Hougham, Aaron 3

Male 1801 - 1868  (67 years)


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  • Name Hougham, Aaron 3 
    Born 14 May 1801  Turnbull Oh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Nov 1868  Guthrie Ia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Panther Cem. Dallas Co Ia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • !BIRTH: According to IGI entry, Aaron may possibly be the son of Jarvis Hougham and wife Rebecca; this entry gives his date of b as 14 May 1801 (a possible transcription error) in Ohio. He is temporarily assigned [as of 28 Nov 1994] to this couple until more research can be done. B date calculated from age at d.
      !MAR: Indiana Magazine of History, Vo. 52:78, 1956: Mar date and pl.
      !DEATH: Tombstone shows d date and age: 67y 8m 5d.
      !CENSUS: Henry Co, IN, 1830, 1840; Parke Co IN, 1850; Guthrie Co, IA, 1856,
      !DEEDS: 1)Henry Co, IN, Original Land Entries. 20 Aug 1823, Hougham, Aaron of Fayette Co.; 1 Oct 1829, Hougham, Aaron of Henry Co. 2)Parke Co, IN, Deeds. Sep 1835, Aaron Hougham from Henry Van Meter; Nov 1836, Aaron Hougham from Isham Burton; Sep 1837, Aaron Hougham to William Phelps (or Phillips); Dec 1837, Jonathan Hougham to Aaron Hougham; May 1839, Aaron Hougham from Chas. W. Smith; Dec 1839, Aaron Hougham to Isaac Redfern.
      !HISTORY: Past & Present of Guthrie County, Iowa, p. 501-02, under biog. of son Aaron Hougham, Jr.: The father accompanied his parents to Indiana when a samll boy, and it was in that state that he was reared, educated and married. He followed general farming in that state until 1850, when, hoping to enjoy better advantages in a new district, he moved by team and wagon to Iowa, locating on a tract of land which he entered from the government, this being situated in Jackson, now Penn township, Guthrie county. He erected a log cabin on his farm and there took up his abode, the family sharing in the hardships and privations incident to the establishment of a home on the frontier. After four years, however, he removed to another farm west of Dale City, where he continued his operations as a farmer, and that he was successful in his undertakings is indicated by the fact that he acquired five hundred acres of land and in 1863 retired to Panora, where he spent his remaining days in the enjoyment of a well-earned rest. In 1857 he was elected judge of Guthrie county....he also served as justice of the peace in Jackson township and was the first justice who held a legal trial in Guthrie county.

      Guthrie County
      Brief County History
      Guthrie County was named by Theophilus Bryan, sheriff and later county judge of the county. He named it in honor of his friend Captain Edwin B. Guthrie, a commanding officer of a company of Iowa volunteers in the Mexican War.
      The county was organized, and the search for a county seat began. The State Legislature, at its 1850-1851 session, appointed David Bishop of Madison County and Lewis Whitten of Polk County to designate a county seat. After taking location and the center of the population at that time into consideration, the town of Panora was selected.
      In June of 1853 there was a contract let to build the courthouse, but for some reason it was never built. It stayed this way until March 16, 1857, when Edward Serry made plans and specifications for a courthouse. Soon afterwards James Cline was hired to build the courthouse. Again the contract was annulled and the courthouse was not built. Mr. Cline received $200 for his troubles.
      On March 7, 1859 William Tracy and E.B. Newton presented county judge Aaron Hougham with a petition asking that the location of the courthouse be moved to Guthrie Center, since it was more towards the center of the county than Panora. It was sent to the voters of the county, and Panora won by a count of 297 to 277. The first courthouse was finally built later in 1859.
      This setback did not stop the people of Guthrie Center. On March 1860 another petition was filed on behalf of Guthrie Center. James Cline then filed a petition against the Guthrie Center petition. After the court took these petitions and testimony of the citizens under advisement, it was decided that another election would be held on April 2, 1860. This time Panora lost, and, on April 7, the court decreed that Guthrie Center was the new county seat and ordered all the papers moved to Guthrie Center.
      A wagon train set out for Panora to obtain the safe and county records. They returned in full force with the safe, records and county judge T.B. Harbour. All of these were housed in a building prepared by E.B. Newton.
      A petition was brought before the September session in 1861 by the people of Panora to relocate the county seat. Again the people voted and this time Panora won the right to house the county seat. So the safe, records and county judge were all packed up and moved back to Panora.
      Guthrie Center tried twice more to regain the county seat. The first time, in 1870, they were unsuccessful, but on the second try, 1873, they won back the county seat. It has been there ever since.
      As was mentioned before, the first courthouse was built in 1859, in Panora. It was made of native lumber and was two-stories high. The cost was $2,400.
      A beautiful courthouse was built at a cost of $22,500 in Guthrie Center in 1877. The building burned to the ground on March 3, 1883. Bids went out, but all were more than the $15,000 insurance money. The bid finally accepted was for $19,100, and it was two years before the courthouse was completed. This courthouse served the county for 81 years.
      During the summer of 1963, construction was begun on a new courthouse. In November the old courthouse was destroyed by fire. For one year, during construction, Guthrie County was without a courthouse.
      The present courthouse was occupied in November 1964. It was designed by Dougher, Frevert, and Ramsey of Des Moines and cost $417,000.
      Taken from History of County Governments in Iowa, published in 1992 by Iowa State Association of Counties, Des Moines, Iowa
      Archaeological Site Information
      As of June 1996, there are 68 archaeological sites recorded in Guthrie County.


