With this post, we continue the series of articles by Allen Holleman of North Carolina, USA who explores the lives of his ancestors. Readers may have noticed a series of posts for 19th Century Virginia and then the next article, 19th Century England. Both branches descend from Thomas Holyman, d. 1558 in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, England. It is interesting to note the differing lives, but perhaps similar occupations of these distant cousins, separated by time and space.
Below from Terrine Holleman Woodlief , the GGG-Daughter of Jordan Holleman; she a teacher in Cary, North Carolina (1896-2001). 1 and 2 footnotes
"As kids we would listen, open-mouthed, to the tales Dad told us which his grandfather, Jordan Holleman, told him about the trip from Isle of Wight County, Virginia, the home of Jordan's father, Jesse Holleman. They cut trees, for there were no roads in 1815 to where they wanted to go. Trees and mud were a pest most of the way to Wake County, where Jordan settled on farmland in what is now Apex (North Carolina). He and then his son, Wiley Wilkins Holleman, became a stabilizing part of the community. They helped found Salem Baptist Church in 1840 and started a Masonic group."
Allen Holleman writes Part 1 of his Story of Jordan Holleman, his 4th great uncle....
Christopher Hollyman (1618-1691) who arrived in Virginia in 1650, settled in Isle of Wight County and amassed a farm of 1020 acres. Jordan’s father was Jesse Holleman (1737-1824), the patriarch of our Wake County, North Carolina lines, though he never left Virginia.
The War of 1812
Capt. Simmons Gwaltney (1765-1820) was married to Jordan's sister, Sarah (1776-1823) and also in the company were Jordan's brothers: Lt. Josiah Holleman (1771-1848), the 2nd in command and Corporal Jonathan Holleman (1787-1854). Along with them were several other Gwaltneys and Cofers, Dews, Delks, Stringfield, Crocker, Gray, names we know and are related to some of them, a Who's Who of Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
In June 1813 the British attempted a landing, and were soundly beaten back by the accurate and well-placed fire from the excellent riflemen of the 29th who had almost been born with a rifle and developed great accuracy in hunting. With the aborted landing at the "Rocks" the Royal Navy re-learned a lesson from the Revolution about how good the Americans were with firearms. Although the Plantagenet remained at her station, they never made another attempt at a landing. 6
After the war, in 1815 Jordan and Mary decided to follow his older brothers, John and Jesse (Jr.) to North Carolina and first settled in western Wake County near them. This was close to Chatham County, and land must have been less costly there as they bought additional properties across the line on the New Hope River. 7
One 1818 deed says, “Jordan HOLLEMAN of Chatham Co to Archibald Haralson of Orange County, for seven hundred and fifty cents, tract on the waters of New Hope, adj. .. containing 168 acres”. I have found a copy of that deed and it does look like 'seven hundred and fifty cents but there is a tick on the left edge where I suspect the clerk added a '$' as he left off the word 'dollars', but that was not clear on the copy.
Part 2 to be continued...on the story of Jordan Holleman
1 (From: HISTORY OF WAKE COUNTY, NC, 1983, pg.373: Elizabeth Murray Reid)
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