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Ralph Houghton

Birthplace: Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Milton, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Houghton, II and Damarius Buckmaster
Husband of Jane Houghton
Father of Ralph Houghton; James Houghton; Mary Bentley; Joseph Houghton; Experience Clapp (Houghton) and 3 others
Brother of Daniel Houghton; Mary Houghton; John Houghton of Lancaster; Deborah Houghton; Samuel Houghton and 3 others

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About Ralph Houghton


The Houghtons of Hougton Tower are descendants of Roger D Busli, a follower of Wm the Conqueror. Family descended from Sir Richard Hougton, a coat of arms granted by king in 1612.

The will of Robert Orell (the Elder) of 1623 leaves legacies to four of the daughters of John Prescott of Wigan (Lancashire, ENG), namely Cicely, Jane, Agnes and Elizabeth Prescott. He speaks of Ralph Houghton and Thomas Molineaux of Pemberton as his 'loving cousins' (i.e. in that day meaning nephews) and appoints them together with Ralph Woodward of Standish, Lancashire, ENG, yeoman, and William Molineaux and Edward Woodward, yeomen, executors and supervisors of his will, and leaves th em 'a spure Ryall in golde.' in remembrance of his love. (Chetham Socitey. vol. 37 (1897) pag es 22-25). p.38 This Ralph Houghton was perhaps the father of our Ralph Houghton (1623-1705) for the latter deposed at Lancaster (MA) aged 47 years or thereabouts o n 24 March 1671 and he settled at Lancaster in 1652, and, next to his lifelong friend, John P rescott, was the most worthy and useful citizen of the town. [1]

According to the book "Pioneers of Old Hopewell," by Ralph Ege, published in 1908, Ralph Houghton and wife Jane emigrated to the New World c.1654. They had six children

  • Mary, b.1654
  • John, b. 1655
  • Joseph, b.1657
  • Experience, b.1659
  • Sarah, b.1662
  • Abigail, b.1664

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Ralph Houghton's Timeline

May 1, 1623
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Age 23
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Age 24
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 28
Charlestown, Suffolk, MA, United States
April 11, 1653
Age 29
Lancaster, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 1, 1657
Age 34
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
August 1, 1659
Age 36
Lancaster, MA, USA
December 17, 1661
Age 38
Lancaster, Worcester, Mass
May 14, 1664
Age 41
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
October 16, 1667
Age 44
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA