||Katherine (Unknown) Stoughton is currently protected by the Puritan Great Migration Project for reasons described in the narrative.|
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The first wife of Rev. Thomas Stoughton was named Katherine. Her last name is unknown. Katherine died in 1603 and his second wife was Elizabeth.
Some Internet genealogies, such as the Miner Descent website, give her last name as Montpesson or Evelyn. Neither name is supported by records or recognized scholarship. Two sons of Thomas (Thomas and Israel) are profiled in The Great Migration Begins, where Robert Charles Anderson indicates Katherine's last name as being unknown. There is also no last name for her in the 2012 article in NEHGR on "The Exhurst ancestry of the Stoughton siblings" (see pedigree diagram from the article, at AmericanAncestors website). Although she did not migrate herself, she is the mother of two emigrants to New England, and this profile is protected by the WikiTree Puritan Great Migration project because of the history of confusion about her birth name.
The first of the name of Stoughton in America were two brothers, Thomas and Israel, who came to Dorchester, Mass., in the first voyage of the ship "Mary and John" in 1630. [Ancient Windsor, Vol. I, p. 147, note].
Tradition says, that the brothers Thomas and Israel were accompanied to New England by their father Thomas, Senior. His wife was named Katherine (surname unknown).
Katherine died 18 Apr 1603, two months after Israel’s birth, in Coggeshall,, Essex, England. 
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