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John Houghton - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: February 25, 2002 at 14:21:11
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Biographical sketch of JOHN HOUGHTON from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

This bio spans two (2) pages: 476-477


Few English-born agriculturists in Lynn township are better known or more highly respected than John Houghton, who had his nativity in Lincolnshire, July 11, 1824. His parents, William and Elizabeth (Ward) Houghton, were natives of the same shire and there the mother passed her entire life. In 1850 the father came to the United States and for a few months worked in New York, and then brought his family to Michigan, where the son, John Houghton, purchased a farm, in January, 1851, which farm has originally been entered by A. A. Dwight, of Detroit. William Houghton continued to reside with the son John and died in 1886. Of his one hundred and sixty acres, John Houghton sold eighty acres a few years after taking possession, and the father entered forty acres adjacent, and John added another forty-acre tract, eventually becoming owner of the entire farm of one hundred and sixty acres, nearly all of which he has cleared with his own hands. William and Elizabeth Houghton had a family of three children, namely: William, who is now deceased, but who had resided at Burnside, Lapeer county, Michigan, was a well-to-do farmer and was twice married; Mary, who was married to Thomas Houghton and passed her life in England, and John, who cared for his father in his declining years until the latter’s death, which resulted from rheumatism.

John Houghton was married in England, at twenty-one years of age, to Miss Jane Sleight, a daughter of Shadrach Sleight, and to this union were born seven children, namely: John, now married and prospering as a farmer in Isabella county and the father of five children; Eliza, who first married a Mr. Stephenson, who was the father of one son, the widow later becoming Mrs. Daniel Cartwright, and now living in Tuscola county; Emma is the wife of Daniel McLaughlan, a farmer of Isabella county; Ellen was married to John Steinhoff; Jane died at the age of ten years; Richard married Cora Hallenbruck, who has borne him two children, Herbert and Sadie, and operates the old home farm, to which he has added eighty acres; Elizabeth is married to Robert Shutt, who is a farm tutor in Indian schools, near Tacoma, Washington. Mrs. Jane (Sleight) Houghton died September 17, 1896, in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which Mr. Houghton is still a faithful member. In politics he is an active Republican and, although he was never an office-seeker, he has been willing to serve his fellow citizens when called upon. He filled the office of township supervisor for ten years, of which period seven were in consecutive order; for two years he was drain commissioner, and also served one term as constable and four as town treasurer.

The Houghton far is well improved with a fine residence and modern farm buildings, is well drained by tiling and a considerable portion of it is reserved for timber and pasture. Mr. Houghton is the oldest living settler in Lynn township, having come here November 22, 1850, and being followed the day afterward by Abram Savoy, now deceased. Mr. Houghton is highly respected for his unswerving integrity, his public spirit and his many sterling traits of personal character.


PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the HOUGHTON surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community; these transcriptions are intended for personal use and are not being done for profit. Please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above as I have no personal ties. Thank you.

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