Category Archives: Hollon

Mary Elizabeth (Hollen) Stufflebean (24 Feb 1868-2 Jan 1905), Linn County, MO

While reviewing my husband’s pedigree chart, I realized that although I had mentioned his great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Hollen, in several posts, I had never directly written her story. Then I noticed that the 117th anniversary of her death was just two days ago.

Mary Elizabeth Hollen was born on 24 February 1868, probably in the town of Pleasant Hill in Sullivan County, Missouri. She was the daughter, and youngest child, of James Hollen and Eramanthus Elizabeth Scott.

Hollen Family, 1870, Sullivan County, MO
Source: Ancestry

Children of James and Eramanthus Hollen:

  1. John S. born c1849: died after 1870; married Clarissa A. Baskett, 25 Februrary 1869, Sullivan County, Missouri
  2. James Milton, born 17 February 1853, Sullivan County, Missouri; died 27 August 1939, Sullivan County, Missouri; married Nancy Melissa Baskett, 22 February 1874, Sullivan County, Missouri
  3. Eliza A., born c1856, Missouri; died after 1870; no further information
  4. George M., born c1858, Missouri; died after 1910, possibly Conewango, Caddo, Oklahoma; married (1) Charity Ann Stewart, 28 July 1878, Chariton County, Missouri (2) Alice Coffman, 19 February 1896, Sullivan County, Missouri (3) Mary Rodman, 10 June 1906, Livingston County, Missouri
  5. Columbus Marion, born September 1859 (9/12 in June 1860 census), Missouri; died after 1910; married Annie Zook, 21 May 1900, Ottawa, Franklin, Kansas. They had no children.
  6. William Edwin, born c1867, Missouri; died 20 June 1935, Winfield, Cowley, Kansas; married Mary Elizabeth Martin, 3 July 1894, Henry County, Missouri
  7. Mary Elizabeth – our subject

By 1880, the family circumstances had changed in a major way. During the intervening decade, Mary’s mother, Eramanthus, died. Her elder brothers John, James and George were married and out of their childhood home. Her only sister, Eliza, was gone – either married or had also died and brother Columbus was out making his way in the world.

Mary, her brother William, and her widowed father moved to Livingston County, Missouri, not far from where they had lived in Sullivan County and were living with her brother John and his family.

Hollon Family, Livingston County, MO in 1880
Source: Ancestry

A few months after her 18th birthday, on 27 June 1886 in Linn County, Missouri, Mary Elizabeth married John Henry Peavler Stufflebean. John both farmed and owned a general store.

By 1900, they had a growing family with Ernest, Iva Myrtle, James, Owen Wayne, Earl, Henry and Nolan. However, by that time,  they had also lost a child, their ten month old daughter, Lila Hazel, who they buried in January 1897.

The start of the 20th century was difficult for this family although one more child, John Kenneth, was born to them in March 1902. First, son Owen Wayne died in August 1902. Mary Elizabeth’s widowed father, James Hollen, who lived with them, died in December 1903. A short year later, on 2 Jan 1905, Mary Elizabeth herself passed away.

My father-in-law didn’t know how his grandmother died. She was only 36 and I thought it might have been in childbirth. The wealth of historical newspapers coming online has answered my question.

The Brookfield Gazette, of Linn County, Missouri, published two short announcements about Mary Elizabeth’s death. One stated that she died of pneumonia and left her husband and six children. The second noted that her funeral was held at the North Salem (Linn County) Church.

Due to copyright restrictions, there are no newspaper images to post, but my father-in-law was very thankful to have a chance to visit Linn County, Missouri. He never knew his grandmother, but he did visit Mary Elizabeth’s grave to pay his respects and photograph the stone.

If there were ever any photos of Mary Elizabeth Hollen Stufflebean, they have been lost to time. Ed, my father-in-law, kept in touch with all of his many Stufflebean relatives and said he had never seen a photograph of his grandmother.

He’d be pleased that she is being remembered today on the 115th anniversary of her death.

Holland Family Facts – Anne Arundel County, MD in the 17th & 18th Centuries

Much like my husband’s elusive Larrison family, clues abound indicating family relationships among the Hollands who settled in Anne Arundel County, Maryland by the mid 1600s. Also like the Larrisons, there may not be any documentary evidence to prove certain relationships, but hypotheses can be developed.

