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20. George Allan HOLDERNESS89,94 was born on 15 June 1867 in Caswell County, North Carolina.89,95 He died on 23 December 1947 at the age of 80.89,95

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 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.

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, Chairman of Board

1910 Census. Tarboro Ward 4, Edgecombe, NC, Hh 64
George A. Holderness, 42, married 10 years, b. NC, own income
Hariett, wife, 38, 6 children, b. NC
George A., son, 9. Howard, son , 7. William H., son, 5. Thomas T., son, 3. Haywood D., age 9 months and Anna Stamps, 9 months.

El Paso Morning Times (El Paso, Tex.), Vol. 33RD YEAR, Ed. 1, Saturday, August 23, 1913
Will Recommend Changes
Bankers Will Use Their Influence to Assist President Wilson in Getting Bill Through.
[This article concerned several changes in a currency bill pending in Congress]
Committee on Resolutions: ...Representing the state banking associations ...George A. Holderness, North Carolina

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....

1920 Census. Tarboro, Edgecombe, NC, Hh 356
George A. Holderness, 52, b. NC, Farmer
Hattie, wife, 48, b. VA
George A., son, 19. Howard, son, 17. William H., son, 15. Thurston, son, 13. Haywood D., son, 10. Anna S., dau, 10. Harriet, H., dau, 8.

12 May 1927. The SS Coamo, sailed from New York City, arriving at San Juan, Porto Rico, 16 May 1927. George A. Holderness, age 59, was on the Passenger List. He was born Caswell Co, NC on June 15th, 1867. Address was to be the Ochoe Bldg, San Juan, P.R. (the column stated "Address in United States" but this was obviously where he would be in San juan)
30 May 1927. The SS San Lorenzo, sailed from San Juan, PR, on the 26th of May, arriving in New York City, 30 May 1927. Geoge Holderness, 59, b. Caswell Co NC June 15th, 1867. Address in the United States - 11-13 South 12th Street, Richmond, VA

1930 Census. Richmond City, Henrico Co, VA, Hh 209
Appeared to be living in an apartment house
George A. Holderness, 62, married at age 31, Vice President, VA-Ca Chemical Corp
Harriett, H., wife, 57, married at 26
Haywood D. (absent) Son, 20
Anna S., (absent), Dau, 20
Harriet H., (absent), Dau, 18

Richmond, Virginia 1933 City Directory
Holderness, Geo. A. (Harriett H) Pres. Va-Carolina Chemical Corp. Residence: 900 W. Franklin, Apt 517

1940 Census. Tarboro, Edgecombe, NC, Hh 77
A. Geo. Holderness, 72, b. NC - lived in the same house in 1935, Chairman, Board, ?Cartil Co
H. Harriett, wife, 68, b. NC

George Allan HOLDERNESS and Harriet HOWARD were married on 28 November 1899 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina.89,95 Harriet HOWARD89, 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.






Harriett Howard "Pat" HOLDERNESS.