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Franklin Harper Holland

Franklin Harper Holland had first married Mary Ann Quinn, in 1838, who died in the 20th year of her age. They had an infant son who died in December 18th of 1839. The three are buried At Olney Cem. Gaston Co. NC. 1850 Gaston County Census. He is there listed as a 42 year old male, Farmer, with PR 31, Wiley J. 4, and James, 2.

Will #263: FRANKLIN H. HOLLAND, 18 August 1857, October 1857. Wife Ruth P. Holland. My four children, William Joseph; James Oliver; Leroy Chalmers; and Mary Pricilla Holland, minors. Exec. Wife. Wit: Lwn. Wilson, Wm. W. Torrence (Probate shows witness Law'n Wilson). Original not examined. Will Book 1, Page 94.

Married first:

Mary Anne Quinn

Daughter of James Quinn and Sarah Ferguson

Married second:

Priscilla Ruth Wilson

Priscilla Ruth Wilson (b. 22 May 1818, d. 28 February 1876)


     Priscilla Ruth Wilson, was born 22 May 1818 in Lincoln County

NC and died 28 February 1876 in Porto Feliz, SP, Brazil6.  She

married Franklin Harper Holland on 13 December 1843 in Gaston

Co. NC, son of Oliver Wiley Holland, Sr.and Mary E. Moore.

 Notes for Priscilla Ruth Wilson:

     Priscilla was very unhappy and disappointed with the situation

of the South. In 1857, before the war, five Holland men had died, same

year, her husband included, then came the war and she lost nephews. After, and above all, the later humiliating situation she couldn't abide, she left her home in Gaston County,in the Morning at half past nine, February 15th, 1867, to Brazil with her four children. They sold their place at Crowder's Creek to Dr. William J Torrence, who lived there the rest of his life. They went to New York. When waiting to get on board of the ship South America in February, 23 or 25th, 1867, they sent several letters to relatives and friends in North Caroline. (Some of those letters were in power of Robert Hoffman in 1963, where can it be now?)

Arrived in Rio de Janeiro on 22 Of March 1867, not sure if later the ship went to Santos or not.

     Already in Brazil they first settled in Santa Barbara d'Oeste, SP, as we can read in Judith McKnight Jones book, "Soldier, now you may rest", p. 166: Lived also in the Retiro Neighborhood, at American Colony, near Santa Barbara d'Oeste, SP, the widow Priscilla Holland, who came from Carolina with her children William, Jim, Leroy who was nicknamed Lee, and Mary, the youngest.

     And in p. 253: The Hollands didn't stay long in the Retiro Neighborhood, and moved to several places, among them the city of Tatuhy, however Lee was witness (p. 287) of a deed sale of the Tanner's property in 1887, at Santa Barbara.

     They lived in several places in the Sao Paulo State. In 1875, they were living at Porto Feliz (Happy Harbour), her older son Willie died unmarried and young (30), then in Feb. 1876 Priscilla died also.  James had married and moved, by this time. This left Leroy and Mary, both unmarried. Probably feeling alone, they came back to Americana and soon both married Americans.

More About Priscilla Ruth Wilson:

Fact 1: 1867, emigrates to Brazil.
More About Priscilla Ruth Wilson and Franklin Harper Holland:
Marriage 1: 13 December 1843, Gaston Co. NC.
Marriage 2: 13 December 1843, Lincoln County, NC.

Children of Priscilla Ruth Wilson and Franklin Harper Hollandare:

  1. Stillborn Daughter Holland, b. 05 August 1844, d. date unknown.

  2. William Joseph Holland, b. 17 December 1845, Gaston County, NC, d. 1875, Porto Feliz, SP, Brazil.

  3. +James Oliver Holland, b. 20 February 1849, Gaston Co. NC, d. Aft. 1894, Goias, Brazil.

  4. +Leroy Chalmers Holland, b. 10 June 1851, Gaston County, NC, d. 06 November 1921, Itirapina, SP, Brazil.

  5. +Mary Priscilla Holland, b. 07 February 1854, Gaston County, NC, d. 31 July 1916, Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, SP, Brazil.

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Priscilla Ruth Wilson
1.  Stillborn Daughter Holland, b. 05 August 1844, d. date unknown.
(1st Child of Franklin Harper Holland)

2.   William Joseph Holland

BIRTH 17 DEC 1845 • Gaston, North Carolina

DEATH 1875 • Pôrto Feliz, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The man known as William in Brazil, was listed as Wiley on the 1850 census. He was attending the freshman class at Davidson College in North Carolina, USA when his family relocated to Brazil.
in 1875 in Porto Feliz, he caught of pneumonia and died, unmarried with no known children.

(2nd Child of Franklin Harper Holland)
(3rd Child of Franklin Harper Holland)

3.  James Oliver Holland

On April 20th 1869 he wrote a letter from Jardim, near Campinas, to Sarah Torrence telling about day-by-day live in Brazil and giving cousin June (William Junius Torrence) directions how to send his money to Brazil.

James Oliver Holland, was born on February 20, 1849 in Crowders Creek, Gaston County, North Carolina. He was the second son of Franklin Harper Holland and Priscilla Ruth Wilson. He was four years younger than his older brother Wiley. He had two more brothers, Leroy, born in 1951 and Mary Priscilla, from 1854.

We know little of his childhood. The house he was born in was built on land that his maternal grandfather had given to his parents when they married and was originally part of his farm. His uncles and grandparents and maternal cousins ​​all lived on the same farm, however, he hardly knew his maternal grandparents because his grandmother died when he was two and his grandfather was five.

Her paternal grandparents, Oliver and Polly, lived northeast of their home, about two miles away. Both his father and paternal grandfather died in 1857, when James was eight years old. And your grandmother Polly, when she was eighteen.

His childhood friends must have been his cousins ​​Clisby Torrence, who was the same age as his older brother Wiley, and his cousin Sarah Clementine who was roughly the same age, both children of his aunt Mary Wilson Torrence; and Sarah Priscilla Torrence, daughter of her aunt Sarah Torrence, two years younger. On his father's side there were only two cousins ​​about his age but they did not live so close and were probably only at church or on special occasions. Interestingly, one of them, Mary Ann, Jasper's daughter, also married a member of the Torrence family.

When James was 12 years old, war broke out between the states and most of his childhood memories would probably be from very sad times. At eighteen he moved to Brazil with his mother and brothers.

As we reported about your mother's life. The early days in Brazil were full of changes and hard work. They lived in several cities, always working as farmers. James was the first to marry among his brothers. He must have married around 1871 or 1872. His wife was Jurilla Margaret Green, originally from Dallas, Texas. James met her in Santa Barbara d'Oeste.

On October 25, 1873 their first son was born, to whom they named William Joseph, who was both the name of his older brother and his maternal grandfather. In 1875 his second son was born, named after his father, Franklin. In August of this year James accidentally shot himself in the leg. It took many months to fully recover its movement. At this same time his older brother, William Joseph, passed away, and at the beginning of the following year, Priscilla, his mother. With Priscilla's death, James inherited the family bible, where all the records and births of Holland and Wilson were. For some unknown reason, it is said that his wife burned this bible.

In 1877 his son Franklin died and Mary Ruth was born. We know that James was living in Santa Barbara d'Oeste in 1879 because Helena Lee was born there, the fourth of his children. Then came Angelina Russell in 1881, Olivia Priscilla in 1885, James Ingraham in 1889, known as Little Jim, and finally Eliza Oliveira in 1891. The name Ingraham, has been written in different ways throughout our research. As we do not have information on what the correct spelling is, here we adopt the way of writing the name used by their living descendants who have this name today.

James Oliver, or Big Jim, as he was called by the brothers, kept in touch with his cousins ​​in the United States because in 1894 he wrote a letter to the son of his cousin Sarah Priscilla Torrence, Leonidas Chalmers Glenn, on October 22, 1894 telling that he had become a land clearer for the government and that for this reason he spent a lot of time in remote borders of the country, far from his family. As Leeônidas told us in a letter of March 26, 1946, in the letter Big Jim mentions his seven children who have reached adulthood.

They were living in Ibitinga at that time and, probably because of the difficulty in maintaining their Presbyterian religion where there were no temples or ministers, they became Catholics. On September 8, 1895, he baptized his daughter Eliza at the Matriz de Ibitinga. Eliza was already three years old.

We know that James passed away relatively young, between 45 and 57 years of age, that is before 1906 as it appears in his daughter Helena's marriage record.

After his death, there was practically no contact, or at least we have no news, between the family of Big Jim and his brothers Lee and Mary Priscilla. According to family tradition, James and Lee's wife detested each other. Over the years and Lee's death, no one else knew the whereabouts of his descendants except for occasional contact with the descendants of Little Jim, who had moved to Campo Grande. However, even Big Jim's children lost contact with Ibitinga's cousins. They knew nothing about them for the next hundred years. Not even that they lived there. So close to Lee and Mary's descendants!

Jurilla Margaret Green, wife of James Oliver passed away in 1935, probably over eighty years old. Olivia, her fifth daughter, as already mentioned, died unmarried around 1944, at about 60 years of age.





William Joseph Holland, was the eldest son of James Oliver Holland. He was known by friends and nephews, and appears in some documents, such as Guilherme José. With his wife, Maria Rufina ____, he was godfather to several nephews in Ibitinga between 1899 and 1910. He lived in Cafelândia, in São Paulo, during that period. It is not known if he had children.



BIRTH ABT 1875 • Brazil

DEATH ABT 1877 • Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Died Young



Maria Ruth Holland, born in 1877, married, at an unknown date and place, with Luiz Veash. We discovered only one daughter, Julia Margarida, born on August 19, 1911 and so named in honor of her maternal grandmother, in Ibitinga. It is not known where they lived or whether they had any more children, or anything about the life of Julia Margarida Veash.  She is believed to have died in Ibitinga.



Angelina Russell Holland, was born on January 16, 1881, in Rio Claro, Sao Paulo, Brazi or possibly Santa Bárbara d'Oeste. She was the daughter of James Oliver Holland and Jurilla Margaret Green. the fourth child and second female.

Angelina married at the age of 17, on June 28, 1896, in Ibitinga,to  José Sotero Telles de Menezes, son of Gonçalo Vieira Telles de Menezes and Maria José da Purificação. José Sotero was born in Sergipe and came to São Paulo after an argument with his parents. He owned the Ibitinga Registry office. They had six children, who were all born there.

José Sotero Telles de Menezes was organizing a visit to his family in Sergipe when he caught pneumonia and died very young, in May 1909. His youngest son was born in that same year. Despite being the owner of the registry, with his death Angelina was not in a good financial situation so she and her sister Olivia made bobbin lace - the famous Ibitinga lace - to help with the family budget.

There is no further information about the life of Angelina and José Sotero. Angelina died on August 11, 1945. It seems that she fell ill during a visit she was making to one of her relatives in São Paulo. She was buried in São Paulo. Her daughter Olga said that she had a funny American accent.

Known Children:


                   Isaura Telles de Menezes

                   BIRTH 1900 • Ibitinga, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                   DEATH Iacanga, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                   Married:  Humberto Jaceguay Basso

                   They had at least one child:  Afranio Jaceguay Basso, BIRTH 13 JUN 1926 •  Ibitinga,                                            São Paulo, Brazil, DEATH Unknown


                   Maria Telles de Menezes

                   BIRTH 18 MAY 1904 • Ibitinga, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                   DEATH Unknown


                   Olga Telles de Menezes

                   BIRTH 17 DEC 1905 • Ibitinga, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                   DEATH Unknown


                   Benedito Baptista Santo


                   Raul Telles de Menezes

                   BIRTH 14 NOV 1907 • Ibitinga, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                   DEATH Unknown


                   Fausto Telles de Menezes

                   BIRTH 25 JAN 1909 • Ibitinga, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                   DEATH Unknown


                   José Teles de Menezes



Helena Lee Holland, was born around 1884 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste. She was the daughter of James Oliver Holland and Jurilla Margaret Green. The date of his birth is uncertain. We originally had information about a daughter named Edna, born this year, it is possible that our information was wrong and there was never an Edna or if Helena is the same person but with a Brazilian name or if she would be another daughter that we did not know about. It is possible that Edna died in childhood and Helena was born later. We did not find any other record about Edna, nor do the brothers' descendants remember that there was never any Edna, so we concluded that it must be the same about which there was a reading error. Therefore, she was the fifth child of his parents and the third female.

Helena married in Ibitinga, on April 30, 1906, with a German immigrant named August Schikanowski, born in 1874, son of Michael and Ernestine Schikanowski, both already deceased, August left, in Germany, a brother, who did not have descendants, and a sister.

August was a surveyor. As a good German he was, for a time he had a beer factory in Ibitinga. Helena died very young, at the age of 33, in 1917. Her son Augusto, the youngest, had no memories of his mother. After his death, August spent some time in Ibitinga where his sister-in-law Angelina and Olivia helped with the children. Later he moved to the Cambuci neighborhood in São Paulo and finally to Mauá, where he was one of the first residents. Today there is a street named after him in Mauá. August and Helena had four children, all born in Ibitinga.


                   Maria Emilia Schikanowski

                   BIRTH 14 MAY 1907 • Ibitinga, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                   DEATH 25 DEC 2006 • Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil


                   Julio Schikanowski,

                   BIRTH 5 FEB 1913 • Ibitinga, São Paulo, Brazil

                   DEATH 11 OCT 1989 • Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil


                   Maria da Conceição

                   They had at least one child:  Milton Schikanowski


                   Augusto Schikanowski,


                   BIRTH 3 JAN 1916 • Ibitinga, São Paulo, Brazil

                   DEATH Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil


                   Jose Benidito Schikanowski


                   Jacira Salgueiro

                   BIRTH 21 NOV 1917

                   DEATH 7 MAR 1989 • Mauá, SP, Brazil



Olivia Priscilla Holland passed away single in 1945, is buried in Cafelândia, near the grave of her niece Olga's husband, Francisco Figueiredo Netto.



James Ingraham Holland, was born in 1889 in an unknown place. He was the seventh son of James Oliver Holland and Jurilla Margaret Green and his nickname was Little Jim. He married Sarita Bahrain, born on August 26, 1896 in Alegrete, in Rio Grande do Sul.  Location of wedding and the names of her parents are unknown.

Nothing is known about James' childhood and youth. Possibly he accompanied his father in his activities as a pioneer of public lands in the interior of the country and for that same reason he ended up moving to Campo Grande at some point. James died around 1945 and Sarita, from 1965, probably both in Campo Grande.

Between 1917 and 1937 James and Sarita had twelve children. All died before 2011, except Dinorah who is alive (in 2014).


        1.  Edna Holland  (Born 1917) 

        2.  Epaminondas Holland  (Born 27 Jun 1920), 

        3.  Elsie Holland BIRTH 10 NOV 1918 • Campo Grande, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul,                                  Brazil, DEATH 1999.  Married:  José Lorentz de Carvalho, BIRTH 1904, DEATH 1976, Son                                of Afonso Moritz de Carvalho and Albertina Lorentz. 

        4.  Mario Holland, BIRTH 17 MAR 1922, 

        5.  Idary Holland, BIRTH 1 JUL 1923, 

        6.  Julia Barém Holland,  BIRTH  7 JAN 1926 • Campo Grande, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul,                  Brazil, DEATH Unknown, 

        7.  Adail Ingram Holland, BIRTH 28 APR 1929 • Campo Grande, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul,                Brazil, DEATH 20 SEP 1998, 

        8.  Eliza Holland, Married: Athos Thomas Goliouras, 

        9.  Afrânio Holland, BIRTH 16 JUN 1934 • Campo Grande, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul,                            Brazil,  DEATH 10 JUN 1966, 

        10. Ivone Holland,  BIRTH 29 MAY 1936 • Campo Grande, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul,                            Brazil,  DEATH Unknown, 

        11. Thiers Barem Holland,  BIRTH 29 AUG 1937 • Campo Grande, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do                      Sul, Brazil, DEATH 16 JUN 1968. 

        12. One more child - Living - Private.



Eliza Olivera Holland, was born around 1891 and was baptized on September 8, 1895 in Ibitinga. She was the eighth and final daughter of James Oliver Holland and Jurilla Margaret Green. Eliza married in Ibitinga on December 7, 1907,  Dr. Ernesto da Gama Cerqueira. The name Olivera, must be a reference to the name of some ancestors and not Oliveira, a current surname in Brazil, hence the spelling.

Ernesto da Gama Cerqueira was born in 1875 in Ouro Preto and moved to Ibitinga after becoming a lawyer. He was the son of Caetano Augusto and Ana Emília da Gama Cerqueira, paternal grandson of Cesário Augusto da Gama and Emília da Gama Cerqueira, a traditional family from Minas Gerais whose ancestors can be traced back to João Annes de Villas Boas, Lord of Torre de Airó, who lived around the years 1350 to 1380, during the reign of D. Afonso III, in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. One of his father's cousins, Eduardo Ernesto da Gama Cerqueira was governor of Minas Gerais from 1891 to 1892. There is a street in the Center of Ibitinga with the name of Ernesto.

Ernesto and Eliza only had their first daughter, Corina, in 1913, six years after their marriage. After her, they had only two more girls, Edith, in 1915 and Clarice in 1916. They lived for many years in Ibitinga and then moved to Itápolis. His daughters got married and went to live in São Paulo. We will talk about them later. We do not know other details of Ernesto and Eliza's life. They had 5 grandchildren.


         1.  Corina  (Born 1913)

         2.  Edith  (Born 1915)

         3.  Clarice  (Born 1916)

4.  Leroy "Lee" Chalmers Holland

(4th Child of Franklin Harper Holland)



Lee met his future wife, Margaret Cynthia Steagall, on a visit he had made to Santa Barbara. She used to say that Lee's hair was curly and very beautiful and that when he came to visit her, before arriving at his house, there was a little stream, so he always stopped there to wet his hair so that it was even more curly and beautiful for her. Cynthia kept a curl of hair that Lee gave her at that time.


Cynthia was born on January 10, 1862 in Gonzales, Texas, and married Lee at eighteen, the day he was 29, June 10, 1880. Cynthia was the daughter of Henry Farrar Steagall and Delia Elisabeth Peck and had eight brothers and sisters. Henry, on the maternal side, was descended from an important North Carolina family. Henry's maternal grandfather was Turner Bobbitt, a great landowner; Turner's wife, Elizabeth Bowdon, was a descendant of Judith Jefferson, President Thomas Jefferson's aunt. Delia was born in Tennessee, where her father, John Peck, had lots of land. Delia's mother, Temperance Amanda Crawford had died in childbirth of her fifth child, when Delia was ten years old. The three daughters were raised by their father. John Peck was murdered by two of his slaves and the three young daughters went to live at the home of Ephraim Hubbard Foster, a close friend of his father who was then a senator from the state of Tennessee. After his father's death, Henry moved with his mother to Tennessee. There he met his future wife and had their first children. Then they moved to Gonzales, Texas, where they had been for thirteen years. It was there that Cynthia was born. 

Lee and Cynthia had ten children, nine of whom reached adulthood, including two pairs of twins. They did not stay long in Santa Barbara. Through the birthplace of the children, we know that from 1882 to 1884 they were living in Indaiatuba, who returned to Santa Bárbara before 1886 where they stayed until at least 1890. From 1894 to 1900 they were in Dois Córregos, having, in this last period, lived in Mineiros do Tietê for a while. Around 1902 they lived on a farm near São Manoel. After the children were grown up they moved to Itirapina, where they never left.

According to Aunt Nellie, with all these changes, twenty years went by without Lee seeing his sister Mary Priscilla Weissinger or his brother James Oliver. Even Cynthia has lost some of her ties to her family. Also according to Aunt Nellie, Cynthia and Jurilla, Big Jim's wife, detested each other. Aunt Nellie said that Lee, having so many children, Edward, Bob, Tom, Rosa, Diddie, was all the time with several around him, hanging in his arms and pulling on his clothes, while his brother James did not like having them by near. Cynthia always mentioned this to show the difference between the brothers. Naturally this is the part of the story that we know. We know nothing about what James and Jurilla said. Of course, not everyone likes the hustle and bustle that children do. 

Their first child, Thomas Lee Holland, Tom, as he was called by the family, was born on April 10, 1882. Tom suffered from Down's syndrome and only learned to walk when he was five years old. Her granddaughter Itamar said that Cynthia was always very kind to Uncle Tom. She said that her grandmother had a beautiful flower garden, in Itirapina, which she liked very much. Cynthia was very strict with her grandchildren who played around threatening to spoil the flowers. Once, Itamar was in the garden with his grandmother when a man arrived and took one of the flowers through the fence. Itamar, who then was not more than five years old, seeing that, ran to the man and told him not to do that but Cynthia held his hand and said: "No, little girl, everything is fine". The man was also retarded.

Exactly a month after Tom's birth, Cynthia's nephew, Thomas Edward Adelle Steagall, was born on May 10, 1882, the first son of her brother Thomas Henry Steagall, who had married Rosa Adelle Daniel. Unfortunately, Rosa Adell, due to complications of childbirth, died a few days later, on May 29. Cynthia, who was very fond of this sister-in-law and had also just given birth, on the day of Rosa's funeral, offered to raise the baby. Since both babies had the same first name, their nephew was called by the second, Edward. Ed stayed with Lee and Cynthia until the age of twelve, when his father came to get him back.

Uncle Thomas was a farm manager in Tatuí. In 1906, Edward, who had become a good-natured and talkative young man, was spending the weekend at his father's house with several of his friends. It was a party all day. She danced with her stepmother several times, even when she complained that she wanted to rest they continued. When it was over, they said, "Let's get some sleep." Then Edward took the revolver he left on the table and put it on his waist. At that time a friend called. "Edward, how did you even do that funny thing?" it was a game with a sheet of paper in front of a lamp. Ed replied “It is like this: You put your knee on the floor ...” and while he answered he was already kneeling down to show it. Unfortunately with the movement the revolver fell from his waist, accidentally fired, hitting Edward in the chest. He was still able to get up and cross the room to his father and said to him, "Dad, I killed myself". He was 24 years old. Edward called Cynthia "mama" because she was the one who created him. He always said that after he was taken by his father, he used to cry about missing her. A few days before his death, he had announced that he was going to visit them. The night he died, they were all at Lee's house when the telegram arrived. Everyone was very happy and said it was him saying he was going to arrive. Instead, they warned of his death. Cynthia cried for six months without stopping, day and night. Until the day of his death, he had a large portrait of Edward (and one of D. Pedro II too) in his room. Eduardo, Bob's second son, was named after this cousin, considered by his father as an older brother. 

But we go too far with the story. On June 6, 1884, Lee's second son, Robert Wilson Holland, was born. Bob, as his family called him, was named after one of Cynthia's brothers, Robert Stell, and his paternal grandmother's family, Wilson. On May 3, 1886, a daughter was born, named Rosa Adell, in honor of the late sister-in-law of Cynthia, Edward's mother. His nickname was Joe. In 1888 they had Delia Virginia, named after Cynthia's mother and younger sister. She was called Diddie by the family. Then Roy Elmer, who was born on December 27, 1890. On January 17, 1894 they had twins: Paul Pierce and Annette. Annette died at the age of one, on January 25, 1895 and was buried in the Cemitério do Campo, in Santa Bárbara. In his tomb it is recorded: "For such is the Kingdom of Heaven". From that day on everyone was referred to as "Little Nell". The next child to be born was not registered by Lee who said she could keep the record of her sister who had died just a few moments ago. So for many years he used the papers of his sister two years older. Annette, however, did not like to be called that because she said that was her sister's name. She was always called Nellie by her family, and later she signed her documents. In 1900 they again had twins, Margaret Lee and Virginia Steagall. (In the photo above the twins Lillie and Jennie on their 7th birthday).

Uncle Paulo used to say that his father was a quiet and hardworking man, very honest and that he smoked a lot. He also had enormous willpower. He said that he once looked at the calendar and said, "I'm going to smoke for a year." He kept his word and, exactly after a year, he looked at the calendar and said that from that day on he could smoke again. He was a melancholy and introspective man, very tall, like his father, uncles and children, with a severe appearance. He wore a long beard, in the southern style, which in time turned white. Paulo Wilson Holland, one of his grandchildren, keeps a poetry that he wrote. Wilson remembers that his father, Roy Elmer, said that Lee felt deep sadness on moonlit nights; he mounted his horse and rode out into the night for hours on end.

One day one of the boys' friends innocently started singing “Marching through Georgia” in the backyard. Lee appeared upset, told him to shut up and never sing that song in his house again. It was the song the soldiers were singing when they burned down the house where they lived in the United States.

About the time they lived on the São Manoel farm, which belonged to a man named Bento Alexandrino de Olegário Maciel who lived in Tanquinhos, and for which Lee was responsible for the office, Uncle Paulo said that he and Roy, then teenagers, helped in tasks such as corn processing and coffee drying. They had a parrot in the barn that was always counting "One, four, one, four" because that was where their children used to exercise. Cynthia, a hard worker, helped with the budget by sewing men's clothes, in addition to naturally doing it for the family. They say she was severe and nervous. He had little patience with the children, except for the youngest son, Paulo, who always called "Baby" and "Honey". Despite her stern way, Cynthia used to say that her main reason for living was having the children around her, so she was happy. This is a letter he wrote to his granddaughter Itamar around 1919 or 20. Itie and Cy were the nicknames of the sisters Itamar and Iracy. 

"My dear little girl Itie,

I received your letter, which came with Mom's letter: Grandma thanks you for the kisses you send her, and Grandma sends you lots of kisses, hugs and longings for you and your little sister Cy. So you come in the basket? and Cy doesn't want to leave Mom? then do you know how you can do it? buy a big basket, and you sit in one corner, Cy in the other, and mom in the other, and fill the other corner with flowers, isn't that good? but you, Mom and Cy are already three grandma's flowers. Now I'm going to finish this one and write to Auntie Nellie. You and Cy accept lots of hugs and kisses, from those who love you with all their hearts, Grandma. "

Aunt Deedie used to say that Cynthia was a lovely person but she had a flaw: Cynthia had an older sister, Patty, and she thought she had allowed Patty to dominate her and all the other brothers. Fearing that something similar would happen between his own children, he never allowed any of them to give orders to others. This greatly complicated the lives of the elders who had to care for the youngest when their parents were not there but could not tell them what to do or not to do. Cynthia had to work very hard and be very strict because Lee was too kind to the kids and everyone else so he made little money. Lee liked that all of his grandchildren called him “Daddy.” For a while he had a corn mill and the way customers paid was like this: they brought a can full of ears of corn, then he ground and delivered a can of flour and kept the leftovers in payment. Of course, a can of corn cobs didn’t produce enough flour to fill the can, yet he delivered a full can to customers. So Cynthia had to work even harder to face family accounts. She said it was very hard to be the wife of a man who has no ability to earn money. In a way she was the man in the family. She had a lot of energy.


Once, talking to her husband, Cynthia noted that the Steagalls were much more important than the Holland. Lee laughed and said they weren't, since the Holland was a traditional, well-known and highly respected family in their North Carolina region, and that the Steagalls, according to their sister-in-law Kenny, were almost unknown in Tennessee and the Texas.

In September 1920, his son Bob died in an accident leaving four young children. Lee and Cynthia brought their daughter-in-law and grandchildren to live with them in the neighborhood of Itaqueri-da-Serra, 18 kilometers away from Itirapina, a place that even today only has two streets. Lico, the oldest grandson, who was then almost fourteen, said that there was a certain time for everyone to go to bed and that unfortunately that time would arrive as soon as it was dark. Ritinha, mother of the boys, pitying the children who were not sleepy so early, silently opened the bedroom window and told the two older ones, Lico and Eduardo, to go outside and play while they were not sleepy. 

At this time Lee and Cynthia were very tight and the arrival of their daughter-in-law with the children only made the situation worse. Roy and Paulo, who worked on a farm in Covas, near Franca, owned by the British company Armor, used to send money to pay their parents' expenses.

In late 1921, one of Lee's neighbors lost a horse and asked him to help search. The day was cold and rainy and Lee ended up with pneumonia. Aunt Nellie used to say that the doctor treated his father for a week as if he had only back pain. When they found out that the real problem was too late. Naturally, at that time there were no antibiotics. Lee died in Itirapina on November 6, 1921. He was 70 years old. Only Robert, Deddie and Joe had been married until then. After her husband's death, Cynthia went to spend time in Franca with her daughters Nellie and Joe. There he wrote a letter to Lillie and Jennie showing how nervous she was:


Franca, 25-11-21

My Dear children,

I want you to write right now and let us now if Cianelli did the work at the cemetery, and what it amounted to? Paul must know before the end of the month, so as to be able to settle with Jahú; he must know also what our two wreath cost, so as to put them on the account too, you know me, was Ritinhas, and the other two ours? Another thing, I want to know if you took Nellies letter to Salustiano, and what he said? It is most essential that you keep us frosted on these matters, but dont talk much about it to outsiders, am afraid we will have trouble. Lillie, do all you can to secure a place in the Continental, because Armani is going to close for some time (time indefinite). This is a secret. I think it is best that you hurry on to São Paulo, and go as soon as possible to see Mrs. Hughes. Jennie, I want you to take your regular medicine, and get well, and strong. When Jahu gets some thing good for Ritinha, you must stay with mama, and be her compromised, you Tom and mama will live together; with Gods help we will get along. Tell Ritinha to look after everything there for me, and I will try to go soon. I know I ought to be there, but Joe and Nellie are so good to me, I cant go yet. They do all they can for my comfort. Ritinha can have Rita to do the housing, and if she want to put a price on it, I will settle with her when I go. Yesterday was thanksgiving day and Roy and Paul had dinner with us, Roy will go the evening. Will close as am so nervous. Tell the boys to water the plants and take in the fertilizer for granny till she goes to be there. With lots of saudades, Ever your old Mama (P.S.) Just read your letter. When you go to SP, as soon as you get settled, write and send address and tell me what you arranged. I am afraid Joe is sick.

Mama "

Cynthia was very depressed by the deaths of her husband and son. Nine months after writing this letter, he also contracted pneumonia and died on August 15, 1922 at the age of just 60. She was buried beside her husband in Itirapina.

After the death of Cynthia, Ritinha, and her four children, and Deedie, with Itamar and Iracy, stayed on the farm for months until they fixed everything. Lee and Cynthia's daughters decided that their two brothers, Paulo and Roy, should keep the inheritance because they were never in school and their parents used the money they had just to pay for the girls' school while the boys were helping with the family's chores. , so it was only fair that they should share the money from the sale of the property.


Joe, then already married and with eight children, took Tom to live with her.
















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Leroy Chalmers Holland, was born on June 10, 1851 in Crowders Creek, Gaston County, North Carolina. He was the third son of Franklin Harper Holland and Priscilla Ruth Wilson. He was six years younger than his older brother Wiley and two from James. He had a younger sister, Mary Priscilla, who was born in 1854. He was called Lee by the family. His name was a tribute to two Presbyterian ministers whom Franklin and Priscilla were very fond of.


The house he was born in was built on land that his maternal grandfather had given to his parents when they married, which was originally part of his farm. His uncles and grandparents and maternal cousins ​​all lived on the same farm however we can say that he did not know his maternal grandparents because his grandmother died when he was three months old and his grandfather was three years old. Lee had a cousin Sarah Priscilla Torrence, the daughter of her aunt Sarah Wilson Torrence, who was the same age and must have been a childhood companion, in addition to her brothers.


Her paternal grandparents, Oliver and Polly, lived northeast of their home, about two miles away. Both her father and paternal grandfather died in 1857, when Lee was six years old. And your grandmother Polly, when she was sixteen.

When Lee was 10 years old, war broke out between the states and most of his childhood memories would probably be from very sad times. At sixteen he moved to Brazil with his mother and brothers.


It is said that he attended school in Tatuí, but that, as he was not blond and quickly learned to speak Portuguese with almost no accent, most of his colleagues, who called him Luiz, forgot that he was not Brazilian. His son Robert named Luiz Lee's eldest son, in reference to his father's two nicknames, the American and the Brazilian nicknames.

As we reported about your mother and brothers. The early days in Brazil were full of changes and hard work. They lived in several cities, Santa Bárbara, Tatuí, Porto Feliz, always working as farmers. James was the first to marry among his brothers. He must have been married around 1871 or 1872. In 1875, in Porto Feliz, his eldest brother, William Joseph, died, and at the beginning of the following year, Priscilla, his mother. Lee and his sister Mary must have felt very alone. Probably for this reason, and perhaps also looking for someone to marry, and a place where they could attend church, they moved again to Santa Barbara, where most of the Americans who came to Brazil were. They returned to live in Bairro do Retiro, close to other American families. Mary Priscilla must have married John Wesley Weissinger in 1878 or 1879, because in the beginning of 1880 her first child was born.

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Standing: (L-R)  Paulo Pierce, Roy Elmer, Unidentified, Unidentified, Nellie, and Tom - sitting

1.   THOMAS LEE HOLLAND                 (1ST Child of Leroy Chalmers Holland)


Tom, as he was called by his family, was born on April 10, 1882. Tom suffered from Down syndrome and only learned to walk when he was five years old. Her granddaughter Itamar said that Cynthia was always very kind to Uncle Tom. She said that her grandmother had a beautiful flower garden, in Itirapina, which she liked very much. Cynthia was very strict with her grandchildren who played around threatening to spoil the flowers. Once, Itamar was in the garden with his grandmother when a man arrived and took one of the flowers through the fence. Itamar, who then was not more than five years old, seeing that, ran to the man and told him not to do that but Cynthia held his hand and said: "No, little girl, everything is fine". The man was also exceptional. After the death of his parents Tom went to live with his sister. Tom was a lot of work because he went out on the streets and was slow to return, and he obeyed no one but his late mother. He died at the age of 48, a victim of digestive complications.

Tom suffered from Down syndrome. Tom was a difficult person to live with. He disappeared and made everyone look for him for hours. After the death of his parents, he feared and obeyed no one. Uncle Paulo's wife said that Joe once killed a pig and made an enormous amount of sausages and that Tom ate many of them overnight (Luiza said he ate them all), had indigestion and died. It was October 25, 1930. The truth is that it is common for people with this disease to have digestive problems which worsen a lot with age. Tom was 48 years old. He had lived much longer than would have been expected at the time.

2. ROBERT WILSON HOLLAND         (2nd Child of Leroy Chalmers Holland)  

She was baptized at Igreja Matriz de Itu with 19 days, 0n July 15, 1875, in Itu. His godparents were João Rodrigues da Rocha and his wife Rita Maria do Espírito Santo. Ritinha's parents were very religious, had some slaves, and lived comfortably in Itu with the income provided by a small coffee farm in Cabreúva.

Ritinha said, certainly with exaggeration, that her father made her marry an elderly man in payment for a gambling debt and that she was so young that she still played with dolls. In fact, we found that he married sixteen years old and that, despite being much older, by today's standards he was not that old once he was between 40 and 47 years old. We don't know for sure since we haven't found his baptism record yet.

Robert Wilson Holland, was born on June 6, 1884 in Indaiatuba, second son of Leroy Chalmers Holland and Margaret Cynthia Steagall. He was called Bob by the family. His name was a tribute to Mother Uncle Robert Stell Steagall and the family of his maternal grand-mother, Wilson. During his childhood Bob lived in several cities because his father never seemed to be well in an occupation. Before 1886, his parents moved from Indaiatuba to Santa Bárbara, and stayed there until at least 1890. From 1894 to 1900 they were in Dois Córregos, having lived in Mineiros do Tietê during this last period. Around 1902 they lived on a farm near São Manoel.
Illustrious Piracicabanos Dictionary: HOLLAND, Luiz Lee (20th century). Married to Helena Cera Holland. Ff .: Ana Maria, Evany and Heloisa. Businessman, dealer, dentist. He graduated in dentistry in 1929 from the Washington Luiz de Piracicaba School of Dentistry and was a prominent figure in local society. His registration as owner of a commercial house at Rua Moraes Barros nº 122, in local commerce, dated January 30, 1936, with a capital of 30: 000 $ 000. He presided over the Rotary Club Piracicaba (1949-50) and Esporte Clube XV de Novembro. After acquiring the building on Rua Governador Pedro de Toledo, on the corner of Rua São José, he completely renovated it and allowed the headquarters of the Centro Cultural e Recreativo Cristóvão Colombo to continue to function (Elias Netto, 2000). To the companies piracicabanas Holland Ltda. and Coury Ltda. the work on finishing the construction of the Luiz de Queiroz Building, of the Companhia de Melhoramentos Urbanos (Comurba), was entrusted with the tragic collapse, which occurred on November 6, 1964, mourned the city. There is a Luiz L. Holland street in Residencial Santo Antonio.
Luiz Lee Holland was born on November 29, 1906, in Porto Feliz, first son of Robert Wilson Holland and Rita Xavier da Silveira. He lived in Porto Feliz during his childhood. He was known as Lico by the family. Her maternal grandparents lived in Itú and had a farm in Cabreúva where the family used to go occasionally. In 1920, they moved to Osasco where their father had found a job. The children were enrolled at the Mackenzie Institute, however they stayed little in Osasco because shortly after the move Bob died in an accident at the factory where he worked. Her paternal grandparents, aware of the difficult situation in which Rita and the children were, insisted that they move in with them in Itirapina.
There the children learned to speak English with their grandparents. Soon the two passed away and Ritinha found herself again with no place to live. They moved to Piracicaba. The first years in Piracicaba were very difficult. Rita worked as a seamstress and the children had to work to help with expenses. The elders made deliveries and everyone studied. Luiz first worked in a pharmacy and then found a better job in a men's store, Casa Silveira, where, after a few years, he became a manager. Meanwhile, I was studying accounting and pharmacy. Luiz met Helena Cera, born on July 10, 1908 in Santa Maria da Serra, seventh of the nine children of Italians Giovanni Battista Cera and Georgina Vannucci.

Robert Wilson Holland, Also Known as: "Bob"

Birthdate: June 06, 1884

Birthplace: Indaiatuba, Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil

Death: September 10, 1920 (36)
Osasco, Osasco, São Paulo, Brazil (Acidente de trabalho)

Bob and his brothers helped their father with small tasks on the farms where his father worked so they learned this trade. Luiza Cantoni, a sister-in-law with whom she never met, said that her husband Paulo said that Bob was very tall, strong and courageous. Cynthia, her mother, taught all her children to write but sent her daughters to study in São Paulo. The children worked to help the father and reinforce the budget. Bob went to school however his teacher said "that Bob knew more than himself, he was very intelligent and that he was not the right person to teach him."


In 1905 Bob was a farm manager in Porto Feliz. The owner of the farm, whose name was apparently Almeida Prado, had died leaving a daughter from his first marriage and a young wife. We didn't learn the daughter's name, but the widow's name was Rita Xavier da Silveira. According to family tradition, Rita's father had given it to this elderly gentleman in payment for a gambling debt when she was just 13 years old. They said she was taken away crying, carrying all her dolls. Rita's stepdaughter, interested in Robert, then a 21-year-old, encouraged her visits to the house, however Bob ended up being pleased by the widow, who was nine years older than him.

Robert granddaughter of José Joaquim da Silveira and Maria Leite da Silveira, and maternal by Ângelo Rodrigues da Silveira and Ana Pedroso de Morais. He belonged to a traditional family from the region of Araçariguama, Itu and Cabreúva whose ancestors can be traced to Fernão Dias Pais Leme, the "Hunter of Esmeraldas", and to João Ramalho and to India Bartira. Rita was baptized in Itu on July 15, 1875, having as godfathers João Rodrigues da Rocha and his wife Rita Maria do Espírito Santo, from Itu. After her marriage, her stepdaughter never spoke to Ritinha again, as she was called by the family. Apparently Rita received nothing from her husband's inheritance. After being married, they remained at least until 1908 in Porto Feliz, where their two oldest children, Luiz and Eduardo, were born. We don't know where they lived when the two youngest children, Carlos and João Batista, were born. In 1920 they moved to Osasco where Robert had found a job in a refrigerator. He was head of the department where the meat was canned. The story passed on by the family reports that a factory employee was fired and, seeking revenge, sabotaged one of the machines that pressurized the meat that would be canned so that too much steam was escaping. When they went to fix the machine, it exploded and one of the pieces flew, hitting Bob nearby, behind his desk, which killed him almost immediately.


It was September 10, 1920. Bob was 36 years married in Porto Feliz to Rita Xavier da Silveira on October 31, 1905. Rita was born on June 26, 1875, in Itu, daughter of Joaquim Xavier da Silveira and Isabel da Silveira Leite, paternal That same day, Eduardo and Lico, who was the eldest son's nickname, had gone to enroll at Mackenzie, the American school. They had just arrived home and were looking at the books they had bought, while Ritinha told her children how the father would be happy with the news. At that moment, they came to warn about his death. Widowed for the second time, Ritinha was in a very complicated situation. It was with great relief that he accepted the invitation of his in-laws to come and live with them in Itirapina. There also lived his brother-in-law Tom, and some of the younger sisters-in-law. Ritinha, despite being very grateful, did not feel very comfortable because besides having little intimacy with her in-laws, her system was more rigid than in the house where she grew up or in her own. About a year after his move, his father-in-law died. Cynthia followed him nine months later. Ritinha, with nowhere to live, sent her two youngest children to live with her maternal grandparents for a while and moved to Piracicaba, where she had relatives. As soon as he got the new house, he went to get his youngest children. In Piracicaba, he worked hard to raise the boys. After all the children were married, the last two João and Carlos, with only two days difference, in June 1938, Ritinha moved in with Lico, already married but still without children.

According to Helena, her daughter-in-law, Ritinha was a very jealous mother, especially with Lico. All the time he protected and excused Lico from any disagreement he had with his wife. I kept saying that men need to go out alone to have fun. At that time they lived on the store where Luiz and Helena worked. As there was little fun there, she asked Helena to take her to the cinema but as soon as the film started, Ritinha slept or said she wanted to go home. The granddaughters said that their grandmother was very grumpy. Ritinha had a combination with Helena, which was as follows: when Ritinha went to visit her children, Helena should call on a date previously agreed, always too close in the understanding of her daughter-in-law, and say that Lico needed his mother. So Rita always had an excuse to return home without offending the other children. According to Helena, she did not like to be away from Luiz for a long time. The last two years of Ritinha's life were complicated because according to what was said at the time “it was getting very sclerotic”. For example, I asked Douglas, then engaged to his granddaughter Evany, if they had already tied up and cared for his horse. It was 1960. The last months of life spent in bed. She died on February 1, 1961 and is buried in the Cemitério da Saudade in Piracicaba, with her children Luiz and João, and their wives, in addition to her granddaughter Heloisa. Bob is buried at Consolação Cemetery with Eduardo and Edhmyr. They had nine grandchildren and twenty two great-grandchildren. By 2014 nineteen great-great-grandchildren were born.

Rita Xavier da Silveira

Birthdate:  June 26, 1875

Birthplace:  Itu, Itu, São Paulo, Brazil

Death  February 01, 1961 

Piracicaba, Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil


Ritinha married in Itu, on May 23, 1891, at António Tavares' house, with Elias Leopoldino de Almeida Prado, son of Elias de Almeida Prado and Anna da Silveira Arruda, widower of Rita do Amaral. Elias' grandfather was Lieutenant Colonel Elias de Almeida Prado, born in 1798 in Itu, an influential resident of Piracicaba where he died in 1854. There is an avenue named after him in Piracicaba.

Elias Leopoldino, the time of his marriage to Ritinha, was a widower of Rita do Amaral de Campos, with whom he had at least one daughter, older than Ritinha. He lived in Capivari. Two of her husband's relatives were witnesses to her marriage, Antonio de Almeida Prado, from São Paulo and José de Vasconcelos de Almeida Prado, from Itu. The latter, cousin-brother of Elias Leopoldino's father and half-brother of Barão de Itaim, was the owner of great fortune, was one of the two children who inherited in 1867 in Itu the 'Casa à Rua Barão de Itaim', where he made and was headquarters of the 1873 Republican Convention, a movement that eventually resulted in the Proclamation of the Republic. It is a house with a symmetrical structure, facades with cast iron balconies, tile decoration and a plateau, which in 1923 underwent modifications to adapt the museum, from the original seven doors to the sixth street were replaced by windows, but the two remaining intact rooms where the convention was held. It was listed by the historical heritage in 1967.

The Almeida Prado family's origins date back to Henrique da Cunha, a friend of the Portuguese admiral Martim Affonso de Sousa, who with him passed to S. Vicente in 1531 with his wife Filippa Gago. He belonged to the illustrious house of the Cunhas, who proceed by the straight male line of el-rei Dom Fruella II, king of León, Asturias and Galicia in the year 923. His wife Fillippa Gago was a close relative of the 1st governor-chief governor and loco-lieutenant of the grantee of the captaincy of S. Vicente, Antonio de Oliveira, noble gentleman of the home of el-rei Dom João III. They are descendants in the line of his son Henrique da Cunha Gago, the old man, born near Santos in 1560.

Like many families in the fourteenth century, the Silveira Leite also descended from the Cunha Gago, but while the Almeida Prado are descendants of Captain Henrique da Cunha Gago, the young man, the Silveira Leite are descendants of his brother João Gago da Cunha. Both were sons of Henrique da Cunha Gago, the old man.

