History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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DESCENDENTS OF JOHN HOUGH, SECOND SON OF RICHARD AND MARGERY HOUGH. 5. John Hough, second son of Richard and Margery (Clows) Hough, born 7 mo. 18, 1693, inherited his father’s upper tract adjoining the Manor of Highlands and included in Upper Makefield in 1737. It comprised 359 acres. It is not known how he disposed of it, and he left no will, and none of his children are known to have resided upon it

in later years. It is probable that he conveyed a portion of it to the Taylors, his wife’s brothers, as a descendant of Mahlon K. Taylor, who married Elizabeth Hough, a great-granddaughter of John Hough, inherited it and founded Taylorsville. John Hough was a justice of the Bucks county courts for several years, and his death is said to have occurred while filling this position some time after 1733. He married 11 mo. 1718, at Falls Meeting, Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of Philip and Julianna Taylor, of Oxford township, Philadelphia county. Her brothers removed to Bucks county and founded a wealthy and influential family there. The children of John and Elizabeth (Taylor) Hough were:

40. John, born 11 mo. 3, 1720, died 1797, married Sarah Janney; see forward.

41. Joseph, born 5 mo. 20, 1722, died 1777; married 1746, Lydia Hurst, and their descendants removed to Loudoun County, Virginia, where one of his children married a Washington.

42. Benjamin Hough, born 4 mo. 14, 1724, died 2 mo. 10, 1803, removed to Philadelphia when a young man, accumulated a fortune, and spent the latter part of his life in traveling in the interests of religion. He lived for a time in Wilmington, Delaware, later at Nottingham, Cecil county, Maryland, and about 1771 located in Little Britain township , Lancaster county, where he died. He married first, 1748, Elizabeth West, daughter of Thomas, of Wilmington, by whom he had three children, of whom only Benjamin survived his father. He married (second) 1781, Sarah Janney, widow of Isaac Janney, of Cecil county, Maryland. Their only child, John, died at the age of seven years.

43. Isaac Hough, born 9 mo. 15, 1726, died 4 mo. 13, 1786, married Edith Hart; see forward.

44. William Hough, born 11 mo. 1, 1727-8, married 1749, Sarah Blaker, daughter of Samuel and Catherine of Warwick, Bucks county.

45. Thomas Hough, born 11 mo. 2, 1729-30, died 5 mo. 18, 1810; married 1857, Jane Adams; 1784, Mary (Bacon) Wistar. He removed to Philadelphia in early life and became one of the wealthy men of that time. He lived at No. 20 Pine street. By first wife had six children, all except two of whom died young; Elizabeth married James Olden, of the New Jersey family, and "Betsy Hough’s wedding" is referred to in the "Journal of Elizabeth Drinker," one of Mrs. Drinker’s daughters being a bridesmaid. Jane, the other daughter, married Halladay Jackson, of the Chester county family, well known in Friends’ annals. One of her sons was John Jackson, the minister. One of her descendants is Mrs. Isaac H. Clothier. Mary (Bacon-Gilbert) Wistar, the second wife of Thomas Hough, was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Test) (sic) Bacon, of Bacon’s Neck, Cumberland county, New Jersey. She married first Thomas Gilbert, of Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, and (second) Richard Wistar, whose family is prominent in the social life of Philadelphia to this day. There was no issue by the second marriage.

46. Septimus Hough, born 4 mo. 21, 1731, died in Philadelphia 9 mo. 3, 1749.

47. Elizabeth, born 12 mo. 15, 1732-3, married Nathan Tomlinson.

48. Bernard, born 11 mo. 15, 1734-5; said by an old record to have died "in France."

49. Martha, born 4 mo. 22, 1737, married David Bunting, son of Samuel and Priscilla (Burgess) Bunting, of the Bucks county branch of the descendants of Anthony Bunting, who came from Matlock, Derbyshire, and settled in Burlington county, New Jersey.

