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From: "David E. Taylor" <>
Subject: James D. Holliday of Lamar County, Alabama
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 12:29:15 -0400

It has been a while since I posted anything about my Holliday connection.
This is long, but not too complicated or contorted.

left Lamar County, Alabama for Texas about 1890. ROBERT POWELL TAYLOR b.
May 31, 1860 in Marion County, Alabama d. Nov. 14, 1941 in Kilgore, Texas
TEACKLE TAYLOR d. 1826 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina son of WILLIAM
TAYLOR of Coneho Creek d. 1762 in Halifax County, North Carolina.

MARY E. (MOLLIE) HOLLIDAY was the daughter of JAMES D. HOLLIDAY. This man
is still a great mystery. He lived in a hotbed of Hollidays to which he is
surely related, somehow. Given all of the information that I have developed
about him, I have little information about his true ancestors. He is
related to the Lamar County, Alabama HOLLADAY families, no doubt - but how?

This is what is known:
JAMES D. HOLLIDAY b. March 1835 in Marion County, Alabama d. January 8, 1915
in Lamar County, Alabama.

His mother is ELIZA A. b. abt 1812 in South Carolina d. before 1860 in Lamar
County, Alabama.
m. (1) to unknown HOLLIDAY abt. 1830
m. (2) to KIBBLE TERRY abt. 1837 son of JOHN TERRY and SARAH MOORE.
Approx. 6 Terry children.

Records concerning JAMES D. HOLLIDAY:
1840: Marion County, Alabama census, GREEN, COLUMBUS, and JAMES D. HOLLIDAY
in the KIBBLE TERRY Household with ELIZA A., by age enumeration.

1850: Marion County, Alabama census, JAMES D. HOLLIDAY in the KIBBLE TERRY
Household at age 15 with GREEN age 19, COLUMBUS age 17, and his mother ELIZA
A. age 38 born in South Carolina.

1860: Monroe County, Mississippi census, page 371 as J. D. HOLLADAY age 25,
a teacher, born in Alabama. Wife is "T." age 20 born in Mississippi. Two
sons: J.R. age 5, C.E. age 3. This wife must be W.J. as found in 1878,
1880, 1881 - same age and b. Mississippi. (Sarah in 1910 census is listed
as only the second wife of JAMES D. HOLLIDAY.)

1860: JAMES D. HOLLIDAY's daughter MARY E. HOLLIDAY born in Aug. 1860 in
Mississippi (probably Monroe County).

1866-1870: James D Holliday was in Lamar County, Alabama as evidenced by
the estate of W. K. KIRK. Lamar County Estates Book 1 p 520:

1870: JAMES D. HOLLIDAY's son WILLIAM HOLLIDAY born in Oct. 1870 in

1878, Aug 19: Lamar County, Alabama, J. D. HOLLIDAY and wife W. J. enter
into an indenture with W. J. HARRIS and receive $500 due in 2 installments,
Nov 1, 1879 and 1880. Land given in security is described as the South 1/2
of North West 1/4 and the North 1/2 of North West 1/4 of Section 1 Township
14 Range 16, 160 acres more or less. Note is signed JAS. D. HOLLADAY and W.
J. HOLLADAY, recorded in Lamar County, Alabama Aug 19, 1878 Deed Book 4 pp

1880: Lamar County, Alabama census, E.D. 131 p. 10 Family 84 in T 14 R 16
Vernon & Moscow, JAMES D. HOLLIDAY, age 45, born Alabama, farmer. Mother
born South Carolina, father born South Carolina. Wife is W. J.

1881: MARY E. HOLLIDAY daughter of JAMES D. HOLLIDAY married on Jan. 12,
Edgecombe County, North Carolina d. Feb 27, 1863 in Marion County, Alabama
and his wife TABITHA CAROLINE b. Dec 13, 1827 in Alabama d. Dec 26, 1873 in
Lamar County, Alabama.

1881, March 28: Lamar County, Alabama, promissory note indenturing JAMES D.
HOLLADAY and wife W. J. to R. J. REDDEN for the sum of $299.55 for their
land described as the S 1/2 of NW 1/4 and N 1/2 of NW 1/4 Sec 1 T 14 R 16,
payable on Nov 1, 1881. Note is signed JAS. D. HOLLADAY and W. J.
HOLLADAY, and recorded in Lamar County, Alabama March 28, 1881 Deed Book 6
pp 148-149. In margin: "This trust is satisfyed <sic> in full by order of
J. R. REDDEN Dec 14, 1881 Alex Bobb."

1886, May 22: Lamar County, Alabama, promissory note payable to TOM
STRAWBRIDGE on Dec 1, 1886 and granting as security "My entire Crop of Corn
and Cotten that I Make this year and also one yoke of Black oxens Known as
the FRANK HOLLADAY oxens. . .". Note is signed JAMES D. HOLLADAY, and
recorded in Lamar County, Alabama May 22, 1886 Deed Book 10 pp 550-551.
This note is witnessed by R. H. PRIDDY, husband of ESIBEL ELIZABETH TAYLOR
sister of ROBERT POWELL. TAYLOR. (His wife W.J. did not sign this note and
is presumed dead at this point.)

JOSEPH son of DANIEL HOLLADAY, JR. b. 1752.)

About 1890: JAMES D. HOLLIDAY married SARAH b. 1876 in Alabama.

1895: JAMES D. HOLLIDAY's son TALMADGE HOLLIDAY born June 1895 in Alabama.

