I (Diana Holland Faust) get many inquiries about Hollands in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee who belong to a different Holland family from my own.  For that reason, and to help those who seek, I am publishing here all the information I have on that other major Holland family in the same region.  It is meticulously researched by Wiley Julian Holland and provided to this website for the purpose of disseminating actual, factual, researched genealogy, as opposed to making assumptions and guesses and propagating it online as truth.  This "other" Holland family has become relevant to the Jimmie Holland family as the same DNA results are occurring in both families.


The  John  Holland Family of Nansemond, A Burnt Virginia County

by Wiley Julian Holland153  wholland15@verizon.net  
Copyright March 2012 - published here March 26, 2013


When my father passed away in 1982, I took possession of the information he had written in his 1955 memoirs about our family history. His information was based on some research but mainly family oral history and Bible records. Since then I spent thousands of hours researching to verify my father's information and to expand documented knowledge of my Holland history.

My GGGG grandfather Jacob Holland was born about 1748-50 and died testate in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, between May 15, 1798, when his will was written and February 1799, when it was probated. Jacob's approximate date of birth was based on the November 21, 1772 date of birth for his oldest child, Barsheba, as recorded in the Bible of James Holland, Jacob's oldest son. Based of credible circumstantial evidence I concluded Jacob was born in Nansemond County, Virginia. Because all the Nansemond County public records were destroyed three times, it has been impossible to determine the parentage of Jacob.

In 2003, I wrote a 200-page book titled, My American Holland Odyssey 1. It has been Updated several times. The book includes hundreds of Holland families and the information was based on research obtained from over 300 sources. Let me emphasize, NONE of those sources included Rootsweb, Ancestry or the Mormon database sites. In 2004 I wrote "My American Holland Odyssey 2", which includes information on families associated with my Holland direct line.

The family names include: Bell, Whaley, Jones, Bridges, Lunsford, Tatum, Cannon, Cason and Sweat.  During the course of my research of those eight associated families, I discovered some honest mistakes made by researchers but none were deliberate misrepresentations of facts.

I compared Nansemond County Holland postings on Rootsweb, Ancestry and the Mormon sites, which are all interrelated, to compare their Holland information to mine. After reading ridiculous claims concerning Gabriel Holland, the alleged father of the Immigrant John Holland, I spent four months researching Gabriel's life.

My research culminated in a 25-page paper titled "The Truth About Gabriel Holland." The paper dispels the ludicrous claims about Gabriel written by two people. They provided no verifiable sources to prove the validity of their information, a top priority in genealogy. The information on my paper about Gabriel is fully documented.

Over the years, while researching my Holland and associated family lines, I filed information on several Holland families. Those include Captain John Holland of Massachusetts; Peter Holland of Liverpool, England, and Essex County, Virginia; and the most fascinating to me, the Michael Holland line of Goochland County, Virginia. I wrote a research paper on Michael which rebuts the claim he was a son of John Holland of Nansemond County, Virginia.

Before beginning this book on John Holland of Nansemond County, I first had to determine where the information posted on the genealogical sites and Holland family trees originated.  Because most of the posted information cited no sources, locating the origin was a major problem. After several months I finally determined the information originated from four sources which I will detail in the introduction of this book.

I have spent the last two years researching and writing this book and of all my genealogical writings, this has been the most frustrating. I was confronted with a Virginia County with no public records. I had been aware for some time the public records in Nansemond had been destroyed so I was astonished and confused when I read the many prior-to-1800-Nansemond-County Holland postings on RootsWeb and Ancestry. Did those people know something of which I was unaware? Were they not aware no public Nansemond records existed? Hopefully the contents of this book will address those issues


The Boddie Chapter on the Holland families in Nansemond County contained only 13 pages. Because much additional information is contained in this book I separated the information by chapters because I felt it would be easier for readers to follow. Each chapter parallels the information written by Boddie with the added additions. Sources for the information in the book will be listed following Chapter 14 and the Miscellaneous section.

This book is actually a sequel to my paper titled, "The Truth About Gabriel Holland" and begins with John Holland arriving in Nansemond County from England. In my opinion, much of the prior 1800 Nansemond County Holland information contained in genealogical sites, to which I will refer, is incorrect. As in my paper on Gabriel Holland, I address and rebut the material I deem untrue, accompanied by sources to prove the validity of those rebuttals.

The year 1769 is important with respect to this book because the boundary between Nansemond County and Isle of Wight (Isle of Wight) was clarified and several Holland families became residents of Isle of Wight following the boundary change. The address change for those Holland families had a positive effect with respect to the availability of county records.

Many researchers misunderstand how the terms Sr. and Jr. were used in colonial Virginia. The terms did not necessarily imply a father and son relationship as they do today, but two people living in the same vicinity or tax area with the same name. They may have been an uncle and nephew, or even be two unrelated individuals with the same name but of different ages. Boddie shared that misunderstanding of terms. In order to help distinguish between them, "Sr." or "Jr." would be "tacked" on and it merely meant the older and the younger respectively. In Colonial Virginia, when the siblings of a father were known they were designated as sons of father. Examples would be John "of Henry", James "of James" etc.  

Chapter 1.
Chapter 2.
Chapter 3.
Chapter 4.
Chapter 5.
Chapter 6.
Chapter 7.
Chapter 8.
Chapter 9.
Chapter 10.
Chapter 11.
Chapter 12.
Chapter 13.
Chapter 14.
Chapter 15.

What people wrote about John Holland
The Real John Holland
John Holland's "appear to be" children
Henry Holland, an "appear to be" son of John Holland
The "appear to be" children of Henry of John Holland
Job Holland, "seems to be" son of Henry of John Holland
Robert Holland, "seems to be" son of Henry of John Holland
William Holland
Joseph Holland 'of Kingsale'
Joseph Spivey Holland
Lawson Sumner Holland
Lewis Connor Holland
Captain Joseph Holland of Kingsale
Thomas Holland and Miss Rickman
Miscellaneous information not included in Boddie's work

Nansemond County Civil War Veterans


John Bennett Boddie was an historical author who, over many years, wrote 23 volumes titled Historical Southern Families and three titled Southern Virginia Families. Each volume contained information on hundreds of families ranging from a few pages to several dozens. Boddie's body of work was in no way a genealogical study of those families but rather a family sketch.

In most cases he did not provide sources to prove the validity of his information. With the exception of information Boddie obtained from wills, the majority of his family conclusions were based on assumptions and circumstantial evidence. I disagree with several of Boddie's assumptions with respect to the Nansemond Holland families and I will address those in detail.

[Note: John Bennett Boddie's book Historical Southern Families, Volume 1, 1956 can be found online at Google Books
 --Diana H. Faust]

In 1955 Boddie wrote Volume 1 of his Historical Southern Families which contained information on 35 Southern families. Included in Volume 1 is a 13-page chapter titled "Hollands of Nansemond." Boddie was confronted with a daunting task because no Nansemond County public records were available to study. The lack of records is why Nansemond is known as a Burnt County. Fire destroyed all the public records on three occasions. The first fire occurred in April 1734, when a fire at the home of the county clerk destroyed most of the records stored there. Some deeds and wills were rerecorded, but the records again were destroyed when British infantry burned the entire town of Suffolk, including the clerk's office, on 13 May 1779. What survived this disaster faced a fire of unknown origin which swept through the clerk's office on February 7, 1866.

The remaining few records are now housed with those of the City of Suffolk. Additionally, the 1790, 1800 and 1810 Virginia Federal census records, which included Nansemond County, were stored in the State Department building in Washington D.C. which was burned by the British in the War of 1812.

Because Virginia was the most populous state of the original 13, an effort was made to replicate, as much as possible, the 1790 Federal census. The United States Census Bureau secured some manuscript lists of state enumerations and tax lists made in the years 1783 through 1810.

These records were stored in the Virginia State Library and required legislation by the Virginia Legislature to authorize the Federal Census Bureau to study and analyze the state records. For example, the 1783 Nansemond County tax schedules lists the names of 23 Holland Heads of Households liable for taxes and the total number of people living in the house. Boddie had access to this information when he wrote his chapter on the Nansemond Holland families.

Following Boddie's 1955 chapter on Nansemond Hollands, Kirk Davis Holland wrote a book in 1963 titled A History of the Virginia Holland Families 1620-1963. Kirk used the 13 pages written by Boddie as an outline for his 1963 book. Kirk was primarily responsible for writing the erroneous information concerning Gabriel Holland which I rebutted in my paper, "The Truth About Gabriel Holland."

In 1988 Jeannette Holland Austin wrote a book titled Holland 1000-1988 and followed that with "The Georgia Pioneers." She now has an internet publication where she "has" Updated her information. Most of her information concerning Gabriel and John Holland was taken from Kirk Davis Holland's book. I concluded later some of her information was also taken from Jasper Land Holland.

She did make several claims I think are worth mentioning. According to Ms. Austin, John the Immigrant Holland was the son of Gabriel. That statement has been proven false. She wrote that Gabriel was a Gentlemen Yeoman and Burgess who traveled back and forth to England between 1620 and 1635. It was impossible for a person to be a Gentleman and a Yeoman. They are two separate English class levels. A Yeoman is below a Gentleman. Her claim that Gabriel traveled back and forth to England between 1620 and 1635 is also false.

There is absolutely no record of him traveling to England, even though Kirk Holland altered a House of Burgess legislative record to make it appear Gabriel carried a petition to King Charles. There are no known records of Gabriel following 1627-28; thus, her 1635 comment is also in error. Ms. Austin claims to be a professional genealogist but she very seldom provides sources, the cardinal rule of genealogy.

Jasper Land Holland is responsible for much of the inaccurate information written about John Holland and his descendants. Between 2000 and 2004 Jasper used the following aliases; Reverend John Gabriel (Gabe) Holland, Colonel John Gabriel Holland and Attorney John Gabriel (Gabe) Holland.

Claiming to be the President of the Holland Family Association he solicited Holland families to send him information to include in his "soon to be published" Holland Newsletter. No newsletter was ever written.

In addition to the information he received from Holland families he downloaded Holland websites and reposted under his name on RootsWeb. Jasper created false pedigree lines and invented nonexistent sources. His most egregious actions were forging a will and Civil War letters. Jasper burned all his RootsWeb Holland information to a CD and starting advertising the CD as "Holland Families of Virginia and related Families" for $39.95.

Following a mandated absence from 2004 through 2006, he began referring to himself as Doctor J. L. (Gabe) Holland and resumed his efforts to market his CD. He claimed to possess the sole American distribution rights for the book "The Lancashire Hollands" written by Bernard Holland in 1917 and published in London. I couldn't resist responding I had bought my copy from Quinton Publication in Jacksonville, Florida for $29.00. For anyone interested in English Holland history, I recommend it highly.

In November 2006, he claimed to be a certified genealogist during a conversation on the Holland Mailing List. According to the Board for Certification of Genealogist in Washington, DC, no one by the name of Jasper Land Holland or any of his many aliases has been certified as a Genealogist.

At that time Jasper deleted all his substantial postings on RootsWeb pertaining to Nansemond County Holland families that he had burnt on to his CD. Fortunately a lady in Massachusetts had copied all his postings and reposted under her name using her database jlorantos.

We now have the four people whose information was used to post Nansemond County, Virginia information on John Holland and his family. John Bennett Boddie did not write a genealogical paper, but rather an unbiased sketch as he did with other families and then we have Kirk Davis Holland, Jeannette Holland Austin and Jasper Land Holland who used Boddie's information as a guide for their publications.

What do these RootsWeb postings on Holland families from Nansemond County, Virginia have in common?
1.  153 posts show John Holland as the son of Gabriel.
2.  110 posts the birth year for the Immigrant John as 1628
3.  95 posts show John Holland's wife as Elizabeth Oudelant
4.  94 posts show Margaret Carr as the wife of Henry Holland
5.  93 posts show the year of birth for Henry Holland as 1660
6.  21 posts show the date of birth for Henry Holland as 1655
7.  94 posts show Michael Holland as the son of John
8.  42 posts show Phoebe Winburn as the wife of Joseph Holland of Kingsale
9.  48 posts show Thomas Holland of Nansemond County as the husband of Phoebe Rickman

What the above RootsWeb Nansemond County Holland postings have in common is that very single one is false. These are but a few of the erroneous postings on RootsWeb, Ancestry and the Mormon site concerning Nansemond County Holland families. Kirk Davis Holland, Jeannette Holland Austin and Jasper Land Holland were aware the Nansemond public records were destroyed but it was never mentioned in their writings.

Chapter 1:  What people wrote about John Holland

In the 1955 "Holland of Nansemond" chapter written by Boddie, he wrote the following information about the Immigrant John Holland and I quote verbatim:

John Holland of Nansemond is the first ancestor of this present Holland family. He was a headright of Lt. Col Blake and Edward Isom who patented 2500 acres in Nansemond, February 20, 1664, for the transportation of 60 persons, among whom was John Holland." (Boddie made a typo on the number of persons transported. It should have been 50.)

Boddie continued, "On April 20, 1682 John Holland patented 760 acres in the Upper Parish of Nansemond at the miles end of Walter Bagley, and on April 16, 1683, he patented 200 acres in the same parish at a place called Kingsale. [No end quote provided -- DHF]

Another patent was granted him on April 20, 1694, for 500 acres on the west side of the cape. The above information is all Boddie wrote about the Immigrant John Holland. Not one word more! This information was not part of Boddie's chapter but the 1704 Virginia Quit Rent lists shows John Holland owning 700 acres of land.

The information showing John Holland as one of 50 servants transported to Virginia was included in abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants records from 1623-1666. The information concerning the three land patents granted to John was part of the early Virginia land patents on record in the Virginia State Archives.

In 1963 Kirk Davis Holland used Boddie's information as an outline when writing his book, A History of the Virginia Holland Families 1620-1963. Kirk wrote the following information about the Immigrant John:

John Holland, son of Gabriel Holland and his wife, Mary, was born in 1628. Acting as a headright under Lt. Blake and Edward Isom, he (John) patented 2500 acres in Nansemond County, Virginia February 20, 1664, the first proved date. John Holland transported 60 persons from England to the Colony, records of Virginia Company, Cavaliers and Pioneers by Nugent, page 444

Kirk copied Boddie's information on the three land patents granted to John. He continued, "The 1704 Quit Rent Rolls showed John Holland as owning 700 acres in Nansemond, Henry Holland, 400 acres and Joseph Holland, 100 acres. At the time of the 1704 Quit Rent rolls, John Holland was 76 years old. Henry Holland was 47 and Joseph, 20 years of age." Kirk determined the 1628 date of birth for John by subtracting 72 from 1704.

There were NO ages included in the 1704 Quit Rent lists.

Kirk knew the 1704 Quit Rent lists included no ages; how else would he know John Holland owned 700 acres. The 1704 list contained only the name of person liable for taxes, county of residence and the number taxable acres. Unfortunately there are 119 RootsWeb postings showing the erroneous year of birth for John Holland as 1628.

Kirk stated John Holland was the son of Gabriel Holland and his wife, Mary. Of course Kirk furnished no sources. There were two men named Gabriel Holland who arrived in Virginia from England in the 1600s. One arrived as a contract worker in 1621 on the Ship Supply and died of natural causes shortly after arriving.

The second Gabriel Holland arrived with his wife Rebecca before the 1622 Indian massacre. There is absolutely no record of either Gabriel Holland having children and there is no record of Gabriel after 1628. Unfortunately 153 RootsWeb postings show John Holland as the son of Gabriel. My research paper titled "The Truth about Gabriel Holland" corrects the erroneous information written about by Kirk Davis Holland, and copied by Jeannette Holland Austin.

Kirk Holland's comment, "Acting as a headright under Lt. Blake and Edward Isom, John Holland patented 2500 acres of land in Nansemond County February 20, 1664" is ludicrous to say the least. Had Kirk been better versed in Virginia history he would have known headrights could not receive land patents or grants.

A headright was a person whose transportation to Virginia was paid by another person. The person who paid the transportation was granted 50 acres for every person bought to Virginia. The person transported became a headright which allowed the person who paid his transportation to receive a 50 acres land patent.

Kirk knowingly falsified the land grant information to show John Holland received the 2500 land grant and not Lt. Colonel Blake and Edward Isom. Kirk actually cited the "Cavaliers and Pioneers", page 444 as his source to prove John Holland received the patent. That page designates the patent was granted to Blake and Isom for transporting 50 servants, one of whom was the Immigrant John Holland. It was obvious Kirk had Boddie's information because he copied the mistake by Boddie that 60 persons were transported, not 50.

Substituting names was nothing new for Kirk Holland. He had changed the House of Burgesses 1623 legislative language to show Gabriel Holland was designated to deliver a petition to the King in England in support of the Virginia Company. The person who was actually authorized to deliver the petition was John Pountis, Councillor of State.

Using Kirk Davis Holland information, Jeannette Holland Austin wrote "John Holland of Nansemond County was born in Jamestown 1628 and was the son of Gabriel Holland." She continued, "After 1637 there is no further information in the records concerning Gabriel". Ms. Austin then writes "Gabriel may have died about 1660, for, in 1663, his son, John "removed" to Nansemond County, Virginia to establish the Holland Seat for generations to come."

This information rebuts the above statements by Jeannette Holland Austin: John Holland was not born in Jamestown, Virginia, but England, and the 1628 date of his birth is certainly wrong. Ms. Austin copied Kirk Holland's invented information that John was 76 years old in 1704 which made his date of birth 1628. Her statement that John "removed" to Nansemond County is correct but he did not remove himself from Jamestown.

As noted earlier, Jasper Land Holland began selling a CD in 2003 which contained information on the Nansemond Hollands. He wrote two different versions concerning the Immigrant John Holland.

The first version Jasper wrote under the alias Colonel John Gabriel Holland. "John Holland, of Nansemond, was the son of Captain John Holland who was born August 22, 1596 in Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire, England, the son of John Henry Holland and Elizabeth Barker. Captain John Holland died July 10, 1652 on board his ship, "the Endeavor" en route to Virginia from Massachusetts and was buried in Northampton County, Virginia."

Jasper further wrote "Following the death of his father on board his ship, John Holland Jr. moved to Westmoreland County, Virginia, served in the militia and relocated to Nansemond where he married Elizabeth Mary Oudelant about 1651 and became the progenitor of all the Nansemond and Isle of Wight Holland families."

The only factual information written in the above by Jasper was his claim that Captain John Holland owned a ship called Endeavor. Unfortunately there are 101 RootsWeb postings showing Captain John Holland died July 10, 1652 and 96 postings showing John Holland married Elizabeth Oudelant about 1651 in Nansemond.

The following information rebuts Jasper's information.

1. Captain John Holland was not the son of a Henry and Elizabeth Holland and was not born in Fen Stanton, England. Jasper substituted John Holland for John Howland who was from Fen Stanton England. John Howland was the son of Henry Howland and Margaret Aires of Fen Stanton. John Howland John married Elizabeth Tilley.

2. Captain John Holland did not die on board his ship, The Endeavor., July 10, 1652 and was not buried in Virginia. Captain John Holland wrote his will October 16, 1651 in Massachusetts and the preamble began "Bound for Virginia". He made the round trip and on August 3, 1652 purchased property in Massachusetts.

Captain Holland died between August 3, 1652 when he purchased property after his return from Virginia and September 16, 1652 when his will was probated. Captain John Holland's wife, Judith and his son, John Jr., were named co-executors.

On May 7, 1656 Judith sold part of her deceased husband's estate and the legal document on the sale states the co-executor, John Holland Jr. was deceased. That 1656 date is 8 years prior to the Immigrant John arriving in Virginia

The John Holland Jasper claimed was the progenitor of the Nansemond Holland families died childless in Massachusetts between October 16, 1651 when he was named co-executor in his father's will and May 7, 1656 when a portion of his Fathers' estate was sold.

According to Jasper's second version of John Holland the Immigrant John was the son of Gabriel Holland and Elizabeth Mary Oudelant. According to Jasper, John was born 1616 and died 1710 in Nansemond County at the age of 94. It didn't matter to Jasper that no death records existed in Nansemond so he had no problem inventing a date 0f 1710 for John.

I was not surprised Jasper invented those dates of birth and death for the Immigrant John because I was aware he constantly skewered Holland family information. What surprised and frustrated me were the 59 RootsWeb postings by people who copied Jasper's information showing the birth and death dates of John Holland the Immigrant as 1616 and 1710.

Neither Boddie, Kirk Holland nor Ms. Austin included a wife for John Holland in their writings. However, according to both versions on John Holland the Immigrant written by Jasper, John married Elizabeth Mary Oudelant, daughter of Cornelius and Elizabeth Oudelant. They were married, according to Jasper, in 1651. The fact John was about six years old in 1651 and did not arrive in Virginia for another thirteen years did not deter Jasper at all.

