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Silas HOLT
Hephsibeth __?__
Husband:  Silas HOLT
Birth:  25 Apr 1752, Marlborough, Middlesex Co., MA
Death:  1 Jan 1823, Sempronius, Cayuga Co., NY
Occupation:  carpenter
Military Service:  Revolutionary War:  Pvt, Massachusetts Line; Battles of Saratoga
Father:  Barzillai HOLT
Mother:  Elizabeth GOSS
Marriage-1:  25 Jan 1772, Lunenburg, Worcester Co., MA
Birth:  10 Nov 1752, Westminster, Worcester Co., MA
Death:  ca. 1778-80, Brandon, Rutland Co., VT
Father:  Seth HARRINGTON
Mother:  Abigail __?__
Wife-2:  Hepsibeth / Hephsibeth [Hephzibah] "Hephsey" __?__

Silas appears to have a wife with him in the 1790 through 1820 censuses.  Did Sarah really die ca. 1778-80?  If so, Silas appears to have had at least a second, if not a third, wife.

Children born in Westminster, Worcester Co., MA:
Heywood (1893) says they had two children, but Durrie (1864) says they had three.
1.  Seth HOLT, b. 25 Apr 1776 
2.  Abigail HOLT, b. 31 Jan 1778
3.  Sarah HOLT, b. 1778(?); m. Benjamin SPRINGER
Were Abigail and Sarah twins?
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Year Location Event
1752 MA: Middlesex Co.: Marlborough birth of Silas HOLT
1752 MA: Worcester Co.: Westminster birth of Sarah HARRINGTON
  Marlborough to Westminster Seth moves
1772 MA: Worcester Co.: Westminster marriage of Silas HOLT & Sarah HARRINGTON
Apr 1775 Revolutionary War: MA: March to Cambridge Silas HOLT, fifer in Capt. Noah MILES's Co.
1776 Revolutionary War: MA: Defense of Boston Silas HOLT, Pvt. in Capt. Manasseh SAWYER's Co.
1776   birth of son, Seth
1777 Revolutionary War: NY: March to East Hoosick Silas HOLT, Minute Man, Pvt. in Capt. Elisha JACKSON's Co.
1777 Revolutionary War Silas HOLT, in Capt. Nathaniel CARTER's Co.
1778   birth of daughter, Abigail
1778?   birth of daughter, Sarah
  Westminster to Brandon family moves
1778-80 VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon death of Sarah (HARRINGTON) HOLT
1780-83 Revolutionary War  Silas HOLT, Enlisted Man, served three years
1788 VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon Silas HOLT on some kind of list
1790 Census VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon Silas HOLT, head-of-household
1800 Census VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon Silas HOLT, head-of-household
1800-1810   marriage of daughter, Sarah, to Benjamin SPRINGER
1810 Census NY: Cayuga Co.: Sempronius Silas HOLT, head-of-household
1820 Census NY: Cayuga Co.: Sempronius Silas HOLT, head-of-household
1823 NY: Cayuga Co.: Sempronius death of Silas HOLT


1a.  Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850: Westminster Marriages (online at AmericanAncestors.org; NEHGS):
V 1, p. 87
Silas of Westminster and Jerusha Bolton, int. May 12, 1796.
V 1, p. 153
Silas and Sarah Harrington, Jan. 25, 1772. In Lunenburg...
Silas and Jerusha Bolton [of Gardner], June 2, 1796.
p. - -

1b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Birth: 10 Nov 1752, Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts
Father: Seth HARRINGTON; Mother: Abigail CHILD
Spouse: Silas HOLT
Marriage: 25 Jan 1772 <Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts>
Source: patron submission

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):
1788 Holt, Silas VT Rutland Co. Brandon p. 25

3.  1790 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 1; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1790 VT Rutland Co. Brandon Roll M637_12 p. 255 Ln. 31R Holt Silas 1-1-3-0-0
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = Silas (b. 1752)
1 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = Seth (b. 1776) 
3 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Wife-2?
= Sarah (b. 1778?)
= Abigail (b. 1778)
That Silas had no additional children suggests the adult woman in this and later censuses was possibly a housekeeper/nanny, not a second wife.  Also in Brandon:  Joshua GOSS and Edward CHENEY.  List was roughly alphabetized.

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312:¤
1800 Holt, Silas VT Rutland Co. Brandon 00101-00001-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 16-25 1774-1784 = Seth (b. 1776)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Silas (b. 1752)
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Wife-2?

5.  1810 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #11 of 14; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen Cayuga is a re-bound county):¤
1810 NY Cayuga Co. Sempronius Roll M252_31 p. 1128 Ln. 6 Silas Holt 00001-00010-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Silas (b. 1752)
1 female 26-44 1765-1784 = Wife-2/3?
This female is younger than the one in 1800.  Is this a second (or third?) wife?

