Henry Holt was born in Amelia County, VA.




Edmund Holt, Sr., born est. 1748 - 1784 in Patrick County, VA; died est. 1814 - 1869; married est. 1771 - 1824.  Probably the son of Henry Holt of Amelia County, VA and the grandfather of Edmund of Giles County, TN, served with Capt. Joseph Martin’s Company during 1776 and 1777 at Rye Cove on the Clinch River, Scott County, VA, and Fort Patrick Henry, VA, near Kingsport, TN.1 Recruits for this unit came from Western Pittsylvania County, VA.


Armstead Anderson of Pittsylvania County, VA, served with Edmund, Sr., at Rye Cove. The following is an excerpt from his Revolutionary War Pension Application: "Entered service under Capt. Joseph Martin in August, 1776, marched to Ft. Chiswell where we met and joined other companies under Gen. William Christian.  Marched to Holston River, to Eaton’s Station about 6 miles from Long Island (present day Kingsport, TN).  To Big Island Town where some Indians came in with prisoners, one a Mrs. Beane, mother of the man for whom Beane’s Station is named.  Marched back up the Tennessee River, destroying Indian towns to Long Island.  Discharged.  Again enlisted under Joseph Martin who was left to guard the frontier, stayed at Long Island until Christmas.  To Rye Cove.  Detached to escort some settlers to Powell’s Valley who wished to regain articles they had left behind during the hostilities. Attacked by Indians. Discharged at Rye Cove and returned home.”


Serving with Edmund, Sr., at Rye Cove and Ft. Patrick Henry were men who would later return as settlers in early East Tennessee.  Among them are William Holt and Stephen Holt.  It is reasonable to believe that William and Stephen were related to Edmund.  A Stephen Holt is later living in Sullivan County, TN.  This Stephen fought at Kings Mountain with the “Over Mountain Men”.


Edmund Holt, Sr., appears first in the Henry County, VA, tax list of 1770 and is listed as living near Crooked Creek next to Francis Holt2.  He moved from Henry County just over the border into Surry/ Stokes County, NC, about 1784.  This may have been a border change as he was still living near Crooked Creek. Edmund was listed in the North Carolina 1784 Tax List as living near Ambrose Holt, son-in-law of Elijah Estes.  Ambrose Holt first lived on Snow Creek, Henry County, VA, and sold this land to Philmer (Filmer) Green after the death of Elijah Estes.  Ambrose bought land and moved to Surry County, NC, on Crooked Creek, which joined the Virginia border.


Edmund, Sr., had left Surry County by 17903.  He is found in the 1799 Tax Rolls of Grainger County, TN, listed as Edward Holt.  He signed a petition to the General Assembly of Tennessee in 1799 from the citizens of Grainger County “concerning that it will not be to the advantage of the Publick at Large to add any part of Grainger County to Jefferson” 4.  He is listed as Edmund Holt in the 1804 and 1805 Tax Lists of Grainger County where he pays tax on 500 acres of land north of Clinch Mountain on the Kentucky Road.  In the next Tax List, Stephen Shelton of Grainger, Maury and Giles Counties is taxed for this property.  See Stephen Shelton and Philmer Green.


Several other Holt families of Giles County are probably related to the Edmund Holt family. Among them are the families of David Holt, born 1792 in NC, Robert P. Holt and Wiley and Mary Bell Holt.





Edmund Holt was born about 1794 / 17955 in Territory South of the Ohio River, now East Tennessee (probably Grainger County TN / NC), died est. 1862.  He probably was the grandson of Edmund Holt of Henry / Patrick Counties, VA, Surry / Stokes Counties, NC, and Grainger County, TN.  Edmund Holt enlisted in Danforth’s 24th Infantry Regiment on October 3, 1814 at Bean’s Station, Grainger County, TN.6  He served with this unit until the end of the War. He received his discharge at Camp Mandeville, Mississippi Territory, on March 22, 1815.  His original discharge describes him as “21 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches high, gray eyes, sandy hair, fair complexion, and by occupation a farmer.”  He received 160 acres in Illinois Territory by Bounty Land Warrant 6572-160-1812.  The location of this land was made January 20, 1818 on the SE2O 7N 8E.  He assigned this land to Hon. Mosely, the congressman from Connec­ticut, on the day it was issued.


Edmund Holt married Nancy Polly Emmery July 11, 1819 in Rhea County, TN7.  The 1850 and 1860 Census records name his wife Nancy.  Polly and Nancy may have been the same person.  Little is known about Nancy except she was born about 1800 in North Carolina and died in Pulaski, TN, on October 26, 18728.  North Carolina may have been Tennessee before it became a state.  Several of her children reported in various census data that she was born in Tennessee.  Her birth year in census data varies; she ages very slowly as she grows older.



Edmund Holt of Giles County, TN is listed in the 1830 Census of Maury County, TN.  He moved from Maury County to Giles County between 1832 and 1834.9  Three of his children were enrolled in school in the Thirteenth District of Giles County on June 30, 1838.10  Edmund Holt is listed in the roll of the 1840 Census of Knox County, TN11, page 55, and the October 31, 1850 Census of Giles County, Tennessee, District #8 with his family.  He is listed as a farmer.  He, along with his children, Mary Holt and Francis Marion Holt, moved to Shoal Ford, Limestone County, Alabama, between 1855 and 1858.12  Edmund Holt is listed as a farmer in the June 20, 1860 Census for the Post Office Shoal Ford, Limestone County, AL, Division #1, page #37, sheet #435.  His daughter, Mary A. Stevenson, her husband Silvista B. and their son Allen W., age 2, are living with them.  Silvista B. Stevenson is listed as a wagon maker.  Edmund Holt probably died at Shoal Ford about 1861.  His wife, Nancy, and daughter, Mary Holt Stephenson, moved back to Pulaski in Giles County about 1862.  Edmund Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 343065.  The children of Edmund Holt and Nancy Polly Emmery were:

I.  Elizabeth Holt, born ca 1818, died est. 1858 - 1913; married, est. 1839, John Gilliam, born 1818 in NC, died est. 1859 - 1909, son of John D. and Mary Elizabeth Gilliam13  The Children of Elizabeth Holt and John Gilliam were:

1.  Mary Ann Gilliam, born 1840; married 1854 John W. Sewart.  The children of Mary Ann Gilliam and John W. Sewart were:

1.  George Washington Stewart, born 1856.
2.  John Stewart, born 1858; never married.

2.  John E. Gilliam, born 1841; married Martha, listed in Searcy County, AK, 1870.  The children of John E. Gilliam and Martha were:

1.  Martin Gilliam, born 1869, AK.
2.  John H. Gilliam, born 1870, AK.
3.  Thomas E. Gilliam, born 1873, Giles County, TN.
4.  Lucinda E. Gilliam, born 1876, Giles County, TN.
5.  George C. Gilliam, born 1879, Giles County, TN.

6.  Frank M. Gilliam, born 1882.
7.  Sarah J. Gilliam, born 1886.
8.  Lucy A. Gilliam, born 1889.

3.  Sarah E. Gilliam, born 1844; married Riddle.

4.  George W. Gilliam, born 1847; married Elvira Covey.  The children of George W. Gilliam and Elvira Covey were:

1.  Ella Gilliam, born October 1877, died 1952.
2.  Lula Gilliam, born August 1879.
3.  John Buford Gilliam, born 1881; married Anna Holt.
4.  Mable Gilliam married Hoyt Birdsong.
5.  James Polk Gilliam, born 1887; died 1972; married Doris Williams.

6.  Robert Gilliam, born January 1889;


(1)  Zona Woodfin and

(2)  Bess Chapman.

7.  Nina Gilliam, born December 1893; married John Brazier.

5.  Susan Ann Gilliam, born 1854; married in Giles County, TN, Columbus Floumoy Bray.  The children of Susan Ann Gilliam and Columbus Floumoy Bray were:

1.  Mary Elizabeth Bray, born 1880 in TN; died 1960; married Columbus Flowers.

2.  Emma Bray, born in TN; married Evans.

3.  Jennie Bray, born in TN; married Guinn.

4.  Tennie Bray, born in TN; married J. B. Collins.

5.  Jessie Bray, born in TN; married Highland.

6.  Elma Bray, born in TN; married Bilbry.

7.  Effie Bray, born in TN; married Holmes.

8.  Nysa Bray, born in TN; married Don Hoskins.


6.  Nancy Virginia Gilliam (Jennie), born 1856; married Morgan Hensley Bray, brother to   Columbus Floumoy Bray.  The children of Nancy Virginia Gilliam and Morgan Hensley Bray were:

1.  Minnie Bray, born 1881; married Ransom.

2.  John W. Bray, born 1884.

3.  Mary A. Bray, born 1887; married in Wise County, TX, her cousin, Elbert (Rock) Holt, son of Alvis Smithson Holt and Harriett R. Nevels.  See Alvis Smithson Holt.  The child of Mary A. Bray and Elbert Holt was:

(1)  Finis Holt.

4.  Thomas Grady Bray, born 1890.

5.  Morgan Cleve Bray, born 1892.

6.  Austin F. Bray, born 1897.

7.  Lillie R’Della Bray, born 1900; married (1) a Melton.



II.  Son, born ca 1820 - 1825, died est. 1881-1910.  This son is probably H. Soloman Holt who is listed near Edmund Holt in the 1850 Census of Giles County.  H. Soloman Holt married Martha Banes in Green County, Alabama.  He is found in the 1880 Census of Morgan County, Alabama, as Soloman H. Holt with a son whose name is Edmund.  Soloman Holt and Edmund Holt signed trust deeds to Abdulla Brunson in Giles County, TN, 174814



III.  Daughter, born ca 1820 - 1825.16  Died est. 1825 - 1916.



IV.  Edmund A. Holt, born ca 1824.  Died 21 October 1852, Giles County, TN.  His estate was administered by his brother, Elijah William Holt.16  Married Malissa Hayes October 26, 1852 in TN.



V.  Sarah Adeline Holt, born ca 1826 in TN, died est. 1870 - 1921; married ca 1844 in TN, Alverse (Alvis) Levin Gilliam, born 1820 in NC, died est. 1870 - 1912, son of John D. and Mary Elizabeth Gilliam.17  The children of Sarah Adeline Holt and Alverse Levin Gilliam were:

1.  John Anderson Duff Gilliam, born 1845, Giles County, TN; died 1925;


(1)     1865, Margaret Ruth Cowan.  The children of John Anderson Duff Gilliam and Margaret Ruth Cowan were:

1.  Thomas Bently Gilliam, born 1867.

2.  William Cowan Gilliam, born 1869.

3.  June Etta Gilliam, born 1873; married Stephen Newberry Dixon.

4.  Oder Francis Gilliam, born 1875; married Rebecca (Becky) Dixon. His mother, Margaret Ruth Cowan, died in childbirth when he was born.


(2)  1885, Mary Adelaide Hewitt, daughter of John Marshall Hewitt and Martha Frances Williamson of Lynnville, Giles County, TN.  Lived in Manor, Travis County, TX, and McLennan County, TX.  The children of John Anderson Duff Gilliam and Mary Adelaide Hewitt were:

5.  Ada Rose Gilliam, born 1886.

6.  Alvis Luther Gilliam, born 1888.

7.  Ernest Eugene Gilliam, born 1891.

8.  J. D. Gilliam, born 1895 in Texas.

9.  Homer Guy Gilliam, born 1898.

    10.  Edgar Giles Gilliam, born 1900.

    11.  Joseph Lee Gilliam, born 1902.

2.  Thomas Porter Gilliam, born 1847 in Giles County, TN;


(1)  ___ Raines,


(2)  Comelia Frances Covey; lived in Lynnville, Giles County, TN.  The children of Thomas Porter Gilliam and Comelia Frances Covey were:

1.  Cora Belle Gilliam, born 1872.

2.  John Thomas Gilliam, born 1879; married Henrietta Hargrove.  The child of John Thomas Gilliam and Henrietta Hargrove was:

(1)  Maggie Belle Gilliam, born 1900; married Grady Thurman.  The children of Maggie Belle Gilliam and Grady Thurman were:

(1)  Ralph Thurman.

(2)  Jean Thurman; married A. D. Woodard.

(2)  Odie Mae Gilliam, born 1903; married Huie Tice.  The children of Odie Mae Gilliam and Huie Tice were:

(1)  Sara Tice.

(2)  Billie Tice.

(3)  Jesse Gilliam, born 1906; unmarried.

(4)  Joe Ray Gilliam, born 1909;


(1)  Viola Story


(2)  Mary Mash.  The children of Joe Gilliam were:

(1)  Virginia Gilliam,




(2) David Peach.

(2)  Joe Evelyn Gilliam, married Fitzgerald.

(3)  Jasmine Gilliam; married Campbell.

(4)  Janette Gilliam, twin sister of Annetta.

(5)  Annetta Gilliam, twin sister of Janette.

(5)  Allen C. Gilliam, born 1914; married Mary Foster; lived in Columbia, TN.

(6)  Betty June Gilliam; married Horace Webster Hickman.  The children of Betty June Gilliam and Horace Webster Hickman were:

(1)  Dwight Hickman.

(2)  Don Hickman.

(3)  Steve Hickman.

(7)  Darlene Joy Gilliam; married O. G. Church.  The children of Darlene Joy Gilliam and O. G. Church were:

(1)  Jeffrey Church.