Jasper continued by referring to John as a "possible convert to the Quaker faith". This allegation was Jasper's method for circumventing the public record destruction in Nansemond County. The Quakers maintained meticulous birth, marriage and death records. There is no marriage record for John Holland and none proving he was even part of the Chuckatuck Quaker community.

There was, however, a Cornelius and Elizabeth Oudelant living in Nansemond in the 1600s. They were wealthy landowners and owned thousands of acres of land in Nansemond, Isle of Wight, Lower Norfolk and Accomack Counties. The Oudelants were avid Quakers and very active in the Chuckatuck Quaker Community in Nansemond County. According to the Chuckatuck Quaker records, Cornelius and Elizabeth Oudelant according to Hinshaw's Quaker records, there is no record of Cornelius and Elizabeth Oudelant having a daughter named, Elizabeth.

Unlike Kirk Holland and Jeannette Holland Austin, Jasper included several unverifiable sources for his writings but the one used most often was "John Goodman Holland of Nansemond" author J.L. Holland, by Centaur Press, Alexandria, Virginia."

John Goodman Holland was the great grandfather of Jasper Land Holland and the author's initials J.L. stand for Jasper Land. There is no record of a book by that title being published and there is no Centaur Press in Alexandria, Virginia. I live in Alexandria. Jasper was using himself as his source.

Jasper also attempted to circumvent the Nansemond public record destruction by listing birth and death places of several Holland people as New Kent County, Virginia. Apparently Jasper didn't realize New Kent was also a burnt County. He apparently also felt his credibility could be increased by listing three names for people.

Some examples are: Francis Gabriel Holland, born 1596; Elizabeth Mary Oudelant, born about 1630; Margaret Elizabeth Carr, born 1660; and Henry Elijah Holland, born about 1686. None of these people were affiliated with the Nansemond Holland families.


Chapter 2:  The Real John Holland

According to Boddie, "The Immigrant John Holland was a headright of Colonel Blake and Edward Isom who received a 2500-acre land patent in Nansemond County February 20, 1664, for transporting 60 people, including John, from England. Boddie did not provide John's date of birth, death or the name of a possible spouse.

Boddie listed the dates of three land patents John received in 1682, 1683 and 1694. If the Immigrant John was living in Nansemond County February 20, 1664, why did eighteen years pass before he received a land patent in 1682? What was he doing during that time?

Between 1600 and 1700, 175,000 people from England migrated to Virginia. Why did so many decide to leave their homeland and move 3000 miles away? Conditions in England had become intolerable by 1630. Between 1520 and 1630 the population of England had doubled which had serious and far reaching consequences.

Rising prices and declining wages led to a disaster in the living standards, and sporadic harvest failures brought widespread misery throughout many parts of southern and central England. Poverty was reflected by the rapid rise in the numbers of poor in towns and country alike.The English Civil War exacerbated the problems and following the 1649 death of King Charles 1, Oliver Cromwell imposed an austere puritanical life on the English citizens which many found unbearable.

The result was the spreading of slums in cities, spiraling mortality rates, huge increases in the crime rate, the massive increase in vagrancy and the steady movement of the young and out-of-work from one part of the country to another seeking some type of subsistence. By the early 17th century half the English population was living below the poverty line. The plague was a major cause of death in the urban areas. The following is an example of the soaring death rates in England during this period.

In June 1634, St. Martin in the Fields Parish, London conducted 59 burials which included Elizabeth Holland, June 16. During October 1634, the Parish conducted 66 burials including Marie Holland, October 28. During September 1636, the Parish had 105 burials included Thomas Holland, September 20.

The following Hollands were not exempt from the hardships occurring in England at that time:

1. In 1634 Robert Holland, age 19, John Holland, age 15 and Ann Holland age 19, were youngsters rounded up in the streets of London and sent to Barbados.

2. On November 20, 1635, Abra Holland, age 19 was one of the youths rounded up in the streets of London.
She was transported to Barbados on the ship John and Frances.

3. On February 27, 1619, Frances Holland, of Bishopgate was one of the youngsters rounded up from the
streets of London to be transported to Virginia.

4. On September 28, 1628 Elizabeth Holland, 16, was among the several people released from detention
and delivered to the Reverend Lewis Hughes to be transported to Virginia.

5. On September 26, 1628 officials in Bridewell noted that James Holland, a youth who had been born on
Bishopgate Street and brought in from Rede Lane would be detained with other children rounded up from
the London streets until they could be sent to Virginia.

There are no further records of the above Hollands.

Many young men saw the American colonies as a way to escape the intolerable situation in England and as a means to a better life. The cost of ship's passage from England to Virginia was one half a year's salary which was unaffordable by most young Englishmen.

As a result, of the 175,000 immigrants who arrived in Virginia in the 1600s, 75-80 percent arrived as indentured servants. Between 1635 and 1698, nineteen Holland men, including the Immigrant John Holland of Nansemond were transported by others to Virginia from England.

John migrated to Virginia under the headright system. He was a headright of Colonel Blake and Edward Isom because they paid his transportation costs. Because a person could receive a 50 acre land grant for transporting someone to Virginia from England, many people of means paid the transportation costs for family members, friends or business associates and claimed fifty acres for each one as their headright. Not all headrights were indentured servants but all indentured servants were headrights.

Lt. Colonel John Blake and Edward Isom who received the 2500 acre patent were both residents of Nansemond County. In 1655, 1666 and 1667 Colonel John Blake served Nansemond as a delegate to the Virginia House of Burgesses, leaving a lengthy paper trail.

In my research on Blake and Edward Isom I found no evidence of any family or business connection between them and the Immigrant John Holland, thus I concluded John, like 75 percent of all the migrants to Virginia from England in the 17th century, arrived as an indentured servant.

Many people with little knowledge of 17th century Virginia picture indentured servants as beggars and riffraff and some even confuse them with slaves. In reality they represented a broad spectrum of working people from English society including the poor and the middle class. Most desired to leave England because their lives had been adversely affected through no fault of their own.

The following information was included in the Solomon King Bible. Solomon was the grandson of Michael King and was born about 1715 in Nansemond County and died in Edenton, North Carolina about 1761. The information closely parallels the history of John Holland upon his arrival in Nansemond County from England. Both Michael King and John Holland arrived during the same period, served their time, and bought land in 1682 and 1686 respectively. They both lived in the Upper Parish of Nansemond and probably knew each other.

"Michael King was born in Old England and came out from the city of Norwich to Virginia and served his time with John Wright in Nansemond County and after that he married with Elizabeth Hiry (indistinct) and lived in the Upper Parish of Nansemond County on the southern branch of Nansemond River, &c-and he had by his wife six children Viz. Nathan, William, Michael, Henry, John and Elizabeth-and there he bought a plantation with land in the year 1686 and built a large dwelling house with brick and bought several Negro slaves and also a large copper still. Written by me, Solomon King, son of Charles King, the said Charles was Son of William which was son of Michael the Older."

Solomon King was born about 1715 in Nansemond county and died 1761 in Edenton, North Carolina.

Kirk Davis Holland, Jeannette Holland Austin and Jasper Land Holland had Boddie's information showing John was probably an indentured servant but preferred to consider John as a member of a wealthy British aristocratic family who received a large land grant in Virginia. I find it amusing that one-half the population of the United States claim kinship to the royal families of Europe.

Kirk Davis Holland, in his 1963 book, wrote the following: "It has been a persistent tradition in our branch of the Holland family that the Immigrant Holland of our line was a "younger son" of the nobility." He further wrote "There is a tradition in the Holland family that the name "Kingsale" was given to the Kingsale Swamp territory because the land was a direct grant by the King to our ancestor, John Holland. No proof of this has been established but it is interesting, if true."

Kirk attempted to make that "persistent tradition" factual by manipulating facts in his book. He was correct when he wrote "no proof of this has been established but is interesting, if true." There is no proof because there was nothing to prove. If the name Kingsale in any manner designated a land grant to John Holland, it would be named Kinggrant. Land in Virginia was not granted by the King of England but through the Colonial Virginia Governor's office.

Kirk attempted to bolster the claim of a land grant to John Holland by deliberately changing the land grant language to make it appear John had received the 2500 acre land patent and not Colonel Blake and John Isom. I suppose Kirk's statement that John was the grandson of Baron Baron Holland relates to his comment "younger son" of the nobility.

Jeannette Holland Austin copied Kirk's but wrote her own rendition of the Royalty connection. She claimed John Holland was the son of Gabriel (which we know is not provable) and Gabriel was the great grandson of an illegitimate son of Henry Holland, Third Duke of Exeter who was either murdered or drowned in 1475. Ms. Austin provided no sources to justify her claims.

There are several additional facts which give credence to John's arrival in Virginia as an indentured servant. Studies of indentured servants who sailed from England to Virginia between the years 1654-1686 drew the following conclusions: An overwhelming majority were young, 15-25 and while indenture contracts averaged between 4-7 years, most were for seven.

John Holland would have signed an indenture contract with Colonel Blake and Edward Isom requiring him to work in their service, probably for seven years. In exchange for his service, John's ship passage would be paid by Blake and Isom and he would be provided food, clothing and shelter once he arrived in Nansemond County. During his indenture, John was not allowed to marry, have children or leave the plantation where he lived.

John was living in Nansemond by February 1664 but probably arrived a little earlier. If John's indenture length was for seven years, as most were, his contract with Blake and Isom would have been completed about 1671. He would then have been paid "freedom dues" and allowed to leave the plantation. His freedom dues consisted of corn, tools and clothing.

Using the above information, it is possible to calculate the probable date of John's birth in England. Studies show most indentured servants were between 15 and 25 years of age. Using a median age of 20, and February 1664 as the date Colonel Blake and Edward Isom received their land patent for transporting John and 49 other passengers, it appears John would have been born about 1643/44.

Those figures indicate John would have been about 26 years of age when he completed his indenture contract and was free to marry and have children. John had an alleged son, Henry, who will be addressed in the next chapter. Henry Holland received a land patent for 400 acres October 29, 1696. Under Colonial Law, a man was required to be of age (21) to receive a patent.

Based on that fact, Henry would have been at least 21 in 1696. His alleged father, John had completed his indenture about 1671 and was free to marry, thus Henry would have been born between 1671 and 1675 when he received his land patent. This information is consistent with my conclusion John Holland the Immigrant was an indentured servant.

At this point in Boddie's Holland chapter he wrote following "In Bertie County (North Carolina) a Joseph Holland is mentioned as a guardian of Frederick Holland, son of Henry Holland. A Joseph Holland made his will in Bertie County, North Carolina in 1791. We are unable to place him correctly."

