Thomas Jefferson Holder, worked at LeGuin Mill in Locust Grove GA. On a recent trip to the area the foundation blocks of the mill were found. Here is a short video about Thomas and LeGuin’s Mill. Continue reading
James Solomon was the 2nd child of Thomas Jefferson HOLDER and Alethia ‘Letha’ DICKERSON, born on March 6th, 1871 probably in Henry County, GA. Sometime in his 14th year, his father died at the age of 44, leaving him the oldest male in the family.
Yes, he’s the one who eloped with his bride Alma Josephine JACKSON in 1897. The 1900 census reveals that he was farming next door to his brother John where his mother and two younger siblings lived.
He had been married three years by 1900, had 2 children and a house boarder by the name of Madison P. HOLDER age 53. There is probably a familial relationship with the boarder but it has yet to be determined. Any educated guesses?
Like his father, J.S. found a career working with his hands. He was a Blacksmith with his own shop by 1910, a career path he would follow the rest of his life. He had suffered the death of Alma just 4 years earlier. His daughter Eula recalled that he employed a black ‘Mammie’ to help care for and raise his 3 little daughters until he remarried in 1909.
Delia or ‘Della’ Odessa HARKNESS would be his 2nd wife. They lived in McDonough, Henry county, GA. Della began her married life by becoming an instant mother to James’ girls. That first year of marriage she also shared her home with with a niece, Sallie McDaniel, age 71 (old niece, huh?) and 4 lodgers.
At age 48, James and Della were living in a rented home in Griffin, Spalding county, still working as a blacksmith. They resided in Griffin until James’ death in 1939. He is buried at New Hope Methodist Church Cemetery in Locust Grove, Henry county GA.
She was only 15 when she married. Without her father’s knowledge or approval, she climbed out the window to elope with James, age 26. He was waiting outside her window. That was September 30th, 1897. . .
It appears that Alma Josephine’s mother died when she was 9 years old leaving her father Elsberry JACKSON a widow at age 46.
About 9 months after Alma and James married, their first child Bertha Lane was born on July 1st 1898.
The following year in 1899, a son, Lindon C. was born. She was 17 years old and Bertha was 14 months old.
Another 14 months later, in Dec of 1900, Alma Josephine JACKSON delivered her 3rd baby, Eula Mae when she was 18 years old. Eula was 8 days old when little Lindon died.
Three years later Mamie Lee was born in 1903.
It’s not hard to imagine how Alma filled her days with 3 little children to care for.
Alma’s father, Elsberry JACKSON never forgave James Solomon HOLDER for taking and marrying his young daughter. He threatened to kill him if he ever saw him and would sit on his porch with a shotgun in his lap. Apparently James wasn’t fond of his father-in-law either because it was remembered that Alma would sneak out with her girls to visit their dad and grandfather.
Alma died in 1906 at the age of 24. The cause of death has not been discovered.
It all happened in Henry County, Georgia. Mostly in Locust Grove, a town named after a grove of locust trees seen from the town. The railroad was key to the town and its economy, carrying cotton, peaches and other produce from the farming area. In 1900, the town itself had a population of 254. Alma, James and the children all lived there. Alma and James were eventually buried there.
How would you like to go to school in the early 1900’s? Eula Mae HOLDER and her sister Bertha attended the Locust Grove GA school as seen in this picture. Eula Mae HOLDER would have been about 12 years old. It looks like they dressed up for the picture. Notice that most of the boys are wearing suit coats.