(late-1500s - early-1600s) - Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England; Watertown, Middlesex co., MA; Groton, Middlesex co., MA

(Second Generation - Holden Family)


BIRTH Richard was born circa 1609 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England[1]. He was aged 25 at time of his migration in 1634.
DEATH Richard died in Groton, Middlesex co., MA on 1 March 1696; he was 87, "aged, infirm and a widower"[1].
MIGRATION Richard migrated to New England aboard the Francis, Mr. John Cutting, master, which embarked on 30 April 1634 and landed in Ipswich, Essex co., MA[1,3].
RESIDENCES He first settled in Watertown, Middlesex co., MA[3] and later removed to Groton, Middlesex co., MA[2]. He must have owned land in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA, as he earned an entry in Wyman[2].
ESTATE Wyman has the following information on Richard Holden's estate: "Deed to chn. Justinian, John, Steeven [2nd of the name, m. Hannah Lawrence, Stephen, 1st of the name, b. 1642, was killed in Groton by felling a tree, 1658]; Martha w. of Thomas Boyden; Sarah, s. of Gershom Swan; Elizabeth; Samuel; [Mary] w. of Thomas Williams; 20 acres in Woburn left by Stephen Gosdick; 1663-4; rec. 1679"[2] Note that Wyman has confused Stephen with John in describing which child died in the "felling [of] a tree". There is no second Stephen Holden.
MARRIAGE Before 1642 when Richard was 33, he married Martha FOSDICK, daughter of Stephen FOSDICK & Anna HARRE, either in Watertown or Woburn, Middlesex co., MA[4,5,6,7,8,9].

CHILDREN 4. i. Justinian HOLDEN Justinian was of Groton, Middlesex co., MA in 1680[1]. Justinian married Mariah [surname not known].
5. ii. John HOLDEN John died in 1658 in Groton, Middlesex co., MA; killed as he was felling a tree[2].
6. iii. Stephen HOLDEN Stephen was born on 19 July 1642 in Watertown, Middlesex co., MA[1] and lived in Groton, Middlesex co., MA[1].
7. iv. Martha HOLDEN Martha was born on 15 January 1645/6 in Watertown, Middlesex co., MA[1] and married Thomas BOYDEN.
8. v. Mary HOLDEN Please see her own page.
9. vi. Sarah HOLDEN Sarah married Gershom SWAN.
10. vii. Samuel HOLDEN Samuel was of Groton, Middlesex co., MA in 1682[1] and married Anna [surname not known].
11. viii. Elizabeth HOLDEN We currently know nothing more.
12. ix. Thomas HOLDEN We currently know nothing more.

GENERATION Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great (G8) Grandfather
SOURCES 1. Edward Carroll Death Record, 19 October 1899, Lynn, Essex co., MA, 1866, 192, p. 186, #337.

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