William Thomas Roughton

29 December 1843–22 June 1928 (Age 84)
Tyrrell, North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Thomas

When William Thomas Roughton was born on 29 December 1843, in Tyrrell, North Carolina, United States, his father, James Roughton, was 26 and his mother, Mariah Vanhorn, was 22. He married Clarkie Johnson in May 1865, in Tyrrell, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Alligator, Tyrrell, North Carolina, United States in 1880. He died on 22 June 1928, in Scuppernong Township, Tyrrell, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Columbia, Tyrrell, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Thomas Roughton
Clarkie Johnson
Marriage: May 1865
William Edward Roughton
Walter Roughton
Martha B Roughton

Spouse and Children

May 1865
Tyrrell, North Carolina, United States


    William Edward Roughton


    Walter Roughton


    Martha B Roughton


Parents and Siblings

    James Roughton


    Mariah Vanhorn





    James Washington Roughton


    McCalister Roughton


    Zachariah Roughton


    Benjamin Franklin Roughton


+6 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 3

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1853 · First State Fair

Age 10

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.
1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 23

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Roughton or Wroughton. Roughton, Lincolnshire, the most likely source of the surname according to its present-day distribution, and Roughton, Norfolk, are both named from Old English rūh ‘rough’ or Old Norse rugr ‘rye’ + tūn ‘farm’, ‘settlement’. Roughton, Shropshire is named with Old English rūh + tūn, and Wroughton, Wiltshire (the least likely source of the surname) from Worf, a Celtic river name meaning ‘winding stream’, + Old English tūn.

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

Sources (3)

  • William Routon in household of James Routon, "United States Census, 1850"
  • W T Roughton, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Roughton in household of James Roughton, "United States Census, 1860"

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