Israel Stoughton1

#2522, (circa 1603 - 1645)
Relationship8th great-granduncle of William David Lewis
Father*Rev. Thomas Stoughton1 (s 1555 - )
Mother*Katherine Montpesson2 (1564 - 1603)
The Winthrop Society, online


Elizabeth Knight b. s 1606, d. 1644
Children 1.Israel Stoughton Jr16 (c 1628 - 1647)
 2.Susanna Stoughton16 (c 1630 - )
 3.William Stoughton16 (c 1632 - 1701)
 4.Hannah Stoughton16 (c 1637 - 1670)
 5.John Stoughton16 (1638/39 - b 1665)
 6.Rebecca Stoughton+16 (1641 - )
 7.Thomas Stoughton17 (1644 - c 1644)
Birth*circa 1603He was born circa 1603 at Essex, EnglandG; est. date.3 
Baptism18 February 1602/3He was baptized on 18 February 1602/3 at Great Coggeshall, Essex, EnglandG.3 
Marriage*27 March 1627He married Elizabeth Knight, daughter of William Knight and Elizabeth _____, on 27 March 1627 at Rotherhithe, Surrey, EnglandG.4,5 
21 March 1629/30In William Knight's will dated 21 March 1629/30 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire, EnglandG, Israel Stoughton was named as executor, William's "son-in-law."6,7 
1632He and Elizabeth Knight migrated with 2 or 3 children in 1632.8 
5 November 1633He was admitted as a Freeman on 5 November 1633 at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MassachusettsG.9 
Probate18 May 1639He was the administrator of Judith Stoughton's estate on 18 May 1639 at Suffolk Co., MassachusettsG; Inventory of "ye 18: 3d : 1639."10 
1643He and William Knight Jr. traveled in 1643 for personal business to EnglandG.11 
1644He traveled in 1644 by July to EnglandG.12 
17 July 1644He left a will on 17 July 1644 at London, England.13,14 
Death*1645He died in 1645 at LincolnshireG.15 


  1. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield, Massachusetts, Volume 2 (Deerfield: E.A. Hall and Co., 1896), p. 301 "1, SMEAD, Widow Judith, of Dorchester, 1636; she was sister of Israel Stoughton, She had m. in England, John Denman, prob. abt. 1620, and Smead prob. abt. 1634. Nothing is found about either husband; she d. 1639.
    Ch.: Mary Denman, abt. 1622; m. Clement Maxfield; she d. May 30, 1707; John Denman, —; alive 1656; William, abt. 1635 (2)."
  2. [S302] Miner Descent, online, Katherine Montpesson was born 1564 in England. Katherine died 18 Apr 1603 two months after Israel’s birth in Coggeshall,, Suffolk, England. Alternatively, Katherine’s maiden name was Evelyn and her parents were George EVELYN (1530 – 1603) and Joan STINT (1550 – 1613).
  3. [S292] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), online, p. 1775: "son of Rev. Thomas and Katherine (_______) Stoughton."
  4. [S804] Genevieve Tylee Kiepura, "Stoughton-Knight Data", The American Genealogist 33:1 (Jan. 1957): p. 108, The Registers of Rotherhite, Surrey [today a suburb of London]; 1627, Mar. 27: Israel Stoughton m. Elizabeth Knight.
  5. [S292] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, p. 1775, citing The American Genealogist vol. 33, no. 1, p. 108.
  6. [S759] Ralph W. Stoughton, "The Stoughton Families of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn.", The American Genealogist 29:4 (Oct. 1953): pp. 198; at the time of this writing, the marr. of Israel Stoughton to Elizabeth Knight was not known; the author, Ralph Stoughton, had concluded that Wm. Knight was the second husband of Israel's widowed mother Elizabeth (true step-father, not literally father-in-law).
  7. [S805] U.K. Extracted Probate Records, 1269-1975, online, Wm. Knight, gentleman; Will dated 1629, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. Calendar of Wills Proved and of Administrations Granted in the Commissary Court of the Peculiar and Exempt Jurisdiction of Groby, 1580-1800. Collection: Lincolnshire and Huntingdonshire: - Calendar of Lincolnshire Wills, 1601-1652, Calendars of Huntingdonshire Wills, 1479-1652; Volume: Wills Proved in the Consistory Court of Lincoln.; Chapter: Calendar No. 4. 1601--1652.
  8. [S292] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, pp. 1773-5; migration 1632, settled Dorchester.
  9. [S759] Ralph W. Stoughton, "Stoughton Families of Dorchester", p. 198.
  10. [S749] Wm. B. Trask, "Abstracts from the Earliest Wills on Record in the County of Suffolk, Mass.", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 9 (1855): IX:344; Widdow Smead.--Mr. Israel Stoughtn, Administrator to Mrs Judith Smeed, widdow, deceased, as by Inventory taken ye 18: 3d : 1639. Mentions payment to Batcheller of Salem; Dea. John Pope of Dorchester; dau. Mary Denman, wife to Clement Maxfield; Roger Clap, Christopher Gibson, Hopestill Foster as examiners; division of the estate among children John Denman, Mary Denman (now Maxfield) and Wm Smeed. Also mentions "sister Visallah" [Ursula Knight], John Scudder, "Bro. Knight", Oliver Purchase, sister Clarke, brother Clarke, Tomkins, Bro. Kinsly, Sumner, Jewett, Oldreges [poss. Aldredge].
  11. [S759] Ralph W. Stoughton, "Stoughton Families of Dorchester", p. 200, accompanied by his brother-in-law Wm. Knight.
  12. [S759] Ralph W. Stoughton, "Stoughton Families of Dorchester", p. 200.
  13. [S806] Wm. B. Trask, "Abstracts from the Earliest Wills on Record in the County of Suffolk, Mass.", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 4 (1850): IV:1, pp. 51-52. Will of Israel Stoughton (17 Jul 1644), written in London, England, while he was visiting and involved in "the hazard of warre." Bequeaths to "Deere & worthily honored wife"; "Eldest sonne Israel"; [son] William; "sonne John". "In case my number be seven", referring to his wife's pregnancy [his fourth son Thomas was b. in Dorchester, MA 30 Jul 1644, thirteen days after the date of this will]. Three daughters, not named. Gives two hundred acres to Harvard College. Executors wife and son Israel; overseers John Winthrop, Sr., Thomas Dudley, Richard Bellingham, Increase Nowell, "my deere brother(s) "Wm. Knight, Thomas Stoughton, Thomas Clarke and David Yale." Codicil (added the same day) mentions friends Thomas Jones of Dorchester and Edward Johnson of Roxbury.
  14. [S759] Ralph W. Stoughton, "Stoughton Families of Dorchester", pp. 200-1. Discussion of the will of Israel Stoughton which names overseers " 'my deere brothers, Mr. Wm. Knight, Mr. Thomas Stoughton, Mr. Thomas Clarke, Mr. David Yale' "; provisions for his " 'deere mother' ", the [possibly] Widow Knight, "who with her three youngest children had come to Dorchester in 1635, and was then a member of his household." [In this account, the widow is his step-mother; in other later accounts, she is his mother-in-law.]
  15. [S759] Ralph W. Stoughton, "Stoughton Families of Dorchester", p. 200, "death from fever at Lincoln in 1645."
  16. [S292] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, p. 1775.
  17. [S292] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, p. 1776.