Anthony Stoughton

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
King Henry III to Rose (Stoughton) Otis
Anthony Stoughton, son of Sir Lawrence Stoughton, Knt., M.P. and Rose Ive, was born at Stoughton, Surrey, England, 4 July 1598.1,2,3 He died at Stoughton, 14 January 1643/44.1,2,3

Anthony married Agnes Purse, daughter of Robert Purse and Judith Hammond, at Ockham, Surrey, England, 10 February 1628/29.1,2,4

Anthony Stoughton was an ensign in the Parliamentary Army. In 1643, "when about approaching his end, he entrusted his daughter, Rose, to his kinsman Captain Israel Stoughton of Dorchester, Massachusetts who had gone home about merchandise, to bring to New England out of the perils of the civil war then raging in England."

None of the various accounts or pedigrees of the Stoughton families show Anthony and Israel Stoughton as in some way related. Most likely, when Horatio Otis wrote his 1851 account, the rationale was simply "the name's the same." In his account, Ralph Stoughton makes no attempt to connect the two men. At present it is mere speculation to attempt to answer how Anthony came to know Israel well enough to entrust his daughter to him, though it is quite possible they were related in some fashion for which evidence has not yet been found.

His son noted that his father was a "Puritan and strict liver."2,5


Agnes Purse b. aft. 1593, d. 15 Mar 1638/39
  • Rose Stoughton+1,2 b. 22 Nov 1629, d. bef. 3 Jul 1677
  • Ann Stoughton1 b. 1 Jan 1631/32
  • Lawrence Stoughton1 b. 28 Mar 1633, d. Mar 1643
  • Sir Nicholas Stoughton, Knt., Bnt.2,1 b. 8 Feb 1634/35
  • Margaret Stoughton1 b. 29 Jan 1636/37, d. 10 Apr 1648
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  1. [S1947] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Five vols., Salt Lake City, Utah: s.p., 2013), 5:51 (Stoughton 20), further cited as Richardson, Royal Ancestry.
  2. [S998] Horatio N. Otis, "Family of Stoughton," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 5 (Jul 1851): 350, further cited as Otis, "Family of Stoughton."
  3. [S2655] Owen Maning and William Bray, The History and Antiquities of the County of Surrey; Compiled from the Best and Most Authentic Historians, Valuable Records, and Manuscripts in the Public Offices and Libraries, and in Private Hands (3 vols., London, England: John White, 1804), ped chart facing 1:171, further cited as Manning & Bray, History and Antiquities of Surrey.
  4. [S2431] WikiTree Contributors, "Anthony Stoughton (1598 - 1644)," WikiTree: Where genealogists collaborate,[:WEB] (accessed July 2023).
  5. [S1358] Ralph M. Stoughton, "The Stoughton Families of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn.," The American Genealogist 29 (Oct 1953): 193-204, at 200, further cited as Stoughton, "Stoughton Families."