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314. VIRGINIA ELIZABETH THOMAS was born on 29 April 1836 in Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia. She died on 20 May 1894 at the age of 58 in Cumby, Hopkins County, Texas.

Marriage record: Holderness, Robert C. (27) - Thomas, Virginia A. (18) 2 Nov 1854

The land that Virginia and her sister Rebecca inherited was sold to William H. Holderness, her husband's brother that had bought all the Holderness land, before they left for Arkansas. Rebecca had died.
Found in the estate file of Nathaniel P. Thomas as found on
Virginia E. Thomas's Petition to sell real restate. Decree Spring Term 1857
Virginia E. Thomas has intermarried with Robert C. Holderness since the sale of lands set forth in the petition, who come to be made party to the petition in right of his wife.
It further appears to the court, that the petitioner Rebeccah W. Thomas has died under age since the sale of the lands set forth, and that by the death of the said Rebeccah, the whole estate passed over to Virginia E. Holderness, by the Will of the testator, their father Nathaniel P. Thomas, who thereby became entitled to received the whole of the proceeds of the sale.
Further appears that Robert C. Holderness and wife Virginia E. Holderness, formerly Virginia E. Thomas, have by deed duly conveyed all right, title and interest, to William H. Holderness.
Decreed by the Court, that the master pay over to William H. Holderness whatever terms of money are remaining in his hands from the sale of real estate and that the receipt of the said William H. Holderness by a sufficient discharge for the same.

Find A Grave Memorial# 21022020. Buried Cumby Cemetery, Hopkins Co, TX. She has her own grave marker and is also on her husband's stone.

VIRGINIA ELIZABETH THOMAS and Dr. ROBERT CHARLES HOLDERNESS were married on 2 November 1854 in Calhoun County, Arkansas.12,237 Dr. ROBERT CHARLES HOLDERNESS238,239,240,241,242,243,244, son of ROBERT HOLDERNESS and ELIZABETH BROOKS, was born on 11 October 1827 in Caswell County, North Carolina.244,245,246 He served in the military in 1863 at Company K, 9th Texas Cavalry (Ross Brigade) in Civil War.247 He died on 2 June 1905 at the age of 77 in Cumby, Hopkins County, Texas.237,246

He was the 5th child of eight in the family and was only about six years old when his father died

Robert "read" medicine under Dr. Allen Gunn in Yanceyville. He then attended and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1850. In the Census of that year, he was living in the household with his mother in Caswell County, North Carolina.

There was a lawsuit that reached the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Robert Holderness and wife and others v. Lavinia J. Palmer, Executrix. June Term, 1858. [Reporter: 57 N.C. 107] Cause removed from the Court of Equity of Caswell Co. The estate of Nathaniel P. Thomas had proved to be greatly more in debt than anticipated by him. Palmer had to sell property disposed of by the will - he chose to sell lands rather than slaves. He sold the home tract, as well as the land devised to Virginia and Rebecca. The slaves were then rented out, several of whom died before they were delivered up to the legatees. Some of the children died from scarlet fever or teething and some of the slaves died in Virginia in possession of William Thomas where they had been taken by force. Palmer was by now himself deceased. The judge ruled that Palmer had acted in good faith by making the decision to sell the land instead of the slaves - if he had sold the slaves they would have been removed from the home tract which would also have been against the wishes of the testator. Palmer would have received no personal benefit from any sale. The slaves were still in North Carolina, many under the direction of the overseer, William Bryant. They had not been mistreated and the illnesses that caused their deaths could just as easily happened regardless of where they were. Palmer also could not be responsible for those slaves forcibly removed by William Thomas. Therefore it was decided Palmer's estate could not be held responsible for the value of the deceased slaves.
By the time this case reached the Supreme Court, I believe the Holderness family had already moved to Arkansas. The case explains somewhat about what happened to Virginia's inheritance.

A Federal Land Patent dated 1 Sep 1856 shows he bought 240 acres in Dallas County, AR It sometimes took a few years before the Patents were issued; likely he had been in Arkansas awhile; two of his brothers were there before 1850. The land was located as following:
S1/2 NE 1/4, S33, T10S, R14W
NW 1/4 NE 1/4, S33, T10S, R14W
E 1/2 NW 1/4, S33, T10S, R14W
SW 1/4 NW 1/4, S34, T10S, R14W

On the same day 1 Sep 1856, Robert C. Holderness was issued patent for another 80 acres, Dallas Co.
NW 1/4 of SE 1/4, S33, T10S, R14W
NE 1/4 of SW 1/4, S33, T10S, R14W

On 1 Jun 1859, Robert received two more patents in Dallas Co. One for 40 acres - the SW 14 SE 1/4, S33, T10S, R14W, and another for the same - the SE 1/4 SE 1/4, S33, T10S, R14W.

He also received a patent on 1 Jul 1859 for 39.9 acres in Calhoun Co., N 1/2 NW 1/4 S4,
T11S, R14W.
On 2 Apr 1860, received another patent in Calhoun for 80.02 acres, S 1/2 NW 1/4, S4, T11S, R14W.
And on 1 Oct 1860, another patent in Calhoun for 80 acres, N 12 SW 1/4 S4, T11S, R14W.

1860 US Census; Dallas County AR; p.1057-8; Household 700. Robt. C. Holderness, age 33, Physician, born NC. Virginia E., age 24, b. NC. Rebecca, age 4, b. AR and Robt age 2, b. AR. Jonathan I. , age 26, a farmer, also born in NC - no doubt Robert's younger brother.

