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                                                                    by Charles J. Vella, PhD (c)

United States

Haughtonville, NJ (until 1894, now Colonia, NJ, after a local farmer named Haughton)

Houghton Memorial Library, Huntingdon College, 1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL

Houghton Elementary School, near Fresno CA (also Houghton School District)

Houghton, Fresno Co., CA

Houghton Creek, Cobb, CA

Houghton Ave., Corning, CA

Houghton College, Augusta, GA

Houghton State Bank, Red Oak, IA

Houghton, Lee Co., IA

Houghton's Pond: In Milton MA. Nathaniel and Ebenezer Houghton, grandchildren of Ralph Houghton the Emigrant, petitioned the legislature in 1754 to annex 340 acres of land, in which a fresh water pond (lake) was present. In connection with this petition the land became known as Houghton's Pond

Houghton Memorial Chapel, at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Houghton Elementary School, North Adams, MA

Houghton, Houghton Co., MI:
(Houghton  Co., MI, Organized 1846; Reorganized 1848;
New and Complete Gazetteer of the U.S. (1854), p.501
HOUGHTON, ho´ ton, an unorganized county of Michigan, in the N. W. part of the upper peninsula, bordering on Lake Superior; area estimated at 1200 square miles. Its outline is deeply indented by Keweenaw bay, and it is drained by Sturgeon river, The surface is uneven. The county is remarkably rich in minerals, including copper, silver, and iron. Mines of copper are worked in several places. The census of 1850 furnishes no statistics of this county excepting the population—708. Named in honor of Prof. Douglas Houghton, formerly state geologist of Michigan.
New and Complete Gazetteer of the U.S. (1854), p.501

Houghton, a post-office of Houghton county, Michigan.

Houghton Co., MI: (named after Prof. Douglas Houghton, (1809-1845), (state geologist of MI,  physician and surgeon, Detroit mayor 1842-43): The city of Houghton is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in Portage Township, Houghton County. Houghton is the oldest town in the Copper Country and it's the county seat. It was named after Dr. Douglass Houghton, Michigan's first state geologist. )

Houghton Lake, MI, an unincorporated community

Houghton Lake, MI, a large lake

Houghton Township, MI

Houghton Lake, Roscommon Co., MI

Houghton Lake Heights, Roscommon Co., MI

Houghton Memorial Park in Amory, MS
Houghton, Brown Co., ND

Houghton Memorial Masonic Temple, Hampton, NE

Houghtonville, NJ

Houghton Hall, Yale University, NJ
Houghton, Allegany Co., NY

Houghton Ave, Bronx, NY

Houghton, Allegany Co., NY: (settled in April 1836 by Luther Houghton (b. NH 1769))

Houghton Academy  (founded by Willard J. Houghton), Houghton, NY

Willard J. Houghton Memorial Library, at Houghton College, NY

Houghton College, Houghton, NY, a Christian college of Liberal arts and sciences

Houghton Lake, OH

Houghton, Brown Co., SD : (sounds like Huffton), located 19 m. north on 281 and 23 m. east on Hwy 10. NE of Aberdeen

Houghtonville, Windham, VT

Houghton Cemetery, Bennington Co., VT

Houghton Street, North Bennington, VT

Houghton, King Co., WA (HO-tuhn)

Houghton, WA (now Kirkland WA)

Houghton Beach, Lake Washington Boulevard, Kirkland, WA (town of Houghton, WA was named after Sarah Jane Topliff Houghton of Boston MA)

Houghtonburg, WI

Houghton Point, Bayfield Co., near Ashland, WI
U.S. Cemeteries
Houghton Cemetery, Benton Co., IA

Houghton Cemetery, Martin Co., IN

Houghton Lake Cemetery, Houghton Lake, Roscommon Co., MI   

Houghton Cemetery, Jefferson Co., NY

Houghton Cemetery, Houghton, Brown Co., SD

Houghton Cemetery, Putney, Windham Co., VT

Houghton Cemetery, Bennington Co., VT

Houghtonville Cem. (Grafton), Windham Co., VT

Houghtonburg Cemetery, Alma Center, Jackson County, WI

Haughton Cemetery in Haughton, LA


Houghton, South Australia, a town near Adelaide

Houghton Highway, the longest bridge in Australia, between Redcliffe and Brisbane in Queensland

Houghton Island (Queensland)

Houghton Winery is one of the earliest established vineyards and wineries (1836) in Western Australia. It is situated on Great

Northern Highway in the Swan Valley near Upper Swan.


Houghton Town, a former township in Norfolk Col, Ontario, Canada

Houghton Co., Canada

Houghton, Ontario, Canada

New Zealand

Houghton Bay

South Africa

Houghton, Gauteng

Houghton Estate, Gauteng, a suburb of Johannesburg

United Kingdom

Houghton, Cambridgeshire

Houghton, Cumbria

Houghton, East Riding of Yorkshire

Houghton, Hampshire

Houghton, Northumberland

Houghton, Pembrokeshire

Houghton, West Sussex

Houghton-le-Side, Darlington

Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland

Houghton Bank, Darlington

Houghton on the Hill, Leicestershire

New Houghton, Norfolk

Houghton Hall, Norfolk (residence of Sir Robert Walpole)

Houghton Hall, East Riding of Yorkshire

Houghton House Bedfordshire

Houghton-on-the-Hill, Leicestershire

Westhoughton near Bolton, Lancashire

Houghton, Durham

Houghton, Sussex

Great Houghton, Northamptonshire

Great Houghton, South Yorkshire

Great Houghton Halt, a railway station in South Yorkshire

Great Houghton Cricket Club, a cricket club in Northampton

Little Houghton, Northamptonshire

Little Houghton, South Yorkshire


Houghton Mifflin (Publishers)
Houghton Chemical
Lancaster/Bolton, MA (home of many original Houghtons in USA) is 50 miles  west of Boston in Worcester area

Houghton Migration Possibilities by Hermain Kline:

Early migration patterns from Massachusetts tended to flow down the east coast by land as far south as Virginia.  Migration to Georgia tended to be by ship.  Western migration seems to have been alternatively due west through New York through northern Ohio, leaving folks along the way and into Michigan ie Houghton Lake area.  Further south they came across the mountains of Pennnsylvania and down the Ohio river to West Virginia, southern Ohio, Kentucky, southern Indiana and points west.  From further south still they would have crossed the Cumberland gap from western Virginia into southern Kentucky.  In my research I have not found evidence of Houghton migration through the Cumverland gap.  There is plenty of evidence of the other two western migration.  I know of no existing evidence that solidly links Massachusetts Houghtons with any of the southern branches but there does seem to be circumstantial evidence. Likewise there are many instances of people from Culpepper, Virginia finding there way into the Ohio river valley.

If using this material please use citation: "Houghton Surname Project, authored and compiled by Charles J. Vella, PhD"

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