Edward J. Houghton

M, #25241, b. 1841, d. 16 July 1865

Biography

     Edward J. Houghton was born in 1841 in Mobile, AL, USA, age 9 in 1850 census; age 19 in 1860 census; 1843 given in AL Civil War Database. He enlisted on Jul 19, 1862 at Woburn, MA, USA, in the Union Army, in Co. K . 39th MA Infantry, age 19. He was transferred to U. S. Steamer Chicopee in 19 Apr. 1863. (source: Mass. Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil war, 1931) He volunteered to go with Lt. (W.B.) Cushing in Picket Boat #1 on Oct. 27, 1864. On that day, a torpedo launch destroyed the CSS Albermarle in Roanoke River allowing the Union to control the waters around Plymouth, NC. from which they destroyed the rebel Ram lbemarle and escaped. For this deed he received by act of Congress the Medal of Honor.

Enlistment Information: Massachusetts. Wodburn, Ordinary Seaman (he Originally Enlisted With The Army But Transferred To The Navy.
Engagements: Place of action: Plymouth, Roanoke River, N.C., October 27, 1864. The Picket Boat attacked and fatally crippled the C.S.S. Ironclad Albemarle with a torpedo.
Engage. con't: Houghton, only one of 2 men from the Picket Boat to survive the explosion was awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor, December 31, 1864
Newspaper Clipping Birmingham News and Men of Men: Stories of Courage,Medal of Honor recipients with ties to Alabama. He was in military service in Oct 27, 1864 Medal of Honor Citation: "Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1843, Mobile, Ala. Accredited to: Alabama. G.O. No.: 45, 31 October 1864. Citation: Houghton served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram Albermarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her. The picket boat, equipped with spar torpedo, succeeded in passing the enemy pickets within 20 yards without being discovered and then made for the Albemarle under a full head of steam. Immediately taken under fire by the ram, the small boat plunged on, jumped the log boom which encircled the target and exploded with its torpedo under the port bow of the ram. The picket boat was destroyed by enemy fire and almost the entire crew taken prisoner or lost."

W. D. Houghton:

Edward J. Houghton
Edward J. Houghton also received his Medal of Honor, G.O. 45, from President Lincoln and he had a thrilling story to accompany it. Edward was born in 1843 in Mobile, Alabama, and served on a U.S. Navy torpedo boat number that was commanded by Lieutenant William B. Cushing. On the night of October 28, 1864, his torpedo boat heroically steamed upriver to Plymouth, North Carolina, to at-tack one the Confederate Navy‘s ironclad ships, the CSS Albermarle.
The Confederate Albemarle was a relatively small iron-clad ram, built at Edwards Ferry, North Carolina. She was commissioned in April 1864 under the command of Com-mander J.W. Cooke, CSN, and almost immediately went into action ramming and sinking Union ships with her iron sheathed hull. Although small in size, the Albemarle proved to be deadly against Union gunboats and threatened the Union‘s control of vital shipping lanes.
On the night of October 27, 1864, Lieutenant William B. Cushing, USN, took the small torpedo boat upriver to Plymouth and attacked the Albemarle at her berth, sinking her with a spar torpedo. In the next painting, you can see Torpedo Boat Number One on the left side of the painting crashing over Albemarle 's protective log barrier or boom to successfully deliver its torpedo against the iron-clad's hull and sink the Albemarle.
Edward Houghton received the nation‘s highest award, on December 31, 1864, and his citation reads as follows:
Houghton served on board the U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram Albemarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her. The picket boat, equipped with a spar torpedo, succeeded in passing the enemy pickets within 20 yards without being discovered and then made for the Albemarle under a full head of steam. Immediately taken under fire by the ram, the small boat plunged on, jumped the log boom which encircled the target and exploded its torpedo under the port bow of the ram. The picket boat was destroyed by enemy fire and almost the entire crew taken prisoner or lost. He was a seaman on board the United States Steamer "Chicopee" on Jul, 1865 in Gosport (Portsmouth), VA, USA. He was murdered, when 22 years of age; Killed While On Shore Liberty In Norfolk Viginia Of A Stab Wound. on Jul 16, 1865 at Gosport (Portsmouth), VA, USA. He was reinterred on Oct 19, 1890 in at Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline, Norfolk Co., MA, USA, after being buried in a naval cemetery. Notable Houghton: was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for a Civil War Naval action.
Father*Richard M. Houghton b. 1810, d. 1860
Mother*Catherine Kelley b. 1811, d. 1856

Nancy S. Houghton

F, #25250

Biography

     Nancy S. Houghton married William A. Brown in Jan 22, 1846 at Millbury, Worcester Co., MA, USA.