(2)  Kimberly Joy Church.

(8)  Minnie Norene Gilliam; married Carl E. Chruch.  The children of Minnie Norene Gilliam and Carl E.  Church were:

(1)  Dodd Edward Church.

(1)  Dana Jade Chruch.

3.  Alvis Monroe Gilliam (Uncle Babe), born 15 December 1850 in TN; died April 12, 1912; married  December 19, 1880, Giles County, TN, Ada Merrill; moved to Ladonia, Hunt County, TX, before 1900.  They are both buried in Cedar Point Cemetery near Ladonia, TX.  Ada died in 1926.  The children of Alvis Monroe Gilliam and Ada Merrill were:

1.  Lala Dinisher Gilliam; married Alvin Kizer; died April 9, 1964.  The child of Lala Dinisher Gilliam and Alvin Kizer was:

(1)  R. D. Kizer; married Lorene Pendleton.  The child of R. D. Kizer and Lorene Pendleton was:

(1)  Vernell Kizer; married Dwayne Barber. Two children.

(2)  Adren Kizer;


(1)  Shannon Belte.  The child of Adren Kizer and Shannon Belte was:

(1)  Wilma Fae Kizer; married Bennie Martin of            Arlington, TX.  One girl and one boy.


(2)  Second.  Lived in Mineral Wells, TX.  The children of Adren Kizer and second wife were:

(2)  Lyndelle Lee Kizer, son of second wife.

(3)  Graham Kizer, married Myra Dell Fields.  No issue.

(4)  Horace Wayne Kizer, married Jean Johnson.

(1)  Randy Kizer.

(5)  Junior Kizer.

(6)  Beula Mae Kizer, died in 1949; married John Cobb.  The children of Beula Mae Kizer and John Cobb were:

(1)  James Dadelle Cobb, lived in Ecter, near Bonham, TX.

(2)  J. W. Cobb, lived in Arlington, TX; had three girls.

(3)  A. V. Cobb, lived in Hurst, TX; no issue.

(4)  Billie Frank Cobb, lived in Ft. Worth, TX; no issue.

(5)  Sandra Lee Cobb, married George Pearce; lived in Ft.            Worth, TX; no issue.

(7)  Gladys Opal Kizer, married Roy Edgar Thomas.  The children of Gladys Opal Kizer and Roy Edgar Thomas were:

(1)  Clera Bernice Thomas, married Glenn Huett.  The children of Clera Bernice Thomas and Glenn Huett were:

(1)  Rickey Huett.

(2)  Ronnie Huett.

(2)  Barbara Joyce Thomas, married Jim Forester.  The child of Barbara Joyce Thomas and Jim Forester was:

(1)  Derinda Derise Forester, born 4 November 1968.

(3)  Roy Thomas, Jr., married April 1968, Nancie Long.

2.  Edgar Gilliam.

3.  William Gilliam.  The child of William Gilliam was:

(1)  Lorene Gilliam, married Clarence Williams, had a grocery store in Greenville, TX.  The child of Lorene Gilliam and Clarence Williams was:

(1)  Glenn Roy Williams, lived in Greenville, TX.

(2)  Imogene Gilliam, married Ullom.

(3)  Billy Gilliam.

(4)  Alvis Burl Gilliam, lived in Greenville, TX.

4.  Beulah Gilliam, married John Morris.  The child of Beulah Gilliam and John Morris was:

(1)  Joel B. Morris.

5.  Ellarie Gilliam (Reatie), married Meton Whitt.  The child of Ellarie Gilliam and Meton Whitt was:

(1)  Loy Lee Whitt, married a Donahue, lived in Ft. Worth, TX.

6.  John Thomas Gilliam.  The child of John Thomas Gilliam was:

(1)  Dorothy Gilliam, married Arris Kinkaide; lived in Jurst, TX.  The children of Dorothy Gilliam and Arris Kinkaide were:

(1)  Wanda Nell Kinkaide, married a WaIler.

(2) Gary Kinkaide, deceased at age 32.

(2)  Imogene Gilliam,


(1)  Doc McCauley


(2)  Sellers.  No issue.

(3)  Juanita Gilliam, married John WaIler.  The children of Juanita Gilliam and John Waller were:

(1)  Janice Waller.

(2)  Johnny Waller.

(3)  Jerry Waller.

(4)  J. T. Gilliam, Jr., lived in Ft. Worth, TX; a minister of The Church of God.  He had one son and one daughter.

7.  Betty Gilliam, died January 1979, Savoy, TX; married Hampton Melton, deceased in 1975, lived in Wolfe City, TX.  The child of Betty Gilliam and Hampton Melton was:

(1)  J. H. Melton, died November 1979, ten months after his mother.

8.  Bertha Gilliam, died 20 November 1972; married Manson Melton, deceased in   1972; no issue.

9.  Orleane Gilliam, died February 1972;


(1) Jack Leon Denton


(2) Green

She had four daughters.

10.  Kenneth Gilliam;


(1)     Goldie Denton.  The son of Kenneth Gilliam and Goldie Denton was:

(1)  Kenneth Earl Gilliam; lived in Dallas, TX.


(2) ?, lived in Dallas, TX.

4.  Sarah A. Gilliam, born 1854; unmarried.

5.  Mary Martha Gilliam, born 1857; unmarried.

6.  Henry Edward Gilliam, born September 1859 in Giles County, TN; died March 1923, Goodsprings, Giles County, TN, buried Chestnut Cemetery, Giles County, TN;

married four times.

First three children, wife (1);

fourth child, wife (2);

fifth and sixth children, wife (3); was Anna Shelton, she was the widow Hammond when they married.

seventh child, wife (4).

1.  William Gilliam, born 1881; died 1955; married Ella Raines; lived in Albany, GA.  The children of William Gilliam and Ella Raines were:

(1)  Lily Mae Gilliam, born 4 April 1905;


(1)  William McCarty.  The children of Lily Mae Gilliam and William McCarty were:

(1)  William McCarty, Jr.

(2)  Orion McCarty.

(3)  Robert McCarty.

(4)  Sue McCarty.


(2)  Papell.

(2)  Jack Flenore Gilliam, born 11 February 1907;


(1) Alma Dekle (one child)


(2) Lois Menshew (four children).

(3)  William Lee Gilliam, born 7 March 1909; married Sallie Vickers.

(1)  Mary F. Vickers.

(4)  Seaborn Gilliam, born 29 July 1911; unmarried.

(5)  Floyd Gilliam, born 22 June 1913; married Susie Collins; no issue.

(6)  James Gilliam, born 27 July 1916; died 1968, Tallahassie, FL.

(7)  Addie Lee Gilliam, born 8 October 1920; married Carl HarveII.  The children of Addie Lee Gilliam and Carl Harvell were:

(1)  Floyd Harvell.

(2)  Jerry Harvell.

(3)  Jerold Harvell.

(4)  Bert Harvell.

(5)  Dannie Harvell.

2. Ernest Allen Gilliam, born 8 September 1883; died 1944.  Eight children by the two marriages.  Ernest Allen Gilliam lived in Athens, Limestone County, AL.  Children of Ernest Allen Gilliam were:


(1)     in 1910, Rosie Randolph

(1)  Eddie Richard Gilliam, born 24 March 1907; married Velma Woods; died 1944.


(2)  Pearl Miller.

(2)  Charles Shields Gilliam, born 14 January 1911 in AL; married lone Jernigan.  The children of Charles Shields Gilliam and Ione Jernigan were:

(1)  Juanita Marie Gilliam, born 1934; married Elvin Borroughs.

(2)  Charles Edward Gilliam, born 1936; married Gayla Cockrell.

(3)  Betty Irene Gilliam, born 1938; married Leslie E. Burroughs.

(4)  James Donald Gilliam, born 1940; married Joyce Sledge.

(5)  Bobby Allen Gilliam, born 1942; married Martha Sue Smith.

(6)  Ronald Eugene Gilliam, born 1946; married Deborah Jeanette Nash.

(7)  Anthony Steven Gilliam, born 1955.

(3)  Margaret Jane Gilliam, born 16 July 1917;


(1)  James Coleman,


(2)  Bellamy.

(4)  Ernest King Gilliam, born 8 November 1921; married and divorced Joyce Hobbs, lives Houston, TX.

(5)  Elmo Emmett Gilliam, born 16 December 1923; married Ellares Bates.

(6)  Thomas Allen Gilliam, born 22 November 1926; married Carolyn Patterson.

(7)  Luther M. Gilliam, born 10 May 1928.

(8)  Mattie Ruth Gilliam, born 22 July 1929; married William Reedus Reeves.  Had two sons.

(9)  Ethel Louise Gilliam, born 17 August 1932;


(1)  Harold Graham


(2)  Leonard E. Johnson.

3.  Mack Henderson Gilliam, born 2 April 1891; married Maggie Stembridge; buried in Winterhaven, FL, Oaklawn Cemetery.  The children of Mack Henderson Gilliam and Maggie Stembridge were:

(1)  Dorothy Faye Gilliam, born in Winterhaven, Polk County, FL; married Carl Robert Dunlap.  The children of Dorothy Faye Gilliam and Carl Robert Dunlap were:

(1)   Carl Robert Dunlap, Jr. ; married Betty Mae Lewis.  The children of Carl Robert Dunlap, Jr. and Betty Mae Lewis were:

(1)  Betty Renee Dunlap.

(2)  Bobbye Fae Dunlap.

(2)  Mack Henderson Dunlap, born 21 January, 1947; married Tonia Jean Dixon; killed in a car accident, 1978.  The children of Mack Henderson Dunlap and Tonia Jean Dixon were:

(1)  Angeline Christine Dunlap.

(2)  Freddie Mae Gilliam, married Perry Eugene Batson.  Three children.

(3)  Mack Henderson Gilliam, Jr., married Christine Kyser.  The children of Mack Henderson Gilliam, Jr. and Christine Kyser were:

(1)  Karen Denise Gilliam.

(2)  Sheila Diane Gilliam.

(4)  Essie Carolyn Gilliam, married Charles Crutchfield.  The children of Essie Carolyn Gilliam and Charles Crutchfield were:

(1)  Kathleen Crutchfiled.

(2)  Terry Lee Crutchfield.

(3)  Donald Eugene Crutchfield.

4.  Ozaine (Chris) Gilliam, born 26 October 1896; married Margaret Wolfe. No issue.

5.  Ocie Gilliam, born 24 December 1901;


(1)  Lula Graves.  The children of Ocie Gilliam and Lula Graves were:

(1)  Mary Elizabeth Gilliam, married James W. McNeese.  The child of Mary Elizabeth Gilliam and James W. McNeese was:

(1)  Annie McNeese, married Joseph Richardson.

(2)  Buford A. Gilliam, married Lorene Deane. Lived in Tullahoma, TN.  The children of Buford A. Gilliam and Lorene Deane were:

(1)  Thomas A. Gilliam; married Carrie Hawk.

(2)  Terry D. Gilliam, married Debra Herring.

(3)  Tommy L. Gilliam, married Margaret Burgess.  The children of Tommy L. Gilliam and Margaret Burgess were:

(1)  Wanda Gilliam; married Bobby McCoy.

(2)  Gail Gilliam; married Dwight Cloud.

(3)  Ted Wayne Gilliam.

(4)  Steve Royce Gilliam.

(5)  Timothy Gilliam.


(2)  Magdalene Woodard, sister to Lula Graves.  The children of Ocie Gilliam and Magdalene Woodard were:

(1)  Dorothy Marie Gilliam, married Junior D. Evans.

(2)  Ocie W. Gilliam, Jr., married Faye Greenland.

6.  Thomas Audie Gilliam, born December 1902, son of Anna Shelton Gilliam; married Grace Carpenter.  The child of Thomas Audie Gilliam and Grace Carpenter was:

(1)  Ernest Montgomery Gilliam, married Laura Jo Bobo, 1970; no issue.

7.  James H. Gilliam, son of fourth wife; married Bertha White.

7.  Ernest A. Gilliam, born 1865; died 9 years old.

8.  Sidney Gilliam, born 1868; died 1896; unmarried.



VI.  Elijah William Holt, born February 24, 1828, in Maury or Giles County, TN, died May 20, 1884, Waxahachie, (Garden Valley), Ellis County, TX and is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, Ellis County, TX.  Elijah William Holt married Eliza A. Watson, November 16, 1854 in Giles County, TN, born est. 1824 - 1843, died est. 1859 - 1928, daughter of Larkin Watson.  Elijah W. Holt was listed in the 1880 Giles County Census, District 20, TN, National Archives Film #T1257, Family #386D, as a school teacher.  Elijah W. Holt was a Captain in the Civil War.18  Elijah William Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints their number 342436.  The children of Elijah William Holt and Eliza Watson were:

1.  Anne E. Holt, married Ed Pitts.

2.  Larkin Harney Holt, married Ann Elizabeth McKnight, daughter of James McKnight and Arie Brown who was the daughter of Raleigh Brown and Nancy Abernathy.

3.  Yancey Elijah Holt, married Sarah Olivia Watson.  Yancey Elijah is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 338703.  The children of Yancey Elijah Holt and Sarah Olivia Watson were:

(1)  Delia Holt, married William Allen Watson.

(2)  Sally Holt, married a Taylor.  The child of Sally Holt was:

(1)  Sarah Jane Taylor, married a Malone.

