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39. ELIZABETH BROOKS1,25,79 was born in 1795 in Caswell County, North Carolina.25 She died on 9 June 1858 at the age of 63 in Calhoun County, Arkansas.25,80

Sarah/Sally Williams Brooks did have a daughter named Elizabeth. Family tradition holds that the father of Elizabeth Brooks was Charles. Many of Robert & Elizabeth Holderness' children had traditional Brooks family names. Elizabeth's widowed mother made a deed of gift to all fifteen of her children, including Elizabeth.

Marriage date is Date of Bond [Have copy]. Bondsman: James Watlington Test: Azariah Graves.
Elizabeth and Robert were first cousins.

Caswell County NC Will Books, 1777-1814: 1784 Tax List; Katherine Kerr Kendall, p.119
Caswell Co Oct Court, 1834.
Allotment to Elizabeth Holderness widow of Robert Holderness dec'd for her family. 28 Jan 1834
Jan Court 1835
Sales, property of Robert Holderness dec'd sold 2 Jan 1835 to Elizabeth Holderness and Elisha Evans. By Abner Miles, Admin.

1840 Caswell Co NC Census, p.130. Elizabeth Holderness with 2m 5-10 [Algernon & Jonathan]; 2m 10-15 [George & Robert]; 1m 15-20 [Thomas]; 1f 10-15 [Sallie] and 1f 40-50 [herself]. [This film viewed in B'ham Library - too pale to copy] Total of 11 slaves.

Elizabeth Holderness is listed in 1850 Caswell Co NC Census with property valued at $4000, age 55. William, James M., Sarah E., Robert C., Jonathan I., Algenon S. all listed with her. By 1851, the land has been sold to William and the proceeds divided among the heirs. In the proceedings, George and Thomas are stated to be in Arkansas.
Elizabeth had 17 slaves - from a woman age 65 down to several very young children.

Caswell Will Books/Guardian Accounts of 1848-1868; p.59; from Book R, p.10 - Mrs. Holderness made purchases at the estate sale of Alexander Moore on 26 Oct 1852 - so she was still in Caswell at that date.

Land Patents to Elizabeth Holderness in Calhoun County, AR:
3 11S 14W 39.67a 1855/03/01 SW 1/4 NW 1/4
9 11S 14W 80a 1855/03/01 NE 1/4 NE 1/4 and NW 1/4 NW 1/4 S10
10 11S 14W 80a 1859/07/01 (Elizabeth had died by this date, but perhaps had already started the patent process.) NE 1/2 NE 1/4
3 11S 14W 80a 1859/07/01 Ne 1/4 SW 1/4 and NW 1/4 SE 1/4
3 11S 14W 40a 1883/12/20 SE 1/4 SW 1/4

Son Thomas B. also has land patents for 1855, son Robert C. in 1856, son Algernon not until 1883, but his was in Dallas Co as were some of the land patents of Thomas & Robert.

Buried Double Springs Cemetery, Calhoun Co AR.
Birth: unknown
Death: Jun. 9, 1858
Inscription: "Mrs."; Age 64 years
A picture appeared on FindAGrave but I cannot quite make out all the inscription. When I wrote the contributor - this was his incredible reply:
I will add a better photo when I visit Double Springs again. I don't do very well with pictures. The next time I will have my daughter take the picture. The monument was originally walled with bricks and the marble slab laid on top. When I was young the slab was about two feet off the ground. About twenty years ago, a tree fell across it and broke the slab in several pieces. I removed what was left of the brick wall and lay the slab on the ground and poured a concrete retainer around it. Last winter another tree fell across it. You can see the sawdust where my cousin and I removed the tree. The original house that Ms Holderness lived in is still standing. My family purchased it in the 1860.s and one of my nieces lives there now.
With your permission I will take some water and try to clean slab to get a better picture. It was originally white.

ELIZABETH BROOKS and ROBERT HOLDERNESS were married on 20 February 1819 in Caswell County, North Carolina.64 ROBERT HOLDERNESS42,43,76,77, son of WILLIAM HOLDERNESS and SARAH B. "SALLIE" BROOKES, was born in 1783 in Caswell County, North Carolina.78 He died on 4 October 1833 at the age of 50 in Caswell County, North Carolina.78

Birth year calculated from "Died in his 50th year".

Caswell Co NC Deed Book M p.302. Wm Holderness deeded to Robert four negroes named Beth, Dabney, Dick & John, 20 head of hoggs, 13 head of cattle, a bauld faced horse, a sorrel filly and all his household furniture. Witnessed by Sarah Holderness and Thos. Holderness. Proved by Thomas at the Oct Court 1802.

Caswell Co WB G, p.54
January Court 1815 Debts due Elizabeth Harden, admin of Henry Harden, dec'd. Names included Robert Holderness, Thomas Holderness.

Caswell Co NC Deed Book T, p.108. 27 Aug 1819. Thomas Brooks Senr to beloved grandson Robert Holderness for love and affection, 3 slaves, Ede & her future increase, boys Lewis and Abram. James Watlington witnessed. This is part of the scant proof that Sally Brooks Holderness was the daughter of Thomas Brooks. The Revolutionary pension application of Jonathan Brooks refers to "nephew" Robert Holderness which would reinforce the relationship that Sarah "Sallie" Brooks Holderness was indeed a daughter of Thomas and sister of Jonathan.

