Hougham, John

Male 1810 - 1888  (77 years)


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  • Name Hougham, John 
    Born 19 Nov 1810  Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Oct 1888  Mclean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Barbara LeClair > shared this from "Good Old Times in McLean County" and some of it may also be from "The History of McLean County" John Hougham was born Nov 19, 1810 in Highland County, Ohio. His father's name was Runyon Hougham, and his mother's name before her marriage was Sarah Lamon. His father was of English descent, and his mother of Dutch. John Hougham never cut up many capers in Ohio, but was always a moral young man. He came with the family to the State of Illinois, to Funk's Grove, McLean County in the fall of 1831. They had a hard time coming though the sloughs, and were once two days in going 10 miles. They were sometimes water-bound, and were obliged to make bridges. When they came to the Wabach priarie they found the sloughs without bottom. When he arrived here, he worked on his father's farm. He has never traveled much, and has had very few adventures. He intended to see a great deal of the world, before he settled down, but failed to carry out this resolution. He remembers the sudden change of weather in December, 1836, and says it was the "awfullest, quickest change he ever saw." He was then out hunting turkeys, but came home suddenly. He never hunted much, except after turkeys, and he "reckons he has killed right smart of them." He used to wrestle a great deal, as all the early settlers did, and was thrown only once in his life, "best two out of three." Mr. Hougham is not much of a traveler, though he once drove hogs to Galena. But he said it hurt his feet terribly, and that "if God would forgive him for going that time, he would never go again." In the year 1840, Mr. Hougham found the woman of his choice. He married Miss Eliza Ann Brock, on the 4th of April of that year. She is yet living. He says he was only married once, that was enough for him, it was necessary to have some woman to take care of him. In politics, Mr. Hougham is an old time Democrat. In answer to the question as to how he came to be a Democrat, he said that his father was a Democrat and all the family likewise, and that he came to be a Democrat as a matter of course. He voted first for General Jackson, and continued to vote for him three times, and has ever since voted for Jackson's friends. He says he never pulled wires in his life, or wrote a political document, or made a stump speech. He does not approve of stump speaking, and will not patronize it, as he thinks it does more injury than good. His opinion of Petroleum V. Nasby is that the latter has done more harm than good to the Democratic party. He thinks the Chicago Times is the best paper printed, and the only objection to it is its fine type. He now takes the Bloomington Democrat, because it costs $1.50 per annum, and he wishes to patronize "home comsumption." Mr. Hougham did not vote for Horace Greeley during the last campaign, though he considered Greeley a very smart man. But his objection was that the latter brought on the war of the rebellion. He was the disturbing cause and responsible for it, though the South did not do altogether right. It was Mr. Hougham's opinion, after considering this matter carefully, that Greeley was nominated for the purpose of 'running in Grant," so he determined to vote for "nary a one of 'em." Mr. Hougham has taken very little interest in religious matters, though he once contributed ten cents to the Universalists. In personal appearance Mr. Hougham is six feet and one inch in height, and weighs two hundred and fifty-six pounds. He very much resembles Horace Greeley, though the latter did not have the winning smile which Mr. Hougham's countenance wears, and an acute observer might detect several points of difference in intellectual development. Mr. Hougham is a kind man and a pleasant neighbor. He is anxious that his name shall be spelled correctly, and is annoyed to think that a "heap of people spell it Huffam." The author would have been glad to have written a sketch of Lamon Houghman also, but the latter refused to give any items of his life, as he "did not wish to encourage speculation in books." Hope I have not made too many typos and tried to correct the ones in this article. Think "Wabach" should be Wabash since that is the name of a river in Indiana. I find this article amusing and what do you suppose is meant by "difference in intellectual development?" This must be what we call a "mug book." People paid to have these bios published and evidently Lamon did not want to pay for the bio in the book. Note that Lamon's surname is spelled Houghman, but should be Hougham. Ellen
    Person ID I2282  Hougham
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2002 

    Father Hougham, Runyon (Runton)
              b. 10 Jul 1780, Allegany Md Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 Sep 1833, Mclean Ci Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Lamon, Sarah
              b. 10 May 1784, Md Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1844  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 8 Mar 1803 
    Family ID F1011  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Brock, Elizabeth Ann
              b. 29 Jul 1821
              d. 8 Nov 1886  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 4 Apr 1840  McLean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Hougham, Casander Wells
              b. 16 Oct 1841
              d. 10 May 1879  (Age 37 years)
    +2. Hougham, William H
              b. Mar 1843, Funks Grove McLean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Jun 1916  (Age ~ 73 years)
     3. Hougham, Lamon D
              b. 26 Dec 1844
              d. 13 Feb 1847  (Age 2 years)
     4. Hougham, Kate Ellen
              b. 1850, McLean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1925  (Age 75 years)
     5. Hougham, America Ellen
              b. 1850, McLean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Hougham, Cary T
              b. 13 Dec 1852, Funks Grove Il Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 25 Dec 1904  (Age 52 years)
    +7. Hougham, Sarah
              b. 1853
    +8. Hougham, John L
              b. 1854
              d. 1904  (Age 50 years)
     9. Hougham, Merrit W
              b. 20 Jul 1857, McLean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 May 1859, Funks Grove Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Family ID F1039  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Nov 1810 - Ohio Link to Google Earth
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