to the 1850 U. S. Census, Wyatt Holt stated he was born in North Carolina,
in 1772. Until 1850, census ages were listed in
"columns" with a wide range in years. So this was the
first census where Wyatt could give exact personal data. The marriage of
Thomas Houltz-Holt in Salisbury, on November 2, 1771, is followed by
usual statistics for newly-weds in that era, for most had a child within a
year....and we know Wyatt Holt was born in Rowan County in 1772.
Altho the 'month' of his birth is not known, possibly he was born in late July
or in August. Rowan County's 1800 U. S. Census was Wyatt's
first census, at which time he was married but had no children.
is 'estimated' Wyatt married in June-July of 1799, at age 27. His actual
age in 1800 was 28 using his '1850' census data. In the 1810 Census, he
was listed in the Column 26- 45, so his age was 38. He was in
the 45+ Column at age 48 in 1820. He had no listing
in the 1830 Census. But in 1840, Wyatt was in the U.
S. Census 60-70 age column at age 68. Clearly...and without
doubt Wyatt Holt was born in 1772, as stated in his 1850 Census, and supported
by his U.S. Census in 1810, 1820, and 1840.
the 1860 U.S. Census was taken, Wyatt Holt was then living with his son,
Jesse Holt and family. We cannot know who actually gave the data to the
Census Taker, but since Jesse was
Head-of-Household, his family data is attributed to him.
Jesse's census stated that his father, Wyatt, was age 93 and born in
Tennessee. It doesn't seem strange that a son forgot his elderly
father's birth year but still it's possible Jesse's wife gave the
data...for Jesse knew his father was born in N.C. as was he. Jesse also
knew the story of the 'z', of his grandfather marrying in Salisbury, in Rowan
County the year before Wyatt's birth. Because my Grandfather
knew this story, there can be no doubt Jesse and all of Wyatt's children knew it
well. Wyatt's 1850 Census confirms he was born in North Carolina.
Our goal is to have our records as true as possible and so for accuracy we refer
to the 1850 Census when Wyatt was Head-of-Household and clear of
mind. His own statements documented in the U.S.Census from
1810 to 1850, prove he was only 88 years old in 1860.
the name of Wyatt's first wife, my gr-gr-gr-grandmother, has not been
discovered. However, from the census, we know her birth year was
'approximately' the same as Wyatt's, 1772, but within
her census age- column-range, she could have been some younger. She was the
Mother of Wyatt's first twelve children. It is
estimated she died either late in 1823 ... or sometime during
first half of 1824. To have borne so many children
while living in a wilderness and enduring the many
hardships of being a mother and housewife in days of few
conveniences, this dear Lady deserves proper respect, by name, in our
family history. It is with great hope that soon we will learn of her name,
as well as the names of her parents.
the 1850 Census, Mary, was the name of Wyatt's second wife.
She was born in North Carolina in 1810 and IF this census was
accurate, she was 38 years younger than Wyatt. Her 1840 Census gave
her age in a column...so it's possible she was actually born circa 1801-02. Her
age has not been found among other records. It was not until November
2003, that her maiden name BOLEYPAUGH, was learned by this Researcher
.... thanks to a descendant of Hester, daughter of Mahala,
Wyatt and Mary's daughter. We now know Mary's father's name and of her
siblings. It is joyous to give much deserved respect to Mary
Boleypaugh Holt in our family history.
This dear Lady bore eleven children for Wyatt Holt. More about
learning her name is written on the page Wyatt's *Second Family".
See Index below. (Visit the BOLEYPAW Surname Page on
Genforum. This name has had a lot of different spellings.)
after the 1850 Census, Mary, and their last 3
children disappeared from records. It seems reasonable
to assume that whatever happened to Mary and the small
children, led to Wyatt's move into the home of his son, Jesse.
If anyone knows what happened to Mary and their young children, it
will be so appreciated if you will share it with this site. Possibly an epidemic
took their lives.
to the U. S. Census, Wyatt Holt was born in year 1772.
He was married twice...and was the father of 23 children. He
joined the Caney Branch Baptist Church on July 19, 1845. Once
this church was named the Church of Christ. It was
later-on named Flag Branch Baptist Church.
was age 92 when he died 4 November 1864, at Caney Branch, in Greene
County, Tennessee. Altho his original gravestone did not survive,
yet it is reasonable to assume he was buried in the local Caney Branch Cemetery
where son, Jesse and wife, Elizabeth, were later buried.
