This is the third in a series of articles concerning the October 14/15, 2011 family seminar held in Fayette, Alabama, the ancestral location of many Hollimans living today.
At the Georgia-Pacific Railroad Depot in Fayette stands a historical sign. The Depot is now a visitor’s center and museum where in the 1880s the rail road reached Fayette. In 1917, this writer's grandfather and grandmother rode this train with their four children to start life over in Irondale, Alabama, a blue collar suburb of Birmingham. There Ulyss and Pearl Caine Holliman increased their family by three more children (one my father b. 1919 H. Bishop Holliman). Their movement during World War I foreshadowed the disapra that the Holliman families and tens of millions of American families would experience from the middle to the end of the 20th Century.
On October 15, 2011, seminar and round table discussions were held at the Fayetteville Civic Center. Some of those attending were below left to right, David Jennings and his uncle Bill Holliman, both of Picken’s County, Alabama. Later, after consulting the papers of the late Walt O. Holliman, it was determined they are descendants of Charles Holliman (1795 – 1841 ca), one of the three brothers who immigrated to west Alabama in 1836 from South Carolina. Bill is a retired college music professor.
Recognized were Maxine Wright of Arkansas and Dr. Rhodes Holliman of Virginia. Both descend from James Grantson Holliman and have accomplished through the decades a mountain of research. Dr. Sidney Arthur Holleman’s 2003 publication of his branch of the family (Texas) was praised also. Ron Holliman of Dothan, Alabama, a descendant of James Grantson and John Thomas Holliman, also has compiled significant records but due to business and family could not be with us.