(3)  Yancey Earl Holt, born December 5, 1912, died March 12, 1977 in Giles County, TN and is buried in the Bee Spring Cemetery in Giles County, TN.  Yancey Earl Holt married Lena Mae Harwell and is recognized by the Latter Day Saints their number 338702.



VII.  Son, born February 24, 1828, twin brother of Elijah William Holt.19  Probably died young, est. 1829 - 1918.



VIII.  Alvis Smithson Holt, born January 1, 1830, (Giles) or Maury County, TN; died May 29, 1901, Chico, Wise County, TX, buried Chico City Cemetery;20


(1) June 26, 1852 in Giles County, TN21, Harriett R. Nevels (Nevil), born October 19, 1834 in TN, died 3 September 188422, daughter of Littleberry Nevels and Elizabeth Barnes23


(2) 1885 in Giles County, TN, his first cousin, Kanses Elizabeth Holt (Lizzie)24, daughter of Eliphus and Elizabeth Emaline Adams (Emma) Holt.25  Alvis Holt is listed as Allen Holt in the 1900 Census of Wise County.


Alvis Smithson (A. S. or Al) and his second wife moved to Chico, Wise County, TX, in 1894. Alvis Smithson Holt served in Company K, Wheeler’s 6th Tennessee Calvary from June 30 to December 31, 1864.26


Alvis Smithson Holt is listed in the 1860 Census for the Bunker Hill Township, Giles County, TN, page 147.  Alvis Smithson Holt is listed in the 1880 Census for Giles County, District 8, TN, National Archives Film #T9-1257, Family #162C.  The family moved from Giles County, TN, in 1894, they came to Wise County by wagon train.  The grass in Wise County stood half-way up the side of a horse.  Alvis Smithson Holt would go to Decatur, TX, at night to buy groceries.  He would come home the following night to avoid Indians.  The Holt property and home place was along Vanchoner creek in Wise County.


All of Alvis Smithson Holt children were very blond with blue eyes and had either blond or red hair.  The children of Alvis Smithson Holt were:

1.  James Anderson Holt (Andy), born March 18, 185427, Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN, died March 3, 1941 in Loving, Young County, TX; married January 10, 1878 at Chico, Wise County, TX, Melinda Catherine (Kitty) Kendricks (born November 28, 1855, Pulaski, Giles County, TN; died 1939, Young County, TX; buried Loving Cemetery, Young County, TX).  James Anderson Holt migrated from Pulaski, Giles County, TN, to Ellis County, TX, in 1876 with the family of his wife.28


James Anderson (Andy) Holt was the first of the Alvis Smithson Holt family to go to Texas.  Melinda (Kitty) Kendrick’s father led the wagon train from Pulaski to Waxahachie, Texas.  Andy rode in to Pulaski to say goodbye to his girl, Kitty.  When he got to Pulaski, he sold his horse, went home and told his family he was going to Texas with Kitty.29


In 1936, Andy and Kitty Holt, who had lived in Young County, TX, for thirty-nine years and had celebrated their fifty-eighth wedding anniversary, became members of the STAR TELEGRAM West Texas Pioneers Association.  The STAR TELEGRAM wrote the following about the couple:


Holt was born in Giles County, Tenn.  He came to Texas with the family of Miss Catherine Kendricks, locating at Chico in 1876.  Two years later he and Miss Kendricks were married and took up residence in a log cabin.


In the Fall of 1881, Holt broke land with oxen.  His farm tools consisted of a “walking turning plow” and a “Georgia bell-tongue stock”, which required four trips along the rows to cultivate cotton and corn.


Mr. and Mrs. Holt recall when Chico consisted principally of a large log school house with dirt floors and a bov house which housed a small store with a small stock of merchandise.  The neighbors took turn about going to Decatur for mail. Turkey and deer were plentiful then.  Church was held in the school house with all attending making the trip to the school on horseback or in wagons.  In the Fall of 1882, Holt bought 80 acres of land in Wise County where the family lived until 1896 when he traded for 240 acres in Young County.  The family moved to the new site, making the trip in two days in wagons.  James Anderson Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 343084.  The children of James Anderson (Andy) Holt and Melinda Catherine (Kitty) Kendricks were:

1.  Lela Holt, married J. A. Wittenburg.

2.  Martin Luther Holt.

3.  Dora Holt, married R. M. Humphries.

4.  Willie Mae Holt, married Tom Lindsey.

5.  Cidney Wright Holt, married Carrie Bell.

6.  Maude Lee Holt, married Ed Booher.

7.  Sarah Ann (Annie) Holt, married J. R. Singleton.

8.  Albert W. Holt.

9.  Esther Cleo Holt, married D. D. Garner of Jacksboro, TX.  The children of Esther Cleo Holt and D. D. Garner were:

(1)  Ann Garner, married Hodge.

(2)  Dorothy Garner, married Wallis.

    10.  Cora Gladys Holt, married G. C. Huitt.

    11.  Flora Faye Holt, born 1903; married R. E. Taggart.

2.  John Franklin Holt,30 born 3 March 1856, Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN; died 7 June 1927, Pulaski, Giles County, TN31 married 1 February 1874, Susan Laura Gilliam32 went by Laura, born 8 May 1855, died 28 March 1914, Pulaski, Giles County, TN, daughter of Samuel and Elvira Minitra Gilliam.


John Franklin Holt is listed on the 1880 Census for Giles County, District 20, TN, National Archives Film #T9-1257, Family #378D, as a blacksmith.  John Franklin Holt was sheriff of Giles County, TN.  He was also a veterinarian.  John Franklin Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 343080.  The children of John Franklin Holt and Susan Laura Gilliam were:

1.  Ola May Holt, born September 21, 1874 (or 1878), Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN; died June 23, 1943 (or March 2, 1930, Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN) at the home of her daughter, Audia Armstrong, in Chattanooga, TN.  Ola May Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 343107.


(1)  at the age of 14 to Josiah Charlie Armstrong.  The children of Ola May Holt and Josiah Charlie Armstrong were:

(1)  Audia May Armstrong, born 1 November 1891; married David Arthur Higdon.

(2)  John Edgar Armstrong, born 27 February 1893; died 26 January 1898.


(2)  2 April 1899, William Leon Holston.  The children of Ola May Holt and William Leon Holston were:

(3)  May Holston, born 30 April 1902, twin of Maybelle Holston; died 7 November 1906.

(4)  Maybelle Holston, born 30 April 1902, twin of May Holston; died 2 June 1904.


(3)  29 December 1925, Sam Reed Rucker.

2.  Ella Holt, born April , 1876, Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN; died 18 July 1915 (or July 10), Pulaski, TN; married Thomas Ira Watson in 1895 in Giles County, TN.  Ella Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by the number 342365.  The children of Ella Holt and Thomas Ira Watson were:

(1)  Kate Watson, married Hassie Williams and lived in Pulaski, TN.

(2)  John Watson, married Nellie Owens and lived in McBurg, TN.

(3)  Frank Watson, married Lucille ___; lived in Atlanta, GA.

(4)  Laura Watson, married a Henderson; lived in Chattanooga, TN.

(5)  Leon Watson, lived in Nashville, TN.

3.  Edgar Holt, born 31 July 1883 (or 1885); died 10 July 1887 of flux, buried Minitra Cemetery, Giles County, TN.  Edgar Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 343109.

4.  Dee Holt, born 27 August 1888 (or July 31, 1888) in Giles County, TN; died 7 Oct 1889, buried Minitra Cemetery Giles County, TN.  Dee Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 343110.

5.  Reba Holt, born 1 May 1893, Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN; died 26 February 1958 (or 1968), Pulaski, Giles County, TN; married 13 May 1922 (or 1900), Pulaski, Giles County, TN, Ed Humphrey (born 20 January 1883, Pulaski, Giles County, TN; died 14 December 1965, Pulaski, Giles County, TN).  Reba Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 343108.  The child of Reba Holt and Ed Humphrey was:

(1)  Billie Holt Humphrey, born Pulaski, Giles County, TN; married, Minor Hill, TN, Sarah Oakleen Williams.

3.  Thomas Pinckney Holt, born October 1858, Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN; died 30 March 1923, Giles County, TN and is buried in the Maplewood Cemetery.  Thomas Pinckney Holt married Lula Belle Holt, daughter of Thomas H. Holt and granddaughter of Wyatt and Mary Bell HoIt.33  Tom Holt was the Recording and/or County Clerk for Giles County, TN.  He lived at 26 Sam Davis Avenue, Pulaski, TN.34  Thomas Pinckney Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 343070.  The children of Thomas Pinckney Holt and Lula Belle Holt were:

1.  Elizabeth (Bessie) Holt, died 1955, Pulaski, TN; married Sam S. Yokley; lived in Pulaski, TN.

2.  Nelle Holt, died 20 July 1959; married William K. Jones; lived in Pulaski, TN.

3.  Thomas H. Holt, died no issue; lived in Pulaski, TN.

4.  Harriett Holt married G. Matthew (Matt) Stone; lived in Pulaski, TN.

5.  Jean Holt married 1927, Robert A. Downing; lived Pulaski, TN.

6.  Myra Belle Holt, died in infancy about 1905.

4.  Alvis Moffitte Holt, changed his name to Allen Moffitte Holt, born 27 November 1866,   Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN; died 4 February 1938, Montgomery, AL;


(1)  18 December 1895, Birmingham, AL, Mary Allen Powell (born 22 August 1870, Lownes County, AL, died 23 March 1905, Birmingham, AL, buried Elmwood Cemetery), daughter of James Zackary Powell and Catherine Alabama Hoffman,


(2)  Katie Ethel Shannon (no issue); buried Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL.


Allen Holt was a newspaperman in Athens, Birmingham, and Montgomery, AL.35  The children of Allen Moffitte and Mary Allen Powell were:

1.  Allen Moffitte Holt, Jr., born 21 October 1896, Birmingham, AL; died 9 March 1973, Birmingham, AL, buried Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL; married 18 October 1917, Birmingham, AL, Martha Cornelia Plosser (born 1896, died 1974).  The children of Allen Moffitte, Jr. and Martha Cornelia Plosser were:

(1)  Martha Holt, still-born, buried 28 September 1919, Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL.

(2)  Allen Moffitte Holt, Ill, born Birmingham, AL; married Birmingham, AL, Susan Emerson Finley.  The children of Allen Moffitte Holt III and Susan Emerson Finley were:

(1)  Susan Emerson Holt, born Birmingham, AL; married Martin Joseph Murray of New York City.  The children of Susan Emerson Holt and Joseph Murray were:

(1)  Brian Edward Murray, born Birmingham, AL

(2)  Susan Emerson Murray, Birmingham, AL.

(3)  Andrew Lang Murray, Birmingham, AL.

(2)  Laura Plosser Holt, born, Birmingham, AL.

(3)  Allen Moffitte Holt, IV, born, Birmingham, AL.

(3)  Francis Cornelia Holt, born, Birmingham, AL; married, Birmingham, AL, Thomas Seldon Smith.  Divorced.  The children of Francis Cornelia Holt and Thomas Seldon Smith were:

(1)  Martha Elizabeth Smith (Patty), born, Orlando, FL; married, Orlando, FL, Walter Dean Swartout.  Divorced.  The children of Martha Elizabeth Smith and Walter Dean Swartout were:

(1)  Kenneth Dean Swartout.

(2)  Jeffery Allen Swartout.

(2)  Francis Margaret Smith (Peggy), Orlando, FL; married in Orlando, FL, Charles Robert Jameson.  The children of Francis Margaret Smith and Charles Robert Jameson were:

(1)  Christopher Robert Jameson, born Orlando, FL. Adopted.

(2)  Nicholas Charles Jameson, born Orlando, FL. Adopted.

(3)  Sara Cornelia Allen Smith (Sally), born Orlando, FL;


(1)  Tom Foster.  Divorced.  The child of Sara Cornelia Allen Smith and Tom Foster was:

(1)  Jordan Dean Douglas, born Orlando, FL.  Father, Tom Foster.  Jordan Dean was legally adopted by Robert Douglas.


(2)  Robert Douglas.  The child of Sara Cornelia Allen Smith and Robert Douglas was:

 (2)  Jenna Cornelia Douglas, born Orlando, FL.

2.  Lewis Hartwell Holt, born 29 July 1898, Birmingham, AL; died 8 March 1981, Birmingham, AL, buried Elmwood Cemetery; married 26 November 1929, Birmingham, AL, Katherin Hawkins (born 7 February 1898), daughter of Rev. Ira Lee Hawkins and Katharin Shackleford.  Rev. Hawkins was Methodist District Superintendent of North Alabama.  Lewis Hartwell Holt served in the US Army, WWII.  The child of Lewis Hartwell Holt and Katherin Hawkins was:

(1)  Dr. Ira Hawkins Holt, born Birmingham, AL;


(1)  Gadsden, AL, Leigh Headley, daughter of James Lee Headley.  The children of Dr. Ira Hawkins Holt and Leigh Headley were:

(1)  Ira Hawkins Holt, Jr., born Birmingham, AL; married Birmingham, AL, Dawn Wilson.

(2)  Katherine Leigh Holt (Kathy), born Birmingham, AL.


(2)  Bessemer, AL, Linda Schowe.  The child of Dr. Ira Hawkins Holt and Linda Schowe was:

(3)  Nicholas Hartwell Holt, born Birmingham, AL.

