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Heywood, William Sweetzer, History of Westminster, Massashusetts (First named Narragansett No. 2), From the date of the original grant of the township to the present time, 1728-1893, with a Biographic-Genealogical Register of its Principal Families, (Vox Populi Press: S.W. Huse & Co., Lowell, Mass.: 1893); New England Historic Genealogical Society Call No. F/74/W72/H6.


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[b. 704-708] HOLDEN

In the year 1634 Justinian Holden1, aged 21, embarked at Ipswich, Eng., and crossing the sea was enrolled as one of the first proprietors of Watertown, in which place he permanently settled and finally died. Bond in his "History of the Watertown Families," thinks he was accompanied by his father, but gives no reasons for that opinion. In the absence of such reasons and of all authority of a kindred nature, it is assumed in this sketch that Justinian1 was the first of the name in this country. He seems to have been a man of substance, owning not only the estate on which he settled in Wat., but a farm of 294 acres, bordering on Fresh Pond, at the present day one of the most charming and valuable tracts of landed property in the suburbs of Boston. There are no means of knowing whom Mr. Holden m. for his first wife nor when the event took place, but it is on record that she d. in 1672, and it is prob. that she left no issue. Soon after, though at a date not fixed, he m. for a second wife Mary, dau. of Thomas Rutter of Sudbury, by whom he had four sons, one of whom was destined, by his own personal labors and influence and through his descendants, to play a most important part in the development and history of the town whose annuals these pages record.

[6.] Holden, Abner3, 4th s. of Dea. Joseph2 [b. Nov. 2, 1722], accompanied his f. to Nar. No. 2 when 14 yrs. of age, grew up to manhood with the growing settlement and became, in his time, the foremost man of the tn. Able, trustworthy, honorable, he naturally gravitated to his appropriate place in the community, held important offices, and exerted a commanding and wholesome influence upon the private and public life of his generation. [snip]

