Tombstone Tuesday – The Holt Family Plot

Holt-Tombstone-WebAncestors #16

This is the final resting place of my great grand-aunt, Susan Thompson Holt (1876 – 1849), and her husband, James William Holt (1876 – 1956). I know very little about them, except that John was a Mason, and Susan a member of the Order of the Eastern Star (as indicated on their headstone), that Susan was the sister of my great-grandmother, Sarah Thompson Minnes, and that they provided the final resting place for several of  the Holt/Thompson/Minnes family members.



As mentioned, Susan Thompson Holt is the sister of my great-grandmother, Sarah Thompson Minnes. When Sarah lost her husband, Thomas Minnes, when she was only 36, she was left to care for my grandfather, Fred Minnes, and Aunt Velma; I believe Sarah was comforted and helped by her sister Susan Holt, who lived on the same street as Sarah.

Susan and John Holt had five children, all born in Chicago: Robert (1903 – ?), Ruth (1905), John (1908 – ?), Susan (1911), and Ethel (1915 – 1996). Two of their children, Ruth (1905) and Susan (1911) died in infancy, and are buried here with their parents, in unmarked graves.

I am finding it difficult to find information on the Holt family. All I know is the John worked for the railroad. Their first two daughters died in infancy. That Robert moved and settled in Michigan. Than John became a dentist and practiced in the Chicago, and Ethel worked in the insurance agency, moved to Ohio, and never married.  In fact, when I visited the cemetery in August, to get the dates of my great-grandparents, it was only when I was looking at the records that I learned there we so many relatives buried in this one location — I hope to one day learn more about them. 

Holt-Family-PlotAlso buried in the plots to the right and left of the Holt monument are:

Robert Thompson (1844 – 1916), My second great-grandfather, husband of Susan Hill Thompson (1846 – 1894)was born in England, and the 1900 Census indicates he was a teamster working for the railroad, but his death certificate in 1916 indicates he was a retired ocean sailor.  The records are for the same Robert Thompson, but the difference in occupation is a mystery. Susan Hill Thompson was from Ireland, and died at the age of 48, and as such, caught the young family off-guard and was buried alone at Rosehill Cemetery. These great-grandparents are one of my brick walls.

Thomas J. Minnes (1864 – 1911)My great-grandfather, husband of Sarah Thompson Minnes, father of my grandfather Fred Minnes & Velma Minnes, whom I wrote about in an earlier post.

Sarah Thompson Minnes (1875 – 1955) - My great-grandmother, wife of Thomas J. Minnes, mother of my grandfather Fred Minnes & Velma Minnes, who I also wrote about in an earlier post.

Fred Thompson (1880 – ?) – Brother to my great-grandmother, Sarah Thompson Minnes and Susan Thompson Holt. I have little information on him as well, and the cemetery did not have an age at death or death date. The last record I show on him is at the age of 20, working for the railroad.

James Holt (1856 – 1912) - Possibly the father or brother to John Holt.

Mary Roberts Holt (1845 – 1919) – Possibly the Mother of John Holt.

In all, 10 family members are buried at this site, which I believe was purchased when John and Susan Holt lost their first daughter, Ruth, in 1905. With Susan’s mother, Susan Hill Thompson, buried alone at Rosehill Cemetery, I believe the Holt’s decided, at the time of their daughter Ruth’s infant death, to buy the family plot in their effort to provide a final resting place for their entire family, so no one again, would be buried alone. I believe they succeeded.


Genealogist Note: I have made two trips to Chicago, from Texas, to document all my family buried there, and have had a cousin visit Oakridge once before. But with the unanswered questions that still remain here, it is clear I need to organize more information, and possibly lean on another family member to pay a visit. ;)


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