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William Stoughton, Acting Governor of Massachusetts

Male 1631 - 1701  (69 years)


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  • Name William Stoughton 
    Suffix Acting Governor of Massachusetts 
    Born 30 Sep 1631  Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jul 1701  Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Person ID I10108  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2020 

    Father Israel Stoughton,   b. Bef 18 Feb 1603,   d. 1644, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Knight,   d. 6 Aug 1681, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 27 Mar 1627  Rotherhite, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Family ID F5650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Oversaw the Salem witch trials, first as Chief Justice of the Special Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692, and then as Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Judicature in 1693. Wikipedia: "In these trials he controversially accepted spectral evidence (based on supposed demonic visions). Unlike some of the other magistrates, he never admitted to the possibility that his acceptance of such evidence was in error." He was later acting Governor of Massachusetts (1694-1699). He never married. Stoughton Hall on Harvard Yard is named after him; the first building of that name was made possible by a £1,000 donation from him. The town of Stoughton, Massachusetts is also named after him.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1617] Abandoning America: Life-Stories from Early New England by Susan Hardman Moore. Woodbridge, Sussex: The Boydell Press, 2013.

    2. [S3785] Handwritten account of Elder [George] Minott's family, mss A 3421, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, online at digitalcollections.americanancestors.org. Taken from "the most ancient book of the church records in Dorchester.", date only.

    3. [S376] Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy., year only.

    4. [S1617] Abandoning America: Life-Stories from Early New England by Susan Hardman Moore. Woodbridge, Sussex: The Boydell Press, 2013., place only.

    5. [S3785] Handwritten account of Elder [George] Minott's family, mss A 3421, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, online at digitalcollections.americanancestors.org. Taken from "the most ancient book of the church records in Dorchester.".

    6. [S376] Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy., date only.

    7. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    8. [S376] Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy.

    9. [S2906] Puritans and Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2018.