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Edward Holyoke, Sr.

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Death: May 4, 1660 (75)
Rumney Marsh, Lynn, Essex, MA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Holyoke and Elizabeth Stokes
Husband of Prudence Holyoke (Stockton)
Father of Ann Putnam (Holyoke); Edward Holyoke, Jr.; Capt. Elizur Holyoke; Elizabeth Keyser; John Holyoke and 4 others
Brother of Mary Holliock; Gillian Holyoke; Henry Holyoke; John Holyoke and Anne Holyoke
Half brother of Elizabeth Bridges; Dorothy Wilcox; Robert Wilcox; Alexander Wilcox; Richard Wilcox and 2 others

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About Rev. Edward Holyoke

New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation

By William Richard Cutter Published by Lewis historical publishing company, 1914

Rev. Edward Holyoke was born in Tanworth, Warwick, England. He married, on 18 Jun 1612, Prudence, daughter of Rev. John Stockton, rector of Kinpolt, Leicestershire. Holyoke came to Lynn, MA before 1638 and was admitted a freeman, March 14, 1638-39. He managed the lands of Lord Brooke. He was granted 5,000 acres by the town of Lynn and owned land in Reading and Nahant. He was judge of the quarterly court, 1639-43 and 1647-48, representative to the general court for ten sessions, and in 1641 was a patentee of Piscataqua, NH. He sold his share to Robert Saltonstall, October 25, 1644. He was a deputy for Springfield in 1650, though not a resident (son Elizur a leading citizen). He died at Rumney Marsh, May 4, 1660. His will was dated December 25, 1658, and proved June 25, 1660. He bequeathed to his only son, Elizur, sons- in-law, George Keyser, Thomas Putnam, Andrews. Tuthill, daughter, Hannah Keyser, daughter, Susanna Martyn; kinswoman, Mary Mansfield ; kinsman, Thomas Morris, of Newham ; cousin, Davis. Children : Elizabeth, married George Keyser : Anna, married Thomas Putnam ; John, died in England, March 5, 1635-36; Elizur, mentioned below ; Sarah, married Andrews; Mary, married Tuthill; Susanna, married Martyn ; Edward, died in 1631, in England.

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  • The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)
  • 2. John Tuttle, b. in Eng., 1625; called cousin by Wid. of John Tuttle of Ipswich. In 1652 he was Constable for Rumney Marsh, and lived there. In 1655, Capt. Robert Keyne, Mr. Edward Hutchinson, John Tuthill, John Doolittle and Thomas Stockton to run the line between Lynn and Boston, and between Charlestown and Boston. "Perhaps removed to Lynn, maybe freeman there, 1691, possibly that Lieut. of Cavalry that was discharge, 1673." -Savage. He m. Feb. 10, 1647, Mary, dau. of 'EDWARD HOLYOKE* of Lynn'; chil.:
  • I. Mary Tuttle, b. April 18, 1653; d. Feb. 27, 1728. a. 75; m. Dec. 14, 1672, Caleb Carter of Charlestown. His will proved 1694.
  • II. Sarah Tuttle, b. 1656; d. Feb. 1, 1719, a. 63; m. Joseph Newell of Charlestown. 1. Mary, d. May 2, 1683. 2. Joseph, bap. March 4, 1688, 3. John, June 20, 1689; d. soon. 4. John, Jan. 31 1692.
  • III. Rebecca, b. June 17, 1660.
  • * 'EDWARD HOLYOKE of Lynn was from Tamworth, Warwick Co., Eng., where he m. June 18, 1612, PRUDENCE, dau. of Rev. John STOCKTON, rector of Kinkoff. His will made Dec. 25, 1658, gives "to my son Tuttle that (english pound)4 that should have been paid yearly to me, but of which I have never received a penny, for the house in Boston, my best doublett and breeches to son Tuttle." - Lewis' Annals of Lynn. Inv. (english pound)681; John Tuttle and John Doolittle, appraisers.
  • The father of EDWARD H. of Lynn was Edward, and is thought to be the same Edward Hollyocke mentioned in the will of Shakspeare's wife (Anne Hathaway) father, where he is spoken of as having a claim of 20s. for wood - N. E. Gen. Reg.
  • 1. Mary, m. John Tuttle.
  • 2. Susanna, m. Michael Martin, Sept. 12, 1656.
  • 3. Sarah, m. __ Andrews.
  • 4. Eleazer, a prominent and useful man, for whom Mt. Holyoke, Mass., was named, near Holyoke st., in Lynn, where the first 'EDWARD owned lands'; m. Mary Pynchon. 1. Edward, Pres. Harvard Col.
  • 5. Ann, m. Oct. 17, 1643, Lieut. Thomas Putnam.
  • 6. Elizabeth, m. John Keyser.
  • Dr. Edward A. Holyoke of Salem, a desc. of the first 'EDWARD'. d. March 31, 1830, a.100 yrs. 7 mos.
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This remarkable couple started a family line that led to two US Presidents, Herbert Hoover and William Taft. Not to mention the Hunts of Albuquerque and many many others!

