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August 5, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: The Holman-Hooper Family

“Dolly” (Hooper) Culbreth (1881–1976). Courtesy Harry S. Holman.

Following the April 4, 2019 Slate River Ramblings post concerning the Holman-Hooper wedding, Harry Stuart Holman elaborated about the families involved.

Click here to read about the marriage: Buckingham County Weddings: Holman-Hooper


According to Harry Holman:

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” in Buckingham County) 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–myself–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.

Click on the following links to learn more about the Holman-Hooper family:

Buckingham Correspondents: Mrs. H. M. Culbreth

Buckingham County Genealogy: The Holman Family

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