This post is going to be slightly different than most of what I write. That’s because one of my favorite finds in search engines is a page where someone has compiled many facts related to one person or family, which is a huge help to other researchers.

NOTE: There were other Hollands early in Maryland in other counties, but the Hollands in this record collection were all residents of Anne Arundel County.

Since I’m not sure proof of parentage for Anthony Holland, which is my goal, exists, I have compiled marriage, probate and land facts about the earliest Hollands in Baltimore and then soon in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Many of Anthony Holland’s FAN club were Quakers, such as Mordecai Price. It isn’t known whether Anthony was also a Quaker.

The preferred Holland neighborhood in Anne Arundel County was Herring Creek Hundred, one of five hundreds (land areas) existing in 1707 and was the hundred sitting in the southernmost portion of the county.

1. Francis Holland transported himself, wife Mary, son Francis and Mary Blackwell to Anne Arundel County in 1661. He likely is Francis, next, with Margaret being a later wife.

2. Francis Holland Sr. wrote his will on 7 April 1683 and it was probated the following year on 12 August 1684. He named his wife, Margaret, son Francis Holland Jr. and daughter Margaret, who married Col. William Holland, most likely a cousin of some degree. Francis Sr. have 190 acres called Holland’s Hills surveyed on 7 August 1663. Francis Jr. inherited two lots in Herringtowne, described as part of the addition “Cortes Bennit and Hollands Hills.” Francis Jr. may not have been married at this time or else a newlywed because his father stipulated that the land should go to his daughter if Francis Jr. had no heirs.

3. Thomas Parsons wrote his will on 11 October 1683 and it was proved on 31 May 1684. He named daughter Isabel Holland, who was married to Anthony Holland.

4. George Holland was “in service” (indentured?) by 1674. He wrote his will on 19 February 1683 and it was proved on 22 June 1685. He left bequests to Thomas, son of John Larkin (300 acres of “Holland’s Delight” and to Otho Holland, the residue of his estate. Otho’s wife, Mehitable, was John Larkin’s daughter. Otho Holland sold 97 acres on Middle River in Anne Arundel County to John Skinner on 13 January 1684. (NOTE: My own observation is that this Holland group did not remain in Anne Arundel County and I don’t think that they were related to my Anthony Holland extended family. DNA evidence seems to support my observation.)

6. Anthony Holland, who reportedly was transported from Virginia to Maryland in 1650, wrote his will on 12 February 1702 and it was proved on 2 August 1703. He named (second) wife Isabel and two sets of children: sons John, Benjamin, Anthony, Thomas (16 years old on 20th January last), Richard (16 on 1 March 1703), daughter Elizabeth, wife of Richard Gott, Jacob (16 years old on 2 May 1706), Capele (16 on 10 June 1708), daughter Susanna (16 on 24 April 1710), Abraham (16 on 13 June 1714) and to Judith Deavour, no relationship stated, personalty.

7. Thomas and Elizabeth Woodfield (called Gott, daughter and heir of Anthony Holland, deceased) sold 100 acres of 580 total acres to Thomas Macnemara on 13 March 1717.

8. On 16 July 1724, Richard and Sarah Gott of Baltimore sold 120 acres for £8 to Jacob Holland.

9. Jacob Holland (born 2 May 1690) married Margaret Medkiff, daughter of John and Lydia. Jacob and Margaret had the following children: Lydia, born 8 September 1715 and married Gideon Howard about 1733, Benjamin, born 11 September 1718, Ruth, born 11 September 1718, Rebecca, born 4 May 1720. It is thought that my husband’s Anthony Holland who migrated to Kentucky was a younger, unrecorded child. It is also thought that Anthony’s first wife was Mary Howard, who he married c1759. This is a puzzle piece that fits, but can’t be proven as fact.

10. Rebeckah Holland married Oliver Cherry on 5 July 1718. She was likely born in the 1690s, but her parentage is unknown and no further information has been found about this couple.


