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•Name: John David Holt HOLT
•Birth: 1-23-1807 in London, England
•Death: 5-10-1888 in Lafayette Co. Mississippi
John David Holt was of English and German lineage. He emigrated to the United States as a young man, probably 18 to 20 years old. Had he been listed on the ships manifest it would of said 'Husbandman' as he was a farmer all of his life. His migration carried him through Virginia and North Carolina where he met a young lady of Scotch and Irish desent by the name of Elizabeth Organ, who was born on April 16,1806. They fell in love and got married. They remained in North Carolina for a couple of years, as the first two of seven children were born there. They named them Mary J. and David H.. By 1831 they had moved to eastern Tennessee in the Knoxville area where James M. and Columbus G.W. were born. John D. settled in an area of Tenn. that was Classified the 'Indian Lands' he settled in Henderson County before 1840. The family consisted now of five children. Andrew J.(for Andrew Jackson?)was born and within a year John F arrived.
It was 1842 that the family arrived in Lafayette County, Mississippi. They settled on about 200 acres in the southeast courner of the county,about 7 miles south of Oxford,Miss. It was here where their last child was born William C. They spent the rest of their lives on this farm and John and Elizabeth are buried in a family graveyard on the edge of what once was the vegetaable garden.
The farm is now a part of a hunting preserve belonging to the 'Sure Shot Hunting Club'. The family graveyard is still part of the hunting club, it is about 3/4 of a mile inside the gate, this spot was selected because there was a good all year spring near it.
John D. at this time 35 years old- at the peak of his abilities both physically and mentally. He had decided that this was the place, that the wandering was over and the Holt clan would make this safe haven their home. Within three years John D. was President of the Board of Police. The 1850 and the 1860 list of settlers and land holders states that the farm land was 200 acres valued at $1000 and $350 worth of farm equipment. The farm at that time produced 300 bushels of corn and 10 bales of cotton. The cotton yeild is low because cotton is labor intensive and John owned no slaves.
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