A newspaper article about daughter Elizabeth and her husband J. B. Haden reveals that she was born in Arkansas, but moved to Cumby at 6 weeks of age. This would place the family's move to Texas about October 1863.

Internal Revenue Act of 1 Jul 1862 taxed certain manufacturers receipts and products; also personal items such as pianos, carriages, watches. The tax list for Hopkins Co Dec 1865 - 1866 lists R. C. Holderness of Sulphur Springs, physician, taxed at the rate of $10.00. Printed in the HOPKINS CO HERITAGE, Vol. 5, #3, Sept 1988.

Dr. Holderness joined the Confederate Army in Black Jack Grove (Cumby), TX and was attached to Company K of the 9th Texas Cavalry (Ross Brigade). Because of the great need for medical service, he was assigned to civilian practice at Primm Hill (Cumby).

From CIVIL WAR SHADOWS in HOPKINS CO TX, by June E. Tuck, 1993:
p.38 "The 4th of March 1864, the County exempted the following doctors from military duty: Robert Holderness of Tarrant .... The Commissioners thought they were needed at home more than the military needed them.
p.90 "On June 24, 1893, Col. Dillahuntz of Mt. Pleasant, TX, met with ex-Confederates at Black Jack Grove (Cumby) Hopkins Co, TX to organize a new chapter to be known as "Dud Jones Camp, U.C.V. Dr. R. C. Holderness [was elected] Surgeon."

U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918; From NARA microfilm.
Division 5, Collection District 4, Texas, Octobert, 1866
R. C. Holderness of Sulphur Springs, Physician, was taxed $10.

Voter Registration List, found on
Hopkins Co, TX, July 29th 1867.
Robert C. Holderness, Black Jack Grove, Precinct 4. He had lived in the state and county for three years; in the precinct for one year.

In 1868 R. C. and J. I. Holderness bought 40 acres from Josiah & Elizabeth Stockton, parents and heirs of Thomas Haden Stockton. Thomas H. Stockton had bought this 40 acres from Thomas Young, part of a survey of 640 acres of Richard Crooks [probably patented to M. Stewart] Thomas H. Stockton was born 2 Apr 1831 and died between the 1860 census and the 1868 date of the deed to R. C. & J. I. Holderness. His parents had 13 children; they were Josiah Smith Stockton, born 15 Apr 1804 in Georgia and Elizabeth Welch born 7 Nov 1812 in TN - they had married 6 Jul 1830 in Laurence Co TN.
PIONEERS OF HOPKINS CO TX, Vol. II; Sylvia M. Kibart & rita M. Adams, co-editors for the Hopkins Co Genealogical Society, 1989.

1870 US Census; Hopkins Co TX , Precinct No. 4, Black Jack Grove P. O. Page 18, household 122. "Holiness" Robert, age 40, Physician born NC. Virginia age 30 keeping house, b. NC Rebecca, 13, attending school, b. AR; Robert age 11, b. AR; Junius age 9 b.AR; Betty age 6, b. AR; George age 4, b. TX; Thomas age 1, b. TX, Jonathan, age 35 b. NC, farmer. Watson, Joseph age 21 b. TN, a farm laborer, and Tinkley, Robert age 16 b. SC also live with the family.

The 1878 Medical Register & Directory of the United States listed as being from Hopkins Co, TX: Holderness, Robert C. - Sulphur Springs. HOPKINS CO HERITAGE, Vol. 7 #4, Dec 1990.

1880 US Census: Hopkins Co TX, Prec 4, p.178D Robert "Holness", Physician. Virginia and 9 of the children. Rebecca was married but living nearby.

From THE WEEKLY GAZETTE, published in Sulpur Springs TX, 11 Oct 1889.
McElee's Wine of Cardul and Thedford's Black-Draught are for sale by the following merchants in Hopkins County: [among these] R. C. Holderness, Black Jack Grove.
Printed in HOPKINS CO HERITAGE, Vol 10, #3, Sep 1993.
1900 US Census; Hopkins Co TX, Precinct No. 4, ED 54, p.185, Household #275
Robert C. Holderness, Physician, age 62. Robert N., son b. Apr 1859, druggist. Thomas B. b. Jun 1870, Day laborer [Thomas was also counted on p.167 with Edward Greaves & Family as Boarder and day laborer.]. Charles S. b. Jul 1875, Druggist. Mary Kate, born Dec 1879. Junius I. & Lynna R, grandchildren are also living with the family.

Dallas Morning News, 6 May 1890.
Black Jack, Tex., May 5 - Another disastrous fire visited this place this morning between 4 and 5 o'clock originating by a brick building owned by will Rash and occupied by A. J. Halbrook, which soon communicated with R. C. Holderness & Son's drug store, consuming three buildings and contents which are a total loss. The flames also spread to buildings occupied by Rash, Smith & Co.'s stock of dry good and clothing which buildings and stock were badly damaged. The fire was stopped and a part of the stock and what was left of the buildings saved. Holderness & son's loss on the building and stock $4000, insured for $1000 on stock, $1100 on building. Halbrook's loss $1000, insured for $750. C. W. White's barber shop total loss, no insurance. Rash, Smith & Co.'s loss on stock is considerable but fully insured. Their loss on building is about $1000 fully insured. Mrs. T. C. Bridgeman's loss on building $100, insured for $1100.

