Ralph Eskye Holland

b. 20 December 1878, d. 4 February 1938
  • Ralph Eskye Holland was born on 20 December 1878 in Mansfield, Tarrant County, Texas.
  • His name was recorded as Realf Eskye by some family researchers.
  • He married Ruth Lovett Finch, daughter of Henry Finch and Mary Lee Abercrombie, on 17 November 1909 in Walker County, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 18 November 1909 in The Brownsville Daily Herald: (Huntsville, Texas, Nov. 18) In this city, on Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. Mary A. Finch, was solemnized the marriage of Miss Ruth Lovett Finch to Mr. Ralph Eskye Hollland of Brownsville, Texas. The beautiful ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Elbert P. Poole of the Baptist Church.
         The Event is of unusual interest here as both parties by a residence of years are well known to the community. The young ladyis granddaughter of Col. and Mrs. L. A. Abercrombie, and this descent is a priceless legacy. No name in the history of this city has ever been more highly honored as standing for all the qualities that characterize the true gentlemen, the trusted citizen, the loyal patriot than the name of Col. L. A. Abercrombie.
         The young lady, besides her inheritance of gifts, has her own peculiar graces of mind and person. By training and by choice she is eminently suited to be the gracious presiding genius of a home. Mr. Holland is known and respected among us as a young man of education, energy and talent, and of much promise in his chosen profession of law, in which he has already attained rapid success.
          The wedding was private, there being present a few of the immediate relatives: Lieut. Henry A. Finch, Mr. F. B. Holland of Gainesville, Texas, Mr. Baxter Finch, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Abercrombie of Houston, and Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Parker and Miss Zoe Blount also of Houston.
         Mr. and Mrs. Holland are expected to arrive in Brownsville tonight. They will go tomorrow to Santa Maria where they will spend a brief honeymoon at the plantation of C. E. Lewis.
         Mr. and Mrs. Holland will be at home in Borwnsville after December 10.
         [A similar article appeared in The Galveston Daily News on the 21st.]
  • Ralph Eskye Holland and Ruth Lovett Finch appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas.
  • He was a lawyer, according to the 1910 census.
  • Ralph Eskye Holland registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in Cameron County, Texas, while living in Brownsville with his wife Ruth Finch Holland, self-employed there as an attorney.
  • Ralph Eskye Holland and Ruth Lovett Finch appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Cameron County, Texas. Other members of the household included Ralph Eskye Holland Jr., Henry Finch Holland and Mary Lee Abercrombie.
  • He was an attorney-at-law, according to the 1920 census.
  • He officially witnessed the death of Ralph Eskye Holland Jr. on 20 September 1924 in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas; in a hunting accident.
  • Ralph Eskye Holland and Ruth Lovett Finch appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Cameron County, Texas. Other members of the household included Baxter Finch Holland and Henry Finch Holland.
  • He was a lawyer, according to the 1930 census.
  • Ralph Eskye Holland died on 4 February 1938 at age 59 in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, . His death was officially witnessed by Henry Finch Holland.
  • His wife Ruth Lovett Finch became a widow at his death.
  • He was interred at Buena Vista Burial Park, Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 8 February 1938 in The Brownsville Herald: (Brownsville) Funeral services for R. E. Holland, 58, attorney who had resided here 30 years, were held Saturday at the Church of the Advent here, Rev. P. W. Hirst officiating. Burial was in Buena Vista cemetery.
         Mr. Holland died shortly after a heart attack Friday afternoon. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Henry, of San Antonio, and Baxter, of Brownsville.
         Born in Man[s]field, Texas, Dec. 20, 1878, he was educated at Baylor University and at the state teachers' college at Huntsville. He moved to Brownsville in 1907, and was admitted to the practice of law after studying in the law office of the late James V. Wells. He was a Mason, and a member of the Episcopal Church.
         Pallbearers included A. K. Black, Sam Bell, Capt. E. M. Dierlam, Fred Rusteberg Sr., I. Dorfman, James A. Browne, Alfred Putegnot, and A. Wayne Wood.
         Honorary pallbearers included Joe Canales, James Abney, R. A. Porter, W. J. Blackshear, R. O. Mackintosh, Milton West, Robert Holland, Floyd Holland and Clyde Holland, Oscar Dancy, R. C. McClus?land, Herbert Yates, Homer Fitch, Louis Brulay, Grover Wagner, and Robert Wagner.
  • Last Edited: 1 Jun 2013

Family: Ruth Lovett Finch b. 6 June 1881, d. 27 August 1961