Rockbridge Township, Richland County,
HOLLOWAY BURIAL SITE Re: Samuel Holloway
Location found and established 14 October 1975 by Avery Clark and H. A.
Dieter, followed by a series of historical outlines received 15
November 1975 from John T. Holloway, 3635 Westwood Blvd., Apt. 4, Los
Angeles, California 90034, father of Prof. Robert J. Holloway,
University of Minnesota, St. Paul. This very obscure site is located in
the northwest 1/4 of section 6, Town of Rockbridge, on the brow of a
hill on the present Harold Jordahl Jr. farm. A town road leads south
out of Woodstock toward the above locale and ends at the farmstead near
by. Turn east a short distance across field land and into the woods.
The grave is unmarked and lies about 30 rods east of a line fence
between the Jordahl farm and the adjoining farm to the west. A lone
cedar tree stands it's solitary watch over the spot as described by
certain Clark family descendants. It was reported that Mr. Holloway's
death was due to a logging accident in April of 1855. The following is
a brief outline of names and events leading up to that year. Samuel, or
Jacob Samuel Hollow, came from a long line of Maryland Holloways dating
back to 1620. Eleven members of this Maryland family served in the
American Revolutionary War. Samuel, son of James and Tabatha
Franklin Holloway, was born in Worchester County, Maryland in
1799. He was first married to Mahala Godfrey 17 September 1822.
She was born in Worchester in 1801 and died in Monroe, Wisconsin in
September of 1846 with burial in the Union Cemetery, Monroe Township,
Green County, Wisconsin. There is no gravestone remaining after 129
years. Ten children were born to this union. Samuel was again
married to Abigail Powell Stewart. One son James Byrd, was born to this
union, 1847-1939. James married Maggie Beatty of the Woodstock area.
They are buried in the local cemetery near the village. Much more could
be said concerning this early American family; their traits, ambitions
and pioneer living before and after their entry into Richland County.
Blacksmithing was the chief occupation mastered by Samuel. It must also
be noted that Samuel had a twin brother, John Franklin Holloway, of
whom no available data can presently be added to the James Holloway
family record. Here again at the brow of a hill rests a man of noble
kindred in an unmarked grave, forgotten by most, yet recorded in the
several accounts from Maryland to Wisconsin. There is the usual
disagreement found at several points on exact dates in the overall
data. We are therefor compelled to separate or accept that which
appears to be fitting and proper. Your coordinator has again
shared the honors thus far extended and made available in various forms
here at Brewer Library. There are yet many throughout the county whose
burials will be left unrecorded for lack of sufficient data. We have
knowledge of many but cannot substantiate or correctly establish
their location or record related names and dates. They must lie unnamed
and unnoticed in their final obscurity. In most cases regular
cemeteries were not yet established, accounting for the earlier
scattered burials in the more remote areas.
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