Friday, February 16, 2018

Preserving our Past for the Future

by Glenn N. Holliman

The Annual Review with Jeanette Holiman Stewart

Forty-three thousand plus names, almost twenty thousand photos, 2,000 stories and over 200,000 records!  

That is the total to date of the items Jeanette has loaded into the Hollyman Tree at web site over the past six years.  Most days of the year, when not visiting grandchildren with her husband Jim, playing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Henry, she is keyboarding away adding leaves to the ever expanding Hollyman Tree.

Below, Jim and Jeanette Holiman Stewart at
Indian Shores, Florida

Conceptualized by Joseph Parker, Lynn Royal Holliman, Tina Peddie, Glenda Norris, Jeanette and this writer, today the extended  Hollyman families (and all our various spellings) have a tremendous resource to discover their ancestors and many branches of cousins.

Others have joined Jeanette's committee - Denise Keeter Goff, Sue Jones, Allen Holleman, Chris Holliman and more.

"Adding names to the Tree is often detective work.  Names can be similar or the same in any locality.  In recent generations I have to deal with multiple marriages or relationships within a life-time which means children by multiple partners. It can be so confusing so one must be careful. 

I note adoptions when the evidence is there. If a long time relationship, but not confirmed legally, I will include a note.  Also, now we have same-sex marriages; one I will list as spouse.

Right, Barb L. Holliman, Glenn's wife, and Jeanette sharing lunch along the St. Petersburg waterfront.

I love the search, finding a gem; its exciting finding fresh lines I have never heard of.  Connecting various branches is fun when family lines click together!  Some branches are just floating; later on we find a record that defines such. 

Some branches are so fascinating - public speakers, educators, naturalists for example, such cool families in the 19th century when the country was younger and poorer.  So many have done remarkable things.

And we have so many soldiers in the Tree.  I am so proud of the service Hollymans (various spellings) and allied families have done to preserve our country.  They may have been simple farmers, but they performed exceptional service for the nation."

We are so grateful for her service to our extended family.  To contact Jeanette directly, email her at - GNH

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Lynn Holloman Fusinato - A Remembrance of a Hollyman Genealogist

by Glenn N. Holliman

One of the delights of the 21st Internet and retirement is to have the means and time to discover and get to know distant cousins, especially those who share an interest in our family roots.  Tens of thousands living in the United States today trace their roots to a son of a leather-worker and innkeeper in Bedford, England, one Christopher Hollyman (1618-1691).  

One of the genealogists who dug deep into her ancestral roots was Lynn Holloman Fusinato (1946-2018), who due to pancreatic cancer, passed away at her home on January 11, 2018 in Richardson, Texas . 

Lynn and husband Bob at the Hollyman Seminar in Isle of Wight, Virginia, April 2016.

Bob kindly wrote me of her death several weeks ago and shared information on her deep avocation of discerning her family origins.

"Tracing family roots became one of Lynn's passions.  Retirement afforded her the opportunity to devote more time and travel to it.  Lynn and I made many trips to Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia visiting courthouses, local libraries and state archives to find original source material about her relatives, going back to the Revolutionary War with one branch.  As you say she hails from Hollemans in Wake County, North Carolina.  

To her, genealogy was more than just family trees.  it was also about the stories and lives of her ancestors.  She has written a number of carefully researched papes which she shared with others....she had more work to to do and more pamphlets to write.  

However, one of her last requests to me was to gather her source material on her Holloman lines and pass it on to you."  (This is the Hollyman virtual archives at, a web storage facility for Hollyman and related families.) 

Below a meeting of Texas Hollyman genealogists in November 2015.  Left to right, Joseph Parker, Lynn Holliman, this writer - Glenn N. Holliman and our generous hostess for the day, Lynn Fusinato.

Lynn is the daughter of Miles Edward and Wilhemina (Billie) Prater Holloman of Lexington, Mississippi.  She graduated valedictorian of her home town high school and went on to acquire both bachelor and masters degrees in chemistry and computer science.   After marriage to Bob Fusinato and his service in the U.S. Navy during the 1970s, the couple settled permanently in Texas.  Highly educated and high energy, she both worked in the technical sciences and raised two children, Carolyn and Robert. 

Above, Lynn in  2015 shared coffee and her deep knowledge of family history with three distant cousins.  Her smile will be missed by family, both close and far....

Our thanks to her husband, Bob, who in his time of loss, has shared his thoughts and the story of Lynn's commitment to discovering and preserving our mutual histories for future generations. - GNH

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wilber (Kin) Holleman, a Remembrance and Additional Family Information

by Glenn N. Holliman

Cousin Curtis Holleman, now of the Tampa, Florida area, sent me the following obituary of his paternal uncle who died over the holidays.  It captures the life of a descendant of Christopher Hollyman, 1618-1691, whose ancestors migrated in the 18th and 19th centuries from Isle of Wight and Surrey Counties, Virginia to the Piedmont of North Carolina.

Some of these Hollemans in the Winston-Salem and Raleigh areas moved further west, into Tennessee and beyond in the 19th century, but many remained on the farms of  western and central North Carolina.  And as did so many Americans from the 1800s until World War II, the majority migrated to the towns and cities that produced the goods and services for a industrializing nation.  Wilber Holleman was one of these Americans who left the farm and started a successful business and gave himself to the community.  Here is part of his story. - GNH

Wilber (Kin) Holleman, 1928-2017
 by his nephew Curtis Holleman

"My uncle, Kin Holleman passed away this past Sunday, December 31, 2017. He was my father's (Claude Elgy Holleman, 1933 to 2008) older brother.  

He was born and grew up on a tobacco farm, never finished high school, yet became a successful business owner in Winston Salem and he was the family historian, although I believe he made a lot of it up, as he went!

Above, Curtis and his sister Salinda Holleman Riebow in Florida holding family memorabilia.

He was a rare honest person and never spoke negatively about anyone the entire time I knew him.  He could tell you anything and everything about a piece of furniture, just by looking at  it.  For years, he built beautiful furniture pieces, chests, hutch's, dressers and more. " - Curtis Holleman

From Mr. Holleman's obituary - 

Mr. Wilber McKinley "Kin" Holleman, 89, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born July 7, 1928, the oldest of ten children, to Walter McKinley and Ola Bell Knight Holleman and was raised on a tobacco farm in Yadkin County. 

Mr. Holleman was a member of Hopewell Moravian Church where he had been on the Board of Trustees, a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Boy Scout Leader. He influenced the lives of many young men who are now leaders in the community. 

He crafted the trays used for the Love Feasts and was able to attend this past Christmas. He was owner of Holleman Fixture Co., and Jordan Furniture Company, Inc. 

He was preceded in death by parents and his wife of 67 years, Mildred Holleman. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Ray and husband, Sam of Winston-Salem and Wanda Plemmons of Kernersville; three grandchildren, Lisa Tranum and husband, Mike, Beth Lillycrop, and James Moore; and five great grandchildren, Haley, Erin, Ethan, Alexis and Jordan. 

Upon reading this story of his great uncle's passing, Chad Robinette, a great nephew of Wilber 'Kin' Holleman wrote and shares below additional information on this branch of the Holleman family.  - GNH

Chad (left at the Hollyman Gathering 2016) sent this collage of Wilber and siblings from the Walter McKinley Holleman Facebook page.   Click on the page and it should enlarge.

"My grandfather, Lester Holleman, who passed in 1962, was also Wilber McKinley Holleman's brother.   My grandpa lived from October 12, 1939 to June 3, 1962 before he died in an automobile accident.  

He worked at the local electric company.  He and my grandmother were high school sweethearts, very "Ken and Barbie" so I have been told.  He hydroplaned off of a bridge and drowned.  At the time, my Aunt Brenda was two, and my Mom was born three months after his death, in September 1962.  I attach a picture of him as well as an article on the car crash.

The article provided our family with some new information we did not previously know (or at least I did not know). 

According to my Mom, other siblings of Wilber, in addition to her father Lester, are Lucille Holleman Snow, Elgie Holleman and Gene Holleman."
- Chad Robinette 

Above Lester Holleman and right, the sad news article.

Click on the article and it should