Monday, October 15, 2007

On my holliers (in Ireland)

I do regular searches of the Internet for items relating to the surnames Hollyer, Holyer and Hollier. Recently, I have noted a large number of curious references to 'holliers'. Closer examination shows that this word is Irish slang for holidays. I learn something new every day. I can't wait to go 'on my holliers'.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Another page

I have added another page of miscellaneous photos to my website, see here.

More Oxfordshire research

Carol Eden came back with more research data on the Oxfordshire Holliers. A Thame memorial to William Hollier of Towersey adds credence to the idea that he was the brother of John Hollier, solicitor of Thame. But it also suggests his second wife died in 1820, not 1829.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

More Oxfordshire Hollier contacts

Yesterday I had no less than 3 new contacts relating to the Sydenham and Lewknor Holliers. Neville Hollier and his neice Natalie separately enquired about their family from Victoria, Australia - descendants of Eden Hollier who emigrated in 1844. Also Angela Carter from Hertfordshire who has connections with the Lewknor Holliers.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New Brunswick (Canada) Holliers

A new branch! I knew from the New Brunswick online BMD index that William Ernest Hollier, a descendant of the Somerset Holliers (via Wiltshire) settled in New Brunswick, but I knew nothing more of this family. Stephanie Hollier, wife of Kendell Hollier, grandson of William Ernest, e-mailed me and sent the outline of the descendants of this family. More twigs on the tree!

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Aldershot Hollyers

Joan Burston heard about my study from attending the Hobbycraft Fair at Exeter recently. I phoned her and chatted about her connections with the branch of the City Hollyers that settled in Aldershot. She's not the first correspondent by any means from this group, but she would know many of the older generation and perhaps recognise far more of the people in photos. I've sent her the photos variously sent by Tim Ellis, Frances Castle and Nancy Hunter as well as some trees and I hope she will respond.