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77. William T. HOLDERNESS149,150 was born on 26 October 1826 in Georgia.32 He died on 18 January 1893 at the age of 66 in Whitesburg, Carroll County, Georgia.32,106 He was buried in Carrollton City Cemetery, Carroll County, Georgia.

1850 Census for Leon Co FL lists James, age 52, Farmer, born in NC with wife Elizabeth and 4 young people [William and Sarah (his wife in this case), Harriet & Caroline]. The following URL has this Census:

But there is another marriage for a Holderness girl in Leon Co FL
Holderness, Sarah
Gender: The gender of Sarah Holderness is female.
Spouse: Joseph J. Dawkins
Marriage Date: Dec 05, 1849
State: FL
County: Leon
More About: This record can be found in the County Court Records, Film # 0983459 - 0983464.
She can be found living with Dawkins in 1850.

p.32 Unclaimed Letters at PO at Macon, Bibb Co 1 Jul 1848: Wm T. Holderness

Case from the Supreme Court of North Carolina
Q. T. PURSELL v. JOHN D. LONG. December Term, 1859.
THIS was an action on the CASE for a deceit and false warranty in the sale of tobacco, tried before DICK, J., at the last Fall Term of Rockingham Superior Court.
The plaintiff declared in two counts: first, a deceit, and secondly, for a false warranty in the sale of one hundred boxes of manufactured tobacco. The tobacco was delivered in August, 1857, and to prove that it was rotten, in the fall and winter of that year, plaintiff proposed to read the deposition of one W. J. Totten, of Georgia. The notice was to take the depositions of L. T. Watkins, N. Cobb and others, in the office of W. T. Holderness, No. 132 Broad street, Columbus, Georgia, by W. T. Holderness, a commissioner and notary public, on the 15th day of March, 1859. The deposition was taken, as declared in the caption, by William T. Holderness, commissioner and notary public, on the 15th day of March, 1859, at his office No. 128, Broad street, Columbus, Georgia. The defendant objected to the reading of this deposition, as he did not appear, and no one for him, at the taking thereof. The Court admitted the deposition to be read.
There was no more mention of W. T. Holderness, but the outcome of the case in Rockingham was: Verdict for plaintiff. Appeal by defendant. The judgment was affirmed by the Supreme Court.
Recorder: 52 N.C. 102

Muscogee Co. Will Book "A" (1838 1862)
TEMPERANCE WHITESIDE, 5/3/1859:8/5/1859, p. 258 259
Present husband: John Whiteside. Sons: Thaddeus B. Scott, Joel T. Scott, James A. Whiteside,
John D. Whiteside. Daus: Margaret A. Young, Mary D. Roberts.
Wits: William T. Holderness, James Taylor, Boling W. Williams.

1860 Census. Wynton, Muscogee County, GA, P.O. Columbus, Hh 62
Wm T. Holderness, age 32, Lawyer, b. VA
Sarah J. age 28, b. GA
Henry S., age 7, b. GA. Walter, age 6, b. AL. William, age 1, b. GA.

Found at the University of North Carolina Library website: "Digital Library on Amercan Slavery"
Filed 9 Apr 1861, petition granted 3 Jun 1861
Petition 20686112, filed to the Court of Ordinary, Muscogee Co, GA
William T. Holderness seeks appointment as guardian of the minor children of Julia Fisher. These children, Frances Clark, David Clark, and George W. Fisher are entitled to an undivided half of an estate that includes eight slaves. In 1861, these eight slaves were Alfred, age 7, Billy age 5, Dick approximately age 35, Grigg age 12, Homer age 8, Job age 3, Maria age 45, and Squire age 35.
[I have no idea about any relationship to Julia who must have been married twice - to a Clark and then a Fisher. Neither William, nor his wife had a sister named Julia.]

Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, Vol. 2
Friday, September 26, 1862
Confederate States of America, War Department
Richmond, September 16, 1862
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.
Adjutant-General's Department
Assistant quartermasters, with the rank of captain.
W. T. Holderness, Seventh Confederate Regiment

Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, Vol. 4
Monday, Jun 13, 1864.
War Department, Confederate States of America
Richmond, Jun 4, 1864
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, being renominations of those whose cases were postposed at the last session of Congress:
Assistant quartermasters - captains.
[included] W. T. Holderness, of Georgia, to take rank from 16 Jun 1863.

Confederate Service Records show that William T. Holderness served in the 7th Confederate Cavalry; Claiborne's Regt., Partisan Rangers.

1870 Census. Fulton Co GA, 3rd Ward City of Atlanta, Hh 140
W. T. Holderness, age 41, Real Estate Agent, b. GA
S. J. [female], age 38
Scott, age 15, b. AL. Walter, 11, b. GA. Wm. 7, b. GA. Sidney, 5, b. GA
Ann Adams, servant, Domestic, age 30, Black, b. GA.

