I’ve blogged about Nellie in the past, before I started the 52 Ancestors challenge. This blog post will fill in the rest of what I know about her.
On June 14, 1900, Nellie lived with her family in Hart County, Georgia. Her father was a farmer. There was an 18 year old boarder named Charley Williams living in the home. The family lived seven houses from her aunt, Sallie Dove Bowers and her family. Nellie’s grandmother Amanda Holland Dove lived with Aunt Sallie.
Sometime between 1900 and 1910, the Holland’s moved back to Whitfield County. My aunt remembers hearing the story of them travelling to Dalton in a covered wagon.
On May 4, 1910, Nellie lived with her family in Whitfield County, Georgia. Nellie was enumerated with an occupation of farm laborer.
|Nellie's brother, Sam, was born in this house in 1904|
so she would have lived in it as well
Four short years after her father’s death, Nellie’s brother Roy died on January 1, 1919 in Deep Springs, Whitfield County, Georgia. He was buried at Deep Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Dalton.
|Dalton Citizen, May 12, 1921|
In Memoriam. On the morning of May 6th, just as the sun was peeping over the mountain top, the white-robed angel entered the home of Mrs. E. J. Holland and took away the spirit of her daughter, Nellie.
Oh! how sad the parting, but how sweet the meeting will be when we all gather on the other shore.
How often have I met Nellie with her smiles and sweet words. Nellie was sweet and good to all alike. She had been sick seven months. Oh! how we did long for her recovery, but God saw fit in His power to take her into His care. To know her was to love her.
She has gone to meet her brother who went on before two years ago, also her father who went on before five years ago. She said, “I have come to live with you all in the land of rest.”
Little did we think we would have to give sweet Nellie up so soon; but death will overtake us all. The rich, the poor, the good, the bad have that debt to pay sooner or later.
Can we bear our troubles? Yes, for our Master never puts more on us than we can bear. We say, “Weep not, dear mother and brother, for your dear daughter and sister, for she is out of her suffering.” Let us all live a Christian life that we may meet sweet Nellie on that bright shore.
Nellie was a true Christian. She joined the Baptist church at Deep Spring in 1918, and lived a Christian life. She was only 22 years of age—just in the prime of life.
She was laid to rest in the Deep Spring cemetery. Mr. Henry conducted the funeral.
Written by her cousin who loved her, Sula Ledford, Varnell, Rt. 1.
Nellie did general housework for a living and played the organ at Deep Springs Baptist Church. She didn’t marry and never had children. I see my Aunt Barbara’s face when I look at a picture of Nellie.