Nothing is yet known of John's early life, but as there are no other Houghs mentioned in the Hathersage parish register in the seventeenth century, then he probably originated elsewhere - perhaps Sheffield given that he held his lands of a Sheffield woman, Ellen Ellis, prior to buying them (4).
Later in life he was married to a woman named Anne, but being described as his "now wife"(6) she could well have been a second or later wife, and was not neccesarily the mother of his children, whose baptism are the earliest record of him in Hathersage. His daughter Mary was baptised there in 1641 (1). He also had another daughter named Anne, probably born around the same time or a little later (2).
In 1669 he bought the lands in Hathersage where he was already living (4), and in 1675 he added to them by purchasing and enclosing more land from the Lord of the Manor (5).
In 1690 he granted his lands to his grandson George Stainrod, on condition that George looked after John, and his wife Anne, for the rest of their lives (6).
Nothing later is known of John. His wife Anne died in 1695 (7).
Brief details of his children:
This indenture made the nynteenth day of February in the One & Twentyeth yeare of the Raigne of our Sovraigne Lord Charles the Second by the grace of God of England Scotland France & Ireland King defender of the faith Betweene Robert Brailsforth of Sheffeild in the County of York Cutler Margreatt his wiffe & Margreatt Crosley of Sheffeild aforesaid of the One parte And John Hough of Hathersadge in the County of Derby yeoman of the other parte Witnesseth That the said Robert Brailsforth Margreatt his wife & Margreatt Crosley for [..] Consideracon of the Sum of Fowerscore & [Eight] pounds of Lawfull English Money to the said Robert Braislforth in hand paide by the said John Hough before [..... ...... & ......] hereof the receipte whereof hee the said Robert Brailsforth duly acknowledge and and allsoe the said Margrette his wiffe & Margrett Crosley houldeth themselves therewith well contented & satisfyed. Anf thereof therefrom and of & from every parte & parcell thereof doe cleerely acquitte exonerate & discharege the said John Hough his heirs Executors & Administrators and every of them for ever by these presentes. As allsoe for & in consideracon of the perfectinge fullfillinge & in pursuance of a Covenant herebefore made & agreed uppon under the hand & seale of one Ellen Ellis late of Sheffeild aforesaid spinster deceased unto the said John Hough have given granted bargained sould aliened released enffeoffed & confirmed And in & by these presentes doe for and from them & every of them & every of their heires Executors & Administrators Freely Clearely & absolutely give grannt bargaine sell alien release enffeoffe & confirme unto the said John Hough his heires and Assigns For ever (now in his full quiette & peaceable possession and seisin being) All that Messuage house Farme or Tenement wherein hee the said John Hough now dwelleth That is to say The dwelling house the barne & cowhouse and all other Edifices Structures and buildings hereunto belonginge, One garden, One yard, One little meadowe lying at the [barne....], One close called the Netherfeild, Two closes called the Kirk half acres, One close called the Nyne lands, Two parcells of land called the Great half acres lying in the Townefeild of Hathersadge aforesaid, Two [....] parcells of land lyinge in the same place called both by the name of [.eromeroods] & one parcell of land called the [Tytheoale] lyinge on the Hall Mosse or by what name or names soever the same is or heretofore beene called or knowne, All [which said] grannted & bargained premisses are situate lyinge & beinge within the Townfeild precincts libertyes & [...t..yes] of Hathersadge aforesaid And now in the possession & Occupacon of the said John Hough his assignee or assignees together with all houses Outhouses Edifices Structures buildings barnes stables Orchards gardens [proutes] yards backsides lands Meadowes [Leachowes] pastures [hades baulkes Feedings waies] waters woods underwoods Easements priviledges profitts Commons Common of pasture & [Carbury] Consents libertyes Commodityes heredetaments & Appurtenances whatsoever to the said Messuage Farme Tenement lands & premisses or to any parte or parcell thereof lyinge belonginge or appertayninge or herewithall now used occupyed possessed & enjoyed or accepted reputed or knowne & taken for parte parcell or member thereof, And the reversion & reversions remaynder and remaynders rentes & service of all & singular the lands tenements & premisses aforesaid & of every parte & parcell thereof. And allsoe all the Estate & Estates right title interest use possession trust Claymes & demand whatsoever of them the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wiffe & Margrett Crosley or any of them of in or unto the same or of in or unto any parte or parcell thereof . And allsoe all deeds writings Evidence Charters [Escripts] & Muniments touchinge or concerninge the forementioned premisses or any part or parcell thereof which they the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wiffe or Margrett Crosby or any of them now have in there or any of there Custody or possession or which they or any of them can Obtaine without