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388. William Henry HOLDERNESS64,170 was born on 1 July 1904 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina.173 He died on 20 July 1965 at the age of 61 in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina.7

Graduated from UNC and Harvard Law School. Married to (1) Martha Jane Broadhurst and (2) Brent Blackmer Woodson. Four children - two by each marriage.

7 Sep 1925. The SS Laconia arrived in New York City, having sailed from Liverpool, England on the 29th of August. Howard and William H. Holderness were passengers. Howard, age 23, born 2 Nov 1902, Tarboro, NC. William, age 21, born 1 July 1904, Tarboro. Gave their US address as "Tarboro, NC".

1930 Census. Greensboro, Guilford, NC, Hh 232
Charles W. Angle, 33, married at age 22, Contractor, Construction
Josephine, wife, 33, married at 22
T. G. Swentson, Servant, 28, Butler, Private home
Howard Holderness, Lodger, 28, Clerk, Life insurance
T. T. Holderness, Lodger, 23, Clerk, Life insurance
W. H. Holderness, Lodger, 25, Attorney, Law

1933 Greensboro City Directory
Holderness, Howard H. Treas Jefferson Standard Life Inc Co. residence, 700 Country Club dr
Holderness, T. Thurston. clk, Jefferson Standard Life Ins Co. r-700 Country Club dr
Holderness, Wm H. (Brooks, Parker & Holderness) r-700 Country Club dr

1940 Census. Greensboro, Guilford, NC, Hh 46
Living at 500 Country Club Drive - lived in same place but not the same house in 1935
William Holderness, 35. Lawyer
Martha, wife, 31
Jane H., dau, 5
William Jr., son, age 2

16 Feb 1942 World War II Draft Registration
William Henry Holderness lived at 500 Country Club Drive, Greensboro, Guilford, NC. He was age 37, born in Tarboro, NC on 1 Jul 1904. Mrs. W. H. Holderness of the same address would always know his address. He was an Attorney, practicing at 902 Southeastern Bldg., Greensboro. Signed as "W.H.Holderness". He was 5' 10 1/2" tall, weight, 210 lbs. The first joint of his middle finger of the left hand was gone.

The divorce from Martha was obtained in Florida in 1951 in Palm Beach Co.

1958 Greensboro City Directory.
Holderness, A. Lucinda, studt, r - 2000 Granville Rd
Holderness & Co Thos T. Holderness, pres-treas. Wm H. Holderness v-pres-sect. invs. 101 N. Elm
Holderness Howard (Adelaide F) Pres Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co. 101 N. Elm
Holderness, Howard Jr studt r- 2000 Granville rd
Holderness, Jane H. studt r - 500 County Club dr
Holderness, Sandara A. studt r - 2000 Granville rd [Alexandria, I think]
Holderness, Thos T (Dorothy H) pres-treas Holderness & Co; v-pres-sect Howell Auto Finance Inc. home - 2013 St. Andrews rd
Holderness, Wm H (Brent W) lwyr 440 W. Market; v-pres-sect Holderness & Co. sec Starmount Co Inc and Friendly Center Inc home - 500 Country Club dr
Holderness, Wm H. Jr. USAF r - 500 Country Club dr

NC Death Certificates;
Death Certificate #23260
Died: Cape Fear Hospital, Wilmington, New Hanover Co, NC
Residence: 500 Country Club Drive, Greensboro, Guilford Co, NC
Died 20 July 1965, age 61
Born: 11 Jul 1904, Tarboro, NC
Father: George Holderness Mother: Harriet Howard
Wife: Mrs. W. H. Holderness
Information from Hospital Records
Cause of death was crushed chest due to boating accident and resulting pneumonia; obesity was another significant condition.
Buried 20 Jul 1965, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford, NC

