Saturday, March 28, 2015

An Archive of Holliman Family Materials



A Collection
of Holliman and Associated Families Materials 
assembled by Glenn N. Holliman
as of 28 March 2015

This writer has been in communication and visited with Phil Upchurch, a superb genealogist of his family's history whose stories closely parallel the Hollimans, both families from Tidewater Virginia and the Piedmont of North Carolina.  Discussions are underway with his organization, Allied Families, to create a virtual archive of our mutual families and others, which would allow for the storage and the immediate downloading of materials such as listed below of the Holliman families.

Until that day comes, I list below an archive of scanned Holliman and associated family manuscripts and research made available by Maxine Wright, Joe Parker, Bob Hollyman-Mawson, Bishop Holliman, Anne Holmes, Sarah Holliman Hatch, Lindsay Holliman and others; plus the  late Walt O. Holliman, Cecil R. Holliman and Rhodes B. Holliman.  These are mainly of Alabama and Texas families and their ancestors from the Carolinas, Virginia and England. Materials vary from one page to 200. 

From time to time, I scan and upload additional materials.  I post announcement of scanned materials on future blogs at http://hollimanfamilyhistory.com/ .  Happy to add your research to the list.  Bear in mind some of this writing is 20 to 50 years old and has been super ceded by new research in the Internet age.

Happy to send these materials by email and insure their research is available to present and future generations.  Contact me at glennhistory@gmail.com.  My thanks to cousins who continue to make their findings available!

Surnames: Alexander, Baldwin, Barham, Bass, Beall, Blakeney,  Baker, Bond, Bostick, Brewer, Bryan, Bryant, Bullock, Burns, Calvert, Carter, Champion, Chew, Clemmons, Cofer, Cole, Crafford, Crockett, Curtis, Dale, Daniel, Davidson, Davies, De Mallpas, Douglas, Dover, Duckett, Edwards, Edgerton, Emerson, Fitzhugh, Fowlehurst, Fox, Gains, Galvin, Garrison, Gonson, Graves, Gray, Guyton, Guins, Hall, Hamby, Hawkins, Hendrix, Hill, Hogg, Holliman, Hollyman, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Jones, Judkins, Juston, Kaiser, Lees of England, Love, , Lucas, Maget, Mansfield, Manwaring, McBee, McComas, McCurdy, McKnight, McNewsome, Moore, Nicholson, Norsworthy, Noyall, O'dell, Oliver, Pearce, Peerce, Pettigrew, Petway, Pitman, Plow, Plyler, Porten, Prather, Petite, Ridgely, Riggan, Roberts, Smith, Spencer, Sprigg, Standley, Stanyard, Swan, Strother, Thompson, Thornton, Thrope, Trelawney, Turpin, Underhill, Underwood, Walker, Wallace, Walters, Weedon, Whitherspoon, Whitten, Williams, Wilmot, Wilson, Whitaker and Yerby.  

In addition to the above, the following histories, research and cemeteries are available.

Dr. Rhodes B. Holliman (1928-2014), professor of biology at Virginia Tech for many years.  Continued his father, Cecil R. Holliman's work in family history.  Rhodes wrote extensively of his Alabama roots.  This photograph taken 1975.

Cemeteries -
Fayette, Alabama and surrounding counties, 4 parts
Grant Co., AR
Pickens Co. AL Unity Cemetery
Shepherd Baptist Church Burials, Fayette Co., AL
Springhill, Millport, AL

Family Histories and Biographies
FAMILY HISTORIES Alexander, Frank (1833-1925) et al by W.O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Baker and Kaiser Papers, 2 vols collected by C.R. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Baker, George (b 1782) by C.R. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Baker, George and Descendants by Douglas Blakeney, 2001
FAMILY HISTORIES Baker, Hogg and Jones Families, 2 vols by Cecil R. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Beall, Walter (1590-1653) et al by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Beaver, Elizabeth Blakeney biography by Minnie Beaver Rivers, 1926
FAMILY HISTORIES Blakeney Ancestors by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES  Blakeney and Associated Families by Cecil R. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Blakeney, Baker and Holliman Alabama Biographies contributed by Adolph Blakeney