Abner Holden3, m. Feb. 25, 1752, O.S. (March 7, N.S.), Elizabeth, dau. of Andrew and Elizabeth Darby, who shared his fortunes more than half a century, and survived him some 7 yrs. He d. Oct. 22, 1805, a. 82. She d. Nov. 12, 1812, a. 83. Chn.:
15. Joseph4, b. Aug. 2, 1753; m. Rebecca Hoar; res.W.; no chn.; d. May 31, 1797.
16. Ruth4, b. Dec. 10, 1754; m. J. Fletcher and J. White; res. Gr.; 9 chn.; d. Oct. 20, 1804.
17. Elizabeth4, b. Jan. 17, 1757; m. Edmund Barnard; res. W.; 6 chn.; d. Dec. 5, 1844.
18. Relief4, b. Oct. 18, 1758; m. Thomas Farnsworth; res. W.; no chn.; d. May 25, 1776.
19. Abner4, b. June 29, 1760; m. Elizabeth Howard; res. W.; no chn.; d. Jan. 19, 1824.
20. Phebe4, b. July 30, 1762; m. Abel Wood; res. W.; 9 chn.; d. Feb 7, 1839.
21. Ezra4, b. Dec. 5, 1764; m. Susannah Bigelow; res.W.
22. Abigail4, b. Aug. 25, 1767; m. Nathan (76) Merriam; res. W.; chn.; d.
23. Lucy4, b. Feb. 25, 1770; m. Joel (149) Whitney; res. W.; chn.; d.
[10.] Holden, Stephen4, 2d s. of Stephen and Abigail [b. May 16, 1755], m. Elizabeth (11), dau. of Dea. Joseph and Mary (Williams) Miller (pub. May 23), 1780. He set. on lot No. 86, 2d Div., in the north part of the tn., his dwelling house standing near the site of the buildings belonging to John W. Carr, which were burned Aug. 27, 1887. This farm was a part of his f.'s landed property at the time of his decease. Stephen Holden d. Nov. 15, 1803, a. 48. His wid., Elizabeth M., d. Nov. 22, 1828, a. 71. Chn.:
25. Jonas5, b. Oct. 3, 1780; m. Lucy Brooks and Asenath Jackson; res. W.
26. Samuel5, b. Nov. 21, 1782; d. Nov. 29, 1804.
27. Joel5, b. Sept. 24, 1784; d. same day.
28. Sarah5, b. Sept. 25, 1785; m. James Foster; res. Joy, N. Y.; 4 chn.
29. Esther5, b. Dec. 29, 1787; m. ---- Burnet; res. Newbury, Ohio; 5 chn.
30. Levi5, b. Jan. 12, 1790; m. Mary Lincoln and ---- Whitney; res. N. Y.; 5 chn.
31. Hannah5, b. July 4, 1792; m. James McIntire; res. Fg.; no chn.
32. Abigail5, b. Feb. 1, 1795; m. Sherabiah Burnett; res. Ohio; 4 chn.
33. Mary5, b. July 10, 1797; m. Jonathan Farnsworth; res. Fg.; 1 chd.; d.
34. Elizabeth5, b. March 15, 1800; m. ---- Farwell; res. Fg.; no chn.
35. Almira5, b. May 15, 1802; m. Nathaniel Wheeler; res. W.
[12.] Holden, Elias4, 3d s. of Stephen and Abigail [b. May 28, 1758], m. Olive Smith (pub. Dec. 11), 1782. She was niece of Joseph Smith of whom hereafter in loco. He received by will from his f. lot No. 19 (now Hobart Raymond's place), belonging to his uncle Joseph at his death, and prob. lived there till 1802, when he sold to Edmund Bemis and purchased the Lemuel Houghton farm at the head of the pond, now So. W., which he occupied through life and which descended to his s. Asa. [snip] He d. suddenly Feb. 4, 1838, a. 80. His wid. d. Aug. 21, 1839, a. 76. Chn.:
36. Nathan5, b. July 12, 1785; m. Experience Clark; res. Hub.; d. March 7, 1838.
37. Elizabeth5, b. Sept. 26, 1787; d. Jan. 12, 1796.
38. Asa5, b. June 8, 1790; m. Dolly Whitney; res. W.
39. Elias5, b. Sept. 30, 1793; d. Oct. 17, 1793.
40. Olive5, b. April 19, 1795; m. George A. Baker; res. Gr.; 4 chn.
41. Stephen5, b. Oct. 14, 1797; d. unm. June 15, 1851.
42. Joseph5, b. Nov. 25, 1799; d. May 8, 1801.
43. Rufus5, b. May 7, 1804.
[25.] Holden, Jonas5, oldest s. of Stephen and Elizabeth, m. Lucy, dau. of Simeon and Lydia Brooks, Ash. (pub. May 11, 1806), and lived a few yrs. upon his f.'s place in the northerly part of the town, but afterwards moved to the center, building and occupying the house where his s. Handel now res. on Bacon St. His w. d. Sept. 11, 1808, and he m. (2) Asenath, dau. of Oliver and Mary (Pierce) Jackson (pub. April 8, 1814), b. March 29, 1785. [p. 724] He d. March 15, 1861, a. 83. His wid., Asenath, d. Jan. 27, 1875, a. 89. Chn.:
