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John Houghton married Damaris Buckmaster.
This is unproven. John may not be related to Ralph.
Children of John Houghton and Damaris Buckmaster:
JOHN HOUGHTON (d. 1684) of Lancaster
Parents: John Houghton and Damaris Buckmaster [Maybe, but unproven.]
The beautiful signature of John Houghton, town clerk:
John Houghton died on 29 Apr 1684. [Ref] His headstone in Lancaster says, 'JOHN / HOUGHTON / DECEASED / APRIL / 29 DAY / 1684'. [Ref] He married Beatrix Unknown. [Ref]
A John Houghton, age 4, is the only entrant on a 20 Jun 1635 list of passengers to be transported to New England on the Abigail. [Ref]
John was an early inhabitant of Lancaster, signing the town covenant on 24 (7) 1653. [Ref, pp. 30-31] He received the 18th lot in the second division of meadow on 5 Feb 1659. [Ref] On 1 (12) 1663 John Houghton, who had been given one and a half home lots, was given permission to lay down another half. [Ref] On 30 (12) 1666 John was given the right to take timber from the commons for his trade use. [Ref] On 7/8 (12) 1670 John was granted 20 acres of second division land to lay down a highway. [Ref]
The family sought refuge in Charlestown after the massacre. [Ref]
On Mar 1675/6, John Houghton, Sr. was one of the inhabitants of Lancaster who petitioned the government for assistance. [Ref][Ref]
Children of John Houghton and Beatrix Unknown, mentioned in John's will [Ref]:
JOHN HOUGHTON (abt 1650 - 1737) of Lancaster
Parents: John Houghton and Beatrix Unknown
John Houghton was born about 1650. [Ref] John Houghton, Esq. died on 3 Feb 1736/7, age 87 [Ref cites the Boston Evening Post, 14 Feb 1737.] and is buried in the Old Common Burial Ground in Lancaster. [Ref, p. 404] He married Mary Farrar on 22 (11) 1671 in Lancaster. [Ref][Ref, p. 14, does not give her first name] She died on 7 Apr 1724 and he married second Hannah Wilder, age 72, on 27 Jan 1725. [Ref]
On Mar 1675/6, John Houghton, Jr. was one of the inhabitants of Lancaster who petitioned the government for assistance. [Ref] On 7 Apr 1683 he was on a jury of inquest investigating the untimely death of John, son of John Whitcomb. [Ref] John was town clerk almost every year between 1685 and 1724. [Ref] He frequently represented the town in the legislature. [Ref] He was on a committee to lay out a highway to Concord in 1691. [Ref] He wrote a petition for assistance on behalf of the inhabitants of Lancaster on 3 Mar 1693/4. [Ref] In 1700 John bought all of the Farrar lands in Lancaster. [Ref] On 20 Apr 1704 he and Capt. Thomas Wilder commanded a garrison in Lancaster; also in the garrison were his widowed sister Beatrix Pope, his son John, Gamaliel Beaman and his son John, Jeremiah Wilson and James Butler. [Ref] On 31 Jul 1704 John lost three swine and a house belonging to him and his wife's son Philip was burned in an Indian attack. [Ref] On 25 Oct 1704 John and Jonas Houghton petitioned for tax relief for Lancaster. [Ref]
John was the most prominent man in Lancaster. [Ref]
Children of John Houghton and Mary Farrar:
Who was William Houghton of Lancaster who married Experience Unknown? She married second as his second wife Timothy Sabin. Timothy married first Martha Johnson.
JONATHAN HOUGHTON (1685 - 1737) of Lancaster
Parents: John Houghton and Mary Farrar [Ref, p. 37]
Jonathan Houghton was born on 20 Feb 1685 in Lancaster. [Ref][Ref][Ref, p. 15, s. John and Mary][Ref, p. 37] He died on 8 Apr 1737. [Ref][Ref, p. 37] He married Thankful White. [Ref]
Jonathan was an early member of the First Church of Lancaster. [Ref, p. 270] He was town clerk from 1726 to 1728 and from 1730 until his death. [Ref, p. 37] He was the representative from Lancaster in 1732. [Ref, p. 37]
Jonathan signed his will on 7 Apr 1737. [Ref] He names his beloved wife Thankful; his eldest son Jonathan; his second son Rufus; his two eldest daughters, Thankful Whitcomb and Mary Sawyer; his five younger daughters, Keziah, Azubah, Axa, Zerish and Epha. [Ref]
Children of Jonathan Houghton and Thankful White:
AZUBAH HOUGHTON (b. 1720)
Parents: Jonathan Houghton and Thankful White
Azubah Houghton was born on 20 Nov 1720 in Lancaster. [Ref][Ref] She married Israel Whitcomb on 8 May 1738 [Ref] in Lancaster. [Ref]
On 14 Jul 1747 Jonathan Houghton and Rufus Houghton of Leominster, yeoman; Simon Whitcomb, yeoman, and his wife Thankful; Jonathan Whitcomb and his wife Azubah; Keziah Houghton, a single woman; Ephraim Fairbanks and his wife Achsah; Samuel Moore and his wife Zerviah; Ephah Houghton, a single woman; Nathaniel Sawyer and Mary his wife, in return for £100, deeded to Zephaniah William all their rights to the estate of their uncle Houghton, late of Lancaster, deceased. [Ref]
Houghton, John W., The Houghton Genealogy: the descendants of Ralph and John Houghton of Lancaster, Massachusetts, New York, Frederick H. Hitchcock, 1912.
Lowell, D. O. S., A Munsey-Hopkins Genealogy: Being the ancestry of Andrew Chauncey Munsey and Mary Jane Merritt Hopkins, the parents of Frank A. Munsey, his brother and sisters, Boston, privately printed, 1920.
A Member of the NEHGS, "Memoir of the Farrar Family," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 6, 1852, 313-.
Nourse, Henry S., The Birth, Marriage, and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts: 1643-1850, Clinton, MA., W. J. Coulter, 1890.
Nourse, Henry S., Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1725, Clinton, W. J. Coulter, 1884, Online: Worcester County Archives, http://www.rootsweb.com/~maworces/wo-gen.htm.
Peach, Joy F., "The Real Wife of Ephraim Fairbank of Lancaster and Bolton, Massachusetts," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 160, 2006, 313-4.
Whitcomb, Charlotte, The Whitcomb Family in America: A biographical genealogy with a chapter on our English forbears "by the name of Whetcombe", Minneapolis, C. Whitcomb?, c1904.
Ward, Andrew, "Lancaster Records," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 16, 1862, 352-359; 17, 1863, 70-.