1700 John Hollis of Fairfax Co, VA

John Hollis b abt 1700 m. Esther Canterbury (her father was Samuel Canterbury – confirmed in 1764-1768 estate records – see this page)

Y-DNA Page explaining info known to date regarding Hollis and Going shared Y-DNA:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/hollis-family/

Parents:

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(Possible Ancestry to consider:  John Hallowes b. 1612-15 – d. 1657 – In St. Marys, Maryland, Northumberland County, Virginia, and Westmoreland County, Virginia)

Children:

James Hollis, Sr., born 1730 in Fairfax County, Virginia; died 1804 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; married Sarah Hall.   (confirmed, see court cases below – Notley Hollis, Moses Hollis and James Hollis are related to eachother – they appear to be brothers)
John Hollis, Jr., born Bet. 1720 – 1735  (confirmed in Truro Parish vestrybook records)
Cybella Hollis, born Bet. 1720 – 1735 in Fairfax, Virginia; died 1793 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; married John Thomas Hall. (confirmed see May 23, 1753 court records below where John Hollis is her “next friend” – a legal term typically denoting a parental relationship)
Edward Hollis, born Abt. 1725 in Fairfax, Virginia; died Abt. 1794 in Richland, South Carolina; married (1) ; married (2) Eleanor.  (not confirmed yet – but is from Fairfax Co, Va)
Burr Hollis, born Abt. 1727 in Fairfax County, Virginia (confirmed as son in deed records)
William Hollis, born Abt. 1727 in Fairfax County, Virginia (confirmed as son in deed records)
Moses Hollis, Sr., born Bet. 1728 – 1735 in Fairfax County, Virginia; died August 17, 1794 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; married Rosanah Hagan Berry Abt. 1749 in Fairfax County, Virginia; born Abt. 1735 in Fairfax County, Virginia; died January 1819 in Fairfield County, South Carolina.  More About Moses Hollis, Sr.:  Last Residence: Fairfax County, VA to Wateree Creek area in Fairfield Co. SC (likely – Notley Hollis, Moses Hollis and James Hollis are related to eachother – they appear to be brothers – James appears to be a son of John Hollis based on John Hollis posting bond for him in court cases below – since Moses and Notley appear to be brothers of James, they are also likely sons of John Hollis)
Notley Hollis, born Abt. 1731 in Fairfax, Virginia; died March 1782 in Fairfield, South Carolina; married Anastasia Taylor. (likely – Notley Hollis, Moses Hollis and James Hollis are related to eachother – they appear to be brothers – James appears to be a son of John Hollis based on John Hollis posting bond for him in court cases below – since Moses and Notley appear to be brothers of James, they are also likely sons of John Hollis)
Mark Hollis, born Abt. 1730 (not confirmed yet – possible due to location in Fairfax Co, Va, and age)

Siblings:

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(Note:  I am uncertain that John Hollis immigrated to the Americas in 1740. (This is based on an immigration index showing a John Hollis arriving in 1740).  Most of the family trees I have seen online seem to say this is our John Hollis.  I have not found any actual documents that confirm this.  At least one document shows that John Hollis was in the Americas in 1739 – a year before he was supposed to have immigrated in 1740 – so it does not appear he immigrated in 1740, as he was already here in 1739.   

Y-DNA – John Hollis b. 1700 and John Going b. 1700 and Alexander Going b. 1715 families Y-DNA match to a common paternal ancestor

I reviewed the Hollis family Y-DNA project.  It appears that all the Hollis men who have tested their Y-DNA that descend from John Hollis b. 1700’s line all have matching Y-DNA.  They also match those who have tested out of the John Going b. 1700 and Alexander Going b. 1715 lines.  I haven’t seen any descendants from John Hollis b. 1700 (of Stafford Co/Fairfax Co, Va) with different Y-DNA results that match another Hollis family member that claims to be from the same line.  Same with the Going, Gowan, Goyen Y-DNA results for the descendants of the brothers – John Going b. 1700 married to Mary Keith, and Alexander Going b. 1715 (both sons of William Going b. 1682) – all from Stafford County, Va.  They also moved to Orange Co, NC and then to Fairfield Co, SC about the same times as eachother.   Goings and Hollises show up on eachother’s deeds and probate records that have been located to date from the 1730s to the 1830s.

So far, there are no significant number of Going or Hollis family members that do not match those who have already tested.  This tells me that these two Going and Hollis lines have a common paternal ancestor prior to 1700.  This is before the date John Hollis was born – as it appears John Hollis b. 1700 was in the E-M2 haplogroup as well as John Going b. 1700 and Alexander Going b. 1715 – all with results from their descendants that indicate a common paternal ancestor.

At first I thought that the Hollis family members with the same results as the Going family must have been from an adoption, or a pregnancy out of wedlock – where a Going child had been brought up by a Hollis family member and that child was given the Hollis name.  But for this to be the case, you would assume that there would be two Y-DNA groups coming out of the Hollis family members who descend from John Hollis b. 1700.  So far, that has not been the case.  Same with the Going family testers who descend from John Going b. 1700 and Alexander Going b. 1715 – again, only one group of results, not two.

At the time of this writing, these Y-DNA matches are based on 15 Going, Gowan, Goyen descendants, and 6 Hollis descendants.  If we start seeing a group of Going testers or Hollis testers who document that they are from those two lines but have a different Y-DNA line, then we will need to reconsider this theory.  But for now, that has not happened.

So far, the evidence points to John Hollis b. 1700, John Going b. 1700, and Alexander Going b. 1715 all having a common paternal ancestor (father, grandfather, g-grandfather, etc), somewhere down the line before 1700 – whether that person was a Hollis or a Going is not currently known.  Finding a split in the Y-DNA lines for one family or the other may help determine how long these two families lived closely to eachother.

(See:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/y-dna-for-goyen/ ).

Other Hollises to consider as part of John Hollis b. 1700’s line:

Other Hollis potential connections for this line.