The Daily Constitution, Atlanta, GA, 4 Oct 1870
New Advertisements.
W. T. Holderness B. E. DuPont
Real Estate Agents,
Special attention given to the Auction and Commission business, also, to Renting Real Estate in the city and Farms in the surrounding country, conveyancing, settling and collecting claims of every character.
Office Opposite National Banks,
Alabama Stret

From the Atlanta, GA City Directories:
1871 - Hanleiter's Atlanta City Directory
p.1 Agents, Real Estate Holderness & DuPont 14 Whitehall
p.161 Holderness & DuPont, real est & agts for Knickerbocker life insurance company, up stairs 14 Whitehall St.
Holderness, W. T. of H. & Dupont, res ----
[res -- meaning that he lived at the same place, 14 Whitehall]

1872 - Hanleiter's ...
p.70 Holderness, W. T. real estate agent
res: Whitehall bet Hood & Windsor
[no other listing]

1873 - directory missing

1874 - Beasley's Atlanta Directory
p.121 Holderness, Wm T. (Markham & Holderness)
r: 316 Whitehall
[p.22 describes Whitehall as being the 1st street NW of Car Shed from RR SW to limits. This listing gave no clue as to the business of Markham & Holderness, nor were they listed anywhere in the business section.]

1875 - Beasley's ...
p.118 Holderness, William T. lawyer 21 Marietta cor. Broad
r: 316 Whitehall
p.286 same listing under "Lawyers"
[still lives on Whitehall, but he has an office now!]

He was not in the Directories earlier or later, so must have lived in Atlanta just a short while.

1880 Census Carroll Co, Georgia, District 682, ED 29, Hh 48
William T. Holderness, age 51, Farmer, b. GA, parents b. NC
Sarah J., age 49, b. GA
Walter, son, age 21. William, son, age 18, Sidney, son, age 15.
Robert Dozier, age 30, servant.

Obituary of William T. Holderness in "The Atlanta Constitution", January 1893, states that he died of heart disease. Lists an only son, Col. Sidney Holderness as a leading lawyer of Carrollton. Burial at Whitesburg.
Evidence has been found that son William was living in Chattanooga, TN for the 1900 census and was still there at the time of his mother's death in 1909. In fact, his mother must have been visiting him in Chattanooga when she died. I found the eldest son, Scott, living in California in 1900.

William T. Has a military marker, Carrollton City Cemetery and is buried as Col. Wm. T. Holderness. His rank given as Quarter Master, 7th Confederate Cavalry, CSA.

William T. HOLDERNESS and Sarah Jane SCOTT were married on 22 August 1850 in Troup County, Georgia. Sarah Jane SCOTT151 was born on 12 December 1827 in Georgia.32,151 She died on 27 March 1909 at the age of 81 in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee.32 She was buried in Carrollton City Cemetery, Carroll County, Georgia.

Sarah Jane SCOTT, daughter of Henry Ferguson SCOTT and Rebecca Ann MOSS. Henry was born 25 Apr 1793, died 1882, served in the War of 1812. They married 19 Dec 1815. Rebecca was born 10 Jan 1799, died 1844, daughter of Gabriel Moss & Elizabeth Oliver.

1850 Census for Leon Co FL lists James, age 52, Farmer, born in NC with wife Elizabeth and 4 young people [William and Sarah, Harriet & Caroline].

1900 Census says that her father was born in Virginia, her mother born in Georgia.
In 1900, Sarah was living with Sidney and wife Ada in Carrollton, GA.

From The Daily Constitution, printed in Atlanta, GA on 4 Apr 1909, the Carrollton, GA section:
"The many friends of Colonel and Mrs. Sidney Holderness are sympathising with them in the sad death of their mother, Mrs. Sarah Holderness, which occurred in Chattanooga on last Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Will Holderness, of Chattanooga, spent Sunday in Carrollton, where they attended the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Sarah Holderness.

Presumably Sarah was buried next to her husband. Carrollton City Cemetery.

William T. HOLDERNESS and Sarah Jane SCOTT had the following children:



Henry Scott HOLDERNESS was born in 1853 in Alabama.

In 1860, Henry S. was said to have been born in Georgia, his younger brother Walter, born in Alabama. In 1870, they were reversed, with Scott's birth place as Alabama.

1900 Census. California, San Luis Obispo, Hot Springs Twp, Hh 108
Scott Holderness, b. Jun 1858, age 41, married 19 years, b. AL, parents b. GA
Emma M, wife, b. Feb 1862, age 38, 4 children, b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. GA
William J., son, b. Jun 1882, age 17, b. Texas
Lula B., daughter, b. Apr 1886, age 16, b. Texas
Fred N., son, b. Apr 1888, age 14, b. California
Sidney S., son, b. May 1899, age 1, b. Oregon



Walter HOLDERNESS was born about 1855 in Georgia.

Walter was listed as perhaps five or six in the 1860 census. In 1870 he was said to be eleven. The ages of the children in this family are never consistent.



William T. "Will" HOLDERNESS.