Well, going back to our nebulous history, we don't know where Elias and Ritinha lived, apparently in Capivari, nor how many were Elias' children, except for the stepdaughter that Ritinha always mentioned with resentment. We do not know if Ritinha got pregnant with her first husband since she was married to him for several years, but from that marriage no child survived. We imagine that while Elias was alive, they lived in Itu, as it was common to publish in the newspapers of that city the list of taxes owed by the farmers there. Elias appears several times in the newspapers of the time, both as a taxpayer and as being summoned to serve in the jury court and in at least one article that reports a visit he made to Cesário Galvão and his brother, in Dois Córregos, published in 5 August 1894. It is also quoted in the obituary of Angela, Rita's sister in September 1902.

Apparently, after the death of her husband, Ritinha and her stepdaughter moved to an Elias farm, possibly in Porto Feliz. In any case, it was on this farm that Ritinha met her second husband, Robert Wilson Holland, at the time a farm manager. According to family tradition, Rita's stepdaughter, interested in Robert, then twenty-one years old, encouraged her visits to the house, however Bob ended up being pleased by the widow, who was nine years older than him. Note that his stepdaughter was even older.

After the wedding, her stepdaughter never spoke to Ritinha again. Rita said that she received nothing from her husband's inheritance.

Rita married Robert Wilson Holland, on October 31, 1905, in Porto Feliz. Robert Wilson Holland was born on June 6, 1884 in Indaiatuba, second son of Leroy Chalmers Holland and Margaret Cynthia Steagall, American immigrants who came to Brazil after the Civil War. He was called Bob by the family.

Its name was a tribute to maternal uncle Robert Stell Steagall and the family of his maternal grandmother, Wilson. During his childhood Bob lived in several cities: before 1886, his parents moved from Indaiatuba to Santa Bárbara, and they stayed there until at least 1890. From 1894 to 1900 they were in Dois Córregos, having lived in Mineiros during this last period. do Tietê. Around 1902 they lived on a farm near São Manoel. Bob and his brothers helped their father with small tasks on the farms where his father worked so they learned this trade. Luiza Cantoni, sister-in-law that Bob never met, said that Paulo, her husband, said that his brother was very tall, strong and courageous. Cynthia taught all her sons to write, but only sent her daughters to study in São Paulo. The children worked to help the father and reinforce the budget.

After being married, Rita and Bob stayed at least until 1908 in Porto Feliz, where their two oldest children, Luiz and Eduardo, were born. We don't know where they lived when the two youngest children, Carlos and João Batista, were born. In 1920, they moved to Osasco where Robert had found a job in a refrigerator. He was head of the department where the meat was canned. The story passed on by the family reports that a factory worker was fired and, in search of revenge, sabotaged one of the machines that pressurized the meat that would be canned so that too much steam was escaping. When they went to fix the machine, it exploded and one of the pieces flew, hitting Bob nearby, behind his desk, which killed him almost immediately. It was September 10, 1920. Bob was 36 years old.

On the same day, Eduardo and Lico, who was the eldest son's nickname, had gone to enroll at Mackenzie, the American school. They had just arrived home and were looking at the books they had bought, while Ritinha told her children how the father would be happy with the news. At that moment, they came to warn about his death.

Widowed for the second time, Ritinha was in a very complicated situation. It was with great relief that he accepted the invitation of his in-laws to come and live with them in Itirapina. There also lived his brother-in-law Tom, and some of the
younger sisters-in-law. Ritinha, despite being very grateful, did not feel very comfortable because in addition to having little intimacy with her in-laws, her system was more rigid than in the house where she grew up or in her own. About a year after his move, his father-in-law died. Cynthia followed him nine months later.

With nowhere to live, Ritinha sent her two youngest children to her maternal grandparents and moved to Piracicaba, where she had relatives. Possibly because they were living in Piracicaba Adolfo and Alzira Rodrigues Arruda, parents of Agrício Rodrigues de Arruda, who was little older than Lico. As soon as he got the new house, he went to get his youngest children. In Piracicaba, he worked hard to raise the boys, for some years, until his (his) death, he was ruler of the house of "count" Lara, Rodolpho de Lara Campos, today in the country club of Piracicaba. In December 2014, Maria Antonieta (Tuna) Xavier da Silveira, Flamínio's daughter, presented her cousin Jair de Oliveira with a wooden image of Santo Antônio, about 25cm high, possibly with a Portuguese bill; Tuna received her as a gift at his birth, on April 29, 1919, of Count Antônio Lara, later his godfather of baptism. The Count was a great friend of Flamínio and that is probably why Hiring Ritinha as his ruler and trusted person!

After all the children were married, the last two, João and Carlos, only two days apart, in June 1938, Ritinha moved in with Lico, who was already married, but still without children.

According to Helena, her daughter-in-law, Ritinha was a very jealous mother, especially with Lico. All the time he protected and excused Lico from any disagreement he had with his wife. I kept saying that men need to go out alone to have fun. At that time they lived on the store where Luiz and Helena worked. As there was little entertainment there, she asked Helena to take her to the cinema, but as soon as the film started, Ritinha slept or said she wanted to go home. The granddaughters said that their grandmother was very grumpy.

Ritinha had a combination with Helena, which was as follows: when Ritinha went to visit her children, Helena should call on a date previously agreed, always too close in the understanding of her daughter-in-law, and say that Lico was in need of his mother. So Rita always had an excuse to return home without offending the other children. According to Helena, she did not like to be away from Luiz for a long time.

The last two years of Ritinha's life were complicated, because according to what was said at the time, "it was getting very sclerotic". For example, I asked Douglas, then engaged to his granddaughter Evany, if they had already tied up and cared for his horse. She spent the last months of her life in bed. She died on February 1, 1961 and is buried in the Cemitério da Saudade in Piracicaba, with her children Luiz and João, and her daughters-in-law, in addition to her granddaughter Heloisa. Bob is buried in the Protestant Cemetery of Consolação with Eduardo and Edhmyr. Bob and Rita had nine grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren and, to date, nineteen great-great-grandchildren.

Robert and Rita had four sons:

1.  Luiz Lee Holland


Her father had been a farmer, first in Limeira, where he married Georgina and later in Santa Maria da Serra. Around 1914 João, as Giovanni was known, had sold his farm and bought several houses in Piracicaba, where he had a comfortable life. Of the sons of João and Georgina, Antônio, called Tota by the family, had graduated in medicine in Rio de Janeiro and was a well-known doctor in Piracicaba, where he was a councilor for a short period.

Luiz and Helena were married on January 5, 1932. Shortly after their marriage, the owner of Casa Silveira, who was single, being old and wishing to retire, proposed to Luiz, whom he liked as a son, if he wished to stay with his store in exchange for a monthly salary to be paid until his death. (Was this actually Casa Tressê by Manuel A. Silveira? Traditional piracicabana store, Casa Tressê was located at 128 Governador Pedro de Toledo street. In the almanac published by Mário Neme in 1936, an advertisement by Casa Tressê highlighted his specialty in "footwear for men, women and children; sneakers, sandals, slippers, gaiters and more articles belonging to the branch; thin hats and bonets; shirts, socks and ties; parasols; handbags and travel bags"). with the offer. To save money, they decided to move to the top floor of the store, so they would only pay one rent instead of two. For ten years Luiz and Helena worked at the store. The beginning was difficult because it didn't take long for Helena to discover that Luiz was quite a “womanizer”. On top of that, his mother-in-law was always covering him up. Helena always said that Luiz was full of stratagems: Once he pretended to be very tired he spent months in a hotel in Águas de São Pedro while she was at the store working. He always had a ready excuse.

As both had great business acumen. Gradually they were saving some money. A few years later, the former owner of Casa Silveira had died and no longer had to pay his salary. At that time, a property was vacant around the corner of the street where the store was located. This property communicated from the back with Casa Silveira and they had the idea of ​​opening another store, Casa Paratodos, which would sell the same type of items but at lower prices. They then agreed with the current manager of Casa Silveira, Mr. Tufik, that he would act as the owner of the new store. With this scheme in place, all Casa Silveira prices increased and kept the old prices at Casa Paratodos. When a customer passed by and showed interest in an article, Helena would run and tell Tufik that the customer had liked it so that when he turned the corner, if he hadn’t shopped at the first store, he wouldn’t miss the second offer, after all, Tufik always seemed to know the weakness of each customer.

Around 1930, a playboy known as Pedro-Rico died in Piracicaba. He left a large quantity of goods that would go to auction promoted by the heirs. Among these properties were some very well located buildings, on the main part of the street where the trade took place. Luiz and Helena had some money saved and thought it was a good opportunity to buy one of them. With the modest life they led, and since no one knew they owned Casa Paratodos, they had no desire to participate in the auction so Luiz went to ask his father-in-law to bid for them. Because they are very discreet, João was surprised that his son-in-law had the money to buy any property but agreed. I then wanted to know which building they were interested in. Luiz said that they wanted to buy one located on the main street, towards the square. It was a two-story building, neat and elaborate construction with several stores. It was the best of all Pedro-Rico's buildings. Joao, very surprised, doubted that they would be able to buy the property so he soon asked how much he should offer. Luiz replied: “It doesn't matter, buy it. We want the building. ” And so it was. Ten years had passed since Helena and Luiz were married. Helena, who was in normal school and had stopped studying to get married, had gone back to school and completed her studies.

With the purchase of the building and the relative security they had attained, they decided it was time for Helena to stop working at the store and start having children. They bought a small house, four blocks from the store and moved there with Ritinha. With the rest of the money they had saved, Luiz decided to build real estate to see if he could earn some extra money.

In 1942, his first daughter, Heloisa, was born, and the following year Evany. Luiz was a very intelligent man and the construction business went very well. Luiz then decided to sell the stores and buy a pottery. Then he also set up a carpentry shop, so that he could manufacture much of what he needed in the works himself and, moreover, sell the surplus. The business prospered. In the early 1950s, a Hungarian architect named Andras Kereks moved to Piracicaba. At this time all buildings in the city were in a very traditional style. Luiz saw a great opportunity to modernize piracicabana architecture and hired Kereks to design modern houses. The houses that Kereks designed spread across the city. Many are still standing. Most of the important people of Piracicaba wanted to have one of these houses.

As we already said, Luiz was quite a womanizer. Much of his adventures were talked about by Piracicabanos because he liked to have fun and was not very discreet. Where had the old discretion gone? He had eye-catching cars and was seen occasionally having fun in the city and nearby towns. Luiz ended up becoming a well-known figure in the city. He was president of the Rotary Club, Clube Coronel Barbosa, XV de Piracicaba, Clube Cristovâo Colombo, and Clube de Chess de Piracicaba. Luiz was a great chess player and was champion of the Open Games of the Interior in 1964, where he won a beautiful trophy, now held by his daughter Ana Maria. With all this projection Lico ran for mayor of Piracicaba, however, his opponent Ripolli, was willing to play hard. Luiz's extramarital activities were not favoring him, so he decided to withdraw his candidacy.

In 1949, Helena went to the market to shop and, on her return, she rented a cart to bring the fruits and vegetables, as they were about 8 blocks away and she could not bring everything alone. He was talking to the wagoner, his acquaintance when he asked around: “So, D. Helena, when is the baby for?” and she was very surprised: “What? What a baby! Are you crazy? I am already forty-two years old and my two daughters are already big. ” She was mistaken: Ana Maria was born in 1950.

The construction business was going well and Luiz was hired to carry out major works, such as channeling the existing stream and opening Avenida Armando Sales in Piracicaba. Around 1950 Luiz decided to build apartment buildings, which were the latest “fashion”. The first to be built took the name Rita Holland, in honor of D. Ritinha, Luiz's mother. At this time it also diversified its investments and bought Cine Colonial. Then their in-laws died and Luiz and Helena inherited three houses and part of a hotel in the city center.

As part of the advertisement for the new style of architecture, Luiz decided to build a bigger and more attractive house, even though his family had grown. He bought land on a newly opened avenue, in the highest part of the city, and in 1954 construction began. The house took three years to complete. In 57 they moved there. It was a very light-looking house, with lots of glass and a large ramp at the front, surrounded by gardens, and a low, hollow wall. The garden project was commissioned by Germano Zimber, in São Paulo. The view from the living room and kitchen windows was wonderful. You could see the entire city and even the farm lights in the surrounding fields.

Her grandson Dalton says: “When I was a child, I loved going to spend the holidays at my grandparents' house in Piracicaba. It was very different from ours in São Paulo, with a lot of gardens around it, an aerodynamic ramp at the entrance, leading to the upper floor, an aquarium built together with a sofa, a bookcase and spaces full of plants, with two iron pillars that held the flying backrest of the sofa and crossed the aquarium in the middle. An upstairs closet that was a tunnel that dumped clothes straight into the laundry room below, a spiral staircase built entirely over a lake, a fireplace that divided two rooms, great to cross inside, etc., finally nothing like we used to usually see . But best of all, there were the five bedrooms in the downstairs lounge; one was called an office and the other a cellar, and the other three had no names, we called the large, small and gardener's maid's room, but employees rarely slept there. They were actually used to dump all kinds of junk.

Grandma Helena didn't throw anything away. Everything went down there ... there were only 100 burned lamps (we liked to tease and ask if she was stocking up for the day to invent the lamp repair). As you can imagine there was everything there, a distaff, a film projector made of bakelite and that worked by turning a crank (without lamp or films, of course), a Phillips bicycle of those very light with a dusted seat and flat tires. Several chests with old documents from Vô Lico, old chairs and armchairs, a thousand books and magazines of all kinds, in short, the stuff was so much that I can't even remember. A child's paradise. As only my grandparents lived in the house, in the rooms we slept in and in the library, all the drawers and cabinets were occupied by boxes full of things, a guitar, old wigs, spoiled and stinky perfumes, the various glasses of my great-grandmother who had already died about ten years ago, scores, etc. Well, a great discovery I made one day was that in one of the deep drawers of the library there were only photographs and old papers. I found a photo album that had belonged to my great grandmother, already half eaten by bedbugs but with pictures in good condition, but what impressed me most was the cover of a little book where some notes about Franklin and Priscilla were written. What a find, that must have been almost 100 years old ... anyway, all the grandchildren loved to spend their holidays there. ”

Gradually the construction business was becoming less profitable. Getúlio Vargas had greatly complicated accounting with his labor laws, which reduced a large part of the profits from pottery and carpentry. Then came inflation. When Luiz started the construction of the Rita Holland building, he intended to keep a large part of the apartments, but, as sales had done without counting the growing inflation, especially during the government of Jânio Quadros, he ended up having to sell many apartments to honor the delivery than it had sold before.


Luiz, always looking for business opportunities, saw the establishment of the automobile industry in Brazil with great interest. There was a small metallurgical company in Piracicaba, Auto-Pira, which produced starters for Bosch. With so much propaganda done by Juscelino, Luiz decided to buy this company. The problem is that I didn't have all the money I needed. He then sought out some acquaintances willing to invest, but mainly one of his brothers-in-law, Luiz Ometto, who had married Helena's sister, Cecília, and had been very successful in growing cane and producing sugar and alcohol. They bought the company.


Luiz was a terrible driver. There are countless anecdotes about his “barbering” told by the family. Once back from São Paulo, he ran over a cow. She hit the side of the car and the door handle was pulled off. It produced a huge traffic jam on the road, in which several of Luiz's acquaintances were arrested and commented with him the next day. Once again, seeing that he had left the road in the wrong place, he descended the bridge down the bank causing everyone to be thrown into the car like popcorn.