FACTS and EVENTS regarding John Hollis b. 1700:

John Hollis, is assumed to have been born about 1700 in Surry County, England (this has not been confirmed, there were several Hollises noted in the Northern Neck of Virginia, and just across the Potomac in Maryland as well.  John Hollis could have come out of one of these lines); John Hollis died before May 17, 1768 in Fairfax County, Virginia when his probate papers were entered into court.

The following Genealogy of the line of John Hollis and Esther is found at (Information not yet verified by our site):  http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=157&p=surnames.hollis

Children of John Hollis and Esther are:
132 i. James Hollis, Sr., born 1730 in Fairfax County, Virginia; died 1804 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; married Sarah Hall.
ii. John Hollis, Jr., born Bet. 1720 – 173518
iii. Cybilla Hollis19, born Bet. 1720 – 1735 in Fairfax, Virginia19; died 1793 in Fairfield County, South Carolina19; married John Thomas Hall.
iv. Edward Hollis, born Abt. 1725 in Fairfax, Virginia19; died Abt. 1794 in Richland, South Carolina19; married (1) ; married (2) Eleanor.
v. Burrell Hollis, born Abt. 1727 in Fairfax County, Virginia20
vi. William Hollis, born Abt. 1727 in Fairfax County, Virginia20
vii. Moses Hollis, Sr., born Bet. 1728 – 1735 in Fairfax County, Virginia21; died August 17, 1794 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; married Rosanah Hagan Berry Abt. 1749 in Fairfax County, Virginia22; born Abt. 1735 in Fairfax County, Virginia; died January 1819 in Fairfield County, South Carolina.

More About Moses Hollis, Sr.:
Last Residence: Fairfax County, VA to Wateree Creek area in Fairfield Co. SC23

viii. Notley Hollis, born Abt. 1731 in Fairfax, Virginia24; died March 1782 in Fairfield, South Carolina25; married Anastasia Taylor.

Generation No. 8

132. James Hollis, Sr.7, born 1730 in Fairfax County, Virginia8; died 1804 in Fairfield County, South Carolina8. He was the son of 264. John Hollis and 265. Esther. He married 133. Sarah Hall.
133. Sarah Hall9.

Children of James Hollis and Sarah Hall are:
i. William Hollis, Sr., born Abt. 1747 in Fairfax, Virginia10; died Aft. February 16, 1833 in Autauga, Alabama11; married .
ii. Littleton Hollis
iii. Elizabeth Hollis12
iv. Rhoda Hollis12
v. Nancy Hollis12
66 vi. Burrell Hollis, born Bet. 1770 – 1780; died 1835; married Elizabeth.
vii. Samuel Hollis, born 1775 in Fairfield, South Carolina12; died January 23, 179412

Generation No. 7

66. Burrell Hollis4, born Bet. 1770 – 17804; died 18355. He was the son of 132. James Hollis, Sr. and 133. Sarah Hall. He married 67. Elizabeth.
67. Elizabeth

Children of Burrell Hollis and Elizabeth are:
i. Sarah Hollis, married Graham.
ii. Elizabeth Hollis, married Jesse Hudson.
iii. Jane Hollis, married James William Hudson.
iv. Mary Hollis, married James R. Dunlap.
33 v. Kesiah Hollis, born Abt. 1790; died Abt. 1830; married Benjamin? Hollis.
vi. Robert D. Hollis6

More About Robert D. Hollis:
Military: Confederate Army, 3rd SC Reserve Battalion

Generation No. 6

32. Benjamin? Hollis1. He married 33. Kesiah Hollis.
33. Kesiah Hollis, born Abt. 1790; died Abt. 18301. She was the daughter of 66. Burrell Hollis and 67. Elizabeth.

More About Benjamin? Hollis:
Last Residence: 1810, 1810 Census Fairfield , South Carolina1

Children of Benjamin? Hollis and Kesiah Hollis are:
16 i. Oliver Hollis, born Abt. 1826 in Winnsboro, Fairfield County, South Carolina; died Bet. 1860 – 1865 in (disappeared, never returned); married Mary Jane Bagley Bet. 1854 – 1855.
ii. Emily Hollis2, born Abt. 18283
34. John Bagley3. He married 35. Nancy.
35. Nancy

Child of John Bagley and Nancy is:
17 i. Mary Jane Bagley, born in Fairfield County, South Carolina; married Oliver Hollis Bet. 1854 – 1855.

Generation No. 5

16. Oliver Hollis1, born Abt. 1826 in Winnsboro, Fairfield County, South Carolina1; died Bet. 1860 – 1865 in (disappeared, never returned)1. He was the son of 32. Benjamin? Hollis and 33. Kesiah Hollis. He married 17. Mary Jane Bagley Bet. 1854 – 18551.
17. Mary Jane Bagley, born in Fairfield County, South Carolina1. She was the daughter of 34. John Bagley and 35. Nancy.

More About Oliver Hollis:
Military: 1860, Civil War(disappared after 1860)1

Children of Oliver Hollis and Mary Bagley are:
8 i. Green Lee Hollis, born September 07, 1855 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; died September 03, 1931 in South Carolina (buried Pisgah Methodist Cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina); married (1) Mary Elizabeth Davis December 24, 1873 in Columbia, South Carolina; married (2) Laura Kinsler Bef. January 12, 1910.
ii. Mary Emma Hollis1, born January 12, 1861; died July 09, 1880 in South Carolina (buried Sawney’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery near Ridgeway, S. C.)1; married Samuel Crumpton Moore 1879 in Ridgeway, South Carolina1; died Deceased.

More About Mary Emma Hollis:
Last Residence: Richland County, South Carolina1

More About Samuel Crumpton Moore:
Cause of Death: blows to his head by a hold-up man.1
Occupation: owned and operated a store and filling station1
18. Jackson Davis He married 19. Caroline Arnold.
19. Caroline Arnold

Child of Jackson Davis and Caroline Arnold is:
9 i. Mary Elizabeth Davis, married Green Lee Hollis December 24, 1873 in Columbia, South Carolina.  

