John Hollaway Family
Virginia, South Carolina and Natchez Territory



John Hollaway
b. c1737 King and Queen Co., VA
d. Oct 1781 Natchez Territory,

1m. Elizabeth White c1764
b. 1 Mar 1750-51 Culpepper Co., VA#
d. 31 Aug 1817, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Territory
her father - James Taylor White      her mother- Elizabeth Powe

her 2m - John Stillee (Stilly/Still Lee)

his father - Robert Hollaway
his mother -Racheal ? [Gibbons]
children with Elizabeth White
Elizabeth Hollaway b. bef 1766 ? d. Natchez/Louis. Terr. m. Cady Rabey (1760?NC- ?)
George Hollaway b.1766 near Georgetown, SC d. 8 Dec1851 Burke Co., NC m. Mary Loving,(1768?-1852)
William Hollaway b.1767 SC/NC d. maybe by 1799 m.
John Hollaway b 1769 SC/NC d. ?
m.
Robert Hollaway b.1774 SC d. c1833 Adams /Natchez m Rebecca Wells 22 Nov 1796
dau of John Wells and Joanna Dewitt
Mary Hollaway b 1777 d. m. ? Dewitt and perhaps Alexander Freeland
James Hollaway b 1779 d. ? mother Eliz. Stilly grants Negro woman and her two sons as his inheritance
child b (due 1781) d. no knowledge of live birth m.
c1737- John Holloway is born of Robert and Racheal Hollaway in King and Queen Co., Virginia,perhaps the son of William Holloway who owned 100 acres in King and Queen Co. Virginina 1704. [This is a projection of Michael Gibbons. All records of this county were burned. [Gibbon, Michael. letter of March 14, 1995]

c1738- Elizabeth White is born to James Taylor White and Elizabeth Powe in Virginia. They homestead on Gourd Vine Fork, Hazel River of Thornton's line, 217 acres, 26 June 1749, in Culpepper Co. Virginia. [Book G, Northern Neck Grants, Virginia State Archives] [White, Gifford. James Taylor White of Virginia, p.3]

SEE the John Stillee baptism records for Elizabeth indentification as a White.

c1750's Indian trouble caused many to leave Virginia for the Carolinas. A land grant exists for James Taylor White in 1757, Craven Co. South Carolina by the colonial government. [White, Gifford. James Taylor White of Virginia, p.3]

1758-John Holloway is listed in the militia of Craven Co., NC troop of horse commanded by Peter Rutgers, New Bern, IV - 15-1758 [Clark, State Records of NC, v. 22, p. 323]

1759- John Holloway is on the list  of Capt. Butler's Company in Col. Geo. Gabrel Powell's battalion in expedition agaist Cherokees X-59 to I1760 (S. C troops)

1762 -July 20- James Taylor White, father of Elizabeth, settles his debts in Culpepper Co. Virginia before leaving for South Carolina. Elizabeth's brothers may have stopped in North Carolina due to marrying into families of that state. [White, Gifford. James Taylor White of Virginia, p.4]

1760's- John Holloway settles near James Taylor White where he undoubtedly gets to meet Elizabeth.

James White owns 200 acres adjacent to John Holloway. [Craven Co. 21-424]

c1764-1767 - John Holloway has married Elizabeth White as attested by the birth of the oldest surviving child, Elizabeth @1765-6.

George, the oldest son is born perhaps in @1766-7, the other boys , William(bc1767)and John(bc1768) are born in quick succession, although there is no hard proof of exact birth dates. The court records show the ages. [McBee, May Wilson. Natchez Court Records, Geneological Pub. 1953]

1768, Aug. 15 - dateline: Charleston

1769 - John Hollaway is listed as a Taxpayer in Craven Co. North Carolina. [North Carolina Taxpayers, 1701-1786, Vol, 1-2, Geneological Pub. Co. Inc. Baltimore, Ohio 1989] [South Carolina Gazette, Aug. 15, 1768]

1772- Oct 10 - John Holloway shows up in the Pre-Revolutionary Plat Books, South Carolina Archives. Holloway and Whites live as neighbors in St. David's Parish, on Jefferson Creek and near the fork of the Pedee River and Jefferson Creek . 21-424
James White, 200a Craven County Polk Swamp, adj. John Baxter, John Holloway, 10 Oct. 1772. Thos. Powe, D. S.
They live together here from 1770-1775 but are forced to seek new lands due to trouble with the Regulators(Tories). Their names appear as witnesses to the excesses of the Tories. [Pre-Revolutionary Plat Books, South Carolina Archives, quoted in JT White. p43-46]

1774- Robert Holloway is born. [McBee, May Wilson, Natchez Court Records, Geneological Pub. 1953]

1777-78 - John White and James White receive land grants in Burke Co. North Carolina. They live in Washington District of North Carolina, which becomes Washington Co. of Tennessee. [ census and land records, James Taylor White of Virginia, p52-54]

c1777- The whole White family clan was in Burke Co., North Carolina after having sold all their property in South Carolina. (listed in the index)
Elizabeth White, Craven 100a Book 21, p. 421 (she is probably the wife of James Taylor White rather than her daughter, Elizabeth who has already married John Hollaway)
[Pre-Revolutionary Plat Books, 21-424, South Carolina Archives Dept. , in Gifford White. James Taylor White of Virginia, p45]

1778-81 John Holloway and Elizabeth decide to move themselves and their children to Mississippi Territory. They probably take a flat boat down the Tennessee River which hooks up with the Ohio and then down the Mississippi River to Natchez as did the later White families.  In John's lawsuit of 1781 he states that he brought at least part of the family down in two pirogues (dug out canoes ).  

