John Caldwell Holt was born November 21, 1856, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. He married Kate Huntington Gilbert October 6, 1886, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the 1900 Census of Kent County, Michigan, we find John C., 43, born November 1856, married 14 years; Kate G., 39, born July 1860, gave birth to 6 children and 6 still living; Harry, 12, born August 1887; Thomas G., 11, born February 1889; John C., 9, born April 1891; Elizabeth, 9, born April 1891, twins; Isabelle K., 6, born June 1893; and Kate G., 5, born August 1894. All were born in Michigan except for the father. John works in the security trust department of an iron company (it was hard to read on the census page).
The Holt family lived most of their life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the 1910 census we find them still in Kent County. John is 54, Kate, 48; Harry, 29; and Elizabeth 19.
The family made at least two trips to Europe during the 1920’s. On August 17, 1921, Mr. and Mrs. John Caldwell Holt, with daughters Kate and Isabelle, sailed on the S. S. Adriatic from Cherbourg, France, arriving in New York on August 25th. On May 3, 1924, arriving in New York on the S. S. Paris, from Le Harve, Mr. and Mrs. John Caldwell Holt, Isabelle, Kate and Thomas Gilbert, listing their address as Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Although John Caldwell Holt died in Michigan, it is evident his body was brought back to Kentucky for burial. Did his wife, Kate, remain here? After her death seven years later she was buried beside her husband.
Two sons and one daughter-in-law are buried beside their parents.
According to Thomas’ death certificate he never married. He died just two months before his mother.
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