3.  Marion Luke Holt, born 18 July 1900, Birmingham, AL; died 8 October 1980, Lakeland FL, buried Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL; married 23 December 1926, Brooksville, FL, to Emma Jean Maner (born 26 July 1904, Screven County, GA), daughter of Dr. John Ogilvie Maner and Sallie Elizabeth Mims.  The children of Marion Luke Holt and Emma Jean Maner were:

(1)  Marion Jean Holt, born Birmingham, AL;


(1)  Birmingham, AL, Lt. Robert Bernard Coleman, USMA (born 19 February 1925, Rexmont, PA, killed in South Korea 4 February 1951), son of Col. Bernard Edward Coleman and Lucy Crist of Cornwall, PA.  The child of Marion Jean Holt and Lt. Robert Bernard Coleman was:

(1)  John Maner Coleman, born Sapporo, Hok­kaido, Japan; married Peoria, IL, Alyson Louise Allen, daughter of Hazen Martin Allen and Hazel Harriett Havens (Hattie).  The children of John Maner Coleman and Alyson Louise Allen were:

(1)  Sarah Kate Coleman, born Jacksonville, IL.

(2)  Reed Patrick Coleman, born Jacksonville, IL.


(2)  Savannah, GA, Kinne Reese Sutton (born 21 July 1926, Birmingham, AL, died 12 February 1972, Baton Rouge, LA, US Navy, WWII), son of Harold Lee Sutton and Sarah Elizabeth Reese.  The children of Marion Jean Holt and Kinne Reese Sutton were:

(1)  Kinne Reese Sutton, Jr., born Villa Rica, GA.

(2)  Cristopher Ross Sutton, born Villa Rica, GA; married Elizabeth Louise St. John, daughter of Dr. Charles N. St. John, Jr. and Ada Bounds.

(3)  Eric Holt Sutton, born Atlanta, GA; married, St. Mary’s City, St. Mary’s County, MD, Kathleen Law Montgomery, daughter of Dr. David C. Montgomery and Shirley Arlene Imig.  The children of Eric Holt Sutton and Kathleen Law Montgomery were:

(1)  David Luke Sutton.

(2)  Scott Montgomery Sutton.

(3)  Sara Elizabeth (Sally Maner) Holt, born Brooksville, FL; married Augusta, GA, Warren Carl Moran, son of Warren Candler Moran and Eddie Beryl Elliott.  The children of Sara Elizabeth Holt and Warren Carl Moran were:

(1)  Warren Carl Moran, Jr., born Augusta, GA; married, Scarsdale, NY, Martha Grace McCurdy, daughter of Joseph Robert McCurdy and Mary Barbara O’Hagan.  The children of Warren Carl Moran, Jr. and Martha Grace McCurdy were:

(1)  Edward Elliott Moran, Ill, born Houston, TX.

(2)  John Stuart Moran, born Houston, TX.

(2)  Marion Holt Moran, born Augusta, GA; married Waynesboro, VA, Barbara Sue Kenebel, daughter of William Joseph Kenebel and Marie Melinda Koebcke.  The child of Marion Holt Moran and Barbara Sue Kenebel was:

(1)  Travis Holt Moran, born Houston TX.

(3)  Edward Elliott Moran, II, born 18 May, 1958, Augusta, GA; died 22 November 1982, Richmond, VA, buried Elliott plot, Augusta, GA.

(4)  Elinor Elliott Moran, born Wilmington, DE; married Wilmington, DE, James Philip Zito of Easton, PA.  The child of Elinor Elliott Moran and James Philip Zito was:

(1)  Sarah Elizabeth Holt Zito, born Wilmington, DE.

(4)  Mary Allen Holt, born Birmingham, AL;


(1)  Atlanta, GA, Earl Lynwood Barrows Newman, Jr., son of Dr. Earl L. B. Newman and Emma Christina Fingerlin.  The child of Mary Allen Holt and Earl Lynwood Barrows Newman, Jr. was:

(1)  Karl Lynwood Newman.


(2) 6 December 1975, Lakeland, FL, Danilo G. Santini (no issue); died 12 October 1988, Lakeland, FL, buried Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland, FL.

4.  Catherine Alabama Holt (Bama), born 31 May, 1902, Birmingham, AL; married October 25, 28, 1924, Birmingham, AL, Frank Roland Powell.  The child of Catherine Alabama Holt and Frank Roland Powell was:

(1)  Catherine Corrie Powell (Kitty), born Birmingham, AL; married Birmingham, AL, James T. Bynum.  The children of Catherine Corrie Powell and James T. Bynum were:

(1)  Robin Bynum.

(2)  William Shannon Bynum.

5.  Corrie Flynn Holt, born 30 March 1904, Birmingham, AL; married September 1923, Birmingham, AL, Ralph Weyman Wadeson, Jr., son of R. H. W. Wadeson and Ann Hunnington (Nannie) Howell.  The children of Corrie Flynn Holt and Ralph Weyman Wadeson were:

(1)  Dr. Ralph Weyman Wadeson, Ill, born Birmingham, AL.


(1)  Juanita Nunn, the daughter of Rufus Arthur Nunn and Macy Euratina Garrison,


(2)  Betsy Haig.

Ralph served as a doctor in the Korean War.  The children of Dr. Ralph Weyman Wadeson, III were:

(1)  Susan Nunn Wadeson, born Goodwater, AL;


(1)  Frederick Neilson Feil,


(2)  Philip Wiles.

(2)  Elizabeth Ann Wadeson (Beth Ann), born Bethesda, MD; married Michael Stanley Ethridge.  The child of Elizabeth Ann Wadeson and Michael Stanley Ethridge was:

(1)  Terance Michael Ethridge.

(3)  Amy Wadeson.

(4)  Jesse Wadeson.
(5)  Peter Haig Wadeson.

(2)  Ann Huntington Wadeson, born Birmingham, AL;


(1)  Birmingham, AL, Charles William Crocker (no issue)


(2)  Birmingham, AL, Samuel J. Weaver (no issue).


5.  Eugene Holt, born ca 1868 Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN; died Slaton, Young County,  TX;


(1)  Lena Mayes who died 23 March 1923,


(2)  Mary who died 23 April 1942.  The children of Eugene Holt were:

(1)  Roy Holt.

(2)  Mayes (Maize) Holt.

(3)  Clarence Holt.

6.  Ernest R. Holt, born 12 June 1871; died 4 December 1943. No issue.36

7.  Elmo Holt, born 12 June 187137 married Annie Ruth (1883 - 1961); died 1953, Chico, Wise County, TX, buried in Chico City Cemetery.38  The children of Elmo R. Holt and Annie Ruth were:

(1)  Ola Mae Holt, married McDaniel.  The child of Ola Mae Holt and McDaniel was:

(1)  Gil McDaniel.

(2)  Herbert Holt.

(3)  Oneta J. Holt, born 21 April 1926; died February 1945, Chico, Wise County, TX.

8.  Elbert (Rock) Holt, born 29 July 1878, Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN; died 29 May, 1919 in Alvord, TX; married in Chico, Wise County, TX, Mary Bray39, his cousin, daughter of Morgan H. Bray and Virginia Gilliam, granddaughter of Elizabeth Holt Gilliam.  See Elizabeth Holt.  Their child was:

(1)  Finis Holt, lived in St. Joplin, MO.

9.  Noble Smithson Holt, born ca 1875, Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN; married 1894 in Giles County, TN, Lilly Myrtle Davidson, daughter of J. A. Davidson (buried Chico Cemetery, Wise County, TX) and his first wife, Catherine Brown (died 1893 in Giles County, TN); Noble and Lilly Holt migrated to Chico, Wise County, TX, as bride and groom in 1894; lived near Loving, Young County, TX.40  The children of Noble Smithson Holt and Lilly Myrtle Davidson were:

(1)  Wesley Holt, born 1895 in Chico, Wise County, TX, died 1896.

(2)  Ina Holt, married a Long.  The children of Ina Holt and Long were:

(a)  Ruby Nell Long, married a Wortman.

(b)  Six other children.

(3)  Rilla Holt, married a Sipe.  Rilla Holt and Sipe had one child.

(4)  Ruby Holt


(1)  Tom Finch.  Ruby Holt and Tom Finch had two children.


(2) Perry.

(5)  John Albert Holt, married Katherine Armstrong.  John Albert Holt and Katherine Armstrong had four children.

(6)  Leslie Holt.  Never married.

(7)  James W. Holt, married Ada Young.  James W. Holt and Ada Young had two children:

(a)  Allen Noble Holt.

(b)  A second child.

(8)  Nola Holt, married Kirby.  Nola Holt and Kirby had one child.

(9)  Alma Holt, married Cox.  No issue.

(10)  Annabelle Holt, born in Chico, Wise County, TX; married to Paul Ludwig (Career Navy).  No issue.

10.  Missie Holt, a girl, who died at the age of four years.41

11.  A boy, name unknown, who died in infancy.

12.  A girl, name unknown, who died in infancy.

13.  Edgar Holt, a boy, who died in infancy.

14.  Oklahoma (Oak H.) Holt, born 13 April 1889, Bunker Hill, Giles County, TN, the only child of Kanses Elizabeth Holt; died 14 September 1952, Chico, Wise County, TX, buried Chico City Cemetery; married Dona Mae Traister in Chico, Wise County, TX.


Dan Holt said his father, Oak Holt, told him that when the family moved from Giles County, TN, in 1894, they came to Wise County by wagon train.  The grass in Wise County stood half-way up the side of a horse.  Alvis Smithson Holt would go to Decatur, TX, at night to buy groceries.  He would come home the following night to avoid Indians.


Oak Holt told Dan about fighting Indians when they first came to Chico.  The Indians skinned a boy one strip at a time.  Dan remembers a log house near the Holt place where there was still blood on the floor from an Indian massacre.  In 1980, the house had been gone only a few years.


The Holt property and home place was along Vanchoner creek in Wise County.  Dan Holt said that when he was a child, he would walk as far as he could and still be on property owned by one of the Holt brothers.


Oak and Dona Holt were married about 25 years before their son Dan was born. Oak was l7 or l8 and Dona 15 when they married.  Oak and Dona Holt were very gentle people.


Dan Holt said that his father, Oak, could see the future.  This happened very often and he was always right.  Dan said when he came home after World War II, no one knew he was coming.  When he landed in San Francisco, his father told his mother that Dan was home.  He also was accurate when he told Dan and Dona when he was going to die.  Dan asked him how he knew these things.  Oak told him an old Indian would come and tell him.  The child of Oaklahoma H. Holt and Dona Mae Traister was:

(1)  Dan Moody Holt, born 1926, Chico, Wise County, TX; married Jaunita Served in the Navy during World War II.



IX.  Francis Marion Holt, born February 2, 1832, Maury or Giles County, Tennessee, died December 26, 1898 and is buried in the Center Ridge cemetery, Gurdon, Clark County, Arkansas.  His marker is a Masonic Emblem.  Francis Marion Holt married Harriett J. Woodard, est. 1854.  Harriett was born in Tennessee est. 1834, died est. 1881 - 1932; moved to Shoal Ford, Limestone County, Alabama.  Francis Marion Holt, 17, born in Tennessee, is listed in the October 31, 1850 census Giles County, Tennessee, 8th District, family #962, page #307 with his family, father Edmund, 55, born in Tennessee, farmer, mother Nancy, 50, born in North Carolina, Edmund A., 26, born in Tennessee, carpenter, Alvis S., 20, born in Tennessee, Lucinda, 15, born in Tennessee, Mary, 12, born in Tennessee, William H. H., 10, born in Tennessee.  Francis Marion Holt is listed in the June 13, 1860 census as a wagon maker for the Post Office Shoal Ford, Limestone County, AL, Division #1, page #25, sheet #423, family # 167.  Francis Marion Holt was not in Limestone County, Alabama, for the enumeration of the 1870 census.42  Francis Marion Holt is listed in  the June 15, 1880 Clark County census, South Fork Township, Arkansas, enumeration district #35, page #26, National Archives Film #T9-0040, page 512B, living next door to the family of Benjamin D. Wilson, Jr.  Francis Marion Holt, (F. M.) is listed in the 1890 census of Clark County, Arkansas, receipt number 1141 and is shown as PP only.  Listed also in the 1890 census are his sons, Charles C. (C. C.) Holt, page number 26, receipt number 611, Henry A. (H. A.) Holt, receipt number 1914, and Rufus Holt, receipt number 416, listed as having 80 acres, S 8, T 9, R 21.  They are also shown as PP only.  Francis Marion Holt is recognized by the Latter Day Saints by their number 343086.  The children of Francis Marion Holt and Harriett J. Woodard were:

1.       Charles C. Holt, born ca 1855 in Tennessee.  Charles C. Holt is listed on the 1900 census, Southfork Township, Clark County, Arkansas, family number 244, page number 373.  Charles C. Holt is listed on the 1910 census, Southfork Township, Clark County, Arkansas, family number 107, page number 249.