Dallas Morning News, 26 Oct 1898
Petition in Bankruptcy
Cumby, Tex. Oct 25 - R. C. Holderness & Son, druggists of this place, filed a petition in bankruptcy at 10:30 this morning. Clark, Esq. of Sulphur Springs was appointed temporary receiver. Amount of liabilities unknown.
Note: the son and partner in the drug store was Robert N. Holderness.

John Haden relates the following story that his grandmother (Bettie Holderness Haden) told him about her father: One dark night the good doctor was riding horseback to assist in a birth and had to pass through a heavily wooded area. He heard a horrible scream in the woods; soon after something of great weight seemed to land behind him on his horse causing his horse to buck and rear in fright. When he was able to stop where there was light after their mad dash from the woods, the horse had deep scratches down his back and haunches. (Was it a bobcat, a mountain lion???)

Printed in HOPKINS CO HERITAGE, Vol 12, #2, June 1995.
"Old Settlers in Hopkins Co: 40 Years Ago" by R. W. Harris. Copied from CUMBY RUSTLER of 15 Jul 1932. [R. W. Harris was a son-in-law of Robert C. Holderness]
Dr. R. C. Holderness was born in Taswell County, NC [actually Caswell Co] 11 Oct 1827. Graduated in medicine from the University of Penn. In 1850, practiced medicine in Calhoun Co Ark. for several years, moving to Texas in 1863. For something like 20 years he did an extensive practice in what was then known as the Prim Hill community north of Ridgeway, and in 1884 located in Black Jack Grove, where he continued to have a lucrative practice for many years. He died June 14, 1905 [grave marker has Jun 2] and is buried in Cumby. He was a man of splendid education attainments, and was known far and wide over Hopkins County.

Early History of Hopkins County Texas; Biographical Skethches and Incidents of the Early Settled Families, E. B. Fleming, 1902; reprinted 1976
“Biography of Dr. R. C. Holderness”
Dr. R. C. Holderness was born in the state of North Carolina in the year 1827. In the year 1850 he graduated in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently moved to the State of Arkansas, Calhoun County, where he began the successful practice he has always enjoyed. In the year 1863 he migrated to Hopkins County, where he has lived since in the enjoyment of a lucrative practice. The doctor married Miss Virginia Thomas, an old Carolina lady, in the state of Arkansas. They both came from the same county in North Carolina and migrated to the same county in Arkansas. They were united in marriage in the year 1854. Ten children were born to this union, five sons and five daughters. Fourt of these were born in Arkansas. Nine of his children are living; only two single, who live with their aged father in Cumby. His companion died in the year 1894 and is laid away in the cemetery in Cumby. She was a Christian lady, and practiced her religion in all the walks of life; a devoted mother and an affectionate wife. Dr. Holderness has ever taken great interest in public enterprises and has contributed his time and money to aid in the completion of them. He is a cool-headed man of fine judgment. The social position of his family is equal to any in the state, and the doctor is a polished gentleman. He is an ardent supporter of Christianity, being a member of the Methodist church, and has acted as steward in this church for fifty-two years. He was converted in Arkansas. He had ever been a man of good habits, using neither spirits nor tobacco in any form. He is a hale hearty fellow. His step is elastic and his form erect, although he is burdened with the weight of seventy-five years. He attributes his physical condition to his abstemious habits.

The Commerce Journal, April 21, 1905, p.11
Dr. Holderness [Robert C.] of Cumby was among the visitors to Commerce this week. He was here visiting his son Dr. Holderness [George W.].

Robert is buried Cumby Cemetery. No record in the cemetery book of Virginia being buried there with him, but she must be. She is on FindAGrave and it says she has one of her own and is also on Robert's marker; picture included.
HOLDERNESS, R. C. DR. - Cumby, Hopkins Co., Texas- June 2, 1905 - Dr. R. C. Holderness died here today from an apoplectic stroke. He was born Oct. 11, 1827, in North Carolina, and had lived in Hopkins County 40 years and had practiced medicine in Ark. and this state nearly 50 years. Burial was by the masonic Fraternity. ( Dallas Morning News, June 3, 1905)

The Commerce Journal, Friday, June 9, 1905, p.2
Death of Dr. Holderness
Dr. R. C. Holderness was stricken with apoplexy at his home in Cumby Friday morning and died about five o'clock that afternoon. His sudden death was a sad shock to all. His son, Dr. G. W. Holderness of this city was notified of his illness and hastened to his beside and was with him in his last hours. His funeral was conducted by the Methodist minister and was one of the numerously attended funerals ever held in Cumby. His death marks the end of a long useful life. He had resided in that community for many years and was known and esteemed far and wide for his many gentlemanly and Christian excellencies. He enjoyed in an unusual degree the respect and confidence of the public. He raised a large family, nine of the ten children born to him having been raised to maturity and he had the satisfaction of seeing them all comfortably established in life and within a radius of about 100 miles of him. He was a man of distinguished bearing and pleasing personality and lived nearly a decade beyond the three score years and ten allotted to the righteous, being about 78 years old.

Dallas Morning News, 28 Aug 1905
Drug Store for sale; stock all new and well selected; good location, established trade, good paying business, invoices $1,200; population 1,000. Reasons for selling, death of proprietor. Address C. S. Holderness, Administrator, Cumby, Tex.




Rebecca Sarah HOLDERNESS248,249 was born on 4 April 1856.237,244 She died on 24 October 1929 at the age of 73 in Marshall County, Oklahoma.237

The 1900 Census stated that Rebecca had 6 children, 5 now living.
Letter from "Sis" to Bettie. dated 30 Dec 1912 from Madill, OK, thanking her for a Christmas gifts. Sis also mentions gifts from Virgie & Hub (daughter Virginia) and from Robert (son). Niece Lynna has recently been to Madill for a visit, but left to go back to Como where she is apparently teaching school.



