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Mary (Scott) Holder (abt. 1640 - 1665)

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Mary Holder formerly Scott
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Wife of — married 12 Aug 1660 in Olveston, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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Died in Providence, Newport, Rhode Islandmap
Profile last modified 11 Jul 2019 | Created 12 Sep 2010
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Mary (Scott) Holder was a Friend (Quaker).
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Mary was born about 1640. She was the daughter of Richard Scott and Katherine Marbury[1] who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1634.[2]

In 1660, after a short period of imprisonment for being a Quaker[3][4][5], she went with her future husband Christopher Holder and others to England. They married in Olveston, Gloucestershire, England on 12 August 1660.[6][7][8][9] Mary had previously visited Christopher when he was in prison in Massachusetts for his Quaker activities and beliefs.[9][10]

She and her husband had two daughters:[11]

  • Mary, born 1662[12]
  • Elizabeth, born 1664[13]

Mary died in 1665: her husband remarried just over three months later.[9] She was buried on Clifton Burying Ground, Newport, Rhode Island, on land given to the Quakers by Thomas Clifton.[14]


  1. Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), Vol. I, p. 436, CHESELDINE 15.3iii.b
  2. Wikipedia: Richard Scott (Settler)
  3. Charles Frederick Holder. The Holders of Holderness, 1902, pp. 157-158, Internet Archive
  4. Mary Ellen Snodgrass. Civil Disobedience: An Encyclopedic History of Dissidence in the United States, Routledge, 2015, p. 411, Google Books
  5. George Bishop. New-England Judged, by the Spirit of the Lord, T Sowle, 1703, p. 113, Google Books
  6. England & Wales, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Marriages 1578-1841 - GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND WILTSHIRE: Monthly Meeting of Frenchay: Olveston: Marriages; Births; Burials, FindMyPast
  7. NEHGR 96:5
  8. Rhode Island Vital Recods 7:30
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Wikipedia: Christopher Holder
  10. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S, p. 203
  11. Francis R. Sears, "Notes," in NEHGR 92:202, citing Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, p. 102, and Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, vol. 2, p. 446
  12. Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914, Surname mis-transcribed as Holden on Familysearch
  13. Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914, Surname mis-transcribed as Holden on Familysearch
  14. Find A Grave: Memorial #187697585 for Mary Scott Holder


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Descendant of several Magna Carta Surety Barons, including the de Clares and Robert de Vere.
Mary's mother, Katherine (Marbury) Scott, is listed as a Gateway Ancestor by Douglas Richardson.[1]
Katherine and Richard Scott married 7 June 1632. They had two sons (John and Richard) and four daughters: "Mary (wife of Christopher Holder), Hannah (wife of [Gov.] Walter Clarke), Patience (wife of Henry Beere), and Deliverance (wife of William Richardson)."
The Magna Carta Project's Gateway template had been added to Mary's profile at a time when the project included Richardson-documented children of Gateways (when there were fewer projects available to watch over those profiles). The Magna Carta Project account and project box (Gateway template) were removed 9 July 2019, as the project has changed its policy on children of Gateways. ~ Liz Shifflett, project co-leader

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On 11 Jul 2019 at 15:55 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I have added source info for the daughters.

On 11 Jul 2019 at 15:18 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

A bibliography would be great, Leigh Anne. Thanks for offering. I noticed that there aren't any citations for the linked daughters. If you run across anything about those, please let us know.



On 11 Jul 2019 at 14:43 GMT Leigh Anne (Johnson) Dear wrote:

Hello, I'm a little late to the conversation so bear with me.... I did some in-depth research on the earliest English Quaker's and their activities years before the monthly meetings were firmly established - while new members for the communities were still being convinced/recruited in order to gain constant repetitive attendance. She's present in these books as one of the strongest female missionaries. I can gather my text and make a bibliography if you want but she's already so well covered I didn't think to do it. I just wanted a quick-study learn. It was fascinating history and I, a born and bred Episcopalian, find myself completely sympathetic to their teachings. :-)

On 9 Jul 2019 at 19:41 GMT Vic Watt wrote:

I have added the Quakers Project to this profile for co-management. I hope the other profile managers agree. If not, please let me know.

On 9 Jul 2019 at 19:25 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

On the comment below asking about which monthly meetings Mary was linked to, I think I am right that it was not until 1667/8 that the monthly meeting structure was set in place in England - I am not sure when it started to be adopted in America. Mary died in 1665, before this. So I suspect the answer is that she was not attached to any monthly meeting.

On 9 Jul 2019 at 18:24 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

The evidence in the records cited provide sufficient evidence to include Mary in the Religious Society of Friends Project. If the current profile managers would like the project to continue co-management, please copy this code and paste above the biography heading

{{ Quakers Project }}

After that, remove the Project Sticker code that is below the Biography heading and save.

If you would like a member of the Religious Society of Friends Project to handle the project box and sticker changes, please let me know.

Thank you,

Debi ~ co-leader Religious Society of Friends Project

On 9 Jul 2019 at 15:26 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! I updated the Magna Carta Project section, switched our project box to a sticker, removed Magna Carta Project as a manager and added Religious Society of Friends Project WikiTree as manager. However, I didn't add your project box (in case this profile doesn't need project management/you'd rather not be manager).

On 2 Jul 2019 at 13:44 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I have now added to the bio, with sourcing, and amended Mary's death date

On 27 Jun 2019 at 15:02 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

She was apparently buried at Clifton Burying Ground, Newport, Rhode Island in 1665 on land given to the Society of Friends. See FindAGrave. The death date seems to be wrong. The record quoted under “Disputed Origins” does not prove that Mary was alive in 1675/6. What it says is that many years before then Richard Scot gave an island to her and her husband. She is referred to in various books on Quakers. Her husband was a prominent Quaker with a Wikipedia article. This states that Mary died on 17 October 1665. The profile needs significant work (I will add it to my to-do list) but this should be more than enough to prove she was a Quaker.

On 27 Jun 2019 at 05:37 GMT Jennifer (Merritt) Jordan wrote:

Hi, Do you have an attached source that shows Mary (Scott) Holder was a Quaker? I’m working with the Quaker Project to remove profiles under the general category Quakers and reassign them to a more specific category. If a Monthly Meeting Record isn’t attached I can place her in a Quaker Category for those needing a MM. or, if you know the MM and it hasn’t been created, I’m happy to help get it setup. Anyone whose husband loses an ear for being accused of being a Quaker deserves proper recognition. Thanks.

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