2.       Henry A. Holt, born July 17, 1858 in Alabama, died March 5, 1909, buried Dobyville cemetery,

Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  Married Electra (Lectra) H. Newton about 1884.  Electra H. Newton Holt was born August 1866 in Arkansas and died 1962 and is buried in Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  They had five children born to them with three living according to the June 2, 1900 census, Township of Missouri, Clark County, Arkansas, page number 338.  They were living at 44 Main Street.  The children living with them at this time were, daughter Ada, born November 1887, daughter Troy, born March 22, 1894, and son Frederick, born December 1899, all born in Arkansas.  Only Electra is listed on the 1910 census, Missouri Township, Clark County, Arkansas, page number 217, house number 30, with her daughter Troy, son Fred and daughter Hattie.  Electra is listed as widowed and her mother Mary Elizabeth Newton is also in the household.  Also included in the household are a number of other people.  Their relationship is listed only as boarder.  Jno Rice, 26, Bruce Deraney, 28. Gerus Hoedle, 26, Joe Gank, 37, Edar McBride, 18, Jno C Milburn, 22, Hesey Pledger, 38, Bertha Pledger, 27, Ramand Pledger, 3.  The census for February 2, 1920, Gurdon, Missouri Township, Clark County, Arkansas, enumeration district number 69, sheet number 2, lists Electra with her son Fred, daughter Hattie and son-in-law Sim Hoover.  Fred is listed as a cashier in a bank and Sim as a breakman for the railroad.  Electra indicates her home is a boarding house.  This would explain the other people listed in the household, George Hiddle, 24, Tobe Griffin, 52, Kate Griffin, 24, Allen Sublet, 32.  The house is located at 25 E. Walnut Street.


The parents of Electra H. Newton Holt were, George W. and Mary Elizabeth Wells Newton.  George W. Newton was born February 13, 1833 in Tennessee and died January 22, 1896 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  Mary Elizabeth Wells Newton was born June 14, 1836 in Arkansas and died November 14, 1915 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  George W. Newton and Mary Elizabeth Wells Newton were married in Clark County, Arkansas October 7, 1852.  The children of George W. and Mary Elizabeth Wells Newton are: 

1.       William A. Newton (Abraham), son, born February 4, 1854 in Arkansas and died January 4, 1941.  His cemetery marker reads Abraham W. Newton.  His wife, Celia A. is buried with him in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  Celia was born March 8, 1874 and died June 17, 1962.  First wife may have been Mattie V., born September 14, 1862 and died May 5,1896 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  Child of this marriage may have been Emit W. Newton, born October 11, 1879 and died January 31, 1881 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  His marker has the inscription, son of A. W. and M. V. Newton.

2.       Sarah E. Newton, daughter, born ca 1856 in Arkansas.

3.       John M. Newton, son, born September 24, 1858 in Arkansas and died September 30, 1876 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  His marker has the inscription, son of G. W. and M. E. Newton.

4.       Benjamin A. Newton, son, born ca 1862 in Arkansas.  There is a B. A. Newton buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas, born October 28, 1860, died June 14, 1897.  Children of his were likely Hays Newton, born February 3, 1887, died September 1, 1899 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  His marker has the inscription, son of B. A. and M. L. Newton.  Lena Newton, born March 1, 1894, died January 12, 1897 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  Her marker has the inscription, daughter of B. A. and M. L. Newton.

5.       George W. Newton, son, born 1864 in Arkansas and died 1933 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  Likely wife, Katie C. Newton, born July, 1870, died September, 1952 and buried in the Rose Hedge cemetery, Gurdon, Clark County, Arkansas.  Likely children of George W. Newton and Katie C. Newton are, Hennie C. Newton, born July 10, 1892, died April 27, 1912 and buried in the Rose Hedge cemetery, Gurdon, Clark County, Arkansas.  Her marker has the inscription, daughter of George W. and Katie C. Newton, age 19 yrs 3 mos. 17 days.  Ruth Newton, born October 15, 1894, died October 5, 1895 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  Her marker has the inscription, Children of G. W. and Katie Newton.  George W. Newton, born May 15, 1896, died November 2, 1896 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  His marker has the inscription, Children of G. W. and Katie Newton.  Ruth and George share the same marker.

6.       Florren P. Newton, son, born January 20, 1869 and died September 11,1876 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  His marker has the inscription, son of G. W. and M. E. Newton.

7.       Florence (Mollie) Newton, daughter, born ca 1871

8.       Jasper E. Newton, son, born January 30, 1874 and died August 14, 1874 and is buried in the Dobyville cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  His marker has the inscription, son of G. W. and M. E. Newton.

9.       Charley Newton, son, born ca 1876 in Arkansas.


The family of George W. Newton are listed on the December 17, 1850 census, Terre Noire Township, Clark County, Arkansas.  His father is (John) Isaac, 40, born December 25, 1810 in Tennessee and his mother is Lydia Belle Meredith Newton, 41, born in Alabama.  The children listed are Anderson, son 22, born August 29, 1829 in Tennessee, Isaac T., son 20, born January 30, 1831 in Tennessee, married Martha Ann Dudley, June 26, 1850 in Clark County, Arkansas and had six children.  George W., son 17, born February 13, 1833 in Tennessee, Lucretia, daughter 15, born February 2, 1835 in Tennessee, died April 1860.  Lucretia married James W. Wilson, Jr., born ca 1832 and their children were, James Jefferson Davis Wilson, John Thomas Jefferson Wilson, born September 9, 1855 in Alabama, and William Anderson Wilson, born March 13, 1857 in Alabama.  Mary Elizabeth, daughter 12, born August 10, 1838 in Tennessee, Willis, son 9, born February 8, 1840 in Arkansas, daughter Sarah, born December 23, 1842 in Arkansas is not listed, Robert Jasper, son 5, born May 1, 1845 in Arkansas and Nancy, daughter 3, born February 14, 1846 in Arkansas.  I found an Isaac married to Martha A. Fowlkes December 28, 1843 in Hempstead County, Arkansas.  George W. and Mary Elizabeth Wells Newton are listed on the July 26, 1860 census. Terre Noire, South Fork Township, Clark County, Arkansas, page number 65.  They are listed on the August 9, 1870 census, South Fork Township, Clark County, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, page number 14.


The children of Henry A. Holt and Electra H. Newton Holt were:

1.    Infant daughter, born and died September 23, 1885 in Arkansas and is buried in Dobyville Cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.

2.    Ida, daughter, born, March 16, 1890, died September 5, 1898 in Arkansas and is buried in Dobyville Cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.

3.    Ada, daughter, born November 1887 in Arkansas.

4.    Troy, daughter, born March 22, 1894 and died October 28,1912 in Arkansas and is buried in Dobyville Cemetery, Dobyville, Clark County, Arkansas.  Troy Holt married Sim Hoover, born ca 1866 in Arkansas.

5.    Frederick (Fred), son, born December 1899 in Arkansas.

6.    Hattie, daughter, born ca 1904 in Arkansas.


3.       Rufus Holt, born ca 1861 in Alabama.  Rufus Holt is listed on the 1890 census, Clark County,

Arkansas, receipt number 416 with 80 acres, S 8, T 9, R 21, shown as PP only.

4.       Alley Holt, born ca 1863 in Tennessee.

5.       David Franklin Holt, born December 23, 1865 in Tennessee, died January 21, 1941, in Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma and is buried in the Springs Chapel Cemetery in Hugo.  David Franklin Holt married Fannie Caroline Wilson December 1, 1887 in Nevada County, Arkansas.  Fannie Caroline Wilson was born October 9, 1869 in Murphysboro, Tennessee, died June 10, 1946 in Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma and is buried in the Springs Chapel Cemetery in Hugo.  David Franklin Holt is listed in the 1910 Census for the Township of Jeter, Choctaw County, City of Hugo, Oklahoma, April 28, 1910, enumeration number 64, sheet number 6A, National Archives Film #T9-00400, page #512B.  He is listed in the 1920 Census as a store clerk for the Town of Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma, enumeration district #65, National Archives Roll #T625-1456, page #2A.  He is listed in the 1930 Census, April 8, as a farm laborer, for the Town of Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma, enumeration number 12-102, sheet 10B.



News article appearing in The Hugo Daily News, January 22, 1941.


David F. Holt, 75, Passes Away At Home Here Tuesday.


David Franklin Holt, aged 75, a prominent retired farmer, passed away at the family residence at 509 South Second (across the street from the Hugo High School where his daughter Earnestine Holt graduated in 1928) at 6:30 p. m. Tuesday.

Mr. Holt had lived here for the past 25 years, and was well known and widely respected.  He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Coffey Funeral home.

Mr. Holt is survived by his wife (Fannie Caroline Wilson), four daughters, Mrs. Gatha Clark, Addie Lee Spicher, Mrs. Mae Howert (Hauert), and Ernestine (Earnestine) Holt; three sons Roy, Noel and Dock (Benjamin) Holt, a brother, Bud (my guess is Alexander C. Holt) Holt, a sister, Mrs. Lela White, and twenty-one grandchildren.


News article appearing in The Hugo Daily News, January 23, 1941.


Services Held For David F. Holt, Here Thursday Morning.


Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10 a. m. for David Franklin Holt, 75, who passed away at his home at 509 South Second Street at 6:30 p. m. Tuesday.  Judge Tom Hunter officiated at the services.

He had lived here for the past 25 years and had many friends in Hugo and Choctaw county.  He was a member of the Church of Crist.

Mr. Holt is survived by his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Gatha Clark, Addie Lee Spicher, Mrs. Mae Howert (Hauert), and Ernestine (Earnestine) Holt; three sons Roy, Noel and Dock (Benjamin) Holt, a brother, Bud (most likely Alexander C. Holt) Holt, a sister Mrs. Lela White.

Pallbearers were Carl Hansen, Jess Russell (husband of Bertha Leona Hurd, daughter of George L. Hurd), Roy Hurd (most likely Ray Hurd, Noble Ray Hurd, son of George L. Hurd), Charlie Nesbi, Lonnie Wright (husband of David’s sister Lela), and B. L. Kimbrough.

Coffey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


News article appearing in The Hugo Daily News, June 11, 1946.


Services Set For Mrs. Fannie Holt


Mrs. Fannie Caroline Holt, Hugo resident for the past 38 years, passed away after a lengthy illness at 6:30 p.m. Monday at her home, 509 South Second Street.

Funeral Services will be conducted in the Church of Christ here at 10 a.m. Wednesday with W. W. Starnes, minister of the Idabel Church of Christ, officiating.  Leon Savage, Hugo minister, will assist.  Burial will be in Springs Chapel cemetery with Coffey Funeral home in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Lonnie Wright, Carl Hansen, Lee Kimbrough, Jim Bramlett, Don Caylor and Merle Evans.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Gatha Clark of Clayton, Mrs. Addie Lee Spicer of Shreveport, La.; and Mrs. May Hauert of Fort Smith, Ark.; three sons, Roy L. Holt of Antlers, Noel T. Holt of Garfield, Ark., Doke (Benjamin) Holt of Shreveport, La.; and 21 grandchildren.  Her husband, D. F. Holt, preceded her in death five years ago.

Mrs. Holt was born on October 9, 1869, in Murphysboro, Tenn.


David Franklin Holt and Fannie Wilson are buried in the Springs Chapel Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma with their daughter Earnestine Holt.  Fannie’s parents were Benjamin D. Wilson, Jr. and Thursey Angeline Seal. 


Oklahoma Indian Pioneer Papers, Interview, 13061, Vol. 106, 1 PH, Hazel B. Greene, Journalist

February 25, 1938

Interview with Dave F. Holt

Hugo, Oklahoma

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I was born December 23, 1865, in Tennessee, and my wife, Fannie Wilson Holt, was born in 1870, in Arkansas.


My wife’s parents, B. D. Wilson and Angeline Seal-Wilson, were both born in Tennessee, and both are buried at Sulphur.


My wife’s parents came to the Indian Territory a couple of years or more before we did and settled on Joel Springs’ place on Horse Prairie, about five southeast of Grant.  Mr. Wilson was working a hundred acres of land for Mr. Spring.  We made a trip to visit them before we decided to move here.  Then Mr. Wilson said he had plenty of land for us both and that he would help us to move here, so he went to Prescott, Arkansas, after us.


We were young and thrilled at the idea of moving to a new country that looked as good as this Indian Territory did.  That was in January, 1894, and even though it was winter we thought the country beautiful.  We entered


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the Indian Nation at Ultimathule, Arkansas, which was right on the line and we camped there that night.  That trip was a perfect picnic for us, we enjoyed stopping along the creeks and rivers and cooking on a camp fire and camping nights.  The second night we camped at Lukfata, at an old Choctaw church.  We had to run wild razorback hogs out of one of the camp cabins to get it to cook in, on the fireplace.  They bristled up and wanted to fight me but we won and got the cabin.  We cooked supper and breakfast on the fireplace, but did not sleep in the cabin; we knew that the fleas would eat us up so we slept in the wagons.  We left the cabin to the hogs next morning and went blithely on our way.


The next night we camped on a creek near Doaksville, went on across Kiamichi river at Rock Chimney crossing and on to Horse Prairie next night by driving late.  Now that was a happy family reunion.  My wife had not seen her mother and father and her sisters and brothers had not seen each other for a year or more, and that is an awfully long time to young people.  A hundred or more miles was too far to go visiting often


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in those days with poor roads and no way to go except in wagons or horseback.


Mr. Wilson made crops in summer and “logged” in winter.  He had good mule teams and I had one, so we each used four mules to haul logs to Arthur City, where there was a sawmill.  We would ferry the river, and then were “snatched” up the river bank on the other side with an extra team of mules which were kept there for that purpose.


