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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Edward Holman

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: Edward Holman was born in England, probably around 1600 (based on his wife’s age).

    Death: He died after May 3, 1675.

    Ship: Anne or Little James, 1623

    Life in England: No information is known about his life in England.

    Life in New England:  Edward arrived in Plymouth in the summer of 1623 as a single man. He never became a freeman, or served in any civil capacity, although he did volunteer in 1637 to serve in the Pequot War. He was described in the colony records as a seaman and owned at least one boat.Throughout his years in Plymouth, Edward made numerous court appearances for various offences. These included sabbath-breaking, trespass, drunkenness and taking items from a shipwreck unlawfully.

    Family:  He married Amy (Glass) Willis, widow of Richard, by 1644.There are no recorded children. She was probably dead by January 24, 1648/9, when Edward arranged for his stepson, Richard, to be apprenticed.

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