Joseph W Holt

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
September 20, 1999

Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Georgraphical
Encyclopedia, New York: H. H. Hardesty and Company, 1884. Rpt. in West
Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock Richwood: Comstock, 1974

JOSEPH W HOLT attorn at law in Hamlin, Lincoln
county was born in Campbell county, Virginia, December 6, 1825 and settled in
Lincoln county in 1869. He is a son of Samuel and Nancy (Howard) Holt and in
Botetourt county Virginia in 1847 he wedded Nancy Hanes a native of Botetourt
county born in 1826. The birth record of Mr. and Mrs. Holts six children is:
Lulu born December 17, 1850; James W., August 7, 1853; Samuel W., May 5,
1857; Bettie May, October 24, 1859; Edward I June 5, 1861; Sallie, September
17, 1864. James W resides in Monroe county West Virginia and Samuel W in
Randolph, Virginia. The remaining four reside in Hamlin, West Virginia.
Joseph W Holt joined the Presbyterian Church when quite young and has since
been a devoted christian; he is a worker in the Sabbath school and a ruling
elder in the church. His wife and all the children, save one are members of
the church. Mr. Holt was commonwealth’s attorney in Craig county, Virginia
twelve years and has represented the county of Lincoln in the legislature
several sessions. Judge Holt was not in the regular Confederate army, but
served in it as clerk in a hospital. Two of his brothers served in the
Confederate army during the late war. Judge Holt practices in all the courts
in Lincoln county regularly and occasionally in the adjoining counties and is
one of the leading lawyers of this section of the State. Address: Hamlin
Lincoln county, West Virginia.