The first known document naming John Hollis in Fairfax County, Va is July 23, 1739 when he posts bond on Catherine Padderson’s will and probate.  Catherine Padderson was the widow of William Going b. 1682.  William Going died in 1725.  It appears Catherine remarried to a Padderson some time before her 1739 will to a Mr. Patterson (“Padderson”).  (Note: To date of this writing, all of William Going b. 1680’s descendants who have tested their Y-DNA match all of John Hollis b. 1700’s descendants who have tested their Y-DNA).

Probate records for Catherine Padderson in Prince William County, Virginia in Will Book C show:

“23, July, 1739. Presented in Court by John Going, sole executor herein named, who prays certificate for obtaining a probate thereof, but it being suggested that the deceased’s husband is living, on the motion of the said John Going and giving security for his just and faithful administration of the said deceased’s estate, certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration.” “Bond of John Going, William Scutt and John Hollis unto Denis McCarty, Gent., justice. For £100, 23 July, 1739. John Going is administrator of Catherine Padderson, deceased. John Going John Hollis William Scutt Witness: John Bowie, 23 July, 1739, Acknowledged and Ordered”  The inventory of the estate, which included two negro men valued at 25 pounds, totaled 36 pounds, 2 shillings, 4 3/4 pence and was presented to the court by John Gowen August 27, 1739. The account which was allowed and ordered by Prince William County Probate Court, read: “The estate of Catherine Pattison, deceased. To 2 levs. pd. Edwd. Barry 116 (tobo.) To pd. Capt. Val Peyton 364 To pd. Thomas Ford 40 To pd. Alexander Gowin 330 To pd. Susanna Gowin 250 To bal due per John Gowin 468 To pd. Mr. Wm. Dunlop 7:4:- John (X) Gowin” [“To” is apparently an abbreviation for “Total;” “tobo” is apparently an abbreviation for “tobacco”.]1739 estatecatherinepaddersonprincewmcova2y3

Additional documentation regarding John Hollis is found in the Truro Parish vestry book.  Several entries are mixed in below.

Oct 1745 – p. 52 – Truro Parish Vestrybook:  pmt to John Gladding for keeping John Curry.  pmt to John Hollis to support his son John, a disabled person.
– p. 53.  Gabriel Adams exempted from paying taxes in the future. http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

In 1746, an Edward Hollis shows up in Fairfax County Deed Records show the following transactions involving those with the surname of Hollis:   1) 1746 Edward Hollis to John Carlyle a sale. Deed Book A1, p. 538
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/courts/circuit/pdf/deed-book-index-1742-1797.pdf

In October 1747 – p. 57 – Truro Parish Vestrybook:  pmt to John Hollis for support of his son John a disabled person for two years.  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

Oct 1749 – p. 61 – Truro Parish Vestrybook: George Mason is vestryman.  A payment is made to John Hollis Junr for two years support.  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

1749 – p. 63 – Truro Parish Vestrybook:  A payment is made to John Hollis for his support.  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

It appears Edward Hollis leaves Virginia by 1749.  In 1749 Edward Hollis appears in South Carolina and receives a 450 acre land grant on the Wateree in SC.

1749 Edward Hollis plat on Wateree in SC

1749 Edward Hollis plat on Wateree in SC

Court held May 17, 1749. The Action of Trespass Assault and Battery by John Holles against Richard Nelson the Defendant on his Motion hath a Special Importance granted him until the next court. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 6, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held March 27, 1750. We present John Hollis Junior for being a common Swearer to the knowledge of two of this Jury. John Turley foreman. And also returned an Indictment against Walton English Ignoramus. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 55, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Oct 1750 – p. 66 – A payment is made to John Hollis for burying a poor man.  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

Oct 1751 – P 73 – Truro Parish Vestrybook:  pmt to John Hollis for 1 levy overcharged  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

Court held March 30, 1751. On the petition of John Milstead against Alexander Gowen, John Summers William Berckley and John Ward or any two of them are Ordered to view and Value the work done by the petitioner for the Defendant and report the Value thereof to the next court. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt  (see other orders on same day regarding Alexander Gowen and Moses Hollis – out of same case):

Court held March 30, 1751. Joseph Bayloy au Evidence for John Milstead against Alexander Gowen having attended seven Days Ordered he to pay him for the same according to Law. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held March 30, 1751. Moses Holles au Endowed for John Milstead against Alexander Gowen having attended seven days ordered that he to pay him for the same according to law. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held March 30, 1751. Moses Hollis au Evidence for Jane Purcel against Joseph Stevens and Alexander Gowen having attended Seven Days Ordered. She to pay him for the same according to Law. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held March 30, 1751. John Simpson au Evidence for Jane Purcel against Joseph Stevens and Alexander Gowen having attended Seven Days Ordered. She to pay him for the same according to Law and coming and returning twice thirty Miles. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held March 30, 1751. Thomas Remy au Evidence for Jane Purcel against Joseph Stevens and Alexander Gowen having attended Seven Days Ordered. She to pay him for the same according to Law and coming and returning twice thirty Miles. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held April 2, 1751. On the petition of John Holles against William MacMillion Judgement is granted the Petitioner against the said Defendant for three hundred and Eighty pounds of Tobacco and four Shillings current money by note of hand with costs. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 150, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

In 1751 William Scott moves in adjacent to Edward Hollis on the Wateree in SC.  William Scott and John Hollis both are witnesses in Catherine Padderson’s probate paperwork in 1739 in Prince William County, Virginia.

1751 William Scott adj to Edward Hollis on Wateree in SC

1751 William Scott adj to Edward Hollis on Wateree in SC

In 1752, Thomas Going, a son of John Going b 1700, appears to obtain 750 acres of land near Edward Hollis and Wiiliam Scott in South Carolina.

Court held Jan 1, 1752. John Holes, Paid 12 Lbs tobacco by County for levies overpaid. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 179, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Jan 16, 1753. James Hollis being brought before the Court is charged with stealing a great Coat the property of Benoni Halley on hearing the Evidences against him it is Ordered that he remain in Custody until he give sufficient security himself in one hundred Pounds Sterling and his Security’s such in fifty pounds sterling for his the said James Hollis appearance at May Court next answer the same. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 298, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Jan 17, 1753. James Hollis, John Hollis & William Gladin acknowledged themselves indebted to our sourvereign Lord the King his heirs & successors (Dist) the said James Hollis in the sum of one hundred pounds Sterling & the said John Hollis & William Gladin in the sum of fifty pounds sterling upon condition that the said James Hollis do appear at May Court next to answer a bill of Indictment to be Preferred against him. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 299, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held March 21, 1753. A Deed from John Hollis to James Swan proved by Daniel McCarty and John Melton two of the witnesses & admitted to court. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 309, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

2) 1753 John Hollis conveys to James Swan a deed. Deed Book C1, p. 470, see COB 1749; 309
Index of Deed Book C (1750-1754) Fairfax County, VA (page 470); John Holles deed to James Swann (page 470 of the book is missing, only the index is left)
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/courts/circuit/pdf/deed-book-index-1742-1797.pdf

Court held May 16, 1753. Our sovereign Lord the King against James Hollis-On an Indictment. This day came Hugh West Gent. Deputy Attorney for our Sovereign Lord the King and the said James under the custody of Charles Broadwater Gent. Sheriff to the Barr in his Proper person came and being asked home of the Felony a foresaid he would acquit himself the said James saith that he of the felony aforesaid to him in form aforesaid improved in not Guilty and thereof for good and ill puts himself upon the Country Therefore Imediately causes a Jury thereof to come and the Jurors of the jury aforesaid by the aforesaid sheriff being impaneled and called that is to say that Thomas Smith, Robert Thomas, John Guefs, Robert Boggss’s, John Ashford, William Tramell, William Scott, John Summers, Edward Violet, John West, Barnaby Currey & William Duling came; who to say the huth of and upon the Promises ___to the said James Hollis imposed chosen hied and sworn say upoin their oaths that the said James Hollis is guilty of this felony to him in form as Imposed in manner and for as by the Indictment ato it is supposed upoin which the said James Hollis being spoken unto if he had any thing for himself to offer, or could say why the Court aforesaid is Judgmeent ought not to Proceed and he saying Nothing but what at first he had said Upoin this then and there it is Considered by the Justices here that the said James Hollis be led to the Publick whipping Post and there receive thirty nine Lashes on his bare back wellaid on and that he remain in Custody til he give sufficient security for his good behaviour and Costs. John Hollis became security to pay costs. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 345-346, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Besnoni Halley an Evidence for our sovereign Lord the King against James Hollis having Attended three days ordered that the said James to pay him seventy five Pound of Tobacco. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 345-346, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

John Ellzey an Evidence for our sovereign Lord the King against James Hollis having attended three days ordered that the said James to pay him Seventy Five Pounds of Tobacco. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 345-346, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Sarah Say an Evidence for our sovereign Lord the King against James Hollis having attended three days ordered that the said James to pay him Seventy Five Pounds of Tobacco. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 345-346, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Joseph Stevens an Evidence for our sovereign Lord the King against James Hollis having attended one day ordered that the said James to pay him Twenty Five Pounds of Tobacco. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 345-346, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held May 16, 1753. James Hollis & John Hollis of Fairfax County in open Court severally acknowledged themselves indebted to our sovereign Lord the King his heirs and successors (vizt) the said James Hollis in fifty Pounds of the said John Hollis in twenty five pounds On Condition that the said James be of good behaviour towards his Majesty and all his Siege people for a year and a day. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 348, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held May 21, 1753. John Hollis against John Dalton, Admr. Of Ann Gladin, Dec’d., On Petition. The suit is Continued. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 374, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held May 23, 1753. Sibbilla Hall by John Hollis her next friend against Thomas Hall. In chaneory. The Defendant failing to appear it is ordered that an attachment be issured against him returnable to the next Court. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 393, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held June 20, 1753. John Hollis against John Dalton, Admr. of Ann Gladin, Dec’d., On Petition. Suit is Cont.d [Continued]. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 408, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Nov 22, 1753. John Hollis against John Dalton Admr of Ann Gladin Dec’d. On Petition. It is considered that the said John Hollis recover against the said John Dalton three pounds seven shillings & one penny half penny & also his costs or to be levied of the goods & chattels of the said Ann which hereafter shall come to the hands of the said John Dalton to be admonished. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 482, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Nov 23, 1753. John Hollis against John Laughlin; On Petition. It is considered that the said John Hollis recover against the said John Laughlin six hundred and fifty pounds of Crop Tobacco & also his Costs &c. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 485, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Jan 15, 1754. John Hollis Jun. being brought before the Court is charged with committing several misdemean of the said John submitting himself to the Court charged rather to receive corporal punishment than to be bound to his good behaviour Ordered that the sheriff gives him twenty Lashes on his bare back well laid on at the Publick Whipping Post. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 493,
http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

May 21, 1754, page 88 Ordered that Philip Grimes upon receipt of this order do clear the road from Brown’s Ordinary to John Hollis‘s with the tithables lately appointed to clear the new road http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/03-r19.pdf

1754-1757: John Hollis and sons William and Burr served during the French and Indian War in the Virginia Regiment of colonial forces under George Washington. Their service was in the forts protecting the Virginia-Maryland-Pennsylvania frontier. William Hollis was listed in 1754 in the roster of soldiers in the Fort Necessity Campaign, the opening battle of the French and Indian War. The father served from January to perhaps August 1756 in Captain Waggener’s company. Burr Hollis served in 1757 in Captain Bryan Fairfax’s Fairfax County Detachment. http://ravensworthstory.org/people/leaseholders/leases-parcel-1-1/hollis-john/

Court held Oct 20, 1756. In the action of Trespass in the case by Thomas Gilpin against John Hollis, the defendant prays leave to impart until the next court which is granted him. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p.32, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