One of the outstanding Blakeney historians and novelists is Reed Blakeney of Georgia.  Here in 2013, I hold one of his novels entitled Sipsey, the story of some Blakeney ancestors in Fayette, Alabama.  Yes, Hollimans, the Blakeney's Alabama farm neighbors and blood kin, are mentioned in this pager turner.
FAMILY HISTORIES Blakeney's Irish Heritage
FAMILY HISTORIES Blakeney, James A. House, Mecklenburg, NC
FAMILY HISTORIES Blakeney, John (1732-1832) et al
FAMILY HISTORIES Blakeney, Thomas and Descendants by Reed Blakeney
FAMILY HISTORIES Blakeneys of Smith County, Mississippi
FAMILY HISTORIES Blakeneys, Ten Generations by Rob Blakeney
FAMILY HISTORIES Boddington, Henry of Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, contributed by Lindsay Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Bryant Back Trails by Lazelle Parsons Long
FAMILY HISTORIES Bryant Family History by Maxine Wright
FAMILY HISTORIES Bryant Family Tree by Annabell  Wishart Lane, 1954
FAMILY HISTORIES Bryan(t)s of Kentucky and Mississippi
FAMILY HISTORIES Bullock and Holliman lineages by Maxine Wright
FAMILY HISTORIES Burns, Fox and Dover Families
FAMILY HISTORIES Champion, Edward (b 1610) et al

Maxine Wright of Arkansas is prolific in her research and always willing to share.  Her Holliman line stems from 19th Century Alabama and Tennessee.

FAMILY HISTORIES Clemmons-Holliman lineage by Maxine Wright
FAMILY HISTORIES Cofer Families by Maxine Wright
FAMILY HISTORIES Curtis, Dr. James (1819-1882) et al
FAMILY HISTORIES Davidson, James A. (1788-1856) et al
FAMILY HISTORIES Davies, Samuel (1725-1815) et al
FAMILY HISTORIES De Mallpas (1240) ca
FAMILY HISTORIES Douglas, Scottish Ancestor
FAMILY HISTORIES Edwards, William (1605-1673)
FAMILY HISTORIES Egertons et al, Middle Ages to Am. Revolution by W.O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Emerson, Fitzhugh, Fowlehurst and Gonson Families by W.O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Fox Families by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Glavan, Marilyn Wilson Lineage
FAMILY HISTORIES Graves and Gray Families by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Guins of Lamar Co., AL
FAMILY HISTORIES Guyton, Joseph of S.C. Ancestors by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Hall, Hawkins and Crockett Families by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Hendrix Family by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Hogg, Baker and Jones Families and Records by Cecil R. Holliman, 1980
FAMILY HISTORIES Holleyman Family of South Carolina
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Cecil R. - Immediate Ancestors, 1976
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Cecil R. Notes from 1750 to 1900 on SC and AL Hollimans
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Cecil R. My Family in 13 Parts
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Cecil R. papers compiled by Maxine Wright
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Charles, Warren and Cornelius by Kay Blevins
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Cornelius (d 1864) by Maxine Wright
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Cornelius materials
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Cornelius 1812 military record
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, David (d 1818)
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, David 1819 Will by Maxine Wright
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Elijah (d 1836) records by Maxine Wright
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Ezekiel information by Maxine Wright
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman Families by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Henrietta lineage
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, James Franklin Children by Sara Hall Holliman Hatch
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, John Newton Hall Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, John Thomas (1844-1930) biography by Rhodes B. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Joshua by J. H. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Leon O'Lenthus Family
FAMILY HISTORIES Hollimans in CSA by Rhodes B. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Mary Lucas (1819-1913), Two Biographies
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Rhodes B. (1928-2014) lineage
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, David Fannin and Trogno Family
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Uriah and Family of Alabama
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Walt O. relations
FAMILY HISTORIES Holliman, Warren C., the Walters and Bryant Records from the Collections of Victoria Boune, Maxine Wright and Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Hollyman, Edward of Wigginton, near Tring, England
FAMILY HISTORIES Holymans of Hertfordshire, England by Glenn N. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Howard, Judkins and Love Families by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Jones Families of Fayette and Walker Counties, AL, Cecil R. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Jones, Keeping Up With The by Cecil R. Holliman 1970s ca
FAMILY HISTORIES Juston, Eddy Smith of Fayette Co., AL lineage
FAMILY HISTORIES Lees of England, a folder
FAMILY HISTORIES Lucas Genealogy and other Families
FAMILY HISTORIES Manfield, Manwaring, McBee and McKnight Families by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Moore, Nicholson and Odell Families by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Oliver Families by Walt O. Holliman

Below meeting in California in 2011, Glenn Holliman and Tina Peddie, the communications guru who has brought hundreds of Hollyman descendants together on her Yahoo chat room and Facebook Hollyman page.
FAMILY HISTORIES Peerce, Petite and Petway by Walt O. Holliman

FAMILY HISTORIES Plyler Family records

FAMILY HISTORIES Ridgely Families by Walt O. Holliman

FAMILY HISTORIES Riggan Families by Walt O. Holliman

FAMILY HISTORIES Roberts Family by Walt O. Holliman

FAMILY HISTORIES Roberts, Sarah lineage by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Smith, Col. John by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Spencer, Sprigg, Sandley by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Steward, Wm. M Civil War letters, Fayette Co., AL
FAMILY HISTORIES Thompson, Thorton and Trelawney by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Tring, England Hollimans by Anne Holmes 2013
FAMILY HISTORIES Walker Families of Alabama by Cecil R. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Walker, James (b 1765)
FAMILY HISTORIES Wallace, Walters and Whitaker Families by W.O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Walters, Easter Holliman research by Cecil R. Holliman, 2 vols
FAMILY HISTORIES Walters Families by Cecil R. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Weedon Family Records of England
FAMILY HISTORIES Whitten Family by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Williams, Wilmont and Wilson Families by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Wilson Family History by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Wilson Families of Fayette Co, AL from Heritage Pub.
FAMILY HISTORIES Wilson Family of Pendleton
FAMILY HISTORIES Wilson, Joel by Walt O. Holliman
FAMILY HISTORIES Yerbys of Fayette County, AL

Cecil R. Holliman (1902-1986), outstanding attorney in Birmingham, Alabama and exhaustive family researcher in the pre-Internet age.  Picture taken in 1919 at Marion Military Institute, Alabama.  Father of Rhodes B. Holliman.



Family Records and Research

Alabama Records pertaining to Hollimans, a folder
Alabama Family Union Soldiers by Cecil R. Holliman 1964
Anson Co., NC Records
Auiler, Patsy Holliman emails to/from Rhodes B. Holliman
Baker, Hogg and Jones Family Records, Vol. 2 by Cecil R. Holliman
Baker and Kaiser Papers by Cecil R. Holliman 1960s ca
Baker, Prof. Jacob H. letters to Cecil R. Holliman
Bedfordshire, England Notes by Glenn N. Holliman
Blakeney 2003 Reunion and Ancestral History
Blakeney's Irish Heritage
Blakeney Notes by Deanna Adams Holm and Rhodes B. Holliman
Blakeneys Irish Notes by Rhodes B. Holliman 1999
Blakeney, James  A. House, Mecklenburg, NC
Blakeney Notes by Rhodes B. Holliman
Blakeney Notes and Tables by Walt O. Holliman 1995 ca
Bryant and Holliman Deeds and Wills, other Histories by Walt O. Holliman
Bryant Families Deeds and Wills by Maxine Wright
Bryant, James Family Here and There by Lazell P. Long, 1989
Bullock, Chester papers
Bullock Family Notes
Burns, Fox and Dover Families
Civil War Letters of Wm. M. Stewart to Biddy Stewart, Fayette Co., AL, 1860s
Chesterfield Co., SC
Choctaw Co., MS
Cousin Emails by Maxine Wright
CSA Alabama Military Records for Hollimans
41st AL, CSA Regt.. H Co. Roster, 30 May 1862
41st Al CSA Regt., H and B Co. Rosters
41st AL CSA Regt. on Warren Holliman by Juanita Holliman
Hatch, Sarah Hall Holliman lineage
Herfordshire Holymans of England by Glenn N. Holliman
Hollimans and Blakeneys in Fayette Co., AL Cemeteries 1999
Holliman, Bessie Moore
Holliman, Cecil R. Notes on Alabama and S.C. Hollimans
Holliman, Cecil R. Notes from 1750 to 1900
Holliman, Cornelius 1812 Records

Below, Jeanette Holiman Stewart of Texas visits in 2013 Bob Hollyman-Mawson in Wales.  Jeanette is the keeper of the 20,000 plus names in Hollyman Ancestry.com Tree.  Bob is the British expert on his ancestors in Bristol, Somerset and Wales.  He also has a vast collection of names and histories of international Hollymans.
Holliman, David by Tina Peddie and Jeanette Holiman Stewart
Holliman, David by Tina Peddie
Holliman, David will d 1819 by Maxine Wright
Holliman, Elijah by Maxine Wright Holliman
Holliman, Isaac and Mollie by Hollis McCoy, Texas 1985
Holliman, James Franklin Holliman papers
Holliman, J.F. and Dr. Joshua, Notes by John H. Holliman 1964
Holliman, James F. papers
Holliman, James Grantson 1800 and 1810 census
Holliman, James Grantson lineage by Walt O. Holliman 1995
Holliman, James Grantson Revolutionary War Pension
Holliman, Juanita's notes and emails to Rhodes B. Holliman,, early 2000s

Two avid Holliman researchers, Joe Parker, left and Lynn Holliman, right, both of Texas, compared notes in 2011 in Fayette, Alabama, a root county for many Texas Hollimans.
Holliman, Marriages 1609-1938 by Joe Parker
Holliman Names and Associated Families with Index, 2 Parts by Cecil R. Holliman
Holliman, Spellings, Six Parts by Cecil R. Holliman
Holliman, Rhodes B. 1942-45 School Days photographs
Holliman, Rhodes B. Ancestor Photographs, 1999
Holliman, Rhodes B. Emails on Blakeney Families 2000 ca
Holliman, Walt O. Relations
Holliman, Walt O. Emails to Rhodes B. Holliman 2000 ca
Holliman, Warren, the Walters and Bryant, Elizabeth records from collections of Victoria Boune, Maxine Wright and W.O. Holliman
Hollimans in the CSA by Rhodes B. Holliman
Hollimans who fought in Wars
Holyman, Christopher 1684 patent, Library of  Virginia
Holyman, Christopher (1618-1691) some records
Holyman, Christopher (1618-1691) some descendants

Left, Peter and Maureen Smith of Bedfordshire first opened new vistas to Hollyman history in England in 2012. 

Below, in 2014, Barbara, Madeleine and Lindsay Holliman, visited with Carolyn Stonham, left, at Hollyman manor farm from the 16th century in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, another breakthrough event in understanding Holliman English heritage.

Holyman Name, English Origin
Itawamba Co., MS Records
Lamar Co., AL Records
Lancaster Co., SC Records
Marion Co., AL Records
Mississippi Hollimans Notes
Mecklenburg Co., NC
Moore, Bessie letters by Maxine Wright
Noyall and Richard Holliman, Isle of Wight, VA documents
Rowan Co., NC Records
Somerset Family Tree of England by Bob Hollyman-Mawson
Tuscaloosa Co., AL Records
Wake Co., NC Records
Walker Co., AL Records
Walker Family names
Walters, Easter Holliman notes collected by Cecil R. Holliman
Wilson and Hughes Creek Nation Passports
Virginia Early Records by Maxine Wright

Walter O. Holliman, Jr., below, (1926-2003) left us a magnificent library of manuscripts, right, of his Holliman lineage and his associated families. 

His children bequeathed his genealogical materials to me, and I remain grateful for the opportunity to pass along his valuable research to future generations.


Histories

All Spellings of Holliman by Cecil R. Holliman, six parts
Boddinton, Henry of Cuddington, Buckinghamshire by Lindsay Holliman
Bryant Back Trails by Lazelle Parsons Long
Civil War Letters of Wm. M. Stewart to Biddy Stewart, Fayette, AL
Clemmons-Holliman Family History
Cofer Family History
Holliman, Edward of Wiggington, near Tring, Hertfordshire
Holliman Family History by Cecil R. Holliman
Holliman, James Franklin, Recollections of Children by Sarah Hall Holliman Hatch
Holliman Names and Associated Families by Cecil R. Holliman
Holliman, Rhodes 1942-1945 Memorabilia of Woodlawn High, B'ham, AL
Holliman, Richard of Haddenham, England by Lindsay Holliman
Hots Springs, AK and Holimans by Maxine Wright

In 2013, then 93 year old Bishop Holliman gave an oral history interview to historians in Irondale, Alabama, his home from his birth in 1919 until he left for World War II.  He now lives in Avilla, Indiana, age 95. 
Irondale, AL, Memoir of by H. Bishop Holliman 2013

Irondale, AL Further Memories of the 1930s by H. Bishop Holliman 2014

Lee Brasses at Dinton, Buckinghamshire, England

Below, in 2014 Anne Holmes in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, English with Hollimans on the historic medieval farm of the 15th century Hollyman family.  A professional genealogist, Anne has been superb in locating and translating Hollyman and Lee families documents. 

St. Mary's Parish, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England

Shepherd Baptist Church, Newtonville, AL

Tring, Hertfordshire Hollimans by Anne Holmes

Please email glennhistory@gmail.com for copies of the above or if you wish to contribute materials yourself.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Hollimans of England, Part 5

by Glenn N. Holliman

For the past few months, I have been alternating ancestral stories of distant cousins - one branch that immigrated to the New World and by the late 1700s had arrived in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.  Other distant cousins remained in England.  


With this posting we return to the middle 1800s following an English Holliman family on the rise economically.  As did tens of thousands, the immediate ancestors of Lindsay Holliman left the farm and moved to London, the world's largest city in the 19th Century, seeking economic opportunity in the new industrial age.

Above, Glenn Holliman and Lindsay Holliman, both descended from Thomas Hollyman (d 1558) of Buckinghamshire, England, compare notes at Lindsay's kitchen table, January 2014.

From the Farm to the Cities by Lindsay Holliman

"My 2nd great grandfather, John Holliman (11 September 1831 – 1907), spent his early years as a farm labourer in Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, about forty-five miles west of London.  His home was in Frog Lane in the shadow of the Long Crenton Manor.  In 1851, he actually was resident at the Manor House.


Below Frog Lane in Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire in the 19th Century.

Below the maginificent Long Crendon Manor House with Tudor framing

At some point in the 1870s, John moved his wife, Lillah/Zillah Sherriff, and family to the Chelsea district of London.  The couple had married in 1855 and had one son, James Holliman.  Lillah had been a lace maker before and after the marriage.  In the booming metropolis of London, John found work first as a labourer and then as a furniture dealer.  At the death of Lillah, John moved back to Long Crendon before joining his son in Littleport, Cambridgeshire in 1902 and dying in 1907.

The life of James Holliman (1859-1932) completes the family's move from farm to city, from an agricultural labour to businessman.  By age 12, James worked in Long Crendon as a farm labourer, but by the 1881 census, he is living with his parents in London.  December 14, 1885, he married Louisa Pettifer Atkins at St. Luke's Church, Chelsea.  The censuses of 1891 lists James as a fishmonger and in 1901, a green grocer.

Louisa Atkins Holliman was born in Towcester (pronounced toaster), Northamptonshire in 1862, the eldest of eight children of Thomas Atkins/Adkins and Elizabeth Coleman.  Thomas was a coachman who lived at Babraham just outside of Cambridge with his family by 1871, and had moved to London by 1881.  There Louisa met and married James Holliman.  Louisa's mother died when Louisa was only 15, so I dare say she had a difficult time helping her father with her young siblings, five of whom were under ten.



Below, this London photograph taken 1898 shows James Holliman with his forceful wife, Louisa and their three children.  Lindsay Holliman's grandfather is George Holliman on the left, with Ada and William on the right.  Their fourth child, John, was born n 1900.

The upward climb up the economic ladder of Edwardian England continued with James moving his family to Littleport after 1901 and by 1911 to the city of Cambridge, the famous university city.  James is first described as a 'hawker', - a seller of inexpensive items, handicrafts or foods, often from a barrow or cart.  He became a hardware dealer on Mill Road.  In the meantime, entrepreneurship blossomed in the family - his wife, Louisa, opened a servant's registry, going into business herself.


Below, James and Louisa ca 1930 and right, Louisa with her latest high-tech piece of equipment, ca 1920.

Around 1922, working together, the couple had established a house furnishing business on premises eventually along King Street in the middle of Cambridge. Louisa, the dynamic force in the family, had joined the Salvation Army, a relatively new religious and social force in British life in the early part of the 20th Century.  The Army was dedicated to saving the souls of the poor and improving their lives.

Louise passed away 20 July 1931 and James on 2 August 1932.  They are both buried at Mill Road Cemetery in Cambridge.  The generational journey from farm to city is evident in the lives of this hard working and enterprising couple." by Lindsay Holliman, great grandson of James and Louisa Holliman

Next a 20th Century English family during two world wars....

Have questions about Holliman family history? You are invited to join the Hollyman Email List at Hollyman-Subscribe@yahoogroups.com and the Hollyman Family Facebook Page located on Facebook at "Hollyman Family". Post your questions and perhaps one of the dozens Holyman cousins on the list will have an answer. For more information contact Tina Peddie at desabla1@yahoo.com, the list and Facebook manager for Hollyman (and all our various spellings!).

There is also a massive Ancestry.com Hollyman and Associated Families Tree available for review.  For an invitation to this collection of over 20,000 individuals, please write 
glennhistory@gmail.com.

I also have a collection of associated family manuscripts and research collected by the late Walt Holliman, Cecil Holliman and Rhodes Holliman.  Happy to send these materials by email and to insure their research is available.  The surnames: Alexander, Baldwin, Barham, Bass, Beall, Blakeney,  Baker, Bond, Bostick, Brewer, Bryan, Bryant, Bullock, Calvert, Carter, Champion, Chew,Cofer, Cole, Crafford, Crockett, Curtis, Dale, Daniel, Davidson, Davies, De Mallpas, Douglas, Duckett, Edwards, Edgerton, Emerson, Fitzhugh, Fowlehurst, Fox, Gains, Garrison, Gonson, Graves, Gray, Guyton, Guins, Hall, Hamby, Hawkins,Hendrix, Hill, Hogg, Holliman, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Jones, Judkins, Love, Lucas, Maget, Mansfield, Manwaring, McBee, McComas, McCurdy, McNewsome, Nicholson, Norsworthy, Noyall, O'dell, Oliver, Pearce, Peerce, Pettigrew, Petway, Pitman, Plow, Plyler, Porten, Prather, Petite, Ridgely, Riggan, Roberts, Smith, Spencer, Sprigg, Standley, Stanyard, Swan, Strother, Thompson, Thornton, Thrope, Trelawney, Turpin, Underhill, Underwood, Wallace, Walters, Weedon, Whitherspoon, Whitten,Williams,Wilmot,Wilson, Whitaker and Yerby.  These are mainly of Alabama families and their ancestors from the Carolinas and Virginia. Materials vary from one page to 200. - GNH at glennhistory@gmail.com.






Monday, January 26, 2015

Further Exploring Holleman History in Old Virginia (and North Carolina) Part 15

by Glenn N. Holliman

We continue with our series on Allen Holleman's ancestors who migrated Virginia to North Carolina in search of productive farm land in the early 19th century.  In a previous post, Allen wrote of Jordan Holleman, a 4th great uncle, who left a paper trail that paints a picture of life in the 19th Century largely rural North Carolina.  In this article, an 1829 county court case reveals a startling act of humanity that went against the norms and laws of a society engulfed in the 'particular institution', human slavery! - GNH

Above Allen Holleman in his latest Mustang!

Allen Holleman writes Part 2 of his Story of Jordan Holleman, his 4th great uncle.... 


Jordan Holleman (1782-1875) in the middle 1800s lived mainly in Buckhorn Township in Wake County, North Carolina near and on the old Fayetteville R0ad (between New Hill and Holly Springs, route of present day New Hill-Holleman Road).   This third great grandson of Christopher Hollyman (1618-1691), moved to the Piedmont area of North Carolina sometime after 1810, eventually owning land in both Wake and Chatham Counties.

The point of the red dot is located at Holleman Crossroads, just south of U.S. Highway 1 adjacent to Harris Lake in Wake County, North Carolina.


 Below is a closer view of the area where Jordan Holleman and his relations lived southwest of Raleigh.


 The farm of a Jordan great nephew still can be seen today and is known as the Samuel Bartley Holleman House, located at the intersection of Avent Ferry Road and Bartley Holleman Road.  This is known as Holleman's Crossroads.  Some of former Holleman land is also under the Harris Reservoir.


JORDAN HOLLEMAN IS ACCUSED OF BREAKING A SOCIAL TABOO and the LAW- the GRAND JURY INDICTMENT of 1829

Note: The cover for this document says - State vs. Jordan Holloman - Forging a Free Pass for a Slave

"State of North Carolina, County of Chatham: Superior court of Law- Fall Term, A.D. 1829:

The Jurors for the State upon their Oath present, that heretofore, to wit on and before the first day of January A.D. 1829, a certain Thomas Bell was owner of a Negro slave named Willis, the said slave Willis being then a runaway and having left his master's service and that one Jordan Holloman, late of the county of Chatham aforesaid, farmer, on the day and year aforesaid in the County aforesaid,

 fraudulently and deceitfully did forge make and counterfeit a certain written pass, commonly called " a free pass" for and on behalf of the said slave Willis which said "pass" is as follows, that is to say_ 

'State of North Carolina Chatham County this will certify that the Barrer Isaac Evans (an alias) a man of Color is of Free Parentage, was born'd and Raised in the County afores'd and a person of a Moral Character, is about six feet high and served 'is' (his) apprenticeship under me as a farmer and was of age the 15th of December in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and nine and the same Registered in the county etc.'

James O'Kelly Test: Lesly O'Kelly which said free pass: he, the said Jordon Holloman then and there delivered and caused to be delivered to the said Willis, slave as aforesaid, and then and there well knowing that the said Willis was a slave and then and there "a runaway" to the great injury of the said Thomas Bell and against the peace and dignity of the state.
John Scott Sol'r Gen'l (Solicitor General) Thomas Bell Junr.Pros.; Wit.Wm. Rencher, Geo. Williams, Allen Wilson, Henry Moore Sworn; sub. Sept. Term, 1829
 C. J. Williams, C.S.C. A true bill - Jno Linth? Henth? Foreman"

Note just above, 'Thomas Bell, Junr, Pros.'.  If that means prosecutor, it would seem to be a conflict of interest as his father was bringing the suit.   In searching Chatham Co. and state records,  I have found nothing further about this indictment and suspect it was never brought to trial.  Perhaps it was settled out of court or the prosecutor to the grand jury being family made it seem a fair trial was not possible.

As the senior Jordan Holleman (who had properties in both Wake and Chatham counties) was a slave “owner”, (with one field-hand),  it’s hard to imagine him creating a document that would have been such a violation of the laws at the time and an affront to his friends and neighbors.  

Another possibility might have been that this was a younger Jordan Holleman, the senior Jordan’s great-nephew,  grandson of his brother John and son of  Jeremiah.   This Jordan was born 1810 in Wake. He would have been 19-20 years old and the ‘pass’ might have been the result of the  impetuosity and rebelliousness of youth.  His family also had holdings in both Wake and Chatham.  

Afterwards he moved on to Georgia and then to Mississippi. I have found only this abstract, not the original court record nor any disposition.

I have seen the will of Thos. Bell (Sr.) above with some indications he was a reasonably decent fellow – if that can be said of anyone who held other humans in enforced servitude: slavery.  He does state that he does not believe in separating husband and wife and further that their children are to be considered ‘property’ of the parents and to remain with them and are NOT to be considered as part of his estate and binding  his heirs to these provisions.


JORDAN WAS ENUMERATED TWICE IN THE 1850 CENSUS

Twenty years later, Jordan's wife, Mary, had recently died, and he seemed at loose ends.   As written earlier, he seems to like lots of people around him and appears also to be moving around a bit in Wake County.  The census–taker was Stephen Stephenson who wrote with a beautiful hand, but couldn’t seem to even spell Smith correctly.  He certainly never got Holleman right but I guess it works phonetically.   Apparently the folks being counted did not see the pages as all of the men could read and write and many of the ladies could as well by then, and they all spelled Holleman when signing.  Oh well.

First, Jordan is living with son Wiley Wilkins Holleman (1818-1890) and daughter Mary J, both unmarried with eldest son Wyatt next door.   They were in the White Oak area of south west Wake County, between New Hill and Holly Springs.   Brother John and his sons Davis and Edwin were also nearby and close to Hollemans Crossroads of today.1

Amazingly, in a second counting in the same 1850 census, Jordan is living with a family  whose last name is spelled as Wibbern and Wilbern 2, and we see Jordan’s sense of humor.  This would be Henry Wilborn and wife Cynthia Fuquay.  I suspect he was visiting the Wilberns on that day and was messing with Stephen Stephenson, the census taker, when he claimed to be living there and gave his occupation as shoemaker – which he never was but he might have just ‘fixed’ one of his own.  Or they were farming on one of Jordan’s properties.   These folks had a distrust of government even then.

JORDAN MOVES AGAIN 

The census of 1860 finds Jordan listed with his youngest daughter Mary J. Matthews  (1828-1876)  and her 2nd husband, Israel and five children.  This time he says he’s a carpenter 3.  While it is likely he built quite a few structures, there’s no indication that he ever did it for anyone else.    The census fellow was Wm. M. Tompkins and his spelling is as poor as Stephen’s and his writing is hard to decipher.  He has my ancestor as Jordain Holomon. 

The latest deed I found was in March 1849 where Jordan took a fair sized farm of 57 acres in settlement of a debt, and he found folks to work the lands as who would be known later as sharecroppers or tenant farmers.

By 1870 he was pretty much retired as a farmer and was living with his daughter Susannah and her husband James Phillips in New Hill, Wake County.  There are no children listed, but in the household were two other  ladies:  seven year old Eliza Overby and Jane Ricroft, 49.  Jordan at 88 was the head of household so this is likely his property.

In the rural South, people looked after each other, family or friends.  Orphans and widows were taken in and found homes with folks they had long known.  Older family members remained with family.  This was community at its best.   

Below, Wyatt Holleman's bible recording his father's, Jordan Holleman, death.

Jordan Holleman lived his last twenty-five years without his beloved Polly (Mary) and those must have been hard years for him, but he lived with and among family and friends and being an active do’er, he surely made the best of the life he had.  He passed away on August 17, 1875 at 93 and was surely missed by those who knew and loved him.  

I cannot imagine Jordan, so used to deeds and records as he was, not leaving a will to specify how his estate was to be handled but so far I haven’t discovered one.  Unless he had already divided his properties: real and personal while still living and made any other provisions known but there should be deeds for those.



FOOTNOTES:

1Many of these farms are now beneath water as the White Oak Creek was dammed to create Harris Lake in the 1970’s.  Recreational yes, but mainly a cooling pond for a nuclear power plant today.  Holleman’s Crossroads seems to have gained that name in the 1890’s when Samuel Bartley Holleman built a large house on the NE corner, that is today on the National Register of Historic Places.   This is at the intersection of New Hill-Holleman Rd. and Bartley Holleman Rd., west of Holly Springs.  See below.

  The Samuel Bartley Holleman House

2Jordan’s son, Wyatt, in several censuses, named himself a carpenter – more like what today we would call a contractor, as he was the businessman in charge -and it’s possible the father may have worked with him some but at 78 it seems  likely he might have been spoofing the census taker.  In the 1850 census he was listed as age 68 (twice, remember) and that is correct but in 1860, he says he’s 75.  Wouldn’t we all like to age just seven years in ten?

 3Jordan’s brother, Jonathan, had children who moved south: Barnett the oldest son went to Houston Co. GA and his sister Charity did as well and married Oliver H. P. Wellborn there.   Later Jonathan’s widow moved there to live with her daughter who was also widowed by then.   Recognize the name of her husband?  He was named for the hero Commodore of the War of 1812 – Oliver Hazard Perry and the nearest town was Perry.   I have not found a direct connection between the Wilberns and Wellborns but we can suspect they were related and a generation earlier had moved to Georgia.- Allen Holleman, North Carolina

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