Reverend Thomas Stoughton

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Reverend Thomas Stoughton, son of Francis Stoughton and Agnes (…), was born about 1557.1 He died before 1610.2

Thomas married Katherine (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), before 1588.3

Very young when his father died, Reverend Thomas Stoughton attended Cambridge and received his bachelor's from Queen's College in 1577, and his master's in 1580.

He was ordained a deacon and priest at Lincoln 13 February 1581/2. In 1586 he was installed as Rector at Naughton near Ipswich in co. Suffolk under the patronage of John Moore. It seems a minister had to secure the patronage of someone willing to see that he was paid a living wage in order to become a resident Rector. Thomas remained at Naughton for eight years, but from that time forward his tenure was not stable.

From 1594 to 1600 he assisted the minister at Burstead Magna, Essex.

In 1600, Thomas was presented to the Coggleshall Parish under the sponsorship of Lord Rich who favored the puritan movement in opposition to the established Church of England. Those in that group were thinking men who had the courage to stand for their convictions regardless of consequences to themselves. Thomas was one of them and because of those views had been removed from Naughton and from Coggleshall just six years after establishing himself there. He may not have had another pastorate, but carried on active ministerial work somewhere, and wrote numerious treatises, which are now in the British Museum.

He may have spent his last years in St. Bartholomew's hospital for the poor at Sandwich, Kent and may have been the chaplain there.4,5


Katherine (…) d. bef. 18 Apr 1603
  • Thomas Stoughton6 b. 9 Jul 1588, d. bef. 1592
  • John Stoughton7 b. say 1590, d. 4 May 1639
  • Anne Stoughton8 b. 10 Nov 1591, d. bef. 17 Dec 1591
  • Thomas Stoughton8 b. 23 Jan 1592/93, d. 25 Mar 1661
  • Elizabeth Stoughton+9 b. say 1595, d. abt. Mar 1647
  • Judith Stoughton5 b. 3 Jul 1599, d. 1639
  • Israel Stoughton5 b. 18 Feb 1602/3, d. 1644
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  1. [S1330] Estimated from receiving his degree (1577).
  2. [S1358] Ralph M. Stoughton, "The Stoughton Families of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn.," The American Genealogist 29 (Oct 1953): 193-204, at 194, further cited as Stoughton, "Stoughton Families."
  3. [S1330] Estimated from birth of first child (1588).
  4. [S767] Clara Pierce Olson Overbo, Ancestors and Descendants of Clark Proctor Nichols and Sarah (Sally) Stoughton in England and America 1620-2001(Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen Publishing, 2002), 121-124, further cited as Overbo, Nichols.
  5. [S2281] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I–III, 3 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 3:1773-77 (Israel Stoughton), further cited as Anderson, GMB.
  6. [S2281] Anderson, GMB, 3:1777-79 (Thomas Stoughton).
  7. [S1358] Stoughton, "Stoughton Families," 194-195.
  8. [S1358] Stoughton, "Stoughton Families," 193.
  9. [S303] Jane Fletcher Fiske, "A New England Immigrant Kinship Network: Notes on the English Origins of the Scudders of Salem and Barnstable, Massachusetts, Bridget (__) (Verry) Giles of Salem, and Joanna (Chamberlain) Betts of Long Island," The American Genealogist 72 (July/October 1997): 285-300, at 295, further cited as Fisk, "New England Immigrant Kinship Network."