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John HOLDREN

Male 1777 - 1873  (95 years)


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  • Name John HOLDREN 
    Born 15 Oct 1777  Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Mar 1873  Athens County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Town House Cemetery, Athens County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Richard Duprel .

      (2) Walker, Charles M., History of Athens County, Ohio, Cincinnati, OH: Robert Clarke & Co., 1869, pp. 472, 478-480:

      Lee Township, originally a part of Alexander, was separately orgainzed [sic] in November 1819. Among the earliest settlers here were Capt. John Martin, a revolutionary soldier, Philip Smith, Henry Cassel, Ziba McVey, Daniel Knowlton, George Canny, John Holdren, William Brown, William Graham, Jacob Lentner, James McGonnegal, Francis Thomas, Samuel Luckey, Hiram Howlett, and John Doughty. . . .

      John Holdren, now living in Lee township, was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, October 15, 1777; came to Athens county in 1798 accompanied by another young man named John Ponker. Soon after reaching Athens they took up land in the southern part of Alexander township and made a temporary settlement on the waters of Margaret's creek. Their neighbors at intervals of several miles, were the Hanings, the Brooks family, Joseph Long, Esquire Merritt, and Henry Cassel. Mr. Cassel built a gristmill soon afterwards in Lee township, on the place now owned by William Minear. Mr. Holdren was engaged during six or seven years working at the Scioto salt works at the site of the present town of Jackson, and "could then cut his six cord of woods in a day and help load it." He went out there the second year after salt was discovered by the whites. Previous to this the Indians had produced scanty supplies of salt by drilling holes in the rocks fifteen or eighteen inches deep, when the cavity would gradually fill up with brinish water which, evaporated by heat of the sun, would produce salt. The whites bored wells to some depth, built furnaces, and for many years furnished salt for the surrounding settlements to the distance of seventy-five or eighty miles. Mr. Holdren settled permanently in Lee township in 1820. His nearest neighbors were James McGonnegal, Israel Bobo, and George Canney, and soon afterward came David Doughty, James Luckey, Thomas Jones, John Havner, John and Ephraim Martin, Daniel Knowlton, Jacob Lentner, and the Robinetts. When a young man, Mr. Holdren was a successful hunter. He and John Jones (a brother-in-law to Judge Isaac Barker), killed 46 bears in six weeks' hunting on the headwaters of Sunday, Monday, and Rush Creeks. They sometimes killed in a fall season forty to fifty deer for their winter's stock of provisions and turkeys beyond count. Mr. Holdren once killed four deer in one day, and he and two of his boys in a hunt of two weeks killed thirty. On one hunting expedition, having shot and wounded a large black bear, his dog ran in to seize the animal, but bruin, though hurt, was full of life and was making quick work of the dog when Holdren rushed in, knife in hand, to finish him. The bear released the dog and sprang on the man, tearing his large blanket entirely from his body; Holdren plunged his knife hilt deep into the animal and then turned to run. He made his escape, but says it was the narrowest he ever had. The bear got away. At that time the skins of bears brought from three to five dollars each, and good hunters made it profitable. Mr. Holdren served in the war of 1812. Among those who entered the army at that time he remembers Barnet Brice, John Wood, Reuben Reeves, David Vaughn, Ira Foster, Joel Stroud, Jehiel Gregory, Nehemiah Gregory, and William McNichol. Mr. Holdren is the oldest person in the county, being now ninety-one years old. He and his aged wife live with a married daughter on a comfortable farm about two miles from Albany, and the old man, aided by a staff in each hand, sometimes walks to the village.

      [Note by compiler: According to the 1850 and 1860 censuses, John was born in NJ. According to the 1870 census, he was born in PA.]

      (3) A household headed by John HOLDEN is listed in the 1830 township of Lee Township, Athens County, OH.

      Listed in John's household are 2 free white males under 5 years of age; 2 free white males between 5 and 10 years of age; 1 free white male between 50 and 60 years of age; 1 free white female between 10 and 15 years of age; and 1 free white female between 30 and 40 years of age.

      Assuming that John is the free white male listed in the 1830 census as then being between 50 and 60 years of age, he would have been born between 1770 and 1780, according to the 1830 census.

      Assuming that John's wife is the free white female listed in the 1830 census as then being between 30 and 40 years of age, she would have been born between 1790 and 1800, according to the 1830 census.

      Assuming that the other persons listed in John's household in the 1830 census are children of John and/or his wife, those children would have consisted of four sons (two of which sons would have been born between 1820 and 1825, and two of which sons would have been born between 1825 and 1830, according to the 1830 census) and one daughter (which daughter would have been born between 1815 and 1820, according to the 1830 census).

