Justinian Holden was baptised in Lindsey, Suffolk, England on October 6, 1611, son of William Holding and his wife Rose. He sailed for New England with his older brother Richard, on the 'Elizabeth', from Ipswich, England, in April 1634. He settled in Watertown where he was one of the first proprietors. He owneed 8 lots by 1644. His homestall was bounded south by Belmont Street, west by Grove Street, north by G. Parkhurst, east by R. Holden. In 1673, he sold this lot to Rev. John Sherman.
In 1653 he was made a freeman in Watertown, he then bought some land in Cambridge, the estate of Deacon Nathaniel Sparhawk, for 210 pounds. The estate included 294 acres, a dwelling, a barn and other buildings. Justinian was made freeman in 1657. Justinian was a carpenter. An Elizabeth Holden, probably his first wife, died in Cambridge on March 18, 1672-3. Her maiden name was probably Jennison. They most likely had no children, and family lore says that she was much older than Justinian.
Soon after, probably in mid 1673, he wed Mary, daughter of John Rutter and Elizabeth Plympton, who was much younger than him. Even though he was over 60 years old when they were married, Justinian and Mary became the parents of seven children, the first being born in April, 1674, the last in August, 1681. In a deposition in 1679, he says he is about 66 years old. It seems unlikely that a man should raise such a large family at the age of sixty, but the purchases of land made in 1649 & 1653 were made before any son of Richard or Justinian was of age, and that same land was bequeathed to Justinianís children in 1691. Justinian died between August 12, and Ocober 6, 1691. The inventory of his estate was 1153 Pounds. His widow Mary was living in 1716. Justinian probably did die in Cambridge, but it is impossible that he is buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, because it was not organized until 1831. The stone there is just a cenotaph, as far as he is concerned.
William Holden (1580 - ____)
Samuel Holden (1674 - 1728)*
Joseph Holden (1683 - 1768)*
Richard Holden (1609 - 1695)*
Justinian Holden (1611 - 1691)
Holden Family monument overlooks Boston skyline. Names on the side of the monument include in order: Justinian, Samuel, William, Jonathan, Ezekiel, and John. The other side of the monument has one inscription which looks like Miriam Holden January 2, 1882-January 3, 1882.
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Plot: Mountain Ave., Lot 4709
Maintained by: Ken Smith
Originally Created by: Barbara Hanno
Record added: Nov 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101338854