John Holloway
Born 1737? ?Caroline Co. VA
Killed Oct 1781 by Indians, Natchez Territory

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Elizabeth White

m. 1765?
b. Mar 1, 1738?
Orange Co. VA
d. Aug 31, 1817
Baton Rouge LA

b. 1765?

b. Dec 27, 1766
Lynches Creek SC
d. Dec 8, 1851
Little Mulberry, Burke Co NC

b. 1767?


b. 1769
d. 1844?

b. Jan 17, 1774
Craven Co. SC
d. Jun 17, 1846
Franklin Co. MS

b. 1777


b. 1779

Unborn child

due 1781.

In Nov 1760, Rachell gives to her son John his share of his father's estate. It amounts to a little over eight pounds, according to Culpeper County will book records. Soon after this, and before marrying his wife about 1765, John moved to the Pee Dee River region of South Carolina. By Oct 25m 1760, his future wife Elizabeth White is listed as "gone" in the records of the Cashaway Baptist Church where other White family members still belonged.
Caroline County Virginia was formed in 1728 (see present day map for location). Culpeper County Virginia was formed in 1748 (see present day map for location), and was bounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, and the Rappahannock River forms one of its eastern boundaries.
John and his family, along with father-in-law James Taylor White and his sons William and Reuben White, and William Loving were all members of a SC militia defeated at Marr's Bluff SC, at the hands of Regulators, on July 25, 1768.
Excerpt from the book The South Carolina Regulators by Richard Maxell Brown gives a background and summary of the incident.
About 1756, a John Holloway secured land in Welch Neck, Cheraws District (now Marlboro County), in northeast South Carolina, and remained there for several decades. He may be John's uncle born in 1719, son of Charles Holloway. About 10 miles south is Marr's Bluff SC, where in 1768 (12 years later) John first appears in SC.
According to the minutes of the Welch Neck Baptist Church, "In 1737 a party of immigrants from the Welch Tract in the State of Delaware removed to the Pee Dee River in So. Carolina which place they designated the Welch Neck, in remembrance of their former residence...".
Welch Neck was an area of the old Cheraws District that is part of present day Marlboro Co. SC. The Welsh were later joined by English and Scotch-Irish settlers. Map of the Cheraws District between 1785 and 1790
In Oct 1772 John lived near James Taylor White in St. David's Parish, Craven Co SC, near the fork of the Peedee River and Jefferies Creek.
John moved with the Whites to Burke County NC, being among the first settlers of the Lower Creek area in the 1770's. See History of Chesterfield. John, along with William Miller, were chain carriers for a land survey bordering the Catawba River for Charles McDowell dated Aug 29, 1779.
According to his grandson Robert, John moved about 1780 to Natchez, "in order to escape the Revolution". The South Carolina Whites were not sympathetic to the American Revolution and left a trail of litigation in the state. The White family split apart. John, his wife Elizabeth White, and their 7 children would migrate down the French Broad and Mississippi Rivers to Natchez, then something of a Tory refuge from revolutionary hostilities, under British influence with Spanish-French administration.
1777 Map of the Colonies, by J. Leopold Imbert showing the Carolinas and neighboring territory of "Louisiane" and the rivers and settlements there at the time of the Revolution. Map was reproduced and printed by the Museum of the American Revolution from a map image at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library.
John was shot and scalped by Indians five leagues from the Fort of Natchez in October 1781. At the time, he was apparently working as "an overseer" of the plantation of John Havard. Son George was tied with a rope but escaped during the night. In 1782, George, still a teenager, was sent to live with his uncle, William White, and his grandfather, James Taylor White, in NC, where part of the White family had settled and had become patriots in a part of the country that was being "pacified", that is free from Indian threats.
After his death, his estate was conveyed to his widow in a court proceeding on Oct 24, 1781. Included were four slaves: one man, 50 years old, and three females ranging in age from 30 to 10.
In the mid-1790's, sons John and James Holloway, along their nephew Reuben White (1765?-1835), son of James White (1740?-1850?), and Reuben's family, moved into northeastern Rapides Parish LA, which became known as Holloway Prairie, where they obtained Spanish land grants and engaged in the cattle business. Many of the Anglo families of the Deville area came there from the Natchez Territory. The names John and James Holloway appear on several 1790's Spanish Colonial documents and militia lists. Mississippi was not admitted to the Union of States until 1817.
Son Robert's son John married Martha Glasscock on Sep 18, 1834. In May 1844, he and Martha Glasscock, sold land to New Orleans Gas and Banking. She survived his death in 1851 and had to petition the court to become administratrix. John had no children as heirs. Between May 1851 and May 1852, John's estate of over $15,000 is distributed to his living brothers and sisters, and their children, most of them being his brothers and sisters.
Daughter Mary married Alexander Freeland who was a surveyor for Spain on the Line of Demarcation.
Cashaway Baptist Church Record Book, 1756-1778, Cashaway Neck, formerly Craven Co. SC.
Christenson, Elroy, website, John Hollaway Family.
Dorman, John F., Culpeper County Va., Will Book A, 1749-1770, VA State Archives, p.237; entry re: Rachell's distribution to John Nov 20, 1760 of his father's estate would indicate that John's parents were John and Rachell of Carolina Co. VA.
Imbert, J. Leopold, map maker, Carte des Possessions Angloises... 1777, reprinted by the Museum of the American Revolution from map image at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library.
Court Proceedings, Book A, Oct 24, 1781.
Lewis, J.D., Georgetown District, South Carolina, "History of the Georgetown District", website.
"John Holloway, 1851", File H-3, on p. 208 of "The MS Cains", website.
McBee, May Wilson, comp., Natchez Court Records, 1767-1805, Greenwood MS, 1953, v. 2, p. 8.
Thomas, Rev. I. W., "A Brief Sketch of the Holloway Family", Transcript of newspaper clipping, Caldwell Co. NC, c. 1918. Author (1848-1922) said article was written from memory. It contains mistakes such as John's name (George).
Welch Neck Baptist Church, Society Hill SC, 1737-1935, Minutes, at South Caroliniana Library, Univ. of SC, Columbia, SC.
White, Gifford, James Taylor White of Virginia and some of his descendants into Texas, Austin, TX, 1982.
Veach, Damon, "Louisiana Ancestors", article in Sunday Advocate Magazine, Baton Rouge LA, Feb 21, 1982.