The Phillips, Weber, Kirk, & Staggs families of the Pacific Northwest

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  • ID: I04261
  • Name: Ralph (Ratcliffe) HOUGHTON 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1 MAY 1623 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England 3
  • Death: 15 APR 1705 in Milton, Norfolk, MA
  • Event: Bullet 1635 IMMIGRANT on the "Abigail"
  • Note:
    Ken Voget (mailto:voget AT] wrote:

    Hi Jim: In looking at our family history (actually my wife's) I read the following: "John's father, with his son John (the emigrant), born 12/24/1624, with his cousin Ralph, was a passenger on the Abigail in 1635. However, John did not remain in New England, but returned to England with his father where he had left his family. Later, in 1649 John with his wife Beatrix Josselyn, his infant son and his cousin Ralph with his wife Jane and two children Ralph and James, returned to New England.

    I do have a passenger list of the Abigal, 1635 but do not find Ralph's name listed. I don't have authentication of this info. but feel reasonably certain that it is correct. If you come up with anything new, I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks, KEN


    In looking at sources on the internet I have not found a passenger list for the Abigail which lists any Houghton/Hoghton family members. However the Winthrop Society ( lists a "Jo: Houghton" aged 4 on the Abigail voyage of 1635. Presumably "Jo:" (Joseph or John) did not come across by himself at that young age. So there is some evidence of the Houghton family on the Abigail.


    Ralph was initially at Charlestown MA in 1635; later at Watertown, and at Lancaster by 1652.

    Ralph Houghton, Lancaster, 1676, where he was constable, collector of taxes, treasurer, &c. These were at the same place in 1703, Henry, Jonas, Robert, John Sen., John Jr., Joseph, and Jacob. [First Settlers of New England, NEHGR, vol 3, 1849, p. 401] NEHGR vol 11 p. 338 notes that he apprized the Lancaster house & estate of Edward Brecke on 20 Sep 1662.

    Ralph is also listed by NEHGR as taking the oath of fidelity in 1652 in Middlesex County (probably Watertown).

    For some reason the children John & Hannah both died in Dorchester within 2 days of each other 8-10 October 1675. The son Ralph was "of Dorchester" while an adult. Perhaps they were staying with him (possibly to avoid some epidemic?).

    Father: Thomas de HOGHTON , of Lancaster b: ABT 1595 in Hoghton Tower, Preston, Lancashire, England
    Mother: Helen HALSTEAD b: 2 OCT 1600 in Burnley, Worsthorn, Lancashire, England

    Marriage 1 Jane STOWE b: 1626 in Lancashire, England
    • Married: 1647 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    1. Has No Children Ralph HOUGHTON b: ABT 1648 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    2. Has No Children James HOUGHTON b: ABT 1650 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    3. Has No Children Mary HOUGHTON b: 4 JAN 1653/54 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    4. Has No Children John HOUGHTON b: 28 APR 1655 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    5. Has No Children Joseph HOUGHTON b: 1 MAY 1657 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    6. Has No Children Experience HOUGHTON b: 1 OCT 1659 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    7. Has Children Sarah HOUGHTON b: 17 MAR 1661/62 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    8. Has No Children Abigail HOUGHTON b: 15 JUL 1664 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    9. Has No Children Hannah HOUGHTON b: 16 OCT 1666 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA

    1. Title: New England Historical and Genealogical Register (NEHGR), vol 16, 1862
      Page: 351, Lancaster Records
      Text: father of Mary, John, Joseph, & Experience
    2. Title: New England Historical and Genealogical Register (NEHGR), vol 16, 1862
      Page: 354, Lancaster Records
      Text: father of Abigail & Sarah.
    3. Title: New England Historical and Genealogical Register (NEHGR)
      Media: Book
      Page: vol 85 (1931), p. 454
      Text: aged 54 in 1678 implies 1623-4 birth.
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