Friday, November 20, 2020

52 Ancestors - Week 357: #568 John Haughton (1647-1705) of Boston, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut

John Haughton (1647-1705)  is number 568 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #569  Hannah --?-- (1650-1690) in about 1675, probably in Boston, Suffolk County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #284 Samuel Horton (1686-1778) who married #285 Hannah Atwood (1686-1771) in 1714.
*  their son #142 Nathaniel Horton (1721-1771) who married  #143 Eunice Snow (1722-1816) in 1742.
*  their daughter #71 Hannah Horton (1761-1797)who married #70 Thomas Dill (1755-1839)  in 1782.
*  their daughter  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) who married  #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)  in 1826.
*  their daughter, #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) who married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                      John Haughton[1–2]    
 *  Alternate Name:     John Houghton[4]    
*  Alternate Name:      John Horton[1–2]  

*  Sex:                         Male    

*  Father:                    Richard Haughton (1615-1682)    
*  Mother:                  Sarah --?-- (1618-1670)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 *  Birth:                     about 1647, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]
*  Death:                     before 4 June 1705 (before about age 58), inventory taken; New London, New London, Connecticut, United States[3]
*  Probate:                 16 November 1705 (about age 58), will proved; New London, New London, Connecticut, United States[3]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:               Hannah --?-- (ca 1650-1690)    
*  Marriage 1:            about 1675 (about age 28), probably Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Child 1:                  Hopestill Horton (ca 1677-1734)    
*  Child 2:                  Dorothy Horton (ca 1680-1738)    
*  Child 3:                  Samuel Horton (ca 1686-1778)    
*  Child 4:                  John Horton (ca 1688-1710)    

*  Spouse 2:               Ruth Browne (1668-????)    
*  Marriage 2:            about 1694 (about age 47), probably Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Child 5:                 Obadiah Haughton (ca 1695-1773)    
*  Child 6:                Makepeace Haughton (ca 1696-1773)    
*  Child 7:                Hannah Haughton (1700-ca 1761)    
*  Child 8:                Abiell Haughton (1703-    )  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Margaret Horton Weiler wrote the book Descendants of John Horton of Boston, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut, through his son, Samuel Horton of Eastham, Massachusetts[2].  The sketch for John Horton/Haughton included:
"John Horton, father of Samuel, was recorded in Boston tax lists of 1674, 1684, 1686, 1688 and 1695."
 John Haughton was born in about 1647, probably in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, probably to Richard and Sarah (--?--) Haughton of Boston[1-2].  

He married (1) Hannah  --?-- in about 1675, perhaps in Boston[1-2].  There is no record that provides Hannah's name at the time of marriage.  They had four children, all probably born in Boston:

*  Hopestill Horton (ca 1674-1734), married 1698 Ebenezer Snow (1680-1725).
*  Dorothy Horton (ca 1680-1738), married 1701 David Doane (1674-1748).
*  Samuel Horton (ca 1686-1778), married 1714 Hannah Atwood (1686-1771).
*  John Horton (ca 1688-1710).

John's father, Richard Haughton, a mariner who resided in New London, Connecticut, died in 1682 in Wethersfield, Connecticut.  His estate was proved in Hartford, Connecticut, but he did not identify his children.

After Hannah died in about 1690, John Haughton probably moved to Newbury, Massachusetts and perhaps to Eastham, Massachusetts for a time (daughters Hopestill and Dorothy married there, and sons Samuel and John resided there the rest of their lives), and then to New London, Connecticut and was a shipwright there.  

John Haughton married, in about 1694 probably in Boston, 2) Ruth Browne (1668-????), daughter of John and Hester (Makepeace) Browne of Marlborough, Massachusetts[3].  They had four children, the first two probably born in Newbury, and the next two probably born in New London:

*  Obediah Haughton (ca 1695-1773), married 1719 Mary Leverick.
*  Makepeace Haughton (ca 1696-1773), married 1725 Joanna Coffin (1701-1781)
*  Hannah Haughton (1700-????)
*  Abiell Haughton (1703-????)

John Houghton died before 4 June 1705 in New London at about age 58 when an inventory of his estate was taken[3].  There is no known burial location for him.

John Houghton of New London wrote a will on 25 March 1704 which was proved in the New London District Probate Court on 16 November 1705[2].  In the will, he appointed his wife Ruth to be executrix of his estate, and bequeathed his entire estate to his present wife, Ruth, for her support and care of their children.  He also bequeathed land in Cascoe Bay given to him by his wife's father, John Browne, to his youngest sons Obadiah and Makepeace Houghton, and if they do not survive, then to his daughters Hannah and Abiell by Ruth.   He mentions his older sons John and Samuel [in Eastham at this time], and "other children," and leaves it to Ruth's discretion to give them some of the personal estate.  The will was witnessed by Joshua Bills, C. ????? Davis and Samuel Chester.  

An inventory of the estate of John Houghton was taken on 4 June 1705 by James Morgan and James Avery.  The inventory totals £19-5s-6d.
1. Margaret Horton Weiler, "Descendants of John Horton (Haughton) of Eastham," Bulletin of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society (Harwich, Mass. : Brooks Free Library), Vol. XI, No. 3 (September 1983), pages 57-64., John Horton/Haughton of Boston and Eastham sketch.

2. Margaret Horton Weiler, Descendants of John Horton of Boston, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut, through his son, Samuel Horton of Eastham, Massachusetts ( Bradford, New Hampshire :  Penobscot Press, 1994), 121 pages.  Accessed at Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, US/CAN microfilm 1,698,100, Item 9, John Horton/Haughton sketch.

3. Connecticut, Probate Court (New London District), FamilySearch (, "Probate Records, 1675-1916," on 25 microfilm reels, Volume A-B (p.1-185) 1675-1716, Volume A, pages 310-312 (stamped) (images 439-440 of 731), estate of John Houghton, New London, 1705; FHL microfilm on FHL Microfilm US/CAN 1,311,924, Item 2.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2020 for a seventh year to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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