This Joseph Holland was one of several Holland men who either moved to Bertie County in the early 18th century or lived in that part of Nansemond County which became part of Bertie following the final 1728 Virginia, North Carolina boundary clarification.

I did not include this Joseph Holland or the others who lived in Bertie County in this book because he was the only Bertie County resident mentioned in Boddie's Holland chapter. My book titled, "My American Holland Family Odyssey" includes all the Nansemond Holland men who lived in Bertie County and because the records of Bertie were intact much information is provided.


Chapter 3:  John Holland's "Apparent to be" Children

John Boddie named his chapter "Holland of Nansemond". That title in reality is a misnomer because he was unable to locate any Holland public records in Nansemond County to document his information. In hindsight he probably should have named his chapter, Hollands of "Isle of Wight and their invisible Nansemond cousins."

In 1963, Fillmore Norfleet who descended from an esteemed English and Nansemond County family wrote the following while attempting to compile Nansemond County Bible records and other statistical data.

The population of Nansemond County resembles a palimpsest, each generation maintaining a dim
impression of the preceding three or four and little if no knowledge at all of those generations which lived
on the same land in the span of years from 1800 back to 1642, the year the County was first called

To compensate for not having public Nansemond county records, researchers went outside the borders of Nansemond to the records of adjoining counties, the Virginia State Library and the National Archives to find any stray bits of information pertaining to Nansemond citizens.

Many Holland properties lay along the line dividing Isle of Wight and Nansemond Counties and in some cases overlapped the county boundaries. Many land records were filed in both counties.

With no Nansemond Holland records to research, Boddie, like others, studied those Isle of Wight land transactions to best determine who the Immigrant John Holland's children 'might have been'. These are the Isle of Wight deeds Boddie studied to draw his conclusions.

"Henry Holland, on January 24, 1717 received a patent for 205 acres in Nansemond adjacent his and James Holland's land. The same day he deeded 23 acres in consideration of 25 shillings. On January 24, 1717, James Holland received a 295-acre patent in Nansemond adjacent Henry Holland. (Boddie wrote "It appears that on the same day, January 24, 1717, James and Henry Holland were re-patenting the 500 acres granted to their father (John?) April 20, 1694.")

Boddie continued, "In June 1733 Henry deeded land adjoining land of John Holland Sr., John Winborn, Ann Ballard and himself. In 1733, as Henry Holland of Nansemond County, he sold land to Thomas Vaughn on the east side of Chowan River in North Carolina. This deed was witnessed by Joseph Holland." ( Boddie wrote the John Holland Sr. listed in the 1733 deed was probably the son of the Immigrant John Holland. That statement is incorrect.

This assumption by Boddie was incorrect because the Virginia Archives states John Holland Sr. (son of Joseph) not only owned property in 1733 but received a 96 acre patent in Nansemond September 12, 1738. On June 20, 1738, John Sr. (of Joseph) owned property adjoining Henry Holland. On June 20, 1733, Henry Holland patented 230 acres adjoining land of John Holland Sr."

Boddie continued, "In August 1736 Henry Holland deeded 146 acres lying between Henry Hedgepeth and James Holland on Coronah Swamp. On August 4, 1733, Henry, James and Joseph Holland witnessed a land sale by John Winborn". ( The date of this land information occurred 50 years following the Immigrant John Holland's first land grant.)

There are absolutely no records proving the above Hollands were sons of the Immigrant John. Realizing this, Boddie wrote the following, "From circumstantial evidence, it appears John Holland had four sons, Henry, James, Joseph, and John Holland Jr.

I agree with Boddie that the Immigrant John might have sired four children but I disagree that John Holland Sr. was one of the four. The State Archives proved this John was the son of Joseph, one of the Immigrant John's alleged sons. I do agree, however, the Immigrant John could have sired a son, John Holland Jr., based on the following information: "On November 2, 1705 John Holland received a 147 acre land patent in Nansemond near a place called Kingsale adjoining his own land and the land of John Bryant." This information was not part of Boddie's Holland chapter. It came from the Virginia State Archives.

Kirk Davis Holland, in his book deleted the comment by Boddie that it "appears" John had four sons and wrote categorically "John Holland had five sons, Henry (born 1655, died 1747), James, Joseph, John Jr. and for some reason, added Michael. I will address Michael later.

Jeannette Holland Austin not only copied the names of John Holland's 'appears to be sons' from Kirk Holland but actually assigned years of birth for each. By including Michael as a son of the Immigrant John is confirmation that Ms. Austin copied Kirk Holland's information. She did not write circa, about, around, etc. but stated categorically the sons of John Holland were the following:

1. James Holland- Born 1659 ( John did not arrive in Virginia until 1664)
2. Henry Holland-born 1660, died 1747( In 1660 John was still in England)
3. Joseph Holland-born 1661( John was still in England)
4. John Holland Jr.-born 1664 ( John had just arrived as an indentured servant and was prohibited from
having children during his indenture)
5. Michael Holland-born 1666 ( Michael Holland was NOT a son of John Holland)

According to Kirk Holland, Michael was a son of the Immigrant John Holland and Ms. Austin copied his information. Neither Kirk nor Ms. Austin provided any sources. In 2003 I wrote a research paper on Michael Holland because he was one of the largest landowners in Virginia and the progenitor of many Holland families originating in Goochland County, Virginia.

Without going into detail, I can categorically state there are no records proving Michael Holland ever lived in Nansemond or Isle of Wight Counties. In the land records Boddie used make an assumption on the children of the Immigrant John, no Michael Holland was included. I have corresponded with many descendants of Michael Holland over the years and the serious researchers agree he was not the son of the Immigrant John Holland.

As noted earlier, there are 94 RootsWeb postings showing Michael Holland as a son of the Immigrant John Holland. I wonder how many of those posts reflect individual research or merely copies from other RootsWeb postings thereby continuing the incorrect cycle of information?

According to Jasper Land Holland, the Immigrant John Holland and his fictitious wife, Mary Elizabeth Oudelant had married in 1751 in Nansemond when John was about 6 years old. Jasper listed the following
children for the Immigrant John and his fictitious wife:

1. Elizabeth Holland-born about 1652 ( John Holland was about 7)
2. James Holland-born about 1653(John was about 7 and still in England
3. Henry of John-born about 1655(John was in England and about 10)
4. Joseph Holland-born about 1661(John was still in England)
5. John Holland 111- no idea
6. Another Henry Holland-born about 1670, no idea
7. Michael Holland- born 1666. (Michael was not a son of the Immigrant John).
8. Stephen Holland-born 1663.

All the above written by Jasper are totally incorrect. The only reason I listed them was to share how Jasper's very vivid imagination skewered the Nansemond County Holland information. Jasper wrote the following about Stephen Holland. "Michael Holland's brother, Stephen's career as a pirate is fairly well documented and may have provided a ready source of funds necessary to finance the land purchases of his brother, Michael Holland." According to Jasper, Stephen operated his pirate ship, the 'Ark', from a port in Maryland.

First, Michael Holland was no relation to the Immigrant John and there is no records proving the existence of a pirate named Stephen Holland. Jasper wrote Stephen's pirate ship was the "Ark". When Lord Calvert transported the first English Catholics to Southern Maryland in 1634, the ship on which they sailed was "the Ark". Another way Jasper substituted facts for his purposes.

Diana Holland Faust is the webmaster of the Jimmie/Jerutha Website. She is a good friend and we have worked closely over the years. Her website was one of the many downloaded by Jasper and burned on to his CD under his name which he was selling.

The following is an e-mail sent to Diana from Erin Holland, the daughter of Jasper Land Holland. The contents are self-explanatory.

From: holland erin - sent Friday, March 25, 2011 7:50 pm
Subject:  Jasper Land Holland Jr. aka "Gabe Holland"

I don't often do research in Genealogy, however, I stumbled across your website and noticed an interesting
email on your homepage discussing my father, Jasper Land Holland Jr. (aka "Gabe" Holland). I just wanted
to let you know who I am in case you wanted some additional factual information regarding him and /or
clear up some of the work he has done and/or claimed to have done, or if you had any questions regarding
his parents etc. I can only provide information I know to be true and will not contact him for any
information, as I feel much of the information he provides is not completely based on truth.
Erin Holland

I received an e-mail from Jasper's niece in 2007 that makes the message from his daughter appear tame in comparison.

The remainder of Boddie's Nansemond Holland chapter contains only the names of the alleged descendants of Henry Holland, 'an appear' to be son of the Immigrant John. Boddie studied land records in Isle of Wight to determine who the sons of the Immigrant John Holland might be. Those records apparently included no information on possible descendants of Joseph, James, or John Holland Jr. These Holland men would have lived and owned land in Nansemond County where no public records were available.

Any Nansemond County Holland postings listing descendants of Joseph, James and John Holland Jr., alleged sons of John the Immigrant, without verifiable sources are false.

Chapter 4:  Henry Holland, an 'appear to be' son of the Immigrant John

The land transactions in Isle of Wight County pertaining to Henry, 'of John' Holland and his 1696 land patent were all the information written in Boddie's chapter on Nansemond Hollands. Boddie did allude to Henry in a May 1, 1751 Isle of Wight land transaction as being deceased which will be detailed in the next chapter.

The 1704 Virginia Quit Rent lists also shows Henry liable for taxes on 400 acres of land in Nansemond. Because all the public Nansemond County records were destroyed Boddie could not provide dates of birth or death for Henry or the name of any spouse.

Using the following information it is possible to estimate the year Henry was born. According to the Virginia State Archives, Henry Holland received a land patent October 29, 1696 for 427 acres on the back swamp of Summerton Creek. Under Virginia Colonial Law, no person under 21 could patent land, thus Henry was required to have been at least 21 in October, 1696. As noted earlier, the Immigrant John completed his indenture about1671 and was allowed to marry and have children. That means Henry's date of birth would have been between 1672 and 1675 at which time he was 21. That information is consistent with the Immigrant John being an indentured servant.

Kirk Davis Holland wrote Henry 'of John Holland was born 1655 and died 1747. There are 16 RootsWeb postings showing Henry was born 1655.

The manner Kirk used to determine Henry's date of birth as 1655 would be comical if not for the seriousness of his false information. According to Kirk, Henry Holland was 47 years of age at the time of the 1704 Virginia Quit Rent Lists. Subtracting 47 from 1704 correctly would make Henry's date of birth as 1657 but Kirk subtracted wrong, hence his year of birth for Henry was 1655. In 1655, Henry's alleged father, John was still living in England and didn't arrive in Nansemond County for another nine years.

Kirk's inability to subtract was immaterial since the 1704 Quit Rent lists did not include ages, only the name, county of residence and number of acres. I was constantly perplexed at Kirk's writings. Why did he write ages were included in the Quit Rent Lists, knowing his claim was not true? What did it prove?

Jeannette Holland Austin wrote, "The 1704 Quit Rent Rolls for Nansemond County provide the ages of Holland, i.e."
John Holland, 700 acres, age 76
Henry Holland, 400 acres, age 47
Joseph Holland, 100 acres, age 20

We know the 1704 Quit Rent Rolls did not include ages and Ms. Austin also wrongly subtracted to determine her 1660 year of birth for Henry. There are 93 Rootsweb postings showing the year of birth for Henry 'of John" Holland was 1660. Ms. Austin also wrote Henry died in 1747.

There are 65 Rootsweb postings showing Henry 'of John' Holland died in 1747. I considered two pieces of information to determine where the year 1747 originated. First, a land transaction, in Isle of Wight which will be discussed in a later chapter states, "On May 1, 1751, John Winburn of Nansemond sold to Joseph Holland, son of Henry Holland, deceased" 75 acres of land.

The second document I studied was the August 31, 1747 order by the Nansemond Upper Parish vestry requiring James Holland, the son of John and Stephen Darden to process the lands of Henry Holland and Henry Holland the Elder beginning at the Henry Holland plantation. Boddie could have interpreted the Upper Parish order to mean Henry 'of John' Holland had died. My problem with that scenario is Henry was not designated as son. Either way, the 1747 date is pure conjecture.

Boddie , Kirk Holland and Ms. Austin did not include a spouse for Henry because no records to that fact survived the fires. Jasper Land Holland did not let something as simple as facts deter him from naming three wives for Henry 'of John'Holland. According to Jasper, Henry was born in 1655 and had the following three wives: 'an unknown Mrs. Henry Holland, Mrs. Henry Holland, born 1640 in Warwickshire, England and finally in 1672 Henry married Margaret Elizabeth Carr.

He gave Henry a middle name, Elijah (without any sources) and gave his alleged Margaret Elizabeth Carr three names. Jasper was aware no marriage records existed in Nansemond but apparently that was of no concern to him.

When Henry married Margaret in 1672 according to Jasper, Henry was about two years old. The fact 72 RootsWeb postings show Henry 'of John' Holland married Margaret Elizabeth Carr is very frustrating. Were the people who copied Jasper's information not aware fires had destroyed all Nansemond County public records including marriage certificates?

Before proceeding to Chapter 5, I feel it will be helpful at this point to list information on known persons in Nansemond and Isle of Wight with the surname Holland. The following chapters will include several Holland siblings and many will correspond to the following listed names.

All serious genealogy researchers are elated when they locate several households in one county with the same surname. A case in point is the 1782 Isle of Wight, Virginia tax lists which include the following Holland households. The men listed below were living in the Upper Parish of Nansemond County and when the Isle of Wight, Nansemond county boundary lines were redrawn in 1769, they became residents of Isle of Wight.

1. James Holland-8 people lived in his household and he owned three slaves.
2. Robert Holland-six people lived in his household and he owned 14 slaves.
3. Benjamin Holland- 7 people lived in his house and he no slaves
4. William Holland- 5 people lived in his house and he had no slaves
5. Aaron Holland-3people lived in his house and he owned 4slaves
6. Job Holland- 6 people lived in his house and he owned 15 slaves.

These Nansemond county men who became residents of Isle of Wight County after 1769 and prior to 1783 were instrumental in Holland wills being available.

A Samuel Holland was not included in any of Boddie's information but was living in Nansemond prior to the 1769 boundary change and died in Isle of Wight. The Upper Parish vestry books had not been transcribed when Boddie wrote his original Holland chapter in 1955.On September 13, 1755 Samuel was one of three men ordered by the Upper Parish to process land in Nansemond.

There are no further records of Samuel in Nansemond but he apparently was one of the Holland families whose place of residence became Isle of Wight after the 1769 boundary change. He died without leaving a will and in 1777 an inventory of his estate was made and is on record in the Isle of Wight Courthouse.

When Holland researchers locate Holland families with no information on the individuals other than names, it is very frustrating. Such is the case with the 1783Nansemond County tax lists. As we know, the public records in Nansemond were destroyed but several state tax lists were preserved in the state Capitol. Prior to 1800, Nansemond County was divided into ten militia districts. The following Holland men are listed in the district in which they lived in 1783:

Captain Godwin District-Alexander Holland
Captain Sumner and Darden's District- Thomas Holland
Captain William Riddick's District- Joseph Holland, 5 house inhabitants and 14 slaves

District formerly commanded by Captain Holland:
1. Henry 'of Henry' Holland- Seven inhabitants, 14 slaves
2. Henry 'of John' Holland-Nine inhabitants, 7 slaves
3. Henry 'of Daniel' Holland-Four inhabitants, 2 slaves
4. Henry 'of Joseph' Holland-Four inhabitants, no slaves
5. Joseph 'of Kingsale' Holland-Six inhabitants, 6 slaves
6. Jethro Holland- Three inhabitants, no slaves
7. Solomon Holland-Ten inhabitants, 12 slaves
8. Joshua Holland-Six inhabitants, no slaves
9. Joseph 'of John' Holland-Seven inhabitants, no slaves
10. Barnaby Holland-Six inhabitants, no slaves
11. James'of James' Holland-Four inhabitants, 3 slaves
12. Job Holland-Two inhabitants, no slaves
13. John Holland-Four inhabitants, 1 slave
14. Joseph Holland-Six inhabitants, no slaves
15. Charity Holland-Four inhabitants, no slaves
16. Benjamin Holland-Five inhabitants, no slaves
17. Titus Holland-Four inhabitants, 6 slaves
18. Esther Holland-Three inhabitants, 10 slaves
19. Absalum Holland-Eight inhabitants, no slaves
20. William Holland-Six inhabitants, no slaves

The 1789 Nansemond County Tax records include the following Holland men:

Absalom, Alexander Barnaby, D., Elisha, Henry of Henry Sr., Henry of Joseph, Jacob of Joseph, James of Daniel, James of Joseph, James of Robert, Job, John, Captain Joseph, Joseph Jr., Joseph Spivey, Joshua, Solomon, William, William, Joseph and Alexander Holland.

The following list comprises the persons from Nansemond County with the surname Holland who were liable for land taxes in 1802. The list includes the acres of land owned by each individual.
 1.  John Holland of James- 406 acres
 2. Thomas Holland Senior- 81 acres
 3. Thomas Holland Junior- 110 acres
 4. Dempsey Holland of Solomon-100 acres
 5. James Holland- 98 acres
 6. Henry Holland Junior- 282 acres
 7. Nathan Holland-100 acres
 8. Aaron Holland-75 acres
 9. Sally Holland- 2 acres
10. Jeremiah Holland- 100 acres
11. Brittain Holland-50 acres-Tory sentenced to death but pardoned.
12. Barnaby Holland estate-25 acres
13. Elijah JW Holland- 182 acres
14. Alexander Holland-60 acres
15. William Holland Sr.-416 acres
16. Andrew Holland-184
17. Arthur Holland-50 acres
18. Job Holland Senior-354 acres
19. Joseph Spivey Holland estate-885 acres, 200 acres, and 315 acres. At least two children moved to Jasper County, Georgia before 1820.
20. James Holland of John-532 acres
21. Joshua Holland-96 acres
22. James Holland of Henry-132 acres
23. Joseph Holland, Wheelright-150 acres
24. Elijah Holland-200 acres
25. John Holland of James-96 acres
26. John Holland estate-171 acres
27. Captain Joseph Holland-400 acres. Some children moved to Georgia
28. John Holland of Moses-100 acres
29. John Holland of Solomon-398 acres
30. Henry Holland Sr. 347 acres
31. Jacob Holland Senior-553 acres
32. James Holland of Robert 184 acres

A complete list of Nansemond soldiers sent to the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War will never be known because of the destruction of records by British Generals Arnold and Tarleton but it is a possibility the following Holland men from Nansemond County served in some capacity (Source: Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants and Revolutionary War public service claims):

Abraham, Alexander, Esther, Henry, Henry Sr., James, James Jr., John, Joseph, Joshua, Solomon, Thomas and William Holland.

There were also seven Holland men who joined the British army in 1781. On June 4, 1781 Brittain Albridgeton, Isaac and Willis Holland enlisted in Suffolk, Virginia. On July 13, 1781, Abraham, Joseph, Corporal Jesse and Corporal John Holland enlisted. Corporal Jesse Holland was reported killed.

A General Court in the city of Richmond on the 26th day of October, 1782 sentenced the following criminals to be hanged by the Sheriff of Henrico County, Virginia. Nine criminals including: Albridgton and John Holland of Nansemond County for Treason. Before the sentences were carried out, tempers cooled and Aldridgton and John were pardoned and returned to Nansemond County.

As noted the Nansemond Upper Parish Vestry records had not been transcribed when Boddie wrote his Chapter on the Nansemond Hollands. Among the many Church duties performed by The Upper Parish of Nansemond County was the verification of land boundaries in their jurisdiction.

The Upper Parish Vestry appointed men to survey those properties and report back the results which were kept on file. The Upper Parish vestry records were transcribed using the original documents which were in disarray.

