Sunday, April 18, 2010
According to the letter, E. J. Holden had become interested in his family history. He tells Sarah that he knows very little about his father's family, as his father died in the Civil War when E. J. was a very young child. He asks Sarah to give him all of his family history, if it isn't too much trouble! How many times have you had a researcher contact you with the same request?
So let's see what we can find out about E. J. Holden. He tells Sarah his father was named Hollis Holden and he died at the battle of Antietam. He also states his father lived in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He also mentions his grandmother Holden, whom he only vaguely remembered. He tells Sarah his father had a brother, Alfred who had a Coffee House at Worcester. Another brother was named Newell (who was also in the Civil War). A brother named Charles, and a brother named Newton.
His father also had some sisters, Mary who married a Hastings, Sarah who married a Newton and lived in Worcester, and Martha who married the Rev. Edward Pratt and lived in Woodstock, Connecticut. Evidently, E. J. lived with his uncle Hastings when he was a child.
On the back of page three of this letter, there is written in a different hand, Edward Josiah Holden, supposed to be in line of Josiah F. Holden and Mary, Josiah F. Holden and Abigail (Bond) of Barre, Mass. Not settled, but copied off on slip. Is this Sarah's note? Maybe she was writing the results of her research. So what can we find out about E. J. Holden?