I am happy to post another article by cousin Allen Holleman who continues to research and write of his ancestors, direct descendants of Christopher Holyman (1618-1691) who migrated from Bedford, Bedfordshire, England with his sister, Judith (b 1621), and made his home in Isle of Wight, Virginia. GNH
A Holleman Family leaves Virginia....
by descendant Allen Holleman, 4th great grandson of John Holleman (1766-??)
Below, a North Carolina county map with Wake County in blue. Chatham County is just to the west. Johnston County bordering Wake is the historic home of another set of Hollimans, Samuel and James Grantson in the 18th Century. GNH
Below, pioneer John Holleman of the early 19th Century would scarce recognize the metropolis known as the Carolina Research Triangle. Several millions live in the multi-county region which abounds in numerous universities and high tech services.
A Remarriage and Legal Troubles...
Then finding the ugly facts: that the interest only of $500 was not enough to live on and worse, she was not to remain in the house nor did she inherit any property. Beloved wife indeed? It was customary then for a widow to be granted a place to live for her life or widowhood - unless she remarried.
After the realization that she had a problem, through a lawyer named Saunders, she filed suit against Edwin and the other heirs, in the Wake Court of Pleas and Quarter. Claiming that her husband had a personal property estate of "$8000 or some such large amount" (a LOT of money in 1850) and asking for 1/3 of all the real property he "seized and possessed" further that "through some improper influence, left her without a home".
Have questions about Holliman family history? You are invited to join the Hollyman Email List at Hollyman-Subscribe@yahoogroups.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, the list and Facebook manager for Hollyman (and all our various spellings!).
There is also a massive Ancestry.com Holyman and Associated Families Tree available for review. For an invitation to this collection of over 18,000 individuals, please write email@example.com.