John Hollis received licenses for several years to keep an ordinary at his family’s leasehold at the intersection of the Mountain Road (today’s Braddock Road) and the road to the Pohick tobacco warehouse (today’s Rolling Road). At that time, the Mountain Road was a major route connecting western lands to Alexandria’s Potomac River port. The site is shown on the map accompanying Beth Mitchell’s Fairfax County, Virginia in 1760.
Evidence of a reliable water source, which may have influenced choosing where to place the Hollis home and ordinary, exists today in a nearby spring that feeds a pond in the Dunleigh subdivision. A receipt that John Hollis issued to Sampson Franklin for service to seven men and care of horses is included in George Washington’s papers in the Library of Congress.  http://ravensworthstory.org/landmarks/hollis-ordinary/

Court held Mar 22, 1757. John Neilson & Co., Plt. Vs. John Hollis, Samuel Canterbury & Henry Collum, Defts, In Debt. The Sheriff not having Executed the writ it is orerd that an alias Capias be issued against them returnable to the next Court. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 83, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held March 22, 1757. Robert Edward Maxwell against John Hollis, Trespass on the Case. This day counsels Plt by George Johnston their attorney and the said Deft. By Hugh West his attorney comes & Defends this force & injury when for and the said Deft. Seth that his client did not undertake in the manner and form as the said Plaintiffs have complained against him and of this he puts himself upon this Country and the Plaintiffs _therefore is commanded that the sheriff cause to come here at the next court twelve ..(?) wit. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 89, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Jun 22, 1757. Grand Jury against John Hollis, On Presentment. The Defendant prays leave to imparts until the next Court which is granted him &c. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 125, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Sept 20, 1757. [transcript]-John Hollis, Deft. In trespass vs. Robt.Edward Maxwells. Confessed, to pay 722 Lbs Crop Tobacco. (Jailed?) Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 163, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Nov 15, 1757. John Summers against David Andrews, Trespass on the Case. This day came the Plaintiff by Benjamin Sebastian his attorney on his motion it is ordered that the said Defendant so give special bail before he is allowed to appear in this suit whereupon John Hollis and William Lester came into Court and undertook for the said defendant to pay the condemnation of the Court if he should be cast in this suit or deliver up his body in Execution and the said Deft by Hugh West his attorney pleads that he did not assume in manner and form as the said Plaintiff against him hath complained for hurt thereof puts himself upon the Country and the Plaintiff ___ Therefore it is commanded that this sheriff cause to come here at the next court twelve free & fearfull men by whom wit. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 169, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held May 17, 1758. Henry Fitzhugh acknowledged a Lease to John Hollis which is ordered to be recorded. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 234, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held June 22, 1758. John Hollis against John Laughlin On Petition. It is Considered that the said John Hollis recover against the said John Laughlin the sum of six hundred and fifty pounds of Crop Tobacco & fifty two pounds of Tobacco and also his Costs &c. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 260, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Aug 15, 1758. License is granted to John Hollis to keep an ordinary, Hugh West Gent Security. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 273, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Aug 22, 1758. Thomas Gilpin against John Hollis; Trespass on the case. This day came the Plaintiff by Lea Massey his attorney & the said Defendant by Hugh West his attorney pleads that he is not guilty & for trial thereof puts himself upon this country and the Plaintiff___. Therefore, it is commanded that the sheriff cause to come here at his next Court…(?). Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 300, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Sept. 20, 1758. John Hollis Quitam against Joseph Stevens, In Debt. This day came the Plaintiff by Frances Dade his attorney & the said Defendant by William Ellzey his attorney craves oyes of the writ & leave he imparts until this next court which is granted him. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 307, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Nov 1758 – P 87 – Truro Parish Vestrybook: Wm Glading sexton Alexandria.  John Hollis acct.  Nich Martin for Mary Straughan  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

Fairfax County Deed Records show the following transactions involving those with the surname of Hollis:  3) 1758 John Hollis from Henry Fitzhugh a lease. Deed Book D1, p. 522
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/courts/circuit/pdf/deed-book-index-1742-1797.pdf
1758: John Hollis leased 205 acres in Parcel 1.1 from Henry Fitzhugh (Colonel). http://ravensworthstory.org/people/owners/fitzhugh-family/fitzhugh-henry-colonel/ The lease, dated April 24, 1758, was for the longest life of John, son William or son Burr. Annual payment specified was 1108 net pounds of tobacco raised on the land. It’s location was on the north side of the Mountain Road (today’s Braddock Road) at the intersection with the road to the Pohick Warehouse, (today’s Rolling Road). The family was already living on part of the land, as the lease states that it “includes the land where John Hollis now lives.” In addition to farming tobacco, the Hollis family operated a court-licensed ordinary at the crossroads. http://ravensworthstory.org/people/leaseholders/leases-parcel-1-1/hollis-john/

Court held Apr 18, 1759. James Deal against Burr Hollis, Trespass and Assault. The sheriff having ___ that the Defendant mouss not be taken it is ordered that an alias Capias be issued against him ___ to the next Court. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 335, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

May 16, 1759, page 342 [torn] esent the Surveyor of the road leading from William Ashfords to John Hollis for want [torn]n or direction post to the knowledge of two of us http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/03-r19.pdf

Court held June 21, 1759. Thomas Gilpin, Plt, against John Hollis, Deft., Trespass on the Case, The Suit is Agreed. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 372, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held June 22, 1759. Transcription-John Hollis (Co-defendant), vs. Mssrs Neilson, Pagan & Co., Debt. Suit dismissed. Mssrs Neilson, Pagan & Co., against John Hollis, Samuel Canterbury & Henry Collum Defendents. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 384, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Sept 20, 1759. John Hollis granted License to keep an ordinary. Hugh West Security. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 419, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt  20 September 1759, page 419 Licence is granted to John Hollis to keep an Ordinary Hugh West security http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/03-r19.pdf

