As best we can research, my ancestors moved from Cuddington in the latter third of the 1500s, via Sherington in Buckinghamshire to Bedford, Bedfordshire. Then in the middle 1600s Christopher Holyman emigrated to Isle of Wight County, Virginia where he died in 1691, a successful planter.
While my branch of Holymans were crossing the Atlantic and then progressing from Virginia and the Carolinas, trekking ever westward and approaching the Civil War, Lindsay's ancestors remained in Cuddington before moving to a neighboring village of Long Crendon in the late 18th century. As with most Englishmen away from the towns and cities, they were striving to earn their daily bread and raise families by working the land. Lindsay kindly shares of his knowledge and research. GNH
Unlike in the States, where land was plentiful, from medieval times up to the 18th and 19th centuries, much of English land was under cultivation under the manorial open field system.
Around villages or small towns the land was divided into three huge fields with two sown with crops and the third left fallow each year. Each farmer owned or rented some strips of land in each field and the ploughing of the strips moved soil towards the center. Over many years the strips became ridges, and their edges, together with the ground between strips, became furrows.
William would also have been well known to Glenn’s ancestors.
John Holyman (d ca 1600) – 10th great grandfather
Brightwell Hollyman (1694 – 1761) was christened in Cuddington on 6 February 1694 and married Mary Gibbs in Hartwell, Buckingshire on 2 April 1719. The marriage resulted in four children – Brightwell, John, Mary and Hester.
John Hollyman (1700 - 1764) was christened in Cuddington on 27 December 1700. He married Elizabeth West on 2 May 1731 in West Wycombe. They had children - John (died age 4), James, Elizabeth, John, Robert and William.
Next more on Lindsay's ancestors, their move away from Cuddington and prosperity before their later participation in the growing affluence of English life in the late 19th and 20th Centuries....
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding the blog my 5th great grandfather remains John (1725 - 1779) and my 7th great grandfather remains Brightwell (1650 - 1711).In order to hedge our bets a possible alternative paragraph for my 6th great grandfather could be: