Sunday, September 18, 2011

When We Were English, Part XXXI

by Glenn N. Holliman

As one recalls in 2010, I began my research in Hertfordshire before discovering the Holyman 15th Century farm in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire.  So in June 2011, after exploring the Shire Archives in Bedford and Worcester, with the help of family historian, Peter Smith, delved into the Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire Archives. 

And there, I found treasure!

    Family history 'detective' Peter Smith and the writer discuss findings over lunch.

A look at the Buckinghamshire Probate Records wills index revealed a plethora of Holliman names.  Unfortunately, the wills are not printed out but must be viewed in the original one at a time.  Here are their names.  Note the ones from Cuddington, the home of the former Holyman Farm and manor house.

1521 – John Holyman, Cuddington. (see articles posted August 15, 2010 for all Cuddington names)

1525 – Joan Holyman, Chesham, Leicester.

1525 – John Holyman, Chesham.

1525 – William Holyman, Chesham.

1533 – John Holyman, husbandman, Cuddington.

1545 – William Holyman, husbandman, Cuddington.

1547 – Elizabeth Holyman, Cuddington.

1557 – William Holliman, husbandman, Cuddington (estate valued at 18 pounds).

1558 – John Holyma(n), husbandman, Cuddington.

1573 – Leonard Holyman, weaver, Cholesbury. (see article posted September 7, 2010 for Leonard Holyman)

1589 – Christopher Hollyman, Sherington, testator(Yes, my eyes doubled, nay tripled, in size when I spotted this one!)

1598 – John Holyman, weaver, Cholesbury.

1600 – John Holyman, husbandman, Cuddington

1603 – Francis Holliman, yeoman, Cuddington.

1607 – Richard Holyman, labourer, Haddenham.

1618 – John Holeman, shoemaker, Newport Pagnell.

1623 – Thomas Holliman, the elder, yeoman, Cuddington.

1624 – Joseph Hollyman, Haddenham.

1638 – Roberet Hollyman, yeoman, Cuddington.

1648 – Richard Holyman, yeoman, Haddenham.
Several blocks from the Aylesburg Archives is the Kings Head Pub, one of the few ever listed in England's National Trust.  Henry VIII and Anne Boylen spent the night here on at least one occasion. Whilst in the Archive's the wives of Peter Smith and Glenn Holliman retired for a repast here (after some shopping on High Street!)

Next Post - following up on Christopher Holyman (1589)!  

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 or Glenn Holliman at  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, including the 5:30 pm - 9 pm social at the Rose House Inn, Fayette, Friday, October 14th.

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