Hougham, David Douglas

Male 1829 - 1913  (83 years)

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  • Name Hougham, David Douglas 
    Born 18 Jun 1829  Chislet Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jun 1913  California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wesleyan Methodist

      Arrived in US 7 June 1836 aboard the Union Is this David D the recipient of this letter the reference to ? Franklin County: A Brother to David D. Hougham, August 4, 1863 SUMMARY: This letter to Hougham from a family member describes Union troop movement from Philadelphia to Reading, Pennsylvania. Pottsville Schuylkill Co. August 4 1863 Dear Brother I reseived your letter yesterday about 10 minutes after reaching here. We left Phil. friday eve at 7 oclock and marched to Norristown 16 miles stoped 2 hours and fed and started again and went as far as [unclear: Trappe] and fed again there and then left and made another halt at Pottstown got there at 9 Sat eve and stayed till Sunday eve at 10. When we left for Reading where we arrived at 7 in movng here we took the cars for Pottsville the weather during the march was the hottest of the season. We left Franklin Palmer and one other fellow on the road sick every where along the road and here we had every thing we could eat. this morning a lot of ladies brought up enough for us all to have breakfast. we had a good trip, but it was an awful hard one. the trip from washington to Phil. was rather long. we ran an extra train and had to wait for orders at every station so as to miss other trains. We are up in the coal mine region and we expect to have business there is 16000 miners to oppose the draft, 800 were drilling 4 miles from here yesterday having left the mines for what purpose we dont expect to stay here long but are going 5 or 6 miles up into the mines or mountains for it is all mountains here there is a mine about 100 [unclear: rods] from here have not had time to go to it yet they are raising a Brigade and we shall probably go to the front when we go from here I did not receive the letters you spoke of only Sarahs and that I answered just before I left Phil. here and got here before I did the trip from w to P was about the same as when we went down only we got quite hungry and stoped at a station where there was 5 gal. cans filled with milk and I [unclear: just took] one of them and it happened to be filled with cream and we had a big feast and have got the can yet and keep it to put water in it is quite handy I dont know as there is any thing more at present all the boys are well and with us except [unclear: Orb] we left him in Phil Gray and [unclear: jap ] was left but came all the way by RR and got here. [illeg.] we [unclear: shall] leave this Co. probably so write to Pottsville

      On a board found in the Landmark Tavern building and now on display to the left of the modern tap room: “This window cased by David Douglas Hougham on this 17th day of October 1851. Four carpenters now work on this house. Written by D.D. Hougham. Chartered by Coolidge Brothers & Company, Bouckville. Isaac Forward and his son, Hougham and Henderson – joiners. A great day – not a cloud to be seen. A frosty morning – just the same through the day.” When construction reached the cupola level, Mr. Coolidge used a six-sided design, the entire cupola being about 12 feet wide. Legend states that each side was dedicated to one of the six wives that he married during his lifetime. His fifth wife was alive during the initial construction of the building but died before the structure reached the height of the cupola. Coolidge married for a sixth time in 1851 (Mary Coburn Smith) and this may have prompted the six-sided design. You can see the entire area around Bouckville from each of the diamond-shaped cupola windows. The result of four years of labor was a building unlike any other in the U.S. It has been featured in numerous articles and books and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Each side of the front of the building is 24 feet wide, for a total of 96 feet of road frontage. The frontage faced the Cherry Valley Turnpike, the Chenango Canal and after 1850, the Rome to Hamilton Plank Road, which ran alongside the canal. The stores on the ends of the building were rectangular in shape, while the two stores in the middle were more pie-shaped. It became the first mini-mall of its day with a different type of store eventually occupying each section. Each store entrance can be visibly seen today. The Post Office for Bouckville was housed in the Cobblestone Store for many years and the first telephone exchange for the community was also headquartered there.
    Person ID I6005  Hougham
    Last Modified 27 Mar 2003 

    Father Hougham, Hezikiah
              b. 5 Jul 1803, Chislet Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Sep 1862, Oneida Madison Ny Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Douglas, Anabella
              b. 13 May 1807, Ramsgate Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 25 Sep 1896, Knoxboro Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Family ID F2057  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Family ID F4132  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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