6120. Nicholas HOLT was born in 1602.
He died on Jan 20, 1685. He has Ancestral File Number 3LX1-W1.
Nicholas Holt, the pioneer ancester of Mrs. William H. Hobbs, was born in England,
in 1602. He came from Romsey, England, in the ship "James, " William
Cooper, master, sailing April 6, and landing in Boston June 3, 1635. He was one
of the first settlers at Newbury and Andover, Massachusetts. At Newbury he was
husbandman, proprietor and town officer. He made a long journey with others to
take the freeman's oath May 17, 1637, and vote against Sir Harry Vane. He was
a tanner as well as a farmer. He removed to Andover in 1644. He sold his Newbury
land November 14, 1652. He is called a plate-turner (woodworker) in some records.
He married (first) Elizabeth (???). She died at Andover, November 9, 1656. He
married (second), June 20, 1658, Hannah (Bradstreet) Rolfe, widow of Daniel Rolfe
and daughter of Humphrey Bradstreet. She died June 20, 1665. He married (third)
Mrs. Martha Preston, widow of Roger Preston, May 21, 1666. She died March 21,
1703, aged eighty years. He died January 30, 1685, aged eighty-three years. Children
of Nicholas and Elizabeth Holt: Hannah, born in England, married Robert
Gray; Elizabeth, born at Newbury, March 30, 1636; Mary, born at Newbury, October
6, 1638; Samuel, October 6, 1641; Henry, born 1644, of whom later; Nicholas,
1647; James, 1651; Priscilla, June 20, 1653. Children of Nicholas and Hannah
Holt were: Rebecca, born November 14, 1662; John, January 14, 1663-4.
Crane, Ellery Bicknell. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worchester
County vol.1. The Lewis Publishing Company. New York. 1907.
Call Number: F72.W9C8vol.1
It is said by antiquarians and students of the origin and signification of surnames
that the family name Holt is derived from "a holt, or grove," at or
near which dwelt some remote English ancestor. The progenitor of the American
branch of the family was a pioneer settler in two towns and a man of influence
among his associates. There is a tradition that the dwelling of Nicholas Holt,
the immigrant, is one which still stands on Holt's Hill, sometimes called Prospect
Hill, in Andover, Massachusetts. The descendants of the immigrant in Andover
have been noticeable for their attention to learning. The Holt family in that
town included four college graduates previous to 1800. The family in this country
in all its branches is very large and includes many names of considerable orominence
in the town of Andover and elsewhere.
Nicholas Holt was a passenger in the ship "James," of London,
William Corper, master, which sailed from Southampton, England, about April
16, 1635, and arrived at Boston, New England, June 3 following, after a voyage
of forty-eight days. The names of forty-three male persons are found as passengers
on the ship's roll, "besides the wives and children of Dyvers of them."
Among the former occurs the name of Nicholas Holte, of Romsey (county of Hants),
England, "Tanner." Undoubtedly he was accompanied by a wife and at
least one child. He proceeded the same year to Newbury, where he was one of the
first settlers and resided there some ten years. There he received his proportionate
share of the lands allotted to each proprietor. In 1637 his name appears
as one of the ten persons who in order to prevent the relection of Sir
Henry Vane to the office of governor, and to strengthen the friends of Governor
Winthrop, went from Newbury to Cambridge on foot, forty miles, and qualified
themselves to vote by taking the freeman's oath May 17, 1637. This defeat was
a severe blow to the pride of Sir Henry Vane.
April 19, 1638, Nicholas Holt was chosen one of the surveyors of highways
"for one whole yeare & till new be chosen." February 24, 1637,
it was agreed that "William Moody, James Browne, Nic. Holt, Francis Plummer,
Na Noyse, shall lay out all the general fences in the towne, that are to be made,
as likewise tenn rod between man & man for garden plotts this is to be done
by the 5th of March on the penalty of 5s apiece." In June, 1638, all the
able-bodied men of Newbury were enrolled and formed into four companies under
the command of John Pike, Nicholas Holt, John Baker and Edmund Greenleafe. They
were required to "bring their arms compleat on Sabbath day in a month and
the lecture day following," and "stand sentinell at the doors all the
time of the publick meeting."
The first church records of Newbury prior to 1674 are lost, and consequently
the name of Nicholas Holt is not found, but it appears in the following order
of the town record: "Jan. 18, 1638. It is ordered that Richard Knight, James
Brown & Nicholas Holt shall gather up the first payment of the meeting house
rate, & the town within one fourteennight on the penalty of 6s 8d apiece."
In 1644 Nicholas Holt was one of the ten original settlers who removed their
families from Newbury and accompanied their pastor, the Rev. John Woodbridge,
to "Chochichawicke," now Andover. On a leaf in the town records containing
the list of householders in order as they came to the town his name is sixth.
He was one of the ten male members, including the pastorelect, who composed
the church at the ordination of Mr. John Woodbridge, October 24,1645. May 26,
1647, he was appointed in connection with Sergeant Marshall "to lay out
the highway between Reading and Andover, and with Lieut. Sprague and Sergeant
Marshall to view the river (Ipswich River) and make return to the court of the
necessity and charge of a bridge and make return to the next session of this
court." At a general court held May 2, 1652, he was appointed with Captain
Johnson, of Woburn, and Thomas Danforth, of Cambridge, "to lay the bounds
of Andover," and May 18, 1653, he was appointed with Captain Richard Walker
and Lieutenant Thomas Marshall to lay out the highway betwixt Andover and Reading
and at the same term of court, September 20, 1655, the committee made a report
of said survey.
Nicholas Holt died at Andover, January 30, 1685, aged one hundred and
four years, says the record, but Coffin, with more probability, says eighty-three.
In his early, life he carried on the business of manufacturer of woodenware.
A few years before his death, in distributing his property among his children,
he styles himself "dish-turner." The word "tanner" on the
roll of the ship "James" is probably an error of the recording official
who mistook the word turner for tanner.
There is no doubt but that the same motives that actuated the other
early settlers of New England in leaving their pleasant homes in England and
emigrating to this country had their due influence on him. That he was a religious
man is made evident by the fact that he was one of the original members of the
Andover church, and by his forsaking his native home in England to encounter
the privations and difficulties of the wilderness in order that he might enjoy
the privileges of worshipping God according to the convictions of his own mind
and his understanding of God's word. While honestly and conscientiously discharging
his duties in this regard he took an active part in public affairs of the town
and his appointment on important committees in laying out roads and other improvements
indicates that his services were valuable and appreciated.
Nicholas Holt was married in England a few years before he came to
Massachusetts. The name of his wife was Elizabeth Short, of whom nothing more
is known except that she died at Andover, November 9, 1656. He married (second)
June 20, 1658, Hannah, widow of Daniel Rolfe, and daughter of Humphrey Bradstreet.
She died June 20, 1665, at Andover, and he married (third) May 21, 1666, Widow
Martha Preston, who died March 21, 1703, aged eighty years. He had by his first
wife four sons and four daughters; by his second wife, one son and one daughter.
His children, born in Newbury, were: Elizabeth, Mary, Samuel, Andy; and in Andover,
Henry Nicholas, James, John and Priscilla.
Various members of the Holt family removed from Andover, Massachusetts,
soon after the revolutionary war, in the settlement of the towns of Maine, back
from the coast. Captain William Holt, of Andover, a master mariner, with his
two sons, Stephen and Nathan, settled in Wilton and later in Weld, Maine; the
sons in 1807, and the father in 1812. The sons took up land, and were for many
years farmers. Another son of William was Asa, who lived in Weld, where he died
Bibliographic Information: Cutter, William Richard. New England Families Genealogical
Memorial: Third Series, Volume IV. 1915. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing
6121. Elizabeth SHORT has Ancestral
File Number 3LWV-G4. Children were: