Monday, May 29, 2006

Richard Hollier

Richard Hollier contacted me to say his daughter was starting to investigate their family name. Richard descends from the Banwell Holliers, in particular the one that originally came from Fordingbridge in Hampshire. However, some of the information I had on Richard himself and his close family was wrong - the perils of relying on a family tree deposited by another family member on the Internet!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Eden Hollier born 1822

Alan Norris from Melbourne enquired about the ancestry of Eden Hollier who emigrated to Australia in 1844 on the Wallace. Eden was one of the two families from the Sydenham Holliers who went to Australia and their story (and family tree) is shown here.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Suzanne Hollyer and the Michigan Hollyers

Suzanne Hollyer from Pontiac, Michigan e-mailed to say hello. She is one of the Hollyers from Detroit that are descendants of Alexander Hollyer (1830-1900) [see photo] who emigrated to the USA in 1851. Initially Alexander lived in New York and was part of the piano making firm of Steedman & Hollyer, but by 1878 he had settled in Boston. His son Samuel Joseph (1859-1932) moved to Detroit sometime before 1887 to work for Studebakers and raised a family of 7, one of whom, Richard Lawrence (1902-1969) was Suzanne's grandfather. Another son, Robert Nelson Hollyer (1895-1972) was in the telephone business and was the grandfather of Jim Hollyer, now living in Hawaii, who has helped me with many of the Hollyer families in the USA. His sister Nancy has been to England on a number of occasions and I have been able to show her some of the places in London associated with this Hollyer family.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Walter and Rose Ann Hollyer

Mark Beverly made contact; he is a descendant of Walter and Rose Ann Hollyer, who had married in India in 1874 during Walter's 11 years service there in the Army. Mark is interested in all his other ancestral lines, of which I have scant information, but tried to assist locating his Hill ancestry.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Frederick Hollyer Album again

Spent yesterday morning at the National Portrait Gallery looking at the progress made by Constantia Nicolaides in cataloguing and identifying the photos in the Album from Frederick Hollyer. It's actually more likely that the album belonged to his sister-in-law Sarah Elkins as much of it relates to the Armstrong side of the family. We made progress in identifying the three brothers in the photo (left). Rather than being Samuel, James and Alex, the three brothers who went to the USA, we are now persuaded that they are Christopher, Samuel and Fred himself, taken around 1861 when Samuel had returned to Britain from the USA.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Mary Hollyar md John Turner

Pat Cox enquired about the marriage of Mary Hollyar to John Turner at Fillongley, Warks, in January 1723/4. There is no obvious baptism for a Mary amongst the Fillongley Hollier families and nothing much to assist from adjacent parishes. There are so many Hollier families in North Warks at that time that it will never be possible to fit everyone into a definite tree. However, it seems highly probable that they all descend from the early Hollier family at Shustoke (adjacent to Fillongley) in the 14th century.