      Aaron Hougham

      Aaron Hougham was the third to occupy this most responsible position [county judge], which was de facto, the government, being duly elected in 1857, and remained at the head of affairs until 1859. He was born in Ohio in 1801, but removed to Indiana with his parents, in an early day, when he was but a small boy. He lived, at home, in Henry and Park counties, Indiana, receiving his education in the common schools of that state, until the spring of 1851, when he came to Guthrie county, locating in Jackson township. He was married to Miss Mary Parkhurst, a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he had eleven children. Mr. Hougham was the pioneer justice of the peace in Jackson township, and also the first county-school fund commissioner. He died in October, 1867, in this county, honored by all.
    Person ID I2215  Hougham
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2006 

    Father Hougham, Jarvis 2
              b. 1772
              d. Aft Nov 1823, Fayette Co in Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 51 years) 
    Mother Rebecca
              b. 1775 
    Married 1799 
    Family ID F987  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Parkhurst, Mary
              b. 1801, Turnbull Oh Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Feb 1876, Adel Ia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 30 Nov 1820  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Hougham, Jarvis 3
              b. 19 Oct 1821, Henry County in Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 9 Aug 1898, Adams Twp Dallas County Ia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +2. Hougham, Jacob
              b. 19 Oct 1821, Henry County in Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Oct 1891, Kennedy Ia Dallas County Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +3. Hougham, Nancy
              b. 4 Oct 1823, Park in Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 May 1849, Parke Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    +4. Hougham, Jane
              b. 17 Sep 1825, Park in Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Apr 1900  (Age 74 years)
     5. Hougham, Rebecca
              b. 7 Sep 1827
              d. 30 Dec 1844, West Union Parke in Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
    +6. Hougham, Sarah Ann
              b. 7 Oct 1829, Park in Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 31 Oct 1857, Guthrie County Ia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
    +7. Hougham, James Riley
              b. 1835, Park Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 May 1892, Dayton Lyon County Nv Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +8. Hougham, Elizabeth
              b. 30 Mar 1832, Union Township Park in Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 15 Jun 1900, Dayton Lyon Nv Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +9. Hougham, Mary
              b. 1834
              d. 18 Nov 1894, Guthrie County Ia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +10. Hougham, Aaron 4
              b. 7 Jun 1842, West Union Parke in Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Apr 1916, Panora Guthrie Ia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +11. Hougham, Martha
              b. 21 Apr 1840, Park Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Feb 1874, Ia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    Family ID F993  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Aaron Hougham 1801-1868
    Aaron Hougham 1801-1868