We logged all winter and after each load of logs I would haul home something to make our house of, and soon put up a little two-room cottonwood plank house with a shed out in front to serve as a porch.  It was a new home and we were very happy there.  A baby girl was born to us there, Mrs. Wilson acting as midwife.  There were doctors at Grant and Goodland but we didn’t bother about one for Mrs. Wilson delivered for all the women on that farm.


I made a cotton crop that year.  Our cotton market was at Paris, Texas, until Al Nelson moved to Grant and put up a gin and a grist mill and store; then he bought cotton and paid each for the cotton, too.  I have known him to have $40,000 at once sticking around in different places in his


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store and home.  He would not keep it all in one place for fear of robbers.  He bought lots of cotton and handled lots of money.


One fall he paid Mr. Wilson and me a dollar a bale to haul cotton to Paris, Texas.  We could haul fifteen bales at once.  It would take us all day long to go over there and another to return, but he gave us the work rather than use the railroad.  We had to ferry the river, too.  On one trip a Negro came walking along and wanted to ride with us.  There were so few people here then, we were glad to pick him up just for his company.  We paused at a little creek to make some coffee and eat dinner.  We fried some bacon and had some clear grease left in the frying pan, Mr. Wilson hated to throw it out and he made that Negro drink it.  He didn’t want it but was afraid to refuse to do anything a white man told him to do.  Mr. Wilson told him it would store up energy for him.  The Winchester was “the law” in this country then.


Another thing, here in the Indian Territory, it was customary to stop at any neighbor’s house; and “neighbors” meant anybody who was respectable.  If the people were not at




home the doors were never locked and one would simply go in, cook and eat all they wanted and feed their horses and leave everything in order; but one must not carry anything away with him – that would be stealing.  Neighbors were far apart, but they “neighbored” and looked after each other in sickness and death.  If one didn’t hear or see anything of a neighbor for a few days they went to see about him to see if he was sick or needed anything.


That was the way they found out that Morris Fisher and his wife, full blood Choctaw Indians, were murdered.  Nobody saw them for a day or two, so they began to investigate.  They had some vicious dogs that would not let anybody in but homefolks and that was why people first suspected the son, Willie, who had, indeed, killed them.


We lived five miles from Grant; that was our post office and where we had to go to mill.  The nearest church for white people was also at Grant.  There was a Choctaw church close to us and sometimes we would go there and try to understand what they said.  We enjoyed the singing, even if we could not understand it; it was a slow draggy chant-like singing that they did.  They usually had big dinners, too, but we never stayed


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for those, because we never took anything.  We nearly always just rode the mules over to church and left the children with the grandparents, so we returned home as soon as services were over.  We had one mule that didn’t object to a side-saddle on him.


We did a lot of our trading at Goodland with Joel Spring just because we were on his place but it was so far to go, about fifteen miles, that as soon as we got off of his place we changed our trading place to Al Nelson at Grant while we were near enough.


I think it was the fall of 1896 that a white man and two Negroes were hanged in Paris, Texas.  They had committed murders in the Indian Territory and were under the jurisdiction of the United States law, so were tried and hanged in Paris, Texas.  The white man protested his innocence to the last and went to his death weak and pale.  A man was murdered and he was suspected and was convicted when the ten-year-old son of the murdered man picked him out of nineteen men as the man who killed his daddy in a quarrel over a calf.


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The Negroes had killed two white men and a boy who lived in a shanty boat on Red River and fished and gambled.  It was said that the Negroes confessed that they killed them for money.  I thought I wanted to see that hanging and did, but I never went to see another.  The Negroes went on the scaffold singing hymns.  A drunk near me kept loudly yelling that he wanted them to hurry up, that he wanted to see the hanging, but when he saw the first one drop he almost fainted and it sobered him.


We all moved away up the river just about three miles south of the little town of Jackson, which consisted of a cotton gin, grist mill, two stores and a blacksmith shop, and was located just about nine miles south of the present town of Bennington.  Mr. Wilson and I would make crops, but we’d out logs, too, in the summer.  We would get them accumulated on the river bank, and make rafts of forty or fifty, by binding them together with long poles spiked to them, and wait for a rise of the river high enough to float them down to Arthur City to the sawmill, a distance of maybe thirty-five miles as the river ran.  We’d take one raft at the time downstream.


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Once, Mr. Wilson was gone when a big rise came, high enough to float the rafts so I took three other fellows and started with it; John Tinsell, Sam Daly and a fellow whose name I never knew, but we called him “Slim.”  We got about five miles down the river and got “sanded” at the mouth of Sandy Creek.  We had our skiff tied behind the raft and in it were provisions and an axe.  Well, there was a little store up the bank not far from where we stuck on the sand bar, across the river on the Texas side.  They sold whiskey up there, so while we were lying around on the river bank by a fire waiting for a second rise to float our logs, Sam and “Slim” went up to the store.  I cautioned Sam not to get any liquor because we would need level heads to pilot those logs down that swollen stream.  They returned, and when I asked “Slim” if Sam got any whisky, he said he did not.


But as soon as we got out in the stream, going down to untie the raft which was still on the bar.  Sam pulled out a quart of whiskey and began drinking and saying that he meant to run that raft against every snag he saw so it would be out of the way when he came down again.  Then I


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knew he was getting drunk.  Slim drank a little but John and I would not drink any and kept begging Sam to quit.  He was in the front of the boat, rowing.  Slim saw two snags ahead and called out to Sam to look out and go to one side of them.  He gave a lunge to one side and broke an oar and turned the boat to one side and threw us all out into the water.  John and I climbed onto the two snags.  Slim grabbed hold of Sam and they both went down and when they came up, I could see that Sam was sobered.  He got loose from Slim and swam to that boat and got in it and it half full of water.  One of the paddles was in it and he got that.  Slim went straight down, yelling “Sam, save me;” but Sam was for saving himself.  He could swim but Slim could not.  With that one oar left in the boat, Sam paddled to shore but he was away down the river, clear out of our sight.  I never thought to see him again.


We clung to those snags four hours, it seemed to me like a week, shouting for help and kicking drifts off of the snags to keep them from throwing us in the water.  The people up at the store heard us hollering but thought we were hunters, so paid no attention to our yelling.  We pulled off our


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old buckled brogan shoes and fastened them together and hung them on the snag.  I begged John to swim out but he wouldn’t; he said he was going to wait for help.  Then I gave him three silver dollars that I had in my pocket and told him that if he got out and I didn’t for him to give them to my wife, I was going to swim for it.  I thought of my wife and three little children up the river in a little pole cabin with a dirt floor, expecting me to return and keep providing for them, and I just couldn’t fail them.  I pulled off my clothes and meant to throw them in the river, that was the reason I gave John my money but he begged me to hang them on the snag.


About the time I got my clothes off and ready to jump in, I saw men on the river bank and I saw Sam.  We could not hear a word they said, the water made so much noise but I saw they were making a fire and I wondered why.  It was March and very cold, but I was not cold.  I guess the excitement kept me warm, but just as soon as we got on the bank I began to shake.  Well it was dark by the time we got our clothes dried, then we started to walk the five miles home up through the dark river bottom.  It was after midnight


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when we got there and when my wife saw just two men with me and I told her that “Slim” was at the bottom of Red River, she had a nervous chill.


The men there hunted for “Slim’s” body while we were drying out and the next day we three went and hunted all day for him, then Sam said that those logs should be floated on down while we had the water and I agreed with him.  So, wearing Slim’s hat, which had floated within his reach as his own floated away, Sam and John untied the raft and floated it on down to Arthur City.  They got their pay for their work and I never saw or heard of them again but they told the saw mill owner that the logs belonged to Mr. Wilson and me and we got credit for them.


With others, I kept looking for the body of “Slim,” and finally, on the ninth day it floated up near the bank and a Negro who was watching with us for it, saw it and helped us to get him out.  We built a box, buried him high up on the bank of the river and marked his grave.  We tried to find out who he was and to find his folks, but never did; we had never heard his name.  He was so swollen and dark that he was unrecognizable, but we knew it was he.  That was in


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March of 1898.  I never “rafted” any more.  I wanted no more truck with a river, only to cross it.


I lived on Red River the balance of that year, then I had enough of it.  Once water got up all around our cabin and I had to “coon it” on a log across a part of the stream to go out and get a boat to take my family out.  Once a big old timber wolf came up in the yard and whipped all the hogs and was carrying off a pig before I shot it.  I skinned it and used the hide to make a back seat for a rocking chair.  Wild cats were so bold that they would hide in the cotton and slip out and catch our chickens.  I was sick and tired of it all.  My cabin was one I had put up of cedar poles and was not much, so, just as soon as I gathered my crop I got out.


I moved to Clayton in the mountains, a much better place to live and we ran a hotel there for years.  Then, too, we could send our children to school.


Children of David Franklin Holt and Fannie Caroline Wilson were:

(1)  Gatha (Guthrie) Holt, born 1892 in Arkansas.  Lived in Edmond, OK.  Married Andrew.

(2)  Roy Lee Holt, born 1895 in Arkansas; married Myrtle Butts, December 19, 1915, in Clayton, Pushmataha County, OK.  Myrtle Butts was born in AR.  Roy Lee Holt worked for the railroad as an Agent.  Roy Lee Holt is listed on the 1930 Census for the Valliant Township, McCurtain County, OK.  The children of Roy Lee Holt and Myrtle Butts are:

(1)  Dixie, born about 1919 in OK.

(2)  Billy, born about 1924 in OK.

(3)  Bettie Lou born in OK; married Homer Melugin in OK.  Moved family to Witchata, Kansas where Homer Melugin worked at the Boeing plant with Myrtle Ashford Edmond’s husband, Kenneth Edmond.

(4)  Charles born in OK.

(3)  Noel Thurman Holt, born March 30, 1895 in Hope, Hempstead County, Arkansas; died May 2, 1977 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas from Prostate cancer and buried in Stephens Memorial Cemetery, Clayton, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma; married Edith (Willie) Hurd August 13, 1917 in Clayton, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma.  Willie was the daughter of George Levaska Hurd and Orris Dell Walden.  Noel Thurman Holt is listed on the 1930 Census for the Everidge Township, Choctaw County, OK, District 2, National Archives Roll #T626-1897, page 6B, dated April 12, 1930.  The children of Noel Thurman Holt and Edith Willie Hurd were:

(1)  Foster Maxine Holt, born August 10, 1920 in Clayton, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma; died June 13, 1977 in Miami, Florida from a heart attack (severe coronary atherosclerosis) including acute and chronic ethanolism.  Buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA, Tier 32 in the North half of the L section on the corner of San Jose Avenue and Central Avenue, on the edge of the Civil War area.  Was working for Dupont Powder Plant at time of first daughter, Sandra Lee Holt, was born in Tahlequah, OK.


(1) Mary Mozelle Thompson, went by Mozelle, January 22, 1941, born February 16, 1923, died December 26, 1996.  The parents of Mary Mozelle Thompson were Effie Letitia Stepp and William C. Thompson.


Article appearing in The Hartford Courant, December 28, 1996, Page B4 OBITUARY



Mozelle (Thompson) Sielitzsky, 73, of East Hartford, wife of Aleck Sielitzsky died Thursday, (Dec. 26, 1996) at St. Francis Hospital.  She was born in Hulbert, OK.  She was employed at Arthur Drug Co., for 20 years

retiring in 1966.  She was a member of South Congreational Church of East Hartford.  Besides her husband she leaves a son, Clifford C. Sielitzsky of New Hampshire, a daughter, Sandra L. Farrow of East Hartford; two brothers, Rev. Raymond Thompson of Cookson Hill, OK; and John Thompson of Ozark, MO; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral will be Monday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m. at South Congregational Church in East Hartford.  Burial in Rose Hill Memorial Park in Rocky Hill.  Friends may call at the Rose Hill Funeral Home, Sunday Dec. 29, 3-7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Gifts and Memorial Fund, South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes St., East Hartford, 06108.


Child of Foster Maxine Holt and Mary Mozelle Thompson is:

(1)  Sandra Lee Holt, born Tahlequah Hospital, Cherokee county, Tahlequah, OK.  Married John Farrow, born est. 1937, meeting at United Aircraft in East Hartford where Sandra Lee Holt was a secretary in the purchasing department and John Farrow was a buyer.  Sandra and John also lived in West Palm Beach FL during the invasion of the Bay of Pigs in Cuba during President Kennedy’s term.  Not comfortable working for a defense contractor with Russian missiles pointing at them from Cuba, they transferred back to the United Aircraft facility in East Hartford, CT.  They also lived in South Windsor, CT and Ellington, CT during their marriage of 17 years.  Divorced.  The children of Sandra Lee Holt and John Farrow are:

(1)     Leslie Anne Farrow, born 6# 2oz., red hair and blue eyes.  Attended the University of CT with a degree in computer science.  Worked for Andersen Consulting.  Married David Hutchinson.  The children of Leslie Anne Farrow and David Hutchinson are:

(1)     Kyle David Hutchinson, twin of Timothy John Hutchinson

(2)     Timothy John Hutchinson, twin of Kyle David Hutchinson

(3)   Baby.

(2)  Christopher John Farrow, born 7# 11oz., hazel eyes and medium brown hair.  Attended the University of CT with a degree in media.  Worked for the NCAA in Indianapolis and traveled during college sports season producing their T.V. shows.  Also worked for ESPN, CBS and other sports-related productions.

