Deacon William Holton

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William Holton

Also Known As: "Deacon William Holton"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Holton and Constance Holton
Husband of Mary Holton and Jane Holton
Father of Sarah King (Holton); Mary Root; Ruth Lyman; John Holton; Samuel Holton and 3 others

Occupation: Farmer, deacon, magistrate, Deacon
Managed by: Anne Momsen Hailey
Last Updated:

About Deacon William Holton

ID: I03571 Name: William HOLTON 1 2 3 Sex: M Reference Number: 3571

Marriage 1 Mary WINCHELL Children

Mary HOLTON b: 1636 in Hartford, Connecticut
William HOLTON
Rachel HOLTON b: 1640
Ruth HOLTON b: ABT 1643

Sources: Title: Rootsweb Note: ABBR Rootsweb Repository: Media: Internet Page: Descendants of Richard Lyman & Sarah Osborne Note: Database: wildbill ( Title: A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England Before1692 Author: James Savage Title: databases Note: ABBR databases Page: Descendants of John Guilford and related families; database=:3228263

He was a deacon.

This should be considered extremely questionable due to lack of support for the parentage of Alexander Holton b. c. 1700.
William Holton sailed from England in 1634, arrived at Charlestown, and took up farming in Hartford, Connecticut near the Connecticut River. His wife is thought to have been Mary Winche. In 1653, he became one of the original founders of Northampton, Massachusetts, and went on to serve there as magistrate.

William Holton is the ninth great-grandfather of the late Diana Spencer (1961-1997), Princess of Wales.


Henry Cornelius Klassen. Luther H. Holton: A Founding Canadian Entrepreneur. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2001. [See pp. 1-2.]

Gary Boyd Roberts. "The New England Ancestry of H. R. H. the Princess of Wales." Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Judith McGhan, ed. Reprinted for Clearfield Company. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 2006. [See pp. 627-28]

Biographical Summary:

William Holton (Houghton, Holten) came in the "Francis," from Ipswich, 1634, aged 23. An original proprietor at Hartford; his home-lot in 1639 was on "the road from George Steel's to the Great Swamp," now Washington St. Removed to Northampton in 1654; was the first deacon there; member of first Board of Magistrates; deputy several years; died in Northampton, August 12, 1691; his widow, Mary, died November 16, 1691.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 245. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

William Holton was born at Winston Manor, near Ipswich, Suffolk, England on April 28, 1610. He was the son of Edward Holton and Constance Adkinson. He came to New England on the ship "Francis" in April of 1634 from Ipswich and settled in Hartford, Connecticut. He was one of the first settlers there and his name is on the original Founders Monument in the Ancient Burying Ground. He married Mary Winche, probably in Hartford, but possibly in England. They had eight children, most likely all born in Hartford.

In 1653 William moved his family to Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts where he was one of the eight original petitioners. He was the first deacon of the church in Northampton ordained Jun 13, 1663. He was also a member of the first board of magistrates appointed in 1665. He reprsented Northampton for 5 yrs in the General Court and Hadley for one year, l669. While serving in the General Court, he introduced the first motion known in American history for the suppression of intemperenace. Two of William's daughters, Mary and Sarah, were both married the same day, November l8, l656, the former to David Burt and the latter to John King, which were the lst two marriages solomnized in Northampton.

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Deacon William Holton's Timeline

October 20, 1610
Holton St. Mary's, Suffolk, England
October 20, 1610
Holton St. Mary,Suffolk,England
October 20, 1610
Nayland, Suffolk, England
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
October 8, 1637
Age 27
Hartford, Connecticut
Age 28
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
Age 32
Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 33
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
November 1, 1646
Age 36
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony