Frances Huckstep “Fanny” <I>Kyle</I> Holt


Frances Huckstep “Fanny” Kyle Holt

Big Island, Bedford County, Virginia, USA
Death 2 Oct 1958 (aged 90)
Lynchburg, Lynchburg City, Virginia, USA
Burial Pedlar Mills, Amherst County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 40386183 View Source

Frances Huckstep Kyle Holt was born in either Bedford, Amherst, or Botetourt County, Virginia . Sources for her birth location differ, though an article written about her life in the Amherst New Era Progress on 22 March 1951, lists the location as Big Island - it is for this reason that her birthplace on this site is listed as Big Island (the article was based on an interview with the woman herself).

Fanny's parents were Andrew McCartney Kyle and his second wife, Frances Ann Huckstep. Andrew died in November 1875, while seeking medical treatment at the home of his mother in Island Ford, Botetourt County. His burial location is unknown, though probably in a family graveyard on the farm. Andrew died just one month shy of Fanny's 8th birthday. Her mother died in February 1877, when her daughter was just 9 years old. Once orphaned, Fanny and her little brother, Tom, were raised by various family members. In July 1888, Fanny journeyed to Leadville, Colorado, for a visit with her older half-brother, Rufus. While there, she met the young Taylor Holt at a church social - they courted and became engaged in the spring of 1889. In June of 1889, Fanny returned to Pedlar Mills, Virginia, where she rented a room in the home of James and Isabella (Waugh) Woods. While living there, she kept up a regular correspondence with her fiance back in Colorado.

On May 20, 1890, in the home of the James and Belle Woods, Fanny and Taylor were married. They returned to Leadville where Taylor worked as an assayer for the Elgin Smelting Company. Fanny took a job as a teacher at the school in Leadville. In 1892, Taylor lost his job with the crash of the mining industry and set out for Sombrerete, Mexico. In January 1893, Fanny followed with her two young children, Royall and Philip. While in Mexico, Fanny gave birth to 3 more children: Rufus, Richard and Marian. She returned to Virginia often, including in 1896 to give birth to her daughter, Dorothy.

The Holt Family returned to Leadville for a few years around the turn of the century before going back to Mexico - this time to the state of San Luis Potosí. Fanny returned to Staunton, Virginia around 1906, in order to send her children to school. In 1912, Fanny and her youngest son, Taylor Jr., returned to San Luis Potosí while the older children boarded at various schools in the States. They fled Mexico in 1915 when tensions increased and the Mexicans began rioting around the American Consulate in San Luis.

After a brief stay in Portsmouth, Virginia, Taylor got a job with the Bingham Mining Company in Utah. Living in Mining towns was a hard life and so Fanny opted to live in her beloved Virginia, making frequent visits to her husband, Taylor in Bingham Canyon, UT. Taylor died Salt Lake City, UT in March 1929 while Fanny was back in Virginia. Taylor was buried in Denver, Colorado. His mother, Lelia Grimes Holt, and grandson, Paul Holt Petersen, are buried next to him.

Fanny eventually purchased a small house in Pedlar Mills, Amherst County, Virginia once owned by her Huckstep relatives called "Rose Hill." She renamed the place "Lindenholt" and became a breeder of white German Shepherd Dogs. One day in 1958, she returned to her home after a shopping trip only to find herself locked out of the house. She attempted to climb in through a window and broke her hip in the process. This necessitated a stay in a nursing home in Lynchburg. While there, she had a stroke which was her immediate cause of death.

Fanny and Taylor had 7 children:
Royall (1891-1971), born in Leadville, Colorado
Philip (1893-1974), born in Leadville, Colorado
Rufus (1894-1954), born in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico
Dorothy (1896-1941), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
Richard (1898-1933), born in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico
Marion (1901-1904), born in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico
Taylor (1903-1985), born in Leadville, Colorado

Royall wrote a memoir of her life in Mexico and Taylor, Jr., made an audio recording of his life. Other sources for this information come from the letters written between Fanny and Taylor, letters written by Fanny's mother and father prior to her father's death, various vital records where available as well as census records.

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