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Benjamin Holdren
Male Abt 1751 - 1844


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  • Nickname  Beniah 
    Birth  Abt 1751  New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    _MILT  1776 
    Revolutionary War 
    Died  14 Oct 1844  Bridgeton, Nockamixon, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I2114  buckscountyhibbspursellandmuchmore
    Last Modified  02 Feb 2013 

    Father  Mathias Holdren,   b. Abt 1731, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1783 
    Relationship  birth 
    Family ID  F1020  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Pursell,   d. Abt 1846, Bridgeton, Nockamixon, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Holdren,   b. Abt 1775, Alexandria, Hunterdon, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1840
     2. Dennis Holdren,   b. Abt 1776, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1844, Dearborn County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mathias Holdren,   b. 1783, Alexandria, Hunterdon, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Feb 1868, Alexandria, Hunterdon, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Ann Holdren,   b. 1785, Alexandria, Hunterdon, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1878, Kingwood, Hunterdon, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Adren Holdren,   b. 1785, Hunterdon County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. William Henry Holdren,   b. 12 Aug 1791, Bridgeton, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1871, Wea Townshp, Miami, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Elizabeth Holdren,   b. 10 Jun 1794, Hunterdon County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Oct 1884, Upper Black Eddy, Bridgeton, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Jane Holdren,   b. 10 Oct 1797, Alexandria, Hunterdon, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1884, Upper Black Eddy, Bridgeton, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  02 Feb 2013 
    Family ID  F829  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    1779 Tax Nockamixon Township
    1779 Tax Nockamixon Township
    Benjamin Holdren

  • Notes 
    • Beniah is listed in John Pursell Jr's 1816 book account for $1.33 for sundrys purchased. His son
      Mathias Holdren owed $17.25 to the estate for a debt John held against him.
      He was living in Alexandria Township at the time of his daughter Jane's marriage in 1815. The Bucks County tax list show him as a resident of Nockamixon in 1778, Buckingham in 1782, and Nockamixon in 1783, 1785, 1786, 1828, In 1830 he was on the Nockamixon tax listed as a visitor from New Jersey, but became a perminent resident as he was then listed on the tax list until his death in 1844; he was listed as Benjamin and Beniah in different years with Holdren spelled in various ways, also the census shows him living next to his son-in-law Dennis Andrews, and near his daughter Jane Foor. (the place of residence is at the top of the hill in Upper Black Eddy, the road leads directly to the bridge to Milford, NJ)

      Pennsylvania Session Laws of 1839, Act 10, page 25 grants Beniah Holdren of Bucks County, and others a pension for Revolutionary War services.

      "His obituary in the Doylestown Democrat reads:
      Another Revolutionary Hero gone to the Realm of Bliss. -- Departed this life, on Monday the 14th of October, Beniah Holdren, of Noxckamixon, at the advanced age of 94 years.
      He was a Whig of the right stamp throughout the revolution and served his country in many small but important stations. By his patriotism and zeal for the cause, congress offered him a Lieutentant's commission, which he declined accepting, upon the ground that he could not render his country the service with that he could without.
      There was something remarkable in the close of this pious old patriot's life. On the Saturday previous to his death, his daughter, with other friends paid a visit to the old people; found them in good health, and passed a very agreeable evening and morning. The old gentleman was sensible, agreeable, talkative and happy, and partook of a hearty breakfast; after whcih he observed --"Now, my friends, this is the last meal I shall ever eat; I am about to die," It was in vain that his friends endeavored to dissuade him from such an idea -- he the more resolutely persisted in it and said he was called, and must obey, but while he yet had breath and power of speech he wished ti give some instructions with respect to his worldly concernes, his burial, etc., and immediately commenced. Some few moments after he closed his last directions, he was struck down with a parylletic stroke, and never spoke more. He lingered however, on the brink of death until Monday morning, when he expired without a groan." Note: This obituary was picked up by early American newspapers as far away as Massachusetts as "Remarkable Presentiment."
    • The obituary of his daughter Ann Everitt said he was with Wahington at the Battle of Trenton.

  • Sources 
    1. [S34] Doylestown Democrat.