1900: Lamar County, Alabama census, JAMES D. HOLLIDAY, wife SARAH, and son
TALMADGE. Also daughter M J (Unice b. 1879), age 21. Owns land, debt free.

1910: Lamar County, Alabama census, E.D. 59, Sheet 16, Vol 64, JAMES D.
HOLLIDAY at age 75, married 20 years, second marriage, father born South
Carolina, mother born South Carolina.

1920: TALMADGE HOLLIDAY son of JAMES D. HOLLIDAY in Lamar County census,
E.D. 43 Sh 17 L 20, age 23, living in the household of Martin Weeks, as
hired man. Name spelled Taldidge.

JAMES HOLLIDAY Death Certificate Jan 8 1915, Lamar County, Alabama list
mother and father as unknown. Widowed. Age 79 years 9 months (ca. March

In the Prospect Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Crews, Lamar County,
Alabama (known previously as New Hope Church):
JAMES HOLLIDAY DIED 1915 (Adjacent grave is BETTY HOLLIDAY DIED 1914. Is
this a third wife?

The question remains, who is the father of JAMES D. HOLLIADAY?

The first appearance in public records of James D. Holladay by name is in
the 1850 Marion County, Alabama Census at age 15 in the household of Kibble
Terry. Also in the Kibble Terry household in 1850 are Green Holladay, age
19, and Columbus Holladay, age 17. The wife of Kibble Terry in 1850 is
Eliza A.

In the 1840 census of the Kibble Terry household the ages of the males and
wife match the ages of Eliza A. and the Holladay brothers at that point, and
there are also 2 females under age 5. From this, it is presumed that Eliza
A. first married a Holladay about 1830 and the couple had three sons born
1831, 1833, and 1835. Sometime after 1836 Eliza A. married Kibble Terry, as
evidenced by the ages of the daughters in 1840 (Sarah E. Terry was born in

In 1836 Kibble Terry enlisted in the army along with several other men from
the Moscow, Marion County, Alabama area, including Daniel Holladay and
Joseph Holladay. They all served in Capt. Darrell Upright Hollis's Company
in the Creek Indian War of 1836. After this service Kibble Terry married
Eliza A., mother of James D. Holladay. Did the unknown Holliday, father of
James D. Holliday die in this conflict?

Daniel William Holladay, Sr., descendant of John Holladay "The Ranger", and
father of Daniel and Joseph above is enumerated next to Darrell U. Hollis in
the 1830 Marion County census. This 1830 census record includes a son
William b. 1807 in South Carolina. William Holladay b. 1807, brother of
Daniel and Joseph, is of the correct age to have been the husband of Eliza
A. and father of Green, Columbus, and James D. Holliday. (William Holladay
1807 is listed by name in Alvis Holladay's book, and that is the only
reference by name to him found to date.)

A close association can be documented between the Lamar County ancestors of
Robert Powell Taylor and wife Mary E. Holliday starting with the 1830 Marion
County census: Page 168 line 6 is Darrell U. Hollis, Captain of the Company
of men mustered in Marion County in 1836; line 7 is Daniel William
Holladay, Sr. born 1784; page 169 line 3 is Samuel Weeks and wife Prudence
Taylor sister of William Burton Taylor; line 7 is John Daniel Holladay, Sr.
born 1798; line 9 is Daniel William Holladay, Jr. born 1805; line 14 is
Daniel Holladay, Jr. born 1752; line 22 is Bidy Taylor with William Burton
Taylor at age 13; line 23 is Mathias Taylor, brother of Joshua and uncle of
William Burton Taylor.

The promissory note dated May 22, 1886 is signed James D. Holladay, and
recorded in Lamar County, Alabama May 22, 1886 Deed Book 10 pp 550-551. The
note is witnessed by Ruben Henry Priddy who married Esibel Elizabeth Taylor,
sister of Robert Powell Taylor. Frank Holladay in this note is Benjamin
Franklin Holladay son of Joseph b 1790 son of Daniel Holladay, Jr. b. 1752.
Joseph Holladay is the brother of Daniel William Holladay, Sr. Frank
Holladay is the 1st cousin of William Holliday b. 1807. In 1920 Benjamin
Franklin Holladay, age 85, was living in the household of his son Dixie in
Lamar County. Joe Bob Holliday, grandson of Dixie, great grandson of Frank,
today lives just west of Sulligent near the original James D. Holliday

Census records always indicate that the father of James D. Holliday was born
in South Carolina. There is a connection between the other sons of Daniel
William Holladay, Sr. and Kibble Terry when they enlisted in 1836 in the
Creek Indian Wars under the command of D. U. Hollis. Census records
indicate that Daniel William Holladay, Sr., his sons, Kibble Terry, D. U.
Hollis, and the Taylor families lived in close proximity before and after
1836. James D. Holliday and his brothers were born in Alabama and were
together in 1840 and 1850 in the household of Kibble Terry with Eliza A.
The promissory note of James D. Holliday naming the oxen of Frank Holladay
as collateral would indicate a close tie to the other known Lamar County,
Alabama Holladays.

Based on the evidence, the father of James D,. Christopher Columbus, and
Green is presumed to have died about 1836.

Since I last posted these details about my GG grandfather James D. Holliday
I have located living descendents of his brother Christopher Columbus
Holliday who moved to Arkansas after the Civil War. These new found cousins
in Arkansas and Texas know nothing of their Holliday ancestors from Lamar
County, Alabama. No family Bible or other documentation.

Thanks for any help,

David E. Taylor
West Hartford, Connecticut

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