Reuben Benjamin Houghton

1 January 1852–17 November 1921 (Age 69)
Clear Creek Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States

The Life of Reuben Benjamin

When Reuben Benjamin Houghton was born on 1 January 1852, in Clear Creek Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States, his father, Reuben Houghton, was 53 and his mother, Sarah Susanna Conklin, was 34. He married Rebecca Robinson Durfee on 16 October 1893, in Yavapai, Arizona Territory, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Verde, Verde Village, Yavapai, Arizona, United States in 1900 and Yavapai, Arizona, United States in 1910. He died on 17 November 1921, in Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States.

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Reuben Benjamin Houghton
Rebecca Robinson Durfee
Marriage: 16 October 1893
Reuben Joseph Houghton

Spouse and Children

16 October 1893
Yavapai, Arizona Territory, United States


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World Events (8)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 5

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 11

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 20

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties, get the name from Old English hōh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ (literally ‘heel’) + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Haughton in Nottinghamshire also has this origin, and may have contributed to the surname. A smaller group of Houghtons, with examples in Lancashire and South Yorkshire, have as their first element Old English halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’. In the case of isolated examples in Devon and East Yorkshire, the first elements appear to be unattested Old English personal names or bynames, of which the forms approximate to Huhha and Hofa respectively, but the meanings are unknown.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ruben B Houghton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruben B Hou*Ton, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Reuben B Houghton, "United States Census, 1900"

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