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Subject: Re: [GM-L] HOUGHTON LANCASTER
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 22:32:25 EDT
Subject: Eleazer Houghton
Source: Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records & Epitaphs of
Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643 to 1850 by Henry S. Nourse, A.M.
Married by Jno. Houghton Esq. Justice of the Peace
Eliezer Houghton & Elizabeth Divoll were married March ye 1, 1718/9
Robert Houghton ye son of Eleazer & Elisabeth Houghton was born ye 12 day of
Lois Houghton ye dau of Eleazer & Elisabeth Houghton was born ye 22 day of
Derias Houghton ye son of Eleazer & Elisabeth Houghton was born ye 20 day of
Miriam Houghton ye dau of Eleazer & Elisabeth Houghton was born ye 22 day of
Eleazer Houghton son of Robert & Esther Houghton was born 1691.* see below
Source: Early Records of Lancaster by Henry S. Nourse 1884
The first Meeting-House at Lancaster - very few facts can be gleaned from
ary records about this edifice, except that Robert Houghton was probably
architect and builder; the town voting him twelve acres of land "for work
done by him
at the meeting house," and 25 acres "for making the pulpit." His brother John
Houghton seems to hve been a pece maker in the controversy, and is credited
with the gift of the site for the building, while Thomas Wilder gave land
opposite for the
burial ground now known as the Old Common Cemetery. John Prentice began
preaching here in May 1705.
John Houghton came from England in the Abigail, 1635 being then a mere boy.
A rude slate stone in the old yard records his death April 29, 1684. His
was Beatrix. Although he signed the covenant in 1653 it is doubtful if he
to reside for several years, as the records of his children's births are not
found as of
being born at Lancaster until that of Beatrix in 1665. In his will he
his "seven children."
They were John b. abt 1650; Robert, 1658; Jonas; Mary; Beatrix, 1665; Benjamin
1668; Sarah, 1672.
Born in Lancaster after the resettlement:
Nov 2, 1683 Hannah Houghton dau of Robert & Esther Houghton
Sept. 3, 1685 Beatrix Houghton dau of Robert & Esther Houghton
April 18, 1689 Abigail Houghton dau of Robert & Esther Houghton
Eleazer Houghton son of Robert & Esther Houghton was born 1691. (from above)*
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth