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Col. John C. Boughton (1858-1915).
Born in Novi, Oakland Co., Mich. Civil War vet. and grocer in Bay City.
  • Added April, 2014.
  • History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


    COL. JOHN C. BOUGHTON, a successful grocer of West Bay City whose place of business is on the corner of Jenney and Keisel, has been a resident of this place for the past eight-years. He is a native of this State, having been born in Novi Township, Oakland County, November 11, 1836. He is a son of Darius G. Boughton, a native of Seneca County, N.Y., and was born in 1809. The grandfather, Daniel Boughton, died in Seneca County, N.Y., and our subject traces his ancestry back to Germany to the time of King Clovis, then to France, later as Huguenots, then to England and at last to America. The grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was with Washington at Valley Forge.

    The father of our subject was a farmer in New York State and came to Michigan when yet a single man in 1832, where he settled in Wayne County and later bought land in Novi Township, Oakland County. On this estate he resided for over fifty years. He now resides with our subject in Bay City, and was politically, first an old-line Freesoiler, Abolitionist, and lastly a Republican. The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Catherine Conger and was born in Ontario County, N. Y., a daughter of John and Peggy (Snover) Conger, of Dutch descent and natives of New York.

    He of whom we write is the eldest of the four children born to his parents and in his early boyhood attended the old log schoolhouse of which we so often have spoken. When sixteen years old he attended the State Normal School for two years at Ypsilanti and taught school in the winters and worked on the farm in the summers. He remained at home until nineteen when he was employed in a sawmill for awhile. Going on a steamboat he served as engineer for a time, and afterward on the “Old Adelaide” as clerk, and ran on the Muskegon River two seasons. In 1858 he returned to Oakland County and worked on his father's farm for three years.

    At the first tap of the drum Col. Boughton enlisted in his country's defense in the Second Michigan Infantry, Company G., and was mustered in at Ft. Wayne, Ind., and sent South. He participated in the following battles: First Bull run, in which he was badly wounded; Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Glendale, Malver Hill, Secon Bull Run, Govetown, Va.; Chantilly, Fredericksburg, siege of Vicksburg, siege of Jackson, Blue Springs, Louden, Lenair (Fla)., Campbell Station, seige of Knoxville, Strawberry Plain, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Oxford, North Anna, Tollapotomy Creek, Cold Harber, Petersburg, Bethesda Church, the Crater, Weldon Railroad, Beans Station, Poplar Springs, Boydton Road, Hatchie's Run,and many skirmishes. He was promoted from the ranks to be Sergeant, Orderly Sergeant and then Commissioned Sergeant. On the 6th of October, 1864, he was commissioned Captain of Company I, Second Michigan Infantry, by ex-Gov. Austin Blair. He was appointed Brevet-Major in the year 1865, by President Lincoln and commissioned Major by Gov. Crapo. In the same year he was commissioned Captain at Ft. Steadman for bravery in capturing four hundred prisoners with only twenty-five men. He surprised them in the dark and marched them away from their guns. In 1865, April 17, Capt. Boughton received of Lieutenant-Colonel, and was mustered out as Major, July 25, 1865.

    Upon his return from the war Col. Boughton went to Traverse City and entered one hundred and sixty acres of land, built a log cabin house and cleared one hundred acres and farmed it until 1883. He was Supervisor of his township and also served as School Director. About that time he started a hardwood mill and chair factory at Traverse City under the name of Boughton & West, but was taken sick and could not attend to business, consequently he failed. In 1883 he came to Bay City without anything and started as a huckster, selling on the streets. He secured some money and with the help of Malthy & Brotherton he started a small grocery store. In 1887 he build his store at No. 402 Keisel Street, where he keeps groceries, crockery and produce.

    This highly respected gentleman was married at Owosso, In 1865, to Miss Mary E. Brooks, a native of New York State, but who was reared in Illinois and Michigan. They became the parents of three children, two yet surviving, namely: Darius, at home, Bessie, who died at the age of fourteen years in 1883; and Helen who is at home. Col. Boughton served as Alderman of the Fourth Ward one term and is a true blue Republican and has served as delegate to the State conventions.

    Additional Notes:

    Family Genealogy:
    Children of Darius (son of Daniel and Phebe Coleman Boughton and Catharine Conger Boughton, of Hopewell, Ontario Co., N.Y.

    John C., b. Novi, Oakland Co., Mich., 1836, m. Ellen Brooks
    Eugene, teacher, b. 1837, m. Annie Crabbon.
    James A., b. 184, m. Mary Wallace
    Darius F., b. 1843, m. Helen C. McDill.

    1869 – Michigan Births: Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Mich.
    Eliza C. Boughton, born July 13, 1869, daughter of John C. and Mary E. Boughton. '

    1880 – Census: Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Mich.
    Boughton, John C. b. 1836, Mich., farmer
    Mary S., wife – b. 1837, NY
    Dennis B., son – b. 1867, Mich.
    Eliza C., daughter – b. 1869, Mich.
    Helen A., daughter – b. 1873, Mich.

    1894 - Burial at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City, MI.

    Reference Notes & Pages

    Col. John C. Boughton

    Related Pages:
    Bay Co. Civil War
    People Referenced
    Blair, Auston
    Brooks, Mary E. (wife)
    Boughton, Bessie (dau)
    Boughton, Daniel (g-father)
    Boughton, Darius (father)
    Boughton, Carius F. (son)
    Boughton, Eliza (g-child)
    Boughton, Eugene (bro)
    Boughton, Helen (dau)
    Boughton, James A. (bro)
    Boughton, John C. (subject)
    Clovis, King
    Coleman, Catharine (g-mother)
    Conger, Catherine (mother)
    Conger, John
    Conger, Peggy Mrs.
    Crabbon, Annie
    Crapo, Gov.
    Lincoln, Abe Pres.
    McDill, Helen C.
    Wallace, Mary
    Washington, Geo.
    Subjects Referenced
    2d MI Infranty
    Bay City, MI
    Boughton & West
    Elm Lawn Cemetery
    Ft. Steadman
    Ft. Wayne
    Hopewell, NY
    Malthy & Brotherton
    Novi Twp., MI
    Oakland Co., MI
    Ontario Co., NY
    Revolutionary War
    Seneca Co., NY
    Traverse City, MI
    Valley Forge
    Wayne Co., MI
    West Bay City, MI
    Ypsilanti, MI
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.