Ethel Holtzclaw

9 October 1810–1 May 1890 (Age 79)
Greenville, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Ethel

When Ethel Holtzclaw was born on 9 October 1810, in Greenville, South Carolina, United States, his father, Stephen Holtzclaw, was 40 and his mother, Alise Green, was 37. He married Minerva Edwards about 1836, in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in South Carolina, United States in 1870 and Chick Springs, Greenville, South Carolina, United States in 1880. He died on 1 May 1890, at the age of 79, and was buried in Taylors, Greenville, South Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ethel Holtzclaw
Minerva Edwards
Marriage: about 1836
Thomas A. Holtzclaw
Mary E. Holtzclaw
Capt George William Holtzclaw
John Whitner Holtzclaw
J. Franklin Holtzclaw
Rebecca Jane Holtzclaw
Ervine Holtzclaw
James Furman Holtzclaw
Jonathan Brooks Holtzclaw
Preston Whitfield Holtzclaw
Jefferson Davis Holtzclaw

Spouse and Children

about 1836
Greenville, South Carolina, United States


    Thomas A. Holtzclaw


    Mary E. Holtzclaw


    Capt George William Holtzclaw


    John Whitner Holtzclaw


    J. Franklin Holtzclaw


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World Events (8)


Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1822 · Slave Rebellion

Age 12

"On June 16, 1822, Denmark Vesey a free and self-educated African American leads a slave rebellion called ""the rising."" The interesting thing about this rebellion is that it does not really happen. The only thing the judges have to go on is the testimony of people that witness it."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 22

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Holzklau, which translates into modern German as ‘wood thief’, but is probably a nickname for someone who gathered wood, from Middle High German holz ‘wood’ + a derivative of klūben ‘to pick up’, ‘gather’, ‘steal’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • E Holtzclaw, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ethel Holtzlaw, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Ethel Holtzclaw, "United States Census, 1870"

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