The Holderness book has Robert "N." Newspaper article also has Robert N. 1880 Census has Robert "M" but also has the surname spelled "Holness". Robert was working as a clerk in a dry goods store at that time.
A list of the postmasters in Hopkins County, TX shows that Robert N. Holderness was the Postmaster at Black Jack Grove in 1887, again in 1893, continuing through 1896 when the post office was renamed to Cumby.
Serial Set Vol. #2568, Session Vol. #4, 50th Congress - 1st Session
Buried Cumby Cemetery.
Article from Hopkins County Heritage of Mar, 1998, states that he was engaged in the drug business in Black Jack Grove.
Robert N. HOLDERNESS and A. V. "Lola" PHILLIPS were married on 1 September 1887 in Delta County, Texas.91 A. V. "Lola" PHILLIPS74 was born on 7 April 1871. She died on 22 October 1895 at the age of 24 in Hopkins County, Texas.
Lola was not present for the 1900 Census. Robert and children were living with his father. Alabama was given as the birthplace for their mother.
Robert N. HOLDERNESS and A. V. "Lola" PHILLIPS had the following children:
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