suite in lawe To have & houlde the said Messuage Tenement lands Closes hereditaments & premmises aforesaid with their appurtenances & every parte & parcell thereof unto the said John Hough his heires & assignes To the onely [proper] benefitte Use & behooffe of the said John Hough his heires and assignes For evermore To bee holden of the chief Lord or Lords of the Fee or Fees thereof by the service therefore due & of right accustomed, And the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wiffe & Margrett Crosley doe for themselves their heires Executors & Administrators Covenant promise & grannt joyntly & for the acte & actes one of another to & with the said John Hough his heires & assignes by these presentes That they the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wife & Margrett Crosley & their heirs the said Messuage Tenement lands premisses & hereditaments herein beforementioned & granted & every parte & parcell thereof with their Apputenances unto the said John Hough his heires & assignes againest them the said Robert Braislforth Margrett his wife & Margrett Crosley & againest William Crosley now or late husband of the said Margrett Crosley and againest the heires and assignes of the said Ellen Ellis deceased and all & every of their heires Executors Administrators & assignes and againest all & every other peron or persons whatsoever Claymeinge or lawfully pretendinge to Clayme any estate Tytle or right of in or unto the forementioned premises or any parte or parcell thereof by from or under them or any of them shall & will warrantt & [fo.....] defend by these presenes And the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wiffe & Margrett Crosley for them selves their heires Executors & Administrators doe joyntly & severally & for the acte & actes one of another Covenant promise & grannt to & with the said John Hough his heires and assignes by these presentes in Manner & forme Followinge (That is to say) That they the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wiffe & Margrett Crossley all [......] of them now at the tyme of thensealing & delivery of these presentes are and is lawfull [seiz...] in his or their demaisne as of Fee or some other good & lawfull estate of & in all & singular the said grannted premisses, And that they have all or some of them with Tytle good right full power & lawfull authority themselves to give grannt bargaine sell alien release enffeoffe & confirm the said Messuage Tenements lands closes & premisses with their Appurtenances unto the said John Hough his heires & assignes in manner & form aforesaid And that it shall & may bee lawfull to & for the said John Hough his heires & assignes by force & virtue of these presentes from tyme to tyme & at all tymes for ever hereafter lawfully peaceably & quietly To have hould occupie possesse & enjoy the said grannted & bargained premisses herein beforementioned with all & singular their rentes rights members & Appurtenances and have [preme] receive & take the rentes yssues & profittes to & for his & their owne proper use benefitte & behoofe for ever without any Manner of lawful lett suite trouble impediment [o.....] or hindrance of them the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wiffe & Margrett Crosley or the forenamed William Crosley his heires or assignes or the heires or assignes of the said Ellen Ellis deceased or any of them or any of their heires Administrators Executors or assignes or any other person or persons by their or any of their assent Consent monies or procurement And that Free & Cleene & Freely & Cleenely acquitted Exonerated & discharged or otherwise att all tymes for ever hereafter well & sufficiently saved & kept harmlesse & [undamprifyed] by the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wiffe & Margrett Crosley their heires Executors & Administrators of from and Concerning All & all kind & Manner of former & other bargaines sales guiftes grannts Leases Mortgages Joyntures dowers uses wils intayles rentes rentes Opardyes Arrerages of rents Indyments Elegitts Executions Condempriacons yssues Fines Forfeitures Amercyments and more Especially of from & Concerninge the right Clayme tytle & demand of the said William Crosley his heires & assignes as alsoe the heires & assignes of Ellen Ellis and of & from all other Tytles Troubles [E.......] Incumbrnces & demands whatsoever heretofore hadd made done Comitted executed assured & suffered or herefter to be hadd made done Comitted Executed assured & suffered by them the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wife & Margrett Crosley their heires Executors Administrators or assignes or any of them or by any oher person or persons whoseoever by their or any of their assent Consent memory or procurement The service hereafter to bee done to the Chiefe Lord or Lords of the Fee or Fees onely excepted and [foreprayed] And the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wiffe & Magrett Crosley for themselves their heires Executors Adminstrators & every of them doe jointly & severally Covenant promise & grannt to & with the said John Hough his heires Executors Administrators & Assignes and to [.....] every of them by these presentes That that they the said Robert Brailsworth Margrett his wiffe & Margrett