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Col Ephraim Holland

Col Ephraim Holland

Birth
Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 28 Feb 1822 (aged 66)
South Hero, Grand Isle County, Vermont, USA
Burial South Hero, Grand Isle County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 20776339 · View Source
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"Of Newfrane, Vermont, died here suddenly on a journey"

aged 68 yrs.


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Additional information added by:
Herman C. Brown
Vermont Society Sons of the American Revolution

Ephraim was the 7th of 9 children (2nd son) born of Ephraim Holland (1714-1786) and his wife Thankful Howe (1715-1792). His siblings were: Sarah (Holland) Knowlton (1739/40-1797), Tabitha (Holland) Hinds (1742-1826), Eunice (Holland) Osgood (b. 1744), Joseph (b. 1746), Thankful (Holland) Randal (b. 1748), Lavina (Levinah) (Holland) Morse, James (b. 1758), and Nathaniel (1761-1784).

In June 1776, Ephraim enlisted for five months as a Private in Captain Seth Newton's Company, 6th Worcester County Regiment of Massachusetts Militia commanded by Colonel Jonathan Smith. Colonel Smith's Regiment was raised to reinforce the Continental Army. Captain Newton with his Company of 73 men marched "to the northward or Canada Department" (now Northern New York State). Ephraim served out his five month term. Later that year, in December 1776, Ephraim enlisted for three months in Captain Elijah Bellows' Company, Colonel Nathan Sparhawk's (Sparrowhawk's) Regiment of men enlisted or drafted from the Worcester County Brigade. This Company went to and served out their enlistment in New Jersey.

On August 21, 1777, Ephraim marched as a Private in Captain John Maynard's Company, Colonel Job Cushing's 6th Worcester County Regiment of Massachusetts Militia responding to the Bennington, Vermont Alarm (The Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777). The Company marched to Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. They were discharged, August 23, 1777. About one month later, September 29, 1777, Ephraim marched with a Detachment under the command of Captain Maynard, Colonel Cushing's Regiment. The detachment marched to Stillwater (Saratoga, New York) under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Moses Wheelock on an alarm to serve 30 days. The Detachment was discharged, October 14, 1777, after 24 days service.

In December 1777, Ephraim enlisted for three months in Captain Elijah Bellow's Company, Colonel Job Cushing's Regiment of men enlisted or drafted from the Worcester County Brigade. This Company also went to and served out their enlistment in New Jersey.

Ephraim married, February 17, 1783, Eunice Newton (1754-1848). They had no children.

Soon after the close of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), Ephraim went to visit his sisters then living in Newfane, Windham County, Vermont. In 1784 or 1785, Ephraim went to Newfane, purchased land and settled as a farmer, tavern keeper, and merchant. He served the Town of Newfane as Selectman, 1789 and Lister, 1802. He also served in the Vermont Militia raising in rank to Colonel at the head of a Regiment.

In February 1822, Ephraim took a journey reaching South Hero, one of the Islands (Towns) of the County of Grand Isle, Vermont, in Lake Champlain, and put up at a public house for the night. The next morning (February 28th) upon leaving to pursue his journey, he went to his horse and fell dead by its side in the dooryard.

References:

(1) "Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849." by Franklin P. Rice, 1904, Pgs. 53, 54, 169 & 258

(2) "Vital Records of the Town of Boylston, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1850." by Franklin P. Rice, 1900, Pgs. 115 & 116

(3) "1774-1874. Centennial Proceedings and other Historical Facts and Incidents relating to Newfane, The County Seat of Windham County, Vermont.", 1877, Pgs. 34, 58, 59, 158, 163, and 245-247

(4) "Gazetteer and Business Directory of Windham County, Vt., 1724-1884." by Hamilton Child, 1884, Pg. 261

(5) "History and Genealogy of the Hinds Family" by Albert Henry Hinds, 1899, Pgs. 34 & 35

(6) US Federal Military Pension Filed # W24453

(7) "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War." Vol. XI., by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, 1903, Pg. 404

(8) "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War." Vol. VIII., by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, 1901, Pg. 128

(9) "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War." Vol. IV., by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, 1898, Pg. 292

(10) "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War." Vol. I., by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, 1896, Pg. 914

(11) "The History of the Town of Marlborough Windham County, Vermont" by Ephraim H. Newton, 1930, Pgs. 1 & 2



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  • Created by: Barb Destromp
  • Added: 4 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20776339
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Ephraim Holland (22 Oct 1755–28 Feb 1822), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20776339, citing South Hero Cemetery, South Hero, Grand Isle County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Barb Destromp (contributor 46785064) .