Robert N. HOLDERNESS216,244 was born on 2 April 1858.243,244,246 He died on 12 August 1905 at the age of 47.237,246

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
H Misc Doc 87, pt 2 [Miscellaneous House Document]
Official register of the U.S. containing list of officers and employees in civil, military, and naval service as of 1 Jul 1887.
p.685 Black Jack Grove Hopkins Co TX R. N. Holderness $426.47
as of 1 Jul 1889
p.752 Black Jack Grove Hopkins Co TX R. N. Holderness $460.20

1900 Census states that Robert N. was 41, born Apr of 1859.

Buried Cumby Cemetery.

Article from Hopkins County Heritage of Mar, 1998, states that he was engaged in the drug business in Black Jack Grove.



Junius I. HOLDERNESS was born on 24 September 1860 in Arkansas.12,237,244 He died on 26 December 1896 at the age of 36.49

1900 Census re his children shows his place of birth as Arkansas.

Probably married in Anson, Texas

Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, 2 miles east of Anson, Jones Co TX on Hwy 180.

J.I. Holderness
J.I. Holderness of Anson died Saturday night. [J.I. Holderness was born 24 September 1860 and died 24 December 1896. He is buried in the Mount Hope cemetery, Anson, Jones County, Texas]
Taylor County News, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas Friday, 1 January 1897



ELIZABETH ECHOLS "Bettie" HOLDERNESS250,251 was born on 5 August 1863 in Camden, Ouachita County, Arkansas.244,252,253 She died on 31 July 1950 at the age of 86 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.252,254,255

Elizabeth had a great, grandaunt, Mary Stamps, who married Joseph Echols probably in Fauquier County VA about 1780 - this must be the source of the Echols name.

The Commerce Journal, Commerce TX
17 Jul 1903
"Local Smiles" column
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Haden of Ladonia are visiting Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Holderness. Mrs. Haden is a sister of the doctor.
18 Jan 1910
Mr. & Mrs. R. W. Harris and Mrs. J. B. Haden were the guests of Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Holderness last week.

Ladonia News, Friday, Nov 1, 1946
Southern Literary Club Observes 50th Anniversary
Observing its fiftieth anniversary, The Southern Literary Club entertained Wednesday afternoon from three to five o-clock with a tea, at the hospitable home of Mrs. Will HADEN.....
Three charter members, Mesdames Light, John Miller, and J. B. HADEN Sr. were present. Mrs. W. A. Roach another charter member was unable to attend.
A delightful feature of the afternoon was a review of Upton Sinclair's new book --World to Win-- by Miss Eusebia Lutz of Commerce, who was introduced by Mrs. Joe HADEN Jr., president.
Attending other than those mentioned were: Mesdames .... L. F. Fry, I. B. Fry..... Mesdames Currin and Harris of Cumby.

Elizabeth's death certificate states that she died at home on West Paris St, Fannin Co, TX - she had lived their for 58 years. Her name was given as Elizabeth Echols Haden; died 31 Jul 1950. She was married; her usual occupation was housework. She was born 5 Aug 1863 at Camden, Arkansas and was aged 86 at her death. Father was R. C. Holderness, b. NC; her mother Virginia Thomas, b. VA. J. B. Haden, Jr. was the informant. She died of intestinal hemorrhage, undetermined cause, but another significant condition was "old age". Raymon W. McMullen, MD attended her from July 28th to the 31st - she died at 1 AM. Elizabeth was buried, Ladonia City Cemetery under direction of Delta Funeral Home, H. B. Johnson. There are two copies of her death certificate - when the first was filled in, her street was put in the black for "City or Town" so a corrected certificate was also filed - much of it is blank.

Died at home at age 86; she is buried Ladonia City Cemetery, Ladonia TX. Grandson John Haden relates that he was one of those that sat up with her body in the parlor; funeral services were also in the home as Mr. Haden was too frail to go out.

Elizabeth Echols Haden.
....were saddened more claimed one of our pioneer citizens Mrs. J. B. Haden Sr. Her character and influence have been a strength and inspiration in this community since she came here as a bride sixty-eight years ago.
Elizabeth Echols Haden was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. C. Holderness, Hopkins County pioneers. She was born August 5th, 1863 in Camden, Arkansas. When she only a few months of age her family moved to Texas, however.
On July 4th, 1882, she was married to Joseph B. Haden and came to Ladonia to establish the home, which through the years has been the object of her deepest concern and pride.
She was also keenly interested in civic affairs, being a charter member of the Southern Literary Club, one of the oldest federated clubs in this section of the state. For many years she served as its president.
In early childhood, she became a Christian. In womanhood, she united with the First Baptist Church where she has served as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Woman's Missionary Society.
She is survived by her husband, four sons, Will, Charlie, Joe Jr. and Maurice Haden of Ladonia, seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Two sisters and two brothers also survive. To these in their sorrow goes the tender sympathy of their many friends.
"I can not say, and I will not say
That she is dead. She is just away.
She has wandered in an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there.
Think of her still as the same, I say
She is not dead - she is just - away."
...James Whitcomb Riley

