Hougham, James Albert

Male 1855 - 1929  (74 years)

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  • Name Hougham, James Albert 
    Born 10 Feb 1855  Funks Grove Township Mclean Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Sep 1929  Dale McLean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Possible error here. According to the 1900 census an Albert G Hougham born Feb 1855 is a farmer in Funks grove TWP. Ordinarily I would have thought that they were two different people except that George's parents were also born on OH and IN, he is married to an Elizabeth born May 1855 in Kentucky and has a son James S born 1879 and a daughter Susan E born Nov 1881. I think these ae one and the same person and somehow names have become mixed, I cannot find any other George who would fit as well (RY)

      (July 2008 1855 is the correct birthdate)


      From History of McLean County, Illinois, by Jacob L. Hasbrouck, in two volumes, illustrated, Vol. 2, Historical Pub. Co., Topeka-Indianapolis, 1924 p. 868-9 (Contributed and transcribed by Kate Beaugrand Cook)
      James A. Hougham, a well known farmer of Funks Grove Township and the owner of 600 acres good land, is a native of McLean County, where his family has been favorably known for many years. He was born in Funks Grove Township, Feb. 10, 1866, the son of Lamon and Elizabeth (Pemberton) Hougham.
      The Hougham family originally came from England, where Runyon Hougham, grandfather of the subject of this sketch was born. He came to this state in 1832, locating in McLean County, where he became a successful farmer. His wife, Sarah Lamon, was born in Germany. Mr. Hougham had lived in Ohio for many years before coming to Illinois. His son, Lamon Hougham, was born in Highland County, Ohio, and came to McLean County with his parents in 1832. He built the present homestead in Funks Grove Township in 1854 and the sugar trees which stand around the home were set out 65 years ago by Mr. Hougham. He was an extensive cattle feeder and drove hogs to Chicago to market in the early days. Mr. Hougham died March 19, 1885 and his wife died May 21, 1901. She was the daughter of James and Susan (Beaver) Pemberton, who came to McLean County in 1832. Mr. and Mrs. Runyon Hougham were the parents of the following children: William; John; Lamon; Wesley; Carrie; Matilda; Malinda; Anne; and Betty. To Lamon and Elizabeth (Pemberton) Hougham three children were born as follows: James A., the subject of this sketch; Sarah, married Harvey Cochran; and Emery L., married Mary Belle Nicol.
      James A. Hougham received his education in the district schools of Funks Grove Township and has always lived on a farm. The land he now owns was entered from the government by his father at $1.25 per acre, and is one of the finest stock farms in McLean County. Mr. Hougham has improved the place extensively and is a successful breeder of pure bred stock.
      In 1876 Mr. Hougham was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Dozier, a native of Estill Co., Ky., and the daughter of Ephriam and Hulda (Benton) Dozier. Mr. Dozier died in 1877 and his wife died in 1865. They were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Hougham; James B., married Anna Ridel, lives in Iowa; John, married Mildred Covington, lives in Gibson City, Ill.; Greenup, married Elizabeth Ridel, lives in Gibson City, Ill.; and Curtis, married Alice Stivers. To Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hougham four children have been born: as follows: Leota, married Thaddeus Stubblefield; James, unmarried, lives at home; Sue, married Lawrence Stubblefield; and Hulda, died in infancy.
      In politics Mr. Hougham is a Democrat and he belongs to the Christian Church. He has served as township trustee and school director. He belongs to the Masonic Lodge No. 582, Shirley, and his father was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Hougham is one of the highly esteemed citizens of his community.

      not UK citizen for 1911 census

      History of McLean County, Illinois, Prince and Burnham, Editors, 1908 Chicago, Munsell Publishing Company:

      Hougham, James Albert ranks as one of the representative agriculturists of McLean County, Illinois, where he carries on farming and stock raising on an extensive scale in the vicinity of the Village of McLean, and his superior enterprise, capacity and progressive spirit are fully recognized by all. He was born in Funk's Grove Township, McLean County, Illinois, 10 February 1855. He is a son of Lamon and Elizabeth (Pemberton) Hougham of whom the father was born in Highland County, Ohio, 1 Dec 1817 and the mother in Fountain County, Indiana, in the year 1830. Runion Hougham, the paternal grandfather, who was a native of England came to the U.S. in the early part of the last century, settling in Ohio, where he followed farming. About the year 1833 he moved his family and household effects by ox-team to Illinois, locating on a tract of farming land in Funk's Grove Township, McLean County, where the remainder of his life was spent. His wife, Sarah (Lamon) Hougham, was of German nativity. She also passed her last days in Funk's Grove Township On the maternal side, the grandparents were James and Sarah (Beaver) Pemberton, the former being born in Ohio on 2 Aug 1807. They first made their home in McLean County, Illinois, about 1833 and the death of the grandfather occurred in Empire Township and the grandmother in the village of LeRoy. Lamon Hougham, father of James A. was a farmer by occupation. He and his brother entered up a large piece of land, which they divided into equal shares, and on which they carried on farming during the rest of their lives. Lamon Hougham died 19 Mar 1885, his widow surviving him until May 1901. In politics, he was a Democrat and fraternally, a member of the AF & AM belonging to Shirley Lodge #582. His religious connection was with the Universalist Church, and that of his wife with the Shirley Christian Church. He was instrumental in the erection of its edifice and of the United Brethren Church in Dale Township He and his wife had a family of three children, James Albert, Sarah Elizabeth, deceased, and Emery L.