Caswell Co DB U, p.62
15 Jan 1822 Sarah [Sally] Brooks to Edmund McCubbins, 3 undivided lots former property of Elizabeth Williams Dec'd on Brown Cr, 2 of which she purchased of Joseph Williams & Nathan Williams & 1 lot her part of 100 acres which belonged to her mother. wit: Rob Holderness, Wm. Merony

Caswell Co Deed Book U, p. 233-235. Two deeds from Philip Pearce to Ibzan Rice - $825 for 150 acres on Moon's Creek adj old line of Edmund Williamson, Brooks, Jethro Brown. And $121 for 24.2 acres on main road from Brown's Store to the Courthouse adj Samuel Moore, Rice. 22 Apr 1823. Wit: Robt Holderness, Anderson Willis. [Ibzan Rice was married to two of Elizabeth Brooks Holderness' sisters so he was a brother-in-law.]

Caswell Co Deed Book X, p.113-114. A deed of gift from Jonathan Brookes to his son John Brookes of 569 acres lists the neighbors as Thomas Graves, Robert Holderness, Watlington, Sally Brookes. [Jonathan is an uncle to Elizabeth Brooks Holderness; Sally is his sister-in-law and mother of Elizabeth.]

1820 Caswell Co NC Census; 1m -10 [William Henry] 2m 26-45 [Robert was about 37]; 1m +45; 1f 16-26 [Elizabeth was 26]; 1f over 45. Total of 13 slaves. Robert & Elizabeth married in February of 1819 - they had son William Henry. There are two extra males and an older female. Elizabeth's mother has her own household. [ Conjecture: the older female is Robert's mother still living in 1820 - his mother was in the 1810 census as a widow; the other adult males are his two brothers. There was a male 10-16 in the mother's household in 1810 - he should appear as 16-26 but does not unless the ages of the males is wrong.

Caswell DB Y, p.132 10 Oct 1820 Edward Watlington Jun to Thomas Graves, 178 acres on Moon's Crk adj Holderness, Edward Watlington Sen., Leven Roberts, Smith. Wit: A. L. Bennett, F. Smith

Caswell DB Y, p.133 17 Nov 1827 John Brooks & Jonathan Brooks to Thomas Graves. Tract on Moon's Cr adj Holderness, Watlington, Swift. Wit: Woodlief Hooper, Paul A. Haralson.

Caswell DB Z, p.38
30 Mar 1830 Daniel Gwyn Sen to Lyttleton A. Gwyn for $1200, 277 acres on Country Line & Moon's Creeks adj. Ibzan Rice. Wit: William Graves, Robt Holderness
30 Mar 1830 Daniel Gwyn Sen to L. A. Gwyn, for $700, 2 negro slaves Carrington & Cincinnatus. Wit: William Graves, Robt Holderness
30 Mar 1830 Daniel Gwyn to John Gyne for $1025, negroes Austin, Valentine, Joshua. Wit: William Graves, Robt Holderness

6 Jan 1834 - Abner Mills is appointed administrator of Robert Holderness. Security with Thomas Graves & Thomas D. Johnson for $10, 000. However, it's possible Robert had died immediately after being appointed Admin. for his brother Thomas since Elizabeth made purchases at Thomas' estate sale. Also another Admin was appointed for Thomas scarcely one month after Robert had been appointed for him.
Jan Term 1834 - Court of Caswell Co laid off and allotted to the widow Holderness one years support
15 Feb 1834 - Inventory of Estate of Robert Holderness by Abner Mills, Admin. The Sale was held on the 3rd & 4th days of Feb 1834. Mrs. Elizabeth Holderness bought all of the household items. Livestock and crops were sold - the sale brought $739. Subsequent livestock sold on 2 Jan 1835 brought another $91. Slaves were hired out for 1834 and 1835 - Dick, Hall, Jerry & Silva [Dick may be one of the slaves from his father William in 1802] Elizabeth kept the slave women Ede and Chaney, their children and the children of Silva for their food and clothing. [Ede was one of the slaves given to Robert by his grandfather Thomas Brookes.] Elizabeth was entitled to one child's part of the estate under NC law.

Caswell WB M, Jan Court 1836
p.554 Account current of Robert Holderness, dec'd by Abner Mills, adm. Cash received of E. Watlington for keeping Thos. Holderness' horses at Robert's house until his death. Paid widow for keeping negroes. Paid Reuben C. Trayhan for coffin - $5. Thomas W. Graves for crying sale; John Kerr atty fee; paid widow's allowance; paid Eliza Holderness widow, her part of balance, being one child's part.

Caswell Guardian Accounts
1837, p.303 Abner Miles for Thomas B., William, Robert C., George W., James, Jonathan I., Algernon S. & Sarah Holderness. Rec'd from adm. of Thomas Holderness estate.
1838 p.13 Abner Miles for 8 Holderness children. Pd. C. Brooks for board for Wm. Holderness.
Guardianship Accounts, Caswell Co NC
1843, p.222 Abner Miles. Receipt of James M. Holderness for all claims and demands. [James has just turned 21]
1845, p.316 Abner Miles. George W., Jonathan I., Albernon S., Robert C. & Sarah B. Holderenss. Pd. C. W. Brooks & A. C. Lindsey for tuition.
1846, p.365 Abner Milles. Receipt of Thomas B. Holderness for full demands of guardian.
1847, p.392 Receipt of Sarah B. Holderness for full claim.

ELIZABETH BROOKS and ROBERT HOLDERNESS had the following children:



William Henry HOLDERNESS.









Sarah E."Sallie" HOLDERNESS.









Jonathan Iverson HOLDERNESS.



Algernon Sidney HOLDERNESS MD.