Michael Holt III (1778-1842) was the grandson of Hans Michael Holt (or Hold), who had emigrated from the upper Rhine in Germany in 1717 to Spotsylvania, VA, and then to Orange (now Alamance) County, NC. One of 10 children born to Michael II (1723-1799) and Jean C. Lockhart (1745?-1813) Holt, Michael III was a wealthy planter, an educated man, and a frequent contributor to the Hillsborough Recorder. Elections and tax gatherings were held at his home, "Oak Grove," begun in the 1790s and currently the site of the Alamance County Historical Museum. In 1797 Michael III married Rachel Rainey (1778-1839) and they became the parents of six children, including William Rainey (1798-1868), who graduated from the University in 1817, and Edwin Michael (1807-1884), who founded the Holt and Carrigan Cotton Mill. Michael III served in the NC House of Commons (1804) and the NC Senate (1819, 1821-1822). He is buried with his wife and several members of his family at "Oak Grove" (Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 3:188-89).