Family Histories of Coleman
WILLIAM CARROLL HOLT FAMILY
by Frankie Holt Swafford
A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985
by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission
|William Carroll Holt, son of James and Elizabeth (Self) Holt, and grandson
of Charles Holt, was born April 4, 1828 at Nashville, Tennessee. Nancy
Montgomery Potts was born October 29, 1833 at Montgomery, Alabama.
Nancy and William Carroll were married on June 24, 1849 at Crockett Creek,
Carroll County, Arkansas. In 1856, William Carroll and several of
his brothers moved from Boone County, Arkansas, to Erath County, Texas.
At that time, William and Nancy had four children. William Carroll
belonged to the Minute Men, whose duty was to patrol the frontier and guard
against Indian attacks. On at least one occasion, he barely escaped
with his life. In 1866, his brother, Nathan was killed by Indians
in Erath County. W. C. and Nancy arrived with their family in Coleman County
in 1881, and purchased a 560 acre tract of land in the Mary Ann Fisk Survey
on Mukewater Creek. They paid $2.00 per acre, and immediately began
improving it, hauling lumber from Waco. The original house consisted
of two rooms with a hall between. It was located on a high hill overlooking
the entire area. The house erected in 1881 was torn down and rebuilt
in 1898, and was remodeled in 1938. This house stands today on this
same location about four miles southeast of Santa Anna. At the time
of his death, August 20, 1916, William Carroll belonged to Lodge No. 661
A. F and A. M. of Santa Anna. Nancy died March 22, 1909. Both
buried in Santa Anna. The following children (fourteen) were born
to William and Nancy.
(1) Frances Marion, 1850 - 1879, father of Rufus and Jenny.
(2) James Monroe, 1852 - 1884, father of Mattie.
(3) Richard Frederick, 1854 - 1857.
(4) Anderson Lee “Ance,” 1860 - 1929, married Della Day, and their
children were: Lea, Mary and Day.
(5) Elizabeth Sultania, 1856 - 1941, married George Sanders, W.
G. D. Kilgore, and R. L. Connor, husband of deceased sister, Nancy (see
R. E. L. Connor).
(6) Acie “Bud,” 1858 - 1866.
(7) Jefferson Davis, 1862 - 1945, married Mattie Gertrude Beaird
(see William Beaird). Their children were: Leoma, Roy (see L. C.
Pearce), Walter and Ruth. After Mattie’s death, Jefferson Davis married
her sister, Ruth Ann Beaird, known as “Rabb.”
(8) Nancy Alzada, 1865 - 1920, married John Hardin (see John
Thomas Hardin). After John’s death, Nancy married R. L. Connor
(see R. E. L. Connor).
(9) Martha Ann, (Nancy’s twin), 1865 - 1909, married C. W. Cocke,
and their children were: Fred, Monte, Bill, Louis, Oran, Holt, Carroll,
Cevilia, and Annie Woods. Martha and Charles were charter members
of the Santa Anna Methodist Church. He is listed in the church history
as a “fine local preacher.”
(10) Mabel Cora, 1867 - 1952, married Chris C. Burk, and their
six children were: Lila (Mrs. Tom Bowers); Myrtle (Mrs. Cecil Curry); Mabel
(Mrs. Fletcher Pope); Eula; Christine (Mrs. Doyle Woodward); and Gladys
(Mrs. Reynolds Black). Except for Christine, all six daughters are
buried in Santa Anna. Mabel Cora was the last charter member of the
Santa Anna Methodist, and she passed away March 15, 1952.
(11) Emily Margaret died at age three.
(12) Mary Frances, 1870 - 1966, married J. Z. Vercher, and their
children were: Loys (Mrs. Roy) Wilson (see Roy Wilson), Homer, Clyde, Johnnie,
Annie Bell (Mrs. Dan Shufford), and Virgil.
(13) Charles Edw5d, 1875 - 1953, married (1) Maidie Slack, and
their children were: Everett, Inez (see Samuel Monroe Polk), Tommy Hays,
and J. D. Charlie’s second wife was Jewell Crandall, and they had
one son, Frank.
(14) William Franklin, married Jessie Lee Williams (see William
(Images to be added)
William Carroll and Nancy Montgomery Holt and son, William Franklin
The Old William Carroll Holt Home
Charley Holt, his son Everly, Grandma Slack, Maidie Slack Holt,
wife of Charley, Grandma Nancy Holt, Grandpa Slack, Will Holt, and Old
Spanish, Grandpa W. C. Holt holding his favorite iron gray matched team.
William Carroll Holt Family … . taken the day after Nancy Holt’s
funeral, March 24, 1909 - front row: Charles Edward, Jefferson Davis,
William Carroll, Ance, and William Franklin; back row: Mary Vercher, Cora
Burk, Nancy Hardin, Anne Cocke, and Elizabeth Kilgore.