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Bessie Anna McLeod Holderfield
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1887
Richmond County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 25, 1986
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA

Bessie was the eldest of the five children of Alexander Calhoun McLeod and his first wife, Ida Cornelia Bennett. Ida died in 1896 when Bessie was 9 years old.

In 1902, Bessie's father and his second wife, Della Lorena Manning, moved the family from Richmond County to Buie in Burnt Swamp Township, Robeson County, North Carolina. Della was Bessie's stepmother for 8-1/2 years, until her death in 1906. There were eight children in the household ranging in age from 18 through 8 months, with Bessie being the oldest.

In 1907, at age 19, Bessie married Robert Holderfield, a railroad employee. Later that year, her father married Mary Catherine Terry and three additional siblings would be born, for a total of 11 McLeod children.

Bessie and Robert moved first to Wake County, North Carolina, and then permanently to Virginia. They were the parents of nine children, including one set of twins. The family settled in Portsmouth. Bessie returned to North Carolina for family reunions.

When Bessie passed away at age 98, she had outlived her two sisters, two brothers, and four (of 6) half-siblings. She would be the longest lived of the 11 siblings. Her last sibling, half-sister Laura, passed at age 94 in October 2010. The last of Robert and Bessie's children passed away in March 2010.

[Buie is a tiny farming town shown on census records as Burnt Swamp, Philadelphus or Red Springs over time. The McLeod farm house and 44 acres remain intact as of 2012 but passed out of the family in 1968.]

Bio by: Jo Terry ღ, niece
Family links: 
  Alexander Calhoun McLeod (1858 - 1944)
  Ida Cornelia Bennett McLeod (1864 - 1896)
  Robert Daniel Holderfield (1878 - 1961)*
  Robert Worth Holderfield (1908 - 1992)*
  Thomas Dwight Holderfield (1910 - 1980)*
  Hoitte McLeod Holderfield (1913 - 1987)*
  Otis Leonard Holderfield (1915 - 1991)*
  Ruth Louise Holderfield (1917 - 1990)*
  Evelyn Anna Holderfield Norfleet (1921 - 2002)*
  Ralph Alexander Holderfield (1921 - 2007)*
  William Bennett Holderfield (1922 - 1950)*
  Alice Holderfield Yost (1929 - 2010)*
  Bessie Anna McLeod Holderfield (1887 - 1986)
  Lillie Mae McLeod Britt (1889 - 1972)*
  Edith Henrietta McLeod Smithey (1891 - 1977)*
  John Alexander McLeod (1893 - 1968)*
  James Rufus McLeod (1895 - 1957)*
  Norman Carroll McLeod (1898 - 1962)**
  Martha Ventress McLeod Matthews (1901 - 1984)**
  Leonard Adell McLeod (1906 - 1969)**
  Archie Hilburn McLeod (1908 - 1972)**
  Mary Elizabeth McLeod Harwood (1913 - 1997)**
  Laura Terry McLeod Maliawski (1916 - 2010)**
*Calculated relationship
Olive Branch Cemetery
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA
Plot: E-033
Maintained by: Jo Terry ღ
Originally Created by: Steve Poole
Record added: Nov 06, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31173480
Bessie Anna <i>McLeod</i> Holderfield
Added by: Steve Poole
Bessie Anna <i>McLeod</i> Holderfield
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- Jo Terry ღ
 Added: Dec. 22, 2013

- Jo Terry ღ
 Added: Aug. 26, 2013

- Jo Terry ღ
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012
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