Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Oxfordshire Holliers

Carol Eden has been looking up the signatures of various Holliers in the Lewknor and South Weston area and this now strengthens our view that William of Lewknor was the one who lived between 1753 and 1828 (when he left a will) and he was the son (though no baptism has yet been found) of William Hollier and Martha Coles who married at Deddington in 1742. William and Martha came to Lewknor (buried 1786 and 1788 respectively) and must also have had a daughter Martha who married in Lewknor in 1777, which was witnessed by William Hollier and Joseph Hollier. Joseph's signature suggests that he might not be the Joseph who was William's brother (and who had also moved from Deddington to South Weston). William (the elder) also witnessed a marriage at Shirburn in 1755, showing that he must have been resident in the area around about the time he and Martha were having their family. If the missing baptisms could be found, it would be quite possible that they would also include Richard of Sydenham.

William Hollier's signature of 1765 on the Articles of Agrement for Lewknor Fields.

The Randwick Hollyers

I have now published on my website here an article on the Hollyer family at Randwick, New South Wales. The particular interest in this family is that their name was Cole, not Hollyer!