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138. Willie Richmond HOLDERNESS109,147,211 was born on 18 August 1877 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas.140 She died on 20 March 1963 at the age of 85 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.142

Letter from Willie to Bettie dated 20 Aug 1906 doesn't mention husband or children. She was living in Cumby at that time. She did mention a visit from Eddie & Lynna which I assume to be the cousins Eddie Russell, daughter of Rebecca, and Lynna Holderness, daughter of Robert - they were close to the same age. Also mentions that Mr. Pickens had "failed" - this was the husband of Cordova Haden who had likely failed in his business.

Both Willie and Mr. Wright were still living 26 May 1941 - letter from sister Jennie to sister Bettie mentioned them both. Mrs. C. H. Wright attended the funeral of Elizabeth Holderness Haden in Ladonia on 1 Aug 1950.

The Madill Record; Thurs. Jan 29, 1948
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Wright Entertain at Open House on Golden Anniversary
Celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Wright entertained at open house Friday at their home, 501 West Tishomingo. About 100 friends and acquaintances called from 3 to 6 pm.
Receiving the guests with Mr. & Mrs. Wright were their son Robert Wright, Mrs. Wright and daughter Roberta Ann of Houston, TX; Mrs. Ben Long, Oklahoma City; and Mrs. Charlie Morris, Madill.
...Mr. and Mrs. Wright were married in Cumbie, Tex. in 1897 [1898] and came to Madill 48 years ago. They first made their home at Oakland, moving here when Madill became a town. They have watched growth of the city from the first building erected on the Madill square. Mr. Wright was in the lumber business here 27 years and later in the garage, gasoline and oil businesses. Their present home of West Tishomingo was built in 1913.

Online Texas Death Certificates:
Name: Willie Richmond Wright
Death date: 20 Mar 1963
Death place: Houston, Harris, Texas
Gender: Female
Race or color (on document): White
Age at death: 85 years
Estimated birth year:
Birth date: 18 Aug 1877
Birth place: Texas
Marital status: Widowed
Spouse name:
Father name: Robert C. Holderness
Father birth place:
Mother name: Virginia Thomas
Mother birth place:
Occupation: Housewife
Residence: Houston, Harris, Texas
Cemetery name: Madill Cemetery
Burial place: Madill, Oklahoma
Burial date: 20 Mar 1963
Additional relatives:
Film number: 2117288
Digital GS number: 4028547
Image number: 491
Reference number: CN 38375
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976


Willie Richmond HOLDERNESS and Charles H. WRIGHT were married on 23 January 1898 in Cumby, Hopkins County, Texas ?.142,186 Charles H. WRIGHT109,212 was born in 1870 in Georgia.109 He died after January 1948 at the age of 78.186

Full name from graduation card to William Charles Haden, May 1928.

1910, Marshall Co OK. Madill. Charles H. Wright, age 40, married 12 years, b. GA as were both his parents. Retail lumber. Willie R. age 32, 2 children, b. TX, parents both b. NC. Robert N. age 10, b. TX. Virginia K. age 4, b. Oklahoma.
Also living with the family is Charles' father. Gabriel N. Wright. age 75, widowed. Born in Georgia as were his parents.
[They moved from Texas before the birth of Virginia. A letter from Willie to her sister was from Cumby TX in August of 1906.]

Found in 1920 Census in Madill, Marshall Co OK, ED 163, p.6A, Dwelling 116, Address 603 Tishomingo. Charles H. Wright, age 50, b. GA as were both his parents. He was manager of a Lumber Co which he owned. Wife Willie R. was age 41, b. TX, both parents born in AR [which is not correct, obviously Willie did not give this information]. Robert N. age 19, working in Dad's lumber company, Virginia age 14 attending school. This census also shows that the family moved to Oklahoma between 1900 and 1905 as daughter Virginia was born in Oklahoma.

The Wrights were still in Madill in 1930. Only Robert was living at home.


1940 Census. Madill, Marshall Co, OK, Sheet 26A, Hh 67
Charles H. Wright, 70, b. GA, lived in the same house 5 years ago, Proprietor, Wholesale Oil Agency
Willie R., wife, age 68, b. TX

Willie Richmond HOLDERNESS and Charles H. WRIGHT had the following children:

196

i.

Robert N. WRIGHT109,213 was born in 1900 in Texas.109,214

In 1930, Robert age 29, was still living at home.

Married Nelda Broussard. Lived in Cooper, TX. Had a daughter, Roberta Ann "Robin".

197

ii.

Virginia K. WRIGHT185 was born in 1906 in Oklahoma.109,212

Married Frank Lachnitt and had a daughter Sheila Ann.

Copy of a letter from Virginia Wright to Dr. W. H. Connor [her 1st cousin, Harris] at Cleveland City Hopital in Cleveland, Ohio, dated 4 Mar 1932 and mailed from Madill, OK. She had apparently been attending a school in Turkey which had gone under. She mentions her one and only brother having been in South America but ordered back and stationed in the East Texas oil fields.