Family

William A. Brown
Marriage*Nancy S. Houghton married William A. Brown in Jan 22, 1846 at Millbury, Worcester Co., MA, USA

William A. Brown

M, #25251

Biography

     William A. Brown married Nancy S. Houghton in Jan 22, 1846 at Millbury, Worcester Co., MA, USA.

Family

Nancy S. Houghton
Marriage*William A. Brown married Nancy S. Houghton in Jan 22, 1846 at Millbury, Worcester Co., MA, USA

James W. Haughton

M, #25252, b. circa 1816

Biography

     James W. Haughton was born circa 1816 in Philadelphia, PA, USA, age 45 in 1860 census; age 65 in 1880 census. He married Eliza F. Harris in Nov 22, 1847 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA. James W. Haughton and Eliza F. Harris appeared in the census of 1850 of Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA age 34, ship master; living father in law with Parnell Harris, 63, MA; and brothers William and Edward Harris. James W. Haughton and Eliza F. Harris appeared in the census of 1860 of Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA age 45, mariner. James W. Haughton and Eliza F. Harris appeared in the census of 1880 of San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, USA age 65, at home.

Family

Eliza F. Harris b. Jan 1823
Marriage*James W. Haughton married Eliza F. Harris in Nov 22, 1847 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA
Children
Father*James Haughton
Mother*Margaret (?)

James Haughton

M, #25253

Biography

     James Haughton married Margaret (?)

Family

Margaret (?)
Marriage*James Haughton married Margaret (?) 
Child

Eliza F. Harris

F, #25254, b. January 1823

Biography

     Eliza F. Harris was born in Jan, 1823 in Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA, age 38 in 1860 census; age 57 in 1880 census; age 77 in 1900 census. She married James W. Haughton, son of James Haughton and Margaret (?), in Nov 22, 1847 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA. Eliza F. Harris and James W. Haughton appeared in the census of 1850 of Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA age 34, ship master; living father in law with Parnell Harris, 63, MA; and brothers William and Edward Harris. Eliza F. Harris and James W. Haughton appeared in the census of 1860 of Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA age 45, mariner. Eliza F. Harris and James W. Haughton appeared in the census of 1880 of San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, USA age 65, at home.

Family

James W. Haughton b. c 1816
Marriage*Eliza F. Harris married James W. Haughton, son of James Haughton and Margaret (?), in Nov 22, 1847 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA
Children

Margaret (?)

F, #25255

Biography

     Margaret (?) married James Haughton.

Family

James Haughton
Marriage*Margaret (?) married James Haughton
Child

Elizabeth Hooton

F, #25256
Father*Unconnected Hooton

George Hirons

M, #25257

Elizabeth Hooton

F, #25258, b. 14 September 1735

Biography

     Elizabeth Hooton married Peter Jenner in Dec 21, 1769 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA.

Family

Peter Jenner
Marriage*She married Peter Jenner in Dec 21, 1769 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA
Father*Joseph Hooton b. c 1702, d. 17 Nov 1791
Mother*Patience Hews b. c 1716, d. 12 Jan 1787
     Elizabeth Hooton was baptized on Sep 14, 1735 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA.

Peter Jenner

M, #25259

Biography

     Peter Jenner married Elizabeth Hooton, daughter of Joseph Hooton and Patience Hews, in Dec 21, 1769 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA.

Family

Elizabeth Hooton b. 14 Sep 1735
Marriage*Peter Jenner married Elizabeth Hooton, daughter of Joseph Hooton and Patience Hews, in Dec 21, 1769 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA

Joseph Hooton

M, #25260, b. circa 1702, d. 17 November 1791

Biography

     Joseph Hooton was born circa 1702. He married Patience Hews in Oct 28, 1731 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA. Joseph Hooton died on Nov 17, 1791 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA, 17th, 9m, 1791, a. 89.

Family

Patience Hews b. c 1716, d. 12 Jan 1787
Marriage*He married Patience Hews in Oct 28, 1731 at Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, USA
Children