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Partman Houghton was born 3 May 1806 in Massachusetts, the son of Eleazer and Becke (Barrett) Houghton. He was a partner in the firm Gleason and Houghton (see a letter from the firm to a Boston supplier, below).
His paternal grandparents were Jonas and Lucy (Johnson) Houghton. His maternal grandparents were Oliver and Sarah (Whitcomb) Barrett.
On 25 Jun 1833 Partman Houghton married Olinda Ann Prince, who was born 19 October 1807 at Eastport, Maine, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Prince. Joseph Prince and two of his children were killed when their house burned on 24 February 1803. His wife Sarah and two daughters escaped. One of them was Olinda Ann and the other, Joanna Bachelder, according to Kilby's History of Eastport became the wife of Ebenezer Everett of Brunswick, Maine. Their son Rev. C. C. Everett was dean of the Theological School at Harvard.
Olinda Ann Prince's paternal grandparents were Joseph and Sarah (Carpenter) Prince. I don't have information on Olinda's mother Sarah.
From Kilby's History of Eastport:
Honorable Partmon Houghton, Republican, was chosen the thirtieth representative in 1865.
He was born at Bolton, Mass., May 3, 1806, son of Eleazar and Becke (Barrett) Houghton.
He began mercantile life with the cotton manufacturing house of Parker, Wilder & Co. of
Boston, and came to Eastport in 1827. First as junior partner of the firm of Gleason &
Houghton, and then by himself, he continued in active business until, in the fire of '64,
his store in Parallel Block was destroyed. After serving one year as representative, he
was in 1866 chosen one of the senators for Washington County, and re-elected for a second
term in 1867. In 1870, he was appointed a member of the commission for establishing the
valuation of the State. He died at Eastport, Dec. 12, 1887; and among the public bequests in
his will were $2,000 to the town for the care of the cemetery and a much larger sum for the
benefit of deserving and needy aged women of Eastport.
The Houghton Fund is still operating today.
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