Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Explorations of a Holloman Genealogist, Part 3

by Glenn N. Holliman

This is part three, the last article written by Bob Fusinato describing the genealogical trip he and his wife Lynn Holloman Fusinato took in March 2017.  Sadly Lynn passed away earlier this year, but Bob as a memorial is sharing her family history knowledge with us.  We are grateful to Bob for this remembrance of a devoted, careful researcher of our family and country. - GNH

Research Trip to Missouri Comes to a Close
by Bob Fusinato

Monday, March 27, 2017

We had breakfast at the Arcadia Academy B and B. The proprietors were interested in Lynn's information about her family's connection with original Academy founder, Jerome C. Berryman and about Hinchey paintings, stories, and photographs.



Much of the morning we spent walking around the academy and then re-visiting the location where the A .W. Holloman house had stood before it burned down many years ago.

Later that afternoon we drove down to Rolla, Missouri  area where we were planned  to visit the Missouri Historical society on Tuesday.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017


We visited the Historical society office in the basement of the Missouri School of Mines library.   Beth Lane had the boxes of Hinchey papers Lynn requested ready and waiting.  Lynn read through documents and Bob used a scanner app on his iPad to record them.  Bob also worked on the first segment of the travel log.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We drove up to Columbia, MO where the University of Missouri is located.  On the way we stopped at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, the state capital.


Having arrived around noon, we decided to go up to the break room on the second floor to share a package of peanut butter crackers and a bottle of Diet Coke that we brought with us.  The room had big windows with a view of the state capital.

We then stowed our stuff in a locker and went into the reading room.  Lynn was able to access some information concerning Spanish land grants which she downloaded to her WiFi thumb drive.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Up early to go to the Historical Society Research Center located in the Ellis Library of the   University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri.  They had newspapers from the period on microfilm which Lynn was able to copy to her thumb drive.

In addition to the historical collections of manuscripts and other papers, the society has collections of other art which it displays from time to time.  The hallways were lined with original art for newspaper editorial cartoons.   On the way out, we passed by an interesting bronze statue of the cartoon character, Beetle Bailey. Bob just had to get a few snapshots.





Friday, March 31, 2017

Lynn decided to go back to the state archives in Jefferson City, since they would be closed on Saturday.  We had a reservation at a motel in Jefferson City. So, we packed up our belongings and took them with us.  At the state archives,  Lynn downloaded some additional files of land records from 1848 to her thumb drive.  

I have to say that Lynn does not go on these genealogy trips willy nilly.  She comes with a set of questions and a plan for where she might find the answers.  She originally planned to continue her research through next Monday and drive back on Tuesday.  Sunday would be wasted from the genealogy standpoint since everything was going to be closed.  I think she felt that she would get what she needed after one more trip to the Ellis library in Columbia. So we decided to drive back home on Sunday.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

We drove up to Columbia where Lynn collected some more data and Bob busied himself with taking a few pictures of the cartoons.  


Sunday, April 2, 2017

We got up early, ate some complimentary breakfast at the hotel, and then hit the road for the roughly 8-hour trip back to the DFW area. 

On arrival we found the computer where we stored our data, including Lynns family history data, would no longer boot up.  It took some time to get everything restored. But thats another story.  Lucky she had everything from this trip on her thumb drive.


Such is the life of a dedicated family historian and her loving husband. - Bob Fusinato

The Explorations of a Holloman Genealogist, Part 2

We continue the 2017 genealogical exploration by the late Lynn Fusinato as recorded by her devoted husband, Bob, who kindly wrote this description of their journey.  This is part two of a three part series. -GNH

Lynn Fusinato's Genealogy Trip to Missouri: 
The Holloman Move to Arcadia Valley
by Bob Fusinato

Religion played a large part in establishing sense of community in Missouri. Allan Holloman, 1805-1895, and his kin were largely Methodist Episcopalian. Unfortunately, it also was a source of disagreements and arguments. In the 1840's the Methodist Episcopalians split between North and South.

It was about this time that family friend and preacher Reverend Jerome C. Berryman convinced Allan Holloman to move his family to the Arcadia valley were Allan's children could attend the school Berryman was founding. Allan bought land, established a residence and as a literate man participated in the business of the community. When the area was split off of Madison county to form Iron county Alan served as a surveyor that established the boundaries of the county. A new city of Ironton was formed to serve as the county seat.

For information on A. W. Holloman, born Raleigh, NC, died Ironton, MO, visit http://stegenevieve.net/2009/01/allen-wolford-holloman/ .