55. Lucy B.6, b. Aug. 23, 1808; m. Solomon Pratt; res. Fg.; 2 chn.; d. May, 1887.
56. Susan E.6, b. Dec. 11, 1816; d. July 20, 1820.
57. Samuel6, b. Feb. 3, 1818; d. same day.
58. Betsey6, b. Dec. 11, 1819; twin; d. Dec. 12, 1819.
59. Mary6, b. Dec. 11, 1819; twin; d. Dec. 12, 1819.
60. Handel6, b. Feb. 6, 1822; m. Betsey E. M. Chaffin; res. W.; no chn.; living.
61. Abigail6, b. June 19, 1824; m. O. Bartlett (2) Estey; res. W.; 2 chn.; d. Jan. 19, 1876.
[30.] Holden, Levi5, m. Mary. dau. Deman and Elizabeth Lincoln (pub. Sept. 13), 1816, by whom he had 3 chn. b. in W. After ab. 10 yrs. residence here he moved to Boston, and thence to N. Y. State. His w., Mary, d. and he m. (2) ---- Whitney. Chn. b. W.:
62. Levi Lincoln6, b. March 30, 1817
63. Stephen Marsh6, b. Sept. 4, 1819.
64. Mary Farnsworth6, b. July 19, 1823.
[38.] Holden, Asa5, s. of Elias and Olive (Smith) Holden, m. Dolly, dau. of Joshua and Vashti (Knight) Whitney, Gr. (pub. May 6, 1815), and remained upon the parental homestead. He was one of the many farmers in town who supplemented the culture of the soil with coopering. To facilitate operations in this line of work, he utilized a small water power near his dwelling, thereby virtually taking the first steps in the development of the important industrial interests of what is now So. W., in the heart of which the old Elias Holden dwelling house still stands. He d. March 12, 1869, a. 78. His w. d. Sept. 10, 1856, a. 63. Chn.:
65. Eliza6, b. Jan. 22, 1818; m. Jos. P. Howe; res. Gr.; dec'd.
66. Salome6, b. Oct. 9, 1820; m. Artemas (100) Merriam; res. W.; 6 chn.; living.
67. George6, b. May 30, 1825; m. Harriet F. Priest; res. W.
68. Calvin6, b. Nov. 30, 1826; m. twice; res. W.
[67.] Holden, George6, s. of Asa and Dolly W., m. March 13, 1854, Harriet, dau. of John H. and Nabby Priest of Marlow, N. H. He began business with his f. as a cooper, but soon changed to manufacturing chairs, going on by himself a few yrs. and then forming a partnership with his bro.-in-law Artemus (100) Merriam, under the name of "Merriam and Holden." The success of the enterprise was in proportionate measure due to his industry, energy, wise economy, and practical good sense. (See Chap. on Industries, etc.) He passed away after a brief illness June 21, 1873, a. 48. His wid. d. April 14, 1888, a. 62. Chn.:
69. Charles E.7, b. June 22, 1855; lives Marlboro'; unm.
70. Alice M.7, b. Nov. 29, 1856; m. Charles M. (15) Bacon; res. W.; 1 chd.
71. Mary Jane7, b. June 10, 1859; m. Louie Miller; res. W.; no chn.
72. Frank S.7, b. July 21, 1861; m. Harriet Furber; res. Marlboro'; 2 chn.
73. William S.7, b. Sept. 29, 1863; res. W., unm.
74. Anne7, b. Nov. 25, 1865; res. Boston; unm.
[68.] Holden, Calvin6, bro. of the last, is a chairmaker by trade, and has always lived within a few rods of the place of his birth. He m. Jan. 5, 1853, Charlotte T., dau.of Willard and Lucy P. Houghton, then res. W. She d. Aug. 24, 1861, a. 24. He m. (2) Oct. 16, 1862, Sarah M., dau. of Geo. C. and Susan H. Underwood of Hub. Chn.:
75. Jennie E.7, b. April 15, 1855; m. Wm. E. Gilson; res. W.; 1 chd.
76. Carrie A.7, b. May 4, 1863; d. May 10, 1865.
77. Edgar A.7, b. March 27, 1865; d. April 16, 1865.
78. Nellie A.7, b. June 1, 1866; d. July 30, 1866.
79. Cora F.7, b. July 28, 1867.
80. Lillian E.7, b. Dec. 21, 1869; m. Arthur C. (10) Lombard; res. So. Ash.
81. Leon S.7, b. Dec. 22, 1872.
82. Edna M.7, b. April 6, 1874.
83. Bertha T.7, b. April 21, 1875.
84. Carrie A. S.7, b. May 17, 1876.
85. William R.7, b. Sept. 10, 1877; d. Sept. 16, 1877.
86. Lottie B.7, b. April 20, 1879; d. Sept. 11, 1879.
87. Grace G.7, b. April 21, 1883.
88. Ina O.7, b. Sept. 4, 1884.

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