About Capt. Samuel Holyoke
Capt. Samuel Holyoke was the son of Eleazur Holyoke and Mary Pynchon. He came from a prominent family and his maternal grandfather, William Pynchon, founded the town of Springfield. Holyoke served in King Philip's War, and was second in command at Turner's Falls Fight. When Captain William Turner was killed during the disorderly retreat Lt. Holyoke took command, rallied the men, and prevented complete destruction by the native Indian alliance. Holyoke brought three-quarters of the soldiers (over 100 men) safely back to Hatfield.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=37330763 -------------------- Served in King Phillip's War