Last Rites Held Tuesday for Mrs. J. B. Haden
Mrs. Elizabeth Echols Holderness Haden, born August 5th, 1863; died at the family home in Ladonia, July 31, 1950 at 1:00 a.m. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C. W. Shaw and Rev. M. D. Durham. Delta Funeral Home was in charge of burial in the Presbyterian Cemetery.
Survived by husband, four sons, W. F. Haden, R. C. Haden, J. B. Haden Jr., Maurice Haden, all of Ladonia; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; two brothers, T. B. Holderness, Enis, Texas; C. S. Holderness, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. R. W. Harris, Cumby, Texas; Mrs. C. H. Wright, Madill, Okla. Interment was in Presbyterian Cemetery, Ladonia. Pallbearers were: William Charles Haden, John Haden, Robert Haden Jr, Joe Haden III, Will Haden Jr, Roy Benton Marcum. Honorary Pallbearers were: Tom Cain, Allen Spies, Buddy Eastman, Alven Bramlett, Billy Hill, Roby Crossley, Roy Porter, and Ben Ed Fry.

Out of Town Attendants at Mrs. J. B. Haden Funeral
Out of town friends and relatives attending the Haden funeral August 1 were, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Holderness, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Thompson of Greenville, Mrs. Virgie Thomas [widow of H. H., a niece], Mrs. Dee Copenhagen [Delilah Russell, a niece], Mr. & Mrs. [Zelda Mae] Waire Currin of Sulphur Springs, Mr. & Mrs. R. B. Marcum (Rosemary Haden & husband), Mr. & Mrs. J. Fred Keeling of Tulsa, Oklahoma [sister of Aunt Flo], Mrs. Y. J. Sharp of Dallas [sister of Aunt Flo], Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Jennings, Mrs. C. H. Wright [Sister, Willie], Mrs. C. T. Morris of Madill, Okla. Mrs. R. W. Harris of Cumby [Sister, Jennie], Mrs. G. W. Holderness [sister-in-law], Mrs. Bub Taylor of Commerce, Mr. & Mrs. C. S. Holderness [brother & wife], Mr. & Mrs. Donovan, Mrs. Cunningham, Miss Mittie Reeves, George Kean of Dallas. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Haden, William Haden, Don Haden of Springdale, Arkansas; Mr. & Mrs. John Haden of Austin, Mr. & Mrs. H. A. Spies of Leonard, Mrs. N. R. Troy of Honey Grove, Mrs. Robert Gold [Alice Hudson, dau of Jos. B. Haden's half sister Mildred], of Lamar, Colorado, Mr. Oscar Scott of Cooper and others.

If you wish to continue the line of Elizabeth and Joseph B. Haden, go here to connect with their page in the Haden file. The Holderness family may be found by returning to the homepage "Leaves of the Tree"



George Washington HOLDERNESS MD60,256 was born on 15 March 1867 in Prim Hill, Hopkins County, Texas.244,256 He died on 22 March 1945 at the age of 78 in Commerce, Hunt County, Texas.237

1890 Texas State Directory; Fannin Co. "The Towns and Businesses - Ladonia" includes George Holderness, Physician. He would have been very young, just starting out. There was also D. J. Thomas, Physician - a possible cousin on his mother's side?

By 1900, George was living in Commerce and listed in the census as a Physician. Hh 303.
George W. Holderness, b. Mar 1867, age 33, married for 8 years
Mollie E., wife, b. Nov 1871, age 28, one child
John R., son, b. Mar 1894, age 6

Dallas Morning News, 20 Aug 1900
Society Over the State
Miss Dee Russell, Miss Kate Holderness of Cumby and Mrs. R. W. Harris [Virginia - Kate's sister - Dee was their niece] are visiting the family of Dr. Holderness. [Dr. George W.-Kate & Virginia's brother.]

The Commerce Journal
, Commerce TX
17 Jul 1903, p.3
"Local Smiles" column
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Haden of Ladonia are visiting Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Holderness. Mrs. Haden is a sister of the doctor.
1 Sep 1905, p.5
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Haden of Ladonia visited Dr. Holderness and family recently.
Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Holderness of Cumby visited Dr. Holderness and family last week.
Mrs. Lucy H. [M.?] Holderness of Sulphur Springs visited Dr. Holderness last week.
18 Jan 1910
Mr. & Mrs. R. W. Harris and Mrs. J. B. Haden were the guests of Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Holderness last week.

1910 Census. Commerce Ward 3, Hunt Co, TX, Hh 488
George W. Holderness, age 42, married 18 years, b. TX, parents b. VA. Physician, General practice.
Mary E., wife, age 36, 1 child, b. TX, father b. VA, mother b. TX
Russel, age 16, b. Texas

The Commerce Journal, 31 Jan 1918, p.6
P. & M. National Bank.
Officers - J. T. Jackson, President. Dr. G. W. Holderness, Vice-President....
Dr. Holderness was also listed as one of the Directors of the bank.

1930 Census. George W. & Mollie E. Holderness. Commerce, Hunt Co. George gave his age as 62. Mollie was 53. He was a Doctor, General Practice.