Biographical Sketch of Willie Holderness from hid daughter-in-law Cherie Lynn (Murphy) Holderness, 2009. Posted to Ancestry FamilyTree.
Some is untrue and contains a "Three-brothers family myth"
A biographical sketch of William Henry “Willie” Holderness, 1904-1965.
Willie was born into a family whose accomplishments form a vital part of the modern history of North Carolina. As a Greensboro attorney, he continued the tradition of public service and responsible citizenship demonstrated by his father and mother, George Allan Holderness and Hattie Howard Holderness. Hattie was a daughter of Judge George Howard, all of Tarboro, North Carolina.
The Holderness family came to America from Yorkshire, England. The family trade was ship building, and three Holderness brothers decided to try their fortune in the New World. [No, they came from Virginia and had been in America for at least three generations - they had no known connection whatever to shipbuilding. This is a classic example of the family three-brothers myth.] One of these men was the family patriarch William Henry Holderness, namesake grandfather of our subject. [No he wasn't - this early William Henry Holderness was born in Caswell, NC to Robert Holderness & Elizabeth Brooks. Robert himself had been born in Caswell. His father having come to North Carolina in the 1760's.] He and his wife Sarah Foreman settled in Caswell County in the town of Milton, North Carolina and became tobacco farmers. [Actually all of William's siblings and his mother sold the home place, inherited from his deceased father, to William Henry, and all the rest of the family moved to Arkansas about 1850.]They had three children: William T. Holderness, Julia Holderness, and George Allan Holderness, father of our subject. George made his mark by introducing the hog industry as well as farm silos to North Carolina, and his service in the North Carolina State Senate of 1916 where he was appointed Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He founded Carolina Telephone and Telegraph, was on the founding board of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance, and was the President of Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company before retiring.
All five of the sons of George Allan Holderness went on to distinguished careers: George Allan Holderness Jr., Rear Admiral of the U. S. Navy; Haywood Dail Holderness, President and Treasurer of Carolina Telephone and Telegraph; Howard (?) Holderness, President of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company, now known as Lincoln Financial; Thomas Thurston Holderness, President and Treasurer of the financial investment firm of Holderness and Company; and our subject *William Henry “Willie” Holderness, Attorney at Law. They also had two daughters, Harriet Howard Holderness and Anna Stamps Holderness.
*This William Henry Holderness, hereafter referred to as Willie, was the son of George Allan Holderness and the grandson of his namesake William. Willie was born in Tarboro, North Carolina on July 1, 1904 and attended Tarboro High School and Augusta Military Academy in Fort Defiance, VA. He was an honor student at UNC and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Three years later he graduated with honors from Harvard Law School where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternities.
In 1927 he went into law practice with A. L. Brooks in Greensboro and the firm was named Brooks, McLendon, Brim, and Holderness. He was a director of Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Co., Secretary of Starmount Co., member of Merchants and Manufacturers Club, Chairman of the Greensboro Alcohol Board of Control (ABC) and prominent in the work of North Carolina Association of ABC boards. He was also an active member of American, North Carolina, and Greensboro Bar Associations.
Willie first wed Martha Jane Broadhurst in (?) and had two children: Jane-Howard Holderness and William Henry Holderness Jr. Jane-Howard wed Will Hammerstein and became a screen writer, winning several awards for her screenplay work including Wait Until Dark, Summer of My German Soldier, and others. Her husband Will Hammerstein ran the production company for his father Oscar Hammerstein’s famous musicals. Jane-Howard and Will had no children. William Jr. wed Bonnie McQueen and they had one child, William Henry Holderness III.
Willie second wed Brent Blackmer Woodson in 1951 and they had four children: Charles Woodson Holderness, Brent Blackmer Holderness, Hayes Ragland Holderness, and Thomas Pearson Holderness. Charles wed Deborah Souder and had three children; Elizabeth Brooks Holderness, Charles Woodson Holderness Jr., and William Lee Holderness. Brent wed Wayland Alexander Crutchfield and had four children; Jane Howard Holderness Crutchfield, Brent Blackmer Crutchfield, Carolyn Hayes Crutchfield, and Wayland Alexander Crutchfield III. Hayes wed Cherie Lynn Murphy and had three children; Hayes Ragland Holderness Jr., Henry Richmond Holderness, and Murphy Holland Holderness. Thomas wed Sara Sue Smith and had three children; Perrine Zoe Holderness, Emily Holderness, and Sue Woodson Holderness.
Willi e was a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, Director of the local Salvation Army, President and Board member of the Cerebral Palsy School of Greensboro, President of the Community Chest, War Chest, and Greensboro United Fund, and was active with the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Willie and wife Brent were active in the American Contract Bridge League. He was an expert bridge player and competed locally and nationally as a life master point player.Willie died in Wilmington, North Carolina on July 20, 1965 as the result of a boating accident and associated pneumonia at the age of 61. He was interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina. Many community tributes were paid to him when he died, not the least of which was due to his tenure as first Board President and his fundraising efforts to establish the Cerebral Palsy School which the Greensboro people so generously support. Hundreds of handicapped children owe the priceless services of therapy and classroom instruction which they have received at the Greensboro Cerebral Palsy School to the vision and the faith of William Henry “Willie” Holderness and to those who have followed in his path.

