Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside Co. 1885
12 Nov 2006
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Levi Houghton, retired farmer of Fulton, and an early settler of Whiteside County, was born in the State of New York, March 26, 1805, and is the son of Elijah and Martha (Oaks) Houghton. He removed with his family to Otsego Co., N.Y., in childhood, and from there to Herkimer County when he was 13 years of age, where he was married Sept. 30, 1830, to Clarissa Jackson, daughter of Samuel Jackson, whose father was a cousin of Gen. Jackson. They had five sons and two daughters: Harrison married Clarissa Blodgett and lives in Ustick; George died in childhood; Amelia C. is the wife of Mr. Conkey, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Samuel N. married May McDaniels and lives in Nebraska; Clarence B. married Mary French and lives in Ustick; Sedate W. is the wife of James F. Ward, of Fulton; and Daniel S. is single and lives in Dakota.
Mr. Houghton moved from Herkmer to Lewis Co., N.Y., soon after his marriage, and from there to Ustick, Whiteside Co., Ill., in 1845. He had a fine farm of 400 acres in that township, which he has deeded to his two youngest sons, reserving the income while he lives. Mrs. Houghton died Oct. 25, 1861. Mr. Houghton was married again April 15, 1862, and in the town of Ustick, to Miss Elizabeth Todd, daughter of Moses Todd, of Newburyport, Mass. Mrs. Houghton was born in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mr. Houghton retired from farming in 1872 and came to Fulton, since which time he has resided in this city. He was a Democrat up to 1860, when he joined the Republican party. Mrs. Houghton is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Fulton.