Frank Lanman Holcombe

Frank Lanman Holcombe

North Granby, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 13 Jun 1952 (aged 66)
Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Lot 4 of Block 2
Memorial ID 68120561 · View Source
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Parents: Amherst Lanman Holcombe and Clara Frances Babbitt

Frank Lanman Holcombe was baptized on 23 June 1889 at Asylum Hill Church, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; as recorded on page 159 of the Minister's Book, #389.

He married Amy Inez Hallowell, daughter of Peter Joseph Hallowell and Matilda G. Scott, on 6 February 1914 at Dow City, Crawford Co., IA.

Frank Lanman Holcombe left a will on 11 March 1918 at Fayetteville, Cumberland Co., NC; Page 83.

The Granby Vital Records, page 66, in the Granby Town Hall, indicate that Frank was born to Amherst L. Holcomb, age 63, farmer, and Clara F. Babbit, other, age 36, born MA.

Frank's family moved to Hartford, CT, in September 1887. His mother remarried following Amherst's death, and they moved to Southern Pines, NC, in approximately 1896.

Frank attended Mount Herman School 1903-1907, Iowa State College 1907-1911. He returned to Fayetteville, NC, in the fall of 1911. It was while at Iowa State that Frank and Inez met, in Zoology class, so the story goes. Inez' wedding ring is engraved on the inside with 'Zoo 2-6-1914'. Nearly a century later that ring is still worn by Molly Holcombe, her granddaughter-in-law.

Inez attended Iowa State College 1906-1910. Then worked at the YWCA Cafeteria, Des Moines, Iowa, June 1910-April 1911; the YWCA Cafeteria, St. Louis, May 1911-December 1913.

Frank was enumerated in the 1910 Ames, Story Co., IA, federal census. He was 24.

Frank and Inez were married just outside Dow City, Iowa, at Inez' home, in a blizzard. "To the strains of Lohengrin's wedding march, played by Miss Jennie Hallowell (Jane Elizabeth), the bridal couple took their places promptly at 3 o'clock, under a beautiful white wedding bell hung in the big bay window, where they were met by Rev. Joseph Stephen, pastor of the M.E church, who read the marriage lines. The bride was dressed in a beautiful white silk crepe meteor, trimmed with shadow lace and carried roses. Mr. and Mrs. Holcombe departed Friday evening for Ft. Dodge, where they will visit Mr. and Mrs. Garfield Rule, later going to Ames and Manning to spend a few days with friends, after which they will return here. They expect to leave here Saturday for Chicago, then on to Richmond, VA., at which place they will visit before going on to Fayetteville, where they will reside." (from the Dow City paper)

Frank and Inez began their married life on a farm located on the Wilmington road, two miles south of Fayetteville, where he established an up-to-date dairy, naming his farm Wat Coosa, after a local tribe of Indians that roamed the Cape Fear valley and the vicinity of the farm now bearing their name. Within four years they build up a heard of 45 head of the Holstein and Jersey cattle, from which they furnished a large number of patrons with milk and cream, using two wagons daily making deliveries.
He also developed one of the finest droves of Rhode Island Red chickens in the State, having taken premiums at a number of fairs. They changed the farm from an old, abandoned place to an up-to-date and modern farm with more than 10,000 feet of drainage tile, producing large crops of oats, corn, hay and peas. Frank was the pioneer alfalfa farmer in the county.

Frank registered for the World War I draft on 11 September 1918 in Fayetteville. He was a farmer age 32 and listed Inez as his closest relative.

"F. L." and Inez were enumerated on Wilmington Road in the 1920 Pearces Mill Township, Cumberland County, NC, federal census, on Willmington Road, ED 65, page 4A. He was a dairy farmer, age 34, she was 33. James and Harold were in the household.

Frank L. and Inez H. were enumerated in the 1930 Cross Creek Township, Fayetteville, Cumberland Co., NC, federal census, on Russell Street. He was a landscape contractor, age 44; she was also 44. Children in the household were James H. 13, Harold M. 11, and Jane G. 8.

Frank and Inez had lost their farm during the early days of the depression and in 1930 he had not yet been made manager of Cottonade. In 1940 they were enumerated in Fayetteville, Frank was 54, Inez 54, James 23, Harold 21, and Jane 18. James and Harold were probably both at NC State at the time of the enumeration.

(Information courtesy of Bettie (#47318984))

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