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  • Rose (Stoughton) Otis (1629 - 1672)
    Rose Stoughton (1629-1672), according to a manuscript history prepared by her brother was sent by her father to New England with Capt. Stoughton in 1643 "now living there, the wife of --- Otis, with 's...
  • Anthony Stoughton, of Stoughton (1598 - 1644)
    According the the family history prepared by his son (MS. Additional 1674, British Museum), Anthony served as an Ensign in the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War, and was a "Puritan, and v...
  • Sir Lawrence Stoughton, of Stoughton (1554 - 1615)
    He was 8th Lord of Stoughton, and Lord of East Horsley. In 1575 his wife's step-father William Hammond left the manor of East Horsley (Surrey) to Lawrence, and they were in possession of it in 1580, se...
  • Thomas Stoughton, of Stoke (1521 - 1576)
    He was 7th Lord of Stoughton, and Steward to the 12th Earl of Arundel. He was a Catholic or Catholic sympathizer (1564 "misliker"). [Michael Questier, Catholicism and Community in Early Modern England ...
  • Lawrence Stoughton, of Stoke (1495 - 1571)
    On 26 January 1529 he renewed his father's lease of Stoke Manor for £5 6s. 8d. per year. He entered into this agreement with his mother and step-father, but three days later they released their right t...

The name Stoughton is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "stoctun" which means a large fenced dwelling. This family adopted the name because they owned the manor of Stoughton in Surrey. The original form of the name was "de Stoctun, " and it was also spelled Stochton, Staughton, Stogton, Stawton, Stocketon, Stocktun and Stotun, before being standardized at the present spelling about the reign of Henry VIII.

According to a pedigree of the Stoughton family prepared by Sir Nicholas Stoughton, Bt. in the 17th century, the family is descended from Godwin of Stoctun who lived at Stoughton, Surrey in the reign of William the Conqueror and who was listed in the Domesday Book (1085) as the owner of the manor of Stoke. This type of claim was common at the time the pedigree was prepared, but is highly unlikely since Stoke was owned by King Henry II, who afforested it, along with the neighboring manors of Guildford and Woking, and by his son King John, who divided it, granting Stoke to the Bishop of London and Stoughton to the Stoughton family. At the time of the Domesday Survey Stoughton was a part of the Manor of Stoke and consisted of 2,266 acres in Stoke Parish, with two mills and an income of 25 shillings per year. It consists now of that part of Stoke Parish north of the River Wey between the manors of Guildford and Woking.

The Stoughton coat of arms is given in Crozier's General Armory as Azure, a cross engrailed ermine and for crest a robin redbreast proper, and motto Hoc signum non onus sed honor (This banner no burden, but an honor) with the note that this was the coat of arms of Thomas and Israel Stoughton, Dorchester, 1630, descended from Godwin of Stocton, Surrey, 1135 (1). The same shield is shown in the monumental brasses of the Stoughton family in the chapel at Stoke-by-Guildford.


The goal of this project is to resolve duplicates, standardize naming conventions, and ensure the quality of the profiles pertaining to the Stoughton family, originally from the manor of Stoughton in Surrey.

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