Because hundreds of local citizens were buried there whose
gravestones did not survive over time, it is likely Mary and
the three children were buried there also. For more data about
this cemetery, and for photos of Wyatt Holt's
Memorial Stone, as well as photos of
original gravestones for Jesse and Elizabeth Holt, Click the 'Caney
Branch Cemetery' button in the INDEX below.
more on the Life of Wyatt Holt, Click the NEXT button below OR to begin
with his earliest record, Click Wyatt Hoult button in the INDEX below.
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much has been known about the Church that Wyatt Holt and his
family attended. So with this being the shortest of my webpages, this is
the best page to add some interesting details. An old record
gives this church name as being...Church of Christ. It was
later known as the Caney Branch Baptist Church. The last known name was
Flag Branch Baptist Church.
October 1833, Wyatt Holt's second wife, Mary Bolepaugh, joined
the church thought to be then named the Church of Christ.
Then, November of 1835, Mary asked for a 'dismission' (dismissal?)
which may have been due to the church being a few miles from the Holt's Shaws
Creek home, and it could be the 1835 winter turned out to be very harsh, making
it too hard for Mary to attend, being she was the only Holt listed as a member
at that time. This is a theory, yet reasonable, because in
July 1845, members met (somewhere) in Caney Branch and the door
was opened by letter to Sarah Way and Mary Holt and to Wyette Holt by
the 'first' church continued to exist from 1833 to 1845 was not reported in the
old record, though it likely continued but with fewer members because the church
(members) met again on August 2, 1845, where "Brother Wall" was
granted liberty to open a door at Caney Branch. (We may
assume due to three people joining in July, they believed others in the
Caney Branch area would also join.) It seems that regular church
services began at Caney Branch after that, for on August 16, 1845, Jane
Holt, (2nd oldest daughter of Wyatt and Mary Boleypaugh Holt), was
received by experience.
December 6, 1845, the church at Caney Branch was close enough
for the entire Wyatt Holt family to attend. That day
after the worship service members at Caney Branch requested
they become a constituted church and was granted same. Remember, in those
days names were spelled according to how the Recorder heard it spoken. Therefore, on
this date, names of some were spelled differently from their census spellings
and other county records. Some of the Holt women may have been known by
a nickname or a middle name not known to
us. Per census, Nancy Holt, (daughter of Wyatt and first wife) was
married and gone before 1845, so who was this Nancy Holt? Was
'Nancy' a middle-or-nickname? And 'who' was the Margaret(?)
Holt listed as Martaret? Wyatt and Mary had a daughter named
Margaret, born about 1844, but named only in 1850 Census. Was
'Martaret' the middle name of another older Holt daughter?
Or...did the church Recorder include children in this List as
members? In parenthesis below I'll explain who each known Holt was.
were: John Settlemair, Sussannah Settlemair, Dilla
(Delilah) Holt (of Samuel & Seny), Jesse Holt (son of Wyatt and 1st
wife), Abigail Fenn (Renn), Jane Holt...(of
Wyatt & 2nd wife, Mary), James Renn,
Jane Renn, Nancy (?) Holt, Elizabeth
Settlemair, Williiam Reynolds,
Wyatt Holt, Martha Gragg, Acenth (Seny) Holt (wife
of Samuel, son of Wyatt), Jane Hall, Martaret Holt,
Isaac Settlemair, Peter Howlet, Henry Carol,
Mary Weigh, L. Tidence Holt...(son of Samuel & Seny)
Nancy J. Morrison, Mary Holt (Wyatt's wife), Martin
L. Crum, Lucinda Crum...(daughter of Wyatt & Mary Holt, Elizabeth
(Mira) Holt...daughter of Wyatt and 1st wife) and Zedakiah
May 2, 1846, a call for one or more deacon's next meeting, excluding David S.
Shackleford and Hiram Holt (of Wyatt's 1st wife). In July of 1848
the church name was changed to NEBO Baptist Church. Listed as 'dismissions'
in October 1849, were John Gilbert and wife; Wynette Holt; Mary
Holt; Jesse Holt; Jane Holt; Nancy Holt; Tidance Holt;
Isabella Holt (wife of Hiram) and Hiram Holt, Exec.
I'm wondering IF these 'dismissions' (or dismissals) were only due to the church
name change?... for no date is known. Yet ... after the 'dismissions'
were noted the church was then known as Flag Branch Baptist Church.
If anyone can explain 'dismissions', please let me know. Thanks. Jean