William Henry HOLDERNESS and Martha Jane BROADHURST were married about 1932.170 They170 were divorced in 1951 in Palm Beach, Florida. Martha Jane BROADHURST was born on 6 September 1907 in Guilford County, North Carolina. She died on 3 February 1967 at the age of 59 in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina.

North Carolina Birth Index. Martha was the daughter of Edgar David Broadhurst, born 6 Sep 1907, Guilford Co, NC

1910 Census. Greensboro City, Morehead Twp, Guilford, NC, Hh 73
Edgar D. Broadhurst, 31, married 3 years, b. NC, Lawyer, General practice
Mamie, wife, 30, 1 child, b. NC
Martha, dau, age 2, b. NC
Josephine Boyd, Servant, Black, age 26, b. NC, Cook, Private family

In 1927, Martha Broadhurst appears in the yearbook "Pine Needles" for North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro in the Freshman Class, 1926-27

1930 Census. Greensboro, Guilford, NC, Hh 436
Lives at D1, Irving Park Manor
E. D. Broadhurst, age 55, married at age 27, Lawyer
Mamie, wife, 51
Martha, dau, 22
E. D. Jr., son (absent), age 16

North Carolina Death Certificate #5082
Martha Broadhurst Brooks died at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, Gilmer Township, Guilford Co, NC. Her residence was 312 Irving Place, Greensboro. She died on the 3rd of February 1967 of brocho-pneumonia while in a coma from a subdural hematoma. She had apparently fallen and been in the coma for five days. Martha was born 6 Sep 1907 in Guilford County. Her father was Edgar D. Broadhurst, her mother Mamie S. Stroud. Her husband was Francis Brooks, Dec'd. Mrs. E. D. Broadhurst, Jr. of Greensboro was the informant. She was buried Green Hill Cemetery, Greensboro on February 4th, 1967.

William Henry HOLDERNESS and Martha Jane BROADHURST had the following children:






William Henry HOLDERNESS Jr..

William Henry HOLDERNESS and Brent Blackmer WOODSON were married on 13 December 1951 in Moore County, North Carolina.170 Brent Blackmer WOODSON was born on 5 March 1926.174

North Carolina Birth Index states she was born 5 Mar 1926 in Rowan Co NC to Charles W. Woodson and Margaret B. Blackmer.

1930 Census. Salisbury, Rowan, NC, Hh 112
Charles W. Woodson, 51, married at age 38, Medical Doctor
Margaret, wife, 36, married at 22
Margaret, dau, 12. Charles, son, 11. William, son, 10. Brent, daughter, age 4.

1940 Census. Salisbury, Rowan, NC, Hh 387
Living at 317 Fulton St where they lived in 1935
Charles W. Woodson, 59, Physician
Brent, wife, 46
Margaret, dau, 21. Charles, son, 20. William, son 19. Brent, dau, 14. Richmond, son, 9.
Evelyn Gaither, maid, Negro, 29, married

Graduated from UNC Chapel Hill 1946

William Henry HOLDERNESS and Brent Blackmer WOODSON had the following children:



Charles Woodson HOLDERNESS.



Brent Blackmer HOLDERNESS (private).174,175



Hayes Ragland HOLDERNESS.



Thomas Pearson HOLDERNESS (private).174,176