Court held Dec 19, 1759. John Hollis Garnishee for Henry Robertson, Held 20/ Lewis Ellzey Gen Plt., Henry Robertson Deft. On Attachment. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 429, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Dec 19, 1759. In the action brought by James Deal against Burr Hollis the Defendant by Hugh H. West his attorney prays leave to impart to the third Tuesday in January next which is granted. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 433, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held June 1760. John Hollis Deft. Vs. Joseph Stephens, Debt. Suit is Agreed. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 487, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held June 19, 1760. In the action of Trespass and Assault and Battery between James Deal, Plt. And Burr Hollis the Deft the Deft pleads not guilty which the Plt joins and the Trial is referred till the next Court. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 488, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Aug 20, 1760. In the action between Thomas Johnson Plt & Burr Hollis Deft on the Defts motion he hath leave to impart the. (Assault & Battery) Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 506, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Aug 20, 1760. Burr Hollis Plt. Thomas Johnson Deft the same Order. (Assault & Battery) Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 506, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Aug 21, 1760. James Deal Plt. Burr Hollis Deft., Trespass assault & Battery. This day came the Parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a Jury to wit Thomas Johnson, Francis Sumers, Jun., George Ashford, Nathan Hughes, Bryan Alliston, Simon Pearson, Robert Alexander, Richard Hunt, James Robertson, James Inges Dozer, John Craig & Bernard Dozer who being elected tried and sworn the Truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath do say that the Defendant is guilty of the promisor laid to his charge in manner and form as the Plaintif against him hath complained and they.. assess Damages by war on thereof to forty shillings Therefore, it is considered that the Plaintif to cover against the Deft his Damages aforesaid by the Jurors aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and also his Costs by for in this behalf expanded and tho said Defendant be taken &c. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 513, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Aug 21, 1760. Thomas Johnson an evidence for James Deal against Burr Hollis having attended three days ordered that the said James pay him Seventy five pounds of Tobacco. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 513, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

October 21, 1760, page 523 Licence is granted to John Hollis to keep an Ordinary for one year who with Hugh West his Security entered into Bond http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/03-r19.pdf  Court held Oct 21, 1760. License is granted to John Hollis to keep an ordinary for one year. Hugh West, Security. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 523, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

1760 msg 339 John Hollis, Sr. lived on land called Ravensworth in Fairfax, VA. Although a planter earlier, it appears that in 1760 he was running a tavern/inn in the vicinity of what is now Springfield, VA. was indentured on 24 April 1758. The deed was recorded at the Fairfax County Court and was between Henry Fitzhugh of Stafford County, Gent., and John Hollis, Planter. It mentions John’s sons Bur Hollis and Willm Hollis. Fitzhugh owned a very large property called Ravensworth.. he and his family had others farming it for many years and were absentee landlords… The agreement included “land where John Hollis now lives and also 100 acres whereon James Allen lived last year…”
http://genforum.genealogy.com/ Hollis Family msg 951

Court held June 18, 1761. Burr Hollis, Defendant vs. Thomas Johnson-for Assault and Battery, The suit is Agreed. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 613, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Feb 17, 1763. John Hollis Plt. Vs. John Stone on Petition, Continued. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 820, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held March 17, 1763. John Hollis, Plt. Vs. John Stone, Petition. Plaintiff awarded L1.11.6 and costs. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1754 to 1763, 1765, 1809 p. 838, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

21 February 1764, page 74 Ordd . that Wm. Payne, Wm. Payne junr . Benjn . Talbott & James Halley or any three view the most convt . way for a road out of the old Court house road near Benoni Halley’s to the Ravensworth road near Jno . Hollis‘s http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/03-r19.pdf

1764 Index of Deed Book C (1750-1754) Fairfax County, VA (page 470); John Holles deed to James Swa nn (page 470 of the book is missing, only the index is left)
Index of Deed Book F (1764-1765) Fairfax County, VA, John Holles to wife Esther(Easter)
M Puckett asks if Esther was a dau of Samuel Canterburry – 1764 Samuel Canterbury, decd, an amount from Samuel‘s estate was pai d to John Hollis in Fairfax, VA
also see full copy of admin bond for John Hollis Apr 1768. Fairfax, VA
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mpuckett&id=I1629

A Deed of Gift of __ John Hollis to Esther his wife proved by the oath of Enoch Hill, Joseph Powell recorded. Fairfax Court Order Book for 1765 p. 8, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held June 20, 1765. John Hollis wife Esther witness for Caterburys exr. 8 days. To be paid. [Transcript] “Canterbury extr to pay John Hollis for Esther his wife attg 8 days &c.” Fairfax Court Order Book for 1765 p. 14, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Fairfax County Deed Records show the following transactions involving those with the surname of Hollis:  4) 1765 Esther Hollis from John Hollis a gift. Deed Book F1, p. 269, see COB 1765; 8 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/courts/circuit/pdf/deed-book-index-1742-1797.pdf Index of Deed Book F (1764-1765) Fairfax County, VA, John Holles to wife Esther(Easter). M Puckett asks if Esther was a dau of Samuel Canterburry1764 Samuel Canterbury, decd, an amount from Samuel’s estate was paid to John Hollis in Fairfax, VA also see full copy of admin bond for John Hollis Apr 1768. Fairfax, VA
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mpuckett&id=I1629

Nov 1767 – P116 – Truro Parish Vestrybook:  John Hollis for his suppt  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

Nov 1768?(difficult to read) – P126 – Truro Parish Vestrybook:  John Hollis for boarding Dorothy Chester.  John Hollis for his support  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

Court held Nov 21, 1768. John Hollis, Dec’d Sale of Estate recorded. Esther Hollis, Admr. [Transcript] Fairfax Court Order Book for 1765 p. 57, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

Court held Nov 21, 1768. John Hollis Dec’d, Estate Account. [Transcript] Fairfax Court Order Book for 1765 p. 58, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt

John Hollis died some time in 1768 according to probate records in Fairfax County, Va.

