The Ancestors and Family of Douglas F McSwain:Information about Gold Griffin Holland
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Gold Griffin Holland (b. April 17, 1820, d. April 23, 1889)Gold Griffin Holland (son of William Isaac Holland and Permelia Gold) was born April 17, 1820 in Rutherford (Cleveland) County, NC, and died April 23, 1889 in Cleveland County, NC61.He married Cynthia Ann Moore on Abt. 1840 in Rutherford (Cleveland) County, NC, daughter of Thomas Moore and Margaret McSwain.
Notes for Gold Griffin Holland:
He enlisted in Cleveland County, NC on March 17, 1862 as a private in Company H, 28th NC Infantry,CSA.He was promoted to full lieutenant 1st Class on April 7, 1862 and full captain on August 2, 1862.He surrendered to Union forces on April 9, 1865 in Appomattox, VA. (Source: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster. (NCRosterC) 1993)
At the battle of Fredricksburg, VA in December of 1862, Captain Holland was struck in the chest by a minne-ball.The force of the shot knocked him to the ground where he was certain he was dying.However, upon closer inspection he discovered the bullet had struck a packet of "hardtack" which he carried in his brest pocket.The rock-hard biscuit had stopped the projectile! (Source: Civil War Battles, The Battle of Fredricksburg. (The History Channel) 2002)(Douglas Southhall, Lee's Lieutenants, Richmond, VA)
At the end of the war Gold Griffin Holland returned home from Appomattox Courthouse on foot and took over the family farm in Cleveland County.
As an adjunct to farming, he opened a gristmill along the country thoroughfare now known as Gold Road. Damming up a creek on his property, the resulting pond provided the headwaters for to operate the mill run and its traces.
More About Gold Griffin Holland:
Burial: Unknown, Boiling Springs Cemetery, Boiling Springs, NC.
Elected: 1850, to a term in the NC House of Commons..
Occupation: Farmer and grist mill operator..
More About Gold Griffin Holland and Cynthia Ann Moore:
Marriage: Abt. 1840, Rutherford (Cleveland) County, NC.
Children of Gold Griffin Holland and Cynthia Ann Moore are:
- +Thomas Jefferson Holland, b. May 12, 1843, Cleveland County, NC, d. December 08, 1930, Cleveland County, NC61.