Lewis Holladay was born in Bedford County, Virginia, on March 10, 1777. He was the third son of John Holladay and Elizabeth Pulliam. We know little about his boyhood except that he grew up on his parent's farm on Beaver Dam Creek.
The first mention of Lewis in Bedford County records is when he married Ruth Sinkler (Sinclair) in Bedford County, on November 26, 1798. Charles Simmons, relative of David Holladay's first wife, Martha Simmons, who was Lewis's sister-in-law, was surety.
On December 9, 1799, is a Bedford County Court order which recommended Lewis as Ensign in the 10th Regiment of the First Battalion of Virginia Militia. Shortly thereafter he qualified as Ensign. Then, on October 27, 1800, he was promoted to Lieutenant. He held this position for nearly two years, resigning it on July 26, 1802, in preparation for his move to Ohio. This was the last entry in the Bedford County records for Lewis. He probably left for Ohio in the fall of 1802. By this time considerable traffic was taking place between Virginia and Ohio. As a result of the Ordinance of 1787 numerous land warrants had been granted from Virginia for this region beyond the mountains. The Indians were being gradually pushed to the west. Consequently, Ohio became the seventeenth State of the Union in 1803.
It is recorded that the Chillicote section in southern Ohio attracted many impatient Kentuckians and Tennesseans and it is therefore possible that Lewis first went to one of these states, then on to Ohio. It is more likely that he simply followed the New River Valley just below Roanoke and headed northwest through what is now West Virginia, to Point Pleasant, the route followed by Col. Andrew Lewis' army in Dunmore's War in 1774. He would have crossed the Ohio River at Point Pleasant and continued westward into what is now Highland County. This county was formed in 1805 from Ross, Adams, and Clermont Counties.
Here the land was far more fertile than that in Bedford County, and the family settled down where a sizable contingent remains to this day. Lewis owned a 200 acre farm which was about two miles southwest of Hillsboro, on State Route 138 on Little Rocky Fork Creek, in Liberty Township.
At the time of the 1850 Census, Lewis and Ruth lived with their son William in Highland County. Lewis died July 3rd, 1852 and is buried in the Holladay/Inskeep Cemetery about two miles off Highway 138 and on the farm. On his gravestone his age is not readable, but the cemetery index lists his age at death as 75 years 3 months and 23 days.
After Lewis' death, Ruth lived with her son Jubell, who died in 1857. The 1860 Census shows that she then lived with Jubell's widow Nancy and some of her children. She was 88 years of age in 1860, according to the Census. She apparently died in the early 1860's, and lies buried beside her husband. A stone marker is said to be at their graves with names and dates.
Children of Lewis Holladay and Ruth Sinclair:
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