AARON HOLDEN; died at Barre, Mass. 30 September 1802. Aaron was the youngest son of James and Hannah (Adams) Holden of Worcester.
He married in Barre April 20, 1758, Hannah Clark. Adult children, born there:
Aaron served as a private soldier in the Crown Point (N.Y.) Expedition in 1756, and was at Fort William Henry, New York, in 1757.
The following sketch for his service in the Revolutionary War appears in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (8:94-5).
Aaron Holden, Hutchinson [Barre], also given New Rutland. Order on Major Barber, dated Cambridge, June 23, 1775, signed by Capt. John Black, for cartridge boxes for his company, Col. Jonathan Brewer’s regt., to be delivered to said Holden, Sergeant; above cartridge boxes receipted for by said Holden; also, Capt. John Black’s co., Col. Jonathan Brewer’s regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1,
1775; engaged April 20, 1775; service, 3 mos. 13 days; also, petition signed by said Holden and others belonging to Capt. John Black’s co., Col. Brewer’s regt., asking allowance for articles lost in battle at Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775; said Holden claimed compensation for loss of a sword; certificate dated Hutchinson, April 28, 1776, signed by Capt. Black, certified to the correctness
of statements in above petition; amounts allowed by resolve of May 10, 1776; also, 2d Lieutenant, Capt. Aaron Haynes’s (3d) co., Col. Asa Whitcomb’s regt.; muster roll dated Camp at Ticonderoga, Nov. 27, 1776; appointed Jan. 1, 1776; reported re-engaged for the war Nov. 14, 1776, as 1st Lieutenant in Capt. Reed
’s co., Col. Alden’s regt., but to remain in Col. Whitcomb’s regt. until Dec. 31, 1776; also, list of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from 7th Worcester Co. regt., as returned by Capt. Benjamin Nye and Capt. William Henry; residence, Barre; engaged for town of Barre; joined Capt. Reed’s co., Col. Alden’s regt.; term, during war; also, Lieutenant, Col. John Brooks’s regt.;
Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; reported taken prisoner Nov. 11, 1778; also, 1st Lieutenant, Capt. John Reed’s (5th) co., Col. Ichabod Alden’s regt.; return of field and staff officers (year not given); residence, New Rutland; also, Captain, Col. Brooks’s regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780;
also, list of officers entitled to promotion in Lieut. Col. J. Brooks’s (7th) regt., dated Sept. 9, 1780; said Holden entitled to a Captaincy vice Lane; date of vacancy, Oct. 18, 1779; ordered in Council Sept. 16, 1780, that said officers be commissioned; reported commissioned Sept. 16 [?], 1780; also, Captain, 5th co., Lieut. Col. Brooks’s (7th) regt.; returns of effectives between Oct.
16, 1780, and Dec. 28, 1780, dated Camp Totoway, Camp Hutts, and Camp near West Point; reported a prisoner in Canada from Nov. 11, 1778.
He was taken prisoner by Indians at Cherry Valley, New York, 10 November 1778; carried to Buffalo and sold to the British; under close confinement at Montreal for eighteen months, then released on parole; Captain, September 16, 1780; retired from the service, 1 January 1781 while still in captivity. Aaron was granted a Bounty Land Warrant 25 February 1791, which was later assigned to Samuel Whiting._