Holland Garrett of Weimar, Texas

Holland Garrett, Dad's grandfather 1822-1914

Thanks to a quick Google search, I ended up with a complete obituary for one of my great-great grandfathers, Holland Garrett.  Above is a picture from the family collection, and following is a copy of the obituary:


The subject of this sketch was born July 1, 1822, in Laurens county, South Carolina: died at he residence of his son. S. A. (Dick) Garrett, in Weimar, at 1:35 Monday afternoon, Nov. 16, 1914, being 92 years and over at the time of his death. Mr. Garrett was a son of Stephen and Elizabeth Garrett, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His parents owned a large plantation in Laurens county, and Mr. Garrett followed agricultural pursuits during the early part of his life. After the death of his father, he purchased a saw and grist mill on Raccoon creek, in Chattooga county, Ga., and operated same for several years. Selling out his possessions in 1850 he moved to the vicinity of Holly Springs, Miss. where he purchased a tract of land and resided there for five year. Disposing of his land in 1855 with his family, moved to Texas, coming by the overland route with his two wagons and carryall, on the long journey of six weeks, during which trip they cooked and camped along the trail. Locating in Fayette county he purchased a tract of land in what was then comparatively a wilderness, and engaged in farming and stock raising until the breaking out of the civil war. Selling out his Fayette county interests, he moved to the vicinity of what is now known as Weimar, where he purchased a large tract of land on the open prairie adjoining the present site of Weimar, a part of which he retained up to the time of his death. The nearest railway at that time was at Eagle Lake, which until the extension of the railroad westward was the most convenient market place. Clearing and improving this tract of land, he engaged in active agricultural pursuits for a number of years.

Mr. Garrett was married in 1842 to Lucinda Moore, who was born in South Carolina. a daughter of James and Elizabeth Moore. She died on the home farm near Weimar in 1890. Eight children were born to this union, as follows: James R., Stephen P., Silas A., John H., Mary, Anna, Julia and Elsie. Of these five are still living–S. A. Garrett of this city, Perry Garrett of Burnett, Ms. Eliza Garrett of Hempstead, Mrs. Julia Alexander of Marble Falls, and John H. Garrett of Hempstead.

A man of the highest character, Mr. Garrett was always held in the greatest esteem by his fellow-man. Honest to a fault, upright of character and habits, as true as steel to his friends, a better neighbor and friend no man ever possessed. Even in his old age, his greatest pleasure was in greeting his friends of olden times asking after their welfare, rejoicing with them in their prosperity, of sympathizing with them in their adversities. His faculties almost to the last were remarkably acute for a man of his age. He loved to talk of the older times, yet was well posted as to current events. A grander, truer citizen no community ever possessed, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. During his last illness, he was
surrounded by every comfort and convenience, and family and friends vied with one another in their ministrations to his every want, leaving nothing undone for his welfare and comfort.

Mr. Garrett was a member of Baptist church for many years, and his pocketbook was ever ready to assist in any and every good enterprise inaugurated by the church. He was charter member of Weimar lodge No. 423. A. F. & A. M., and had been a staunch member of the order for fifty-five years. At all times, even up to the last, he took the liveliest interest in Masonry, and up to a few years ago, when his health failed, it was no uncommon thing for “Uncle Holland” to meet with “the boys,” as he lovingly termed the Masons. One of his last requests was that after services were held at the Baptist church, “the boys” should have charge of the funeral.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, and at his request made some time ago, his late pastor, Rev. J, E. Stack of Waco, was present, and conducted same in a most impressive, touching manner, being ably assisted by a lifelong friend of decendent[sic], Rev. I. Sellers, in connection with several beautiful hymns sung by the choir, after which the local lodge of Masons, assisted by visiting Masons of neighboring lodges took charge of the remains and same were transported to the Masonic cemetery for interment, which were conducted in the usual beautiful and impressive Masonic style.

The following is a list of the pall bearers: Active–R. H. McCormick, E. F. Shortt, R. H. Yoder, John H. Brooks, E. B. Geisendorff, H. Brasher. Honorary–T. A. Hill, J. M. Cummins of Seymour, P. H. Hargon of Llano, Chas. Reichardt, (charter members of Weimar lodge of Masons), Rev. Isaac Sellers, W. A. L. Smith, F. D. Moore, J. C. Kindred, J. W. Holt, Henry Schawe, A. F. Rose.

A grand, good citizen has gone from among us, one whose merit and usefulness was far above the average, one who was both patriotic, enterprising and sincere, and his demise has caused a vacancy in our community which can never be filled.

Our deepest and most sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1914, page 1

Here is a photo of Holland Garrett’s wife, Lucinda Moore:

Lucinda (called Lucy) Moore Garrett b. 1823 d. 1890

I am descended from their daughter, Julia Caroline Garrett, who married Rufus McCormick Alexander.

Julia Caroline Garrett Alexander and Rufus McCormick Alexander

Wedding portrait of Julia Caroline Garrett and Rufus McCormick Alexander