6.  1820 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 17; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1820 NY Cayuga Co. Sempronius Roll M33_68 enumerated 7 Aug 1820 p. 152 Ln. 12 Silas Holt 000001-00001-0-001
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Silas (b. 1762)
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Wife-2?/3?
1 person engaged in manufacture

7.  Daniel S. Durrie.  1864.  A Genealogical History of the Holt Family in the United States: more particularly, Descendants of Nicholas Holt of Newbury and Andover, Mass., 1634-1644... Munsell, Albany, NY:
p. 35 Children of BARZILLAI4 (103) and Elizabeth (Goss) Holt, 1st wife...
355. 5.   SILAS5 (926) b. Marlborough; m. Jan. 25, 1772, Sarah, daughter of J.H. Herrington; removed to Westminster, Mass., and was a fifer in Capt. Noah Miles's Co., which marched for Cambridge in 1775.  In 1777 he was in the service at Bennington, Vt., and in 1780, he enlisted for three years.  He d. at Sempronius, Vt., 1815.  She d. at Brandon, Vt.  3 ch.
Sempronius is in NY, not VT, and Silas died in 1823, not 1815.
p. 79 Children of SILAS6 (355) and Sarah (Herrington) Holt.
926. 1.   SETH6 (1966) b. Westminster Apr. 25, 1776; m. Abigail Cheney of Brandon, Vt.  After marriage he removed to Sempronius, N.Y.  In 1812 he enlisted and went to the frontiers under Capt. John Husted, and d. a short time afterwards at Schlosser, near Niagara Falls.  His widow m. 2d, Daniel Galusha, and has lived at Sodus, N.Y., and Warren, Du Page county, Ill. 3 ch.
927. 2.   ABIGAIL6 b. Westminster Jan. 31, 1778.
928. 3.   SARAH6 b. Westminster 1778; m. Benjamin Springer, and 2d, _____ Sneather.
The superscript for Silas should be 5, not 6.

8.  William Sweetzer Heywood.  1893.  History of Westminster, Massachusetts... Vox Poluli Press, S.W. Huse & Co., Lowell, MA (online at HeritageQuest at Ancestry.com):
p. 172


Who went to Cambridge upon hearing of the battles of Lexington and Concord, April 19, 1775, for ten days' service...

Bezaleel Holt, corp.
Silas Holt, fifer...

p. 173 According to rolls in Massachusetts archives there were in the company of Capt. Manasseh Sawyer of Lancaster, Colonel Dike's regiment, enlisted September, 1776, for three months' service in the defense of Boston or for a shorter term at a later date...
Silas Holt...
p. 174 At the time of the "Bennington Alarm," caused by the battle at that place, Aug. 16, 1777, the folowing company of "Minute Men" marched from Westminster, joining the regiment of Colonel Bridges and were in the service ten days at East Hoosick, N.Y., in anticipation of an attach by General Burgoyne...
Silas Holt, private...
p. 176 Under a resolve of the general court dated Dec. 2, 1780, calling for three years' men, the following persons enlisted, the amount of bounty paid to each, as per receipt of the selectment found in the office of the state secretary at Boston, being set against their respective name:
Silas Holt, £120...
Of Westminster Men known to have been in the Revolution.


Holt, Barzillai
Holt, Silas...

p. 178 ENLISTED MEN...

Holt, Silas...

p. 684

The earliest records of this name in New England have it Errington and Arrington.  The first of these forms soon received its aspirated prefix, making it Herrington, and this was the prevailing orthography for more than a century.  Robert Errington1, the immigrant, was one of the proprietors of Watertown in 1642.  He m. in 1649, Susannah George and had a son Thomas2, whose w., Rebecca Bemis, bore him George3, b. Aug. 1, 1695.  The latter m. Hepzibah, dau. of John and Abigail Fiske, whose sister was mother of John and Thomas Stearns of Nar. No. 2, and whose nieces were the wives of Samuel Hager and Stephen Sawin.  A cousin of Hepzibah m. Eliezer Bigelow.  So it appears that four of the oldest families in town were connected with each other by ties of blood relationship.

1. HERRINGTON, SETH4, was the 10th child of George and Hepzibah, b. Watertown, Sept. 15, 1729.  He is understood to have m. Sarah, dau. of Joshua and Grace (Bemis) Child, of whom mention has been made, coming here ab. 1750, possibly bef. m. took place.  They located on lot No. 23, now in possission of Ephraim Lufkin, which had been improved and built upon previously by Mrs. H.'s f.  She d. Sept. 30, 1759, leaving 4 chn., and he m. (2) Priscilla (Wilder), wid. of Benjamin Houghton of Lanc.  She had a dau., Priscilla Houghton, who d. Aug. 4, 1764, a. 5 yrs.  Seth Herrington d. Nov. 25, 1815, a. 86.  His w. d. the previous year, Jan. 28, 1814, a. 85.  He was afterward pub. to wid. Rebecca Temple, and prob. m. her a few months bef. his decease.  Chn.:

