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Ralph Houghton (b. May 1, 1623, d. April 15, 1705)Ralph Houghton (son of De Sir Richard Houghton)191, 192, 193 was born May 1, 1623 in Lancaster, Lancaster, England194, 195, and died April 15, 1705 in Milton, Hampshire Co., MA196, 196, 197.He married Jane Stowe on 1653, daughter of John Stowe and Elizabeth Bigge.
Notes for Ralph Houghton:
Ralph Houghton came to America because of his religious and political opinions.Ralph Houghton fought under Cromwell against King Charles I of England.He landed at Charlestown, MA sometime between the years 1645 and 1647 and was briefly at Watertown, near Boston.Ralph Houghton took oath of fidelity in 1652.Later with John Houghton, probably his cousin, and eight others, purchased land from the Indians and founded the town of Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1653.Being the best penman of the pioneers, he was made Town Clerk and held that position until the massacre.Lancaster was burned by the Indians Aug 16, 1675, and a large number of its inhabitants were massacred by the Nashaway Tribe.
The first bloody raid on Lancaster was made August 16, 1675 by Monoco (alias One Eyed John) of the Nipmucks, with the Nashaways and other Indians.Eight persons were killed and their bodies mangled in a barbarous manner.Soon afterward, five of their houses were fortified, being furnished with a stockade.The work on these garrisons, as they were called, was incomplete when one of the most bloody tragedies of Indian warfare ever known in the province occurred on the tenth day of February 1676, resulting in the almost entire destruction of old Lancaster.Nearly all the houses were burned.The total number of casualties appear to have been fifty-five.Of these, twenty were carried into captivity, most of whom were afterward ransomed.Soon after this the town was abandoned.At the close of King Philip's War in 1676, the Nashaway tribe was broken up.The chiefs, Sagamore Sam and One Eyed John, having surrendered to the authorities were hanged in Boston on Sep 26, 1676, their wives and children sent to the Bermudas and sold as slaves.
Extracted from: The Houghton Genealogy, The Descendants of Ralph and John Houghton of
Lancaster, Massachusetts by John W. Houghton
At the time of the massacre, Ralph and John were away.
Ralph removed to Woburn, MA. after the massacre,and in 1682 to Milton, MA.
Ralph was Town Clerk in Milton in 1683.
Three years later he returned to Lancaster and remained until 1690, when he came back to Milton where he settled permanently, and died at the age of 82 in his house on Hillside Street.His house, erected about 1690 was within the limits of Braintree until 1754, when a tract of 340 acres, embracing the Houghton house and Houghton's Pond was annexed to Milton from Braintree.Lancaster was on the frontier in Massachusetts and received further Indian attacks in 1692, 1697, 1704 and 1705, but these attacks were not as devastating because the town was better fortified than in 1675.The present town of Lancaster covers only about a fifth of its original size.Spin-offs from the original town of Lancaster include Harvard, Bolton and Clinton.Ralph's farm is now a park in Milton where many people enjoy summer activities.A pond in the park is fed by springs from the Blue Hills.
The Houghton Genealogy (1912) John W. Houghton
History of Bath and Environs, Sagadahoc County, ME (1894) Parker McCobb Reed
Noted Men and Historical Narrations of Ancient Milton (1900)
Rose VanNoy (2000)
More About Ralph Houghton:
Date born 2: May 1, 1623, England.198, 198
First Settler At: Abt. 1647, Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Immigrated: Abt. 1646, Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Location: Abt. 1647, Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Location (2): Abt. 1675, Woburn, Massachusetts.
Location (3): 1682, Milton, Massachusetts.
Location (4): Abt. 1685, Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Location (5): 1690, Milton, Massachusetts.
Occupation: Town Clerk in Lancaster.
More About Ralph Houghton and Jane Stowe:
Marriage 1: 1653
Marriage 2: 1643
Children of Ralph Houghton and Jane Stowe are:
- Ralph Houghton, b. 1648, d. June 7, 1692, Port Royal, Jamaica.
- James Houghton, b. 1650, d. 1711.
- Mary Houghton, b. April 11, 1653, Lancaster, MA, d. Bet. 1680 - 1747.
- John Houghton, b. April 26, 1655, Lancaster, MA, d. October 10, 1679, Charlestown, MA.
- +Joseph Houghton, b. May 1, 1657, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts198, 198, d. March 22, 1737, Milton, Hampshire Co., MA198, 198.
- Experience Houghton, b. October 1, 1659, Lancaster, MA, d. December 17, 1717, Milton, Norfolk, MA.
- +Sarah Houghton, b. December 17, 1661, Lancaster, MA, d. November 15, 1757, Harvard, MA.
- Abigail Houghton, b. July 15, 1664, Lancaster, Worchester Co., MA, d. Bet. 1665 - 1758.
- Hannah Houghton, b. October 16, 1667, Lancaster, MA, d. October 8, 1679, Lancaster, MA.