For the past few months, I have been alternating ancestral stories of distant cousins - one branch that immigrated to the New World and by the late 1700s had arrived in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. Other distant cousins remained in England.
With this posting we return to the middle 1800s following an English Holliman family on the rise economically. As did tens of thousands, the immediate ancestors of Lindsay Holliman left the farm and moved to London, the world's largest city in the 19th Century, seeking economic opportunity in the new industrial age.
Above, Glenn Holliman and Lindsay Holliman, both descended from Thomas Hollyman (d 1558) of Buckinghamshire, England, compare notes at Lindsay's kitchen table, January 2014.
From the Farm to the Cities by Lindsay Holliman
"My 2nd great grandfather, John Holliman (11 September 1831 – 1907), spent his early years as a farm labourer in Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, about forty-five miles west of London. His home was in Frog Lane in the shadow of the Long Crenton Manor. In 1851, he actually was resident at the Manor House.
Louisa Atkins Holliman was born in Towcester (pronounced toaster), Northamptonshire in 1862, the eldest of eight children of Thomas Atkins/Adkins and Elizabeth Coleman. Thomas was a coachman who lived at Babraham just outside of Cambridge with his family by 1871, and had moved to London by 1881. There Louisa met and married James Holliman. Louisa's mother died when Louisa was only 15, so I dare say she had a difficult time helping her father with her young siblings, five of whom were under ten.
Below, James and Louisa ca 1930 and right, Louisa with her latest high-tech piece of equipment, ca 1920.
Next a 20th Century English family during two world wars....
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!).
I also have a collection of associated family manuscripts and research collected by the late Walt Holliman, Cecil Holliman and Rhodes Holliman. Happy to send these materials by email and to insure their research is available. The surnames: Alexander, Baldwin, Barham, Bass, Beall, Blakeney, Baker, Bond, Bostick, Brewer, Bryan, Bryant, Bullock, Calvert, Carter, Champion, Chew,Cofer, Cole, Crafford, Crockett, Curtis, Dale, Daniel, Davidson, Davies, De Mallpas, Douglas, Duckett, Edwards, Edgerton, Emerson, Fitzhugh, Fowlehurst, Fox, Gains, Garrison, Gonson, Graves, Gray, Guyton, Guins, Hall, Hamby, Hawkins,Hendrix, Hill, Hogg, Holliman, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Jones, Judkins, Love, Lucas, Maget, Mansfield, Manwaring, McBee, McComas, McCurdy, McNewsome, Nicholson, Norsworthy, Noyall, O'dell, Oliver, Pearce, Peerce, Pettigrew, Petway, Pitman, Plow, Plyler, Porten, Prather, Petite, Ridgely, Riggan, Roberts, Smith, Spencer, Sprigg, Standley, Stanyard, Swan, Strother, Thompson, Thornton, Thrope, Trelawney, Turpin, Underhill, Underwood, Wallace, Walters, Weedon, Whitherspoon, Whitten,Williams,Wilmot,Wilson, Whitaker and Yerby. These are mainly of Alabama families and their ancestors from the Carolinas and Virginia. Materials vary from one page to 200. - GNH at email@example.com.