1. Locust Neck, undated, surveyed for Mordecai Price. Possessors: Mordecai Price, 116 acres, Mordecai Price, 18 acres held by him in right for Anthony Holland’s orphan. Conveyances: 4 March 1714 Jacob Holland from John Holland

2. Carter, surveyed 28 October 1651 for Richard Bennett near Herring Creek Bay. Possessor: Col. William Holland, 100 acres, in right of his wife, the sister of Francis Holland the son) Conveyance: 28 September 1719, William and Margaret Holland to Francis Holland Jr.

3. Bennetts Island, on Herring Creek Bay, surveyed 28 October 1651 for Richard Bennett. Possessor: Col. William Holland, 275 acres, in right of his wife the sister of Francis Holland. Conveyance: William and Margaret Holland to Francis Holland Jr. on 28 September 1719.

4. Ram Gott Swamp, on the north side of Herring Creek, was surveyed on 18 November 1659. At a later time (undated) owners included Richard Gott (300 acres), John Cheshire (200 acres) Samuel Harison (33 acres) and Mordicay Price (100 acres).

5. Greenwood, on the north side of Broad Creek running out of Herring Creek, surveyed on 12 July 1663, included later owners: Benjamin Capell (100 acres), Mordecai Rice (sic) (50 acres for Anthony Holland’s orphans). On 29 December 1721, Capel Holland sold land to Jacob Holland and on 31 January 1722, Jacob Holland sold the land to Samuel Chew.

6. Hollands Hills, surveyed 7 August 1663 for Francis Holland on westward of Herring Creek Bay near land of Carter Bennett.

7.Souldier Delight, 100 acres) was surveyed on 28 December 1670 for Lionel Pawly. Possessor (undated): Col. William Holland

8. Addition, 95 acres surveyed 6 March 1671 for Francis Holland. Possessor: Col. William Holland, in right of his wife the sister of Francis, son of the said Francis Holland. Coneyance: William and Margaret Holland to Francis Holland Jr. 28 September 1719.

9. Hollands Range, 120 acres, surveyed 12 July 1677 for Anthony Holland in Herring Creek Swamp. Possessor: Benjamin Holland Conveyances: John Holland to Jacob Holland, 4 March 1714, no quantity stated; Benjamin Holland to Samuel Guychard, 1 April 1717, 100 acres.

10. Hollands Addition, 47 acres, surveyed for Francis Holland lying near Herring Creek on 16 October 1687. Possessor: Col. William Holland, in right for his wife, sister of Francis Holland, the son).

There you have it, the facts connecting various Hollands who settled in Anne Arundel County, Maryland by the 1650s. Was the earliest Anthony related in any way to Francis Holland or was it mere coincidence that they both settled on Herring Creek? Y-DNA would settle that question, so patience may be a necessary virtue.


Family of Montgomery Holland of Bourbon County, KY and Cincinnati, OH

A couple of weeks ago, I spent several days outlining all the children and identified grandchildren of Thomas Kennedy, who first visited Boonesborough, Kentucky in 1776!

Thomas’s daughter, Nancy, married Ephraim Holland, who are my husband’s ancestors.

Thanks to Thomas’s youngest son, Jesse, who in August 1850 wrote down as much of his family’s history as he knew – which was quite a bit – I learned that one of Ephraim’s and Nancy’s unidentified sons was Montgomery Holland and he migrated north to Ohio, with one or two of his sisters, per Jesse’s information.

As Nancy Holland reportedly died in Boone County, which is pretty much in the path from Scott County into Ohio, I have to wonder if she died along the way. I’ve found no evidence of Hollands in land deeds or on tax lists in Boone County.

Montgomery Holland was born c1809, likely either in Fayette or Scott County, Kentucky, and likely had few memories of his father, who died in 1814.  His wife was Martha Meyers, born c1810 in Ohio. her parents are unknown and her death certificate states father unknown and her mother’s maiden name as Meyers.

No marriage record has been found for Montgomery and Martha, but they likely married about 1830 and probably in Ohio since Martha was born there.

Looking at this family, I have to admit it is unique, as it appears that not a single one of their seven children ever married even though they all lived to adulthood, with the exception perhaps of Charles who isn’t found after 1850, when he was 12 years old.

The Holland family hasn’t been found in 1830, unless they are the M. Holland household, which is possible, as there is one male 20-30 and one female, also 20-30.

By 1840, Montgomery Holland was enumerated in Ward 1 of Cincinnati, where they all remained for the rest of their lives.

The household was quite large and there are one male and one female who I can’t identify.

In 1840:

Male, born 1790-1800 (ticked the wrong box?) Montgomery
Female, born 1800-1810 Mary C.
born 1810-1820 Martha
born 1821-1825?
Male, born 1826-1830?
Male, born 1831-1835 George
Male, born 1831-1835 Richard
Male, born 1836-1840 Ephraim
Male, born 1836-1840 Charles

The female born 1821-1825 isn’t in the home in 1850, nor is the male born 1826-1830.

Montgomery Holland, 1850, Cincinnati, Ohio
Source: Ancestry

Three more children joined the family between 1840 and 1850 – Milton, Robert and Martha.

Notice, too, that Mary Holland, last in the last, born Kentucky, is the real estate owner. She is likely one of Montgomery’s previously unidentified sisters and not in the home in 1860.

Montgomery Holland is last found in the 1860 census, still in Cincinnati with his family:

Montgomery Holland, 1860, Cincinnati, Ohio
Source: Ancestry

Martha was head of the household in both 1870 and 1880:

Martha Holland, 1870, Cincinnati, Ohio
Source: Ancestry

Martha Holland, 1880, Cincinnati, Ohio
Source: Ancestry

The family trades were house painting and brick mason.

This is an interesting family. I don’t think I’ve ever come across an instance where not a single child ever married, but that seems to be the case here, unless one of them married after 1880.

Sometime probably in the 1880’s, Milton Holland purchased a big family plot at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Mary died in 1857 and Montgomery a decade later in 1867. Montgomery and Mary had both originally been buried at the Methodist Protestant Cemetery, which closed in 1891. That explains why on 28 April 1891, they were both interred at 3:00 p.m. in Spring Grove. George is in space 1, Ephraim in space 2, Martha (mother) in space 3, Mary  in space 4, Montgomery in space 4A, Milton in space 6, Martha (daughter) in space 7, Robert in space 8.

Notice anything about the space numbers above? Yep, space 5 is missing. Neither Charles nor Richard shows up in the cemetery list, so I searched by section and lot number. Was I surprised! In space 5 was Catherine McGuire Holland, sister-in-law of Milton Holland, died on 14 January 1914 of chronic diabetes! She was born 11 March 1858. In the 1900 and 1910 censuses, she reported that she had never given birth to any children.

Who did Kate McGuire marry? It took reading un-indexed death records for Hamilton County, but I found the answer:

Ephraim Holland, M

I checked to make sure that M didn’t mean MALE. The other letters in that column were S and W – SINGLE and WIDOWED. Ephraim married Katie McGuire sometime between the 1880 census and his November 1887 death.

I also read multiple volumes of Hamilton County marriages for that time period, but didn’t find an entry for them.

Montgomery Holland died on 9 July 1867, no cause noted. Martha Meyers Holland died 23 April 1888 of old age.

Children, all born and died in Cincinnati:

  1. George W., born 1831; died 15 September 1886 of bowel disease and a hemorrhage. His death certificate says he was single.
  2. Richard P., born 1834; died after 1880. He served in Co. G, Ohio 2nd Infantry, beginning on 04 Sep 1862 and mustered out one month later, on 04 Oct 1862,  both in Cincinnati.
  3. Ephraim, born 1836; died 21 November 1887 of peritonitis
  4. Charles, born 1838; no further record after 1850 census
  5. Milton G., born 10 December 1844 or 1848; died 15 October 1922 of chronic myocarditis
  6. Robert, born 1846; died 1 April 1931 of senility
  7. Martha, born 1851; died 22 January 1923 of pneumonia

The only loose end in this story is Richard P. Holland, who was at home in 1880, but not found in any other records. I have no idea if the 8 cemetery plots had anything to do with his disappearance, but there were just enough plots for the (unmarried) family and then Ephraim went off and got married. I have no idea what became of Richard.