When Lora Alfred Holbrook was born on 14 July 1868, in Trempealeau, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Harvey William Holbrook, was 23 and his mother, Charlotte Lottie E. Williams, was 17. He married Edna Pearl Ludwick on 7 January 1891. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Jefferson Election Precinct, Madison, Nebraska, United States in 1880 and Garfield Township, Antelope, Nebraska, United States for about 20 years. He died on 10 May 1931, in Orchard, Antelope, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Orchard, Antelope, Nebraska, United States.
English: habitational name from any of various places called with Old English hol ‘hole, hollow’ + brōc ‘brook, stream’, such as Holbrook (Derbyshire, Dorset, Suffolk) and Howbrook in Wortley (Yorkshire).
Americanized form of North German Halbrock (or some like-sounding surname), a cognate of 1 above.
History: This name was first taken to America by the brothers Thomas and John Holbrook, who emigrated to MA in the 17th century; their line can be traced back to Dundry, Somerset, England, in the first half of the 16th century. Other English bearers who started early lines of descent in the New World are Joseph Ho(u)lbrook of Warrington, Lancashire, who emigrated to MD as an indentured servant in the later 17th century; Randolph Holbrook, who was in VA in the 1720s but later returned to Nantwich, Cheshire; and Rev. John Holbrook, who emigrated from Handbury, Staffordshire, to NJ c. 1723.
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