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Dionysius Melville HOLT
Nancy H. SMITH
Husband:  Dionysius Melville HOLT
Birth:  15 Nov 1854, Anderson Co., SC
Death:  6 Apr 1928, Oregon City, Clackamas Co., OR
Occupation:  farmer, dry goods salesman
Father:  Alfred HOLT
Mother:  Harriet Permelia THOMASON
Marriage:  23 Feb 1879, Colfax, Whitman Co., WA
Wife:  Nancy H. SMITH
Birth:  Nov 1861, OR
Death:  25 Oct 1935, Olympia, Thurston Co., WA
Occupation:  homemaker, dressmaker
Parents:  born in IL
Children born in Whitman Co., WA:
1.  Della HOLT, b. 23 Nov 1879; d. 29 Oct 1957
2.  Creed HOLT, b. 11 Jul 1881
3.  Helen L. HOLT, b. 28 Aug 1884; d. 21 Oct 1918
4.  Zena A. HOLT, b. 8 Feb 1888; d. 21 Aug 1918
5.  Walter A. HOLT, b. 6 Sep 1892; d. 21 Jun 1972
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 18 indexed "D... Holt"):  Whitman Co., WA, Roll T9_1398, p. 375C, PN 3, SD, ED 58, enumerated 4 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
22 24 Holt Dcke? W M 26       / Farmer SC NC SC
    ____ Nancy H W F 18   Wife   / Keeping house OR IL IL
    ____ Della W F 6/12 Nov Dau /     WA Ter SC OR
As far as we know, Dionysius's father was born in Tennessee.  Listed next to Dionysius's brother, James B. HOLT

3.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

4a.  1900 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #11 of 19 indexed "Dionysin M. Holt"):  Palouse City, Whitman Co., WA, Roll 1753 (Book 2), p. 147A, SN 6B, SD 2, ED 98, enumerated 12 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 27
147 147 Holt Dionysius M Head W M Nov 1854 45 M 21 SC NC SC Dry Goods Salesman 0 Y Y Y R H

4b.  1900 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #5 of 17):  South Pullman (Pct. No. 41), Whitman Co., WA, Roll 1754 (Book 1), p. 237A, SN 8, SD 2, ED 104, enumerated 7 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 27
157 158 Holt Mammie H Head W F Nov 1861 38 M 21 5 5 OR Unk Unk       Y Y Y R H
    ____ Della Dau W F Nov 1879 20 S       WA SC OR Teacher 2   Y Y Y    
    ____ Helen L Dau W F Aug 1884 15 S       WA SC OR At School   4 Y Y Y    
    ____ Zena A Dau W F Feb 1888 12 S       WA SC OR At School   9 Y Y Y    
    ____ Walter A Son W M Sep 1892  8 S       WA SC OR                

5a.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #3 of 16 indexed "Dimysino M. Holt"):  Mesa Pct., Franklin Co., WA, Roll 1656 (Book 1), p. 125A, SN ?A, SD 3, ED 59, enumerated 25 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 23 24 26 27 28 29
51 52 Holt Dionysius M Head M W 55 M1 28 SC NC SC Eng Farmer General Farm OA Y Y O F F 52

5b.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #7 of 24):  1709 Opal Street, Pullman (Ward 3), Whitman Co., WA, Roll 1674 (Book 2), p. 275A, SN 4A, SD 3, ED 271, enumerated 20 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28
* 1709 71 71 Holt Nancy H Head F W 47 M1 34 5 5 OR MO MO Eng Dressmaker at Home OA N 0 Y Y   R H
      ____ Walter A Son M W 18 S       WA SC OR Eng None         ? ? Y    
      Packingham Mary Roomer F W 28 S       IL IL MA Eng Nurse Reg Professional W N 0 Y Y      
*Opal Street

6.  1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find either Dionysius or Nancy, at least they're not indexed in a way that I've been able to pull them up.

7.  Oregon Death Index, 1903-98 (online at Ancestry.com):
Name County Death Date Certificate
Holt, Dionysius Melville Clackamas 09 Apr 1928 135
This may or may not be our subject, but the name isn't exactly common.  Ordering the certificate would provide the answer. 

8.  Archives of the WAWHITMA-L mailing list (online at RootsWeb.com).  Excerpt from an index to Judith Crithfield's book, Of Yesterday and the River (1964/1973. Self-published, C.W. Hill Print Co., Spokane, WA):
...
Holt 10
Dionysius Holt 30
James B. Holt 25
Nish Holt 31, 96
...

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