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20. George Allan HOLDERNESS63,94 was born on 15 June 1867 in Caswell County, North Carolina.63,95 He died on 23 December 1947 at the age of 80.63,95

Said to be one of the founders of the Carolina Telephone Co in 1890's. In 1907, he helped found Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co. Was President of Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company in the 1920's. Retired in Tarboro, NC
"When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell Co NC 1777-1977" by William S. Powell, 1977; states on p.254: "George Holderness (1867-1947) born near Milton, moved to Tarboro where he established the Carolina Telephone & Telegraph Co which now serves a large part of Eastern North Carolina.

The following books found:
Online at Eastern North Carolina Digital Library

History of Concord Lodge, No. 58, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons. Tarboro, NC, 1811-1958; J. Howard Brown
George A. Holderness; member, 1893.

Coastal Plain Fair, Tarboro, NC Oct 30-31, Nov 1-2, 1917; Coastal Plain Fair Assocation.
p.3 Coast Plain Fair Assocation. Geo. A. Holderness & George Howard [his brother-in-law] listed as two of the Directors.
p.32 Ad for Farmers Banking and Trust Company, Tarboro. Lists Geo. A. Holderness, President
p.36 Ad for Pamlico Savings & Trust Company, the Oldest Bank in Edgecombe County. Geo. A. Holderness, Chariman of Board

History of Edgecombe County, NC; Joseph Kelly Turner
p.340 ....a Live Stock Association was formed in December, 1890.... In recent years George Holderness and Ben Shelton have succeeded in perfecting the stock industry and have become large shippers of cattle.

Passport Applications online at
Geo. A. Holderness applied for a passport on 7 Jan 1920. He stated that he was born Caswell Co, NC on 15 Jun 1867 and his father. W. H. Holderness, born in NC was deceased. He never resided outside the U.S. and his permanent residence was at Tarboro, NC where he followed the occupation of Life Insurance. He planned to return to the U.S. in one month. He was visiting Cuba, sailing from Tampa, FL on the P.O. SS Line, 8 Jan 1920. He applied for the passport in Tampa. He was age 52, 5' 8 1/2" tall, with receding forehead. Blue eyes, brown hair. His picture is quite clear. Chas. W. Gold of Greensboro, NC testified he had known Holderness personally for 30 years. The passport was stamped and issued 14 Jan 1920 - he either did not have it in hand when he departed, or his expected departure was delayed....

George Allan HOLDERNESS and Harriet HOWARD were married on 28 November 1899.63,95 Harriet HOWARD63, daughter of George HOWARD and Anna Ragland STAMPS, was born on 30 August 1871 in Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina.95,96 She died on 21 July 1954 at the age of 82 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina.95

Harriet Howard Holderness and Virginia E. Thomas Holderness, wife of Dr. Robert Charles Holderness, had a common ancestor in John Stamps who married Eleanor Dodson.

NC Death Certificates;
Harriet Howard Holderness died at the Edgecombe General Hospital, Tarboro, Edgecombe Co, NC on 21 Jul 1954.
She lived at 300 S. Howard Circle, Tarboro.
She was a widow.
Harriet was born 30 Aug 1871, Caswell Co.
Father was George Howard, mother was Anna Stamps
Informant was her son H. Dail Holderness of Tarboro.
She had chronic bronchitis and arterioscelrotic disease; she was hospitalized for five days prior to her death.
Buried 22 Jul 1954, Greenwood Cemetery, Tarboro.

George Allan HOLDERNESS and Harriet HOWARD had the following children:



Adm. George Allan HOLDERNESS Jr..



Howard "Chick" HOLDERNESS.



William Henry HOLDERNESS.



Thomas Thurston "Turk" HOLDERNESS.



Haywood Dail HOLDERNESS.






Harriet Howard "Pat" HOLDERNESS.