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Hezekiah Hough (1734 - 1817)

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Hezekiah Hough
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Hezekiah HOUGH, Sr (5 Apr 1734 VA (or England) - 12 Oct 1817 Anson Co, NC, bur Holye Cem near Wadesboro, NC) md in VA or NC c 1758 Mary INGRAM (31 Jan 1736 - 10 Dec 1819 Anson Co, NC) and lived in Northampton Co, NC, not far from his father, James HOUGH, in Isle of Wight Co, VA. In 1759, Hezekiah gave up his rights, as the eldest son, to his apparent step-mother, Mary HOUGH, in the settling of his father's estate in Isle of Wight Co, VA. Hezekiah was a member of the Established Church (Episcopalian) in Northampton Co. By family tradition, two of his sons served in the Revolution, and Hezekiah himself was noted in Northampton Co records as a Patriotic supporter, serving as Justice of the Peace. Son John lived to collect a Rev. War pension, but the name of the second son to serve has been lost. Hezekiah lived in Northampton Co through 1786.

In 1787, Hezekiah HOUGH began to resettle into Anson Co, NC, and most, if not all, his adult children followed. He signed a petition there in 1789 regarding the county seat, and was there for the 1790 and 1800 censuses. He was probably there in 1810, but he has not been identified. He and son James received 1790 land grants. The sons of Hezekiah HOUGH did not marry readily, and the only son with descendants for sure was John. The daughters did have families, and it seems that their ch lived as nephews and nieces with their batchelor uncles.

Hezekiah HOUGH made his will 7 Oct 1817, and it was proved in Oct, 1817. He listed wife, Mary, sons James, John, William, Hezekiah, and Moody, and daus Chloe MARTIN, Mary MAY, Milly MASK, Nancy ROSS, Fanny KINDRED, and Elizabeth KNOX. James and William HOUGH were executors. Witnesses were John SMITH, William CARPENTER, and James GARRIS. John SMITH proved the will in court. Other names mentioned were William KIRBY, William M. KIRBY, and Ted ROBINSON. Areas mentioned were Cedar Creek of River Pee Dee, Brown Creek, and Flat Jack. When the co-executor James HOUGH died in 1821, the estate had not been settled.


  1. James (c 1759 NC - will of 1821, probate 1823). James was a merchant and planter who never md. He was in Richmond Co, NC, for the 1790 census, but he moved to Anson Co after he received a 1790 land grant there along with his father. On 10 Mar 1794, he sold land on Brown Creek to Charles CABINESS (Anson Co Deeds D-E:223). He also sold Brown Creek land on 15 July 1801 to Isham INGRAM. (p 64, Anson Co Abstracts.) When he made his will in 1821, most of his land was on Cedar Creek. He bequeathed to brothers John, William, and Moody, sisters Fanny KINDRED and Chloe MARTIN, and to neices and nephews James MARTIN, Hez ROSS; Nancy ROSS; and Washington KNOX.
  2. Thomas ( ) mentioned in family compilations but not in Hezekiah's will.
  3. John (2 Mar 1761 NC - 20 Mar 1847 Anson Co, NC) served in the Rev. War and late in life drew pension #12610. He md 2 Feb 1815 in Anson Co, NC, Elizabeth NEWTON (5 Aug 1795 Anson Co, NC - 10 Jan 1891 Anson Co, NC) Their ch incl: Hezekiah; Joseph Moody; William Newton; Julius Alexander Newton; Isaac Newton; James Johnson; Mary Ann; and three others not named in John's will. When John inherited from his brother James, he was listed as John HOUGH, Sr. When he made his will in 1843, he did not mention a son, John, Jr. (It is possible that John HOUGH, Jr, was a different person of another lineage. There had been in 1820 a John HOUGH, Jr, and a Reuben HOUGH not far from the sons of Hezekiah.) Widow Elizabeth HOUGH received pension #2770.
  4. William ( - 1840/1850) was head of hh and may have md, but no descendants have been identified. He was co-executor of his father's will and apparently lived close by in Anson Co. It seems likely that he was head of the hh after Hezekiah died.
  5. Hezekiah, Jr, (c 1770/1780 NC - prob 1830/1840) was head of hh and may have md, but no descendants have been identified.
  6. Moody (c 1770 NC - after 1850) by family tradition did not marry, but he was head of a hh with younger people in it.
  7. Chloe (10 May 1762 NC - 17 Mar 1845) in 1784 in Northampton Co, NC, md Kinchen MARTIN (6 Jan 1762 Southampton Co, VA - 14 June 1841 Anson Co, NC), son of James and Amy (HOLT) MARTIN. Kinchen MARTIN was a Rev. War soldier and pensioner. They moved to Anson Co, NC, where he received Land Grant #5011 on 27 Nov 1792. After Kinchen died, Moody HOUGH, brother to Chloe, certified her marriage for her pension application. Ch incl: Lucy; William H.; James Hough; and John.
  8. Mary ( ) md ??? MAY
  9. Milly ( ) md ??? MASK
  10. Fanny ( ) md John KINDRED, and Fanny KINDRED received from the James HOUGH estate. (Some descendants have claimed that Fanny HOUGH md Elisha KINDRED, and neither John nor Elisha has been verified.)
  11. Elizabeth ( ) probably md Samuel KNOX, as Samuel KNOX was one of the executors of James HOUGH's will. Ch incl Washington;
  12. Nancy (8 Mar 1775 NC - 15 July 1842) md (1) ??? DE FARNETTE and (2) Donald ROSS. Ch incl Hezekiah ROSS and Nancy ROSS;

There is a long-standing tradition in this family that Hezekiah HOUGH of Anson Co was son of Hezekiah HOUGH and Frances DOBSPATE. This elder Hezekiah, in turn, was an immigrant from England with his widower father, James HOUGH. In this tradition, the mother of Hezekiah, Sr, and first wife of James was Virginia ANDERSON. James HOUGH was son of William HOUGH and Mary MOODY. Mary MOODY was grandau of Sir William MOODY of England. None of this tradition has been confirmed.