He always tried to pass through gaps much smaller than the car so that it was always dented. Once, the tinker asked if he could straighten the friezes on the car because he needed to have an employee working around the clock on Luiz's car repairs. Without friezes it was much faster. Another time he changed a flat tire while the family waited behind the car, forgot that the car was still on the jack and started to cover them all with a shower of boulders. Her daughter Evany had a shard of glass on her scalp that was embedded in one of her strokes and was only removed about fifteen years later. Around 1965 he had a really serious accident. He entered under a cannon loaded with construction iron that was going to Santos. The irons went through the bones of his skull and his knee was severely hit, having to replace the kneecap with a synthetic one. The scar left, though reasonably discreet, left one of his eyebrows straight and tilted upward like that of Dr. Spock from Star Trek. He was in the hospital for a long time until he recovered.

Meanwhile, construction continued. In 1964 Construtora Holland was hired to finish a very modern building that was under construction in the main square of the city, Comurba. It was a large building whose structure was supported by a line of sloping pillars forming a V on the ground floor. The building was almost finished. Near the start of finishing, they had decided to add four more floors to the construction. On the ground floor there was a cinema, which was already finished and functioning.

Evany, Luiz and Helena's second daughter, married and lived in São Paulo. Heloisa, Luiz's eldest daughter, worked at the construction company, where she was part of the purchases and also managed the employees. One day, Heloisa, around lunchtime, was standing at the door of the construction company looking at the works of Comurba and thinking: “What kind of electrician, did he show up for work today?” at this moment a great dust cloud rose from the ground and the Comurba hiding the building. There was a horrifying crash, and when the dust settled the building was gone. It had fallen just when the box office was going to open for the next cinema section. More than 100 workers died and four neighboring houses were crushed or badly damaged. Subsequent investigations found problems in the calculation and execution of the building's structure, which in addition was unable to support the extra four floors that had been added. Luiz ended the construction company's activities because it was no longer a very profitable business and a good part of its employees had died. He was going to dedicate himself to Auto-Pira.

In 1964 President Juscelino Kubitschek paid a visit to the factory. Under Luiz's administration the business prospered. They opened a second factory, for the production of the tools they needed. In 1982, the company had about 450 employees and was the only one in Brazil to produce racks for the flywheel of most vehicles, tractors and trucks in the country. It also produced parts for the American aviation industry.


In 1950 Luiz had started an extra-marital relationship with a neighbor girl. This relationship remained hidden. As Luiz traveled extensively to São Paulo, he decided that she should go and live there. Every Tuesday, Luiz “does business” in São Paulo and spent the night there. This arrangement lasted some twenty years.


Lico was not a religious person. He was an atheist. It was also a “cuca-fresco”. He never worried too much about things and always thought everything was going to work out. Once, his house was invaded by thieves at night. While Helena called the police, looked at the men through the keyhole, and saw if they could get out of her bedroom door, which communicated with the garage, he just said it was better to leave the thieves there and continue to sleep. He was very intelligent, inventive and had a great culture. It was also very exaggerated in every way. He was convinced, in a very funny way. For example, I thought I was the healthiest person in the world. When someone complained that any indisposition in any part of the body, for example gastritis, he immediately replied: "I don't know if I have a stomach". So he did with everything. When João, his youngest brother died, the first of the four to die, at the funeral the old people kept telling him about his ills and he, at the age of 78, replied: “I don't know if I have an intestine, I don't know if I have it, I don't know if I have that ... ”By the time his brother Eduardo arrived and said:“ Lico, I already know - you are hollow. ” It was the general laugh of whoever was close.

One of the things his daughters liked most, and then his grandchildren, were the stories that Luiz told at bedtime. He had an enviable imagination. There was no limit to the adventures of Pedrinho, the boy hunter or Pituquinha, who spoke to the animals. The witchcraft stories were also fantastic. Children never got tired of them. The grandchildren loved to spend their holidays and holidays at his home in Piracicaba. Lico didn’t have so much company for his grandchildren other than playing chess or storytelling, most of the time he was away from work, but the house was a big part of the fun.


In 1982, Lico began to suffer from Alzheimer's. One of the consequences, early in the illness, while she was still reasonably well, was that she decided to move in with her former lover. After 1982, he was hardly seen by family members. The youngest grandchildren remember little about their grandfather because they were rarely with him. On the other hand, Luiz also did not remember the names of his youngest grandchildren. He had more contact with only the four oldest grandchildren.

Helena continued to live in their house, however Ana Maria and Marco, her husband, decided to move there with their children because it would be completely absurd to leave Helena alone in such a big house. Soon after, Dalton, the oldest grandson came to spend a year with them too. He had graduated. He came from São Paulo to work at his grandfather's factory. He didn't like it much and stayed only a year. After he left, it was Fábio's turn to come to work at the factory. Fabio and his wife lived with their grandmother for some time too since Ana had bought an apartment and moved out. As the house ended up getting too big and Helena did not want to impose the need for someone to live with her, who after all was perfectly healthy, bought an apartment and moved there.

On November 6, 1994 Luiz passed away, a few days before he was 88 years old. He spent the last two years in bed. After his death, he was honored by the Clube Cristovão Colombo that gave his name to the pools and also by the city of Piracicaba, where there is a street named after him.

Around 1998 Helena, then 90, had pneumonia. The disease left behind a depression that took more than a year to pass. Her daughters thought it best to sell the apartment and take their mother to live with them. Helena spent four months with each daughter. She was a very quiet old lady who just wanted to eat and play cards. All his life he had been a great guess, but in old age he lost that characteristic a little. During lunch I already wanted to know what I was going to have for dinner and at dinner what was the next day's lunch schedule. I was always helping with small tasks that I could do sitting down. I didn't like watching TV very much but I loved to talk.

In early June 2002 Helena was in São Paulo, at Heloisa's house. He passed the kitchen and started to nibble on what was being prepared for lunch. Heloisa told her to wait, so that she would end everything, and that she would go for a walk outside. Helena went out into the yard and suffered a stroke. She was hospitalized. It was very strong but the spill was too big. He died on June 18, 2002, just before he turned 94. She was buried beside her husband in Piracicaba.

Lico and Helena had three daughters, nine grandchildren and, until 2012, ten great-grandchildren.

In This Photo:

Ernestina Amelia Afonso PiresHelena Cera, Private, Douglas Pires BaptistaEdhmyr Siqueira, Private, Private, Carmela d'Aquino, Private

Luiz and Helena had three daughters.  Two are not listed due to privacy considerations












2.  Eduardo Holland

























3.  Carlos Holland

4.  João Batista Holland

João Batista Holland was born on June 24, 1911,

in  Corumbataí,  near  Porto Feliz, and married

Carmela  d'Aquino  on  June  9,  1938,  born  on

January  6,  1918  in  São  Carlos.  João  worked

briefly  at  Citybank  and  then,  for  most  of his

life,  at the  company  Singer,  having  lived,  for

some years, in Goiás and also in Campinas, SP.



Heloise Holland


Heloisa Holland was born in Piracicaba on February 18, 1942, she was always very cheerful and loved a good conversation. She always had a funny case to tell. She married on February 15, 1965, in Piracicaba with João Luiz Quagliato. He was born in Capivari, son of Luiz Quagliatto and Benedita Gonçalves, born on February 28, 1938. They met when João Luiz was studying agronomy in Piracicaba. In 1966 Ricardo was born. João Luiz suffered from thalassemia but had not told about his illness. On December 27, 1966, he felt ill and eventually died of anemia, at the age of 28. He was buried in Capivari.  Heloisa and the baby went to live with Lico and Helena.

Soon he met Antonio Emilio Cardoso Gomes, a dentistry student. She married him in Piracicaba on April 5, 1968. Emílio, or Toíco, as his parents called him, was born on September 23, 1940. He was the son of Álvaro Cardoso Gomes and Amélia Doimo. On the paternal side, he is a descendant of José Luiz Gomes, Barão de Mambucaba, and of the Breves family, from the south of Rio de Janeiro. After Emílio finished his studies, they moved to São Paulo, where they went to live near the statue of Borba Gato, a block away from Evany, who had already moved there in 61. In 1969 they moved to Pinheiros, to a beautiful house that had finally been built. Lico and Helena gave Heloisa a wedding gift. Emílio opened a dental care company in the Brooklin neighborhood, where he worked until he retired in 2006.

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Rogerio Holland Cardoso Gomes was born on September 23, 1969, in São Paulo, and died, at the age of 3, in November 1972, victim of being hit by a truck in Corumbataí, São Paulo. He was buried in Corumbatai.

In 1985, as they loved to travel, they discovered a subdivision in Bertioga and bought land. His nephew Dalton, then a recent graduate, designed and built a house for them there. Douglas and Evany also ended up buying neighboring land and building a house. The family's Christmas began to be celebrated on the beach, after all, after Lico left, the party was no longer the same in Piracicaba, besides Helena had moved to an apartment where the whole family no longer fit. Ana had an apartment in Guarujá so it was a good arrangement.

On October 13, 2007, Heloisa was with her children and grandchildren at her home on the Riviera de São Lourenço. After lunch he felt ill and passed away suddenly. I was 65 years old. She was buried beside her parents in Piracicaba.

Emílio and his sons sold Pinheiros' house. Emílio moved close to his sister Nena's house, in Rio Claro, and Maurício to an apartment in Morumbi. In the same building where Aunt Evany and cousins ​​Djalma and Tui lived.

Heloise Holland Married first : 

João Luiz Quagliato, they had one son Ricardo Holland Quagliato

Heloise married secondly: 

Antonio Emilio Cardoso Gomes,   They had two sons, 

Rogerio Holland Cardoso Gomes, Maurício Holland Cardoso Gomes,   

Eduardo Holland was born on January 28, 1908 in Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo and married Edhmyr Siqueira, born in Ribeirão Preto on April 13, 1917, on September 3, 1934. For almost all his life he worked in the optics A Especialista , in Sao Paulo. He and his wife traveled extensively during his life and lived in the Higienópolis neighborhood in São Paulo. He was a very kind and well-educated man, an icon of honesty, in whom Mr. Rangel, owner of the firm, placed unrestricted confidence; the treasury, as well as the entire financial area fell under its responsibility.


Paulo Wilson Holland recently heard, from a former employee of his, now manager of one of the opticians: "Mr. Holland was, above all, loyal, fair and very human. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude, for everything what you did for me ". Eduardo and Luiz, his older brother were very fond of playing chess. Eduardo, spoke English very well, being the last among Robert Wilson's descendants to speak this language fluently, which, unlike the younger ones, who learned English in schools, he learned from his paternal grandparents, when he went to live with them in Itirapina, SP , after the death of his father, in an accident in Osasco, SP, as a result of an explosion in the factory where he worked. He died of cancer on December 6, 1986, about two months before he turned 78, in São Paulo. Edhmyr was extremely kind, gifted and creative. He liked handicrafts very much. He was always inventing new things, whether sewing, painting, or sculpting in the most varied materials. Edhmyr died in São Paulo on December 26, 2006, just a few months before he turned 90.

Eduardo and Edhmyr had several children including:

Ana Lee Holland who married Gerson Wey and

Marcyl Siqueira Holland

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Carlos Holland was born on June 10, 1910 and died on December 19, 1985 in Araçatuba, SP. He married Clara Souza Leão on June 11, 1938, was born on April 8, 1914 and has passed away.

Carlos ran farms and lived very little with his brothers after their wedding, except for a few sporadic visits that he made to Brother Luiz alone, in his work. His wife Clara passed away around 2009.

Her grandson Beto says: “My grandfather Carlos was a spectacular person, super intelligent, hardworking, but very reserved about the family issue. I always tried to know about his brothers, his parents, nephews, but he never opened up much, so much so that even my father knows very little about the most distant cousins. ” They had two children.

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3.  ROSA "JOE" ADELE HOLLAND           (3RD  Child of Leroy Chalmers Holland)






On April 18, 1908, the first daughter, Margarida Lee, was born, named after Joe's parents. Margarida received the nickname Dica. In the years that followed, they had nine more children. Elva Mercedes, in 1909; Maria de Lourdes, in 1912; Priscilla Isabel, in 14; Silvia, in 16; Eunice, in 18; Martha, in 20; Ruth at 21; Sther in 23 and finally Roberto Cicero in 1925. Incredibly nine girls were born until they had a boy!


Beth Wilmes, said that Rosinha joked that Lourdes was Elva's birthday present as she was  three years old on the same day -, July 16.


In 1921, Lee, Joe's father, passed away. Cynthia went to spend time with her. They lived in Franca at the time. Nellie also lived in Franca, where her first husband negotiated with cattle. Nine months later, Cynthia also passed away and Joe took his older brother, Tom, to live with them. Tom was a lot of work because he was born with Down's Syndrome and, after his mother's death, he didn't obey anyone else. He disappeared for hours and made everyone go looking for him. At that time they moved to Corredeira, a small town close to Avaré and Ourinhos. There Sther was born.


In 1925 Roberto Cícero Hollad Correa was born, the youngest child and only son. They chose the name Roberto in honor of Bob, Joe's brother who died some time ago. On October 11 of the same year, they lost their 4-year-old daughter, Ruth. Roberto, and then tragically, their only son, dying at the age of two on March 4, 1927.


Tom lived with Joe and Zeca for the rest of his life. One day Joe killed a pig and made an enormous amount of sausages. During the night, Tom ate many of them, had indigestion and died. In fact, he already had digestive problems. It was October 25, 1930.


For some time, around 1940, they lived in Barretos, where Zeca ran the Buracão farm. Stated Cleo Strieder; “We don't live with Grandpa Zeca much… he died when I was just ten years old. He stayed at home for a while, he was already disillusioned by the doctors. We did everything he wanted. He loved to eat bean tutu with sausage, he couldn't, but ... I miss his jokes. He stayed up late telling stories and jokes. I always did some art, like burning a cork and painting our faces while we slept. My mother was angry with him, and we laughed a lot. Luiz Aranha, Rita's father, did live a lot. As a boy I was always at their house. I only know that he worked managing farms in the interior of São Paulo. We always live a long way from everyone, my mother's aunts I only had contact with Aunt Nelly, already very old, Aunt Jenny met but I lived very little, if I'm not mistaken I lived in Aunt Vite's house, I think that was it, she smoked Macedonian cigarette, at that time it had no filter, it had long nails painted red. ”


Joe passed away at the age of 60, in São Paulo, on January 31, 1946. Zeca survived his wife for eight years and died at the age of 68, on February 28, 1954. They had 14 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.



Margarida Lee Correa

BIRTH 18 APR 1908

DEATH 11 APR 1997 • São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Gustavo Lauro Korte

BIRTH Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

DEATH Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Elva Mercedes Correa

BIRTH 16 JUL 1909

DEATH 23 MAY 1974


Luis de Souza Aranha

BIRTH 21 SEP 1904




                     José Alberto Correa Aranha

                     BIRTH 9 JUL 1930

                     DEATH 13 AUG 1995


Marie de Lourdes Correa

BIRTH 16 JUL 1912


Augusto Lang


Priscilla Isabel Correa


BIRTH 8 JUL 1914

DEATH 1994


Silvia Holland CORREA

BIRTH 30 MAY 1916

DEATH 1988


Ariovaldo Correa


Eunice Correa

BIRTH 1918


Martha Correa

BIRTH 27 JAN 1920

DEATH 11 NOV 1997


Ruth Correa


DEATH 11 OCT 1925


Sihar Correa

BIRTH 1923


Roberto Cicero Correa


BIRTH 1925

DEATH 4 MAR 1927


Rosa Adell Holland was born on May 3, 1886 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste. She was the third child of Leroy Chalmers Holland and Margaret Cynthia Steagall, and the first girl. Rosinha's nickname was Joe. Her name was a tribute to Cynthia's sister-in-law, Rosa Adell Daniel, a person they loved very much and who had died very young, when giving birth to Edward, the nephew Lee and Cynthia raised.

One of Joe's main activities in her youth was helping to care for her six younger siblings. It was a complicated task because Cynthia did not like it that she gave them orders.

Joe married at the age of 20, on July 25, 1906, in Porto Feliz, with José Francisco Correa, whose nickname was Zeca, or Zequinha. He was born in Curitibanos, Santa Catarina, on January 23, 1886. Joe was the second child of Lee and Cynthia to marry. Her brother Bob had married right there in Porto Feliz in October of the previous year and his wife was already pregnant with their first child, Lico. Were Cynthia and Lee also living in Porto Feliz at the time?

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Margarida Lee Correa
Augusto Lang & (Probably                  Marie de Lourdes Correa



Delia Virginia Holland was born on June 29, 1888 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste. She was the fourth daughter of Leroy Chalmers Holland and Margaret Cynthia Steagall. Her name was a tribute to the maternal grandmother and the youngest maternal aunt. Her nickname was Diddie. Delia took a nursing course at the Samaritano Hospital in São Paulo. She married Otto Josef von Blaschek on May 20, 1914 in Itajubá. Otto was a merchant, born in 1888 in Austria, the son of Josef Carl and Anna Von Blezek.


Aunt Nellie said that Deddie stole Virginia's boyfriend, talked about her aunt, Cynthia's sister. The story is a little strange because Virginia was 16 years older than Otto. Was it Aunt Jennie's? But Aunt Jennie was only 14 when Otto and Deddie were married. Was it Aunt Nellie's confusion? Her grandson, Tony, says: “My grandmother, Delia Virginia Holland was enchanted with my grandfather, Otto Josef von Blaschek, including his voice. He was a great singer. ”



After their marriage they went to live in the neighborhood of Itaqueri-da-Serra, 18 kilometers away from Itirapina, where Delia's parents lived. There his first daughter was born, Itamar. In the final year of the following year, 1916, they already lived in Uberaba, in Minas Gerais because it was there that Ottilie Iracy was born. Later they moved to Amparo and there Delia was appointed head nurse at the children's hospital.


Otto died around 1939, at about fifty years old. At that time they moved to São Paulo. Then Delia went to live in an apartment on Rua Jandaia, near downtown São Paulo. Delia passed away at the age of 67 on March 29, 1955, in São Paulo. They had two daughters, Alda Itamar and Ottilie Iracy



Alda Itamar Holland

Alda Itamar von Blaschek was born on September 18, 1915 in Itaqueri da Serra, near Itirapina, São Paulo; and died of cancer in March 1988 in Tucson, Arizona. He married Austin Hershel Kitzmiller Jr., son of Austin H. Kitzmiller and Ozella Head and grandson of Thomas M. Kitzmiller and Mary S. Buckbee, of West Virgina, USA. Austin passed away about two years after his wife. He was graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in 1949. He worked on the development of fiberglass plastics at the Allegeny Ballistics Laboratory and later as an Aerospace engineer at NASA.


Itamar was a goddaughter of Aunt Nelly, who told us that “right after her birth, when Nelly was 19, she took her to sleep in her bed. She moved the United States to Tucson, Arizona, with lived in the desert, with her husband. They had a beautiful cactus garden.



Otto  Josef Von Blaschek
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Interesting that we find in a publication of the official daily of São Paulo, February 24, 1939, the following text: “I would like to inform you that Leonid Chatsky and Dona Alda Itamar von Blaschek intend to marry that one, the legitimate son of 'illegible' Chatsky and Dona Maria Chatsky, 27 years old, employed in commerce, single, a native of Russia residing in this District; and this, the legitimate daughter of Otto Blaschek and Dona Delia Holland, aged 23, a business woman, single, born in Itaqueri da Serra and resident in this city. ” We don't know if he got married. His nephew Frank Anthony Mitchell does not remember this event and says he has vague memories of a man he called Leão. We know that Leonid was alive from 1940 to 1962 and negotiated with waterproofing products and services in São Paulo. Itamar did a lot of research on the Holland-Wilson genealogy and much of what we know owes it. Itamar had no children.
 (4TH Child of Leroy Chalmers Holland)
Ottilie Iracy von Blascheck
Ottilie Iracy von Blaschek, was born on December 16, 1916 in Uberaba, Minas Gerais and died at the age of 89, in 2003, in São Paulo. He married Harry Matthew Mitchell, born on December 28, 1907 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, and died in 2000 in São Paulo, son of Charles Mitchell and Nellie Lees. Charles was the son of Christian Mitchell, who was mayor of Burnley for some years.
Harry was an accountant trained in 1935. Still in England, he worked at the Burney branch of Proctor & Proctor. He moved to São Paulo in 1936 where he went to work as an auditor at Moore Cross & Co., associated with the English accounting firm Moore Stephens. He became president of the company from which he retired in 1975. Then he worked as a freelancer and for some time as director of Agrícola Monte Carmelo Ltda., In Jaguariúna, São Paulo.
He was champion of billiards and snooker at the English club and the Anglo-American club. Her grandson Robet Lees was responsible for the nicknames Bampa (Harry) and Dida (Iracy). Her son Tony says: “Harry's first contact with Ottilie was when she pushed him into the pool at the" São Paulo Athletic Club "(English club) here in São Paulo. He looked to see who it was; liked it and married her. ” Harry and Itamar had two children.
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Delia Virginia Holland
Alda Itamar Holland
Otillie Iracy von Blascheck 
 Harry Matthew Mitchell

5.  ROY ELMER HOLLAND          (5TH Child of Leroy Chalmers Holland)





Felícia was a fervent Catholic, on the other hand Roy was a convinced Presbyterian, however they liked each other very much. In this way, Roy, wanting to marry her but also wishing to keep his faith, saw a big problem ahead because no priest wanted to make this marriage. In this way he equipped himself with his bible and all his energy and said to Felícia: "I am going to have a little talk with your Catholic priest." And he went to the church. After more than two hours of discussion, in which one showed passages from the Bible to the other, the priest finally agreed to hold the wedding. Felicia married in the Catholic Church, as her parents wanted, without her husband becoming a Catholic. Roy always quoted the Bible the way priests do.


During the years they lived in Brotas, Roy was a dealer in firewood and timber for buildings and fences. He owned a company called Holland & Oliveira. Its forms said: "Great Lumberjack - powered by electricity". Remember his son Samuel: at the time he had 2 trucks to deliver firewood on the railway, 1922s and 23s, with 3 pedals, one was for reversing. ” In 1930 they moved to Torrinhas, where they stayed for a few years, and after, from 1935 Roy was manager of a large coffee farm at Frigorífico Anglo, an English company, called Fazenda Jacarecatinga, near Valparaíso, in São Paulo. After retiring he moved to São Paulo where he lived in Vila Olímpia. 

Paulo Wilson Holland comments: “My father, among many other virtues, excelled at honesty, to the point of being called a fool by the administrators of neighboring farms, who 'prospered' quickly, while he, without 'sticking his hand' in his pocket. boss, he lived off his salary. He was self-taught; uncompromising in its convictions. Among the many advice I received from him, he once said to me - Son, always try to make your work worth more than your salary! - From him, and from him, I learned many things. ” We have some letters that Roy sent to his niece Itamar, then living in Tucson, Arizona. Roy was already very old when he wrote them:

"Dear Itamar and Austin. I thank you very much for the Christmas card. Mother & Child, symbol of love. I hope you and Austin are well and have a very Good Christmas and new year. We are well here, thanks to our Father in Heaven. Thank you for the article from the Newsweek. The only difference I found was that the third generation of the old soldiers have a pickneck in the cemetery once a year on the fourth of July which is the day of the american independence and not every three months. Along in 1918 when most of the old folks were alive, the picnic was in the park in Vila Americana. My mother, Paul and my self went to that picnic one time. It was very nice. An american preacher made a serman. He had to speak in portuguese for there some brazilians with us. He apologized at the beguinning for he didet spak good portuguese. The third generation as my children. My son Wilson went two or three times when the meeting is in the cemetery garden. Though these youngsters are very scattered over Brazil. They don't all come. These three last years Wilson has been out of Brazil. He was in Bolivia. In the artecul, the man standing with his hat in his hand looks lonely. I feel the same when I am in a cemetery thinking of the ones that have gone and left us so lonely. I went to my fathers tomb in Itirapina and felt very bad, I didn't want to go again. Now when Felicia was burried I knew I was too weak to see it. We all know that we must part from this world. Do we prepare ourselves? Jesus said "I will go and come again and take thee far where I am thou will be. S. John"

I am including with this a list of names of our ancestors from my fathers great great grand father down to the 9th generation which is my great grand child which is Mary's grand child, Fabio Dias Batista. The list starts at Isaac Holland. The informations came from a preacher whom lived or lives in Mato Grosso. He was acquainted to my cousins ​​which are descendants of uncle William Holland. The preacher is an american and went to the United States and promised to see about an inheritance which was left by my grand father Franklin Holland. The preachers name is or was Wiliam B. Sherwood. This was in 1953. He wrote to a journal in North Carolina, soon he received information from a man named E. R. Underwood. Most the persons of whom he informed had died (that is of our people). My grand father Franklin Holland got wounded in the civil war. He knew he was in bad conditions: He made a will leaving everything he had to his wife Ruth Wilson. Franklin died. At the end of the war my grandmother, Ruth Wilson came to Brazil with her four children James Margaret, wiliam and Leeroy my father. Grand father Franklin had much property, his wife Ruth gave an authorization to her brotherinlaw to sell the property. He sold every thing and kept the money. He did not make use of it because he soon died. He could not sell a bit of land which Franklin had sold to the government for a building. The sale stood good for 99 years. Then it would go to his hairs. In about 1922 my father received a letter from a cousin of his, saying that the time of the sale was past. Certainly the heirs would sell it to the government again. In those days were many heirs. We never heard about that. We here in Brazil could not do the eny thing to prove we were Franklin heirs. There was a bible that belonged to Franklin with the names of his children written by the father. Though my father's sisterinlaw burned it. That is the last. About the 15th, I wrote you a letter, did you receive it? I hope to receive news from you soon.

Your uncle and friend,

Roy "

In the letter above we see that Roy was informed that his grandfather had died due to some war wound. This was not true because Franklin died at home in 1957, years before the war. Roy's cousin is Edgar Raymond Underwood, son of Nancy Jane Holland and grandson of William Moore Holland, brother of his grandfather Franklin. Here is another letter:

“Dear Itamar,


I received your letter, card and the photos. Thank you very much. I hope you and your husband, are getting on well in health, and good year in 1973.

I never thought I woudl see a photo of my mother taken so long ago, and I had non of her neither of my father, Nely & Jenny have photos of us all. I have many pictures of various people but not of my mother, father and brother Bob (Robert) I still have the album you gave me, in which I wont to place all my pectures. Some times I look through them and remember days that have gone, then I feel very sad. It makes me think I am all alone, My brother of so far, my sisters here in S. Paulo, although it has been nearly a year I have seen them. When we do meet, it does not make up for the days that have gone, it would not interest the young of today. I would want to talk of riding wild horses and wild steers, shooting and fishing, hunting deer and "capybaras". If I mention some like this to them, I see they cant feel as I did at that time. So I keep it to myself and feel alone. Your game of words is very interesting, I have not tried it yet, but I shall try it soon and see how far it goes. I have over 1000 words such as Wind = wind; Wind = enliar; Wound, past of wind, Wound, = cut, bruise, hurt, injure. These are homphonous. Mostly all the word are homographic: such as heel and heal.

I have been collecting these words since 1966, The first I measured was, The poor Bear skined his Bear leg in s manner I cant Bear to look at it, to Bear it to the doctor we aranged a sled, To cros the branch we had to Wade, It must be Weighed, To Weigh we fixed a way on the Way and found it not light, we could not read the figures for the like of light. The doctor wanted the Weight, for that he had to Wait: The next one, I was sitting on a box under a Box tree near the Creek, when the wind blew the branches would Creak, In a hole there was a cricket that did crick , crick. What nonsense for a man my age! We are all in good health, thanks to our Father in heaven.

Jenny and family are here for a few days, Nelly and family are camping at the "dam". They have a big tent in which they saty some times on the beach on holly days. They wont have much a good time oweing to the rain. I miss the uncle who esteems her, and best regards to your husband. Roy "


Roy and Felícia had eight children, six of whom reached adulthood: the oldest daughter, Mary, was born in 1924; Paulo Wilson the following year, both in Brotas. The third son Robert Lee, whose name was chosen in memory of the late uncle and grandfather, was born in 1927 however the boy always had poor health and died in 1930. Samuel Franklin, who is named after his maternal grandfather and paternal great-grandfather, was born in 1929. At the time they were living in Torrinhas. Silas Daniel, the fifth son, was born in 1930 and died choking two years later. Jenny was born in 1932 and Maria Augusta in 1933, both in Torrinhas. In 1935, when the youngest Nelly was born, they lived close to Valparaíso. They had 20 grandchildren who reached adulthood. As in old age Roy and Felícia were in a difficult financial situation, they decided to dismantle the house and go and live with their children, unfortunately none of their children, all with young children, was prepared to receive both parents so the solution was Roy to change. to the home of his daughter Nelly, where he died on June 8, 1980, at the age of 89. Felicia moved in with Maria Augusta, where she stayed until she died, on July 22, 1975.


Roy Elmer Holland was born on December 27, 1890 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste. He was the fifth child of Leroy Chalmers Holland and Margaret Cynthia Steagall. Roy was named after his father Leroy's name. Like his father, he was a farmer. Roy was a very tall man, barefoot, measuring six feet.


In his youth, while living with his parents, Roy and his brothers helped their father by carrying out tasks on the farms where they lived. After he got a job and moved, he always continued to contribute to his parents' expenses. It was so until the end of 1922 when both had already passed away.


He married Felícia Guerriere on July 11, 1923, in Brotas. Felícia Vicencia Maria Guerriere was born in Brotas on June 19, 1983, the daughter of Samuel Guerriere and Maria Angelica Giannini, Italians. She was baptized there on August 20 of the same year, having sponsors Frederico Ferreira David and Vicencia Lapietra Ferreira. Felícia, who was registered by her father with the name in Italian spelling, Brazilianized her name to Felícia Vicenza Maria Guerreiro.




Mary Margaret Holland

Mary Margaret Holland was born in Brotas, São Paulo, on August 5, 1924. In June 1942, in Valparaiso, São Paulo, she married Orestes Baptista, born in Tanabi, São Paulo, on April 21, 1922. He died around 1965 in Andradina, São Paulo. Mary remarried, in Tijuana, Mexico, on July 12, 1966, to Thomas Douglas Ingham, born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil on May 14, 1919, and moved to the United States with him where they both became naturalized citizens - application done in 1966.


They had a family owned and operated business. In January 2000, Dalton, Lico's grandson, Mary's cousin, visited them at his home in Bodfish, California, and tells; “They lived in a comfortable house, located on a hill overlooking the great city lake. Both were in very good health. Thomas had, in the garage, a very well organized workshop, with hundreds of drawers where he kept all kinds of tools.


Mary was very cheerful and lively. We had a great afternoon together and went around the city a lot that he was happy to show. ” Mary passed away at the age of 81, on October 8, 2005, in Bodfish, Kern County, California, where she was cremated. Her husband Tom, also deceased, died after his wife was very old. Mary had a couple of children with Orestes Baptista.

                  1.  Jennie Baptista, was born on December 17, 1944. She died at the age of 4, in Valparaiso,                               where she was born.

                 2.  Private (Baptista)


Paulo Wilson Holland

BIRTH 1925

DEATH 2013


Edith Oliveira Mello

BIRTH 11 AUG 1931 • Araçatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil

DEATH JUN 2010 • São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Paulo Wilson Holland says: “I enjoyed a happy childhood in the countryside. I grew up, studied and went to work: coffee farm (with my father), cattle farm (MS) and, finally, Banco do Brasil for 32 years, when I became a 'gypsy': Valparaíso, São Paulo, Rio, Bolivia, Cayman Islands and Bahamas (Caribbean) and, finally, Sweden; so, I hung up my boots and, from 1983, I put on my pij followed and ..... ” Much of the material carried here was supplied by him, who is also responsible for correcting countless mistakes. Paulo and Edith had three children, all born in Araçatuba.


Robert Lee Holland

Robert Lee, whose name was chosen in memory of the late uncle and grandfather, was born in 1927 however the boy always had poor health and died in 1930.


Samuel Franklin Holland

Samuel was named after his maternal grandfather and paternal great-grandfather, was born in 1929.


Silas Daniel Holland


Silas Daniel, the fifth son, was born in 1930 and died choking to death two years later.


Jenny  Holland


Jenny Holland was born in 1932 in Torrinhas, Brazil


Maria Augusta Holland


Maria Augusta Hollandin 1933,  in Torrinhas, Brazil


Nelly Holland


Nelly Holland was born in 1935, when the family close to 

Valparaíso, Brazil.

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Paulo Wilson Holland
Edith Oliveira Mello

6.  ANNETTE HOLLAND        (6TH Child of Leroy Chalmers Holland)


 Died as infant.



Paul Pierce Holland was born on January 17, 1894 in Dois Córregos. He was the son of Leroy Chalmers Holland and Margaret Cynthia Steagall. The name Paul, or Paulo, as everyone called him, we don't know where it came from, but Pierce was the middle name of one of his mother's brothers. This, in turn, was named after one of Paulo's grandfather's brothers-in-law, Henry Farrar Steagall. Henry's mother, Martha Williams Bobbit, before she married Edward Steagall, had been married to William Blacknall. From his mother's first husband, Henry had two sisters, Margaret Jarvis Blacknall, married to Thomas Miles Pierce, and Elizabeth A. Blacknall, married to Richard Jones. Both remained in the United States. This uncle Thomas Pierce was a railroad agent, pharmacist and owner of the post office in Pierce Station, Tennessee. Paulo had a twin sister, Annette Elizabeth, who died at the age of eighteen months. During his adolescence, Paulo and his brother Roy helped their father on the farms where they lived by performing tasks such as processing corn and drying coffee. Later he helped the family by sending money home. When Leroy died, Paulo lived on a farm in Covas, owned by an English company - Armor, near Franca. About a year later, shortly after his mother's death, Paulo married Luiza Cantoni, in Franca. According to the date I have here, he got married on November 6, 1922, the day Luiza turned 18, however, due to the coincidence of

(7TH Child of Leroy Chalmers Holland)
Paulo Pierce Holland

Lee's death dates, exactly a year earlier, it may be that the wedding dates and Luiza's birth are wrong. We didn't find Luiza's birth certificate or their marriage in the Catholic Church, but, of course, they may not have been married there. Paul inherited the bible from Lee's family, where births and deaths in the family are recorded. According to his niece Itamar, “Paulo was a land trader and farm administrator. Specializing in livestock, he worked for Swift and other slaughterhouses. Like all farmers, he was always very proud of his production. He had a photograph, which he was always showing everyone, of a papaya tree that he cultivated and once produced 75 fruits. He had many papayas. Once he picked one that was quite ripe and when my husband Austin asked him how much he would weigh, Uncle Paulo looked at it and calculated: "About six kilos and eight hundred". They weighed and he was wrong by only 50 grams. They were huge. ” 

Nely Holland tells about her grandfather: “Grandpa Paulo was tall, he was 1.87, but he said he was the shortest of the brothers. He was an unforgettable person, very striking, for his personality. I don't remember meeting more honest people than he and my father, Elcias. The honest one who, for the Brazilian who is a "take advantage" type, is called a fool. All the children of Grandpa Paulo loved and admired him a lot, but commented that he did not have much patience when they were children, for example, he was not a father who held his children in his arms, but, I tell you, he had a lot of patience with me. I lived with my grandparents from 4 to 7 years old and I was always with them after that age. “When Grandpa Paulo lay down to rest I would lie down beside him to listen to stories - stories from the Bible, like that of Joseph the Dreamer, Moses, Samson and Dalila, David, etc. - He called me Nelynha. He read the Bible every day and listened to "Voz do Brasil" every day, as well as Jornal da TV. He had a strong personality, he was not a step back in his decisions, and he was somewhat radical in his ideas. But it was very fair, good, simple, honest, captivating, hardworking. He worked at the farm where he and grandmother Luiza lived until a few days before he died. Finally, he was a person whom everyone remembers with admiration and longing. He played cards, chess and checkers with him. I still hadn't felt as unhappy as I felt on the day of his death. ” Between 1925 and 1933, Paulo and Luiza had four children: Silas, Priscilla, Elcias and Silvio. In addition to these four, two more children were born but died in childhood, Élcio Holland and Paulo Holland Jr. Paulo Holland passed away on July 31, 1977 in Altair, São Paulo. Luiza then went to live with her daughter Priscilla in Goiânia, and lived until more than 96 years, in excellent health and head, being the last person alive among her husband's brothers and brothers-in-law. Paulo and Luiza had nine grandchildren.

8.  ANNETTE ELIZABETH "Nellie" HOLLAND          (6TH Child of Leroy Chalmers Holland)

had already announced that she intended to leave her job at the hospital where she worked as a nurse. In the meantime he went on a trip to buy cattle and for some time he was not heard of. One day Nelly received a call from the police saying that they had found his body in a hotel in São Paulo. He had been dead for at least three days. He was left-handed but was found with a gun in his right hand, lying on the bed and covered entirely by the sheet. The police said it had been a suicide. Can someone commit suicide and then get dressed and cover their head in bed? His money and all papers were gone, including savings in the bank. One of his American friends told Aunt Nelly that John Smith was not his real name; that he was from Kentucky and had been a member of the Klu-Klux-Klan; that he had done something against the organization's rules and had fled to Brazil, so it would be useless to investigate further because he had been killed by them. This man refused to say the same thing to the police. They were married for several years. This occurred around 1926.


Nelly remarried on November 16, 1927, to a widower, Harry Fleet Colson, eighteen years older than she. Itamar used to say he was Argentine, but as far as we could tell, he was English, son of Thomas Colson, also English. His mother, according to Itamar, was of French and Basque descent. It may be that Harry had lived in Argentina before moving to Brazil. The fact is that Harry had married Ethyl Mary Robinson in England and had a daughter with her, Noreen Inez Colson, born in England on November 30, 1910. Noreen married in São Paulo on October 11, 1930 with Leonard Weld Lewis, son of Oscar Herbert Lewis and Ada E. Weld. Noreen lived in France for a few years, then moved to Calremont, Sullivan, New Hapshire, United States and there had a son, Harry Colson Lewis, born on June 11, 1938. Norren was living in Hanover, Grafton, New Hapshire, on October 27, 1960, the date of his death. Aunt Nelly liked Noreen as if she were her own daughter.


Aunt Nelly, referring to the cousins ​​on both sides, said that she had not had much contact with relatives until the forties, as she had always lived far away and knew nothing about them. He always expressed his opinions in all words and letters. There was no “politically correct”. As for the brothers, Jennie visited her often. In the middle of 1945 they were in São Paulo because Harry had business there. They lived for a while on Rua Padre João Manoel, 571. At that time Harry was the director of a grain alcohol factory. She later moved to a large house on Calle Pamplona, ​​where she used to rent rooms for students. 

In the 1930s, he had his nephew Benjamin Fleming, son of his sister Jenny, living with her for a few years on his farm in Itatiba. His father had died and Jenny was in no position to support the boy. Ben and Aunt Nelly have been very close all their lives.


Itamar said: “Aunt Nelly was the weakest person in the family and everyone always played with her about her pains. However, she lived to be 92 and in very good health. The weakest was the one who lived the longest! He was the last of his brothers when he died in 88. He lived with his great niece Elizabeth Correa Wilmers for ten years. But it was too much for Beth so she moved to an institution in Osasco. Aunt Nelly was in the habit of doing and saying bad things and then realizing what she had done and going to the bedroom to cry out loud. The last year of his life he spent in bed because he had broken his femur and never wanted to walk again, despite the fact that his bones had healed. As for her husband, Harry, she adored him. They say he was a very attractive man. He died in 1951. ”


His niece, Maria Augusta, lived with Nelly, on Rua Lorena, for some time too. In 1986, Maria Augusta and great-niece Sandir, who lived in the United States and wished to meet as many relatives as she could on this visit to Brazil, visited her in Osasco and recorded a long conversation they had with Aunt Nelly. This recording is the source of some of the stories that we tell throughout this book.


In 1987, she was visited at the nursing home by her oldest nephew, Lico, then 81, and her great-niece Evany. They spent good hours reminiscing about the past and the time when Luiz, then thirteen years old, went to live with them in Itirapina. It was very emotional, Luiz even cried with the memories. It is not common for someone aged 81 to hear, from someone much older, what he did when he was a child. 

Paulo Wilson Holland adds: “I also went to visit her in Osasco, that's when I last saw her. That day she seemed to be in a good mood; I was amazed at your ability to solve the crossword puzzle in a little book in your fragile hands! We remember that day when I visited her at Samaritano Hospital: Edhmyr and Ana Lee, Eduardo Holland's wife and daughter, were also there; she, so sweet, was thrilled when, beside her bed, we sang "I want to be closer, my God, to You!" (Despite my cracked taquara voice ...) "Aunt Nelly died in Osasco on the day she turned 92, July 15, 1988. She had no children.


Nelly Holland was born on July 15, 1896 in Mineiros, São Paulo. He was the eighth of the children of Leroy Chalmers Holland and Margaret Cynthia Steagall.


As we have previously reported, Nelly was not registered by the father who simply gave her the roles of her sister, Annette Elizabeth Holland, Paulo's twin, the oldest who died at 18 months, nicknamed "Little Nell". Nelly always said that Annette was not her name but that of her sister and was always called Nelly by everyone.

Nelly married John M. Smith on an unknown date. We estimate that between 1916 and 1920 because she was married to him for several years. He was a cattle buyer in Barretos, where they lived for several years. Nelly and her husband broke up after an ugly fight and she went to São Paulo. He went after her, apologized and, after a long conversation, they made up. They were planning to move back in together so she




Virgínia Steagall Holland was born on July 20, 1900 in Dois Córregos, São Paulo. She was the ninth child of Leroy Chalmers Holland and Margaret Cynthia Steagall. She was Margaret Lee's twin. Her nickname was Jennie. They chose her name in honor of her youngest aunt on her maternal side, Helen Virgínia Steagall.


Jennie married in São Paulo, on February 13, 1922, Thomas H. Fleming, who was born on February 2, 1902. She had only one son, Benjamin Fleming, in 1927.


Itamar Account; “The horse Thomas was on slipped and fell. When he got up, the horse stepped on Thomas's arm, which was also on the ground, but he stepped so badly that he crushed the flesh leaving the bone exposed. Thomas had to walk more than two kilometers to find help. The doctor was an inexperienced young man. He cut his arm off and closed the wound without having properly sutured one of the arteries. He lost so much blood that he died three days later. He was 27 years old, in 1929.



Jennie died in 1975. She had two grandchildren.


Benjamin Fleming

BIRTH 22 JAN 1927 • Brazil

DEATH 1979 • Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Benjamin married and he and his wife would have at least two children

“So her only son, Benjamin Fleming, about two years old, went to live with Aunt Nelly and Harry Colson on his farm in Itatiba. He lived there for four years. Then he was with Aunt Rosa and Aunt Diddie for a while. Finally Great-aunt Ginny Steagall, Cynthia's younger sister, who was a dentist and never married, said the boy couldn't live jumping from house to house. He rented a house and moved there with Jenny and his son. They lived together for several years so that they could have Ben with them. That's how he was raised very close to his cousins. ”
(9TH Child of Leroy Chalmers Holland)




Margaret Lee Holland was born on July 20, 1900 in Dois Córregos, São Paulo. She was the tenth of the children of Leroy Chalmers Holland and Margaret Cynthia Steagall. She was the twin of Virginia Steagall and was the second to be born. Her name is formed by the names of the father and the mother. 


Lillie has always been interested in learning more about her ancestors and cousins ​​in the United States. He wrote several letters to them asking for information.


Lillie married Henrique Solanéz, born around 1907. Itamar said: “Lillie's husband left her and went to Rio. She felt so bad that Nelly and Jennie had to take care of her. The separation left Lillie completely out of her mind, she didn't even stand alone, she needed to be supported by her sisters, and she screamed all day in her room. Finally, they had to put her in an institution. Henrique came from Rio and told Aunt Nelly that he was going to take care of her, that he was already arranging everything to take her with him, however, he did not show up on the agreed day. Shortly afterwards he was found dead in his apartment. He had died completely alone. He was seven years younger than Lillie, a very attractive fifties. He was of Spanish origin, his grandmother had been a countess. They lived in Rio. They say he was the black sheep of the family and that one of his brothers was very wealthy. He died in 1964 and Lillie right after him. ” They had no children.

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Mary Priscilla Holland

BIRTH 7 FEB 1854 • Gaston, North Carolina, United States

DEATH 31 JUL 1916 • Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, Sao Paulo, Brazil


John Wesley Weissinger

BIRTH 29 JUL 1846 • Alabama

DEATH 16 JUL 1916 • Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, SP, Brazil

Mary Priscilla Holland, was born on February 7, 1854 in Crowders Creek, Gaston County, North Carolina. She was the youngest daughter of Franklin Harper Holland and Priscilla Ruth Wilson. She was nine years younger than her older brother Wiley and five that of James and three that of Lee.
The house he was born in was built on land that his maternal grandfather had given to his parents when they married and was previously part of his farm. Her maternal uncles and cousins ​​all lived there. Her paternal grandparents, Oliver and Polly, lived northeast of their home, about two miles away. Both her father and her paternal grandfather died in 1857, when Mary was three years old. And your grandmother Polly, when she was thirteen.
When Mary was 7 years old, the war between the states started transforming everyone's life forever. At the age of thirteen he moved to Brazil with his mother and brothers. He has already attended school here. As we report on the life of his mother and brothers, the early days in Brazil were full of changes and hard work. They lived in several cities, Santa Bárbara, Tatuí, Porto Feliz, always working as farmers. James was the first to marry among his brothers, around 1871 or 1872.









































































































Children :

1. Frederick Holland Weissinger

Frederick Holland Weissinger was born on January 8, 1880 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, the first son of John Wesley Weissinger Jr. and Mary Priscilla Holland.


Antônio Falcão Weissinger used to say: “For some reason unknown to us, my grandfather Frederick had an argument with his parents and brothers and left Santa Barbara. He moved to Corumbá, close to the border with Bolivia and there he married Maria Tacocheva, a Bolivian of Inca origin. They had Henrique, already deceased, in 1995 and my father, Oscar, married to Lenice Falcão. My grandfather never mentioned his relatives. This is the reason why my cousins ​​and I, who live in Campo Grande, only came to know them around 1992 when we were at the party that always takes place at Cemitério do Campo, in Santa Bárbara. ” 


From Isabel Bueno de Campos, Frederick's great-niece; “After a long time without knowing about Uncle Frederico, mom learned that her children lived and live in Mato Grosso do Sul. Through the phone book, she got their phone number and went to visit them. He loved it, said that they had traces of the same family, who seemed to know each other for centuries. Mom liked her cousins ​​Oscar and Henrique. I don't quite remember which one she always exchanged letters with. That was for a few years, after which he didn't respond and she was left without news of them. ”


Maria Tacocheva died on an unknown date, in Campo Grande and Frederick in August 1956, in Bauru, São Paulo. Frederick and Maria had four children whose order and date of birth we ignore.



            Maria Weissinger


           Helena Weissinger

           About Helena Weissinger Helena Weissinger. At the age of                     sixteen, he committed suicide in the barn of his father's farm               after an argument with him.


           Henrique Weissinger

           About Henrique Weissinger Henrique Weissinger. He was a                 military man. Married to Ester. He died of cancer around                       1995.  He married Maria (or Esther) and we discovered two                   children but there may be others. (The following young people             aged to be grandchildren, live in Campo Grande and must be                 part of this family.

           Tânia Regina Martins da Silveira Weissinger

           Elza Maria de Oliveira Weissinger

           Frederico Oliveira Weissinger was born on July 24, 1979 in                   Campo Grande and currently lives in Ponta Porã where he                     practices medicine.

           Klaus Silveira Weissinger brother of Ygor Silveira Weissinger             and Carlos Henrique Silveira Weissinger. Debhora Evellyn                     Weissinger and Jéssyca Weissinger - nieces of the previous                   ones.

           Jackeline Müller Weissinger cousin of the previous ones.)


           Oscar Weissinger


           Valmir Weissinger


           Vanda Weissinger

2.  Oscar Weissinger

3.  Gustavus Adoph Weissinger

Gustavus Adolph Weissinger was born on February 12, 1886 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, fourth son of John Wesley Weissinger Jr and Mary Priscilla Holland.


When young Gustavus worked at a sugar mill outside Santa Barbara. He spent some time in Curitiba where he met Izabel Pereira, born in Curitiba on January 12, 1894, and married her. They moved to Santa Barbara, where Gustavus was a farmer. There his father had built an American-style house with a fireplace, which was left to Gustavus.


Izabel died on April 24, 1930, of cancer, at just 36 years of age. Gustavus, fearing to remarry someone who didn't like his children as much as he did, never married again. He raised the children alone, with the help of the sisters. Years later he sold his land to the plant and moved to the city. It was very sad when the plant demolished the house that his father had built.


Gustavus survived his wife for 35 years, died on July 28, 1965. He was 79 years old. Both were buried in the Cemitério do Campo, in Santa Bárbara. They had seven children.



         George Weissinger

         Birthdate:January 17, 1919

         Birthplace:Santa Bárbara D'Oeste,                                                                     Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São Paulo, Brazil

         Death:October 28, 1998 (79)
         Santa Bárbara D'Oeste, Santa Bárbara                                                             d'Oeste, São Paulo, Brazil

         Married   Josefina Coelho


         Gustavus Weissinger Junior

         called Tabinho by the family, was born in Santa Bárbara                          d'Oeste on July 18, 1921. He is already deceased. He married                  Rita Machado and they always lived in Santa Bárbara where                  they raised their seven children about whom we know nothing,            they are: Maria, Arline, Neide, Roberto, Mauricio, Gustavo and            one other.


         Maria Weissinger

         Birthdate: May 31, 1917

         Birthplace:  Santa Bárbara D'Oeste, Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São             Paulo, Brazil

         Death:  October 20, 2015 (98)
         Santa Bárbara D'Oeste, Santa Bárbara D'Oeste, São Paulo,                     Brazil


         Daniel da Cruz

         Birthdate: August 13, 1918

         Death: February 1954.


         Violeta Weissinger

         Birthdate:J january 11, 1920

         Birthplace:  Santa Bárbara D'Oeste, Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São           Paulo, Brazil

         Death:  circa 1994 (69-78)
          Santa Bárbara D'Oeste, Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São Paulo,                     Brazil


         Walter Bueno de Campos

         Birthdate:  July 27, 1917

         Birthplace:  Santa Bárbara D'Oeste, Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São           Paulo, Brazil, Son of Amador Bueno de Campos and Julia Crisp


         João Weissinger

        No further information




         Oscar Weissinger

         Birthdate:  estimated between 1891 and 1949 

         Birthplace:  Santa Bárbara D'Oeste, Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São           Paulo, Brazil

         Married Eunice Sussigan



                    Walmir Weissinger


                    Walter weissinger


                    Wilson Weissinger


                    Marlene Weissinger


                    Maria Inês Weissinger


                    (Daughter) Weissinger

4. Lockie Leonor Weissinger

Lockie Leonor Weissinger was born on June 7, 1884 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, second son, first girl, to John Wesley Weissinger Junior and Mary Priscilla Holland. Lockie married Pedro Hubcher.


Isabel Cristina Bueno de Campos, her great-niece, says: “Aunt Lockie, she was cultured, intelligent, knew how to talk and liked children. She was always very loving. My mother always said that she was a special aunt, loving, caring, and very present in the life of her and her siblings, who were orphaned by their mother very early, all still very young. Mom told me that she came to my grandfather Gustavo's farm, in Santa Bárbara, and brought many things, the cookies came in cans, they were news, she brought books and gifts to cheer the little ones. Aunt Lockie, took my mother to São Paulo, and let her be at ease. Once, she had a bakery. Mom said she went to the bakery kitchen to spy. Everything was magical, smelling, and different. They made breads, cakes, cookies, toothpicks made of dough. My mother could experience all this and ate everything

“Mom liked to stay at her favorite aunt's house, because she paid attention and looked after her as if she were a mother. Mom missed her mother, Izabel, who had died of cancer very young. Grandpa was calm when his sister took one of her children, because she knew she would be treated very well.

































                     Slava Mary Hubscher

                     Married:  Boris Shuravel

                     Slava Mary Hubsher was born on May 7, 1910 and died                             around November 2009. She married Boris Shuravel.


                    Little about them. She was very friendly with Edhmyr,                              wife of Eduardo Holland and, of all the members of the                             Weissinger family, was the only one to keep in touch with                       the Holland side of the family.


                     May, her daughter, was very close to Ana Lee, Eduardo's                         daughter. We know only what May told us about them: “I                       did not get to live, but I spent some holidays in the north                         of Paraná, to be close to my father, who worked there                               with land colonization. My father, Boris Shuravel, started                       working there as a surveyor, employee of Byngton and                             Cia, I don't know exactly when, but around 1940, or a                               little earlier. He told many fascinating stories to us, about                       how they entered untouched forest with machetes and                             theodolites, the animals they encountered, etc. Then, in                           the 50s, he returned on his own, set up a small firm with                         other partners, called Benthem e Cia, based in Maringá.                         He always talked about the violence in the region, the                               grileiros, the jagunços. ” They had two children.



                                           May Shuravel


                                           (Ubknown ) Shuravel


                     Wanda Eleonora Hubscher


                     Bráulio Santos

                     Birthplace:Ubatuba, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil

                     Wanda Eleonora Hubsher was born on March 17, 1915                             and died on July 2, 1992. She married Bráulio Santos, a                           native of Ubatuba, who died in December 1966. They had                       no children.

5.  Lula Weissinger 

Lula Weissinger was born on December 10, 1888 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, sixth child, third girl, by John Wesley Weissinger Jr. and Mary Priscilla Holland. Lula married Francisco Alves Prudente and apparently did not have much contact with his family in Santa Bárbara.

6. Franklin James Weissinger

Franklin James Weissinger was born in 1889 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, seventh son, fourth boy, of John Wesley Weissinger Jr. and Mary Priscilla Holland.

His name was a tribute to his maternal grandfather and uncle. Isabel Bueno de Campos says: “Mama spoke very little about her uncle Franklin. Each went to a place, some continued to keep in touch, others did not give further news. But one thing I don't forget, your family was very elegant, Mom always said t5.  hat. ”

Franklin married Antonia Paes and had four children.



          Francisco James Weissinger

          Birthdate:  1916

          Death:  November 08, 1996,  

          Francisco Weissinger was born in 1916

          and died on November 8, 1998, in

          Piracicaba. He married Helena Silva with

          whom he had two children.



                     Robert James Weissinger




          Wanda Weissinger


          Andrelina Weissinger

          Andrelina Weissinger was born on January 7, 1913, married                  Edward Brown and died in 1999. They had no children.


          Sophia Weissinger

          Sophia Weissinger was born on March 6, 1915. She was not                    married. She died in 1998.

7.  George Weissinger

George Weissinger , the youngest, born on February 7, 1890, passed away single at the age of 30, on May 28, 1920, less than a year after his mother.

8.  Josephine Weissinger

Josephine Weissinger was born in 1887 in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, fifth son, second girl, of John Wesley Weissinger Jr and Mary Priscilla Holland.

We know very little about this family, says Isabel Bueno de Campos: “my grandfather did not get along very well with Aunt Josephine. He found her very arrogant, and said things that irritated him. My mother was of the same opinion. They talked, but they didn't talk. Brothers thing. ”


Josephine married Hermann Zimmerman and they moved to Curitiba. They had three children.

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In 1875, in Porto Feliz, her eldest brother, William Joseph, died and at the beginning of the following year, Priscilla, her mother. Lee and her sister Mary moved again to Santa Barbara, where most of the Americans who came to Brazil were.
This is a letter that Mary wrote, probably to her aunt Polly Torrence, shortly after her mother's death and quotes her cousins ​​Jane and Clisby, as well as Emily, his wife:
"Porto Feliz, June 16th 1876 Dear Aunt & Cousins As Lee is going to Santa Barbra Tomorrow I will attempt to write you a few lines to nite. We are all well we heard from brother James the other day. He is able to work once more after suffering ten months the rest of his family are well. His little boys are growing very fast.

We came from Santa Barbra a few days ago. The americans there received us very kindell and many kinds friends offered me a home in their houses but I prefered returning to live with our brazilian friends who were glad to see us again even the children seemed perfectly delighted at our return. I feel that we will never be able to pay them the debt of gratitude that we owe to the brazilians for their kind ness to us and to our dear mother during her last illness.

I will go with Lee as far a J.O.s as he gose to Santa Barbra and stay there untill he returns. I received a letter from Mrs. Emerson (geovirness of the young ladies at the american coledge in Campines) enviting us to the examination the 25 of this month if we go I will send other letters from there which will be more certain to go than the ones that we send from the interior.

Owing to bad arangement in the mail line a great many letters are misplaced and very high postge on those we send but every thing will soon be better here as they are making new laws and getting rail roads all over the cuntry which will make exportation so much easier and cheaper and then (in my opinion) this will be one of the finest countrys in the world. There are a great many americans out here and their oppinions of the country are various. Some say that it is the best country in the gloab others that it is the worst. Some are leaving and others comeing in constantly.

Some of the americans are very badly out here. Drinking and fighting and even murdering each other but it is only a few of the rufins that do so. The greater part of the americans live in peace with their countryman and are called foreners (The Band of Brothers). There are several churchs at the Settlement and preachers of all denominations. There is a union meeting. There every year where all the churches except the Baptist commune to gather. There has been a great deal of truble among the missionarys owing to greater part of their funds being stopt. Some of their towers have being discontinued. Oh if Some of the christians back there in that land of sivilzation could only see the poor native how anxious they are instruction how they look for their missionary and how disappointed they are when he dose not comes They certanly would use more energy in trying to rais funds for the forin missions.

Lee and I wrote you all while at Santa Barbra and had written severls before that but have received no answers. I had my photograph taken while in Santa Barbra and sent one to cusin June but as it getting late I must close. Give my love to all the friends. Tell cousin Clif & Emm that I would like very much to get a letter frome them.


As ever your niece & cousin Mary Holland

Santa Barbara 20 June 1876.


PS:Tell cousin June his letter arived in due time. LeeRoy C. Holland"

Lee and Mary returned to live in Bairro do Retiro, close to other American families. Mary Priscilla must have married in 1878, or 1879, with John Wesley Weissinger Jr., known to everyone as João-do-Mato, because in the beginning of 1880 her first son, Frederick, was born.

John Wesley Weissinger Jr, was born on July 29, 1846 in Alabama. He was the son of John Wesley Weissinger and Elizabeth Coleman. He had five brothers: Elmira, Alice, Robert, Frances and Alexander. By the time the war started, they were living near Mobile, Alabama.

According to a report by Julia Cordelia Weissinger, John Wesley Weissinger (father) “was smart but did not participate in Alabama politics like the rest of his family. Their family was large and they lived in Citronell, when the war broke out, they were doing very well in growing fruits and vegetables for the Mobile market. His eldest daughter, Fannie, (Frances), married a certain Mr. Lloyd near Columbus, Mississippi, a splendid man. She died leaving two children of whom there is no news. The next daughter Myra (Elmira) married Mr. Walter Wingfield, a skilled Methodist minister. He passed away leaving her with seven children, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Myra and Fanny have never been to Brazil.

"When the war ended so disastrously to the south, Uncle John swore he would never live under the American flag. He sold his property and moved to Brazil with his children still unmarried. He did not live many years more and lost some of his children before Aunt Elizabeth Coleman survived him for many years and got quite old. When Dr. Wingfield died, John Wesley Weissinger Jr. came to the United States to help his sister Myra. He stayed in the United States until he was quite safe. that their children were on their way and could help their mother and sisters. Upon returning to Brazil, there she married Mary Priscilla Holland. We have a letter from Alice, who also emigrated to Brazil, where she married Amos Cullen, telling about his father's death around 1870. "

John Wesley Weissinger, the father, was born around 1804, was the son of George Weissinger and Winifred Anderson. George was born on July 6, 1769 in Weilheim, Wurtenburg, Germany, and died on April 20, 1837 in Perry County, Alabama. He was buried in his plantation. He married Winifred Anderson on June 30, 1792 in Richmond County, Georgia. She was born on September 28, 1777 in Newbern, North Carolina.

Continuing with the account by Julia Cordelia Weissinger, now about Georg