1781-Sept. 8. - John Townsend versus John Hollaway . Townsend has an account against John Holloway for $12; asks for an order of payment. Sept. 8, 1781. Sig: John Townsend. Bill enclosed. // In reply John Holloway states that he has a account against said Townsend for two pirogues (dug out canoes ), in one of which the petitioner came to this district and left in the care of the negress, Eleanor Price, from whom the said Townsend took it, the other was blown out into the river, and your petitioner commissioned the said Townsend to recover it for him which he did by paying $4 to a certain Baptiste in the presence of Mr. Gaillard and at the same time exchanged it for a smaller one which would facilitate him on his way to Natchez. Now the said Townsend refuses to make any compensation for the said pirougues. Asks for a judgment for same. // Let this be communicated to the plaintiff.// [McBee, May Wilson. Natchez Court Records, Geneological Pub. 1953, page 290] Book G. p6

1781- Oct. - John Holloway is killed by "Indians" and his wife survives with the children. John Holloway was apparently working at the time as "an overseerer" for the plantation of John Havard. In one version of the story says that George Holloway, John's son, actually saw the killing. George is said to have written about this in his later years after he returned to live with his uncle, William White, in Burke County, North Carolina. There is some suspicion that the Nellie Price settled her dispute with John with this killing.

Book A. Page 48. 24 Oct 1781.

               Transcribed by Elroy Christenson from photocopies of the original record.

1782-May - The Whites arrive by flatboat at Natchez, Mississippi Territory, as duly recorded by Carlos de Grand-Pre(commandant) July 6, 1782. Along with 72 American citizens and 88 slaves

[General Archives of the Indies, Spain, as copied by Dr. Jack D. L. Holmes and printed in the JTW of Virginina]

about 1782 - Elizabeth Holloway versus Thomas Rule.  She represents that Thomas Rule owes her $4 and 4 rials for carpenter's tools lent to him, namely one hand-saw, one chisel; asks payment.  Sig: Eliz. Hollway.   // let Thomas Rule be notified to satisfaction with three days. [Natchez Court Records, 1781-1798, page 69]

c 1782- Elizabeth marries John Stillee/Still Lee/ Stille [Gibbons/ White] George Holloway, the oldest of their sons, decides to return to Burke Co., North Carolina where he remains to raise a family with the aid of his uncle, William White. The other children remain with Elizabeth and John Stillee in the Natchez region. [Gibbons]
Robert Hollaway, John Stillee and Cady Raby end up on several legal documents of the Natchez Territory. [McBee, May Wilson. Natchez Court Records, Geneological Pub. 1953]

1783, January 10 - Petition of John Heathly to Don Carlos DeGrand Pre. Heathly has demand for 48 Dollars against Ruben Alexander, a planter of this District, whose negro stole this sum from him. Somehow Negro escaped to Baton Rouge where he was retaken. From a trunk that held Heathly and Alexander's clothes, Alexander took a packet of letters directed to Captain Foster. The Negro watched his opportunity and robbed Heathly of 100 Dollars cash, which was occasioned by his master's neglect. The negro has since been with Mr.Holloway. At Holloway's death the negro was sold. Alexander went to Baton Rouge to receive payment for said negro. Alexander has no intention of settling with Heathly. Natchez. January 10, 1783

Francis Farwell, attornery for District of Natchez, says he found in the possession of sd negro fifty two dollars out of the hundred, also begs interest upon same for two years.

The subscribers say that when the accused negro was given up to English law, and escaped from officers of justice without his master's consent, said master is not liable to prosecution on his account. Natchez, Feb 7, 1782
Isaac Johnson, Wm Pountney, [blank] Harrison [Natchez Postscripts p144-45/48]

1785, April 30 -
Agreement betwixt John Stilly and James Brown, provides that George and William Holloway or two others as good shall work in the crop along with four able negroes. [Natchez Postscripts p101/33]

1797, Dec 6 - John Still Lee and Elizabeth Still Lee, Natchez, for $600 pd. by John Girault, Natchez, sell Negro Bella age about 26 yrs. American born, and her child, Rose, about 2 1/2 years. Ack. before Stephen Minor, Gov. Pro tem, 5 Dec 1797. John Still Lee. Elizabeth W. Still Lee. Witness: William Moss, Thomas Tyler. 6 Dec 1797. Ack. before Estevan Minor in presence of William Vousdan and Windsor Pipes [Natchez Postscripts p144-45/48]

1798, 14 March. - John Still Lee and wife Elizabeth Still Lee of Bayou Pierre dist., Natchez Govt, to Ebenezer Rees of St. Catherine. For [blank] Dollars, 764 acres bounded by Harkey, Carter, Perkins. noted by Fulton, w. by Dewit and Armstrong. Witness: Edward Randolph, Henry Milburn. Deed ack. by John Still Lee, 16 March 1798. Edwd. Randolph swears that Mrs. Elizabeth Still Lee acknowledged within to be her free act. Proved before Cato West, 16 March 1798. [Natchez Postscripts p 151/50]

1813-1816 - John's children go off in many different directions. Although unproved, many researchers including myself believe that John Jr. was the John Holloway that settled in Rapides Parish Louisiana by 1813 along with his brother, James. John Hollaway files a land claim to 600 "superficial arpents of Land," on middle fork bayou creek in Rapide Co, Territory of Orleans now the state of Louisiana; bounded by land of James Hollaway, between 1813 and 1816 [Documents ... US Congress. 1815-24]

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