Bedford County TN Biographies


JOHN W. HOLT was born February 22, 1855, in Bedford County, Tenn.; son of B. D. and Lucretia (Hart) Bolt, natives also of this county. The father is one of the prominent farmers of the county. The mother died in 1863. Our subject was educated at the Wartrace High School, and lived with and assisted his father on the farm until he was about seventeen years of age. He then took a course in the telegraphing department of the Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tenn. In 1875 he took charge of the telegraph office at McEwen, Tenn., and remained there seven months. He was then assigned the office at Johnsonville, which he declined, and in 1877 took charge of the office at Christiana and remained there three years. He then took charge of the agency of the railroad and telegraph office at McMinnville, where he remained but a short time. He then went to Nashville and entered the general bookkeeping office, where he remained eight months. He then took charge of the Western Union telegraph office at Bowling Green, Ky.; in five months he left, and in 1880 took charge of the ticket, telegraph and Southern Express office at Wartrace, where he now resides. In 1882 he married Miss Blanch Halbach, a native of Virginia, and this union was blessed by two children: Cecil R. and Herbert F. Our subject is a member of the Royal Arcanum, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886

J. M. Holt, a farmer and stock-raiser of Green township, Nodaway county, residing on section 10. was born in Bedford county. Tennessee. May 24, 1819, and is a son of John and Elizabeth Holt. His father was a native of Ireland and his mother of North Carolina. They were married in 1815 and afterward took up their residence in Bedford county, Tennessee, where the father died. In 1815 our subject, accompanied hy his mother, removed to Clay county, Missouri, and in 1855 came to Nodaway county, locating at his present home. Mr. Holt was united in marriage, on the 10th of November, 1840, to Miss Harriet J. Avers, who was horn in Bedford county, Tennessee, July 19, 1823 and was a daughter of Moses and Mary Avers, natives of Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. Holt have seven children living, namely: Moses H , Alexander. John W., Elgiba, George, M. L. R. and A. J. They have also lost three children Mary, William J. and Phoebe J. Both the parents are members of the Christian church and Mr. Holt belongs to Quitman Lodge No. 196, A. F. & A. M. Our subject is recognized as one of the leading citizens of Green township. In 1861 he enlisted in Captain McQuittie's Company under General Price and was in the service until July. 1862. He was once arrested for treason, but was afterwards discharged. Since the war he has carried on agricultural pursuits and is now the owner of a good property in Green township, Nodaway county. He is well advanced in years and an honorable, upright life has gained him uniform respect and veneration.

A Biographical of Nodaway and Atchison Missouri

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