Biography of Thomas Holt
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Thomas Holt was born in Otsego County, N. Y., March 24, 1825. His parents, Curtis and Fannie Holt, were born and reared in Kent, England. Coming to the United States in 1823, they, with their two children, Curtis and Fannie, settled in Otscgo County, N. Y. Curtis enlisted in a New York regiment and was killed in battle. Fannie married William Sanders and is living in Wisconsin. When our subject, Thomas, was fifteen years of age his parents settled in Walworth County, Wis., and later moved to Reedsburg, Sauk Co., Wis., where they resided until their death. At the age of seventeen years Thomas commenced life for himself. Leaving his parents he returned to Otsego County, N. Y., and in 1851 married Rhoda Ann Baich, who was born in that counts Dec. 26, 1823. Two years later they left there and settled on section 15, Brookfield Township. where they have ever since resided. They were accompanied by Mrs. Holt's parents, Henry T. and Catherine R. Balch, whom they cared for until their death; the father's death taking place in 1869 in his eighty second year and the mother dying Sept. 22, 1859, aged sixty eight years. Their farm contains 160 acres of valuable land. Mr. Holt has two brothers, who are residents of this township; Charles, who came here in 1865 and who had been in the army with the Wisconsin Infantry, and John, who settled here in 1S69, who had served five years in the regular army. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Holt - Martha A., wife of Nathaniel Baker. who have their home on part of Mr. Holt's farm; and Avaline R., wife of Frank L. Coville, who live in this township. Mr. bolt has been identified with the Republican party since its organization, but in local elections votes for the best man. His father was a Whig.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886