1940 Census. Commerce, Hunt Co. Hh 319. Living at 1515 Monroe St., age 73
Mollie, wife, age 68. No occupation listed.

CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS OF HUNT CO TX, Vol. IV by Robert Lee Thompson & Kathy Lynn Penson, 1980:
Rosemount Cemetery, Commerce, Hunt Co TX, Dr. G. W. Holderness 1862 - 1945

Online Texas Death Certificates:
Name: George W. Holderness
Death date: 22 Mar 1945
Death place: Commerce, Hunt, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): White American
Age at death: 78 years 7 days
Estimated birth year:
Birth date: 15 Mar 1867
Birth place: Oakland, Texas
Marital status: Married
Spouse name:
Father name: R.C. Holderness
Father birth place: North Carolina
Mother name: Thomas
Mother birth place: Virginia
Occupation: Physician
Residence: Commerce, Hunt, Texas
Cemetery name: Rosemound Cemetery
Burial place: Commerce, Texas
Burial date: 23 Mar 1945
Additional relatives: X
Film number: 2137914
Digital GS number: 4029648
Image number: 1502
Reference number: cn 12352A
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976



Thomas Brooks HOLDERNESS257 was born on 21 June 1869 in Hopkins County, Texas.243,244,258 He died on 13 October 1952 at the age of 83 in Ennis, Ellis County, Texas.250,258

The 1990 Census gives Thomas birth as Jun of 1870.

1910 Census, Delta Co TX, Cooper City. Thomas B. Holderness age 31, married 10 years. b. TX as were both parents [This is wrong, not given by Thomas apparently.] Wagon Drive, Area Delivery. Willie, wife, age 40, 1 child, b. TX as were both parent. Russell, son, age 8, b. TX.

1920 Census. Paris Ward 4, Lamar Co, TX, Hh 12
T. B. Holderness, age 49, b. TX, occupation, lumber yard
Willie, wife, age 50, b. TX
Robert, son, 17, b. TX

Dallas Morning News, 11 Dec 1922
State Briefs
Paris, Texas, Dec. 10 -- Paris Camp No. 10, Woodmen of the World, elected the following officers for the ensuing term: W. H. Caldwell, consul commander; T. B. Holderness, adviser lieutenant; T. O. Nance, banker; J. E. Leatherman, clerk; J. Sid Buford, R. L. Reed and G. W. Jenkins, managers.

1930 Census. Paris, Lamar Co, TX, Hh 417
Thomas B. Holderness, age 60, married at age 31, born TX, parents b. VA, salesman, dry goods
Willie, wife, age 60, b. TX, father b. KY, mother b. TN

1940 Census. Paris, Lamar Co TX, Hh 123.
Living at 141 N. 25th St. - they all lived in the same house in 1935
Thomas Holderness, age 70, b. TX
Willie, wife, age 70, b. TX
Tommie Nettles, Sister-in-law, age 64, b. TX

Listed as living in Enis, TX in mid 1950 when sister Elizabeth died. His death certificate showed that the last 5 years of his life, Thomas was living in the IOOF Home, Route 3, Ennis, Ellis Co TX. His residence had been Paris, Lamar County, and he is buried Evergreen Cemetery in Paris. He was widowed at the time of death; information was supplied by his brother C. S. Holderness.

Internment Record for Thomas B. Holderness
Name: Thomas B. Holderness
Born: 21 Jun 1869
Died: 13 Oct 1952
Buried: Evergreen
Location: 20-36-03
Notes: On the same stone with Willie Raines Holderness & Robert R. Holderness

Death Certificate:
Certificate #48611
Died: Ellis Co TX Rural Prec #3 [Ennis] 5 yrs
Usual Residence: Lamar Co., Paris
Thomas Brooks Holderness Died October 13, 1952
Male, White, Widowed b. June 21, 1869 Age 83y 3m 22d
Usual occupation: Oil Deliveries
Born: Hopkins Co TX
Father: Dr. Robert C. Holderness, b. NC
Mother: Virginia Thomas b. VA
Informant: C. S. Holderness
Died of myocarditis, 4 days
Had Ca of Prostate, 2 yrs
No autopsy
Dr. attended from 7 Nov 1947 to 13 Ot 1952. Death occurred 3:27 PM
E. F. Baker, MD Ennis TX Signed: 15 Oct 1952
Burial on 14 Oct 1952, Evergreen Cemetery, Paris TX
J. E. Keever Mortuary



Virginia "Jennie" HOLDERNESS259,260 was born on 13 April 1872.244,246,261 She died on 19 June 1954 at the age of 82 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.246,261

1900 Census stated they had been married 7 years. The 1930 census states that Jennie was 20 when she married.

Dallas Morning News, 20 Aug 1900
Society Over the State
Miss Dee Russell, Miss Kate Holderness of Cumby and Mrs. R. W. Harris [Virginia - Kate's sister - Dee was their niece] are visiting the family of Dr. Holderness. [Dr. George W.-Kate & Virginia's brother.]

Jennie had no children, but helped raise her nephew William Harris Connor.

I found a card from a party, June 14, 1911, at the residence of R. W. Harris. Guests were Mrs. J. G. Russell of Madill, Okla., Mrs. J. B. Haden of Ladonia, Tex., Mrs. C. H. Wright, also of Madill, and Miss Lynna Holderness of "Just Anywhere". I suspect the occasion was the 21st birthday of Lynna.

Jennie and Bettie carried on an extensive correspondence as well as visiting back and forth between Cumby and Ladonia, often for several days at a time. One letter from Jennie to Bettie postmarked Apr 4, 1927 mentions that the day is Sis' birthday [this could only be the oldest, Rebecca]. Jennie also remarks that Rebecca has said she resents everything she says & does and the card will likely be unappreciated. This may also explain why there seems to be so little contact between Bettie & her older sister when Jennie & Bettie seemed so close.

Buried Cumby Cemetery.

