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April 4, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Weddings: Holman-Hooper

In the spring of 1900, the Farmville Herald reported the following Buckingham County wedding:


Arcanum, April 18, 1900.

On Tuesday the 17th, at 9:30 a.m., Mr. Henry Smith Holman, of Cartersville, and Eleanor Powell, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Powell Hooper, were united in wedlock by the Rev. W. A. Dabney. It was a pretty, unassuming spectacle, the young bride being surrounded by many of her friends and neighbors who have known and loved her all her life. Ellie is a pure, sweet girl, and in her life and character reflects great credit on the training of the mother, who, though widowed long years since, has been unceasing in her efforts to train up her children in the way they should go, and in this whole community there is no lady more respected and esteemed than Mrs. Hooper. Her loss is Mr. Holman’s gain. May he prove worthy of his fair young bride.

H of B.



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  1. Joanne Yeck / Apr 4 2019 5:17 pm


    Many, many thanks for taking the time to expand on the Hoopers and Holmans.

    I loved that the wedding was “a pretty, unassuming spectacle.” Classy.

    For anyone interested in learning more about Dolly Hooper Culbreth of Dillwyn, follow these links:


  2. HARRY STUART HOLMAN / Apr 4 2019 12:38 pm

    Dear Reader:

    This wedding took place 119 years ago at “Hooper’s Mt.” located two miles west of Willis Mt. in Buckingham County. The formal invitations had been sent out to the guests by W. A. Hooper. She was the former Willie Ann Holman, daughter of Tandy and Judith Hales Spencer Holman of “Oakland” and educated at St. Mary’s in Raleigh with Mildred Lee and at the Institute. The mother of the bride was the widow of Powell Hooper, son of Capt. Benjamin and Permelia Moseley Hooper of “Hooper’s Mt.,” who had died when Ellie was about thirteen. The groom that day was Henry Smith Holman. He was two years her elder–a kinsman, son of the late William Holman (who was born at “Humanity Hall”) and Wortley Smith Holman of “Greenwood,” near Cartersville, Cumberland County.

    The couple made their home at “Greenwood,” located about one mile from Cartersville. Henry Holman engaged in farming pursuits involving an acreage of almost 500 acres. He gradually spent less and less time farming, spending more and more time with various government jobs–principally Game and Fish warden for Cumberland County. They lived at their country home in marital bliss for forty-eight years, until the death of “Miss Ellie,” which occurred in January of 1948. She died peacefully at home, having been sick only about two weeks. She was survived by her husband, one sister, two brothers, six children, and six grandchildren (the seventh grandchild–the writer–was not born until the next year).

    Some of the survivors of Ellie Hooper Holman were at one point well-known in Buckingham County. Her sister who survived was Mrs. H. C., “Dolly,” Hooper Culbreth of Dillwyn–and later of Charlottesville. Her two surviving brothers were Holman Hooper of Howardsville (father of Mrs. Virginia (Frank) Agee of Dillwyn), and Rev. Dr. William P. Hooper of Huntington, W.Va. One of her children was also well-acquainted in Buckingham circles. He was Harry Hooper Holman of Cartersville, Virginia.


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