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131. William T. HOLDERNESS166,167 was born in 1860 in North Carolina.167 He died in 1886 at the age of 26 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas.168

In 1880, William T. had already moved to Hopkins Co TX. He was teaching school at age 20. He lived with a widow Nancy Hays and her son and wife.

The Texas State Gazeteer & Business Directory 1884-1885, posted on the USGenWeb Hopkins Co website lists the town of Fairyland, 12 miles northwest of Sulphur Springs. There is a school - Fairyland Academy - of which W. T. Holderness is principal.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette. (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 256, Ed. 1, Saturday, March 28, 1885
From the Executive Office, Austin, 23 Mar 1885
The Govenor lists appointments of the notaries public. Included for Hopkins Co is Will T. Holderness.

In the 1900 Census L. M. Holderness, female, age 34 and widowed was living in Sulphur Springs TX. She was a teacher. Her mother, Ann Moore, lived with her.

Will T. and Lucy have matching stones in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery, Hopkins Co, TX.

William T. HOLDERNESS and Lucy MOORE were married on 23 December 1885 in Hopkins County, Texas.166,169,170 Lucy MOORE168 was born on 18 October 1863 in Texas.168 She died on 19 October 1952 at the age of 89 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

The HOPKINS CO HERITAGE, Vol 9 #1, Mar 1992, p.6, describes early Sulphur Springs. There was a college, incorporated as Central College in 1883, conducted as a church college until 1890, then sold to Prof. H. P. Eastman who operated it as Eastman College until 1900 when the main building burned. "Mrs. Lucy Holderness and Mrs. Evans conducted a private school in one of the buildings until the property passed into the hands of the city."

1900 Census as L. M. Holderness. She was widowed at age 34. She had had no children and never remarried.
Lucy's mother was living with her in 1900 in Sulphur Springs. Ann Moore was born Jun 1828 in Kentucky, now age 71, widowed, had 5 children, 3 living.

The Denison Daily Herald (Denison, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 96, Ed. 1 Saturday, November 3, 1906
North Texas Teachers.
Program of Annual Meeting to be Held in Sherman.
The eleventh annual session of the North Texas Teacher's Association will be held in this city Friday and Saturday, Nov 30 and Dec 1. Following is the Program:
....Saturday Morning, 9:30 O'Clock
"The Teaching of English in the Public Schools" - Mrs. Lucy Holderness, Sulphur Springs.

SULPHUR SPRINGS GAZETTE, Friday, Jan 31, 1913. Mrs. Melvina Moore died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Lucy Holderness in this city, Jan 26, 1913, after a long illness. She had lived in Sulphur Springs for many years. The funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Holderness with Rev. J. B. Gobert, pastor of the Methodist Church, Presiding Elder R. C. Hicks, and Rev. Wallace Bassett conducting the services. Burial in the City Cemetery.
Later reported: Mrs. N. J. Conner had been at the bedside of her mother, Mrs. A. M. Moore.

Dallas Morning News, 30 Jan 1913
Moore - Sulphur Springs, Tex, Jan 29. The funeral of "Grandma" Mel Moore was held Monday from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Lucy Holderness of Church street. Mrs. Moore had lived in this county 38 years, having come from Kentucky to Texas in 1875. she leaves three children, thirteen grandchildren, F. V. Garrison, superintendent of public schools here and member of the state Textbook Board, being among the number, and 22 great-grandchildren. Out of respect, the public schools were closed.

Winnsboro Weekly News (Winnsboro, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 12, 1923
Third District Federation Meeting to be Held in Athens, April 17-19
Program for Thursday, April 19th, 8:30
Memorial Service - Led by Mrs. Lucy Holderness, Greenville, Dean of Women, Wesley College.

Dallas Morning News, 20 Oct 1952
Mrs. Lucy Holderness, Ex-Schoolteacher, Dies
Mrs. Lucy Moore Holderness, retired schoolteacher who had taught hundreds of East Texas youngsters died sunday at the home of a niece, Mrs. E. M. Thomas, 6409 Richmond.
She had been in failing health for about a year and became critically ill about a month ago.
She was born in Hopkins county, member of a pioneer family there, and was married when she was a young girl to the late Will T. Holderness of Tarboro, N.C.
She was known in Methodist church circles and in the teaching profession throughout East Texas.
She taught in the Sulphur Springs schools until 1919, became dean of women and professor of bible at Wesley College, Greenville, and when the college closed taught history in the Greenville High school until 1940, when she retired, until 1944, moving to Dallas at that time to make her home with Mrs. thomas.
She was graduated from Southern Methodist University and took a master of arts degree from Columbia University.
Mrs. Holderness taught the Fellowship Class at Kavanaugh Methodist Church in Greenville for many years, and was a member there of the Waverley Literary Club which honored her two years ago at a past presidents' dinner.
She had traveled in Europe, Hawaii, and over the North American continent and gave many travel talks and book reviews. She was a member of the Business & Professional Clubs in the towns where she lived and of Delta Kappa Gamma, professional sorority.
She belonged to the Lakewood Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Tuesday at the Sulphur Springs Methodist Church with the Rev. John Shuler of the Lakewood Methodist Church and the Rev. Wesley B. Hite of the Kessler Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Sulphur Springs.
Pallbearers will be William M. Thomas, Frank Phillips, W. B. Thomas and H. Bascom Thomas, all of Dallas; Henry Pharr and Noble Young of Greenville; Paul Avera of Austin and Raymond Garrison of Houston.
Survivors are five nieces, Mrs. E. M. Thomas and Mrs. Willie Chaney, both of Dallas; Mrs. Leona Davis, Houston; Mrs. Frank Yow, Commerce, and Mrs. H. S. Henslee, Sulphur Springs; a nephew, Moore C. Conner of Sulphur springs and 31 great-nephews and great-nieces.

Online Texas Death Certificates:
Name: Lucy Moore Holderness
Death date: 19 Oct 1952
Death place: Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Gender: Female
Race or color (on document): White
Age at death: 89 years 1 day
Estimated birth year:
Birth date: 18 Oct 1863
Birth place: Texas
Marital status: Widowed
Spouse name:
Father name: Nathan F. Moore
Father birth place: Kentucky
Mother name: Amanda Melvina Crawford
Mother birth place: Texas
Occupation: Ret. Teacher
Residence: Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Cemetery name:
Burial place: Sulphur Springs, Texas
Burial date: 19 Oct 1952
Additional relatives: X
Film number: 2113629
Digital GS number: 4167249
Image number: 2451
Reference number: cn 48233
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976