Crosley or any of them & all & every person & persons & [.....................] Claymeing any estate or estates right [............................] of in or unto the said bargained & grannted premisses or any parte or parcell thereof shall & will from tyme to tyme & at all tymes hereafter dureing the space of Seaven yeares next ensueinge the date of these presentes at & Uppon every reasonable request costs & Charges in the lawe of the said John Hough his heires Executors Administrators & assignes doe make performe acknowledge levy execute assure & suffer or cause to bee hadd made done performed acknowledged Levyed executed assured & suffered all & every other such further & other lawfull & reasonable acte & actes thinge & thinges device & devices assurances & Convayances in the law whatsoever for the further better & more perfect assurance surety [fire] makeinge & [Conveyancing] all & singular the foregrannted or mencioned to be grannted premisses premisses with their & every of their rights members Appurtenances unto him the said John Hough his heires and assignes for ever bee it or they by Fyne or Fynes Feoffment or Feoffments deed or deeds inrolled or not inrolled thenrollment of these presentes release or Confirmacon recovery or recoveryes with single or double voucher or vouchers with like warrantty as aforesaid or by any other lawfull waies or Meanies whatsoever as shall be advised devised or required by the said John Hough his heires or assignes or by his or their Counsell levied in the lawe Soe allwaies as the said Robert Brailsforth Margrett his wiffe & Margrett Crosley their heires or assignes or such other person or persons as shall be required to make such further assurance as aforesaid [b..] not compelled to travell above Tenne Myles from their then respective places of aboade for the doeng perfectinge & performinge the same And furthermore wee the said Robert Braislforth Margrett his wiffe & Margrett Crosley doe by these presentes make ordaine & in our place roome & [fleedquitt] our wellbeloved & trusty freind Francis [Ca...s] our lawfull Attorney to enter into the said Messuagehouse and take possession thereof and after such possession hadd to deliver in our behalfes possession Livery of seisin thereof to the said John Hough in full & righ of all the premisses beforementioned & have & to hould to him & his heires for ever accordinge to the four [form..] effect & vertue of this present Indenture and what our said Money shall doe or cause to bee done Concerninge the premisses wee doe hereby valifie & Confirme as yf wee were all [p..ually] present and did doe the sayd In witness whereof [....] abovesaid to [........lent] Indenture .......
This Indenture made the Twelfth day of June in the Second Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord & Lady William & Mary by the grace of God of England Scotland France & Ireland Defender of the Faith &c Between John Hough of Hathersage in the County of Derby Yeoman of the one part And George Stainrod of Hathersage aforesaid Mason, and Grandson to the said John Hough of the other parte Witnesseth That the said John Hough for & in consideracon of the natural love & affecon which he the said John Hough hath & beareth to the said George Stainrod his Grandson, And also for & in consideracon that the said George Stainrod shall find the said John Hough & Anne his now wife with sufficient meat & drink lodging & washing for & during all the time & Term of their two naturall lives & the life of the longer liver of them Hath given granted bargained sold Aliened released infeoffed & confirmed & in & by these presnts doth for & from himself & his heirs fully freely & absolutley grant bargain sell alien release infeoffe & confirm unto the said George Stainrod & his heirs All that Messuage house wherein the said John Hough now dwelleth One house called the Kichin, One House called the Cowhouse The Orchard & Garden to the said Messuage adjoining, One Close caled the Nether=Field And the fould before the said house ^All which premisses are siuate lying and being in Hathersage aforesaid & now or late in the tenure of the said John Hough his Assignee or Assignes^ Together with all Woods, underwoods, ways, waters watering places water Courses, Easements Commons & Profits Commodities Hereditaments & Appurtenances whatsoever to the said Messuage or Tenement Lands Closes Premises or any of them belonging or appertaining And the Revercon & Revercons, remainder & Remainders Rents & Devices of all & singular the premises & every parte & parcell thereof And all the Estate right Title Interest Claim & Demand of him the said John Hough in or to the same And of in & to every parte & parcell thereof Together with all Writings Deeds Escipts & Muniments & other Evidences whatsoever which concern the premisses hereby granted bargained & sold or only any parte or parcell thereof To have & to hold the said Messuage or Tenement & houses & all singular other the aforesaid premisses with their & every of their Appurtenances to the said George Stainrod his heirs & Assigns for ever To the only sole proper use & behoof of him the said George Stainrod his heirs & assigns for ever more And the said John Hough doth grant that he and his heirs All the said Messuage or Tenement & Houses Lands Tenements & Hereditaments aforesaid & all & singluar the aforesaid Premisses with the Appurtenances to him the said George Stainrod his heirs & assigns against him the said John Hough his heors & Assignes and against all avery other person & persons whatsoever lawfully claiming by from or under them or any of them shall & will warrant & for ever defend by these presents And moreover the said John Hough for himself his heirs Executors & Administrators & every of them doth Covenant promise & grant to & with the said George Stainrod his heirs & Assignes & to & with every of them by these presents That he the said John Hough at the time of the sealing & delivery of these presents is seized in his demesne as of Fee of & in the aforesaid premisses with the Appurtenances without any Condicon power or Limitacon of use or uses to alter Change or make void the same And he will therof so remain & continue seized until the said premisses be well sufficiently conveyed unto the said George Stainrod his heirs & Assignes And that he the said John Hough hath good right full power & lawful Authority to Bargain Sell & Convey All & singular the said Messuage & Houses Lands Tenements & Hereditaments aforesaid with their and every of their appurtenances to the said George Stainrod his heirs & Assignes in manner and form aforesaid And that the said Messuage & Houses Lands Tenements & Hereditaments aforesaid with their and every of their Appurtenances for ever hereafter shall be remain continue & inure to the said George Stainrod his heirs & Assignes Free & clear & freely & clearly acquitted exonerated & discharged or otherwise by the said John Hough from time to time & at all times upon every reasonable request well & sufficiently saved & kept harmless & indempnified of & from all former & other Bargains Sales Gifts Grants statutes Merchant & of the staple Judgment Executions Intains Fines Issues Amerciaments forfeitures Sequestrations Seizures Extents & of and from all other Charges Titles Troubles & Incumbrances whatsoever heretofore had made caused committed procured willingly suffered or hereafter to be had made done caused committed procured or willingly suffered by him the said John Hough or his heirs or any of them, or by their or any of their means assent consent privity or procurement or whereunto they or any of then are Parties privy or consenting The Rents & Services henceforth to grow due & payable to the Chief Lord or Lords of the Fee or Fees thereof for the premisses only excepted & foreprized which is one penny yearly & no more And that the said George Stainrod his heirs & Assignes shall & lawfully may peaceably & quietly have hold occupy powers & enjoy the said Messuage houses Lands Tenements & Hereditaments aforesaid & all & singular other the Premisses with their Apputenances according to the form purport & true intent & meaning of these presents without any lett trouble hindrance entry Dusturbance or contradicon of him the said John Hough his Heirs or Assignes or of any other person or persons whatsoever lawfully claiming or which shall hereafter Lawfully claim by from or under him them or any of them And further that he the said John Hough, his heirs & Assignes, And Anne now wife of the said John Hough shall & will at all time & times hereafter ^lawfully claim^ within the space of seven years next ensuing the date of these presents upon the reasonable request and at the Costs & Charges in law of the said George Stainrod his heirs or assignes make suffer do acknowledge & Execute or cause to be made done acknowledged suffered & Executed all & every such further & other lawfull & reasonable Act & Acts, thing & things Devise & Devises Conveyances & Assurances in the law whatsoever for the further more perfect & better assuring & suremaking of the premisses beforemenconed to be hereby bargained & sold & of every part & parcell thereof unto the said George Stainrod & to his heors & Assignes for ever Be it by Fine or Fines Feofment or Feofments Recovery or Recoveries with a single or double voucher or vouchers Deed or Deeds inrolled or not inrolled the Enrollment of these Release confirmacon or or otherwise or by any of the said ways & means, or by any other ways or means which by the said George Stainrod his heors or Assignes , or his or their Councill learned in the Law shall be reasonably devised advised or required so as the same contain no other warranty than as aforesaid And so as neither he nor they that make such further Assurances be compelled or compellable to travel further then the place or places of their most usuall abode for the doing making or executing of such further Assuranes & Conveyances as aforesaid And lastly it is agreed by and between the said parties to these presents : That all & every the said Assurances & Conveyances so as aforesaid hereafter to be had of the premisses shall be and shall be esteemed and taken to be the only use of him the said George Stainrod his heirs & Assignes for ever & to no other use Intent or purpose whatsoever & anything in these presents contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding In witness whereof the parties abovesaid have to the presents interchangeably put their hands & seals the day & year abovesaid Anno Domini 1690