Colonel Joab Houghton, Sr

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Colonel Joab Houghton, Sr

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Mercer, NJ or Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ
Death: October 17, 1798 (73)
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
Place of Burial: Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Houghton and Maria Houghton
Husband of Catherine Houghton and Catherine Runyon
Father of Aaron Houghton; Elijah Houghton; William Houghton; Sarah Corwine; Alice Cone and 5 others
Brother of Absolom Houghton; John Houghton; Alice Stout; Sarah Merrill; Mary Drake and 2 others

Managed by: Francis Gene Dellinger
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About Colonel Joab Houghton, Sr

Joab Houghton (DAR Ancestor # A057365) was born July 10, 1725 in Hopewell, New Jersey. He was the son of Thomas Houghton and wife Maria Mershon. He married Catherine Runyan about 1748. Catherine was the daughter of his neighbor Aaron Runyan.

Joab Houghton was one of those who first began to take measures against the Royal government, which resulted, during 1776, in the organization of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey. Col Heard arrested the Royal governor, Franklin, who was afterward handed over by order of the Continential Congress, then sitting in Philadelphia, to the custody of Governor Trumbull of Connecticut.

Joab Houghton was also among the first appointments of field officers made by New Jersey for the Contingent Army, rising to the rank of Colonel. When a state government was created, he was one of the first members of the assembly returned from the county of Hunterdon

Per Blanche Senteney Brown Stapler, a direct descendant --'He was not a young man at the time, but fought in the Revolutionary Army. He got some volunteers together to go to Massachusetts after the massacre to fight. When the British and Hessians were fighting in his home state of New Jersey, he went back and did guerrilla fighting.'

Children of Joab Houghton and wife Catherine Runyan:

  • Aaron, who married Elizabeth Sexton, migrated to Mason Co., Kentucky, about 1790
  • Elijah, also migrated to Kentucky with his brother
  • Joab Jr., also migrated to Kentucky with his brother
  • William, who married Margaret Sexton, moved to New York
  • Sarah, who married Amos Corwine, and migrated to Kentucky with her brother
  • Alice, who married Conant Cone

These two are sometimes listed as children of Joab and Catherine:

  • Rachel Houghton was born 17 FEB 1771 in Hopewell, Hunterdon County, NJ, and died ABT 1801
  • Elizabeth Houghton was born 7 SEP 1772 in Hopewell, Hunterdon County, NJ, and died 10 JAN 1844 in Mason County, KY. She married John Senteney 4 APR 1792. He was born DEC 1765 in probably New Jersey or Kentucky, and died 25 MAY 1836 in Mason County, KY..


From Find A Grave Memorial# 55192039

Sunday, April 23, 1775, news of the Battle of Lexington reached Hopewell when the people were worshipping in the First Baptist Church. At the close, Joab Houghton, standing on this stone, inspired the men with love of liberty and desire for independence. In closing he said,

"Men of New Jersey, the Red Coats are murdering your brethren in New England! Who follows me to Boston?"

Every man said "I."

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Colonel Joab Houghton, Sr's Timeline

July 10, 1725
Mercer, NJ or Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ
Age 27
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
February 5, 1754
Age 28
Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey
Age 29
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
September 25, 1757
Age 32
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
April 19, 1761
Age 35
Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey
Age 38
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
November 17, 1767
Age 42
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
February 17, 1771
Age 45
Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey