We continue our series of articles on the descendants of Christopher Holyman (d 1691) who have remained in Isle of Wight County, Virginia and vicinity for hundreds of years. My continued thanks to Sarah Barlow Wright, Janet Wright Moore and Susan Holleman Brewer for their kind help.
A portion of Christopher Holyman's 1,020 acre plantation still remains in the Holleman family to this day. On that farm in 1895 Gladys Hortense Holleman came into the world, the daughter of Josiah James and Augusta Hannah White Binford Holleman, the then owners of the property.
Gladys would marry Gordon Eugene Barlow in 1921 and live most of her life at the Barlow farm, Oak Crest, in Isle of Wight County, but she retained many memories of her childhood in Mill Swamp. The photograph below of Gladys is courtesy of her daughter, Sarah Barlow Wright of Smithfield, Isle of Wight, Virginia.
Below, a later version of the school at Mill Swamp, adjacent to the Holleman plantation and the Mill Swamp Baptist Church. The date is unknown. This picture also courtesy of Sarah Barlow Wright.
"The one room school house was next to Mill Swamp Baptist Church. On my first day in the first grade, I thought the little recess was lunch time, so I took my lunch outside when we went to play. When we went back inside, I forgot my lunch. At lunch time, we found that hogs had eaten my lunch! I began to cry. The teacher, who was the preacher's daughter, took me across the road to the parsonage for lunch."
That traumatic day of school in 1901 did not deter Gladys Holleman from continuing her education. After graduating from college in 1917, she taught school in Wakefield, Virginia and became principal of that same little school at Mill Swamp before her marriage in 1921.
Next more on Isle of Wight history and the Hollemans....
Since early 2010, I have been publishing research and stories on the broad spectrum of Holliman (Holyman) family history at http://hollimanfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/ . For stories on my more immediate family since the early 20th Century, I have been posting articles since early 2011 at http://ulyssholliman.blogspot.com/ .
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