John Houghton, of Lancaster

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John Houghton

Birthplace: Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: April 29, 1684 (59)
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Granary Burying Ground, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Houghton of Lancaster's father and John Houghton of Lancaster's mother
Husband of Beatrix Jocelyn Houghton and Beatrix Houghton
Father of Jonas Houghton; John Houghton, II; Robert Houghton; Jonas Houghton; Beatrix Pope and 4 others

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About John Houghton, of Lancaster

If paternities are all accurate, should be R-M269 Y line DNA (which corroborates NW Euro origin and is highly prevalent in the modern UK). per

John Houghton of Lancaster, MA(#102):

John Houghton, the emigrant ancester, was probably born in England circa 1624. His ancestry remains unproven. He emigrated probably circa 1647-1650. He married Beatrix. Her parentage is unknown. John subscribed to the Lancaster covenant in 1653. He died in 1684.


  1. Beatrice, christened 24 Dec 1624 at Eaton Bray.


  1. Justice John Houghton Jr & Sr+ b. c 1650, d. 3 Feb 1736/37
  2. Robert Houghton+ b. 28 Mar 1659, d. 7 Nov 1723
  3. Mary Houghton+ b. 22 Mar 1660/61
  4. Jonas Houghton+ b. Apr 1663, d. 20 Sep 1723
  5. Beatrix Houghton+ b. 3 Dec 1665, d. a 1711
  6. Benjamin Houghton Sr b. 25 May 1668, d. b 1721
  7. Sarah Houghton+ b. 30 Jul 1672, d. b 1733


Immigration: 1635 on ship Abigail He was about 10 years old

John and his cousin Ralph sailed from England to America in 1635 on a ship named "Abigail", settling down in Lancaster, Massachusetts. This voyage took place just fifteen years after the original pilgrims sailed to America on the "Mayflower" and landed at Plymouth Rock. John was born in 1624 and Ralph was born in 1623 making the boys 11 and 12 years of age at the time of the sailing. The "Abigail"s ship records which still survive do not show parents accompanying them. Did they perhaps run away from home? Why would parents allow boys of that age to travel alone to a far and distant shore? That question has been asked, and the answer is not known. One theory is that some sort of a caretaker or servant of a different name came with them or maybe a family member of a different name but no other Houghton name or anything close to it appears on the ship's roster. This mystery will probably never be resolved. In America both boys appear to have been Protestant, yet their parents were believed to be devout Catholics. (wab)


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John Houghton, of Lancaster's Timeline

December 24, 1624
Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England
December 24, 1624
Eaton Bray, Bedford, England
December 24, 1624
St. Mary, Bray Eaton, Bedford, England
December 24, 1624
Eaton Bray, Bedford, England
Age 10
Age 10
April 26, 1650
Age 25
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
March 28, 1658
Age 33
Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony