Hougham, Richard

Male 1574 - 1606  (~ 32 years)


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  • Name Hougham, Richard 
    Born Ash Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 4 Jun 1574 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 6 Oct 1606  A sh Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Mentioned in brother Michaels will

      Spelt Huffam on Ash Registers



      He is recorded in Knights Visitation 1619 as son of Michael.
      He was baptised in St Nicholas Ash 4 June 1574.
      He is recorded in Knights Visitation of 1663 as the husband of Elizabeth Saunders, Solomon his son and Henry his grandson.
      He is recorded in the will of his father Michael, he is recorded in the will of his mother Edith.
      He is recorded in will of Daughter Ann as father.
      He is recorded in register of burials in Ash Church 8 Oct 1606
      He is buried in South Transept. A marble memorial surmounted by the coat of arms is on the wall and a brass memorial plate on the floor marks the place. the plate reads " Here lieth buried the bodies of Michael and Richard Hougham, sonnes of Michael Hougham. Michael died in July 1594 and Richard died October1606.Richard married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Saunders by whom he had three sonnes Michael Edward and Solomon and one daughter named Ann all livinge the were men both of a tall stature and comley persons, besides were well esteemed among all sorts of people,both for their vertuous lives and also in their younge years for there good and thriftie government, not of themselves onlie but also they were a good stay in the parish among ther neighbours. This stone was laid by the appointment of them who were exec to their wills viz Thomas Paramor, now mayor of Canterbury who married Ann Hougham, their sister, Mr Serles Hawket and Valient Austin their unckle"
      The mural memorial reads "near unto this monument lyes the body of Richard Hougham, gent and Elizabeth his wife who was the Daughter of Edward Saunders on norton neve(?) Sandwich, gent. which said Richard and Elizabeth had issue 3 sonnes and one daughter Michael Edward Solomon and Ann. The aforesaid Michael and Ann are also interred here This monument was erected according to the last will and testament of the aforesaid Ann Hougham,deceased who was baptized the 17 january 1601 and who departed this natural life 9 june 1661.
      Michael inherited Weddinton and continued the Ash family, Solomon established the Sandwich family .

      "In Peter le Neve's Church Notes we read: "There are in this church four
      monuments of the St. Nicholas', whose wives are here expressed inpale with
      their husbands;" and the first mentioned is "St. Nicholas and Engham," which we
      have been unable to discover.
      SOUTH TRANSEPT
      Near unto this monument lyes the
      Body of Richard Hougham, Gen
      Late of Weddington of the Parish
      and Elizabeth-his Wife, who was
      the daughter of Edward Saunders
      of Norton nere Sandwich Gen w
      said Richard & Elizabeth had
      Issue 3 Sonnes and on Daughter (viz)
      Michael, Edward, Solomon and Ann
      The aforesaid Michael and Ann
      are also interred here.
      This Monument was erected accord-
      ing to the last will and testament
      of the aforesaid Ann Hougham De-
      ceased, who was baptized the 17th
      of January Anno Dmii 1601 and De-
      parted this natural life the 9th
      of June 1661.
      If grace and vertue could have deified
      Here is interred a maide who nere had did
      Her charity on earth, that put her love
      On Heaven fitt only for the Saints above
      Let theise frayle ashes a memento be
      Her life a pattern and a legacy."
      "A Corner of Kent--J.R. Planche"

      "A Corner of Kent [page 404]" ... the name, like those of Paramore and Hougham,
      is still found amongst the labouring classes and in the humbler ranks of the
      community. But "apprenticeship doth not extinguish gentry," and the poorest
      and lowliest members of these ancient English families may have the barren
      satisfaciton of writing the proud motto of "Fuimus" under the excutcheon they
      have inherited from ancestors who owned the broad acres they now till, in the
      times of the Plantagenets and the tudors."


      Another history says that Richard died of the plague at sandwich and as no one with plague was allowed to be buried in a church they hedged the law a bit by putting him in a doorway in St Marys church Sandwich after bricking up the doorway into the church first, then pushing his remains in next. They bricked up the outside so he was buried neither inside or outside the church. This story is better attributed to Solomon the son of Richard.

      Planche.p.24l.In South Transept at Church at Ashe."Near unto this monument lyes the bodye of Richard Hougham-gent,
      late of Weddington,of this Parlsh.and Elizabeth, his wife,who was the daughter of Edward Sanders of Norton near Sandwich ,gent. Which said Richard and Elizabeth had issue, three sonnes and one daughter (viz) Michael, Edward.Solomon and Ann.The aforesaid Michael and Ann are also interred here.
      This monfcnent was erected according to the last will and testament of the aforesaid Ann Hougham,deceased,who was baptized 17 th of January AD 1601 and departed this natural life the 9th of June 1661 "If grace and virtue oould have deified Here is interred a maide who nere had dyd. Her charity on earth, that put her love on heaven fltt only
      for the Saints above,Let these frayle ashes a memento be, Her life a pattern and. a legacy." Above the above inscription are the arms of Hougham of Weddington quartering Saunders,and. Brooke of Brooke St Ash.
      On the floor of this transept is another memorial of this Richard and his family,and his brother Michael. Planche p.242;-A -Brass on which is engraved' "Here lyeth buried the bodies of Richard and Michael Huffam .sonnes of Michael Huffam .Michael died in 1534, (In Ash registers bur.l2 July 1596- so on brass must be an error)and Richard died 1606.Richard married Elizabeth,dauphter of Mr Edward Ganders,by whom he had three sonnes,
      Michael,Edward,and Solomon,and one daughter named Ann,all yet livinge.They were men both of a tall stature 'and comely.persons,besides they were well esteemed amonge all sortes of people,both for their vertuous lives and also in their younge yeres for their good and thriftie government,not of themselves onlie,but also . theyy were a good stay in this Parish among their neighbours."
      ' "^. . This stone waa laid by the appointment of them who were executors to their .wills ,viz;-Thomas Paramour,now Mayor of
      Canterbury, ,Who married Ann Hougham, their sister,.Mri Cerles Hawkett ,and Valint Austen, their Uncle.
      Note(M.H.Pratt)the spelllng on first monument is Hougham and on second is Huffam.

      Will of Richard Hougham. mentions wife Elizabeth,daughter of Edward Sanders ,He of Ash nr Sandwich.fol.259,proved 14 Oct l606
      also mentions his children Ann ,Michael, Edward and Solomon his godson Edward Tyllman,-brother Thomas Paramour bro.Stephen Hougham,-bro in Law Edward Sanders.-his nieces Benett Contrye ,Benet Paramore,Elizabeth Bateman Margaret Hougham
      - Hougham.,his; Uncle Valentine Austen,-his Uncle in. law; Bartolomew Saunders.- Witnesses;-Gabriel Pordage,
      William Solly,Henry Huffam.Henry Harflete,Riohard Huffam" Note again the two spellings in one will.namely HOUGHAM an Huffam. (M.H.Pratt)

      Abbreviated will.
      "In the name of God amen. The 7th day of October 1606. I Richard Hougham of the parish of Ash next Sandwich Kent, yeoman sick in body but perfect in mind thanks be to God I do revoke all former wills by me made and hereby make this my last will and testament in form following. First I bequeath my soul to almighty God and my body to the earth from whence it came to be buried at the discretion of my executor. I bequeath and give to the poor people of this parish of Ash. Item, I will and bequeath to Elizabeth my wife. Item, I give unto Anne my daughter xxx when she shall be 18 years of age. Item, I do give and bequeath unto Edward Tyllman my godson, Item, I do give and bequeath unto my nieces Bennet Contry, Bennet Paramour and Elizabeth Bateman and my Granddughter Margaret Huffam. Item, I give unto my servants. I will and bequeath unto my son Michael when he shall accomplish his age of 21 years and in th emeantime my will is that my executors John Stebbing Gabriel Pordage William Solly Henry Huffam and Lynne xxxx the profit of all my lease Lands . I do give anfd forgive xxxx my tenant and servant all that he now owes me xxxx my debts, legacies and funeral expenses discharged and paid. I do give and bequeath unto my 2 youngest sons, Edward and Solomon when 21 years of age. I do make and ordain my uncle Valentine Austen and my brother Thomas executors of this my last will and testament and my brother Stephen overseer thereof."

      There follows lengthy detailed descriptions of small pieces of land and pastures, marshes and dwellings etc mostly in and around Ash especially mentioning Weddington and Brooks street names of renters and occupants amongst them George Rose Henry Harflete Robert xxx and again he mentions Michael my son Elizabeth my wife and my 2 youngest sons Edward and Solomon. Michael is named eldest He repeats the names of 4 witnesses and of rents to be paid to his mother (Edith Austen Hougham) which were granted to her by his father. The will was probated oct 1606
    Person ID I89  Hougham
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2010 

    Father Hougham, Michael Of Ash
              b. 1531
              d. 1583, Weddington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Austen, Edith (Judith?)
              b. 11 Sep 1539, Adisham Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 Apr 1613, Northbourne Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 23 Jul 1556  Adisham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sanders, Elizabeth
              b. Northbourne Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1661 
    Children 
    +1. Huffam, Michael
              c. 6 Jun 1596, Weddington Ash Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1644  (Age ~ 47 years)
    +2. Huffam, Edward
              c. 25 May 1598, Weddington Ash Find all individuals with events at this location
              bur. 13 Dec 1670, Chislet Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
    +3. Hougham, Solomon
              c. 1 Jan 1599, Weddington Ash Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 27 Nov 1658  (Age ~ 59 years)
     4. Huffam, Anne
              c. 17 Jan 1601
              d. 9 Jun 1661  (Age ~ 60 years)
    Family ID F71  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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