Illustrated Atlas Map of Menard County, Illinois 1874|
Published by W.R. Brink & Co., of Illinois
Is the son of Elijah and Catharine (Merrell) Houghton, and was born October 12, 1836, on Rock River, Menard County, then Sangamon, and has resided all his life on the farm where he was born. He was married, April 9, 1856, to Miss Barbara Ann, daughter of Wiley P. and Martha (Nesbet) Renshaw, by whom he has one child living, Miss Annie M., now about fifteen years of age: A son, Wiley P., died when about three years old. Mr. Houghton is one of the independent farmers of his precinct, owning a farm of some 382 acres, of very rich and finely-improved land.
He traces his ancestry back to England. His grandfather, Aaron Houghton, was a patriot soldier in the Revolutionary war, and after its close moved to Kentucky, along with its first settlers, where he lived to raise a family of several children. Two sons, Elijah and Charles, came with him to Sangamon County, Illinois; also a daughter, Mrs. Sarah Golden, of Hancock County, Illinois. Elijah, Mr. Houghton's father, was born in the State of New Jersey, and went with his father when a small boy to Kentucky, where he was twice married. By his first wife, formerly a Miss Hart, he raised six children; Alfred, John, Mrs. Amanda (David) Hart; Eliza, who married Thomas Runnels; Mrs. Susan Conover; and Mary, the wife of Isaac Cogdal. These all raised families, with the exception of Eliza. By his second wife, formerly Miss Merrill, he had seven children: Phebe, the wife of Charles Masterson; Mrs. Charry Redding; Andrew M., our subject; Maria, who married Finis Stephenson; Mrs. Elizabeth Archie; Armilda R., the wife of Samuel Kyle; and Mrs. Sarah (James) Cheaney. Of these, Phebe and husband reside in Boone County, Missouri; Andrew, Jane, and Sarah, in Menard County; Elizabeth in Sangamon County, and Armilda in Dewitt County. Mrs. Stephenson is dead.
Mr. Houghton's mother is still living, now in the seventy-sixth year of her age. She and her husband were originally Baptist, but on coming to this State they joined the "Christian" Church, in which communion she still holds her membership.
Mr. Houghton has voted with the Republican party ever since its organization, and his father was an Old-line Whig up to the time of his death, which took place on Rock Creek, where he made a claim and entered land on the first settling of the County.