Many of the transcriptions are illegible and in the case of Holland families, several are duplicates because records were made under the names Holland, Hollan and Hollen. Records prior to 1643 have been lost but the records (for better or worse) from 1643-1693 have been transcribed:

1. August 31, 1743, James Holland, son of John ordered to process land.
2. November 30,1743  Ordered Joseph Holland and Culbert Hedgepath to process all lands beginning at Henry Holland plantation
3. August 31, 1747  James Holland, son of John and Stephen Darden ordered to process land boundaries.
4. August 31, 1747  William and Joseph Holland ordered to process land of Mr. Henry Holland
5. April 12, 1748  Pursuant to their order of August 31, 1747, James Holland and Stephen Darden reported the results of their process of land of Henry Holland, Henry Holland the Elder. Joseph and John Holland present.
6. October 31, 1751  John Holland and John Hart ordered to process.
7. March 4, 1752  Line between Henry Holland Sr. and Henry Holland Jr. processed. Robert and William Holland witnesses
8. March 31, 1752  Land of Henry Holland Jr., William Holland and Joseph Holland's lands were processed. John and James Holland witness.
9. March 31, 1752 The following Holland men either ordered to process or were witnesses: Henry, James, Joseph, John, Solomon and another John.
10. September 1755  James, Solomon and Henry Holland order to process land boundaries.
11. September 13, 1755  Henry Holland appointed as Vestryman.
12. September 13, 1755  Results of processing by (this part somewhat illegible) William Holland, Robert Holland and orphans of William Holland, deceased. Henry Holland, James Holland Sr. and James Holland Jr. participated in some manner.
13. September 13, 1755  Processing reports were filed on processing boundary lines by the following: James, Joseph, Solomon, Henry, Samuel, William, Daniel, John and Elijah Holland
14. June 5, 1756  Henry Holland continued as Vestryman, William and Robert Holland ordered to process
beginning at Mose's line and William Holland orphans
15. November 29, 1757  Henry Holland was appointed Church Warden until Easter next. Henry reimbursed 2 pounds 5 shillings for sundries delivered to the poor. James Holland reimbursed for carrying Thomas Parks to Doctor Brown.
16. March 28, 1758  Henry Holland present as Church Warden. He and Mr. Baker agree with some persons
to keep ferry over the Nottoway to the Chapel open on Sundays
17. November 29, 1758  Warden Henry Holland reimbursed 3 pounds 9 for sundries delivered to Mary Tucker. Also 2 pounds for sundries delivered to George Armistead
18. June 24, 1759  Richard Webb appointed to fill vestryman post of Henry Holland, deceased. Warden to replace Henry Holland, deceased (Henry Holland died between November 29, 1758 and June 24, 1759)
19. September 17, 1759  James Holland, John Holland, Robert Holland and William Holland and Daniel Holland ordered to process land
20. March 8, 1760  Lands of Martha Holland processed.
21. March 10, 1760  Lands of James Holland and Elizabeth Holland processed
21. April 8, 1760  James, John, Daniel, Robert, James and heirs of Henry Holland deceased ordered to process.
22. November 12, 1761  Mary Holland given 10 shillings levied on Warden Josiah Riddick for swearing
23. October 25, 1763  Lemuel, Daniel and William Holland ordered to process
24. January 13, 1764  William and Daniel Holland ordered to process
25. November 16, 1764  Mary Holland, a poor woman given 3 pounds
26. November 28, 1765 Mary Holland, a poor woman given 5 pounds
27. December 30, 1767 James, Joseph and Daniel and Spears Holland ordered to process
28. March 10, 1768  Following Holland men ordered to process: Absolum, William, Robert, Daniel, Henry, Joseph and Jacob.
29. January 25, 1769  Holland men ordered to process: William, Absolum. Robert. Daniel, Henry and Joseph. In presence of Jacob Holland
30. December 23, 1771  Solomon Holland and Jesse Collier to process
31. December 19, 1775  Joseph Holland reimbursed 2 pounds for keeping Sarah Moore. Three pounds to John Everitt for keeping Elizabeth Holland 2 months 12 days.
32. December 19, 1775  Following Holland men ordered to process: William, Joseph and Thomas
33. February 11, 1777  Joseph Holland paid 6 pounds for keeping Sarah Moore.--- John Everitt paid 1 pound 10 shillings for nursing and burying Elizabeth Holland
34. December 30, 1779  Henry, Joseph and Daniel Holland to process
35. January 16, 1783   23 pounds 8 shillings to Joseph Holland for boarding John Pierce- 1 pound, 2 shillings to Jesse Holland for burying a poor woman.
36. April 14, 1784  Following Holland men ordered to process: Henry Holland (illiterate, made mark), Joseph, James, David.
37. February 21, 1785  John Holland paid 7 pounds for keeping and clothing John Pierce for 6 months.
38. November 17, 1786  Joseph Elsberry paid 5 pounds for keeping Jethro Holland

As noted earlier, John 'the immigrant' Holland had four sons who "appeared to be" based on circumstantial evidence: Henry, Joseph, James and John. The remainder of Boddie's information contained in his Holland chapter is limited to the "appear to be" sons of Henry 'of John' Holland.

Chapter 5:  Henry of John Holland's  'appear to be' children

It is very important to note that no records prove the following men were actually sons of Henry Holland, alleged son of the Immigrant John Holland:

1. "Joseph Holland of Kingsale Swamp, which lays in both Nansemond and Isle of Wight." (I will comment on this section in Chapter 10)

2. "Henry Holland Jr. - Boddie had used the Isle of Wight land transaction to determine who the sons of John Holland, the Immigrant might be. He also used the Isle of Wight land transaction to determine who were the sons of Henry, of John, Holland. [No end quote provided -- DHF]

Boddie wrote that the second son of Henry, of John, "appears to be" Henry Holland Jr. and Henry Holland Jr. "seemed to have" a son, Henry Holland. The Henry of John's was shown in Isle of Wight deeds as being deceased by 1751. Boddie apparently assumed the Henry Holland Jr. who witnessed that 1751 deed was the son of Henry of John the Immigrant.

The third Henry mentioned by Boddie might have been the Henry of Henry Holland listed in the 1783 Nansemond county tax lists. It is important to remember no records exist to verify the above. As noted earlier the Upper Parish records were not available when Boddie wrote his Holland Chapter.

According to Ms. Austin, Henry, of the Immigrant John Holland's son was Henry II, born 1680 and died 1759. Using Ms. Austin's dates, Henry of John would have been 5 years old when his son, Henry II was born. The 1759 death date was for the Henry, the vestryman, not the son of Henry of John. The information on Henry the Vestryman was included in the Upper Parish records, not the Isle of Wight deed transactions used by Boddie.

Henry, the alleged son of Henry of John died before 1751 and Ms. Austin and others used 1747 as his date of death in their information. Ms. Austin is merging two indirect Holland lines into one. Accordingly, Jeannette Holland Austin wrote, "Henry Holland Jr., the Vestryman may have married a woman named Mary. The church had long since established a Poor house, although there was no structure, with a record kept by the clerk of the Upper Parish. In 1762 Mary Holland was noted in this respect." That April 24, 1762 Upper Parish record states Mary Holland was given 10 shillings levied on Warden Josiah Riddick for swearing.

On November 16, 1764, Mary Holland, a poor woman given 3 pounds and on November 28, 1765, Mary
Holland, a poor woman, was given five pounds. As financially secure as Vestryman and later Warden
Henry Holland appeared to be, I find it hard to believe he married Mary Holland, described as a poor

According to Ms. Austin, Henry the Vestryman and his alleged wife Mary who was described as a poor woman had a son named Henry the Elder, born 1725 and died 1810. In the known records, there is only one mention of Henry 'the Elder' Holland. "On April 12, 1748 Pursuant to their order of August 31, 1747,  James Holland and Stephen Darden reported the results of their process of land of Henry Holland, Henry Holland the Elder. Joseph and John Holland present.

There is no further mention of Henry Holland the Elder or to which Holland line he belonged. He was not included in Boddie's information. The dates of birth (1725) and death (1810) assigned to him by Ms. Austin are nothing more than guesses because all birth and death records were destroyed.

According to Ms. Austin Henry the elder had a son, Captain Henry J. Holland, born 1760 and died 1826. He apparently married a lady by the name of Mary Connor, the daughter of Lewis and Margaret Connor in Norfolk. The birth and death records are not pertinent because they are assumptions.

The only Holland man designated as a Captain commanded his militia district prior to 1783. His district
included most of the Holland families living in Nansemond County at that time. He was not listed with a
first name, only Captain Holland.

Ms. Austin's information on Captain Henry Holland was taken from Jasper Land Holland. This is a prime example of how devious Jasper could be in his efforts to either re-write Holland family information or confuse researchers.

One of the six children attributed to Captain 'Henry' Holland was Lewis Connor. Jasper was aware Boddie had accurately written Lewis Connor Holland was the son of Joseph Spivey Holland but for whatever reason decided to give him another set of parents. There was a Lewis Connor living in Norfolk County. He was listed on the 1704 Virginia Quit Rent lists meaning he would have been born about 1679/80.

The only pertinent marriage record in Norfolk shows a Margaret Connor and Alexander Bayner marrying in 1735. The truth is Lewis Connor Holland was the son of Joseph Spivey and Elizabeth Holland. He married Elizabeth Washington of Suffolk about 1809.

According to Jeannette Holland Austin, "The Upper Parish, St. Luke's where Henry Holland Jr. was a Warden in 1748 was the Old Brick built about 1642." No Upper Parish records show the Vestryman Henry Holland was a Jr. and he was not a Warden in 1748. He was selected Vestryman November 29, 1757 and the Old Brick church was St. Luke's Parish in Isle of Wight County, not Nansemond.

According to Ms. Austin, "Many of the Holland's were Vestrymen in the Upper Parish during the 1700s." Ms. Austin's statement is simply not true. According to the Upper Parish Records, which I have included in this book, Vestryman Henry was the only Holland man to hold a leadership post in the Parish.

3. Job Holland. The information on Job in included in Chapter 6.

4. Robert Holland. The information on Robert is included in Chapter 7.

5. William Holland. The information on William is included in Chapter 8.

6. A James Holland. Boddie wrote "In 1756, in Isle of Wight sold 426 acres adjacent John Holland Sr., John Winburn Jr., William Holland and Henry Holland Jr. He appears to be deeding Henry Holland's patent of 1696 and may have been his son. In 1763, he also sold 230 acres, part of a patent to Henry Holland."  Boddie concluded by writing, "It is difficult to determine who were James' children." So Boddie did not list any possible children. I respect the work Boddie tried to do under difficult circumstances but in this case, I feel he is stretching his assumptions a little far.

Boddie's remark that James sold 426 acres in Isle of Wight in 1756 is not accurate. James received a 426 acre patent for 426 acres in Nansemond. He did not sell the property. The 1783 Nansemond tax lists includes a James Holland, son of John and between 1743 and 1784 a James Holland was ordered to process land 14 times. Included were James Holland Sr. and James Holland Jr. There are too many intangibles to even consider this James was a son of Henry 'of John' Holland.

Chapter 6:   Job Holland  (unedited)

Job 'seemed to be' a son of Henry Holland, and grandson of Henry 'of John' Holland the Immigrant. There is no known proof Job Holland was the son of Henry 'of the Immigrant John Holland.' It was an assumption by Boddie.

He made his will on Aug.30, 1789, probated Feb.3, 1790 in Isle of Wight. He mentions sons: Job, Meredith and Elijah; daughters Bathsheba Watson, Betty and Polly (Holland); wife Mary. The witnesses were Thomas Daughry, Uriah Vaughn and Aaron Holland.

Boddie did not have the following information: On March 5, 1760 the Newport Parish Vestry Book in Isle of Wight County ordered seven men to process land boundaries. One of those men was Job Holland who I believe was the job whose will was written august 30, 1789.

Boddie wrote the following about the Job listed in his father, Job Holland's 1789 will filed in Isle of Wight.

