About the year 1800, Wilson Holleman and his two sons departed from Surry Co., VA and headed west to Kentucky. Here they established themselves in Muhlenburg Co., KY, and by 1803 Wilson had purchased land in said county. In the 1810 Census of Muhlenburg Co., KY, Wilson is shown with his two sons, living in that county. Land was purchased by Wilson and his son, Moody Holleman, but, not his son Josiah John Holleman. In 1812, Josiah Holleman has been granted 160 acres of land in Johnson Co., IL. Also, in 1812, one Edmund Holleman has been granted 80 acres of land in same county. Josiah Holleman served in the war of 1812 in the KY Militia for six months. Records in the Federal Land Grants, indicates that Josiah Holleman has been granted 160 acres of land in Illinois on 7 August 1812. On 15 Apr 1813, Josiah Holleman marries. In August 1816, Josiah Holleman has proven out on his land, and this is reoorded in the records books on land grants. On 12 December 1817, Edmund Holleman marries a young woman named Martha Thornton, in Union Co., IL. (Note: the county lines were formed in 1818, and this was probably Johnson Co., IL in the year 1817. The marriage is recorded in the William Thornton Bible. What appears to be the Mississippi State Census of 1818, taken in Lawrence Co., MS, indicates that Josiah Holleman, and his family of three children, is living next to Wilson Holleman, and next to these two is an Edmund Holleman and his wife with no children. In the January 1820 Census of Hardin Co., TN, the above combination appears on that Census. Moody Holleman and his father Wilson Holleman sold land in Muhlenburg Co., KY in the year 1815. In the Amite Co., MS early records, it is shown that Moody Holleman bought land in East Baton Rouge, LA. In 1820, Moody is living in Lawrence Co., MS and did marry in June of 1820 to a widow of that county.
Martha Thornton was the daughter of William Thornton and his wife Mary. William and Mary lived in Union Co., IL from before 1818 to at least 1826, by records. Edmund Holleman was living in Union Co., IL from before 1818 to the time that he registered his livestock brands in February 1818. He is not on the Illinois Census of 1820, nor the 1830 Census. There is a record of Edmund Holliman being in the Illinois Militia in June, 1825. After 1826, William Thornton and his family moves to Clark Co., AR, where he lives for a number of years before moving on. The William Thornton Bible records that Martha Thornton marries one Peter Leatherman in Clark Co., AR in the year 1833, late, or early 1834. Several children are born to this family in later years.
I am looking for the parents of this Edmund Holleman. I believe that he is closely related to Wilson Holleman, and to both Josiah John Holleman and Moody Holleman, also. Does anyone have any ideas on this individual. There is a strong possibility that he was living in Surry Co., VA before he departed that area with Wilson Holleman & family.
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