Meanwhile the school flourished as a boarding school. An Irish immigrant and artist, named James W. Hinchey began teaching at the school eventually meeting and marrying Alan's daughter Lucinda Holloman. Hinchey was a prodigious keeper of diaries which he wrote in shorthand. He eventually taught his sons to do the same. Much of what Lynn has found out about her Holloman family comes from Hinchey diaries, drawings, and later photographs as his son's became pioneering photographers.           



Drawing by James W. Hinchey from Hinchey-Cochran papers, R1280] The State Historical Society of Missouri, Manuscript Collection.




Sainte Genevieve Missouri's Oldest Town

Settled by French Canadians from across the Mississippi in Illinois in the late 1740's, Sainte Genevieve claims to be Missouri's oldest town. We decided to spend a little time there on Saturday (3/25) (when government offices would be closed) to play tourist and visit Sainte Genevieve. First stop was the welcome center where we saw a short film clip and picked up some brochures of the oldest this and that. Bob was reminded of his visits as a Florida resident to Saint Augustine.

We walked around the old historic district and took the tour of the Felix Valle House, which was both his store and his family home. It was furnished in antiques from the period and was quite interesting. Lynn's ggggrandmother and her children bought land from the estate of Felix's brother back in 1847 and some of Lynn's other relatives apparently shopped at one of Felix's stores in Ste. Genevieve County in the 1830s and1850s.

The Felix Valle house was built in 1818 as an American Federal style residence. It gives visitors a glimpse into Missouri's French colonial past.

Felix's father was governor and referred to as "commandante". The Valle leadership was adept at transitioning from French rule to Spanish rule reflecting changes in European politics rather than anything on the ground here. It even continued past the Louisiana Purchase as English became the official language and Americans began pouring in.

It is likely that many of the newcomers would provision themselves here in Felix Valle's store for travel to the west. Lynn's Holloman's ancestors were apparently among them.

The collage on the left shows Bob standing in front of the welcome center. In the middle picture, Lynn is standing in front of Felix's father's house. The bottom is from a brochure showing the Felix Valle house and store.

Berryman's academy had a rough time continuing through the Civil War. Eventually after the war, the facilities were taken over by an Ursuline order. The original buildings and various successors were destroyed by fire. What is there now was mostly built in the early 1900's. Recently the school cafeteria and dining room have opened as a restaurant and creamery.

There is also a bed and breakfast operation in a section of the building. We spent Sunday night (3/26) there as a way for Lynn to get close to the ancestors who lived in the area.


The interior of the bed and breakfast area was quite nice. They give one a hint of what life might have been like in this area in the early 20th century. (With the exception of interior toilet and steam heat replaced by wall AC).

The Bollinger connection leads to one of the few lines of living relatives that Lynn has been able to trace. Lynn's second cousin once removed, Joyce Bollinger Hale, still lives on the Joseph Bollinger property in Iron county which contains the Bollinger family cemetery where Joseph Bollinger and other members of the family are buried including Lynn's great grandparents, Thomas Edward Holloman and Precia Matilda Bollinger.


We drove down to visit Joyce and her family on Sunday afternoon. Lynn went out to see the improvements made to fencing around the cemetery and take a few pictures to document current condition and in hope of finding new identifying markers. People have suspected that there are more grave sites than are marked, sadly with nowhere to turn to help identify them.

That's it for visiting the areas where Lynn's ancestors lived. Monday we will drive to the Missouri School of Mines at Rolla which houses a branch of the Missouri Historical Society and was our access to the Hinchey collection of papers, drawings, and photographs.- Bob Fusinato

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Explorations of a Holloman Genealogist, Part 1

by Glenn N. Holliman

Lynn Holloman Fusinato of Richardson, Texas passed away in January 2018. Trained as a scientist, she was meticulous and accurate in researching and recording her family history.  In her life's journey and her avocation of genealogy, she was accompanied by her husband, Bob, who now shares with us some of her research.  What follows is a trip Lynn and Bob took in the early spring of 2017, searching for family roots in Missouri.

In the following blog, one will find information on Hollomans, Holmes, Blackwell, Bollinger and Whites.  Our thanks to Bob for recording and sharing this story with our readers.  Later I shall be adding these articles to the family archives at www.bholliman.com.  More of Lynn's work and life can be found in our February 3, 2018 article. - GNH

Lynn Holloman Fusinato's 2017 Genealogical Trip to Missouri
by Bob Fusinato


Wednesday 03-22 to Sunday 03-26, 2017 (Farmington, Missouri and Environs)

We spent Wednesday driving the 600+ miles from our home in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas area to Farmington, Missouri. There we were to stay at the Crown Pointe lodge for 4 nights.

Courthouses, Cemeteries and Libraries
These are places genealogists visit to establish facts about family histories. On this trip we did our share of visiting each of them.

Our first stop on Thursday was the Sainte Genevieve courthouse recorder's office where deeds and other records are kept. Lynn's Holloman ancestors and related families settled in an area of Sainte Genevieve county known as the New Tennessee settlement.

We spent almost the whole day at the Court House in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri looking up land records in order to clear up some fuzzy areas in Lynn's earlier research. On return, we stopped at the Sainte Genevieve library where Lynn attempted to clear up a few loose ends. Then, with a few hours of daylight left, we took the scenic route back through Coffman, Missouri where Lynn's ancestors had settled back in the early 1800s.

Lynn traces her Missouri lineage back to her great, great grandfather, Allan W. Holloman whose parents moved from North Carolina to the Cape Girardeau area back in 1810 or 1811 when Allan was about 5 or 6 years old. They did not remain in the Cape Gerardeau area very long however. After the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, they moved up to Sainte Genevieve county to an area known as the New Tennessee Settlement where they established homesteads along a branch of the Saline River. 

Google Maps 2017 Coffman, MO and environs

This area has been bought up by the Crown Properties Company which has established vineyards and a winery on the site. As a result the land remains largely pristine but inaccessible. We have in the past taken the winery "tour" where we sampled some wines and sat on the hilltop patio overlooking Lynn's ancestral lands. On this trip, the winery was still closed for the winter.

The large part of the story of the westward expansion of the US is written in the land patents, deeds, and other documents to be found at the various county recorders offices in the region. The folks who settled in the New Tennessee settlement must have had a lot in common.  A neighboring patch of land belonged to William Holmes and his wife Mary Blackwell. The Holloman family became forever intertwined with the Holmes' when Alan married their daughter Lucinda Holmes.

Prior to settling in the New Tennessee settlement area, William Holmes farmed a plot of land he had obtained as a Spanish land grant. It was located to the southwest of the New Tennessee settlement along the Little Saint Francis River where the river is crossed by present day highway which runs between Farmington and Fredericktown. We passed over that stream on Friday (3/24) and Lynn just had to stop to take a few pictures.

The Bollinger Connection

Allan W Holloman's son, Thomas Edward Holloman (Lynn's great grandfather) married a girl from a bit further south in Madison county. There is quite a story involving a horse about how Precia Matilda Bollinger became Lynn's great grandmother, but I'm not going into it here. Suffice it to say that she is Lynn's connection to Joseph Bollinger and the Whites who lived along the Castor river. (Elizabeth White Bollinger was Precia Matilda's mother.)



Next, we headed to Caster Hill/Caster Station on Highway 72 to visit the cemetery on the original homestead of John White, Lynn's ggg-grandfather, where John and his wife Preshy are buried.

We then continued on to Patton, Missouri to visit a Methodist cemetery on the original homestead of Missouri pioneer John Bollinger where he and his wife are buried. John was Joseph Bollinger's grandfather which makes the couple buried here Lynn's gggg-grandparents.
John Bollinger was a Lutheran, not a Methodist, but the Lutheran ministers disappeared from the area around 1830-1840 and the local Lutherans joined other Christian faiths in the area which probably explains the Methodist church on the property. We took a few pictures, but the stones are getting harder to identify.

The best picture and write up is in a book called The Bollinger Connection first published in the early 1980's.


We headed back west on Highway 72 to research land records at the court houses in Fredericktown and Ironton. We were able to find a good copy of The Bollinger Connection in the Fredericktown library and Bob made a scan of it.

On our way back to Farmington, we stopped to check on the graves of Lynn's Holloman gg-grandparents in the Masonic cemetery in Arcadia .



Oh, and since Friday was Bob's birthday, we went back to the Colton's Steakhouse in Farmington for supper and to celebrate by overdosing on their sin-sational chocolate fudge brownie sundae.

Next Posting, more on Lynn and Bob's genealogical tour of Missouri.....

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 Ancestry.com 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 htreekeeper@outlook.com. - 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 www.bholliman.com, 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
enlarge.
                           

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 www.bholliman.com, 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 Ancestry.com 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
Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com - managed by Jeanette Holiman Stewart at htreekeeper@outlook.com 

Hollyman Facebook - managed by Tina Peddie at desabla1@yahoo.com

www.bholliman.com - a virtual archives of Hollyman and allied families managed by Glenn N. Holliman

http://ulyssholliman.blogspot.com - managed by Glenn N. Holliman