(3)  Patrick James Farrow, born 9# 1oz., dark brown eyes and dark brown hair.  Attended the University of CT with a degree in business.  Worked for Hewlett-Packard.  Married Becky  MacGregor.  The child of Patrick James Farrow and Becky MacGregor is:

                                    (1)  Baby. 


Second marriage for Mary Mozelle Thompson, August 27, 1948, Aleck J. Sielitzsky, born July 21, 1914 in Bozrah, died March 24, 1997.  Aleck J. Sielitzsky had been married before and had one son, Clifford C. Sielitzsky.  The new family left Oklahoma for East Hartford, CT right after the end of WWII, working for United Aircraft in the assembly area.  Drove a big old Packard car with Sandra Holt’s tricycle strapped to the front grill.  Moving to Hartford, CT the next year to live in a 3-family house with Aleck J. Sielitzsky’s mother.  She was Russian and Polish, spoke no English and had a violent temper.  Moving again back to East Hartford, CT in 1954.  Clifford C. Sielitzsky married the girl next door.  Not well thought of by Sandra Holt.  The family drove back to Mozelle’s parents (Gramps and Nana Thompson) farm in Tahlequah, OK for a two week visit every summer until about 1955.  The parents of Mary Mozelle Thompson, William Thompson and Effie Stepp, moved to CT where they lived for 15 years, retiring, they moved to Ft. Worth, TX where their only other daughter, Mildred Thompson, lived.


News article appearing in The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, March 25, 1997.


Aleck J. Sielitzsky, 82, widower of Mozelle (Thompson) Sielitzsky of East Hartford, died Monday (March 24, 1997), at a local convalescent home.  He was born in Bozrah, had retired in 1977 where he had been employed at Pratt & Whitney for over 41 years.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.  He is survived by a son, Clifford C. Sielitzsky of New Hampshire; a daughter, Sandra Farrow of East Hartford; also six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


News article appearing in The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, March 26, 1997.


SIELITZSKY.  Funeral of Aleck J. Sielitzsky of East Hartford.  The family request in

lieu of flowers, contributions to, Gifts and Memorial Fund, South Congregational

                       Church, 1301 Forbes St, East Hartford, CT.


2) Clare Margarethe Fraser - April 2, 1946 at the First Christian Church in Garfield, Benton County Arkansas. Clare Margarethe Fraser, born April 17, 1926 in Manhattan, New York County, New York; died March 10, 1996 in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, murdered while on a sailing trip. Clare Margarethe Fraser Holt was six years old when her mother died. Clare and her father, Theodore Fraser, lived with Clare’s mother's aunt Martha Klase in New York City. Clare received her elementary and high school education in boarding school at Lincoln School, Butler Avenue, Providence, RI, preschool to 12th grade, founded by her parent’s friend Margarethe Dwight, and went to Antioch College in Ohio her freshman year, then quit for medical reasons. There is some evidence that she became pregnant by a fellow student who was a soldier in a special program at the college. She left school for a year, then enrolled in the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1945. Clare came to this college because of her former boyfriend but the friendship didn't last. Then her roommate, Billie Holt, introduced her to her brother, Foster Holt, and they were married in 1946. Clare left college and eventually had seven children. Clare and Foster traveled around the country for work and their children were born in many different states. Foster was introduced to the Operating Engineers union by Clare’s father Ted Fraser, a life-long union member, and began working as a surveyor with the Union. Foster worked on the Colorado state highway 74 between I-70 and Red Rocks Park, passing through Evergreen in 1951, the man-made harbor and Dodger’s Stadium in Los Angeles in the 1950’s, the Lemore Air Force base near Fresno, California in the early 1960’s and the Linear Accelerator at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California in the mid 1960’s. Foster learned surveying in the Seabees during WW II, where he surveyed landing strips in the South Pacific. Foster took a few law courses at Oklahoma University but did not have a major. They finally settled in California where their last child was born. They were divorced around 1967. Clare completed college and received her masters degree from San Jose State College, Santa Clara County, San Jose, California in social psychology and pursued a career in this field as a counselor for the hard to employ at EDD until turning to computer programming which she enjoyed more. Retiring, in 1986 she met Roy Grabenhauer. Roy had a sail boat and together they sailed for five years as far north as Canada and Alaska in 1992 on the west coast to New York in 1994 on the east coast, and as far south as the Panama Canal in 1993, and continued sailing on the East Coast and the Caribbean throughout 1994, 1995 until March 1996. Sailing had always been a life-long dream for Clare and she finally was able to enjoy it until she was murdered in Trinidad. Her remains were returned to San Jose, California where, at her request, was cremated March 26, 1996, at the Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose California. Clare’s ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay around Alcatraz Island and at a redwood tree in Big Basin Park, California dedicated to her memory. Clare last lived at Lynn Ave Milpitas, California 95035. She was the daughter of Edward (Theodore) Howard Fraser and Ruth Britton. Children of Foster Maxine Holt and Clare Margarethe Fraser were:
(1) Nancy Elaine Holt, born January 13, 1947 in Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma.

     In June 1977 Nancy Holt was living at 6215 Valroy Drive, San Jose, California. Nancy
    attended Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California and was

    a systems engineer working on the development of the Internet at Tymnet. (Tymnet

    developed the Internet address naming conventions, .COM, .NET, .ORG, etc.)

    Lawrence (Larry) Gaspare Burriesci January 12, 1969 in San Jose, Santa Clara

    County, California. Lawrence Gaspare Burriesci was born April 16, 1947 in San Jose,

    Santa Clara County, California, the son of Joseph Burriesci
    and Angie (DiVittorio) Burriesci. Joseph Burriesci is the son of Gaspare Burriesci who

    entered Ellis Island in 1911 at age 35 with his wife Rosa age 18 and settled in Santa

    Clara, California. Larry graduated from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Santa

    Clara County, California, June 1969 and was part of the team that created the Hubble


The children of Nancy Elaine Holt and Lawrence Gaspare Burriesci were:
    (1) Paul John Burriesci born October 22, 1969, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County,

    California and was a software engineer at Adobe, Apple and Yahoo. Now Pamela.

    Pamela began her transformation in 2001, officially changed her name in 2003 and

    had surgery August 2007.
        Married Heather Hunn. Divorced. The child of Paul John Burriesci and Heather

        Hunn was:
        (1) Erica Burriesci, born August 24, 1996.
    (2) Jeanette Barbara Burriesci born March 27, 1971, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County,

          California and was named after her mother’s sister Barbara. Jeanette is an editor

         for a  technical journal.

    Married Greg Peters December
        1995, Half Moon Bay, California. Divorced.
    Married John Joseph Boyne, Jr., October 2005 on San Francisco Bay, California, born

         May 12, 1971 in Bellevue, IL, the son of John Joseph Boyne, Sr. born August 29,

        1948 in East St. Louis, IL, son of Patrick Alysious Boyne, Jr. born May 11, 1920 in

        E. St. Louis, IL and Catherine Rose (Jambor) Boyne born August 9, 1920 in E. ST.

        Louis, IL and Mary Ellen( Brummer) Boyne born March 1, 1950 in East St. Louis, IL,

        daughter of Paul Clement Brummer, Jr. born June 17, 1925 in East St. Louis, IL,

        son of Paul Clement, Sr. born February 14, 1900 in DeSoto, MO and Mary Ellen

        (Devan) Brummer daughter of Maurice Patrick Lynch born in Boston, MA and
        Mary Therese (Boyle) Lynch born in Chicago, IL.

    The child of Jeanette Barbara Burriesci and John Boyne was:
        (1) Cara Boyne, born July 12, 2006.
(2) Carol Sue Holt, born February 26, 1948, 4:06 P.M., 54 Meeting, Providence, Rhode


     Married Richard "Rick" John Guido July 6, 1968 in Sacred Heart Church, San Jose,

        Santa Clara County, California, born June 25, 1943, San Jose, California,
        and the son of Thomas Guido and Sebastiana Cristaudo. Richard John Guido was
        baptized in 1943 at the Sacred Heart Church, San Jose, California and has a Masters
        degree in music from San Jose State University, San Jose, California. Richard was
        drafted and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 through 1970, Stationed in
        Germany, where he lived with his wife, Carol Sue Holt Guido. Upon Discharge from
        the Army Richard and Carol Guido traveled around Europe before returning home
        to San Jose, California. Richard retired from teaching and joined his wife
        in her business. Carol Sue Holt Guido attended San Jose State University from
        1966 through 1968 and was self-employed from 1979 with direct mailing.
The child of Carol Sue Holt and Richard Guido was:
       (1) Meghan Jennifer Guido born September 23, 1980, San Jose, Santa Clara

            County, California. Meghan received her law degree from Michigan University in

(3) Barbara (Barbra) Ann Holt, born March 26, 1949 in Rogers, Benton County,

     Arkansas. Barbra was employed in accounting and she and her Husband, Robert

     Price Brown, were self-employed in the floral business and latter owner-operators of a

     trucking company. After her parents settled in California, Barbra lived there until

     March 1992 when she moved to San Antonio, Texas. She enjoyed traveling, which

     included several places in Mexico for the beaches and the ruins. In 1980 Barbra took

     her mother to Egypt for a three week cruise down (north) the Nile River to see the

     ruins. Barbra went to Paris, France for the new year of the year 2000 and to New

     York City for the new year of the year 2002. Barbra and her sister Nancy went to New

     York City to support both the city and the air industry after the attack on the Twin

     Towers in New York City September 11, 2001. Barbra shared the family history of

     kidney problems until she had one removed in1966 but continued to live a long, full


     Married Robert Price Brown November 1976 in Reno, Nevada. He was born April 30,

        1940 in Nevada. Divorced.
(4) Diana Louise Holt, born November 15, 1951 in Denver, Colorado.
(5) Linda Joy Holt, born February 7, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. Linda served in the

     U.S. Army from approximately 1975 to 1985. Married Joseph Dominick Pisano 1979

     in Dillon, South Carolina. The children of Linda Joy Holt were:
     (1) Gina Holt, born December 2,1985.

     (2) Tara Holt, born September 4, 1996.

                     (6) William (Bill) Lloyd Holt, born October 22, 1959 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

                          The child of William Lloyd Holt and Shirley was:
                               (1) Aaron Bradley Holt born April 30, 1985, Livermore, California.

                                    Ashli Nicole Mathiews, March 5, 2007, Killeen, Texas. Married
                          (2) Laura Turner July 20, 1990, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California; born est.


                          The children of William Lloyd Holt and Laura Turner were:
                              (1) Hailey Holt born June 14, 1995, Livermore, California.
                              (2) Shannon Holt born December 31, 1997, Livermore, California.
                              (3) Cora Lee Holt born May 2, 2001, Livermore, California.
                     (7) Kathleen (Kathy) Ruth Holt, born February 18, 1965 in San Jose, Santa Clara County,

                          California. Kathleen Holt was named for her mother, Clare Holt’s Aunt Kitty and for her

                          mother Ruth Fraser. Aunt Kitty was Ruth Fraser's best friend and no relation to the

                          family. Kathy is an accountant.

                     The child of Kathleen Ruth Holt and Todd Harden was:
                          (1) Brian Todd Holt born January 16, 1992.
                          (2) Twin of Brian Todd Holt miscarried.
                     (2) Jessie Rae Holt, daughter, born July 16, 1922 in Oklahoma; died October 8, 1991 in

                          San Diego, California from heart failure. Jessie Ray Holt also had a history of kidney

                          problems. Married James William Stedman in Rogers, Arkansas, 1949. James William

                          Stedman was born July 26, 1925 in DeWitt, Arkansas. Divorced about 1975. Jessie

                          Rae Holt Stedman was living in New York in 1977 studying law. The children of Jessie

                          Rae Holt and James William Stedman were:
                              (1) Becky Stedman born 1957. Married
                              (2) James William Stedman, Jr. born December 6, 1951.

                              Married Elaine S., born 1954.
                   (3) Billy Jean Holt, daughter born June 23, 1926. Married Hal Tulchin. In 1977 Billy Jean

                        Holt Tulchin lived in Mountainside, New Jersey. Billy Jean Holt Tulchin died of breast


                   The children of Billy Jean Holt and Hal Tulchin were:
                        (1) Geno (Gene) Tulchin, son, born December 1957, Mountain Side, New Jersey.

                        (2) Jamie Tulchin, daughter, born Mountain Side, New Jersey.
                        (3) Melanie (Amy) Tulchin, born 1959, Mountain Side, New Jersey. Married Lloyd

                             Michaels, born 1956. Both Melanie and her husband Lloyd died September 12,

                            1998, Manhattan, New York.

                        The child of Melanie Tulchin Michaels and Lloyd Michaels was:
                             (1) Kelsea Michaels born 1989. Kelsea was adopted by her aunt, Ava Seavey, after

                                  the death of her parents in 1998. The following obituary records their death. A

                                  WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader

                                  and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood Thursday, September 24, 1998

                                  Page 11 Obituaries September 24, 1998 Melanie and Lloyd Michaels of New

                                  York City died Saturday, September 12, at their home. Mrs. Michael was born in

                                  Summit and had lived in Mountainside and Boston before moving to Manhattan

                                  nine years ago. A videotape editor, Mrs. Michaels, 39, worked for Metro Studies,

                                  Court TV and other facilities. Mr. Michaels, 42, was a chief engineer for C&C, a

                                  video editing facility, and Metro Studios, both of New York. The couple is

                                  survived by a daughter, Kelsea Michaels. Mrs. Michaels is also survived by her

                                  father, Hal Tulchin; a brother, Gene Tulchin; two sisters, Jamie Tulchin and Ava

                                  Seavey, and a halfsister, Sasha Tulchin. Mr. Michaels is also survived by his

                                  parents, Michael and Edith Michaels. A Memorial Service will be held tomorrow,

                                  Friday, September 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the United Nation.s Church Center in New

                                  York City. Contributions may be made to The Kelsea Fund, P.O. Box 342,

                                  Pittstown, NJ 08867.
                     (4) Ava Beth Tulchin, born Mountain Side New Jersey. Married John Seavey. After her

                          sister Melanie died from an overdose of herion, Amy Tulchin Seavey adopted her

                          daughter and is raising her on her farm with her husband, John Seavey.



