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Ose Holliman Ancestors

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Location: Alabamamap
Surnames/tags: Holliman Halliman
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The Story

As I was researching my grandfather Wilford Ryan's father (see Wilford Ryan Mystery Page https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Wilford_Ryan_Mystery ) I found a close DNA link to Ose Holliman.

Ose Holliman was born in August 1880 (per the 1900 census) so missed the 1880 census. There are only two records for Ose - the 1900 census and a marriage record in 1899. On the marriage record he signed with an 'X' so the spelling of his name is uncertain. There are 3 newspaper articles from 1902 to 1904 and all spell his name differently.


The great grandson of Ose Holliman, P.H. had tested DNA at FTDNA. P.H. was a 66/67 Y-DNA match for my father and a 1-3rd cousin at 281cM auDNA. This started me on my first hunt.

The other close auDNA test from Alabama at this time was A. Welch at 68cM. A look at his tree brought me to the Oate's family in neighboring Autaugu county.

Source Hunt

I worked with researchers of this line and worked back to Ose Holliman/Halliman . Unfortunately we could not get past the 1899 record. The 1900 census listed both parents born in Alabama. I reviewed all Hollimans living in Chilton and neigboring Counties.

In 1900 only Joseph Holliman was living in Chilton county, he was the son of James B Holliman, grandson of Gilivus Holliman. There were 18 Holliman's living in Autauga county in 1900.

I returned to 1880 in Chilton County and there were no Hollimans but in Autauga county I found 22. Reviewing older census records I discovered that they were all the descendants of Gillivus Holliman and Nancy Oates. Nancy was related to A. Welch noted above.

At this point I looked at every male descendant of Gillivus and Nancy. I reviewed all 7 and based primarily on census records (especially the 1900 listing of children born/alive) I could account for all offspring of 6 of the sons. The last one was Stephen Holloman (born 1853).

Stephen was married to Martha Hollon in November 1879. They are listed in the 1880 census in Pine flat, Autauga, Alabama. On 8 December 1881, Stephen marries Laura Ann Driver in Jefferson County, Alabama. Stephen and Laura remain in Jefferson county though 1920. Looking at this it is likely that either Martha died between July 1880 (census) and late 1881 or they separated. Ose was born in Aug 1880 so it is possible she died in child birth or shortly after and her son was raised by a family member. This was as far as research could take me until more clues arrived.

More DNA

Over time I found 2 more tests of a first cousin and a second cousin of P.H.. They are 281 cM, 125 cM, and 238 cM. All 3 are great grandchildren of Ocie Holliman/Halliman.

There are several more auDNA from people in the Autauga/Chilton counties in Alabama. Seven of them range from 47 to 92 cM.

One of these tests, W.V., showed a 182 cM auDNA match but their tree did not show a link to the family. This was the start of the next records search.

More Research

I began researching the W.V. line and found a dead end with W.V.'s grandfather, William Vernon. His wife was listed with just her first name and a married last name in most records and the family researcher had her listed as Holland. I found a child's marriage certificate and the mother was listed as Della Hollon. Della's death record had her parents listed and W Holland and Martha Holland. When I searched for a marriage record she was listed as Mary D Hollon and the parents names were listed G W Hollon and Sarah Hollon. Lott A Scott, who signed the bond, was married to Della's sister Sarah. I found Martha Hollon's marriage record image and Lott Scott and W K Vernon posted the bond for her marriage to Stephen Holliman.

Mary Della Hollon matched someone in the research tree I had developed while tracing DNA. When looking from that end I found more records to support the link. If this information is correct then W.V is a grandson of the Mary Della Hollon, sister of Martha Hollon, who, it appears, was Ocie's mother.


Base for DNA comparison is Richard Ryan in the center of the chart. All living people are initials only.

5th Gen 4th Gen 3rd Gen 2nd Gen 1st Gen Base Generation 1st Gen cM Pred Rel
/ Sion Hollon Jr 1818 Oscar Hollon 1863 Hugh Hollon 1900 TH 47cM 2-4c 3C1R
Sion Hollon 1787 --- Martha Hollon 1834 Mary Ann Oates 1868 Arthur Welch 1910 AW ALSO OATES 68cM 3c 2x 3C1R
/ Clara Bowden 1931 P B 51cM 3C1R
\ / John W Hollon 1840 John F Hollon 1866 Clara Hollon 1912 --- Dewey Bowden 1939 RB 82cM 3C 3C1R
Sam Hollon1813 -- M Della Hollon 1864 Emmet Vernon 1897 WV 182cM 2c 2c1r
\ / Tommy Halliman PH 281cM 1-3 C half 1C1R
Martha Hollon 1857 \ / G T Halliman 1902 --- Rene Halliman 1931 LS 125cM 2c half 1C1R
/ Ocie Holliman 1880 - Wilford Ryan 1908 Richard Ryan
/ Nancy Oates 1826 Stephen Holloman 1853 \ Essie Halliman 1904 Adam Cobb 1926 DC 238cM 2c half 1C1R
\ Steve R Holloman Alice Holloman Son Dau KB 30cM half 3C2R
TR 50cM 2-4c 4C
/ Hannah Oates 1920 Sarah Bazzell 1842 Joseph Cook ---- SR / 92cM 2-4 C 3C1R
\ TC 67cM 3-5c 3C1R
Stephen Oates 1793 ---- Stephen Oates 1830 Mary Ann Oates 1868 Arthur Welch 1910 AW ALSO HOLLON 68cM 3c 2x 3C1R
\ William Oates 1818 Dau Dau Son NH 39cM 4C 4C
\ Archibald Oates 1825 Barzilla Oates 1853 Lillie Tanner 1875 Eugene Seamon 1903 --- JS 31cM 4-6c 2x 4C
\ Hannah Oates 1820 Mary J Bazzell 1851 Ed Seamon 1871 \ SS 50cM 3-4c 2x 4C


  • "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XT4X-BMX : 4 November 2017), Ose Hollman and Rosa Lee Cleckler, 27 Sep 1899; citing Chilton, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,782,620.
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M989-NQP : accessed 29 August 2019), Ocia Holiman, Precinct 5 Cooper (all west of L.N.r.r.), Chilton, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 29, sheet 11B, family 221, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,007.
  • "Alabama, County Marriage Records, 1805-1967" [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016; Original data: Marriage Records. Alabama Marriages. County courthouses, Alabama.
  • "1880 United States Federal Census" [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880; Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • "Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957", Ancestry.com, 2014

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