Jesse Knobel Holman (1872-1941) Calhoun, SC; Lynchburg, VA


JESSE KNOBEL HOLMAN is the son of Mr. ADAM OSGOOD HOLMAN (age 48) and Mrs. ELIZABETH R HOLMAN (age 43). He was born near Creston, in Calhoun County, South Carolina, May 6, 1872.


1880 Census, South Carolina, County of Orangeburg, Lyons Township, p. 21, 210/210

A[DAM] O[SGOOD] HOLMAN (age 48); wife ELIZABETH R (age 43); son Osgood (20), Daughter Lizzie R (16); Daughter Emma G (14); Mary A (10), Son Wm C (9), Son JESSIE (8), Son Francis P (6), Son Edward W (5), Son Everline K (3), Daughter Agnes M (1).


From his earliest recollection he felt that he must be a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As he grew older, the call became more and more distinct and unmistakable.

When sixteen years of age, he joined the Church under the ministry of Rev. John L. Sifley, at Shady Grove, on the Cameron Circuit.


Mr. Holman was licensed by the Lynchburg District Conference to preach, while a student at Randolph-Macon College, Bedford City, Virginia. He was received into the Virginia Conference at Petersburg, Virginia, in 1899.


Year: 1900; Census Place:  Smith River, Patrick,  Virginia; Roll:  T623_ 1722; Page: 10A; Enumeration District:  65.

In 1900, JESSE K[NOBEL] HOLMAN was a boarder in the family of Isaac Houchins in Smith River District, Patrick County, VA, age 28, birthmonth May 1872, his occupation Preacher.


He was ordained Deacon by Bishop W. W. Duncan, at Newport News, Virginia, in 1901, and Elder by Bishop A. W. Wilson, at Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1904.

On September 20, 1904, Mr. Holman was married to Miss Annie Bryant, daughter of Col. C. B. Bryant, an attorney of Martinsville, Virginia. They have three living children. One child is in Heaven.

Mr. Holman served twelve years in the Virginia Conference and his ministry was attended by great success.

In the last charge he served there, three hundred and forty persons joined the Church. Two churches were completed and another was built. Several young men brought to Christ by him in the revival meetings have entered the Christian ministry.


Year: 1910; Census Place:  Stanardsville, Greene,  Virginia; Roll:  T624_1630; Page: 1A; Enumeration District:  0043; Image:  565; FHL Number:  1375643.

1/1 Head JESSE K[NOBEL] HOLMAN, age 37 years, married 5 years, born South Carolina, parents born South Carolina, occupation Clergyman, Circuit, working on own account, not out of work on April 15, 1910, not out of work any time in 1909, can read, write, renting house; Wife ANNIE B[RYANT] HOLMAN,  age 26, married 5 years, 3 children born, 2 living; born Virginia, father North Carolina, mother, Virginia; no occupation; Son Jessie K Jr, age 3, born Virginia,; Daughter Elizabeth L, 1 year old, born Virginia; both children’s father born South Carolina, mother born Virginia.


He was transferred to South Carolina by Bishop John C. Kilgo, at the Conference held in Bennettsville, South Carolina, in 1911.

He was appointed to Rowesville charge where he served two years, accomplishing much good. He had a great revival at the Rowesville Church. He repaired the church and parsonage.

At the last session of the Conference he was appointed to Duncan Church in Spartanburg, where he is doing excellent work.

[The biographical sketch and character assessment (below) on JKH apparently dates from before April 1914 when his fourth child, ANN HOLMAN, was born in Spartanburg, SC.]

“Mr. Holman is a quiet, unassuming gentleman, but zealous in the Master’s work. His preaching is largely evangelistic, for he believes that the supreme mission of a minister is to bring men and women to Jesus Christ.” 
 [Source: Twentieth century sketches of the South Carolina Conference, M. E. Church, South By Watson Boone Duncan]


1920 Census, State of Virginia, Culpeper County, Stevensburg District, Burnley Road

Source Citation: Year: 1920: Census Place: Stevensburg, Culpeper County, Virginia; Roll: T 625_1883; 14B; Enumeration District: 24 Image: 573.

Head: JESSIE K[NOBEL] HOLMAN; Age 49, married, able to read and write; born South Carolina; mother and father born South Carolina; Minister, Coventry Church; Wife: Annie B; Age 36, born Virginia, mother and father born Virginia; Son Jessie K, Age 12, born Virginia; Daughter Elizabeth, Age 11, born Virginia; Son Joseph M[ortimer] Age 8, born Virginia; Daughter ANNIE, Age 5, born South Carolina.


27 February

Daughter Kathryn Holman born

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