Taken from the "History of Gwinnett County Vol. II", Pages 490-491 Richard Holt's father came from England and settled in Virginia around 1775. Richard came to Gwinnett County in 1819 when he was 23 years old. He settled in Rockbridge District on the Yellow River. His home was near the old mill at Annistown on Rockbridge Road. He took a job as a driver of a 4 horse team. He hauled and delivered goods betweem Augusta and Gibralta (Stone Mountain). He worked hard and saved the sum of $1000. With that he went into the mercantile business. He was successful for a while, but eventually became deep in debt. He turned his property over to his creditors. He realized that he wasn't totally broke. He still had one sheep somewhere in the woods. He borrowed a horse and a gun rom a friend and spent two days looking for that one sheep. He finally found it and shot it. When asked why he said he wanted to start over with nothing. He did start over and succeeded in accumlating a small fortune. The 1850 census shows that he owned 15 slaves. The 1860 tax digest shows that he owned 882 acres of farm land in Gwinnett County. He was a member of Rockbridge Baptis Church. He and his wife had 15 children.
Note: Holt moved from Virginia to the Rockbridge District of Gwinnett County in 1819. He purchased the Old Ballard Mills on the Yellow River. He spent the last years of his life in StoneMountain where he engaged in mercantile pursuits and real estate.