      Runion Hougham, the grandfather of
      our subject, was a native of England, and
      on his emigration to America first located
      in Ohio, but in 1825 came overland with an
      ox team to McLean county, Illinois, and
      was one of the first settlers of Funks
      Grove. Since then the family have taken
      an active and prominent part in the growth
      and development of the county, and have
      been numbered among its best and most
      highly respected citizens.

      Lamon Hougham, our subject's father,
      was born in Highland county, Ohio, in
      1817, and was a lad of eight years when



      brought by his parents to Illinois. In 1S54
      he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza-
      beth Pemberton, a native of Indiana, who,
      when a young lady, came with her father,
      James Pemberton, to this county, about
      1S47. After his marriage, Mr. Hougham
      continued to reside upon and operate the
      old homestead for several years. He also
      entered the land where our subject now
      makes his home, and transformed the wild
      tract into a highly cultivated and valuable
      farm. There he spent his last days, dying
      in 1885. His estimable wife still survives

      J. A. Hougham, of this review, was born
      in Funks Grove township, February 10,
      1855, and spent his boyhood and youth
      upon his present farm, his education being
      obtained in the local schools. In this
      count}' he was married December ::o, 1876,
      to Miss Elizabeth A. Dozier, a native of
      Estill county, Kentucky, and a daughter of
      Ephraim and Hulda (Benton) Dozier, wiio
      were born, reared and married in Madison
      county, Kentucky. The father, who was of
      French descent, died in Estill county, in
      1879, and the mother in the same state in
      1865. At the age of sixteen Mrs. Hougham
      came to McLean county to Ii\e with her
      aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Uuinn, and remained
      with her until her marriage. Our subject
      and his wife have tlu'ee children, namely:
      Leota, James S. and Sue E., all at home.
      The two older were educated in the schools
      of McLean and the youngest at the Bloom-
      ington high school and Wesleyan University.
      The older daughter also took a course in
      music at the Wesleyan University.

      Mr. and Mrs. Hougham began their

      domestic life upon the old homestead in
      Funks Grove township, which he success-
      fully operated for several years. Later he
      spent ten months elsewhere and then re-
      turned to the farm, to which he suc-
      ceeded after the death of his father. He
      has since made some valuable improve-
      ments upon it, rebuilt and remodeled the
      residence, and fenced and tiled the land,
      converting it into one of the finest farms of
      the locality. In 1889 he removed to Mc-
      Lean, where he spent eight years, for the
      purpose of giving his children better educa-
      tional advantages than the district schools
      afforded. In connection with general farm-
      ing he is now successfully engaged in rais-
      ing and feeding stock, handling annually
      one car load of steers and a large number
      of hogs. He is also interested in breeding
      and dealing in standard bred road and draft
      horses, and is accounted one of the most
      successful farmers and stockmen of the
      county. His farm, consisting of two
      hundred and eighty acres, is under a high
      state of cultivation.

      In his political affiliations Mr. Hougham
      is an ardent Democrat, casting his first vote
      for Samuel J. Tilden, in 1876, and for every
      presidental nominee of the party since then.
      Socially he is a Knight Templar Mason, be-
      longing to the blue lodge of Shirley, in
      which he has filled several offices; and
      Bloomington Chapter and Commandery.
      His wife holds membership in the Christian
      church of Shirley, and both are held in the
      highest respect and esteem by a large circle
      of friends and acquaintances. The entire
      family is one of prominence in the com-
      munity where they reside.
    Person ID I2425  Hougham
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2008 

    Father Hougham, Lamon
              b. 12 Jan 1818, Oh Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Mar 1885  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Pemberton, Elizabeth
              b. 4 Apr 1830, In Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 May 1901  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 18 Apr 1854  McLean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dozier, Elizabeth
              b. 1 May 1855, Estill Ky Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Nov 1925  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1876  McLean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Hougham, Leota
              b. 1877, Il Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1944  (Age 67 years)
     2. Hougham, James S
              b. 1879, Mclean IL Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1943  (Age 64 years)
    +3. Hougham, Susan E
              b. 1881
              d. 1962  (Age 81 years)
     4. Hougham, Mary Hulda
              b. 1900
              d. 21 Feb 1901, In Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Family ID F1136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Feb 1855 - Funks Grove Township Mclean Il Link to Google Earth
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