50. Samuel, born 2 mo. 15, 1739

John Hough (40) eldest son of John and Elizabeth (Taylor) Hough, removed to Loudoun county, Virginia, where he became a very large landed proprietor, and built a fine mansion known as "Corby Hall." He was an elder of Farfax Monthly Meeting, and represented his Quarterly Meeting in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; was well known in northern Virginia, and held in high esteem not only by the members of the Society of Friends but by the "cavalier" gentry of that section, with whom some of his children and grandchildren intermarried. When a number of prominent Philadelphia Quakers were exiled to Winchester, Virginia, during the Revolution, by order of the supreme executive council, John Hough visited them and was active in securing their release. A number of his letters on this subject are preserved in the Pemberton mss. collection in the library of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He is mentioned in the diary of George Washington, on the occasion of the latter spending a night at Corby Hall, and in other places. John Hough married, in 1742, in Bucks county, Sarah Janney, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca (Biles) Janney, a granddaughter of Thomas Janney and of William Biles, both provincial councillors from Bucks county, and among the greatest of the founders of the county. Their nine children all married and reared families, most of them intermarrying with Virginia families, though some of the (sic)married into Bucks county families who had migrated to Virginia. They have left many distinguished descendants, among whom may be mentioned, Emerson Hough, of Chicago, novelist, historian and journalist, author of "Mississippi Bubble", and "The Way of the West," etc.

Isaac Hough (43) fourth son of John and Elizabeth (Taylor) Hough, removed early in life to Warminster township, Bucks county, where he purchased about 236 acres of land. He married, September 24, 1748, Edith Hart, born May 14, 1727, died March 27, 1805, daughter of John and Eleanor (Crispin) Hart, of Warminster, and sister of Colonel Joseph Hart, of the continental army, county lieutenant; member Bucks County Committee of Safety, etc., one of the most prominent figures in the Revolutionary struggle in Bucks county. (See Hart family). Her father, John Hart, was sheriff of Bucks county, justice of the county courts, coroner, etc. She was a granddaughter of Thomas Holme, surveyor-general of Pennsylvania and sometime president of Provincial Council of Pennsylvania, formerly of the Parliamentary army in the civil war in England. Also great-granddaughter of Captain William Crispin, acting rear admiral in the British navy, and one of Penn’s commissioners for settling the Colony in Pennsylvania; and of Captain John Rush, also of the Parliamentary army, ancestor of the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, etc. She was granddaughter of John Hart, from Whitney, Oxfordshire, an early minister among Friends who joined the Keithians, and finally became a Baptist preacher, one of the most learned men of the colony, and of Silas Crispin who, through his mother, Anne Jasper, was a first cousin to William Penn. Isaac Hough left the Society of Friends and joined the Baptists, to which sect his wife belonged. In 1775 he joined the Warminster Company of Associators, in the Second Battalion of Bucks County Militia, Colonel John Beatty. In July, 1776, he was appointed by the County Committee of Safety one of the committee to distribute allowances to families in need whose husbands were in the military service. On August 29, 1777, he was appointed one of the members of the committee from Warminster to attend to the driving off of cattle to prevent them from falling into the hands of the British. The children of Isaac and Edith (Hart) Hough were as follows:

60. Eleanor, born August 20, 1749, died March 1, 1802; married 1766, Thomas Craven, and had nineteen children. The family removed to Virginia during the Revolution.

61. Elizabeth, born August 21, 1751; married 1771, Silas Gilbert, her first cousin, son of William and Lucretia (Hart) Gilbert, and removed to Maryland. He was lieutenant in 1st Battalion, Bucks county Militia, 1777.

62. Susannah, born June 28, 1753; married 1773, Benjamin Jones, whose family furnished several members of Assembly and justices of Bucks county in colonial times.

63. John Hough, born March 12, 1755; married 1774 Charity Vandoren. He was a member of Warminster Associators 1775, and afterwards in Virginia militia. He moved to Philadelphia after the Revolution, and later to Moreland, Montgomery county.

64. Mary, born May 19, 1757, died unmarried.

65. Isaac Hough, born September 15, 1759, died March 17, 1801; member Warminster Associators; removed to Philadelphia after Revolution; many years chief clerk of United States Mint. One of his descendants is Judge Robert T. Hough, of Hillsborough, Ohio, sometime solicitor of Internal Revenue at Washington, D. C. recently candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio. Isaac married first Elizabeth Houghton; second, Mrs. Elizabeth Eberth.

66. Thomas Hough, born October 7, 1761; removed to Philadelphia; said to have been an officer in war of 1812; married 1790, Hannah Tompkins.

