Descendants of William Holdridge/Houlditch
of Laurens County, South Carolina

The Houlditch/Holdridge family has roots in England and early colonial South Carolina. Our immigrant ancestor may have been James1 Houlditch, in South Carolina as early as 1701. Our first proven ancestor was William4 Holdridge (Houlditch) of Laurens County, South Carolina. He was a member of the South Carolina militia during the Revolution, and left a will in 1803 in Laurens County, naming children James5, Lavina, George Washington, William5, Mary, Lucy, and Zachariah. My line is through his oldest son, James5 Holdridge to John H.6 Holdridge, John Henry7 Holdridge, Horace Benton8 Holdridge, James Marvin9 Holdridge and finally my father, James Rector10 Holdridge. Our Holdridge family followed the typical migration patterns of many in the South, moving from South Carolina to Georgia, Alabama, and finally settling in Texas at the turn of the 20th Century. Most of the Holdridges found in the south at the beginning of the 20th century were descendants of William Holdridge of Laurens County.

John and Martha

John and Martha Adlade Jackson Holdridge and Family
At Their Home in Comanche County, Texas about 1910

My father started researching our family in the 1980's. After his death in 1989, I continued his research. Our cousin, Delta Holdridge Hafford, hosted family reunions for many years in De Leon, Texas, and encouraged preservation of our family traditions and history. Other cousins who deserve thanks for sharing our family history and providing foundations for continued research are Wanda Bassett Carter, Arthur Potter, Melvin Burt, Lois Teel Bower and Margaret McGehee.

All of the pages of this website can be reached easily by using the top or bottom navigation bar. Select Records to find a listing of transcribed records and stories. Select Photos to view my photo albums. Select Charts for a list of descendant charts. Select Resources for links to other websites, including related Holdridge lines, maps, genealogy research help, military history and website design. The Laurence link takes you to my mother's research on my maternal line. Thank you for visiting.