The Hoover line is through daughter Ann and then her daughter Prudence.

• Wrote a pamphlet titled "The Doctrine of Life or of Mans Redemption" which was printed in 1658 in London for sale at/by "Nath. Ekins at his shop at the Gun in St. Paule Church yard." The basic messages were that a number of chapters of the Bible should be read every day; that the teaching of Christ and his apostles were identical to those of the Old Testament; that (based on the book of Revelations) the Church of Rome was merely one of seven original churches and had no right to rule the world; and that the Jews, by refusing to follow Christ, had forfeited the right to a homeland and should join the Christian church.

• In his will, dated Dec. 25, 1658 (proved June 25, 1660), he bequeathed his estate to his only son Elizur; son-in-law George Keyser, Thomas Putman, Andrew, Tuthill, daughter Susanna Martin; kinswomen Mary Mansfield, kinsman Thomas Morris of Newham, cousin Davis.

• Surname has also been spelled as "Holliock, Holiocke or Holiock." • Based on baptisms, Edward and Prudence probably lived in London from about 1607 to 1620 • Lived in Tamworth, England from about 1620 to 1637 • Unable to find any records of how Edward & family were transported to America, however there are records which state that Edward was an agent of Lord Brooke. It is possible he came to America in one of the ships owned by Lord Brooke and Lord Sey. • Lived in Rumney Marsh (now Chelsea), Massachusetts from about 1637 to 1660 • Freeman, 14 March 1639, Massachusett Colony. • Massachusette General Court 13 March 1639, empowered to manage the lands of Lord Brooke. • Edward was granted 500 acres by the town of Lynn, Middlesex, MA, also owned land in Reading and Nahant, whereas Lord Brooke received 800 acres. • Edward apparently had legal training prior to coming to America. Records show he managed the estate of Lord Brooke, an auditor of an account between Mr. William Woodcock of London and Mr. William Browne of Salem, Essex, MA. and was an attorney for Francis Webb of London, June 1643. • Edward was a member of the Quarterly Court from 1639 to 1643 and was a representative in ten sessions of the General Court. • In 1641 - 42, he sat on the Court with col. Endecot (who would become governor), Mr. Emanuel Downing, Mr. William Hawthrone and Mr. Thomas Willis. • On 8 Sep 1648, Edward and Anne sold to richard Woodward of Watertown "the windmill that is standing in Boston ... as also the land whereon it doth stand ..."8 • When he died, Elizur HOLYOKE was his only living son.2 • Mr. HOLYOKE founded one of the most prominent families in the early history of Massachusetts. He served many years in the General Court of that colony.9 • Edward and Prudence Holyoke are the ancestors of two US presidents, Herbert Hoover and William Taft. See NEGHR 147:21 (January, 1993) through their daugters, Ann, who married Lt. Thomas Putnam, and Sarah, who married Corporal John Andrews. Occupation Notes • 13 March 1638; the General Court at Boston approved Edward HOLYOKE as General Agent for the colonial holdings of Lord Brooke. The following day he became a Freeman. • 1639 through 1642; Associate Judge of the Court of Salem • 1639 through 1643, and 1647-48; Representative from Lynn, Middlesex, MA to the General Court. • In 1641 was patentee of Piscataqua, selling his share to Robert Saltonstall, October, 1644. • 1650; Represented, a deputy for Springfield, Hampden, MA, even though he was never a resident there, however his son Elizur was a leading citizen.2 Research Notes • In his will, dated Dec. 25, 1658 (proved June 25, 1660), he bequeathed his estate to his only son Elizur; son-in-law George Keyser, Thomas Putman, Andrew, Tuthill, daughter Susanna Martin; kinswomen Mary Mansfield, kinsman Thomas Morris of Newham, cousin Davis.

Great page on Edward is here:

His grandson,also named Edward, was the ninth president of Harvard College

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Rev. Edward Holyoke's Timeline

February 15, 1585
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
February 15, 1586
Age 1
Alcester, Warwickshire, England
February 15, 1586
Age 1
Alcestor, Warwick
February 15, 1586
Age 1
Alcestor, Warwick
Age 26
Tamworth, Stfrd, Eng
May 4, 1617
Age 32
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Age 33
Tamworth, Stratford, England
January 18, 1621
Age 35
Tanworth, Warwickshire, England
Age 35
Tamworth, Stfrd, England