William Holding was the son of John Holding (1785) and Jane Darbyshire and was born in 1818 in Duxbury. In 1841 he was living in Grimshaw Cottages, Haigh, and working as a coal miner. He married Alice Alker. In 1851, still a coal miner, he was living at Bottoms, Blackrod. In 1861 he was living in Dove Lane, Hindley and, in 1871, in Cale Lane, Aspull. Alice had died before 1881 and he married Susannah Brookfield. In 1881, still working as a coal miner, he was living at 10 Longfield Street, Aspull.
Spouse: Alker, Alice (1820)
Children: Mary Ann (1844), John (1845), Charlotte (1850), Jane (1857), Richard (1859), Joseph (1863)