Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Our Families Colonial Era, Part XXVII

by Glenn N. Holliman

Richard Holliman (1665? - 1711), a Son of Christopher Holyman, Sr (1618 - 1691)...and the Grandfather of James Grantson Holliman (1750 - 1836)

Christopher Holyman, Sr., the founder of the Holyman family that immigrated from England to Jamestown, Virginia in 1650, had six children, four males and two females.  The girls married Atkinson's and the boys carried the family name forward, sometimes spelling it Holliman, Holleman, Holloman, Holyman and other variations depending on the literacy level of the county court clerk at the time!

Above the Holleman House in Isle of Wight County, Virginia near the Blackwater River.  Built in the 1830s, the home and farm are still owned by descendants of Christopher Holyman, Sr.  On this plantation, Richard Holliman grew up. When of age, he sold part of his inheritance to a brother and purchased land in Surry County adjacent to his boyhood home.

Holliman family researcher, Joe Parker, proposes that Richard Holliman, one of Christopher, Sr.'s sons is the grandfather of my 4th great grandfather, James Grantson Holliman.  Based on the evidence we have at this date (subject always to additional research and interpretation), I favor Joe's thesis. James Grantson Holliman's father?  That would be one of Richard's sons - Samuel Holliman, my 5th great grandfather, and Richard, my generation's 6th great grandfather.

Let's first examine what we know of Richard Holliman, his life and go from there.  George Holleman in his 1953 classic volume on the family does not give a birth date for Richard, but lists him as the 4th child born to Christopher and an unknown mother.  The third child, William, was born in 1661 and the 5th child, Ann Holyman Atkinson married in 1691.  So if Ann were born in the late 1660s or early 1670s, then Richard's birth falls approximately in the mid-1660s, give or take a few years.

Richard would be the first son of Christopher Holyman, Sr. to die in 1711, perhaps in his mid-40s.

Information is available on Richard and his wife, and mother of Samuel, one Margaret Jordan House.
We will look closely at the fascinating Jordan lineage in later posts, a remarkable early Virginia family branch of the Holymans.

Above, Bishop Holliman (b 1919) surveys some of the land of Isle of Wight plantation founded by Christopher Holyman, Sr (1618-1691) in 2011.  Bishop, this writer's father, is a 6th great grandson of Christopher.

From Christopher Holyman, Sr.'s 1691 will, we know Richard inherited land along the Blackwater River in Isle of Wight County.  Evidently, he sold some of it to his brother, Thomas.

Richard Hollyman patented 1150 acres of land in Surry County, Virginia in 1696, five years after his father died.  The Christopher Holyman, Sr. land was on the border of Isle of Wight and Surry Counties.

Obviously doing well, Richard patented another 1,023 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater River, 25 April 1702. This latter he received for transporting immigrants to Virginia.  There is evidence he inflated the numbers in order to secure more acres under the 'head right' system.  For every person one 'imported' to Virginia, one received 50 acres outright.  (Information found p. 83, Crutchfield, James A. The Grand Adventure.  Richmond, Dietz Press, 2005 with contributions by Joe Parker, genealogist.) 

Next, the Walt O. Holliman Manuscripts are ready for emailing.  Lists shortly to be posted in this space.

1 comment:

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