Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Eva Hollyer's Cottage

I received from the Wiltshire Record Office the 1928 building plans for Eva Hollyer's cottage conversion that she wrote about in Woman's Magazine, see here. However, the building shown is quite different from that shown in the article, having a tiled roof, without dormers. The inside floor-plan doesn't match up with the interior sketches. So is it the case that Eva used artistic licence when painting her cottage? It seems unlikely that two cottages were converted.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Bits and Pieces

A few postings to catch up on after my absence abroad. Gavin Hollyer (from the Kent Hollyers) gave me an update of recent additions to their branch of the family, who descend from Ralph Bartholomew Hollyer (1915-1996).

David Gibbard wrote from Ontario about his ancester Ann Hollier who was born at Aynho, NTH in 1816. This caused me to review and recheck my Aynho data and I uncovered several anomalies that need sorting out. Ann Hollier's picture is shown here.

Today, I received the Will & Probate for Walter Holyer from 1896 (which I acquired via eBay) - he was the last male Holyer in Woodchurch. Also, from another Guild member, I received three draft conveyances relating to Charles Holyer and his pub at Ramsgate (The Harp).

Monday, January 08, 2007

Guild Journal Article

This quarter's Journal of One-Name Studies produced by the Guild features an extensive article by myself on the Hollyer, Holyer and Hollier One-Name Study, summarizing all that I've uncovered over the years. In due course I will add it to the website as a download.

Friday, January 05, 2007

More online data

I have now added 5 more trees to the online database. Most of the principal families are now online. In addition to the present system provided by PhpGedView, I have also added an alternative interactive database provided by The Next Generation. I would welcome views on which provides the best presentation of data. The databases can be found here.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Rosa Ellen Holyer b.1903

Angela Noble contacted me to tell me about Rosa Ellen Holyer who had two sisters and a connection with the Holdstock family. It confirms that she must have been the daughter of Charles Richard Holyer and Ellen Mabel Kingsmill Holdstock who married in Tenterden in 1903. Curiously, Ellen Holdstock's brother Ernest Joseph also married a Holyer, but from a distant branch.

It's often the case that uncertainties remain for individuals born in the 1901-1911 gap: after the 1901 census and before the appearance of mother's maiden names in the birth indexes.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

William Frederick Hollier

Veronica Hollier sent me details of the army career, marriage and children of William Frederick Hollier, who was born in Burbage, LEI in 1863 (part of the Sharnford Holliers) but seems to have given a younger age when he joined the army.

He married and settled in Malta and it seems from Google as if there are Holliers in Malta to this day.