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About John Holt, Jr.
Died in defense of Fort Griswold, September 6, 1781
He was one of the band of patriots that defended Fort Griswold on that fatal day when Arnold made his descent upon the coast and burnt New London. He was slain with many others by the infuriated conquerors after the surrender of the fort. His wife survived him for a quarter of a century. Their remains lie side by side in the ancient burial ground at New London with a single head stone, bearing the following inscription:
In memory of Mr. John Holt, jr. who was slain at Fort Griswold, Sep. 6, 1781, in the 35th year of his age. And in memory of Mrs. Martha Holt, relict of Mr. John Holt, jr., who d. Mar. 31, 1807, in the 63d year of her age.
"John Holt we learn was a ship joiner at that time store keeper for John Deshon from whose store he went with a lot of powder for the garrison among whom he was slain." source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...
By William Wallace Harris, p. 236