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Elizabeth Stoughton (Knight)

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: St. Olave's, Southwark, Surrey, England
Death: August 6, 1681 (72-80)
Dorchester or, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Knight, of St Olave's and Elizabeth Knight
Wife of Lt. Col. Israel Stoughton
Mother of Rebecca Tailer; Judge William Stoughton, Salem Witch Trials; Israel Stoughton; Susanna Starkey; John Stoughton and 2 others
Sister of John Knight, of St. Olave's; Rev. William Knight, of New Meadows & Ipswich; Mary Clark and Ursula Yale

Occupation: aunt of Elihu Yale (Yale Univ.)
Managed by: Todd Michael White
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About Elizabeth Stoughton

Elizabeth Knight died at Dorchester on 6 August 1681 [DVR 30]. She was the daughter of William Knight of St. Olave's (d 1629)

Married in Rotherhithe, Surrey, England, 27 March 1627 to Israel Stoughton (1602-1644), son of Rev. Thomas and Katherine (_____) Stoughton.


  • i Israel, born say 1628; drowned spring 1647 ("Mrs. Stoughton's eldest son" cast away with others from a small vessell [RChR 189-90; TAG 29:201-02; HAHAC 1:153-54]).
  • ii [Susanna?], born say 1630; m. by 1650 George Starkey [William R. Newman, Gehennical Fire: The Lives of George Starkey, an American Alchemist in the Scientific Revolution (Cambridge 1994), pp. 51-52].
  • iii William, born say 1632; Harvard College 1650 [Sibley 1:194]; d. unm. 7 July 1701, having presided at the Salem witchcraft trials [DAB
  • iv Hannah, born about 1637 ("Here lies interred the body of Mrs. Hannah Minot wife to Mr. James Minot & daughter to Col. Israel Stoughton Esq. who deceased March 27 1670 in the 43 year of her age" [NEHGR 4:166 (age at death should probably be 33); DVR 27 (which does not give the age)]); m. Dorchester 9 December 1653 James Minot, son of George Minot.
  • v John, bp. Dorchester 10 March 1638[/9] [DChR 151]; d. Barbados [DChR 151] by 16 May 1665 (when his brother William described himself as "son, and only heir, of the late Israell Stoughton" [SLR 4:284]).
  • vi Rebecca, bp. Dorchester 29 August 1641 [DChR 153]; m. Dorchester 25 August 1664 William Tailer [DVR 21].
  • vii Thomas, bp. Dorchester 30 July 1644 (or soon thereafter) [DChR 157]; no further record.

From https://minerdescent.com/2012/01/23/thomas-stoughton/

William Knight died in 1630, leaving a will dated 21 Mar 1629/30 in which he appointed as the executor, Israel Stoughton, his son-in-law. By that time, Israel Stoughton had married William Knight’s daughter, Elizabeth. After William Knight’s death, these members of the family of Elizabeth Knight, wife of Israel, also came to New England, including her mother, the widow Elizabeth Knight, her brother, Rev. William Knight, and two other sisters, Mary, wife of Thomas Clark and Ursula, wife of David Yale, accounting for all of the children mentioned in the will except John.

  • http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bobwolfe/gen/mn/m20365x24461.htm
    • [1] London Metropolitan Archives, St Mary, Rotherhithe, Composite register: baptisms Aug 1556-Nov 1630, marriages Jan 1555/6-Nov 1630, burials Jul 1556-Nov 1630, P71/MRY/006, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, [Ancestry_Image].
    • [2] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 1773, [American_Ancestors].
  • The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut: Genealogies and biographies. (2017). Google Books. Retrieved 5 February 2017, from page 723 " .... Col. Stoughton was a Puritan of the most rigid school, and with his wife were among the first signers of the Covenant of the D. Ch., 1636; ..."
  • Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy: Feb 7 2017, 17:15:12 UTC
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Elizabeth Stoughton's Timeline

Southwark, Surrey, England
Age 23
Age 23
Age 25
September 30, 1631
Age 26
April 1637
Age 32
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 34
August 6, 1681
Age 76
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States