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William Lawson Holder



W.L.  Holder was one of the first to settle in Grayson County; the family came from Alabama in ox wagons.  He arrived around 1845 and settle 4 miles west of Denison.

They went to Shreveport, Louisiana once each year to buy sugar, coffee, salt and flour, lead & powder to mold their bullets.  Their killed wild came to eat - deer, turkey, prairie chickens and quails.  The family's clothing was made from cotton and deer skins.  They raised food to eat, such as corn.

W.L. Holder owned 900 acres; he later fenced off 80 acres with split rails in order to raise corn and cotton.

He and his sons build the first school from logs in the area.    Clifton Lafayette Holder, the third of eleven children born to W.L. Holder and Maryon Looney, was raised in the Preston Bend area.  At one time his family even lived in the old log schoolhouse, Cold Springs.


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Grayson County TXGenWeb