William Stoughton

b. 1631 - d. 1701

My Maternal 1st Cousin 11X Removed

Shared Ancestor ~ Reverend Thomas Stoughton

September 30, 1631: Born in England (or perhaps in Massachusetts), son of Israel and Elizabeth (Knight) Stoughton.

1650: Graduated Harvard University with a degree in theology.

June, 1653: Graduated New College in Oxford, England graduating with a M.A. in Theology.

1660: Served as a curate in Sussex, England.

1662: Returned to Massachusetts after the restoration of King Charles II of England to the throne after losing is position as a curate.

1662: Served as a clergyman in Dorchester, Massachusetts

April 29, 1668: Gave the election sermon  (New-Englands True Interest; Not to Lie..., 1670)

1670:  New-Englands True Interest; Not to Lie ... is published

1671-1674: Selectmen in Dorchester

1676: Sent to England with Peter Bulkeley.

1684-1686: Served as Deputy President of the Colonies temporary 

1686: Appointed Deputy to Gov. Joseph Dudley

March 3, 1687: Appointed Judge Assistant by Gov. Joseph Dudley.

1690's : A chief Magistrate and the first Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

May 14, 1692: Appointed Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.

May 27, 1692: Gov. William Phipps issued a commission for a Court of Oyer and Terminer which appoints as judges Lt. Gov. William Stoughton,  John Hawthorne, Nathaniel Saltonstall, Bartholomew Gedney, Peter Sergeant, and Samuel Sewall.

December 22, 1692: Appointed as the first Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

1694-1699, 1700-1791: Served as acting Governor.

1698-1699: Stoughton Hall built on the grounds of Harvard University.

July 7, 1701: Died at his home at the northeast corner of Pleasant Street and Savin Hill.

1726: The South Precinct of Dorchester in named in his honored after Stoughton.

1781: Original Stoughton Hall torn down.

1805: The present Stoughton Hall at Harvard University is built on a different site.

1828: His tomb is repaired by efforts from Harvard University.

1855: Stoughton School erected in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  

My Relationship to William Stoughton

Reverend Thomas Stoughton b. 1557 d. 1622

My Maternal 11th Great Grandfather

William Stoughton's Paternal Grandfather

Elizabeth Stoughton (1591 - ? )
My Maternal 10th Great Grandmother

Daughter of Reverend Thomas Stoughton


Elizabeth Scudder (1622 - ? )

My Maternal 9th Great Grandmother

Daughter of Elizabeth Stoughton


Martha Lathrop (1657 - 1719)
My Maternal 8th Great Grandmother

Daughter of Elizabeth Scudder


John Moss (1682 - ?)
My Maternal 7th Great Grandfather

Son of Martha Lathrop

Thankful Moss (1728 - 1764)
My Maternal 6th Great Grandmother

Daughter of John Moss

John Doolittle (1750 - ?)
My Maternal 5th Great Grandfather

Son of Thankful Moss

Sally Doolittle (? - ?)
My Maternal 4th Great Grandmother

Daughter of John Doolittle

Hannah Doolittle Ruggles (1826 - 1908)
My Maternal 3rd Great Grandmother

Daughter of Sally Doolittle


Martha Jane Perkins (1850 - 1947)
My Maternal 2nd Great Grandmother

Daughter of Hannah Doolittle Ruggles


Fannie Elena Tillotson (b. 1867 - d. 1951)
My Maternal Great Grandmother

Daughter of Martha Jane Perkins


Lee Orville Collins (1904 - 1959)
My Maternal Grandfather

Son of Fannie Elena Tillotson

Elaine Rose Collins 
My Mother

Daughter of Lee Orville Collins


Cynthia Jean Meyers

Daughter of Elaine Rose Collins

Israel Stoughton (1603 - 1644)
William's Father

Son of Reverend Thomas Stoughton


William Stoughton (1631 - 1701)

Son of Israel Stoughton

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