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HOUGHTON MILL

A contribution from descendants of millers at Houghton, now living in the USA.   To contact them please email us and we will pass it on.
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We have an interest in Houghton Mill.  Our direct ancestor's brother, JOHN FUTCHER, was baptized in Houghton on 24 April 1803.   John's parents were WILLIAM and SARAH (Underwood) FUTCHER.  In the 1881 census, John lives in Ryde, I of W, and is listed as being born at Houghton Mill, Hampshire.

From a Three-part Indenture dated in 1792, JAMES FUTCHER of Broughton is listed as a miller. His brother WILLIAM, also of Broughton, is a shopkeeper and the father of John, above.  As far as we have been able to determine, John's father WILLIAM, might have taken over the running of the mill upon the death of his brother JAMES.  Or perhaps James ran a different mill in the area.  At any rate, James seems to disappear from Overseers of the Poor Accounts and Rate Books, Broughton, after 1797.   The Overseers accounts, Broughton, show "Mrs. Futcher" paying the rates in 1799, and that is the last year she is found on the accounts.  We have a few more details of the Overseers accounts from 1792 to 1800, if you are interested.  [38M72/PW1 at the Hampshire Record Office]   

Also, 2M37/340, an account book for Thomas Edwards who lived at Horsebridge and farmed in Broughton and surrounding area, indicates that in 1798 he sold barley to "Mr. Futcher", and, in the same year, sold some wheat to  "Mrs. Futcher".  In 1799 he sold wheat to "Mr. Futcher of Houghton".   In the 1800 Land Tax Returns, William Futcher pays a tax; no other Futchers mentioned.

James Futcher, the miller, possibly died 1798, or he could have died as early as 1796 or as late as 1799.  No records have been found.  His wife, Elizabeth, remarried in 1802. William and his wife, Sarah, both died in 1809, leaving four orphaned children.     

J. S. Futcher
Minnesota, USA


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