1768 Fairfax County Wills, 1798-1800, 1765 Court Records regarding the estate of Samuel Canterbury, JOHN HOLLIS  Fairfax Co VA Wills, 1798-1800, Will Book C, 1768, Appraisement of JOHN HOLLIS estate, deceased…each item valued and totaled L22.17.7 1/2. Signed and appraised by us the Subscribers Eli Stone, John Duling, Philip Grimes. At a Court held… 17th May 1768. Inventory returned and ordered to be recorded. p. 42/43, Estate of JOHN HOLLIS. At a court held…xxith Novr. 1768…EASTER HOLLIS, administratrix of estate of JOHN HOLLIS. Sale of Estate…
http://genforum.genealogy.com/ Hollis Family msg 951

1769 – P127 – Truro Parish Vestrybook: Road order re Hollis’ place  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

March 1769 – P137 – Truro Parish Vestrybook:  road order re Hollis’ place  http://www.pohick.org/history.html ; http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook3.html

18 May 1773, page 203 We present the Overseer of the Road leading from where John Hollis formerly lived to Pohic Warehouse for neglecting to keep the said Road in necessary Repair agreeable to act of Assembly in that case made and provided within two months last past to the knowledge of two of us http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/03-r19.pdf

 

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John may have been the son of William Hollis, transported to Virginia by George Hamilton who was granted land in Prince William County 23 Mar 1715/6

John Hollis (1722) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(birth years are approximate)
Edward Hollis (1725-c.1794) m(2) Eleanor; Richland, SC; (land grant 1757 Craven Co, SC)
Burrell Hollis (1727), Fairfax Co, VA
Moses Hollis (1728-1794) Fairfield, Co, SC
James Hollis (1728-1801) married Sarah, Fairfield, Co, SC
William Hollis (1729), Fairfax Co, VA
Cybilla “Sibbie’ Hollis (1730-1793) married John Hall or Thomas Hall; Fairfield, Co, SC
Notley Hollis (1732-1782) married Anastasia Taylor, Fairfield, Co, SC

Moses Hollis (1728-1794) m.1749 Rosannah Hagan (or Berry) (1735-20 Oct 1817) He was born in Fairfax Co, VA, and witness to deed there in 1750. He and his brother Notley seem to have been in Orange County, NC between 1753 and 1765. Moses was appointed constable “about the Dan River and the county line” in December 1753, appeared in the tax list of 1755, received a warrant for 640 acres of land on the Dan River 12 May 1757, and he was sued for debts in May 1765. He received a grant April 1768 on the Wateree Creek, Craven Co, SC; was a lieutenant under Gen. Francis Marion in the Revolutionary War; died in Fairfield Co, SC. His will dated 9 Apr 1793, proved 17 Jul 1794, did not list all of his children.

John Hollis (5 Dec 1751-4 Nov 1836) married Nancy Knighton, Fairfield, Co, SC, 8 children
Jemimah Hollis (c1754) married a Smith, but NOT Jeremiah. See below.
Nancy Hollis (1756-before 1827) m(1) Richard Gladden, m(2) Mr Steward, Fairfield Co, SC
Margaret Hollis (1757-before 1793) married Peter Patterson
Rosanna “Anna” Hollis (1759-11Nov1839) married Edmond Tidwell (1758-1846), Dickson Co, TN , 13 children
Joan Hollis (1759) married a Tidwell
Elijah Vinson Hollis (30 May 1763-1832) married Alsey Knighton, Fairfield, Co, SC, 7 children
Berryman Hollis (1764-13 Oct 1805) married Priscilla Knighton, Fairfield, Co, SC, 2 children
Elizabeth Hollis (1765-1827), married Samuel Hollis (c.1775-23 Jan 1794), Fairfield, Co, SC
Leander Hollis (1767) married Charles Johnston
Moses Hollis (1769-13 Feb 1815) m(1) Mary Brown m(2) Elizabeth Akin, m(2) Martha Knighton, Fairfield, Co, SC, 6 children.
(note: his wives’ names are disputed; and one reference says he was born in 1758; but the 1810 Census gives his age as 26-45)


NOTE:
The statement that Jemimah Hollis married Jeremiah Smith is unproven and unlikely. It comes from combining two sources:
(1) Barbara Langston’s book Fairfield County Marriages 1775-1879 Implied in Fairfield County SC Probate Records – page 182, “Jemimah Hollis, daughter of Moses, married ___ Smith.”
(2) The statement passed around that one of the heirs to Rosannah Hollis’ estate was Jeremiah Smith.
The problem is that both of these sources are based on the same original document, the only paper existing in the file of the estate of Rosannah Hollis, showing the distribution of the inheritance in 1827. The auction sale of Rosannah’s estate in January, 1818, produced a promissory note due in January, 1819. It was finally collected in January, 1827, with eight years’ interest, and distributed to the eight children and three grandchildren who still lived in the area. In July, 2005, I copied that document from the microfilm record at the Fairfield County Historical Museum in Winnsboro:

On Candelmass Day, 1949 (as he dated the paper), noted South Carolina genealogist Leonardo Andreas reported his research on the Hollis family to his client, Mrs O R Johnston, of Clinton, Mississippi. I saw it on microfilm at the Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, in July, 2005.  I recognized it as the same list of heirs that had been sent to me as “proof” that Moses Hollis’ daughter Jemimah married Jeremiah Smith. Andreas cited as list of children, the heirs of Rosannah’s estate. He explained that until 1868, married women in South Carolina were not allowed to sign legal documents, so their husbands had to receive their inheritance. He therefore “transcribed” the above document thus:

Jeremiah Smith for his wife
Elizabeth Hollis
Leander Johnston, for his wife
Margaret Patterson
Elijah Hollis
Moses Hollis
Berryman Hollis
John Hollis
Jean Tidwell, deceased, her heirs
. . Starling Tidwell
. . Garland Tidwell
Nancy Steward, deceased and formerly the widow Gladden, her heir
. . Sally W Steward

Andreas’ editorial comments, inserted into the text, have been passed on as if they were part of the original document.  He also explained that since married women could not inherit, Sally Steward was unmarried, Elizabeth Hollis was either unmarried or widowed, and Margaret Patterson was a widow.  But Elizabeth was married to her cousin Samuel; Margaret, Berryman, and Moses Jr, were deceased; and Leander Hollis, daughter of Moses, was married to Charles Johnston.  If you look quickly at the first child named on the list, it could be either “Jeremiah” or “Jemimah.”  But look closely.  It is clearly “Jemimah.” Also look closely at the grandchildren added after the original calculation divided the amount in eighths.  It is Joan Tidwell, not Jean; and Sterling, not Starling.