      (4) A household headed by John HOLDEN is listed in the 1840 township of Lee Township, Athens County, OH.

      Listed in John's household are 1 free white male between 10 and 15 years of age; 2 free white males between 15 and 20 years of age; 1 free white male between 60 and 70 years of age; and 1 free white female between 50 and 60 years of age.

      Assuming that John is the free white male listed in the 1840 census as then being between 60 and 70 years of age, he would have been born between 1770 and 1780, according to the 1840 census.

      Assuming that John's wife is the free white female listed in the 1840 census as then being between 50 and 60 years of age, she would have been born between 1780 and 1790, according to the 1840 census.

      Assuming that the other persons listed in John's household in the 1840 census are children of John and/or his wife, those children would have consisted of three sons (two of which sons would have been born between 1820 and 1825, and one of which sons would have been born between 1825 and 1830, according to the 1830 census).

      (5) A household headed by John HOLDREN is listed in the 1850 census of Lee Township, Athens County, OH. [John is listed in the index to the 1850 census as John HOLDEN.]

      John is listed in the 1850 census as a shoemaker who was then 72 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1778. According to the 1850 census, he was born in NJ.

      Listed with John is his wife, Rosanna, who was then 63 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, she was born in about 1787. According to the 1850 census, she was born in PA.

      Also listed with John is his son, Zimri, a farmer who was then 23 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1827. According to the 1850 census, he was born in OH.

      Also listed with John is his daughter-in-law, Sylvia HOLDREN, who was then 17 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, she was born in about 1833. According to the 1850 census, she was born in NH.

      Also listed with John is his grandson, Joseph ARMSTRONG, who was then 9 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1841. According to the 1850 census, he was born in OH.

      Also listed with John is his granddaughter, Mary Jane ARMSTRONG, who was then 8 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, she was born in about 1842. According to the 1850 census, she was born in OH.

      John is listed in the 1850 census next to a household headed by his son, Hamilton HOLDREN.

      (6) A household headed by John HOLDREN is listed in the 1860 census of Lee Township, Athens County, OH.

      John is listed in the 1860 census as a shoemaker who was then 82 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1778. According to the 1860 census, he was born in NJ.

      Listed with John is his wife, Rosanna, who was then 72 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, she was born in about 1788. According to the 1860 census, she was born in PA.

      Also listed with John is his son, Zimri, a shoemaker who was then 33 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1827. According to the 1860 census, he was born in OH.

      Also listed with John is his daughter-in-law, Sylvia J. HOLDREN, who was then 26 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, she was born in about 1834. According to the 1860 census, she was born in NH.

      Also listed with John is his grandson, John HOLDREN, who was then 4 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1856. According to the 1860 census, he was born in OH.

      Also listed with John is his grandson, Francis M. HOLDREN, who was then 7 months old; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1859. According to the 1860 census, he was born in OH.

      Also listed with John is his granddaughter, Emily ARMSTRONG, a dressmaker who was then 20 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, she was born in about 1840. According to the 1860 census, she was born in OH.

      Also listed with John is his grandson, Joseph B. ARMSTRONG, a cabinet maker's apprentice who was then 18 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1842. According to the 1860 census, he was born in OH.

      (7) John HOLDREN is listed in a household headed by his son-in-law, Elias SMITH, in the 1870 census of Lee Township, Athens County, OH.

      John is listed in the 1870 census as a retired shoemaker who was then 92 years of age; therefore, according to the 1870 census, he was born in about 1778. According to the 1870 census, he was born in PA.

      Listed with John is his wife, Rosanna, who was then 82 years of age; therefore, according to the 1870 census, she was born in about 1788. According to the 1870 census, she was born in PA.
    Person ID I8222  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Father Joseph HOLDREN,   b. 12 May 1757, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1807, Newport Township, Washington County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Grace COLEMAN,   b. Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1842, Newport Township, Washington County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1776 
    Family ID F3947  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rosanna CANNY,   b. 4 Nov 1786, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1873, Athens County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 2 Mar 1802  Washington County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hamilton HOLDREN,   b. 1824, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1893, Madison, Vinton County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
     2. Zimri HOLDREN,   b. 1827, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Mary HOLDREN,   b. 1816, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1843  (Age 27 years)  [natural]
     4. Grace HOLDREN,   b. 1806, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1891, Athens County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
     5. George HOLDREN,   b. 1808, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F3986  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart