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80. John Russell HOLDERNESS MD77,109,123 was born on 1 March 1894 in Texas.124 He died on 8 June 1941 at the age of 47 in Commerce, Hunt County, Texas.

World War I Draft registration, dated 5 Jun 1917. John Russell Holderness was then age 23. His address was the Post Office at Commerce, Texas. He was born 1 Mar 1894 in Cumby, Texas. He was a physician, employed at Harper Hospital, Detroit, Mich. He was single. John is described as of medium height, medium build, with brown eye and dark blond hair.
He did serve in World War I - he is on a list of Commerce Men in Service, 11 Nov 1919.
And from the The Commerce Journal, 14 Jul 1919: Dr. & Mrs. Holderness left Monday for New York to visit their son Lt. Holderness.

The Commerce Journal, 30 Jan 1920, p.5
Dr. J. R. Holderness to Practice Here
Dr. J. R. Holderness has returned to Commerce to engage in the practice of his profession. He has been in the North for the past three years.
During his absence, he was employed in Harper's Hospital of Detroit and these places in New York City: Lying-In-Hospital, Broad St. Hospital, Willard Parker Hospital, Army Medical school at Rockefeller Foundation, and for the past nine months as medical examiner at the home office of the Equitable Life Insurance Co.
Dr. Holderness was reared in Commerce, and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Holderness. The Journal bespeaks for him a hearty welcome in our midst.

I found a John R. Holderness living in Dallas in 1930, Lodger of Jack Mason He was age 36, a Doctor in general practice.

1940 Census. Veterans Administrative Hospital (Neurophsychiatric), McLennan, TX, p. 2A
John R. Holderness, inmate, age 46, b. TX - 5 years ago was apparently in the same place as all the inmates are marked as living Rural, McLennan, TX
Marked M, crossed out with 7 - indicated married but not living with spouse

CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS OF HUNT CO TX, Vol. IV by Robert Lee Thompson & Kathy Lynn Penson, 1980:
Rosemount Cemetery, Commerce, Hunt Co TX, buried with his parents. Lt. J. Russell 1894-1941.

Texas Death Certificate 28737, for John R. Holderness
Mclennan County, Veterans Administration Facility
Length of residence where death occurred - 9 years 30 day.
Residence of deceased - Commerce, Hunt Co, TX
John died 8 Jun 1941 - his doctor had attended him since 1932. He died of a coronary thrombosis, but Dementia - Praecox Hebephrenic Type - was a contributory cause
Dementia praecox (a "premature dementia" or "precocious madness") refers to a chronic, deteriorating psychotic disorder characterized by rapid cognitive disintegration, usually beginning in the late teens or early adulthood. It is schizophrinia of which three types were noted - paranoid, catatonic and hebephrinic. Hebophrinic is characterized by foolish mannerisms, senseless laughter, delusions, hallucinations, and regressive behavior.
His profession was Physician. Birth was 1 Mar 1894, Commerce, TX, son of George W. Holderness and Mollie Jones, both born in Texas. The information was "Records, Veterans Administration", Waco, TX. The body was taken to Commerce for burial

His grave marker at Rosemound Cemetery has:
Lieut. J. Russell
1894 - 1941

John Russell HOLDERNESS MD and Winifred O'NEAL were married after probably 1930.77,109 Winifred O'NEAL, daughter of Edward B. O'NEAL and Martha Earle , was born on 16 January 1892 in South Carolina.109 She died on 10 April 1955 at the age of 63 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas.109
1920 Census. Dallas, Justice Prec 7, Dallas, TX
Simeon O'Neal, 32, b. SC, Traveling Salesman
Josephine, wife, 31, b. TX
Simeon Jr., son, age 7 yr 9 months, b. TX
Era May, dau, age 3 yr 6 mo, b. TX
George E., son, age 11 mo, b. TX
Winnie, sister, 22, b. SC

I probably found Winnie in the 1940 Census in Waco, Ward 2, Hh 122
324 N. Columbus - both lived in same place in 1935
Oma Kavanaugh, age 63, widow, b. TX
Winie "Holdernell", age 45, marked "M" for married but also "7" which indicated not living with husband., b. TX

Texas Death Certificate #19364
Mrs. Winniefred Holderness died at Providence Hospital in Waco, McLennen, TX. She lived at 2811 Austin Ave, Waco. She had lived in Waco for 20 years. Winnie died 10 Apr 1955 of uremia, kidney disease, hypertension and anemia. She was a widow. Born 16 Jan 1892 in South Carolina - her father was Edward B. O'Neal, born in Alabama; her mother Martha Earle, born South Carolina. O. E. O'Neal, Sr. was the informant - perhaps a brother? The body was taken to Lubbock, TX for burial.

She is buried City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock Co, TX.
Winnie O'Neal Holderness
Jan 16, 1892 - Apr 10, 1955