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151. William T. "Will" HOLDERNESS was born about 1859 in Georgia.

The obituary of William's father listed Sidney as the only son in 1893, but this was not correct. From The Daily Constitution, printed in Atlanta, GA on 4 Apr 1909:
"Mr. and Mrs. Will Holderness of Chattanooga, spent Sunday in Carrollton, where they attended the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Sarah Holderness." On 3 May 1908 had been the note that "Mrs. Sidney Holderness leaves next week for a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Will Holderness of Chattanooga, Tenn."

The 1860 census had William, age 1, born in Georgia. In 1870 he was age 7.
The 1880 census gave William's age as 18, born 1862. He thereafter seemed to want to be some younger. Certainly he would seem to have been born prior to 1860.
The 1900 Census states that W. T. Holderness was born Nov 1877 but then gives his age as 32, or born about 1868. The 1900 Census states his age as 40. Son McKinley was already age 4 by 1900, so I believe the birth year was off by at least 10 years. Then since Pearl was 10 years younger, hers is also wrong. The census shows her as being only 9 years older than her son McKinley

1900 Census Hamilton Co, Tennessee, Chattanooga City, 4th Civil District, Sheet 3B, Household 58.
Wm. T. Holderness, born Nov "1877", age 32, married 5 years. Born Georgia as were both parents. He was a Baggage Master on the RailRoad.
Pearl S., Wife, Born Oct "1887", age 22, has had 2 children. Born Ohio as were her parents.
McKinley, son, born Mar 1896, age 4, b. TN
Gordon, Son, b. Jul 1897, age 2, b. TN

1910 Census Hamilton Co TN, Chattanooga City, First Civil District, Sheet 4A, Household 66.
William T. Holderness, age 40, married 1 time for 14 years. Auditor, Express Co
Pearl, wife, age 32, 3 children born, 3 living.
McKinley, son, age 14. Gordon, son, age 12. Catherine, daughter, age 4.
Listed in same dwelling but with a different household number was:
Lottie Harder, age 69, Widow, b. Georgia, father b. GA, mother b. Mass.

1920 Census. Hamilton Co TN, Chattanooga City, Sheet 6B, Hh 113
William Holderness, age 51, b. GA Clerkship., Railway Express
Pearl S., wife, age 41, b. Ohio
Catherine, daughter, age 13, b. TN.

1930 Census. Hamilton Co TN, Chattanooga City, Sheet 4A, Hh 85
William T. Holderness, age 68, he was 33 when married. b. GA, father, b. FL, mother b. GA
Pearl S., wife, age 52, 17 when married. b. Ohio as were her parents
Smith Johnson, son-in-law, age 38, he was 36 when he married, b. TN as were his parents.
Katherine Johnson, daughter, age 24, married at 22, b. Tennessee

William T. "Will" HOLDERNESS and Pearl S. [HOLDERNESS] were married about 1895. Pearl S. [HOLDERNESS] was born in October 1877 in Ohio.

William T. "Will" HOLDERNESS and Pearl S. [HOLDERNESS] had the following children:

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McKinley HOLDERNESS was born in March 1896 in Tennessee.

I have not found McKinley after the 1910 census.

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Gordon F. HOLDERNESS was born in July 1897 in Tennessee. He died on 7 January 1988 at the age of 90 in Castoosa County, Georga.

1920 Census. California, San Diego Co, San Diego City, ED 305, Sheet 4A
Living with three older men - all listed as Lodgers with no evident landlord.
Charles Luke, age 62, immigrated from England in 1915, no occupation.
Gordon Holderness, age 22, b. TN, Battery man in Auto Garage
Frank Gadless, age 55, b. CT, Salesman, Carpet Store
Louis Seawade, age 65, immigrated from Germany in 1871, no occupation.

I didn't find Gordon in 1930.

Georgia Death Index, online at Ancestry.com
Gordon F. Holderness, died 7 Jan 1988, age 90, Catoosa Co, GA.

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Catherine HOLDERNESS was born in 1906 in Tennessee.

Catherine married Smith Johnson as evidenced by the 1930 Census:
1930 Census. Hamilton Co TN, Chattanooga City, Sheet 4A, Hh 85
William T. Holderness, age 68, he was 33 when married. b. GA, father, b. FL, mother b. GA
Pearl S., wife, age 52, 17 when married. b. Ohio as were her parents
Smith Johnson, son-in-law, age 38, he was 36 when he married, b. TN as were his parents.
Katherine Johnson, daughter, age 24, married at 22, b. Tennessee