"Job Holland, son of Job Holland and grandson of Henry Holland III lived in Nansemond and died there 1-8-1829."

Job Holland's tombstone in Nansemond County reads, "Job Holland died 1-8-1829 plus 55," which means he was born before 1774. Most of the following information in chapter six was the result of my independent research which complements Boddie's information.

The children of Job, son of Job:

1. Zachariah Holland, born Nansemnd 1797 and died there 8-6-1826. In 1817 he married Matilda Ann Howell who was born 9/19/1799 in Nansemond and died there 3-22-1877. Matilda was the daughter of Anne Phillips and Edward Howell Jr. Edward had been a corporal in Captain Goodman's Company, North Carolina Regiment in the Revolutionary War. A bible notation says he was "Sick at Valley Forge." Zachariah Holland was a Sergeant in Captain Jeremiah's Rawle's Company, 50th Regiment in the War of 1812.

2. Mary Holland, born about 1800, died August 25, 1835, and married Isaac Lee March 23, 1815; they had two children, Richard Henry Lee, born October 15, 1829 and Isaac Holland Lee, born April 23, 1833.
3. Elizabeth Holland, born about 1800 married James Barnes.
4. Margaret Holland, born December 16, 1800, married Hugh Kelly who died September 16, 1817.
5. Augustus Holland, son of Job and Patsy, was born February 6, 1801 and his date of death is not known. There are 8 Rootsweb postings showing Augustus died March 30, 1888. The 1888 date is a figment of Jasper Holland's imagination. He even wrote Augustus died in the Holy Neck district of Nansemond. Augustus Holland's bible was owned in 1938 by Miss Novella V. Holland and no date of death was inscribed.
The following information on Augustus and his family came from Miss Novella Holland's bible. Augustus married Ann Winborn August 2, 1825 and they had the following children:
(1.) William Turpin Holland, born April 11, 1828 and died June 12, 1899. Married Sarah Catharine Abra Cross, daughter of Abram and Eliza Cross.
(2.) Augustus H. Holland, born January 4, 1832. Killed in Civil War. Never married
(3.) Cathran Hannah Holland, born June 24, 1834. Married James M.C.Luke December 16, 1852.
(4.) Zachary (ZT) Holland, born January 27, 1836, died February 6, 1908. Never married.

The children of Zachariah Holland and Matilda Howell were:
a. Robert Howell Holland, born in Nansemond October 16, 1819 and died in Holland, Virginia, November 9, 1908. He was a Minister of the Southern Christian Church. In 1849 he married Elizabeth Lee Everett and second Margarette O'Berry.

Children of Robert Howell and his two wives:
1- Eugenia M. Holland, born 7-27-1850 and married Benjamin Porter.
2. Augustina Holland, born 1851 married Joseph Johnson. 3. Robert W. Holland married Addie Roberts
4. Job Gustave Holland, born 1861, died 1934 and married Nannie Jones.
5. Jessie Holland, born 1865, married Isaac Luke.
b. Elizabeth Anne Holland, born 1819, died 3-10-1843 at 24 years old, married Albert K. Rawles. source: cemetery lists
c. Zachery Everett Holland, born 8-23-1821, died 12-22-1893, married Ann Scott Pretlow. Ann born 6-4-1819 and died 10-20-1893 source: cemetery lists
d. Dixon Howell Holland, born 2-1-1825, died 2-17- 1901. Married Mary Eliza Sumner, who was born 1825 and died May 26, 1906 at the home of her daughter, Mrs J.T. Rawles. He was a Confederate veteran of the Civil War. Dixon Howell Holland and Mary Sumner had a son, Jethro Sumner Holland, born 1857 and died 1950.

Chapter 7:  Robert Holland (unedited)

According to Boddie, Robert was a "seems to be son" of Henry the son of the Immigrant John Holland. There are absolutely no records indicating Robert was the son of Henry "of John" Holland. He could have just as easily been the son of James, John or Joseph, all alleged sons of John the Immigrant. He was one of the Holland men who lived in the Nansemond County area that became part of Isle of Wight in 1769.

Robert Holland wrote his will February 5, 1797, and it was probated February 5, 1799 in Isle of Wight County. In his will, Robert mentions his wife, Patience, sons, Everett and James, daughters Sally Davis, Betsy Randolph and Milly Hancock and his grandson, Everett, son of my son, Everett, slaves to be divided between Charles, Everett and Nancy Holland; grandson Robert Marshall; son James.
Robert was living in Nansemond when he was ordered to process lands in Nansemond County by the Upper Parish in 1752, 1756, 1760 and again in 1768. In 1769 his property was located in IOW.

Robert Holland married Patience. In 1777 he was appointed vestryman at the "Old Brick Church" in Isle of Wight. The same year he was appointed Captain in the Isle of Wight militia. On July 6, 1780 he resigned the position as Captain, probably because of age. The age limit for militia retirement was 60-65 thus Robert was born about 1720.

Robert was listed on the 1782 Isle of Wight tax lists showing 14 people living in his household stating he owned 14 slaves. He also appears on the 1790 IOW tax lists and his widow, Patience, is listed on the 1799 lists.

According to Boddie, James the son of Robert Holland of IOW married Alice Darden. Boddie writes, "James Holland, father of Hardy Darden Holland, appears in the Isle of Wight 1782 as James Holland, son of Robert." That statement by Boddie is incorrect. The listing showing James, son of Robert was in the 1789 Nansemond County tax lists. The 1782 lists a separate James and Robert Holland, no relation. I do agree with Boddie that James was a son of Robert.

To continue with Boddie's information on James, the son of Robert Holland: "James Holland, son of Robert, married Alice Darden, the daughter of Hardy Darden and Alice Eley. Hardy Darden made his will in Isle of Wight County October 2, 1773, and mentions Alice Holland in his will. Alice Darden Holland made her will October 14, 1822, which was probated March 4, 1816. The only children mentioned in her will were Hardy Darden Holland, to whom she left her entire estate with the exception he was to take care of her daughter Alice Holland, who apparently never married.

Hardy Darden Holland died before April 2, 1824 without leaving a will, for on that date the administrators of his estate returned an account inventory. Josiah Holleman was appointed guardian for Hardy's children, Martha, Sally, George W. and Susan Holland.

Hardy Darden Holland, son of Alice Darden and James Holland, was the great-great-grandfather of Mr. James G. W. MacLamoc of Greenboro, North Carolina. Most of the above information written by Boddie on Hardy Holland came from Mr. MacLamoc's Bible records. Mr. MacLamoc's Bible records began with Alice Darden Holland who Boddie assumed was the wife of James Holland, son of Robert.

With so much accurate information written about Robert Holland, it was difficult for Jasper Holland to add too much erroneous information but he tried. He wrote first that Robert was the son of Henry Elijah Holland, born 1686, and Elizabeth, born 1690. Secondly he wrote that Robert was the son of Joseph S. Holland, born 1684. There are no birth records in Nansemond so any listing of the father of Robert is strictly a figment of Jasper Holland's imagination.

Chapter 8:  William Holland (unedited)

Boddie wrote the following about William Holland: "A William Holland who lived on a plantation adjoining John Sr., Henry Holland Jr. and James Holland as shown in James Holland's deed of 1756 was certainly of this family. The records do not show who his father was. His mother was Mary, daughter of William Daughtry Sr. who made his will December 24, 1751 and mentions his daughter, Mary Holland and his grandson, William Holland.

This William Holland, as William Holland Sr. made his will February 5, 1785 in Isle of Wight and mentions sons; Miles, Benjamin, Elisha, Abraham, and William. The will was probated Oct 5, 1786 and witnesses were Benjamin Holland, Barnaby Holland and Charles Darden.

This part was not included in Boddie's chapter but this William Holland could have been the son of the William Holland who owned property in Nansemond in March 31, 1752 that was processed by order of the Upper Parish. On September 13, 1755 the results of processing property showed William as being deceased and his orphans were included in the report, one of which could have been William Holland who assumed the title Sr. following the death of his Father.

The above Benjamin Holland, son of William, witnessed the will of Henry Johnson, together with Barnaby Holland February 26, 1782. Benjamin Holland made his will December 16, 1799, in Isle of Wight and was probated July 17, 1800. He mentions daughters: Ann Carr, Elizabeth Darden, Patience Johnson; son Jacob and gives a legacy to Elenah Holland. His son Benjamin was executor and witnesses were Mills Holland.

The William Holland information listed above was obtained through wills in Isle of Wight. Another William Holland lived his entire life in Nansemond County and was not mentioned by Boddie. This William was listed as processing land in the Upper Parish Vestry in 1775 after the other William had moved to Isle of Wight. The Nansemond County William was listed in the 1783 Nansemond tax list and is shown owning 416 acres in the 1789 list. In the 1810 tax list he still owns the 416 acres.

Chapter 9:  Joseph Holland of Kingsale (unedited)

According to Boddie, Joseph Holland, of Kingsale, was a 'seems to be' son of Henry Holland, who 'appeared to be' a son of John Holland the Immigrant. Because no public records exist in Nansemond, Boddie studied land transaction in Isle of Wight to locate information about Joseph of Kinsale. He had used the same process to determine who the sons of the Immigrant John Holland might have been.

Boddie wrote, "Joseph Holland of Kingsale Swamp was a son of Henry as proven in the following deed. On May 1, 1751, John Winburn of Nansemond sold to Joseph Holland, son of Henry Holland, deceased, with consent of his wife, Phoebe, 75 acres on Southside of Kingsale Swamp, being part of a patent to Jonathan Robinson dated April 23, 1681 and by conveyance came to John Winburn's wife from her grandmother Phoebe Kirl in 1706. Witnesses: Henry, Robert and Job Holland."

Both Ms. Austin and Jasper Land Holland showed Joseph Holland's wife as Phoebe Winburn which is incorrect. There are 53 Rootsweb postings Phoebe as the wife of Joseph Holland. Phoebe Winborn was NOT the wife of Joseph Holland. She was the wife of John Winburn.

According to the deed, John Winburn was required to receive "consent from his wife, Phoebe" because the 75 acres being sold by her husband, John, were conveyed (transferred) to his wife, Phoebe, by her grandmother, Phoebe Kirl in 1716. John Winburn and his wife Phoebe both signed the original document. The name of Joseph Holland of Kingsale's wife is unknown. It was certainly not Phoebe.

