Descendants of Joel Crawford Holcombe
Generation No. 1
JOEL CRAWFORD HOLCOMBE was born 1817 in Cherokee Co., GA, and died 1892 in Nashville, Howard Co., AR. He married (1) CATHERINE F. HOLLEY STEWART. He married (2) ELIZABETH BARRON STEWART 1836 in GA, daughter of ALEXANDER STEWART and SARAH STRIPLIN. She was born 1813, and died 1852 in Talladega., AL. He married (3) SARAH JANE CABINESS Abt. 1861 in Talladega Co., AL, daughter of SANFORD CABINESS and LUCINDA THOMPSON. She was born December 21, 1842, and died May 28, 1919 in Floyd Co., TX.
Notes for JOEL CRAWFORD HOLCOMBE:
Joel Crawford was living near Corinth Station, Newton County, GA when his fourth child, William Thomas Holcombe, was born on the 6th of May 1842. He moved to DeKalb County, GA and was living there when his fifth child, Andrew Glen Holcombe, was born on January 13, 1844. He moved to Talladega County, AL in 1845 or 1846 and is included in the 1850 census for Talladega County, AL. He lived near the town of Mumford. Information from the Holcombe Family Tree, Nation Builders compiled and published in 1947 by Elizabeth Weir McPherson. "Joel Crawford was licensed as an exhorter in the Methodist Church in Talladega Circuit in 1848, 1849, 1853 and 1854. He also preached in AR, often three times on a Sunday after leading a class meeting." Joel and his sons enlisted in the Confederate Army at Decatur, Morgan County, AL. It is unknown why they enlisted in Morgan County which is a long distance from their home in Talladega County. The Holcombes were not slave owners, so there was some other motivation for Joel and five of his sons to join the Confederate Army. Joel was wounded in the log and years later had the leg amputated. One of his twin sons, Hiram was killed at the battle at Vicksburg. Another son, William Thomas, was taken prisoner. In 1870, Joel and his family (except the oldest son, Joel Alexander) moved to Howard County, AR near the town of Center Point. Joel and son, William Thomas had a wood and iron shop making plows, wagons, and furniture. In 1875, Joel became incapacitated because of the war wound and in 1877 had his leg amputated below the knee. Joel was Postmaster in Picayune, AR in 1882. Joel died in Howard County, AR in 1892 and is buried in the Bluff Springs Cemetery near Nashville, Howard County, AR. His grave is marked with a Confederate Army headstone.
Notes for ELIZABETH BARRON STEWART:
Had six sons in Confederate Army.
Children of JOEL HOLCOMBE and CATHERINE STEWART are:
i. SARAH JANE HOLCOMBE, b. 1836. ii. JOEL ALEXANDER HOLCOMBE, b. 1838. iii. JOHN R. HOLCOMBE, b. July 07, 1840. iv. WILLIAM THOMAS HOLCOMBE, b. May 06, 1842, Corinth Station, GA; d. February 14, 1891, Howard Co, AR. v. ANDREW GLEN HOLCOMBE, b. January 13, 1844. vi. BENJAMIN KENNEDY HOLCOMBE, b. November 08, 1845. vii. HIRAM C. HOLCOMBE, b. November 08, 1845. viii. JULIA M. HOLCOMBE, b. 1848. ix. SAMUEL POWERS HOLCOMBE, b. September 06, 1850. x. JACKSON WALTER HOLCOMBE, b. October 1855.
Children of JOEL HOLCOMBE and ELIZABETH STEWART are:
xi. SALLIE HOLCOMBE. xii. WALKER HOLCOMBE. xiii. GLEN HOLCOMBE. xiv. SAMUEL HOLCOMBE. xv. ALEXANDER HOLCOMBE. xvi. JOHN HOLCOMBE. xvii. BENJAMIN HOLCOMBE. xviii. HIRAM HOLCOMBE.
Generation No. 2
WILLIAM THOMAS HOLCOMBE (JOEL CRAWFORD1) was born May 06, 1842 in Corinth Station, GA, and died February 14, 1891 in Howard Co, AR. He married LUZIER ELIZABETH CABINESS February 11, 1866 in Talladega Co., AL, daughter of SANFORD CABINESS and LUCINDA THOMPSON. She was born November 22, 1848, and died February 14, 1891 in Howard Co., AR.
