A GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF THE Holt Family in the United States: MORE PARTICULARLY THE DESCENDANTS OF NICHOLAS HOLT OF NEWBURY AND ANDOVER, MASS., 1634 - 1644 AND OF WILLIAM HOLT OF NEW HAVEN, CONN. BY DANIEL S. DURRIE...1864. p. 10 [Continued from previous image] and upland was granted in 1641, and afterwards became the property of William Trotter, and from him deeded to Nicholas Wallington, and from him to John Wolcott, and is now owned by Tristram Little, and is called Holt's Neck. The first book of church records of Newbury, prior to 1674, is lost, and consequently his name is not found; though there is no possible doubt of his being a member of the church at that place. In 1637, his name appears, as one of ten persons who in order to vote to prevent the re-election of Sir Henry Vane as governor, and to strengthen the friends of Gov. Winthrop, went from Newbury to Cambridge on foot (40 miles), qualified themselves to vote by taking the freeman's oath on the 17th of May, 1637. Winthrop was chosen governor, and Sir Henry Vane and his friends were in a minority. His name further appears on the Newbury records: Feb. 24,1638, when it was voted that Nicholas Holt and five others should be fined two shillings and six pence a piece for being absent from town meeting, having "due and fitt warning." And on the 21st of April following, he was fined the same amount for the same cause. While residing at Newbury his children, Elizabeth, Mary, and Samuel were born. In 1644, Nicholas Holt removed with his family to Andover, and was one of the original settlers of that place. On a leaf in the town records, containing the list of householders in order as they came, his name is the sixth. He was one of the ten male members including the pastor elect that composed the church, at the ordination of Mr. John Woodbridge, Oct. 24, 1645. As the early records of the town were destroyed by the Indians, with the exception of a few fragments, it is difficult at this date to ascertain definitely the allotments of lands to him, by the proprietors. In 1656, there is a memorandum "to enter grants of land in a new book, ye old being rent and in many places defective and some grants lost." In 1714, the proprietors made their report separate from those of the town, and in them is to be found many records of land sales to the Holts in small lots. As near as can be ascertained, he had a house lot of 15 acres, 160 acres of meadow land, and 360 acres, on what was known as the Stony Plain. A portion of this land still remains in the family. The exact spot where his homestead was situated is not definitely known. The following notices of him, are taken from the Records of Massachusetts. " May 26, 1647, he was appointed in connection with Sergeant Marshall to lay out the way from Reading to Andover, and with Lieut. Sprague and Sergeant Marshall to view the 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 27, 1652, he was appointed with Capt. Johnson of Woburn, and Thomas Danforth of Cambridge, to lay out the bounds of Andover." And May 18, 1653, he was appointed with Capt. [Continued next image] Reference: Nicholas Holt and Elizabeth -> Elizabeth Holt (sister of Samuel) and Ralph Farnum -> Thomas Farnum/Farnham (brother of Hannah) and Hannah Hutchinson -> (first cousins) Rebecca Farnum/Farnham and Obadiah Holt Nicholas Holt and Elizabeth -> Elizabeth Holt (sister of Samuel) and Ralph Farnum -> (first cousins) Hannah Farnum/Farnham (sister of Thomas) and Samuel Holt -> (first cousins) Obadiah Holt and Rebecca Farnum/Farnham Nicholas Holt and Elizabeth -> Samuel Holt (brother of Elizabeth) and Sarah -> (first cousins) Samuel Holt and Hannah Farnum/Farnham (sister of Thomas) -> (first cousins) Obadiah Holt and Rebecca Farnum/Farnham Obadiah Holt and Rebecca Farnum/Farnham -> Issac Holt and Mary Marble -> Obadiah Holt and Susannah Jones -> Achsa Holt and George Goodwin -> George Goodwin and Nancy I-een-dub-equay Laprairie -> Scott Te-way-yay Goodwin and Mary Porter -> Elizabeth Goodwin and Allan Sheppard -> Alice Sheppard and James Dennis -> James Dennis and Marvel Ohmann -> Sandy Dennis - FamilyImages