Biographical Sketch of John Holland
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JOHN HOLLAND, retired, was born February 4, 1799, in Cabell County, W. Va. He is the fifth in a family of eleven children born to Michael and Aggie (Ward) Holland. The father was a millwright and farmer; he died in 1825, aged about sixty-five. The mother died in 1810, aged about forty. John and a brother are the only survivors of this family. John came to Todd County in February, 1820, and located in Sharon Grove, where he remained two years, after which he moved to Pond River and remained one year. He then returned to Sharon Grove and there stayed eight years. In 1831 he came to his present locality. He then bought 100 acres and has since added until he now owns 240 acres, about 150 of which are improved. His sight has been failing him the past ten years; he is now totally blind. He was married November 20, 1821, to Mary Tharp Humphrey. She died February 11, 1879, aged seventy-eight years. These parents were members of the Baptist Church. They had six children, all of whom are deceased. Mrs. Holland was daughter of James and Elizabeth (Hopper) Humphrey, natives of Virginia. Father Holland has been a credit to his generation. He forms a link which binds the past to the present; he is richly deserving such an eulogy as should be given to the faithful, tried and true.