Notes for WILLIAM THOMAS HOLCOMBE:
He was 4 years old when his parents moved from GA to near Munford, Talladega Co., AL where he lived until he enlisted on Aug 16, 1861 in Decatur, Morgan Co., AL in Co. A Bth Al Confederate Regt., commanded by Capt. Andrew W. Bowie. In 1862 he was transferred to Col. William Wade's command (who was under Gen Joe Wheeler). Was in skirmishes and minor battles in MS, AL and TN. Was in the battle of Murfreesboro, TN early in 1863 being wounded in left arm by his own gun when his horse jumped and threw him out of balance. After three months, he was back in the Battle of Chicamauga, GA. Soon after the battle at Chicamauga, he was captured by Union soldiers on Lookout Mt. near Bridgeport AL, imprisoned at Indianapolis, IN, transferred in Mar. 1864 to Ft. Delaware until his relase on June 12, 1865. He was given a pass to NY, then given passage to Savannah, GA. At Savannah he was given a three day ration - I lb. flour and 1 112 lb. of bacon for 130 miles travel to his home in Talladega Co. Weakened from hunger, it took him 7 days, living the last 4 days on blackberries and huckleberries. He took a train to Newman, GA and walked 90 miles to his parents home in Talladega, Co., AL. His family had given him up for dead. He remained with his father's family until Fab 11, 1866 when he married Elizabeth Cabiness, sister of his step-mother Sarah Jane (Cabiness) Holcombe, his father's (Joel Crawford) third wife. In 1869 he took boat with wife and family to AR. Landed at Fulton, AR and took ox team to Center Point, Howard Co. AR where he built a house, cleared land and made a good crop the first year. In 1870, his father, Joel Crawford Holcombe, followed him to Center Point, Howard Co., AR from Talladega Co., AL. Not having enough land for all to farm, he and his father started a blacksmith and woodworking shop where they built wagons, plows and furniture for the community. In 1884, William moved to Bergen, Hempstead Co., AR for school advantages. There he farmed and worked in a wood shop. Six of his family were attacked by typhoid fever, his oldest son, second and third daughters died. He moved to Doyle, AR, where he farmed. in 1886, his mother- in-law died in his home at Doyle and his wife, Elizabeth, died there Feb 14, 1891 In 1893, he moved to Halesboro, Red River Co., TX. Typhoid fever attacked two of his children and in the Fall of 1896 he moved to Ellis Co. TX where he farmed until 1901 when he moved with family of daughter, Marie Edna (Holcombe) Adams to Comanche, OK. The next two years their crops were destroyed by grasshoppers. They moved to Fate, Rockwall Co., TX in the Fall of 1903, returned in the Spring of 1904 with son, Sidney, to Comanche, OK, remaining there until 1908 when he moved to Farmersville, Collins Co., TX. He later moved to Berry, Navarro Co., TX and Blackland, Rockwall Co., TX. (NOTE: 1900 CENSUS shows William Thomas living in Navarro Co., TX and not Ellis Co.) He was converted in early life, joined the Methodist Church and became a Sunday School worker. He died May 16, 1934 near Royse City, Rockwall Co., TX where he is buried. His grave being marked with a Confederate headstone. (Holcombe-Nation Builders) Willian T. Holcomb - Co A Conf Cav, C.S.A. - Cemetery Inscriptions of Rockwall Co., TX page 222.
Children of WILLIAM HOLCOMBE and LUZIER CABINESS are:
i. ANNA J. HOLCOMBE, b. May 12, 1867. ii. SALLIE T. HOLCOMBE, b. February 23, 1869. iii. MARGARET E. HOLCOMBE, b. April 22, 1871. iv. MARIE EDNA HOLCOMBE, b. May 09, 1874. v. GEORGE W. HOLCOMBE, b. December 06, 1876. vi. JOSEPH THOMAS HOLCOMBE, b. November 09, 1878. vii. JAMES ELDEN HOLCOMBE, b. November 20, 1880. viii. SAMUEL ALFRED HOLCOMBE, b. December 20, 1882. ix. W. A. HOLCOMBE, b. February 11, 1885. x. LUCINDA HOLCOMBE, b. January 21, 1887. xi. A. SIDNEY HOLCOMBE, b. April 09, 1889.