Thomas J. Hollaman1

(February 1856 - December 1933)
Thomas J. Hollaman|b. Feb 1856\nd. Dec 1933|p1216.htm|John W Hollaman|b. c 1831|p1485.htm|Louisa (—?—)|b. c 1828|p1486.htm|||||||||||||
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Hollaman Ancestry
Descendants of Thomas J. Hollaman
     Thomas J. Hollaman was born in Illinois Feb 1856 or possibly 5 Feb 1849; sources disagree. The 1920 census gives his age as 60, which would put the date closer to 1860. There is also some disagreement about the place of birth, with some sources indicating Illinois, and others Tennessee. At present the Illinois sources seem more persuasive.3,4,5,6,7,8 If Thomas J. Hollaman is the same 15-year-old Thomas J. Holloman (a common variant spelling) that appears in the 1870 census of Edwards County, Illinois, a convincing case can be made for his parentage. Certainly the names in use are familiar to family members (though not exactly uncommon). However to date the necessary research has not been done to prove it. He took up residence in Hickory County, Missouri, circa 1880 in "a hewed log house of one room" built a few years previous. His 1896 affidavit supporting an adjoining homestead claim seems to indicate that he had purchased the land from a previous owner. He describes it as "an original farm" in his 1889 application, but indicates in 1896 that the house had been built "18 or 20 years" ago and swears that he "never made any other homestead entry." Land records of Hickory County from the 1880s have not yet been searched to resolve the question.

     In his later homestead claim, Tom's additional land improvements are described by witnesses: a smoke house worth about $10, a stable and crib (presumably to store feed corn) worth $15 or $20, and about 30 acres of cleared, fenced, and cultivated land, worth about $300. The L-shaped parcel contained 60 acres total, described in later years as "rough timber land."9 He married Celia E. Sharp, daughter of Wesley Sharp and (—?—) Johnston, circa 1880.10,11 On 13 Jul 1889, Thomas J. Hollaman paid $6 for his Adjoining Farm Homestead Affidavit, a 40-acre claim abutting his existing farm. Over the next seven years he managed to clear, fence, and cultivate about 15 acres; roughly a third of the claim, but enough to prove up his claim and receive a patent seven years later.9 He was issued a land patent on 28 Nov 1896 in Boonville, Missouri, for a 40 acre "adjoining homestead" next to his original claim, giving him a total of 100 acres to support his wife and (by now) six children. His affidavit for the claim was supported by James H. Sharp and Thomas J. Cunningham. James may have been a relative of Celia.9 By the time of the 1910 census he had mortgaged the farm.12 By 1920, only their youngest son, Asa, was still at home working the farm. Thomas was widowed by Celia's death on 5 Oct 1931 in Wheatland, Hickory County, Missouri, of pulmonary tuberculosis.3,13 He died in Dec 1933 at age 77.3 He was buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hickory County, Missouri.3

Last Edited=January 13, 2008

Children of Thomas J. Hollaman and Celia E. Sharp

Citations

  1. 1910 United States Census, Missouri, Hickory County, ED 69, sheet 2B, line 39. Ancestry online digital scan of NARA. T624.
  2. John W Holloman household, 1870 United States Census, Illinois, Edwards County, Salem Precinct, p. 65 (339), dw/fam 30, lines 9-15. NARA. Unknown volume.
  3. Orville Henderson, "RE: Hollaman (grave markers)," e-mail message from e-mail address to DeAnna Burghart, 9 May 2006.
  4. Thomas J. Hollaman household, 1910, United States Census, Missouri, Hickory County.
  5. Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, roll C7256, Missouri State Archives, http://www.sos.state.mo.us/archives/resources/birthdeath/…, unnamed Holliman girl entry dated 28 Oct 1889, Hickory County..
  6. Thomas Holaman household, 1900 1900 U.S. Census, Hickory County, Missouri, Missouri, Hickory County, Montgomery Township, SD 6, ED 97, pp 4B-5A, dw/fam 79. Ancestry online digital scan of NARA. T623.
  7. Tom Holliman household, 1920 United States Census, Missouri, Hickory County, S.D. 7, E.D. 80, Page 1A (stamped 37), family 4, lines 12-14. NARA. T625, roll 921.
  8. William W. Hollaman, Death Certificate 17119 (31 May 1945), Missouri State Archives, 600 W.Main St./P O Box 1747, Jefferson City, Missouri.
  9. Homestead land patent for Thoams J. Hollaman, no. 13496; Bureau of Land Management; Boonsville, Missouri.
  10. 1910, United States Census, Missouri, Hickory County.
  11. Thomas Holaman household household, 1900, 1900 U.S. Census, Hickory County, Missouri, Missouri, Hickory County.
  12. 1910, United States Census, Missouri, Hickory County.
  13. Celia E. Hollerman (sic), Death Certificate 34261 (6 Oct 1931), Missouri State Archives, 600 W.Main St./P O Box 1747, Jefferson City, Missouri.
  14. 1910, United States Census, Missouri, Hickory County.
  15. 1910, United States Census, Missouri, Hickory County.