Then consider that Rosanna Hollis Tidwell is not listed.  She had moved to Tennessee.  Only the local heirs are listed.  So the Jemimah Smith listed as an heir was not likely to be the one who had moved to Louisiana.  There was a Jemimah Smith in Spartanburg County in 1806, the wife of James Smith, who renounced her dower to land he sold there (Deed Book K, page 257). A James Smith was a Justice of the Peace in Union County 1820-28. I remember seeing James and Jemima witnessing a deed in the 1820’s in a county neighboring Fairfield.  I did not write it down at the time because I did not think it was the right Jemima, since the one I was looking for was in Louisiana by that time. I have tried to find that reference again, to no avail.  But that Jemima Smith is more likely the daughter of Moses Hollis.

As to the Mrs. Jeremiah Smith who moved to Louisiana in 1810, she appears to be the sister of Elias Holley of Barnwell District, SC, then St Helena Pr, Louisiana.  They are both connected to the Dykes, Singleton, and Wainwright families of the same two places.  See the Jeremiah Smith page. HERE

But for the time being, Jemimah Hollis married Unknown Smith, possibly James Smith. No one has researched this possibility, since she was “known” to have married Jeremiah. What can you find?  http://jliptrap.us/gen/hollis.htm

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UNMATCHED Hollis info:

December 10, 1740, a Henry Hollis is noted next to a George Byrn. George Byrn receives a grant in Prince William County, Virginia.  The land description indicates it is on the S side of Occoquan on the French Branch. The land is located between Henry Hollis land, Francis Jackson’s land, and William Spiller’s land. Also bounded by Henry Filkins corner, and Henry Norman’s corner.  Prince William County, Virginia.

1740 Henry Hollis adjacent to George Byrn in PWC Va marked snip 1

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1740 Henry Hollis adjacent to George Byrn in PWC Va marked snip 2

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May 11, 1821, Leroy Griffin and Tyre Hollis file an agreement in the Fairfield District, SC. It appears that Leroy Griffin and Tyre Hollis “had a fight” and that Leroy Griffin “bit a piece of my ear” according to Tyre Hollis. Tyre Hollis agreed to release Leroy Griffin from penalties of the law in exchange for having it being recorded in the court of common pleas. The agreement is signed by “Tirey (M or W) Hollas” and “Leeroy Griffin”. Robert P Ellison witnesses the agreement.  Robert P Ellison then proves up the agreement on October 2, 1821 and the names are spelled “Tore M Holles” and then spelled “Tyre Hollis” and “Leroy Griffin”.

1821 Deed_CC_0174a Leroy Griffin fought and bit off piece of Tyre Hollis ear paid settlement marked snip

May 28, 1822, George Adams and Eliza Hollis file “Articles of Marriage” where they are intended to be married. They make an agreement as to her rights to property prior to their marriage. Witnessed by John Rives, Anderson Rochell, and Robert L Lord. Fairfield Dist, SC.

1822 Deed_DD_0236a George Adams to Eliza Hollis marked snip

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1822 Deed_DD_0237a marked snip

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January 6, 1832 Ailsey Williamson, executrix and Thomas T. Williamson, executor of the last will and testament of Roling Williamson deceased, of Fairfield District, South Carolina
convey a deed to Jesse Hollis for 100 acres of land for payment of 200 dollars by Jesse Hollis. The land is on the Flat Branch of Cedar Creek, bounded by Samuel McCant, Isaiah Neely, William McWaters, and M. T. Williamson’s lands.  Witnessed by: John Stanton, Philip D. Cook. Signed by: Th. T. Williamson and Alsey Williamson. Fairfield District, South Carolina.

1832 Deed_KK_0218a Ailsey Williamson to Jesse Hollis marked snip 1

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1832 Deed_KK_0218a Ailsey Williamson to Jesse Hollis marked snip 2

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4 Responses to 1700 John Hollis of Fairfax Co, VA

  1. Holly Reid says:

    WOW! I’m so over the MOON that I stumbled on your page! I am doing genealogy research and John Hollis is my 7 times great grandfather. You have put so much effort and time into this and I am so appreciative that you are generous enough to share. THANK YOU!!!!

  2. Patrick Donegan Hollis says:

    Hello douggoyen, I have worked on Hollis family history for almost 40 years now and wrote a book, The Hollies, on that subject. Your research is compelling and kodos to you for your efforts. At the time I wrote my book I was heavily influenced by Leonardo Andrea’s work on the SC Hollises and he believed they immigrated from Wansworth Parish on the Thames in London. Over the years I have become convinced that John Hollis of Fairfax, VA was born in this country and the Hollis descendants of John Hollis – The Carpenter of Maryland I am feeling is as good a genealogical target as we will ever get. I have enjoyed reviewing your work and I am curious about your Hollis/Goyen DNA connections. Ancestry has my DNA and I am descended from James Hollis. I would love carrying on a dialog with you on these subjects

    • douggoyen says:

      Patrick,

      I’m happy you have found my site! I am not certain when the Hollis or Going families of our lines entered the Americas, but I do believe the evidence is indicating that it is earlier than many have thought. I think John Hollis the Carpenter is possibly your earliest ancestor in America, and is a good target to research.

      I can trace my ancestry through wills, deeds, and family letters to Drury Going/Goyen b. abt 1749 of Chester County, South Carolina.

      My Y-DNA shows my line descends from William Going b. abt 1681 with matches to descendants of William Goyne b. abt 1733 (son of John Going b. abt 1700, who was son of William Going b. abt 1681). I have Y-DNA matches to descendants of Thomas Goin/Going b. abt 1717-21 as well, who was another son of John Going b. 1700. I believe this means Drury Going/Goyen was either the son of John Going b. abt 1700 (or his grandson). This is one of my walls (figuring out who Drury’s father was). Finding William Going b. 1681’s parents is the next brick wall. I assume it is Thomas Going b. abt 1660, but am not sure – he could be an uncle, or older sibling. This is as far as I’ve made it with the Goyen/Going line.

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