|Harrison's grave at Neal's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery|
On January 21, 1868, Harrison was nearing his second birthday when his mother had her sixth child—a boy they named John Louis. Sadly, John only lived for six months and died on June 26. He was buried at Neal’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Anderson.
On July 8, 1870, Harrison and his family lived in Broadway, Anderson County, South Carolina. His father was a farm laborer and his mother was keeping house. Less than two years later, Harrison’s seven-month old sister Maggie died on March 1, 1872. She was buried at Neal’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Anderson. Harrison was only seven years old when he experienced death for the third time when his 12-year-old brother Thomas died on October 22, 1873. He was buried at Neal’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Anderson. And then the worst of all happened—Harrison’s mother Amanda, who was just in her mid-30s, died on December 18, 1877. I don’t know what caused her death but you certainly can’t rule out a broken heart after losing several children. Amanda was buried at Neal’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Anderson along with the four children who died before her (she lost a son—John Newton Holland—in 1860 before Harrison was born).
It took less than two years before Harrison had a step-mother. After all, his father needed help raising his remaining children. On August 3, 1879, Leroy married Cindarilla Darliska Amanda Hall, daughter of Aaron Hall and Clementina Norris Hall, at the old home place in Anderson County.
On June 1, 1880, Harrison, his father, step-mother, and brothers Brown, Elijah, Andrew, and Charles lived in Broadway, Anderson County, South Carolina. He father was a farmer who couldn’t read or write. The fall of 1883 brought death again to the Holland family when Harrison’s oldest sister Eliza died at the age of 27 on September 10. She was buried at Neal’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with her mother and siblings.
|Anderson Intelligencer article, April 3, 1890|
Ten days after Harrison’s death, his brother Brown Lee Holland, died on April 5, 1890. The Anderson Intelligencer published the following on April 10: Last week we chronicled the death of Mr. Harrison Holland, which occurred on the 25th ult., and now it is our sad duty to note the death of his younger brother, Mr. Brown Holland, who died last Saturday afternoon at the home of Mr. A. A. Carpenter, in Broadway Township. He had attended the bedside of his brother very closely during his illness, and on Sunday after the latter was laid away in the grave, he was stricken down with pneumonia, which gradually grew worse until death came. Mr. Holland was about 21 years of age, and was an upright, worthy young man, whose death is deeply regretted by a wide circle of friends. His remains were laid to rest by the side of his brother in the Neal’s Creek Churchyard on Sunday afternoon, Rev. C. B. Smith, of this city, conducting the funeral services.
On May 1, 1890, The Anderson Intelligencer published a “Card of Thanks” written by Harrison’s father: Mr. Editor: I desire to publicly return my sincere thanks to the kind friends and neighbors who so kindly attended the bedside of my sons, Harrison and Brownlee Holland, in their recent illness and death. I assure each and every one of them that their kindness will never be forgotten. L. T. Holland.