The Holts and Related Whitby Families
My interest in Whitby was sparked by my discovering I was descended
from the Holt familiy, who were sailors, master mariners, shipbuilders
and ship-owners there for about 150 years. I have researched into their
lives and times, which has also involved me finding out a lot about
other Whitby families who were connected to the Holts through marriage
or business. It is a time-consuming process, and putting the
information on-line is almost as time-consuming; but I hope (in time)
these pages will contain a lot of information of interest to a number
of people. Please be patient, and keep looking on this site to see if
and how it has been updated
personal way of storing information about my family history is to write
individual little biographies (biogs) which tell their story, and seek
to add a bit of contemporary context. Please click on the surname you
are interested in, this will take you to a list of names and links to
the relevant biogs. These pages are being added to bit by bit.
The Holts and related families of Whitby
Other people who are mentioned in some of the family biogs
other people are mentioned briefly in these biogs. I have tried to
include all of those for whom I have both a forename and a surname, and
who lived, or were closely connected with, Whitby and its environs. To
see the list of names click here
For a list of the ships mentioned and links to the biogs in which they appear click here
am in the process of posting some information about some of these families
on this page. If you have any of these names in
your family, please contact me.
researches of ancestors in Whitby has led to me being
fascinated by the history of that town, particularly the merchant
ships, their builders, sailors, masters and owners. I have set up a
group for people interested in Whitby and its history.
A Word about Copyright
I retain the copyright on the material posted here and any photographs
that I have taken, I am happy for anyone to use them for their own
family history research. If you pass material on to others, I request
that you attribute your source.
However, the etchings of John Holt, Martha Holt (nee Storm), and Margaret Campion are the work of the artist Harvey Taylor, and you must not reproduce them without permission from me or from him, who jointly retain the copyright..
reason why I should be Stephen Holt and not Stephen Baines is that my
gt-gt-grandfather in the direct paternal line was John Holt, whose
father (also John Holt) died on a whaling voyage on the William &
Ann in 1815, leaving three children of whom John was the youngest. His
mother Elizabeth (née Miller) married again, and in time young John
took the surname of his step-father Matthew Baines.