2.  SARAH5, b. Nov. 10, 1752; m. Silas Holt; 2 chn. b. W.
3.  ELISHA5, b. Aug. 31, 1754; d. unm. Feb. 29, 1884.
4.  SETH5, b. June 5, 1756; prob. d. young.
5.  DANIEL5, b. Feb. 24, 1758; prob. d. young.
6.  ABIGAIL5, b. Dec. 23, 1763; m. (1) James Bowers and (2) Capt. Samuel Sawin; 2 chn.; res. W.
7.  EUNICE5, b. Aug. 31 1766; m. (1) Isaac Dupee and (2) Stephen Hunting; 2 chn.; res. W.
8.  BENJAMIN5, b. Jan. 7, 1769; m. Sarah Woodward; res. W.
9.  HANNAH5, b. Oct. 28, 1770; prob. d. young.

[Continues the descent from Benjamin5 only.]

9.  Secretary of the Commonwealth.  1896.  Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution. 17 vols.  Wright & Potter, Boston (online at Ancestry.com and on Broderbund CD-147).  In Vol. VIII, on p. 196:
HOLT, SILAS, Westminster.
  • Fifer, Capt. Noah Miles's co., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, to Cambridge, and joined Col. Whitcom's regt.; service, 8½ days; also, Private, Capt. Manasseh Sawyer's co., Col. Dike's regt.; abstract for gun and blanket money dated Dorchester, Feb. 12, 1777;
  • also, Capt. Elisha Jackson's co.; travel out and home (200 miles); service at 20 miles per day, 10 days, probably in Aug., 1777; company marched from Westminster to East Hoosuck under command of Maj. Ebenezer Bridge on an alarm at Bennington and was there dismissed; roll dated Aug. 27, 1777;
  • also, Capt. Nathaniel Carter's co., Col Job Cushing's (Worcester Co.) regt.; enlisted Sept. 7, 1777; discharged Oct. 22, 1777; service, 1 mo. 24 days, at the Northward, including 8 days (160 miles) travel home; roll dated Leominster;
  • also, receipt dated Westminster, June 4, 1781, for bounty paid said Holt by the town of Westminster to serve in the Continental service, as returned by Seth Washburn June 12 [?], 1781; Capt. Edgell's co., Col. Rand's regt.; age, 28 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 8 in.; complexion, light; occupation, carpenter; engaged for town of Westminster; engaged Feb. 1, 1781; term, 3 years.
The "alarms" of 19 Apr 1775, raised by Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, were the Battles of Lexington and Concord the "shot heard round the world."  If Silas was 28 years old when he was engaged on 1 Feb 1781, and his birthday was Apr 25th, then he was born in 1752, which makes a great deal more sense than later birthdates given for him.

10.  United States Senate.  1835.  Report from the Secretary of War, in Obedience to Resolutions of the Senate of the 5th and 30th of June, 1834, and the 3d of March, 1835, in Relation to the Pension Establishment of the United States.  Duff Green [Publ?], Washington, DC (online at Ancestry.com):
Name: Silas Holt
Rank: Private
County: Cayuga Co.
Annual Allowance: 19 00
Sums Received: 449 31
Description of Service: Massachusetts line
When placed on pension roll: 25 Mar 1819
Commencement of pension: 27 Apr 1818
Remarks: Died January 1, 1823

11.  Pension List of 1820:  Persons on the Pension Roll under the Law of the 18th of March, 1818, New York
p. 397 Silas Holt Private Massachusetts

12.  National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.  1975.  Founders and Patriots of America Index. (reprinted 1989/93 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; Broderbund CD-506).  Numbers are volume and page numbers to the volumes of pedigrees.
p. vii In each lineage is a Founder who arrived in one of the Colonies between May 13, 1607, and May 13, 1687, and a Patriot ancestor who gave military, civil service, or other aid in establishing American Independence in the period of 1775 to 1784.
p. 114 HOLT...
Nicholas (1602-Jan. 30, 1685) m. .... Elizabeth Short MASS XV, 36; XVII, 47; XVIII, 89; XXI, 19, 20; XXIX, 375; XXX, 121, 162; XXXIII, 270...
Silas (....-....) m. a. 1776 Sarah Harrington XXIX, 375
Obviously, Nicholas is our founder, Silas is our patriot, and the record we need is in vol. 29, p. 375.

13.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index and AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).  Birthdates for Silas range from 1751 to 1757.

14.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: International Genealogical Index (IGI).
Spouse:  Silas HOLT
Marriage:  25 Jan 1772, Sempronius, Cayuga, New York
Source: patron submission
Birth: 1752, Brandon, Rutland, Vermont
Father:  J. HERRINGTON; Mother:
Source: patron submission
The locations can't possibly be correct.

15.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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