Monthly Archives: February 2017

Parthenia Overton Holt, Healer, Wart Charmer, and Reader of Tea Cups

Parthenia Overton Holt was the 2nd wife of my 3rd Great-grandfather, James Holt.  She cared for his little children after my 3rd Great-grandmother Mary died on the trail near the Iowa River in 1844.  She had some unique gifts, as … Continue reading

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Don Ray Barker b. 11 Feb 1913, d. 11 Sept 1988

Don Ray Barker was the son of Rufus Orrin and Ella Isadora Bushman Barker. The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 534-536, published 1978 Don, the fifth child of Rufus Orrin and Ella Isadora Bushman Barker, was born Feb. 11, 1913 … Continue reading

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The Westward Exodus of James Holt

This article by Tiffany Taylor is found on the BYU Winter Quarter Project found here: http://winterquarters.byu.edu/ Based on the Writings of James Holt The following narrative includes excerpts from the journal of James Holt, a Mormon pioneer, who, with his … Continue reading

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Chronology of James Holt, Mary Payne and Parthenia Overton

Here is a chronology of the life of my 3rd Great-grandfather, James Holt.  He was married to Mary Payne and then Parthenia Overton.  These highlights are taken from his journal. Feb 10 1804   James Holt born in Halifax County North … Continue reading

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Remembering James Holt b. 10 February 1804, d. 25 January 1894

James Holt was born on 10 February 1804 in Halifax County, North Carolina, to Jesse and Elizabeth Davis Holt. He married Mary Pain in 1830. She died in 1845 and that same year he married Parthenia Overton. He became a … Continue reading

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Holt Cemetery near Enterprise, Utah

In 1867 James Holt, my 3rd Great Grandpa, came to visit relatives in the little town of  Hamblin located at the north east part of the Mountain Meadows on the Old Spanish Trail. One morning he walked out north down the … Continue reading

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Ann Blygh b. 1802 Tibenham, England, Encounter with Indians

Here is an account of my 3rd Great-grandmother, who was born on this day in 1802: Alternatively “Blye,” “Blygh,” or “Blyghe,” she was born in England in 1802. She married Frederick Barker and came to New York on the “New … Continue reading

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