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Holderness, George Allen

Male 1867 - 1947  (80 years)


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  • Name Holderness, George Allen  [1
    Born 15 Jun 1867  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 18345 
    Died 23 Dec 1947  [1
    Person ID I17999  Caswell County
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2022 

    Father Holderness, William Henry,   b. 1819, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1890, Snow Hill, Greene County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Foreman, Sarah,   b. 17 Feb 1827, Norfolk County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1895  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Reference Number 198440 
    Family ID F8333  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Howard, Harriet,   b. 30 Aug 1871, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1930  (Age > 60 years) 
    Married 29 Nov 1899  [1
    Reference Number 198455 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Holderness, Rear Admiral George Allen Jr.,   b. 1900, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1986  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
    +5. Holderness, Howard,   b. 2 Nov 1902, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1992, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
     6. Holderness, William Henry,   b. 1 Jul 1904,   d. 20 Jul 1965  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
     7. Holderness, Thomas Thurston,   b. 10 Sep 1906, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1988, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2022 
    Family ID F8334  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • George Allen Holderness (1867-1947)

      George A. Holderness was founder and third president of Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company and also a state senator. Source: http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/special/ead/findingaids/0635/

      Caswell County historian William S. Powell, commenting on the flight of talented young people from Caswell County during the 1870-1920 half century, stated the following:

      George Holderness (1867-1947), born near Milton, moved to Tarboro where he established the Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company which now serves a large part of Eastern North Carolina.

      Source: When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County North Carolina 1777-1977, William S. Powell (1977) at 254.

      Note there is some uncertainty whether George Allen Holderness was born in Caswell County or Edgecombe County, North Carolina.
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      Holderness House History

      Architectural historian Ruth Little-Stokes estimates the Holderness House was built around 1851, possibly by the same "architect" who built the front block of the Bartlett Yancey, Jr., House nearby. Page family members, whose family once owned the house, give the date as 1852.

      The current owner is Dr. Howard Holderness, Jr., M.D., of Greensboro, North Carolina. He was born May 25, 1939, in Guilford County, North Carolina, to Howard (Chick) Holderness (1902-1992) and Adelaide Lucinda Fortune Holderness (1913-2013). Howard (Chick) Holderness apparently never lived in Caswell County, North Carolina.

      The father of Howard (Chick) Holderness, thus being the grandfather of the current owner of the Holderness House, is George Allen Holderness (1867-1947). If the Holderness House was indeed built in or around 1851 (say, 1852), the grandfather of the current owner was not the builder.

      Note also that the given name Howard did not enter the Holderness family until George Allen Holderness (1867-1947) married Harriet Howard (1871-1930) and the couple had a child: Howard Holderness, Sr., (1902-1992), father of the Holderness House's current owner.

      Thus, we must go back another Holderness generation, to the great grandfather of the current owner to find a Holderness who may have built the Holderness House in Caswell County. This is William Henry Holderness (1819-1890). He was living in Caswell County at the time and apparently had the means to build such a substantial structure. At the time of the 1860 Federal Census, William Henry Holderness owned real property valued at $18,000 and personal property valued at $18,600. Whilliam Henry Holderness was Caswell County's "salt commissioner."

      William Henry Holderness (1819-1890)(built the Holderness House)
      George Allen Holderness (1867-1947)
      Howard (Chick) Holderness (1902-1992)
      Dr. Howard Holderness, M.D. (born 1939)(currently owns the Holderness House)
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      Other county families owned and operated the Holderness farm. The Barnes family purchased the farm in the late 1860s from the Holderness family. The Barnses moved to Richmond and sold the farm to the George Dailey family in the late 1800s. In 1911 John Paschal and his wife Henrietta Netty Hodges Paschal purchased the farm, then containing 432 acres, the fourth family to live in the William Henry and Sarah Holderness House.

      John Paschal died in 1932, and Netty lived there until her death in 1964. She raised her niece Clyde Carrithers, whose mother had died. After Clyde’s marriage to Ludolphus Page, a dentist, the couple and their children lived in the house with “Aunt Netty.” Upon Netty’s death in 1964, Clyde inherited the house and farm.

      In 2011 the house and home tract of six and three-quarter acres was sold by the Page Family Trust to Howard Holderness Jr., a Greensboro physician, and his wife Mary. Howard is the great-grandson of William Henry Holderness.

      His grandfather, George Allan Holderness (1867-1947), was born in the house in 1867 but grew up in Thomasville and Snow Hill, North Carolina. George Allan moved to Tarboro in the 1890s, where he established the Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company, which served a large part of eastern North Carolina, and became a wealthy businessman. He was also president of the Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company in the 1920s, chairman of the board of Pamlico Savings & Trust Company in Tarboro, and a large cattle farmer. In addition, Holderness was involved with the startup of the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company.

      After graduating from Harvard Business School, his son Howard Holderness began working for Jefferson Standard in 1925 and later was president of the company until his retirement in 1967. Howard’s son Dr. Howard Holderness Jr. and his wife have been carefully restoring the house with the assistance of a number of area craftsmen.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, William S. Powell, Editor (Volume 3 H-K)(1988) at171-172.