Hill Jr, son of Edward Stearns Hill and Catharine Houghton

Charles A. Cragin Jr

M, #1253

Biography

Marriage

Family

Lucy Sylvania Hill b. 25 Dec 1829, d. 1918
Marriage*Charles A. Cragin Jr married Lucy Sylvania Hill, daughter of Edward Stearns Hill and Catharine Houghton

Richard I. Hall

M, #1254

Biography

Marriage

Family

Abby Jones Hill b. 1 Dec 1832, d. 1914
Marriage*Richard I. Hall married Abby Jones Hill, daughter of Edward Stearns Hill and Catharine Houghton

Charles S. Strong

M, #1255

Biography

MarriageFeb 10, 1863New York City, NY, USA, record 39/146; (NY Herald: Feb 11, 163)

Family

Ann Comstock Houghton b. 1834
Marriage*Charles S. Strong married Ann Comstock Houghton, daughter of Charles Warren Houghton and Mary St. John, on Feb 10, 1863 at New York City, NY, USA, record 39/146; (NY Herald: Feb 11, 163.) 
Children

Sarah J. Arnold

F, #1256, b. circa 1838, d. 19 April 1880

Biography

Birthcirca 1838RI, USA, age 26, RI, in 1860 census; age 32, RI, in 1870 census; 1910 census of son Walter gives CT
Marriage
1870 Census1870Madison, Luzerne Co., PA, USA, age 33, a bark manufacturer, property $3200-2600
DeathApr 19, 1880New York, New York Co., NY, USA

Family

Charles Clapp Houghton b. 1836, d. 3 Jun 1903
Marriage*Sarah J. Arnold married Charles Clapp Houghton, son of Charles Warren Houghton and Mary St. John
Children

Martha Larcomb Houghton

F, #1257, b. 1839
Father*Charles Warren Houghton b. 2 Oct 1808
Mother*Mary St. John b. 1814, d. 2 May 1873

Biography

Birth1839
Marriage

Family

Henry Ormsbee
Marriage*Martha Larcomb Houghton married Henry Ormsbee

Henry Ormsbee

M, #1258

Biography

Marriage

Family

Martha Larcomb Houghton b. 1839
Marriage*Henry Ormsbee married Martha Larcomb Houghton, daughter of Charles Warren Houghton and Mary St. John

Catharine Adelaide Houghton

F, #1259, b. circa 1839
Father*Edwin Houghton b. 8 May 1811, d. 12 May 1899
Mother*Catharine Parsles b. 29 Sep 1813, d. 11 Oct 1897

Biography

Birthcirca 1839New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 11 in 1850 census; age 16 in 1855 census; age 20 in 1860 census; age 28 n 1870 census
MarriageJun 26, 1867Manhatten, NY, USA

Family

Benjamin F. Beekman b. 11 Dec 1824, d. 9 Feb 1875
Marriage*Catharine Adelaide Houghton married Benjamin F. Beekman on Jun 26, 1867 at Manhatten, NY, USA

Emma Sophia Houghton

F, #1260, b. circa 1842
Father*Edwin Houghton b. 8 May 1811, d. 12 May 1899
Mother*Catharine Parsles b. 29 Sep 1813, d. 11 Oct 1897

Biography

Birthcirca 1842New York, New York Co., NY, USA, age 8 in 1850 census; age 13 in 1855 census; age 18 in 1860 census
Marriagecirca May 5, 1864NY, USA

Family

Joseph Potter
Marriage*Emma Sophia Houghton married Joseph Potter on circa May 5, 1864 at NY, USA