NameNicholas HOLT
Birth19 Oct 1602, Of Ramsey, Essex, England [1001]
Immigration3 Jun 1635, Boston aboard the James [from London] [3], [1053]
Move1635, Newbury, Essex, MA
Freeman17 May 1637, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Move1644, Andover, Essex Co, MA
Death30 Jan 1685/6, Andover, Essex Co, MA [56]
FatherThomas Holt (1576-?)
Other spousesElizabeth SHORT
 Hannah Bradstreet
Marriage21 May 1666, Andover, Essex Co, MA [56]
SpouseMartha [Preston]
Birthabt 1620, England
Death21 Mar 1702/3, Andover, Essex Co, MA [56]
Birthabt 1650
Death10 Jul 1738, Andover, Essex Co, MA [56]
Marriage27 May 1672, Andover, Essex Co, MA [56]
Notes for Nicholas HOLT
The James passenger list shows Nicholas Holt, tanner of Romsey, Hampshire. [1053]

He moved immediately to Newbury, as one of the first settlers there. 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. He was also part of the team that divided Nebury into lots, and served as a commander of militia forces in 1638.

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 pastor elect, who composed the church at the ordination of Mr. John Woodbridge, October 24,1645. He was later on several committees charged with setting the boundaries of Andover and laying out a highway to Reading.

Nicholas married three times while his children were young - he first had 9 children with Elizabeth, then married widow Hannah, who had two young children and they had two children together. Then he married widow Martha, who also had two young children.[ [630]]

The “tanner” on the ships roll is probably a mis-understood “turner” - he manufactured woodenware, and when distributing property to his children before his death, he called himself a “dish-turner.” (Cutter, William Richard. New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume IV. 1915. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., inc., 1996. Quoted at

There is no mention of him in the well-preserved records at Romsay, so it seems the entry on the passenger list was incorrect.

He was deposed 11 Apr 1671 and gave his age as 63. Death records say he was "aged 104", but he was likely exaggerating. [501]

Savage’s: NICHOLAS, Newbury, a tanner from Romsey in Hants, came in the James 1635, from Southampton, perhaps with w. arr. at Boston, 3 June, freem. 17 May 1637, had Elizabeth b. 30 Mar. 1636; Mary, 6 Oct. 1638; and Samuel, 6 Oct. 1641; rem. to Andover, where he was one of the found. of the ch. 1645; there had Henry; Nicholas; James; and John, wh. m. 3 July 1685, Sarah Geary, and d. 10 Mar. 1687; beside Priscilla wh. d. young, 16 Oct. 1653; he d. 30 Jan. 1685, aged 104 yrs. says the rec. but Coffin, with more prob. says 83. His first w. d. a. 1654, and he m. 12 June 1658, Hannah, wid of Daniel Rolfe, d. of Humphrey Bradstreet, wh. d. 20 June 1665; and he m. 21 May 1666, wid. Preston. His d. Elizabeth m. 26 Oct. 1658, Ralph Farnum; and Mary m. 5 July 1657, Thomas Johnson.
Notes for Martha [Preston]
Widow of Roger Preston, who immigrated in 1635. They married in 1642.
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