67. Oliver Hough, born August 27, 1763, died January 18, 1804; see forward.

68. Rev. Silas Hough, born February 8, 1766, died May 14, 1823. Baptist minister; also practiced medicine in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Married his cousin, Elizabeth Hart, daughter of County Treasurer John Hart.

69. Joseph Hough, born June 17, 1768, died July 3, 1799; married Elizabeth Marple.

70. William Hough, born September 12, 1770, died unmarried.

Oliver Hough (67) son of Isaac and Edith (Hart) Hough, became a large landowner in Upper Makefield, Bucks county. Hough’s Creek (formerly Milnor’s Creek) took its name from him. In the latter part of his life he resided in Dolington. He married at Horsham Meeting, 4 mo. 16, 1790, Phebe Cadwallader, born 11 mo. 5, 1771, died 7 mo. 13, 1842, daughter of Jacob and Phebe (Radcliffe) Cadwallader, of Warminster. She was a descendant of Henry Baker before alluded to in this narrative, and from John Cadwallader, one of the prominent ministers among Friends, who died while on a religious visit to the Island of Tortola in 1742; also of Johannes Cassel and Thones Kunders, two of the principal founders of Germantown, and from Jan Lucken, the founder of the Lukens family in America. Her brother, Hon. Cyrus Cadwallader, before referred to in this volume, was in state senate 1816-25. The children of Oliver and Phebe (Cadwallader) Hough were; 71. Elizabeth, died young. 72. Rebecca, born 1792, married 1820, Joseph Johnson. 73. Mary, born 1794; married 1822, Samuel Yardley. a well known merchant of Doylestown, later of Philadelphia. 74. Elizabeth, born 1796, married 1817, Mahlon Kirkbride Taylor, founder of Taylorsville. 75, 76, 77. Isaac, Rachel and Phebe, all died young. 78. Oliver, born 2 mo. 14, 1804, died 7 mo. 20, 1855; born at Dolington, lived there until his marriage, when he removed to the Doron farm in Middletown township; soon after removed to a farm just outside Newtown borough on Yardley turnpike, where five of his children were born. In 1842 removed to Doylestown, and in 1846 to Philadelphia. Dealt largely in real estate, owning besides Bucks county property, coal and timber lands in Upper Lehigh Valley, also in Michigan, Tennessee and elsewhere. He died in Augusta, Georgia, July 20, 1855, while on a trip to Louisiana to view the property of the Louisiana Canal Company, of which he was a director. He was a member of Spruce Street Friends’ Meeting, Philadelphia.

Oliver Hough married 3 mo. 15, 1832, Martha Briggs, daughter of Joseph and Martha (Dawes) Briggs, of Newtown, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and had issue Rebecca Jarrett Hough, died unmarried; Phebe Alice, unmarried, member Civic Club and Browning Society, Philadelphia, and of Bucks County Historical Society; managing committeee of Friends’ Central School, Philadelphia; Mary Yardley Hough, unmarried; from 1876 to 1897 proprietor and editor of "The Children’s Friend," a juvenile magazine; author of numerous short stories for children; Elizabeth Taylor, died in childhood. Martha Dawes Hough, unmarried, elder of Spruce Street Meeting, manager of Friends’ Home for Children, Philadelphia, and Friends’ Boarding House Association, Philadelphia. Oliver, died 1863 at Nashville, Tennessee, of camp fever, was a private in 160th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 15th (Anderson’s) Cavalry. Isaac, see forward. The Misses Rebecca J., Phebe A., Mary Y. and Martha D. Hough lived for over forty years at 1340 Spruce street, Philadelphia. In April, 1904, they removed to the old William Linton Mansion, 24 South State street, Newtown, Bucks county a picture of which appears in this volume. They inherited this house from their aunts Letitia and Francenia Briggs.

