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Sgt Robert Holley
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1759
New London County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1836
Addison County
Vermont, USA

Robert was the 8th of 9 children (6th son) born of Samuel Holley. Robert's siblings were: Samuel (b. 1741), Crandall (b. 1743), Ruth (b. 1744), John (b. 1747), Manchester (b. 1750), Manchester 2d (b. 1754), Sarah (b. 1756), and Benjamin (b. 1761).

On May 8, 1775, Robert enlisted for 8 months at Preston, New London County, Connecticut, in Lieutenant Colonel John Tyler's (2nd) Company, Colonel Samuel Holden Parson's 6th Regiment of the Connecticut Line on the Continental Establishment. The 2nd and 4th Companys of the Regiment immediately marched to Roxbury, Massachusetts for the defence of Boston. Robert served there until the expiration of his enlistment. He was discharge on December 10, 1775. However, before this enlistment expired, Robert enlisted for one year, to commence on January 1, 1776, in a Company commanded by Captain Ebenezer Brewster in the same Regiment (10th Continental Regiment on the 1776 Establishment).

Robert continued to serve at Roxbury until March 1776 when his Company moved to Dorchester Hill (Heights) and there threw up a facine fort. After the British had left Boston, he marched under the overall command of General George Washington to New London, Connecticut where they boarded vessels and sailed through the Long Island sound to New York here they assisted in fortifying that city. He remainded in that vacinity until a short time after the Declaration of Independence. when they crossed over to Long Island to engage the British who had landed there a day or two before. Soon after landing on the Island, they had an engagement with them and Robert came near to being taken prisoner. He and others escaped only by wading through a marsh up to their chins in water. During that engagement, General Sullivan who commanded the Army on the Island and Lord Sterling were both taken prisoner. A few days after returning to "York Island", they moved to Harlem Heights, then to Westchester, and thence to White Plains. They were about two miles of that place, when the Battle took place there. They then moved to Peekskill and then over the Hudson River to New Jersey where they remained until December when they returned to Peekskill and went into winter quarters. Robert remained there until the expiration of his enlistment. He was discharged on January 1, 1777 and returned home to Preston, Connecticut.

Soon after returning home, Robert enlisted for 3 months in Captain Kinne's Connecticut Militia Company and was sent to Bristol, Rhode Island. After that enlistment expired, in the Spring of 1777, he enlisted in Captain Benjamin West's Company, Colonel Stanton's Regiment of Rhode Island State Troops. This Regiment had been raised for 15 months, however, Robert joined them about three months into their term and served until their remaining term expired, making Robert's term about one year in length. This service was performed at Tiverton, Rhode Island.

In the Spring of the year 1778, after the expiration of his preceeding enlistment, Robert enlisted and served until his enlistment expired for one year as a Sergeant in the same Company commanded by Captain West and the same Regiment, but then commanded by Colonel John Topham. This service was also performed at Tiverton on the east side of Rhode Island.

After the expiration of his preceeding enlistment, in the Spring of the year 1779, Robert again enlisted as a Sergeant for the term of one year in the same Regiment under the command of Colonel Topham, but then in a Company commanded by Captain William Whipple. During that season, Robert volunteered in the company of 90 or 100 others, being chiefly from the troops stationed at Providence, Rhode Island in General Glover's Brigade, to go on board a small sloop to go out and attack a British guard ship which lay down the east side of the Island about 3 miles below Fogsland Farry. This British ship was interrupting the passage of American vessels. Robert commanded the men on the sloops's quarter deck who boarded and took the guard ship, carried her into Stonington, Connecticut and marched her prisioners by land to Providence, Rhode Island. Robert remainded at Providence for the remainder of his enlistment, except when they crossed over onto the Island for about 3 weeks during the time of the Sullivan expedition. He was discharge from that Corps at the end of the year for which he enlisted and returned home.

In the spring of 1781, Robert enlisted for a term of one year at Preston into Colonel Christopher Granin's Regiment in the Rhode Island Line on the Continental Establishment in a Company commanded by Captain Cole. Robert served in that Company until the month of Janury, 1782 when he was discharged with the rest of the Regiment, except the "negroes" who had been enlisted for the Duration of the War, the troops not being any longer needed in that quarter and Colonel Nathaniel Green having been ordered to go to the South.

Robert married, March 27, 1782 at Stonnington, Connecticut, Hannah Hewit (b. 1760) by whom he had 9 children (8 sons and 1 daughter): Samuel H. (b. 1783), Samantha (b. 1786), Robert (1788-1788), Robert (b. 1791), John D. (b. 1793), Paul P. 1796), Winton H. (1798), Manotainig (b. 1802), and Abraham V. (b. 1804).

Robert moved from Preston, New London County, Connecticut in 1784 to Shaftsbury, Bennington County, Vermont where he lived about 2 years. Thence he moved to Hebron, Washington County, New York where he lived about 10 years. Thence he moved to Bristol, Addison County, Vermont where he lived for the remainder of his life.


(1) Preston, Connecticut Vital Records Part I 1687-1850 (Barbour Collection), Page 130

(2) US Federal Military Pension File No. W.21391

(3) "The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service During the War of the Revolution 1775-1783." by Henry P. Johnston, 1889, pages 72-73, 99-100 and 614
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  Samuel H Holley (1783 - 1858)*
  Samantha G Holley Needham (1785 - 1863)*
  Winter Hewitt Holley (1798 - 1877)*
*Calculated relationship

who served his country in
the war of the revolution. 6
years 11 months: &. was for some
time a sergent commanding Gen.
Lafayett's life guard. was a
prisoner on board the Jersey
prison Ship of N.Y. was
honorably discharged. he represent
ed this town in the General assem
bly 10 years. was in the battle of
Plattsburg in 1814: was one of the
Electors from this State. who voted
for James Monrow President.
He was an acceptable member
of the Baptist church a long time.
died April 18, 1836. AE. 77
Greenwood Cemetery
Addison County
Vermont, USA
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Record added: Apr 25, 2010
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Sgt Robert Holley
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Sgt Robert Holley
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Patriot - You Are Not Forgotten.
- Vermont Society Sons of the American Revolution
 Added: Jan. 11, 2013
Since I read this memorial stone in 2007, I've thought back on it many times. Growing up in Bristol, VT, I had no idea that the pretty spire of Holley Hall in the center of town was named for a revolutionary war vetran, valued public servant,and a member...(Read more)
- Laurel Walker
 Added: Nov. 18, 2012

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