Rose HOUGHTON VANNOY Genealogist/Tree Climber
Welcome to HOUGHTON HAPPENINGS of America 1650-2000. Researcher is Rosamond Houghton VanNoy now living in North Carolina, late of Wisconsin, Washington and New York State. Born and raised in Broome Co. Twn of Maine, NY. Five brothers, all still living. Attended one room school house for seven and a half years, then went on to Endicott High School for two years, family moved and I graduated from Whitney Point Central School. Then on to nursing school in Buffalo, NY., three years. Enlisted Army Nurse Corps 1944, 2nd Lt. While traversing Panama Canal and ship in dry-dock, met future husband.
Other SURNAMES of Interest: Lilly, Swan, Collins, Hyde, VanNoy, Owen
Saddlemire, Schoolcraft, Carpenter.
Rosamond VanNoy #0755527, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Nehemiah Houghton, the Revolutionary ancestor of New Hampshire. NSDAR Ashuelot Chapter of Keene, N.H. placed grave marker 14 Oct 1997 at the Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, N.H.
So, here I am, an old genealogist, researching for 20 years using this modern "surfing" equipment and trying to determine which is better; Writing letters, finding primary records, secondary records for support of the primary records, tromping through many cemeteries (watch out for groundhog holes), visiting Libraries, Court Houses , Historical and Genealogical Societies and the many other sources to ponder why your ancestor moved from yonder to hither, how they made that move and what would you have done?? Remember we are a product of all that has gone before us.
Houghton's To America:
As listed in the "Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England by James Savage 1860-1862. Last reprint 1990.
John Houghton; Lancaster; came in the Abigail from London 1635 with certification of two Justices and the Minister of Eaton Brey, near Dunstable Co. Bedford at the age of 4 yrs. says the custom house records. (this has been determined to be an error, recent records say his age was 40 yrs. and he was not of Watertown as Farmer said for Dr. Bond did not find his name so he was probably in one of the small towns between the seashore and the central wilderness. he removed to Lancaster about 1652 with wife Beatrice and children: Beatrice b 3 Dec 1665; Benjamine b 25 May 1668; Sarah 30 July 1672. And, he was representative 1690 and other years after the Charter.
Robert Houghton; Boston 1633, a slater. freeman 14 May 1634, by wife Ann had James bapt 5 Oct 1634; Jabez 2 Apr 1637; perhaps post hum. for early in 1638 the widow had become wife of Richard Walker.
Samuel Houghton; Northhamton 1668, probably son of William, marr Mary, widow of John Rossiter and daughter of Jonothan Gilbert.
William Houghton; Hartford, an original propieter. Came in the Francis from Ipswich 1634 age 23. Had John, Samuel bap 1 Nov 1646; William; Mary; Sarah; Ruth; Rachel; and Thomas; all born probably before 1655 when he moved to Northhampton, tho there are no dates for any. Was the first Deacon at Northhampton, ordained 13 may 1663, rep 1664, 1667, 1669-1671 once for neighboring town of Hadley and he died 12 Aug 1691. Of the children, John died 16 Apr 1689; Samuel freeman 1690, died 1730 without children. Thomas was killed by the Indians 14 Mar 1676; Mary marr 18 Nov 1655 David Burt; Sarah marr 18 Nov 1656 John King and those two were the first two weddings in the town. Ruth marr 1663 Joseph Baker who was killed by the Indians and she next marr 1678 Thomas Lyman; and Rachel marr 1671 Thomas Strong.
Will add more later.
Rose's Recent Projects:"A Houghton Family", from Ralph 1645 Ma. to Rose 1994 Wi., 12 generations, published 1994; Still available for purchase.
"Your Ancestral Trail-Genealogy for Beginners" published 1995. Very easy to read and understand what to do first. Five chapters.
"Cemetery Inscriptions of Vilas Co., Wi. 2 Vol 1995/96. Over 7000 headstones transcribed. Also have "Vilas Co. Obituaries 1991-1996, will do lookups.
Currant Project:"Obituaries and Births of Cherokee Co., N.C.
will do lookups from April 1997 til Jan 2000. Email me.