Asa Willard Houghton

12 May 1820–23 May 1865 (Age 45)
Batavia, Genesee, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Asa Willard

When Asa Willard Houghton was born on 12 May 1820, in Batavia, Genesee, New York, United States, his father, Asa Houghton, was 24 and his mother, Tamzin Bigelow, was 29. He married Ann J. Knowtlon on 9 March 1843, in Huron, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Spencer, Spencer Township, Medina, Ohio, United States in 1850 and Ransom, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States in 1860. He died on 23 May 1865, in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 45, and was buried in Ransom, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States.

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Asa Willard Houghton
Ann J. Knowtlon
Marriage: 9 March 1843
Mary Jane Houghton
Lydia L Houghton
Ackley H Houghton
John Houghton
Harriet M Houghton
Eliza Houghton
Ella Houghton
John Houghton
Edwin W Houghton

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 March 1843Huron, Ohio, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land
    Age 1
    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 7
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    1835 · The Hermitage is Built
    Age 15
    The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.

    Name Meaning

    English:habitational name from any of numerous places called Houghton or Hoghton. Most of the placenames derive from Old English hōh ‘heel, spur of land’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’, though some have different etymologies; for example, Little Houghton in Eccles (Lancashire), which derives from Old English halh ‘nook, corner of land’ + tūn, and Houghton in Bigbury (Devon), which may derive from an Old English personal name Huhha + Old English tūn.variant of Haughton .

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

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    Sources (7)

    • Asa W Houghton, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Asa W Houghton, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
    • Asa Houghton in entry for Eliza Houghton, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"

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