(4) Addie Lee Holt, born July 21, 1897 in Arthur City, Lamar County, Texas; died February

     19, 1979 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas; married James F. Spicher September 30,

     1916 in Clayton, Pushmataha Co., Oklahoma; born est. 1890 in Arkansas; died Topeka,

     Shawnee County, Kansas.  Child of Addie Lee Holt and James F. Spicher is:

(1)  James D. Spicher, born est. 1927 in Texas.  Died Topeka, Shawnee County,


(5) Benjamin (Doke or Doak) Franklin Holt, born October 30, 1899 in Oklahoma. Died

     September 27, 1979 in Shreveport, Caddo County, Louisiana from Prostate cancer.

    Married Mollie Luther, est. 1929. Benjamin Franklin Holt is listed on the 1930 Census for

        Caddo County, Shreveport. LA.

   The children of Benjamin Franklin Holt and Mollie Luther were:

(1)  Ruby May Holt, born est. 1925 in Louisiana.  Ruby May Holt married a Parker.

(2)  Amos F. Holt.  Lived in Tolland, CT in 1978.

Orris Dell Walden December 25, 1890 in Beaver, Carroll County, Arkansas, born February 18, 1875, Busch, Arkansas, died December 30, 1938, Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma.  Both are buried in the Old Clayton Cemetery, Clayton, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma.  She was the daughter of William B.  Walden and Dialtha Wilson.  George Levaska Hurd is listed as a bookkeeper in the 1900 Census of  S.D. 73, Enumerator District 97, of that portion of Choctaw

           Nation Indian Territory which is now Pushmataha County, OK, sheet 1B, family #13-14, dated

          June 2 and 10, 1900. 

         The children of George Hurd and Orris Walden were:

(1)     Ollie Etta Hurd, born November 18, 1891 in Rural-Beaver, Carroll County, Arkansas;

                       died January 10, 1989 in Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho.


    John Sion Lawson November 20, 1910 in Clayton, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma;

    born December 25, 1871 in Ophir, Georgia; died September 2, 1961 in

    Antlers, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma.  Both are buried in Stephens Memorial

    Cemetery, Clayton, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma. After Dr. John Sion Lawson’s

    death, Ollie moved out of their large red brick home and into what was the doctor’s

    office, just in front of their home and on the main street of Clayton.  Ollie said she just

    couldn’t live in “their home” without him.  After Ollie’s death the doctor’s office, turned

    home, was added on to become a small motel.  The main street of Clayton, Oklahoma

    was renamed to Lawson, in memory of the well-loved Dr. John Sion Lawson.  All these

    buildings were still there in 2003.  Dr. John Sion Lawson is listed in the 1910 Census

   for Pushmataha County, OK, district #273, page 2A, dated April 18, 1910 as a boarder

   of George L. Williams.

                      The children of Ollie Etta Hurd and John Sion Lawson were:

    (1)  Kenneth Lawson born

    (2)  Edith Lawson born

    (3)  John Sion Lawson, Jr. born March 31, 1914.

(2)     Edith Willie Hurd, born November 2, 1893 in Rural-Beaver, Carroll County,Arkansas;

       died November 18, 1975 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.

      Married Noel Thurman Holt August 13, 1917 in Clayton, Pushmataha County,

      Oklahoma. Both are buried in Stephens Memorial Cemetery, Clayton, Pushmataha

     County, Oklahoma.

 The children of Edith Willie Hurd and Noel Holt are listed under Noel Holt.


(3)     Bertha Leona Hurd, born April 23, 1896 in Near Clayton, Oklahoma; died February 2, 1993 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

                       Married Jess S. Russell November 14, 1915 in Clayton, Pushmataha County,

                           Oklahoma; born 1889; died Unknown.

                       The child of Bertha Leona Hurd and Jess S. Russell was:

    (1)  Jack Russell.

(4)     Minnie (Mary) Bell Hurd (Aunt Mary), born February 13, 1899 in Clayton, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma; died March 1, 1978, buried in the Sunnyside Mausoleum, 1500 E. San Antonio Drive, Long Beach, California, crypt #1519, tier cc, second floor, next to her son.


(1)     Ira Wilson Laycock April 13, 1919 in Clayton, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma; born September 16, 1879 in Texas, died July 28, 1958 in Long Beach City, Los Angeles County, California and is buried in the Sunnyside Mausoleum, 1500 E. San Antonio Drive, Long Beach, California, crypt #1517, tier cc, second floor, next to his son.


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 Laycock Funeral on Friday.

 Funeral for Ira W. Laycock, 2360 Pacific Avenue, in the trucking business in Long 

 Beach for 30 years, will be conducted by Loran L. Hancock at 10 A.M Friday in Dilday

 Chapel.  Laycock, who died Monday, was a native of Texas and came to Long Beach

 from Oaklahoma.  He was a life member of the Truck Wagon Truckers Assn. And he

 was an Odd Fellow.  Surviving are his wife, Mary B; sister Mrs. T.S. Willis; and brother



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 Laycock – Ira W. a resident of Long Beach for 31 years, passed away Monday, July 28

 at his residence, 2360 Pacific Avenue.  Formerly a rancher of Texas and Oklahoma and

 a onetime cowboy in the Powder River country of Wyoming and Montana, Laycock

 moved to Long Beach in 1927 going into the trucking business. Surviving relatives

 include his wife, Mary of the home; a brother Tom Laycock of Jacksboro, Texas and a

 sister Mrs. T.S. Willis of Forth Worth, Texas. Laycock was a member of the First

 Christian Church, the Knights of Honor, Odd Fellows, and a lifetime member of the

 Chuck Wagon Trailers.  Services will be held by Loran L. Hancock, pastor of the First

 Christian Church, Dilday Mortuary, at 10 a.m., Friday Aug. 1. Entombment will be at

 Sunnyside Mausoleum at the side of his son Ira W. Jr., a naval pilot killed in World War



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 Teeter – Blanche S. of 5410 Myrtle, survived by son, Milton A. Teeter of Long Beach;

 daughter, Claudine J. Geiser of Buena Park; brothers Shug Laycock of Clayton, Okla.;

 Tom Laycock of Jacksboro, Texas; Dan Laycock of Munole, Ind.; Ira Laycock of Long

 Beach; sister Emma Willis, and six grandchildren. Services Tuesday 1 p.m.  Interment

 at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Mottell’s officiating. 


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 Teeter – Mrs. Blanche S. Teeter, 60, of 5410 Myrtle Ave., died Saturday.  She was born

 in Jacksboro, Tex. And came to Long Beach in 1921.  She was a member of the

 Presbyterian Church and Palos Verdes Chapter 310. O.E.S.  Surviving are a son,

 Malton A., Long Beach; a daughter, Mrs. Claudine J. Geiser, Buena Park; four brothers,

 Ira Laycock, Long Beach; Shug, Tom and Dan Laycock and one sister, Mrs. Emma

 Willis.  Service will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Mottell’s chapel with Rev. Ewing S. Hudson

 officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier.


 Ira Wilson Laycock was the son of Daniel D. Laycock and Sarah E. Gunther.  On the June 27, 1900 census for Justice Precinct 1, Jacksboro Town, Jack County, Texas, Supervisor’s District #3, Enumeration District #34, sheet # 16 B, the Laycock family are farmers and Ira, age 20 is listed with his father Daniel D., age 52, born July 1847 in Tennessee, as were both his parents, mother Sarah E., age 41, born July 1858 in Texas, both her parents were born in Arkansas, brothers Thomas L., age 14, born October 1883, Sugar, age 12, born July 1887 and George W., age 4, born November 1895 and sisters Barbra E., age 9, born November 1890 and Blanch, age 6, born September 1893 and Sarah’s mother Barbra Erwin, age 63, born March 1837 in Arkansas, as were both her parents. Daniel and Sarah had eight children born with six still living at the time of this census. All the children listed on this census were born in Texas and the entire family could read and write. Sarah’s mother gave birth to nine children and all nine were living at this census. Living next to the Laycock family is Sarah’s brother and his family, John C. Gunter, Mollie, Dock W., Jesse, John M., Thomas, Barbra and Larkin. On the April 20, 1910 census for Justice Precinct 1, Jacksboro Town, Jack County, Texas, Supervisor’s District #13, Enumeration District #141, sheet # 2 B, the Laycock family are farmers and living on Jacksboro and Daniel Road and Ira, age 31 is living with his mother Sarah E., who is now the head of the family, age 57 and here she said her father was born in Georgia, brothers Thomas L., age 25 and Daniel G., age 14, born in Texas, (Daniel was not on the 1900 census but George W., age 4 was) and sister Blanche S., age 16. Living next to ra is his brother Sugar, now called Shug, age 22 and his wife Maud, age 19, born in New Mexico, and their daughter Vern M., age 18 months, born in Texas. Next to them is Sarah’s brother George W. Gunter, age 50 and his wife Maggie, age 48, their son Ezra O., age 21, daughter Mamie E. age 18, son Hogg, age 17, daughter Barbara, age 15, daughter Lucy, age 13, daughter Rose, age 10. Next to this family lives the family of Charlie and Jessie Blackerby including their six children ages 10 through 1 years old. In addition to the six Blackerby children are listed three children with the Gunter name listed as their sons and daughter. These children are William, age 2, Crawley, age 4 and Lucile, age 8. I can only guess that these three children were taken in as their own. Several families later is Sarah’s brother, John C. Gunter and his family. On the April 9, 1930 census Ira, his wife Minnie and their son Ira, Jr. is listed as living at 1777 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach City, Los Angeles County, California, Enumeration District 19-1128, sheet 14B. Ira is listed as employed as a stockman and Minnie a postal clerk at the post office. Ira and Mary Laycock are listed as Democrats on the State of California voters registration records starting in the year 1934 through 1952, living in Long Beach City, Los Angeles County. For the year 1934 they lived at 36 Riverside Avenue, precinct #210. For the years 1936 through 1942 they lived at 448 W. 8th Street, precinct #234, Ira’s employment is listed as a driver and Mary’s as a clerk. For the years 1944 through 1948 they lived at 1758 Pacific Avenue in precinct #276 with Ira employed in trucking and Mary as a stenographer. For the year 1952 they lived at 2860 Pacific Avenue, precinct #362. Ira Wilson Laycock was registered for the draft for WWI, roll #1953770. He was living in Jack County, Texas and stated he had grey eyes and brown hair, medium height and small build and was self-employed as a farmer in the town of Jacksboro. The closest relative was Mrs. Sarah Laycock of Jacksboro, Jack County, Texas.
The child of Minnie Bell Hurd and Ira Wilson Laycock was:

 (1) Ira Wilson Laycock, Jr., born September 24, 1922 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, certificate number 53336, roll number 1922_00009. Died 1944 in Seminole County, Florida during flight training for WWII and is
    buried in the Sunnyside Mausoleum, 1500 E. San Antonio Drive, Long Beach City, Los Angeles County, California, crept #1518 tier cc, 2nd floor.Ira graduated from Polytechnic High School,
    Long Beach City, Los Angeles County, California in 1940, Sec., Host., Fireman and B Football and attended Long Beach Junior College before joining the Navy.


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Air Cadets Advance To Higher Training.

Two Long Beach naval aviation cadats have been transferred to the naval air station, Pensacola, Fla., after successfully completing the primary flight training course at the naval air station at Norman, Okla.  The two flyers are cadets George E. Marter, 126 Orizaba avenue, and Ira Laycock, 1758 Pacific avenue.  Cadet Laycock is a graduate of the Polytechnic High School and attended the Long Beach Junior College.  Both youths began their pre-flight training at Del Monte.



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Rites To Be Held Here For Air Crash Victim.

Funeral services with full military will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday for Ens. Ira W. Laycock, USN, killed in a plane crash at Sanford, Fla., July 26.  Ens. Laycock was the son of Mr. And Mrs. Ira W. Laycock of 1758 Pacific avenue, and had lived in Long Beach since 1929, when he came here from Clayton, Okla.  He was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and had planned to be married soon to Miss Lou Ann Walker of Long Beach.  He attended George Washington elementary school here, graduated from Polytechnic High in June 1940 and also attended Long Beach Junior College.  He was a member of the First Christian Church.  The services will be conducted at the chapel of the Dilday mortuary, 1212 Pacific Avenue.  Entombment will be in the Sunnyside Mausoleum.



(2)     Thomas William Hennessy, April 18, 1960, Clark County, Nevada, page Co9, born

                               July 27, 1914, Pontiex, Sask., Canada, died January 11, 1987, Long Beach,

                               California 90810.