Online Texas Death Certificates:
Name: Virgenia Ann Harris
Death date: 19 Jun 1954
Death place: Harris County, Texas
Gender: Female
Race or color (on document): w
Age at death: 82 years 2 months 6 days
Estimated birth year:
Birth date: 13 Apr 1872
Birth place: Texas
Marital status: Widowed
Spouse name:
Father name: Robert C. Holderness
Father birth place: N.C.
Mother name: Virgenia Thomas
Mother birth place: N.C.
Occupation: Housewife
Residence: Hopkins, Texas
Cemetery name: Cumby
Burial place: Cumby, Texas
Burial date: 20 Jun 1954
Additional relatives:
Film number: 2114214
Digital GS number: 4165561
Image number: 2663
Reference number: certificate # 28416
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976



Charles Sidney HOLDERNESS60,216,262 was born on 18 July 1874 in Texas.244 He died on 10 September 1966 at the age of 92 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.263

The 1900 Census gives Charles' birth date as Jul 1875.

Dallas Morning News, 28 Aug 1905
Drug Store for sale; stock all new and well selected; good location, established trade, good paying business, invoices $1,200; population 1,000. Reasons for selling, death of proprietor. Address C. S. Holderness, Administrator, Cumby, Tex.
[Obviously in reference to his father's drug store in Cumby.]

The Galveston Daily News, 17 Jul 1909, p. 6, "Six New Examiners"
July 16. The commissioners of state banking today announced the appointment of the following additional bank examiners under the new laws passed by the Thirty-First Legislature.....C. S. Holderness of Cumby, Texas.

Charles registered for the World War I Draft on 12 Sep 1918. He gave his full name as Charles Sidney Holderness and signed the same. His address was 1512 Colorado, Austin, Travis Co, Texas. He was then age 44, born 18 Jul 1874. He was a Deputy Bank Commissioner for the State of Texas, employed at the Capitol in Austin. His wife was Nannie Eugene Holderness. He is described as of medium height, medium build, brown eyes, dark hair.

1930 Census, living in Greenville, Hunt Co TX. Occupation listed as Bank Examiner. Jean's age was given as 47, Charles was 55.

I found this interesting case from the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.
Dated 28 Jan 1931. W. T. Dunn v. the State. Original opinion dated 2 Apr 1930. Overruled.
Dunn, while cashier of the Altoga State Bank, at a time he did not have $500.00 to his credit in the bank, and did not have that amount owing to him by said bank, gave a check for $500 on said bank and caused it to be paid out of bank funds.
It is clear he was a cashier at the time. He did not have said sum to his credit on 1 Oct 1926 as proved by Mr. Holderness, bank examiner. The check was for $500 to Higginbotham-Bailey-Logan Co of Dallas. Mr. Holderness swore that on Nov 22nd, after the bank burned, he went to see about it and the appellant gave him a $500 check drawn in favor of H.B.L.Co on 1 Oct 1926, which was endorsed by them to the Repulic National Bank of Dallas, appellant telling Mr. Holderness at the time the said check belonged to the bank and was being carried as cash.
The appellant maintained that the heads and managers of accounting deparments that had testified, could not know by personal contact as to the information that were testifying about and should not have been entered as evidence. There had been a motion for rehearing of the case but that was overruled.
Reporter: 117 Tex. Crim. 522

In 1931, Charles & Jean lived in Greenville as noted in the Diary of Joseph B. Haden. By 1934, diary entries of their visits to Joe B. mention that they came from Dallas.
Was a state bank examiner; assistant Attorney General; was also employed by the IRS for 15 years preceding his retirement at age 74. Had no children.

Dallas Morning News, 6 Nov 1932
Will Make Home in Dallas
Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Holderness of Greenville will come to Dallas soon to make their home here. They have completed a two-story brick home at 6245 Richmond. the contract was handled by Mullins Brothers. Mr. Holderness is a State bank examiner.

Dallas Morning News, 4 Jan 1941
First Income Tax Payment
The first Federal income taxpayer of the year was C. S. Holderness, left [there was an accompanying picture], 6247 Richmond, vice-president of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association, who is pictured here paying the taxes for the association to Internal Revenue Collector W. A. Thomas, Friday. Individual blanks were placed in the mail during the night Thursday and individual payers will begin paying in a few days, Thomas predicted.
Note: The two men were first cousins once removed.

Date of death found in Texas Death Index <>

Online Texas Death Certificates:
Name: Charles Sidney Holderness
Death date: 10 Sep 1966
Death place: Greenville, Hunt, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): White
Age at death: 92 years
Estimated birth year:
Birth date: 18 Jul 1874
Birth place: Texas
Marital status: Widowed
Spouse name:
Father name: R. C. Holderness
Father birth place:
Mother name: Virginia Thomas
Mother birth place:
Occupation: Banker
Residence: Greenville, Hunt, Texas
Cemetery name: Hillcrest Mausaleum
Burial place: Dallas, Texas
Burial date:
Additional relatives: X
Film number: 2118406
Digital GS number: 4030072
Image number: 547
Reference number: cn 60191
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976



Willie Richmond HOLDERNESS60,260,264 was born on 18 August 1877 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas.244 She died on 20 March 1963 at the age of 85 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.237

Letter from Willie to Bettie dated 20 Aug 1906 doesn't mention husband or children. She was living in Cumby at that time. She did mention a visit from Eddie & Lynna which I assume to be the cousins Eddie Russell, daughter of Rebecca, and Lynna Holderness, daughter of Robert - they were close to the same age. Also mentions that Mr. Pickens had "failed" - this was the husband of Cordova Haden who had likely failed in his business.

