William Holyfield/Holifield was born 1745 . He lived in Chester County, SC in 1790. In the 1790's the family moved to Ruthford County, NC. Between 1810 and 1820 , William and several of his children moved to Burke County. That part of Burke County, later became yancey County and still later McDowell and Mitchell Counties. It is believed William and his son died in Mcdwoell county and buried there in the Brinkley Cem. in Turkey Cove McDowell County.
Esom was born about 1781-1784 . He married Elizabeth Wagers who was born about 1786-1787. esom was a cooper. He was listed as living in Burke County 1820. On Dec. 3.1825 he received a 50 acre land grant on Hill's Creek Rutherford County, NC. He settled on the land September 1, 1823. He lived in Burke County 1830-1840. in Mc dowell County 1850-1870.
Elijah was one of Esom sons. Elijah was born 1807-1808. Elijah and his family lived in McDowell County and died after 1869