Saturday, October 5, 2013

Exploring Further Holliman History in Old Virginia, Part 3

by Glenn N. Holliman

We continue to report on the descendants of Christopher Holyman (1618-1691), who live in the Isle of Wight County and Richmond, Virginia.  My thanks to the distant cousins - Sarah Barlow Wright, Janet Barlow Moore and Susan Brewer -who kindly shared their time and photographs and proof read the article.  There will be several more postings on Isle of Wight County, which to most Holymans (and  its many various spellings) is our American ancestral starting point.

 Above, the Holleman House at Mill Swamp, Isle of Wight, Virginia in 1921.  The family gathering was being held at the home of Josiah James and Augusta White Binford Holleman. Picture from the collection of Sarah Barlow Wright.
Below, Sarah Barlow Wright in her Isle of Wight, Virginia home with treasured family photographs of her grandparents, Augusta Hannah White Binford Holleman (1859-1941)and Josiah  James Holleman (1851-1937).  Sarah's grandfather gave the land for the cemetery at the Mill Swamp Baptist Church adjacent to the historic Holleman House near the Surry County border.


Now retired, Mrs.Wright was a teacher or principal for over 35 years.  She grew up in Isle of Wight County at Oak Crest, the Gordon Barlow Farm, five miles north of Smithfield, close to the James River.  Her mother, Gladys Hortense Holleman Barlow (1895-1996) was born at the Holleman Farm at Mill Swamp, and later married Gordon Eugene Barlow (1891-1973).

Sarah Wright's lineage in Isle of Wight extends from  at least 1661 when Christopher Holyman purchased land from George Smith along the Cypress River.  Smithfield, Virginia takes its name from this family.  Arthur Smith, a descendant of George, was the founder of the town in the 1750.

Augusta Hannah White Binford Holleman had two children by a first marriage and three with Josiah J. Holleman.  Their children were Gladys Hortense Holleman Barlow (mother of Sarah Wright), Joseph Howard Holleman, Sr. (written about in earlier posts, he is the father of Caroline Holleman Thomas and Joseph H. Holleman) and Algernon Hardy Holleman (father of William Joseph Holleman, current owner of the Holleman House).       

Right , Augusta White Holleman
The lineage for this branch of the Holleman family
flows as follows:
Josiah James Holleman (1851-1937), son of

James Henry Holleman (1819-1858), son of

William H. Holleman (1795-1836), son of

Josiah Holleman (1771-1848), son of

Jesse Holliman, Sr. (1737-1824), son of

John Holleman (1688-1751), son of
Christopher C. Holyman (1660 ca - 1731), son of
Christopher Holyman, Sr. (1618-1691), the immigrant from Bedfordshire, England who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1650.
The 1684 plantation, patented by Christopher Holyman, Sr. eventually descended  to Wilson Holleman (1803-1873).  The current house was built by Wilson and Ann Nicholson Holleman.  Wilson left it to his son, Algernon Sidney Holleman (1838-1906), who died childless.  The House and farm then went to Josiah James Holleman, a first cousin.
Josiah left it to his son, Algernon Hardy Holleman (1902-1963), who passed the property to his son, William Joseph Holleman, who owns the home today.  His son, William Joseph Holleman, Jr. now lives on the farm, continuously occupied by Hollemans for almost 350 years.

Next posting, more on the Holleman descendants who have remained in Isle of Wight, Virginia since the Christopher Holyman arrival in Jamestown, Virginia in 1650.
Have questions about Holliman family history? You are invited to join the Hollyman Email List at and the Hollyman Family Facebook Page located on Facebook at "Hollyman Family". Post your questions and perhaps one of the dozens Holyman cousins on the list will have an answer. For more information contact Tina Peddie at, the list and Facebook manager for Hollyman (and all our various spellings!). Mrs. Peddie can assist also in any DNA research.

Since early 2010, I have been publishing research and stories on the broad spectrum of Holliman (Holyman) family history at . For stories on my more immediate family since the early 20th Century, I have been posting articles since early 2011 at .

Let's save the past for the future! If you have photographs, letters, memorabilia or research you wish to share, please contact me directly at Several of us have an on-going program of scanning and preserving Holyman and related family records. Write please and tell us of your items. Thanks to the Internet, we are able to scan, upload to the web (with your permission) and return the materials to you.



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