Isaac Hough, son of Oliver and Matha (sic) (Briggs) Hough, was born in Doylestown, Bucks county, Pennsylvania and moved to Philadelphia, with his parents when a child. He was a merchant, and engaged in the shipping trade with the West Indies. He was a charter member and director of the Maritime Exchange of Philadelphia, is a member of the Philadelphia Bourse; director of the Finance Company of Pennsylvania, and member of the Philadelphia Fencing Club, the Merion Cricket Club of Haverford, Pennsylvania, and of the Union League. He married first, in 1867, Anna Alexander Duff, daughter of Edward Duff, common councilman, and member of the board of health of Philadelphia, by his wife, Mary Jane Diehl, a descendant of Captain Nicholas Diehl, a Revolutionary soldier and a member of the Committee of Safety of Chester county, of noble birth in Frankfort, Germany. Isaac and Anna A. (Duff) Hough were the parents of one child, Oliver Hough, 2nd Lieutenant, Company 8., 3d Regiment, Infantry, Penna. Vol. Spanish American war, 1898, to whom we are indebted for the foregoing history of the Hough family as well as data on numerous other families published in this volume. He is a member of the Bucks county Historical Society and has contributed a number of valuable papers to its Archives. He is the author of a number of papers on genealogy and local history and is now at work on an exhaustive history of the Hart and Atkinson families. Is a member of a number of patriotic Societies. Isaac Hough married (second) in 1877, Emilia Antionette, widow of Francis Thibault, of Philadelphia, and had one son, John Boyd, who died in 1895.

OLIVER HOUGH, son of Isaac and Anna A. (Duff) Hough, was born in Philadelphia, September 3, 1868, has lived in that city until the present time, and for about two years past has had a transient residence with his aunts, the Misses Hough, at the William Linton Mansion, at 24 South State street, Newtown. He received his early education at private schools, and entered the University of Pennsylvania in the class of ’88, receiving he degrees of B. S. and P. C. on completion of course. He has been president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer Class of "88, and two terms secretary of the University of Pennsylvania Cricket Association. For thesis required for technical degree (P. C.) he made three original researches in chemistry, described under the titles: I. "An Attempt to Introduce Iodine into Parabroma-benzoic Acid"; II. Some Salts of Meta-nitro-para-bromo-benzoic Acid"; III. Some Compounds of Monochloro-dinitrophenol". Nos. I and II were published in the "Journal of the Franklin Institute," December, 1891. No. III resulted in the discovery of twelve previously unknown chemical compounds.

He has written a number of magazine and newspaper articles of historical or biographical character, the principal ones being: "Richard Hough, Provincial Councillor," (Penna. Mag. Hist. and Biog., XVIII, 20); "Captain Thomas Holme, Surveyor-General of Pennsylvania and Provincial Councillor." (Penna. Mag. Hist. and Biog., XIX, 413, XX 128, 248); "Captain William Crispin, Proprietary’s Commissioner for Settling the Colony in Penna." (read before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, January 10, 1898, and published in Penna. Mag. Hist. and Biog., XXII, 34); and "Thomas Janney, Provincial Councillor," (read before Bucks County Historical Society, July 20, 1897, and published in Bucks county newspapers).

In politics Oliver Hough has been secretary and chairman of the Seventh Ward Association, Municipal League of Philadelphia; a member of several committees in charge of independent candidates’ campaigns (one of which resulted in the election of Alexander Crow, Jr., as sheriff of Philadelphia county); and from 1896 to date has represented the Fourteenth Division, Seventh Ward, in many conventions of the Republican party. Mr. Hough joined the National Guard of Pennsylvania as a private in Company D. First Regiment, Infantry, August 10, 1893; elected second lieutenant Company G, Third Regiment, Infantry, June 10, 1897. Served again with Company D, First Infantry, on riot duty at Hazelton, Pennsylvania, October, 1902. Is a member of the "Old Guard" of Company D. He was mustered into the United States service for the Spanish War as second lieutenant, Third Penna. Volunteer Infantry, July 22, 1898; detailed as acting assistant quartermaster, A. A. commissary of subsistence, and A. A. ordinance (sic) officer; served in camps at Fernandina, Florida, and Huntsville, Alabama; mustered out October 22, 1898.

Mr. Hough is or has been a member of the following organizations: Society of Colonial Wars (by descent from Richard Hough, Thomas Janney and other early Bucks countians); Sons of the Revolution (by descent from Isaac Hough of the Bucks County Associators); Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and local historical societies of Bucks county, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and Harford county, Maryland; Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (historian and member board of directors); American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia; Friends’ Historical Society (England); Society of Chemical Industry (Great Britain); Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania; Merion Cricket Club of Haverford, Pennsylvania; and Markham Club of Philadelphia.

Text taken from pages 5-12 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of BucksCounty, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] volume III

Transcribed May 2000 by Earl Goodman of PA as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,

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