The Holden Family of forgers:

John Holden of Todmorden and his wife Mary had sons

who were involved in forging bank-notes.

Holden and his eldest son John were transported for life for uttering forged £5 notes on the Derbyshire Bank.

The England & Wales Criminal Registers [York 1829] record

Zachariah Holden and William Astin charged with larceny.

Verdict: No Bill (Acquitted of Larceny) 


The England & Wales Criminal Registers [28th November 1844] record

Zachariah Holden (age 40) was charged in North Yorkshire with robbery with violence

Verdict: No Bill


The England Quarter Sessions at Wakefield [27th April 1829] record

Whereas a Bill of Indictment having been preferred at this Sessions against William Astin and Zachariah Holden for felony and being returned by the Grand Jury No Bill. It is ordered that the said William Astin and Zachariah Holden be immediately discharged from the House of Correction kept for the said Riding and forthwith suffered to go at large

The England & Wales Criminal Registers – Lancashire [11th April 1842] record

Zachariah Holden (age 37) charged with having stolen goods.

Verdict: Not Guilty


The England & Wales Criminal Registers [4th March 1843] record

Members of the Holden family:

were all charged with having forged dies for Stamp of Investment.

  • William Barrett (age 19) was charged with forgery of a  promissory note
  • James Burns (age 39) was charged with engraving plate of  promissory note
  • James Stott (age 36) was charged with uttering a forged  promissory note

were all found Not Guilty.

A Richard Parker was also arrested with the Holdens but his case was to be dealt with later


The Halifax Guardian [Saturday 4th March 1843] reported

John Holden and sons John Holden, Zachariah Holden, James Holden, & Thomas Holden. on 8th December 1842 at Erringden, knowingly having their possession two counterfeit dies intended to resemble the dies used by the Commissioner of Stamps, for expressing Stamp Duty of 1/3d.

Betty Holden charged with the above, having in her possession a copper plate purporting to be a note of Wirksworth & Ashbourne Bank & ten forged promissory notes and ten other forged notes of the Halifax & Huddersfield Banking Company.

William Barrett for forged divers £5 promissory notes.

James Burns having upon a copper plate a £5 promissory note of the Wirksworth & Ashbourne Bank


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