Those who came overnight lodged at the Rose House Inn (above) in Fayette, a quiet community, forty or so miles west of Birmingham and the same distance north of Tuscaloosa. It was in this frontier county that three Holliman brothers, Warren, Charles and Cornelius settled in 1836, emigrating from South Carolina. All three were sons of James Grantson Holliman (1750 – 1836). Warren and his family moved on to Arkansas. Charles, Cornelius and hundreds of their descendants stayed in Fayette and surrounding counties.
During the evening, Joe, Lynn and yours truly examined papers on James Grantson Holliman from the Walt O. Holliman collection recently donated by his children for review by other family members.
With combined research and the work done by Walt in previous decades, we concluded that the evidence is overwhelming that Samuel Holliman (1707c - 1789), a grandson of Christopher Holyman, Sr. (1618 - 1691), must be the father of James Grantson. The name of James Grantson Holliman's father has bedeviled family historians for decades.
On the Friday evening, a reception was held and, those of us who knew each other only by email, began to share stories in person. Above seminar organizer Glenda Norris, (left in pink) of the Birmingham, Alabama suburbs, reviews a family history prepared by Raiford Brandon (right) and his wife, Shelia (in blue).
The Brandons had traveled from their home near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Raiford’s family tree not only is connected to England through his Holliman roots, but also has branches leading to members of the Tudor Royal Court of the 1500s.