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John Hollis[1, 2]

Male 1736 - 1832  (96 years)


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  • Name John Hollis 
    Born 1736  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John's Revolutionary service affidavit, provided by his eldest son, recounts that John was born in or near London and came to the colonies at about the age of 14.
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1768  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Taxlist of John Ford
    Residence 1772  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Rowan County Tax List of James Smith
    Residence 1778  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Taxlist, Captain Moore's district
    Residence 1778  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Tax list of Capt. George Reed's Co.
    Possessions 10 Mar 1778  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Land entries
      10 Mar 1778
      #573 - Joseph Lanning, 300A. on both sides of Indian Graves Fk, branch of Swearing Crk, adj deeded lands of Henry Eustace McCulloh & Daniel Hunt & Improvements of John Hollis & Peter Baker [9:501]

      # 574 - John Hollis 400 A. on both sides of Indian Graves Branch of Swearing Crk. ajd Improovements of Joseph Lanning & Peter Baker. [9:554]

      6 May 1778
      # 778 - Adam Helmsteder 400 A. on Beaver Dam adj Daniel Hunt, John Dancy, Joseph Laning, & John Hollis [10:196]

      4 Aug 1778
      #1238 Peter Baker 300 A. on the waters of Swearing Crk at a place called Indian Grave adj John Hollis, Joseph Lanning & McCulloh's old line and including his improovment [10:368]

      5 Nov 1778
      # 1774 - Arthur Oneal 200A. on head of Beaver Dam & adj James Morefield, John Ford, John Hollis, & Helmshtettler. Made to Wm. Moore

      4 Aug 1783
      # 2619 George Reed 100 A. on waters of Dycas' Mill Crk adj James Morefield, John Hollis, John Reess
    Residence 1780  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    Capt. Morris District 
    Residence 1783  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Tax list of Capt. Carson
    Misc 15 Mar 1783  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    named executor for Matin Trentham 
    • Will Book B, p. 120
      Martin Trentham. Mar. 15, 1783, prb. 1783. Sons: Japtha, Martain (by his first wife). Daus: Margery, Ann, and Mary Trentham. Exrs: John Hollis, George Reed. Wit. John Robertson, Mussilla Robberson

      This gives a hint that John Hollis is connected to the Trentham family and that his wife could be Mary Trentham. Also worth pursuing is the connection to George Reed, a name that appears in Tennessee with the Hollises as well.

      However, in the Rowan County cross-index of devisors and devisees, no Hollises are listed through 1825.
    Possessions 23 Sep 1783  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    granted 366 acres on the Indian grave branch, a fork of Swearing Creek 
    Misc 4 Nov 1784  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    owned land adj John Green 
    • Deed Book 11, No. 878, p. 705, 4 Nov 1784
      State Grant #1020 @ 50 sh per 100 A to John Green, 100 A on Beaverdam Crk of Swearing Grk adj Joseph Laning, John Hollis, and Adam Helmstetler
    Possessions 17 Nov 1784  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    owned land adjoining George Reed 
    • In George Reed's will, he devises land that he owns to his sons and notes that it is adjoining John Hollis. The year before, John Hollis and George Reed (sr or jr) were executors for Martin Trentham. John Hollis witnessed this will.

      Will Book B: 154. George Reed. Nov. 17, 1784. prb. 1785. Planter. Wife Abigail. Sons: Aventon (land adj. George Yearnest), George (land adj. John Hollis), Felps (land adj. Hugh Cunningham), Thomas (land adj. Robert Ginnings, John Riss, John Hollis), William, Amos, Jonathan. Daus: Edathe, Elizabeth Reed. Exrs: Robert McKee, Richard Wilson. Wit: John Hollis, John Book.
    Misc 30 Aug 1789  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    witness will of Daniel Hunt 
    • John Hollis witnessed the will of Daniel Hunt 30 Aug 1789, Will book E, p. 115
    Census 1790  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Enumeration: 32-6
    Possessions 10 Nov 1790  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    purchased land from John Green 
    • Deed Book 12, p. 323, No. 1374, 10 Nov 1790
      John Green, planter, and wf Hannah (X) to John Hollis for L100 specie, 100 A on Beaverdam Fork of Swearing Crk adj Joseph Laning, this grantee, and Adam Helmstetler. Being a State grand to this Grantor dated 4 Nov 1784 [11:705] Wit: William Hollis, Daniel Hunt. Prvd by Hollis at May Ct. 1791.

      So, William Hollis in Rowan is closely connected to John Hollis. Maybe a brother.
    Misc 30 Nov 1790  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    sold land as executor for Martin Trantham 
    • Deed Book 13, No. 2232, p. 584, 30 Nov 1790
      John (H) Hollis, exr of Martin Trantham, to John Robertson in accordance with the will of Martin Trantham and with a contract for sale, 100 A. on Potts Crk adj Adam Swisgood and Martin Trantham. Being part of a 250 A State grant dated 25 Oct 1786 to Martin Trantham after his death [11:100]. Wit Rd Wilson, Robt Wilson. Proved by Robert Wilson at May Ct. 1794
    Misc 6 Feb 1795  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    witnessed deed for Jersey Settlement Church 
    • 2527. p. 925. 6 Feb 1795. George Read to "the Congregation of the Baptists Society in & against to the Jersey Settlement under the Pastorel care of Thomas Durham", for 5 sh, 2 A adj this Grantor and the Guilford Road. including was the new Reads Meeting House now on the land and "the use benefit & prveledge of a good Spring of water the most convenient thereunto...". Wit: Leander Smith, John (H) Hollis. Prvd by Smith at May Ctl 1795.
    Misc 29 Dec 1795  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    witnessed deed from John Russ to Vincent Wood 
    • 2822. p. 326. 29 Dec 1795. John Russ to Vincent Wood for L100 specie, 100 A on Indian Grave Br adj John Holles and this Grantor; part of 320 Adeeded to this grantor on 4 Nov 1784. Wit: Robert Gi____[?], Henry Cooper. Prvd by Cooper at Feb Ct 1796

      This tells me that Henry Cooper & John Hollis were associates in Rowan County and that they did not move to Tennessee until after Feb 1796.
    Census 1800  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • Enumeration: 01011-10201
    Possessions 23 Sep 1808  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Census 1810  Rutherford Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    • Enumeration: 10001-00111

      This enumeration would indicate John, Mary, and a daughter with her two children.
    Residence 1813  Rutherford Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    appears in the county property tax roll 
    • 100 acres, no poll. 18 3/4 cents tax.
    Died 27 Aug 1832  Readyville, Rutherford Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Now Cannon county
    Probate 18 Jul 1833  Rutherford Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    • Inventory & Sale of property of John Hollis Senr
    Buried Readyville, Cannon Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Address:
    Brawley's Fork Cemetery 
    • BURIAL: Old Brawley's Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Woodbury, Cannon Co., TN

      FINDAGRAVE: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14124236&

      !BURIAL: John Hollis is buried in the Brawley Fork Cemetery, on the site of the original Brawley Fork Baptist Church, the first Baptist Church in Cannon Co., TN. This cemetery is on Barker Rd, just a couple of miles west of Woodbury, TN on US 70S. The cemetery is on as mall hill overlooking the highway and is in a pasture. Hollis descendants have fenced the cemetery from the rest of the pasture and have erected new stones using original stones for John Hollis and some of the other old graves. The Brawley Fork church removed to a new location years ago.

      Data from Find A Grave shows the old, incorrect information about Mary Groom being the wife of John Hollis. But, it does have photos of the tombstones.
    Headstone - John Hollis
    Headstone - John Hollis
    Headstone - John Hollis, NC Troops
    Headstone - John Hollis, NC Troops
    Person ID I3639  Scott Dickson's Family
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2021 

    Family Mary,   b. Abt 1737,   d. Aft 1810, Rutherford Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married Abt 1768  Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • There is a Rowan County marriage record on 10 Jan 1791 for Mary Tranham and Jesse Rickmon. I suspect that this is the Mary named in Martin Trentham's will. This would lead me to suspect that, if John Hollis married a Mary Trantham, that she would perhaps be Martin's sister, in order to make the ages work out.
    Children 
     1. William Hollis,   b. Abt 1768, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1846, Cannon Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     2. Elizabeth Hollis,   b. Abt 1770, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Jesse Hollis,   b. Abt 1772, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Caswell Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John Hollis,   b. Abt 1772, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Rebecca Hollis,   b. Bef 1775, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, Cannon Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 80 years)
     6. David Hollis,   b. 1776, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1852, Cannon Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     7. Hudson Hollis,   b. Abt 1779, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Mary Hollis,   b. Abt 1780, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Micajah Randolph Hollis,   b. 4 Aug 1782, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1832, McNairy Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     10. Peggy Hollis,   b. Abt 1784, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1810, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
     11. Nancy Hollis,   b. Abt 1787, Rowan Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1828, Cannon Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F1107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1736 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1768 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1768 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1772 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1778 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1778 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - 10 Mar 1778 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Capt. Morris District - 1780 - Rowan Co., North Carolina
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1783 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - named executor for Matin Trentham - 15 Mar 1783 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - granted 366 acres on the Indian grave branch, a fork of Swearing Creek - 23 Sep 1783 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - owned land adj John Green - 4 Nov 1784 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - owned land adjoining George Reed - 17 Nov 1784 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - witness will of Daniel Hunt - 30 Aug 1789 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1790 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - purchased land from John Green - 10 Nov 1790 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - sold land as executor for Martin Trantham - 30 Nov 1790 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - witnessed deed for Jersey Settlement Church - 6 Feb 1795 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - witnessed deed from John Russ to Vincent Wood - 29 Dec 1795 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1800 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - 23 Sep 1808 - Rowan Co., North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1810 - Rutherford Co., Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - appears in the county property tax roll - 1813 - Rutherford Co., Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 18 Jul 1833 - Rutherford Co., Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Brawley's Fork Cemetery - - Readyville, Cannon Co., Tennessee
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  • Notes 
    • !MILITARY: John Hollis was a Corporal in the Revolutionary War. He later rose to the rank of Orderly Seargent. He served for over two years in the NC Militia, first against the Cherokee Indians who had allied with the British, and then against the British and Tories. At the end of his service, he was 4th Orderly Seargent responsible for guarding prisoners of war.

      There is another Capt. John Hollis who died in Wayne Co., TN, but he was from South Carolina.

      Some record the name as Hallis and some say the name is HALLIS from DE.

      DEED: Pruitt, p. 86, No. 574. Mar 10, 1778. John Hollis enters 400ac in Rowan Co on both sides of Indian Grave Br of Swearing Cr; border: improvement of Joseph Lanning & Peter Baker

      DEED: 23 Sep 1808 - John (X) Hollis to Rich'd Owen for 1000 silver dollars, 581 1/2 ac on Indian Grave Br, Beaverdam Cr, and Swearing Crk, adj Joseph Lanning, Adam Helmshotler, John Ford, George Reed,this grant for Bennett Woods & Jacob Wagoner. Wit. Joseph Chaffin &Hezekiah Owen. Prud. Hezekiah Owen at Aug Ct 1810.

      In Rowan County will book B, p. 120, there is a will for Martin Trentham in 1783 that mentions a Mary Trentham as a daughter. John Hollis and George Reed are named executors. This does not prove that Mary Trentham is the wife of John Hollis. I need more proof before believing this.

  • Sources 
    1. [S143] Hollis / Rogers / McGee / Harrell / Hodges / Colli.

    2. [S456] 1790 US Federal Census, Rowan Co, NC.

    3. [S167] Rowan County North Carolina Tax Lists 1757-1800.

    4. [S480] Abstracts of Land Entries, Rowan Co, NC.

    5. [S1783] Rowan County NC Vacant Land Entries 1778-1789, p. 40, 41.

    6. [S721] U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820, 11 August 2012; John Hollis, Rowan County, North Carolina; Tax List - 1779 [NC State Archives]; Call Number: C.R. 085.701.5; ; Page Number: 61; Family Number: 12.

    7. [S1782] Rowan County North Carolina Will Abstracts Vol 1, p. 29, will of Martin Trentham.

    8. [S1190] North Carolina, Land Grant Files, 1693-1960, 29 April 2017; Rowan, No 1120, John Hollis.

    9. [S1784] Abstracts of Deed Books 11-14 of Rowan County North Carolina 1786-1797, p. 37, No. 878, Deed Book 11, p. 705.

    10. [S1782] Rowan County North Carolina Will Abstracts Vol 1, p. 30, will of George Reed.

    11. [S1782] Rowan County North Carolina Will Abstracts Vol 1, p. 83, will of Daniel Hunt.

    12. [S456] 1790 US Federal Census, Rowan Co, NC, Not Stated; page 22; John Hollis.

    13. [S1784] Abstracts of Deed Books 11-14 of Rowan County North Carolina 1786-1797, p. 62, No. 1374, Deed Book 12, p. 323.

    14. [S1784] Abstracts of Deed Books 11-14 of Rowan County North Carolina 1786-1797, p. 109, Deed Book 13, No. 2232, p. 584.

    15. [S1784] Abstracts of Deed Books 11-14 of Rowan County North Carolina 1786-1797, No. 2527, Deed Book 13, p. 925.

    16. [S1784] Abstracts of Deed Books 11-14 of Rowan County North Carolina 1786-1797, p. 142, No. 2822, Deed Book 14, p. 326.

    17. [S457] 1800 US Federal Census, Rowan Co, NC, Salisbury; page 412; John Hollis.

    18. [S479] Deed Books 20-24, Rowan Co., NC.

    19. [S458] 1810 US Federal Census, Rutherford Co, TN, Not Stated; page 1A; John Hollis.

    20. [S1530] Rutherford Co., Tennessee Tax books, 1809-1963; miscellaneous tax book, main assessment roll, 1875-1878, 10 July 2019; Page 16, John Hollis.

    21. [S1014] Rutherford Co, Tennessee County Clerk General Records, 19 July 2019; Book 9, page 27, Inventory and Sale of the property of John Hollis Senr.

    22. [S633] Find A Grave (old), 25 May 2012; John Hollis, memorial no. 14124236, created by Matt Henderson.


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