What follows is a fascinating story prepared by Bob of English criminal justice in the early 19th century. While not directly involved in this misguided piece of jurisprudence, Hollymans lived in this area of Somerset and must have witnessed this horrific scene.
Our author used as his sources, 'The Ken Hangings' by Derek B. Lilly (1993) from the book Clevedon Past by the Clevedon Civic Society, Somerset, England. In addition information from Jane Lilly of Clevedon, Fred Cooper of Bristol, the Bristol Mirror and the Western Flying Post.
For more information on this talented Hollyman genealogist and Somerset Hollymans, please refer to previous articles dated April 7 and 14, May 20, August 8 and September 10, 2012 . I am grateful for Bob sharing this piece of history, a reminder to Americans of our English roots. - GNH
John had issue of John Hollyman/Hollowman of Ken,1734-1766. John had issue of John Hollyman/Holliman, c1760-1828, farmer and butcher of Abbots Leigh. John had issue of John Hollyman, c1786-1857, another farmer and butcher of Abbots Leigh.
John had a sister called Hannah, 1783-?, who married Benjamin Poole, c1780-?, at Bristol in 1804.They were both farmers of Laurel Farm, Ken, otherwise called Kenn. In 1830 Hannah was about 47 and Benjamin 50. Hannah Hollyman and I, therefore, share the same ancestry.
These voyages resulted in many Bristol merchants becoming extremely wealthy due to the lucarative imports of slaves, tobacco and sugar. Amongst these enterprising entrepreneurs were the Elton Baronet Lords of the Manor of Clevedon. It was at Clevedon Court where my Hollyman ancestors were employed as successive Stewards.
And in our next post, we shall explore the nefarious deeds that led to executions and exile to Australia.
For information on Hollimans and allied families, please refer to the 28 March 2015 blog for an inventory of available manuscripts and data on Hollimans and allied families.
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We are all on a journey. Through genealogy we can discover how families better themselves generation to generation. When we understand the past, we know ourselves more fully and are more generously equipped to travel through our own time and place in the Cosmos. - GNH