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Emma Style (Holder)

Birthdate: (85)
Death: April 22, 1906 (85)
Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Holder, SV/PROG and Sophia Holder, SM/PROG
Wife of James Style
Mother of Joseph Benjamin Style; Anna Maria Style; Emily Jane Style; Louisa Frances Style; Caroline Style and 5 others
Sister of Jane Sophia Boardman; Eliza Ann Harvey; William Henry Holder; Francis Holder; Mary Holder and 2 others

Managed by: Byron Holder
Last Updated:

About Emma Style

Death Notice :

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Back in October 1970 Mr Peter MacFarlane, who was approaching 90 at the time, gave a talk on 'Some old families of the Kowie'. Among the many families he discussed, he told his audience about the Styles who ran the hotel situated on the west bank, on the top of the hill and known as Styles Hotel.

........... Emma Holder was a child of William and Sofia Holder, leader of the Holder's Party. She married James Styles, from the adjoining location, which was Southey's.

My first record of James Styles, husband of Emma Holder, is that, as a carpenter and a cabinet maker, he was working on the Wesleyan Church on Wesley Mount on Green Fountain.

Emma and James had a very varied life. They ran several hotels. There was an Inn at Fraser's Camp, and an Inn at the Koonap River. 1857 saw them at Goosha River Mouth Farm, near Peddie, while in 1866 they gave up the Grahamstown Club which they had changed to a residential hotel and moved to the Kowie to take over the present Grand Hotel from the Orren family.

All the indications are that James Styles must have been insolvent as everything was in his wife's name.

Emma had a son Joseph (b 1840 - d.1879). He was the first of the family buried in the West Bank Cemetery. Eventually the whole family was buried there.

Emma, a tiny, stooped, energetic, quick-walking woman, had a big family and was very interested in Church affairs. She gave strong support to the Methodist Church on the hill and also helped with the Sunday School. She received a fine testimonial in 1870 honouring her commitment to the church.


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Emma Style's Timeline

December 28, 1820
January 11, 1831
Age 10
May 13, 1840
Age 19
January 21, 1843
Age 22
September 7, 1847
Age 26
December 20, 1849
Age 28
December 20, 1856
Age 35
June 23, 1859
Age 38
April 22, 1906
Age 85
Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa