Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Little Time Off

Dear Family,

I am taking some time off from this site to construct a new web site located at .

Over the past months I have been scanning and uploading hundreds of documents, records and manuscripts on the history of the Hollimans (various spellings) and our many associated families.

In particular the massive record collections of Walter O. Holliman, Cecil R. Holliman, Rhodes B. Holliman, Maxine Wright and Bob Hollyman-Mawson to name the most prominent contributors.

I invite you to visit this growing archive of papers that are free for download to all.  Just go to the Records page, locate the Search Box and enter a subject of your choice.  If available a description of the document will appear.  Continue to click and at no cost you will have your chosen manuscript.

In the meantime this blog archives on the left side of your screen is available to you by subject, first name followed by second name.

And I can be reached at if you have questions.

Glenn N. Holliman
7th GGS of Christopher Hollyman (1618-1691), first Hollyman immigrant to Virginia who lived long enough to sire a family - four sons and two daughters

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Library is Open

by Glenn N. Holliman

Does one call it a virtual archive, a library with a card catalog or your uncle's attic?  Whatever the name, one will find at  a growing assembly of manuscripts, biographies, family histories, family and government records, email collections, letters and even some photographs.

My research and writing has diminished at this site as I have been struggling to learn how to upload and save various documents. I am not of a generation for whom technology comes easy.  My tech savvy ended in the 1950s turning focus knobs on the family's 17 inch Motorola black and white television.

So for a while, I am an archivist.  Almost 500 documents now available to the extended families, most relating to Hollimans, Hollymans, Holleman or however your ancestors spelled our surname.

Let me recognize a few who are now storing documents.  First there is Joseph Parker of Texas.  At our gathering in Smithfield, Virginia in early April, he bestowed on me a large 4 inch notebook binder full of notes and information he has collected and stored through the decades.

 Right, Joe Parker and Lynn Holliman, good friends and relatives who wrestle together with lineages, share a laugh.

I have scanned his pages on Holleman marriages and his numerous notes.  Go to the web site, click on Records.  Go to the Surname Search section and type in Joseph Parker.  

His documents, now saved for the future, will come up.  Click on a document of your choice and allow some time for it to upload, and there you have Joe's research.

The same can be said for his distant cousin and good friend, Lynn Holliman, also of Texas.  Lynn has specialized in David Holliman and his families in Georgia and James Grantson Holliman of North Carolina.  The manuscript Lynn distributed at the April Hollyman Gathering on his research is available at the archive.  Follow the same procedure as detailed above, and you will have a number of items with Lynn listed as the author.

Since our Gathering, another ace researcher, Bob Hollyman-Mawson, an Englishman who lives in Wales, has passed along a cascade of Hollyman lists (various spellings) from the many shires in England where American Hollimans have distant cousins, descendants of those who did not immigrate as did Christopher Hollyman in 1650 from Bedfordshire.  

Again type in Bob's name in the Surname Search section of the Records page, and an amazing catalog of names and locations will appear. If you are an English Holliman descendant you definitely will want to review Bob's massive collection of names, dates and towns.

Above, Bob as a sailor in Her Majesty's Royal Navy in 1963. Right, a recent Remembrance Day, 11 November, with Bob sporting his medals and a red poppy, and looking every bit the quintessential Englishman!  

Bob is no stranger to many of you.  He has emailed with many Hollimans in the USA and has contributed numerous articles in this space.  Bob has been the conduit from which American Hollimans have learned much about our English heritage.

As with Joe and Lynn, we owe Bob a debt of gratitude for sharing his research and manuscripts.

There are more contributors, both living and passed, whose work I have and will continue to upload.  The children of Walter O. Holliman and Rhodes B. Holliman have left me boxes and boxes of papers.  All I am carefully reading, scanning and if the Creator gives me enough time, will add to the archive.

When my DNA is rotated, my son and nephew will take over stewardship of this archive.  So if you have something to share with the generations to come, let me know.

More later at this blog spot, as I find time to write between scanning and archiving.  Thanks for reading and your many emails. - GNH


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Christopher Hollyman's Plantation - 332 Years On

by Glenn N. Holliman

Cousin Joe Barlow, whose mother Gladys Holleman Barlow was born at the 1830 Holleman House on the site of Christopher Hollyman's 1684 plantation, kindly has sent me this clipping from the April 13, 2016 edition of the Smithfield Times.  His sister, Sarah Barlow Wright shares information on the home.

Christopher Hollyman (1618-1691) first settled along the Cypress River in Isle of Wight County, Virginia in 1661 according to early deeds.  As an older man of age 66, he patented the 1,020 acres along Mill Swamp bordering Surrey County and built a home and tobacco barns.  He left the land and improvements to his four sons.

Below a photograph of Gladys Holleman Barlow and her 1996 obituary sharing information on her life in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  Picture and obituary courtesy of the Barlow family.

For additional information on the Holleman House, Gladys Holleman Barlow and Isle of Wight Hollemans, please review my postings of autumn of 2013.  

Again our thanks to Billy Joe Holleman, his wife and son and all the Barlows for their many kindnesses during the early April 2016 Gathering of Hollymans from all over the United States.