According to Boddie, this Joseph 'of Kingsale' had a son Joseph Holland Jr. This is the section of the 1751 land transactions Boddie used to assume Joseph Jr. was the son of Joseph of Kingsale: "On January 12, 1744 Thomas Sanders of Isle of Wight, sold Joseph Holland, for 25 pounds, 235 acres between the main Kingsale Swamp and Queens Grove Swamp, etc., witnesses John Winburn, James Uzell and Joseph Holland Jr."

As referred to earlier, Jr. and Sr. did not necessarily mean father and son in Colonial Virginia. Boddie's claim that Joseph Spivey Holland was the son of Joseph of Kingsale, based on the terms Jr. was strictly an assumption. The land transaction cited by Boddie did not show Joseph of Kingsale as Senior and he cited no proof Joseph Holland Jr. who witnessed the sale of land in 1744 was Joseph of Spivey Holland.

With all due respect to Boddie, there are no records proving Joseph Holland of Kinsale had a son called Joseph Jr. or Joseph Spivey Holland. If Joseph Holland Jr. was indeed the son of Joseph Holland of Kingsale, the records would have shown him as Joseph 'of Joseph' Holland.
Based on the fact Joseph was referred to as 'of Kingsale' I believe he was the father of Captain Joseph Holland who was also referred to as 'of Kingsale'. That seems to be a logical assumption.

Boddie did not provide a date of birth, death or spouse for Joseph 'of Kingsale' Holland. Ms. Austin and Jasper Holland wrote he was born 1684 and died 1752. If he was born 1684 his alleged father, Henry would have been about ten years old at Joseph's birth.

We know Joseph Holland, an alleged son of the Immigrant John Holland, owned 100 acres of land listed in the 1704 Nansemond County quit rent rolls. Joseph was required to be 21 years of age to obtain a grant which would have put his date of birth about 1683. We also know his alleged father Henry was born between 1770 and 1775 based on Henry's 1696 land grant.

Jasper Holland wrote that Joseph Holland Jr. of Joseph Spivey was a son the Joseph of Kingsale and added four more children for some reason. According to Jasper the children of Joseph and Phoebe Winburn were: David, born 1750; Barnaby, born 1716; John, born 1717; Robert, born 1718 and Joseph Spivey Holland, born 1728.

We know Phoebe was NOT the wife of Joseph 'of Kingsale' Holland and because of the record destruction, no records exist proving the names of any children. In analyzing Jasper's postings which he burnt onto his CD, it appears that he took names of actual Holland persons listed on the Nansemond and Isle of Wight tax lists and assigned them families. He also used the Holland persons included in the Nansemond Upper Parish vestry records.

Chapter 10:  Joseph Spivey Holland (unedited)

Boddie wrote "Joseph Holland was a grown man in 1744 and is said to have been known as Joseph Holland of Spivey or Joseph Spivey Holland. He is said to have died without a will in Isle of Wight in 1799."

If Joseph Spivey Holland was a grown man by 1744, he would have been born about 1720/23. It is a fact that Joseph Spivey Holland had a son Lawson Sumner Holland born June 5, 1786 and possibly one born in 1792. If, as Boddie wrote, the Joseph Holland Jr. was Joseph Spivey Holland, he would have been between 66 and 70 years old when his son Lawson was born. Joseph Spivey's wife, Elizabeth would have been about the same age. Based on the above information, in my opinion, the parents of Joseph Spivey Holland are not known.

There are 41 Rootsweb postings showing the name of Joseph Spivey Holland's wife as Esther Edmunds, daughter of William and Martha Edmunds. These posts are inaccurate. This information originated with Jasper Land Holland and he even named Esther in the will he forged for Joseph Spivey Holland. The following information proves Esther Edmunds was not the wife of Joseph Spivey Holland.

Will of William Edmunds - Parish of Newport - Isle of Wight County, VA 30 Jan 1769 - Will Book 8, 1769 - 1779 Page 70 & 71
William mentioned his wife Martha, one son Solomon, one daughter Mary Bracy, two Grandchildren Martha and William Beal and two Grandchildren Solomon and John Holland. No other children or persons were mentioned in the Will.

Boddie wrote about Joseph Spivey Holland, "He is said to have died without a will in Isle of Wight in 1799. His known sons were Lewis Connor and Lawson S. who moved to Georgia. Captain Joseph Holland of Kingsale in Nansemond seems to have been his son."

Jeannette Austin writes the following about Joseph Spivey Holland's will: "A copy of the LWT of Joseph Holland was given to Jacob Holland, exr, in 1800, Nansemond Co. Again, in 1800, Thomas Holland, exr, was given a copy of the LWT of Joseph Holland. A copy of Joseph's LWTwas also given to Joseph Holland and his wife in 1800." As usual Ms. Austin provides no sources for this statement which is patently false.

Ms. Austin continues, "Boddie said Joseph's children were: Jacob, Job, Solomon, Capt. Joseph and John D. However, Solomon and Job are definitely not his. This leaves: Jacob, James and Capt. Joseph, Jesse and John D." Her reference to Boddie is interesting because Boddie is the author who said Joseph Spivey left no will.

On May 16, 2008 Diana Holland Faust, the webmaster of the Jimmy Holland/Jerutha White website contacted Ms. Austin to request the source she used in her book to claim Ms. Faust's ancestor, Jimmie Holland, was a son of Joseph Spivey Holland and listed in his will under the name, James Holland. After some cajoling and persistence, Ms. Austin grudgingly responded "Kirk Holland in his book, To Those Who Care, gave the reference that a will did once exist. Nansemond records destroyed."

Kirk Davis Holland did refer to a will but he certainly never said a will once existed. He wrote "Joseph Spivey died without a will." Ms. Austin's statement about Nansemond record destruction is very telling. This is the only time she admitted there were no Nansemond records, a fact she ignored in much of her writings.

Not to be outdone, Jasper Land Holland included a will for Joseph Spivey. It shows he supposedly wrote a deathbed will December 31, 1799. He mentions his first wife, Domentia (whoever that was) and second wife Esther (not Joseph Spivey's wife). Jasper wrote that the will was found by his father 85 years ago in a desk drawer. In reading the will it is obviously a forgery.

According to Ms. Austin, the following men were sons of Joseph Spivey Holland as listed in his will. David, Captain Joseph, Jacob, John, Thomas, Jesse and James Holland. No will existed thus Joseph Spivey Holland's children are not known. I am commenting on two men she listed.

She wrote that Jacob Holland was a son of Joseph Spivey Holland and was born c. 1750, died 10-17-1815 in Pendleton County, South Carolina. Ms. Austin stated Jacob was a co-executor of his father's will which I find strange since no will existed.

According to reliable information from descendants of Jacob Holland of South Carolina, the Jacob Holland who died in Pendleton County, South Carolina was born in Maryland and served in the Continental Army in a Maryland unit.

He received a pension for his service. He was in Pendleton County South Carolina by 2-18-1793 when his name was included in a land transaction. The Nansemond County Jacob Holland was still living there in 1802 and was listed on the tax list that year. It's a shame 44 Rootsweb postings show Jacob Holland of Pendleton County, South Carolina was a son of Joseph Spivey Holland of Nansemond County. [ed. note: See the spread of misinformation on the internet]

Ms. Austin wrote that the James Holland listed in Joseph Spivey Holland's will was the Jimmie Holland who married Jerutha White. Her misrepresentation of the facts caused much needless consternation among the descendants of Jimmie Holland which was totally unnecessary.
According to Diana Holland Faust, the webmaster of the Jimmie Holland/Jerutha White website, Jimmie Holland was born in the 1730-1740 range, probably in Scotland. Ms. Austin was aware of the Jimmie Holland website because she used the information, ignoring the fact the information was protected under copyright laws.

Ms. Austin did, however, make one change before claiming Diana's work as her own. She dropped the section claiming Jimmie's birthplace as Scotland and wrote he was the son of Joseph Spivey Holland of Nansemond County, Virginia. A cardinal sin in genealogy is creating a FALSE pedigree line.

If Joseph Spivey Holland had written a will in Nansemond County, it would have been destroyed with the other public records. If his will was written in Isle of Wight, it would be on record in the Isle of Wight courthouse. None exists.

According to Boddie, Joseph Spivey Holland died in 1799. The truth is that Joseph Spivey Holland died May 27, 1800, and his wife Elizabeth Holland died June 6, 1791/92. Source: Joseph Spivey Holland's grandson, Doctor Alexander Sumner Holland's family Bible (1813-1897).

Joseph Spivey Holland was probably the largest land owner of all the Holland families in Nansemond and records show he owned three tracts in Nansemond County. Following Joseph's death in 1800 no will existed which would divide the property.

After two years Joseph's estate remained to be settled and the 1802 Nansemond County tax lists show the three tracts of land owned by the estate of Joseph as liable for taxes. In 1810, Joseph Spivey's estate had not been fully probated and the estate was liable for taxes on 885 acres.

As noted earlier, Boddie wrote about Joseph Spivey Holland, "His known sons were Lewis Connor Holland and Lawson S. Holland. Captain Joseph Holland, "of Kingsale", seems to have been his son. I agree that Lewis Connor Holland and Lawson Sumner Holland were the sons of Joseph Spivey Holland but, in my opinion, Captain Joseph Holland was not. Boddie wrote nothing further on Lawson Sumner Holland but my research proves the following.

Chapter 11:  Lawson Sumner Holland  (unedited)

The will of Doctor Alexander Sumner Holland, son of Lawson Sumner Holland proves Lawson Holland was the son of Joseph Spivey Holland. Lawson was born June 5, 1786 in Nansemond County, Virginia and died July 8, 1850 in Jasper County, Georgia.

Lawson served as a Major during the War of 1812 Virginia. On January 24, 1818 Lawson Sumner Holland and his brother Lewis Connor Holland purchased property jointly in Jasper County, Georgia. They moved from Nansemond County to Jasper County before 1820 and are listed on the 1820 Jasper County census. Lawson apparently brought 18 slaves with him from Nansemond County.

He married Elizabeth Mary Ann Holland, the daughter of Captain Joseph Holland. Elizabeth was born in Nansemond County on May24, 1787 and died in Jasper County, Georgia November 1, 1868. Lawson Sumner and Elizabeth Holland had the following children as listed in the bible of Dr. Alexander Sumner Holland.

1. Lavinia S Holland. Born February 7, 1806 in Nansemond County, Virginia; died May 29, 1818 at the age of twelve.
2. Thaney O. Holland. Born June 23, 1808 in Nansemond County, Virginia died November 28, 1814 at the age of six.
3. Lewis R. Holland. Born December 14, 1810 in Nansemond County, Virginia; died July 23, 1873. He married Emily A. Caulfield April 14, 1836.
4. Doctor Alexander Sumner Holland. