Sunday, September 10, 2017

Curtis Holleman and his trip to Cuddington

by Glenn N. Holliman

Last March, I had the pleasant occasion of visiting with Curtis Holleman and his family, who live outside of Tampa, Florida.  His sister,  Salinda Holleman Riebow, the family genealogist joined us.  Curtis is a retired FBI agenda and Salinda, a real estate agent.

Their grandparents were tobacco farmers Walter and Ola Bell Holleman of Hamptonville, Yadkin County, North Carolina.  As a teen, Curtis spent summers working tobacco on the farm located off Brown Road near I-77.  

"Whenever I hear a rooster in the morning, it takes me back to my young childhood (4 or 5) and time spent staying with my grandparents at their farm, up early to feed the animals, collect the eggs, etc."

The ancestors of Salinda and Curtis are as follows:

Father - Claude Elgy Holleman (May 15, 1933 to October 11, 2008)

Grandparents - Walter McKinley Holleman  (April 10, 1903 to June 18, 1985) and Ola Belle Knight  (August 1, 1907 to December 5, 1969)

Great Grandparents - William Sanford Holleman  (October 3, 1876 to September 15, 1936)
Martha Catherine Brown (August 8, 1879 to October 23, 1918)
Julie Ann Swain (May 25, 1853 -    ?)

2 GGF - Asa Holleman  (May 8, 1842 - February 1918)

3 GGF - Bennett Holleman (1820-1897)

4 GGF - John Holloman (1785-1850)

5 GGF - John Holleman (1766-1850)

6 GGF - Jesse Holleman (1735 -1825)

7 GGF - John Holleman (1700-1751)

8 GGF - Christopher Hollyman, Jr. (1660-1731)

9 GGF - Christopher Hollyman (1618-1691)

Visit to England and the Hollyman Farm

This past summer Curtis and his wife Karen traveled to the ancestral home of American and English Hollemans (Holliman, etc) in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, England.  There they took photographs of our ancestral parish church, even climbing the tower and recording some dramatic views of the village.  Oxford is approximately 30 miles to the southwest.

Below, photograph taken while on the roof of St. Nicholas Church in Cuddington summer 2017. Elements of the 15th century Hollyman farm are the fields in the background.

Below James Stonham of Cuddington and owner of the Hollyman Cottage located on the original Hollyman Manor Farm on the roof of the church. By the medieval baptism trough is Curtis where his Hollymans ancestors were baptized from the 15th to 19th centuries.

 The grave of one of  the last Hollyman buried in the St. Nicholas Church grave yard.  Both Curtis and Lindsay Hollyman of England (both descendants of Cuddington Hollymans) have identified this grave as that of Mary Jarvis Hollyman who died 28 May 1817, age 77.  She married James Hollyman, one of Lindsay's 6x great uncles in 1761.

Below James Stonham and Curtis Holleman in the cemetery where generations of Hollymans are resting.

For additional information on the Hollemans of North Carolina and the English ancestral homes and lineages of Hollymans (various spellings) research the blogs at this site and/or visit, a virtual archives of Holliman (various spellings) and associated families.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hollomans of Illinois

by Glenn N. Holliman

On the Trail of the Illinois Hollomans!

In my last post, we shared the story of Betty Holloman Fritch  (left) and her missing 18th Century ancestors.  Betty's great, great grandfather, James Holloman, shows up in the 1820 Census in Johnson County in the southern part of Illinois.  Betty is a native of that area with ancestors in both Johnson and Polk Counties. As her brother, Jack Holloman, is a DNA match with yours truly, both of us descended from Christopher Hollyman (1618-1691) and his English fore bearers, Betty is puzzled she cannot locate her great grandfathers between Virginia in the 1690s and Illinois in 1820.

Below, Joseph Parker of Texas, and soon-to-be-Florida, offers some important clues that may answer Betty's mystery.  Joe is no stranger to those who follow Hollyman genealogy. His mind is filled with decades of research and reasoning on Hollemans, Hollimans, Holimans, Hollomans and all the various American spellings.  In short, he is the go-to-person, a living encyclopedia of stories and lineages.  Our thanks to Joe for once again helping to fill-in-the-blanks of a cousin's genealogy! - GNH

A Possible Answer to Betty's Riddle
by Joseph Parker

In my notes, someplace, you will find many of the Hollemans/Hollomans/Hollomons that moved into the lower three or four counties of Illinois - some prior to Statehood of Illinois in 1818.  I don't have all the information before my eyes at this time, but three of those counties were Pope, Union, Randolph, and another that I can't name at this time.

 Right, Joe Parker, Hollyman Genealogist Extraordinaire!

When Wilson Holleman and his two sons, Moody Holleman and Josiah John Holleman, left Surry County, Virginia between early 1796 and before 1800, they moved over to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky (western Kentucky south of Illinois and the Ohio River) where they were in 1803 (from records).  Along the way, I believe that they stopped in eastern Tennessee where many of the Hollemans were then located, and then moved on to western Tennessee and then Kentucky.

In doing so, I believe that this family took some of the Hollemans/Hollomans with them; and most probably, Hickman Holloman, William Holloman, and a James Holliman (spelling derived from local records of the times).  Also traveling was a younger son of Wilson's, Edmund Holleman

Records of Edmund indicate he served in Indian Wars around 1812 with Zachary Taylor. He then moved over to Union County, Illinois, where he met and married Martha Thornton (citation from the William Thornton Bible).  

In 1818, Edmund and Josiah John then moved down the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and thence over to Lawrence County, Mississippi, where Moody married and settled down. But Josiah John and Edmund with their families then proceeded to move back to Tennessee. 

However, Edmund went back to Union County, Illinois.  When he died about 1828, Martha then proceeded to move on south to Clark County, Arkansas where she married again and lived out her life there. 

My records of southern Illinois were hard to come by, and very few and far between.  I believe that those Hollemans located in southern Illinois are from the same family of Wilson Holleman - hence, my own family (which arrived later in Texas). - Joseph Parker

So Betty, perhaps Edmund of Union County, Illinois, a county in the southern part of the state adjacent to Johnson and Polk Counties, may be the missing link to your great great grandfather, James Holloman? And you may be rather closely related to Joe! 

Our Hollyman administrator, Jeanette Holiman Stewart, has responded to Joe's insightful words above with additional information and questions. Her comments are below followed by Joe's affirmation of her insights. It is grand to have these two fantastic chroniclers of our family's history share their knowledge and continue to 'fill in the blanks' on this American story. - GNH

From Jeanette Holiman Stewart - 

This is very exciting! Joe, I have a question though. Wasn't Edmund Peyton Holleman Sr. the son of Joseph Holleman Jr and Elizabeth Wilson? If so, he would be the brother of Wilson Holleman. I may be confused here, but just wanted to clarify. Also, any records you may have about Martha Thornton Holleman, I need desperately. All I have is her marriage to Edmund in Johnson, Union, Illinois. Also, Joseph Holleman Jr and Elizabeth Wilson had a son named James, a brother of Edmund and Wilson (if I have Edmund correct).

Below, Jeanette in her office keeping the Hollyman tree intact and accurate.  She has 
close to 40,000 names now in the database!

In the tree we have this James Holleman b abt 1770 in Surry County, Virginia. Betty's James Holloman that married Lorinda Davis was b abt 1803 in Virginia. The birth dates for both of those James are not arbitrary, I may have them off a bit, but thirty years or so is a leap.

Many people have attempted to tie the James that married Lorinda Davis to William Holleman (the s/o Arthur Holleman Sr). This William Holleman died in Southampton, Virginia in 1803. Now we know that Arthur and Joseph were brothers, so their kids may have been close and some may have done this migration together. Just things to ponder, but I really need Joe and Betty's wisdom to untangle this a bit. - Jeanette Holiman Stewart

From Joe Parker - 

Jeanette, you are absolutely correct. As to the notes on Martha Thornton, those are with the notes that I passed on to Glenn, or, those notes that I have lent to Lynn Holliman.

In late 1832, early 1833, Martha Thornton Holleman married again to Peter Lettherhead and moved on to Clark Co., AR -  or - moved on down to Clark Co., AR where her parents were then living, and then married there.  The settlement folder where the estate of Edmund Holleman was decided in Illinois, is empty, with no known disposition of any goods noted.  Martha Thornton was the daughter of William Thornton, and the Bible Record of William Thornton is on record some place.  William Thornton died someplace in Texas after 1840.

I have a feeling that that the birth of James Holleman/Holloman(?) is in Tennessee - but, where, and whose parents are his, is still a mystery to me, at this time.  I was never able to find enough records of Tennessee to clarify much of my information.  There is always that possibility that he was a brother to Hickman Holliman.

The Census Records of Lawrence Co., MS, taken in 1818 for application to Statehood purposes by Mississippi, does show Josiah John Holleman and his family in that area, beside Edmond Hollomon, wife, and female child - as best I remember.  (Those records copies are in my notes, which are now in the hands of Glenn Holliman in that large black loose leaf binder that I gave in Virginia - possibly marked "Book 2".)  In January, 1820, the US Census taken in a county of TN at that time, does show Josiah John Holleman and family there at that time (it also gives a definite possibility that the son of Josiah John and wife, could have been born in MS rather than all the following statements that William Arthur Holleman was born in TN.)  It also shows an Edmund Holliman, with wife, but not child, in that TN county.  Edmund was known, by records, of having returned to Illinois not later than 1825, when he was then a militia man at that time there.

Jeanette, this has some good thoughts about it.  There is a "time-frame" that would allow such a son to join Wilson and family in KY in the years just after 1803.  It IS an intriguing possibility that such is feasible - but, that paperwork is missing.  I have found no official paperwork for southern Illinois prior to Statehood in 1818, other than a few land grants by the Federal Government.  Further research is required. - Joe Parker

The above is an excellent example of how knowledgeable genealogists using research and citations work through the often complicated detective work to ascertain our ancestors.  We of the Hollyman families are so fortunate to have Joe and Jeanette dedicated to accurately sharing their abundant knowledge. - GNH

For additional information on Holliman families (Hollyman spelled numerous ways), these platforms are available.

Hollyman - managed by Jeanette Holiman Stewart at 

Hollyman Facebook - managed by Tina Peddie at - a virtual archives of Hollyman and allied families managed by Glenn N. Holliman - managed by Glenn N. Holliman

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Betty Fritch's Conundrum

A Riddle – Who were those 18th Century Holloman Ancestors?
By Glenn N. Holliman

She was born Betty Jean Holloman in Johnson County, Illinois, as was her brother Jack, a Viet Nam veteran.  Jack has taken a DNA test, and yes, he and Betty are descended from Christopher Hollyman (1618-1691), the Virginia founder of most persons in America who spell their name similar to the native of Bedfordshire, England.

Betty married the late Robert Fritch, and lived for decades outside of Chicago before moving to Florida over 20 years ago. She kindly shared lunch with me on a Sunday last month in Mt. Dora.  Perky, sharp as a tack and with a wry sense of humor, she told me her genealogical story and a puzzle.

Betty’s parents Otis (1912-1990) and Freda Sharp Holloman (1914-1991), were also of Johnson County, Illinois, a southern country not far from the Ohio River bordering Kentucky.  Her grandparents were Charles (1884-1965) and Bertha Ashford Holloman.

Going further back in time were Edward (1858-1929), Jesse (1832-1922) and James Holloman (1800 ca – 1850), some living in Pope County and others Johnson County.  

And there lies the riddle.  James shows up in the 1820 Johnston County census, but nowhere earlier.  He did marry Larenda Davis in 1829, a native of Washington County, Ohio.

Betty does not know among Christopher Hollyman’s four male children from whom she descends, nor the names and locations of her 18th century ancestors!  To her the 1700s are mystery, a blank in her family tree.

Betty, with her easy smile, and the author,
Glenn N. Holliman, also a descendant from
Christopher Hollyman, 1618-1691).

Most likely her 4rd and 5th great grandparents traveled from Virginia to Kentucky and then across the river to Illinois, roughly the same route as President Abraham Lincoln’s ancestors.  His grandfather, from Pennsylvania, crossed with one of Daniel Boone’s parties into Kentucky where Old Abe was born in 1809.  

Perhaps Betty’s ancestors moved to North Carolina (as did many other Hollomans from Virginia) and by the 1780s and 90s were on the move through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky?

Does anyone reading this have any suggestions or advice to solve this problem?  Betty, an ardent genealogist, would welcome information.  If you have something pertinent, she might name one of her cats after you!

For additional information on Holliman families (Hollyman spelled numerous ways), these platforms are available.

Hollyman - managed by Jeanette Holiman Stewart at 

Hollyman Facebook - managed by Tina Peddie at - a virtual archives of Hollyman and allied families managed by Glenn N. Holliman - managed by Glenn N. Holliman