It is clear from available records that one James HOUGH was a resident of Abington Parish, Gloucester Co, VA, and had several ch there before he moved to Isle of Wight Co and married a second time. Hezekiah HOUGH of Northampton Co in 1759 was his eldest son. The age of Hezekiah HOUGH of Northampton Co and Anson Co suggests he was born in Gloucester Co, VA, as son of James HOUGH. The oral tradition may compress generations.

Hough lineage is Hezekiah and Mary (Ingram) of VA and NC; James and ??? Virginia (Anderson) or Francis ( ) of England and VA; possibly Hezekiah and Frances (Dobspate); or possibly William and Mary (Moody) of England;


  • 1759 Northampton Co, NC. William Huff was neighbor to John Carroll when he made his will 20 Jul 1759. This William Huff has not been identified, but he may have been William Huff of Brunswick Co, VA, who probably owned land across the state line in NC. Others mentioned in this will were Jones, Linch, Myrick, Sterling, and Hunnicut. This was probably considerably west of where Hezekiah Hough lived.
  • 1760 Northampton Co, NC, and Isle of Wight Co, VA. Hezekiah Hough helped settle his father's estate.
  • 1762 Northampton Co, NC. Hezekiah Hough listed in records.
  • 1773 St Georges' Parish, Northampton Co, NC. St Georges' Parish Wardens Records (1773-1814) (NC State Archives File CR71.903.1), p. 1, on 12 Mar 1773, Hezekiah Hough was one of twelve freeholders summoned and elected as Vestry. He was present at a Vestry meetine on 1 May 1773. p 2 shows signature of "Hezekiah Hough" as a church warden as of 29 Oct 1773. The record listed him as Hezekiah Hoof.
  • 1776-1783 New Hanover (or Northampton Co, NC), Hezekiah Hough served as Justice of the Peace. He was also commissioned to buy arms and ammunition for the Continental Army. (p 525, Book 10, and p 995, Book 23, North Carolina Colonial Records)
  • 1786 Northampton Co, NC, census and tax list shows Hezekiah Hough.
  • 1789 Anson Co, NC, Hezekiah Hough signed petition regarding the county seat.
  • 1790 Anson Co, NC, Abstracts of Early Records, shows Hezekiah Hough land grant #4917 and James Hough land grant #4925.
  • 1790[1]: Anson, North Carolina, United States. Hezekiah Hough 5-0-5-0-6
  • 1790 Fayette District, Richmond Co, NC, James Hought 1-0-0-0-8
  • 1790 Anson Co, NC, On 16 Nov 1792, Zedekiah Hough got a land grant on Cedar Creek (Book 2:384). This may be a misreading for Hezekiah.
  • 1800[2]: Fayetteville, Anson, North Carolina, United States, Hezekiah Hought 00221-00010-7

  • 1800 Anson Co, NC, p 203, James Hought 10010-00000-02
  • 1810 Anson Co, NC, p 3, James Hough 11010-00100
  • 1810 Anson Co, NC, p 5, Moody Hough 00010-00000
  • 1810 Anson Co, NC, p 17, William Hough 00031-00001
  • 1820 Anson Co, NC, p 31, Moody Hough 000001-00000
  • 1820 Anson Co, NC, p 31, James Hough 000101-00000
  • 1820 Anson Co, NC, p 31, John Hough 200001-10100
  • 1820 Anson Co, NC, p 33, John Hough, Jr 000100-00100
  • 1820 Anson Co, NC, p 33, Reuben Hough, 200110-21010 (These two entries on p 33 are believed to represent descendants of the Joseph Hough family who had returned to Anson Co. They had moved on by 1830.)
  • 1830[3]: Anson, North Carolina, United States. Hezekiah Hough 00100001-00
  • 1830 Anson Co, NC, p 53, Moody Hough 0000001-00
  • 1830 Anson Co, NC, p 53, William Hough 00001001-00000001
  • 1840 Anson Co, NC, John Hough 11111000001-1110001
  • 1840 Anson Co, NC, p 77, William Hough 000000001-00000001
  • 1840 Anson Co, NC, p 84, Moody Hough 00000001-00
  • 1850 Anson Co, NC, p 194, Moody Hough, alone.


  1. "United States Census, 1790," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 September 2018), Hezekiah Hough, Anson, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 187, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 7; FHL microfilm 568,147.
  2. "United States Census, 1800," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 September 2018), Hezekiah Hought, Fayetteville, Anson, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 203, NARA microfilm publication M32, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 29; FHL microfilm 337,905.
  3. "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 August 2017), Hezekiah Hough, Anson, North Carolina, United States; citing 64, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 118; FHL microfilm 18,084.
  • Reva N. Carpenter, Anson County, NC, Abstracts of Wills, 1750-1880, gives wills of Hezekiah and his sons James and John.
  • Records of Robert Lewis Hough of Anson Co, NC, descendant of John Hough.
  • DAR #497,789 for Thelma Wortha Watson, descendant of John Hough, and DAR #477,446 for Julia (Hough) Brown of Maryland. Info from Mavis Holt Williams
  • Max Huff, HEZEKIAH AND MARY HOUGH OF VA and NC, 9 Mar 1995

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On 21 Sep 2018 at 18:24 GMT Barbara (Breece) Roesch wrote:

Great improvement from the original.

On 28 Nov 2017 at 13:59 GMT Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen wrote:

Hough-2207 and Hough-2175 appear to represent the same person because: same spouse and child - Please check your sources for correct father

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