Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Hollimans of Alabama

by Glenn N. Holliman

Back to the 19th Century...A Series of Articles on the Hollimans and Related Families of Fayette County, Alabama

The Visit to Caine's Ridge, a Family Excursion in 2011

Lecturing on family history near the burial sites of this paternal and maternal grandparents is 91 year old HBishop Holliman (in purple shirt with cap).  As a boy he used to visit John Thomas and Martha Jane Walker Holliman, his paternal grandparents at their last home near the Fayette train depot.  One of his memories is sitting on their porch on the south side of town watching the trains come into town.

Below in a photograph taken in either 1928 or 1929 are John Thomas and Martha Jane Walker Holliman standing in front of their home in Fayette.  John would died in 1930 and Martha Jane in 1931.  The young man sitting on the porch in a white shirt and tie on the far right is 10 year old Bishop Holliman!

Cleaning the Caine monument is Glenda Norris using shaving cream.  When gently scrapped off, the cream reveals difficult to read letters.  Glenda credits her Uncle Rhodes Holliman for the process. In the background are Robert Holliman and Faye Gardner.

Bishop Holliman's father was Ulyss Holliman (1884 - 1965) who grew up in Fayette, married Pearl Caine (1887 - 1955) in 1906, and removed to Jefferson County, Alabama in 1917 in search of increased income for  his growing family.  Pearl Caine's grandparents, William Ellison and Melissa Anthony Caine, lie buried under the gravestone above.  It was Pearl's grandfather who gave the land for the church.

The journey to explore Holliman and their families continues in the next post....

Plan now to attend the Holliman and Associated Families Genealogical Round Table at the Fayette County, Alabama Civic Center, 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday, October 15, 2011. For information and reservations for lunch, contact Glenda Norris at gnorris@bcbsal.org or Glenn Holliman at Glennhistory@gmail.com.  Sessions to include Tracing the Holymans from England to Alabama, Holliman Farm Sites in Fayette County and sharing of information on Associated Families.  All invited!

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