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John Holderman

Birthplace: Holmes County, Ohio, United States
Death: June 18, 1887 (75)
Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana, United States
Place of Burial: Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Holderman and Gertruda Holderman
Husband of Anna Holderman and Catherine Gertrude (Charity) Holderman
Father of Christian J. Holderman; Rachel Helm; David D. Holderman; Rev. Abraham E. Holderman; Tobias Holderman and 9 others

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About John Holderman

John Holderman was the first of the original three founding fathers to purchase land in Olive twp, land which would become part of the village of Salem. However, John did spend half his life in the Ohio before this would come to pass.

John Holderman On Saturday, 6 June 1812, in a small log home from Olive twp soil, he was born to Jacob Holderman and his wife . They chose the biblical name, John, for their new son. Although Jacob Holderman was from PA, he had settled in Tuscawaras County, OH prior to the birth of John. John spent his childhood working on the family farm. It was a time in history when getting an education was a special experience, but to most parents not as important as hard work. Therefore John never received any formal schooling. The neighbors remembers, when passing the Holderman , John usually was seen using an ax or mattock.

John Holderman At age 20 married 9 March 1834 to Charity Cathrine Gertrude Culp. Two years later they were blessed with a daughter Anna Holderman born 11 Nov 1835 would grow up and marry Solomon Culp in 6 April 1851 and reside in Harrison twp, Elkhart County. John and Charity had two more children; Margaret and Jacob Holderman he was born 16 apr 1837 (named for John's father). Shortly after the birth of their son Charity died and was buried in Holmes County, OH where she and John had lived in Walnut twp.

John Holderman On 26 Nov 1838 was married to Anna Seese in Holmes County, OH where she was born 30 June 1815. To this union would be born 12 children, 6 prior to their migration to Elkhart Co., IN.

John Holderman At age 36 decided to move west. He and Anna packed their belongings and 9 children and began the long trek to Indiana. Arriving in Elkhart Co.Indiana in May 1848, John journeyed to the Recorder's Office located in the courthouse in Goshen, where on the 17th he recorded the purchase of 176 acres in Olive twp from Samuel C. Sample of St. Joseph Co. for the sum of $480.00. This land included what would become both the northwest and northeast corners of the village of Salem some four and one half years later.

John Holderman The next day he purchased 160 acres in Harrison twp where he and his family farmed the land, residing there until 1857. During this time John and Anna became the parents of Tobias, Lovina and James.

John Holderman Seven months after bought the 160 acres, he sold them to John and Leah Smeltzer, new arrived settlers from Richland Co., OH. He retained ownership of what would be the northwest corner of Salem. In October 1852 John, in company with John Smeltzer and Jacob Pletcher, owners of adjoining properties, decided to survey and plat corners of their farms in order to found a town. John Holderman supplied land for Block two, containing 12 lots. It was platted in October and he sold 5 lots on October 27th, one going to Thomas Inks, reported to be the first merchant open for business.

John Holderman On 11 March 1857 procured land in Baugo twp and moved his family to that location where they continued to farm. The following year John and Anna became parents of their 12th and last child, Sarah Ann.

John Holderman fathered 3 children with his first wife Charity and 12 with his second wife, Anna. Those known to have grown to adulthood and married were: Jacob married Catherine Miller in 16 Oct 1860 In Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana and went on to become a Mennonite Minister, Christian J. married Lydia Miranda Mace in 1864, Elizabeth married Samuel Cohli in 1864, John A. married Nancy Helms in 1866, Rachel married William Helms in 1863, David married Elliana Bishop in 1872, Abram E. married Elizabeth in 1871, Tobias married Lovina Crater in 1872, Lavina married John Page in 1892, James married Calista M. Stone in 1880 and Sarah Ann married William J. Fish also in 1880.

John Holderman and Anna lived for 30 years at their home in Baugo twp where, on 18 June 1887, John passed away. At the time of his death he was a large man, weighing about 325 lbs and requiring a special coffin for his burial. Anna lived for another 18 years, dying 16 August 1905. They are both buried in the Olive Cemetery, Elkhart Co., IN.

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John Holderman's Timeline

June 6, 1812
Holmes County, Ohio, United States
November 11, 1835
Age 23
Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
April 16, 1837
Age 24
Holmes County, Ohio, USA
September 25, 1839
Age 27
August 23, 1844
Age 32
Ohio, USA
Age 32
Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Age 33
Coshocton County, Ohio, USA
June 6, 1847
Age 35
Holmes County, Ohio, USA
February 7, 1848
Age 35
Tuscarawas County, Ohio
April 20, 1849
Age 36
Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA