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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., A New ship, a New colony, and a New church. (search)
line, of my grandfather Nathan now number no more than six. I presume those of William and Lemuel [his brothers] are many times that number. As the writer, Charles C. Holton, mentioned his grandfather Nathan, we began our search along the genealogical line, which took us backward to one William Holton, who came over from England in the ship Francis to Charlestown in 1634, and was among the company that migrated from New-towne (i.e., Cambridge) and settled another New-towne on the Connecticut river, later and now called Hartford. That he did so, going over the Indian trail, later known as the Bay path, shows his pioneering spirit, and furthermore that he was of the earliest settlers of Northampton and one of the honored committee to begin at Northfield gives additional interest. In the fifth generation of Holtons we find that grandfather Nathan Holton was born in Northfield in 1753. He was the youngest of his father's family of six daughters and three sons, whose home was on t