Capt Samuel Holyoke

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Capt Samuel Holyoke

  • Birth 4 Nov 1647 Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 31 Oct 1676 Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot Willow Avenue 2-97
  • Memorial ID 37330763

Capt. Samuel Holyoke was the son of Elizur Holyoke and Mary Pynchon. He came from a prominent family and his maternal grandfather, William Pynchon, founded the town of Springfield. Holyoke served in King Philip's War and was second in command at Turner's Falls Fight. When Captain William Turner was killed during the disorderly retreat Lt. Holyoke took command, rallied the men, and prevented complete destruction by the native Indian alliance. Holyoke brought three-quarters of the soldiers (over 100 men) safely back to Hatfield. Among the survivors were: Nathaniel Alexander, Thomas Alvord, John Barber, Samuel Bedortha, William Clark, Jr, Josiah Leonard, Thomas Miller, Jonathan Morgan, Henry Rogers, Thomas Stebbins, Samuel Stebbins, Nathaniel Sykes, John Webb, John Belcher, Samuel Belding, John Burnap, Peter Bushrod, Benjamin Chamberlain, Joseph Chamberlain, Japhet Chapin, John Chase, Preserved Clapp, Noah Coleman, John Flanders, Joseph Fuller, Isaac Gleason, Joseph Griffin, Simon Grover, James Harwood, Samuel Hunt, Jr, John Ingram, Abell James, Robert Jones, John Salter, John Cunnabell, Samuel Jones, William Drew, George Hughs, Richard Smith, Joseph Kellogg, Joseph Leeds, Isaac Morgan, Tryal Newbury, Robert Old, Nathaniel Peirce, Caleb Pomeroy, Benjamin Poole, John Pratt, John Pressey, Jonathan Taylor, Joseph Warriner, James Stephenson, and Richard Webb. For additional survivors see memorial for Capt. William Turner.
Soon after returning Holyoke was promoted to Captain. However, his health broken by the fight he died five months later at age twenty-eight. Grave relocated from Elm Street Cemetery, stone gone.


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  • Created by: GWC
  • Added: 20 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37330763
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Samuel Holyoke (4 Nov 1647–31 Oct 1676), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37330763, citing Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by GWC (contributor 46861802) .