Facts and Events
Immigrated in 1623 as a servant to John Jenney.
Primary Source References
1623 No Specific Date Davis 1883, II:136
Edward Holman arrived at Plymouth Colony. He eventually returned to England for a short period.
A deed records that Edward Holman was one who was assigned a lot for cows and goats, under the company of John Howland. The lot was divided among 13 people, which included the Howlands, the Aldens, William Wright, and Thomas Morton Jr. among others.
Edward Holman returned to Plymouth Colony from England.
Tymothy Hatherly, a merchant from London, sold Edward Holman a "heyfer", for thirteen pounds sterling, which was to be paid before June 24, 1633 in the form of money, merchantable beaver, or fish.
At the same Court, Edward Holman was among those "rated in corneat vis p bushell", to be paid "at or before the last of November next ensuing". Holman was due to pay 18s.
1634 10 January 1633/1634 PCR 1:24
Edward Holman sold John Barnes one shallop, a house, and 20 acres of land with "fence & board" for the following sum: 20 pounds of merchantable beaver to be paid the following May "at xss p l"; 20 bushells of corn to be paid in November; and 10 pounds of merchantable beaver to be paid in March of 1635. Holman was also to receive 20 acres of land from Barnes "in some convenient place at Scituate to be to the sd Edw: & his heires for ever". Barnes sold the land he purchased from Holman three days later to Richard Higgens on January 13. The record also notes in the margin that both Holman and Barnes completed their part of the deal.
1636 14 March 1635/1636 PCR 1:40
The Court assigned "the grownd fro Joh. Wynslow downeward to Mr. Allertons howse, or the creeke there" to Holman. He was assigned this land along with John Jenny.
26 August 1636 PCR 1:43
Edward Holman v. John Jenny
Holman complained against John Jenny "for that the said John would not make paymt for a peece he, the said Edw:, lost in his service". The Court acquitted Jenny.
4 October 1636 PCR 1:44
The Court fined Holman 20s for breach of Sabbath, along with John Barnes.
1637 20 March 1636/1637 PCR 1:56
The Court assigned hay grounds to Holman at the Gurnets Nose. He shared these with John Barnes.
7 July 1637 PCR 1:61
Holman's name is mentioned in a list of soldiers who will assist Massachussetts Bay and Connecticut "in their warrs against the Pequin Indians, in reveng of the innocent blood of the English wch the sd Pequins haue barbarously shed". John Barnes' name also appears here.
1638 1 October 1638 PCR 1:99
The Court granted a "garden place next to Mr. Done" to Edward Holman, with the stipulation that Holman had to build a house on the property within two months or he would forfeit the land.
1639 7 May 1639 PCR 12:42
Holman sold the "garden place next to Mr. Done" to Robert Waterman for a sum of five pounds sterling.
Holman sold John Barnes "all those his two acrees of meaddow" at Turkey Point for the sum of 40 shillings.
Holman v. John Barnes
The Court ordered that John Barnes repay six shillings to Holman, "wch he wrongfully tooke of him for not entring of two acres of meddow, wch the sd John bought of the said Edward". Holman agreed to pay Barnes 20 shillings "and deliuer the boate at Plymouth, wth her furniture, before the first day of March next, and the said John Barnes is haue one third pte of the said boate, wch the said Edward hath sold vnto the said John".
1641 7 December 1641 PCR 2:29
The Court put out a warrant for Holman, along with John Whetston, William Lumpkine, and Josuah Barnes "to answere at the next genall Court for goods they tooke, wch were found by shipwrecke".
1642 4 January 1641/1642 PCR 2:31
In reference to the case of December 7,1641 (see above), Holman confessed that he had taken a "canvas to make a mayne saile, a pair drawer, a wascote, & a shirt" from a shipwreck on the bottom of the bay about Satuckquet.
1 March 1641/1642 PCR 2:35
Holman demanded that the Court pay him 1li 17s 6d "for his paynes about a chest of goods found at Mannamoyit". This account refers to the case of December 7, 1641, in which Holman removed goods from a shipwreck. In this record, he was charging the Court for bringing the chest of goods to Plymouth. The Court also made a memorandum that Holman "did account wth the Gournr and Assistants for the said goods . . . and is thereof discharged according to the said inventory".
1643 August 1643 PCR 8:188
Holman's name appears in a list entitled "The Names of all the Males that are able to beare Armes from xvj. Yeares old to 60 Yeares, wthin the seurall Towneshipps". His name appears among those of the town of Plymout
1647 1 June 1647 PCR 2:117
Thomas Prence v. Holman & Nicolas Hodges
Thomas Prence complained against Holman and Nicolas Hodges in an action of trespass upon the case to the damage of 40s. Evidently, Holman and Hodges had used Prence's gun without his permission. The Court found for Prence, and made Holman and Hodges return the gun and pay for the cost of the suit.
1648 24 January 1648 PCR 12:157
Holman entered into a covenant with Gyles Rickard Sr. of Plymouth, such that Rickard would instruct and train Richard Willis, Holman's son-in-law, in the craft of weaving. Willis was to stay in the employment of Rickard until the age of 21, and in turn, Willis was to "behaue himselfe in all truth and faithfulnes towards the sd Gyles Rickard as a trew and faithfull aprentice ought to doe". This would seem to elaborate on the theory that Rickard, Holman, and Barnes were interconnected commercially and socially.
Holman's name is mentioned in a list titled "The Names of the Purchasers". This apparently referred to the purchasing of Dartmouth (see also Davis 1883 II:136).
1652 4 March 1652 PCR 3:6
At this Court, Holman was warned by the constable of Plymouth that "he henceforth doe no more frequent or com at the house of [Thomas Shrive], nor that the wife of the said Sherive doe frequent the house or companie of the said Holman", or they will be punished. Apparently, Holman had been visiting Martha Shrive "at vnseasonable times of the night, and at other times, which [were] feared to bee of ill consequence".
Holman was presented for drunkeness. He was cleared by the Court by paying the fine. Also at this meeting, the Court made a memorandum that if Holman and Martha Shrive continue to keep each other's company, they will suffer corporal punishment by whipping.
1654 7 March 1653/1654 PCR 7:68
Holman v. John Jourdaine
Holman complained against John Jourdaine "for making sale of a pcell of land belonging to the said Edward Holman" to the damage of 20 pounds. The jury found for Jourdaine and charged Holman the cost of the suit.
1658 2 February 1657/1658 PCR 3:126
John Barnes v. Edward Holman
John Barnes complained against Holman for "intertaining John Wade, [Barnes'] seruant, and for carrying the said Wade to Duxburrow in his boate, without his master's consent". The Court found Holman guilty and fined him 10s, and warned him that the next occurrence would require a fine of 20s.
2 March 1657/1658 PCR 3:129
Holman is fined by the Court in the amount of 10s for telling a lie in the Court.
1660 13 June 1660 PCR 8:100
At this Court, a fine of Holman's was collected, in the amount of 12s 6d.
Holman is fined by the Court in the amount of 10s for drunkeness, "the 2cond time".
23 July 1661 PCR 3:224
The Court noted that Holman was fined 10s "to the vse of the collonie" for the case of February 2, 1657/58. The Court also stated that Holman was fined 10s for his offense on March 2, 1657/58. This is the last account which mentions Holman in the records.