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Est.11th January 2000

"Who wishes to serve his fellow creature will meet with the merit of his own action in time to come."
Joseph Holt 1756 - 1826, A Rum Story, Peter O'Shaughnessy editor, 1988, p.53.

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With the retirement in Australia of Pamela Goesch and Lionel Fowler after approximately sixty years spent researching the true descendants of General Joseph Holt, Bernadette (Ber) Holt has offered her research services to our chat rooms. We would all be aware of and appreciate Ber's amazing family research abilities. The Holt Family Fellowship researchers are extremely lucky to receive such a wonderful offer. Most of us understand the tremendous work that this involves. The Holt Family Fellowship has accepted Ber's offer with our deepest gratitude. It is fitting that our family research in our chat rooms will now be based in Ireland.

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17th Feb 18 20:59:22 Carole Parkes I made an error on the last post. My parents died in their mid nineties. I cared for them from when they were seventy.
17th Feb 18 20:55:35 Carole Parkes Sorry to hear about your mother, Ber. I know how hard it can be as I cared for both my mum and dad until they died in their mid seventies.
17th Feb 18 20:53:39 Carole Parkes Hi Everyone! I haven't checked in for a while, busy promoting 3 books now on social media. None on Joseph Holt though, 2 fiction and my mum's autobiography. After doing family research so long I coaxed her into writing it for me. It needed lots of editing but we got there in the end. I'd recommend asking parents to do that, even if it's just notes. I also started a book promotion group on Facebook if you care to join Mike. It's here
23rd Dec 17 18:25:34 Mike Pierce Hello Bernadette,
Thank you for your kind reply. Season's greetings to you and all the fellowship. I would love any info on what ever happened to Maryanne Shaw nee Holt.
Would you be so kind as to put up a notice regarding the new book about General Holt. Simply advise people to enter the following into any search engine such as google etc..
Hero or Traitor? by Michael P. Pierce.
Thank you and all the very best in everything!
21st Dec 17 09:15:46 Bernadette Holt Hello All, Seasons greeting
Will be back soon have lots of updates still caring for mother so research time limited.
Welcome Mike ,Your Edwards Father was Matthew Holt and Matthews brother i think, Charles Holt the only 2 left there in 1850s Edward had a sister Esther who also married a Cosgrove and another sister Dinah doing this from top of head at the moment will get back soon . Have you any family folklore as I think Charles was a miner..................
Have a lorry load more on Shaw /Atkinsons in Monkstown/Dunleary all the Shaw ladies as in Emily etc in the census in Dun/Leary/Monkstown were Maryanne and Williams daughters and when William Atkinson died ( he was master builder also) the girls seemed to move into his house. could be brother of Horatio Nelson Atkinson?
Hi Richard/Rita Will do
20th Dec 17 08:26:24 Mike Pierce This is information about a new book about General Holt 1798.
I am a distant relative of General Joseph Holt. This information should interest all interested parties in the Holt Family Fellowship. Go to Amazon books and type in the title: "Hero or Traitor?" Author: Michael P. Pierce
11th Dec 17 15:55:32 Richard Paul Holt Hi Bernadette , I would like to send you our latest Christmas letter but not sure of your e mail address. Can you send an e mail to me @ regards Rick
18th Nov 17 15:08:39 Mike Pierce Hello Bernadette Holt and Maurice Barrett.
I can confirm that Edward Holt married Margaret Cosgrave in 1881 at Rathdrum. Edward's age is different in the two census records of 1901 and 1911, so his d.o.b. is circa 1839-1844. 11 Sept 1839 seems to be his accepted date of birth.
He died in 1914 at 74. He was a farmer and stonemason. he had 6 children but one of them died between 1901 and 1911, leaving Matthew, Maryann, John, William, and Edward.
William is my grandfather on my mother's side, Eva Holt from Avoca who married my father Larry Pierce from Arklow.
All the very best to all Holt connections, Mike Pierce
28th Oct 17 18:06:29 Matthew Fowler Dad (Lionel Fowler) and I have been looking online at to find four (4) Holt-Fowler family descendants were Baptised at St Thomas' Church of England, Mulgoa, New South Wales, Australia in 1914.
10th Jul 17 06:45:20 Jonathan Laird Mmm, exciting thanks Carole.

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