Alma Cemetery
Socorro County
Submitted by Janice Hoy

Head stone of Isham R. Holt b. 1819 in Cumberland Co., KY.  Isham moved his family to NM in 1879.  They passed through Las Vegas, NM.   On the way to Alma, NM, crossed the Rio Grande just above Socorro. The Rio Grande was then known as the Great River and the crossing was known as the Spanish Crossing. 1885 New Mexico State Census Isham Holt and family living in Alma, NM  next door to his daughter and son-in-law Langford Johnson and Allie Holt  Johnson. Just North of Pleasanton, you will see Holt Gulch and Holt Mtn. to the East.
In the fall of 1892, Isham and Lydia moved to Mesilla so that Alfred, Elgin, Walter and Valeria could attend A & M College. Alfred was the first graduate of the school of mining.  Alfred went on to do post graduate work in Michigan. He returned to Las Cruces where he died in 1901 of Typhoid Fever. 1900 Fed Census, Isham Holt and family living in Las Cruces, NM Isham Holt died in Las Cruces in 1902. He is buried in the
Masonic Cemetery Cemetery in Las Cruces, NM along with his wife Lydia Ryan Holt and son Alfred Holt.
Additional pictures are of the Alma Cemetery. Large head stone is for Dr. George Way.  He delivered my grandmother and most of her
siblings. My grandmother's oldest brother Marvel Johnson was shot and  killed in 1896 by a drunken ranch hand from the WS ranch. Wil Riley shot from the saloon into a group of young boys playing in the street. 
Marvel is  buried next to Dr. Way. Janice Hoy


Alma Cemetery


Isham R. Holt


Marvel Johnson


Dr. George Way

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