Both Willie and Mr. Wright were still living 26 May 1941 - letter from sister Jennie to sister Bettie mentioned them both. Mrs. C. H. Wright attended the funeral of Elizabeth Holderness Haden in Ladonia on 1 Aug 1950.

The Madill Record; Thurs. Jan 29, 1948
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Wright Entertain at Open House on Golden Anniversary
Celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Wright entertained at open house Friday at their home, 501 West Tishomingo. About 100 friends and acquaintances called from 3 to 6 pm.
Receiving the guests with Mr. & Mrs. Wright were their son Robert Wright, Mrs. Wright and daughter Roberta Ann of Houston, TX; Mrs. Ben Long, Oklahoma City; and Mrs. Charlie Morris, Madill.
...Mr. and Mrs. Wright were married in Cumbie, Tex. in 1897 [1898] and came to Madill 48 years ago. They first made their home at Oakland, moving here when Madill became a town. They have watched growth of the city from the first building erected on the Madill square. Mr. Wright was in the lumber business here 27 years and later in the garage, gasoline and oil businesses. Their present home of West Tishomingo was built in 1913.

Online Texas Death Certificates:
Name: Willie Richmond Wright
Death date: 20 Mar 1963
Death place: Houston, Harris, Texas
Gender: Female
Race or color (on document): White
Age at death: 85 years
Estimated birth year:
Birth date: 18 Aug 1877
Birth place: Texas
Marital status: Widowed
Spouse name:
Father name: Robert C. Holderness
Father birth place:
Mother name: Virginia Thomas
Mother birth place:
Occupation: Housewife
Residence: Houston, Harris, Texas
Cemetery name: Madill Cemetery
Burial place: Madill, Oklahoma
Burial date: 20 Mar 1963
Additional relatives:
Film number: 2117288
Digital GS number: 4028547
Image number: 491
Reference number: CN 38375
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976



Mary Katherine HOLDERNESS was born on 5 December 1879 in Prim Hill, Hopkins County, Texas.244 She died on 29 June 1908 at the age of 28 in Cumby, Hopkins County, Texas.228,261,265,266

Age given as 6/12 in 1880 Census.

May 30, 1947 Ladonia News gives Kate Holderness as an 1896 graduate of Ladonia High School - that was the 2nd class graduated from the school.

Dallas Morning News, 20 Aug 1900
Society Over the State
Miss Dee Russell, Miss Kate Holderness of Cumby and Mrs. R. W. Harris [Virginia - Kate's sister - Dee was their niece] are visiting the family of Dr. Holderness. [Dr. George W.-Kate & Virginia's brother.]

From THE CUMBY RUSTLER; 8 Dec 1905. Copied by Nancy Connor Zama.
Miss Kate Holderness was married to Dr. W. E. Connor Tuesday night by Rev. C. B. Fladger of Sulphur Springs. This couple are our leading young people and are surely well matched. Dr. Connor is one of our leading physicians and enjoys a fine practice and stands high socially and professionally. The bride is the youngest child of the late Dr. Holderness and is a young woman of much culture and fine attainments. They have the wishes of this whole community. The wedding occurred at the residence of R. W. Harris.

Died of tuberculosis. Wrote to her sister Bettie from an sanatorium in San Angelo, TX and one in Alamagordo NM. Kate's funeral was held at the Methodist church; her brothers and sisters attended from Oklahoma and Texas.

Obituary in collection of Jun E. Tuck, from the CUMBY RUSTLER:
Mrs. Kate Connor, - Nee Miss Kate Holderness, died June 28, 1908. Her death had been expected daily by the public for several months. Married Dr. W. E. Connor about two years ago and leaves a boy who has been tenderly cared for by R. W. Harris and wife since its birth. Funeral held at the Methodist church, conducted by C. B. Fildger, assisted by Rev.'s Kirk and Little. Her brothers and sisters were here from Oklahoma and Texas, and businesses closed to honor this woman. She left minute directions as to her burial, and these were carried out. She requested that Mr. Tapp of Sulphur Springs be in charge of the funeral.

CUMBY RUSTLER. Copied by Nancy Connor Zama.
"In Memoriam"
Mrs. Kate Connor, beloved wife of Dr. W. E. Connor of Cumby, Texas died Sunday morning, June 28, 1908.
All that love and skill could suggest was done, but in vain, the disease held solidly on to a fatal determination.
In her past sufferings and anxiety she never murmured, but day after day and week after week, met it all with smiles and a hope that seemed boundless.
Mrs. Connor spend her life in Cumby where she was ever held in highest esteem by all. We knew her during her whole life from babyhood on, and consider her one of the purest Christian characters of her time. In reviewing her past life and looking back upon it in her closing days she said: "There was nothing to regret and nothing to change, if she had the power." And we feel that such a life and example was a blessing to all our people.
Thus knowing the great loss of the husband and friends by her death, we wish to express our sympathy by offering the following resolution.
1st - That in the death of Kate Connor, the husband lost a true and loving wife and the little son a fond and precious mother, taken away in the morning of life, when the future was so bright and full of possibilities of the coming years.
2nd - That the church and the entire community have lost one of their most useful members and brightest lights. One whose noble and womanly example was an inspiration to good deeds and pure living which will abide in the lives of her friends and associates.
3rd - That we offer this tribute and place in our minutes as a token of sympathy for our brother Dr. W. E. Connor and the little son so soon bereft.
4th - That a copy be furnished the Hopkins Echo and Cumby Rustlrer, for publication.
Bert Cate
W. T. Binion Committee
O. Smith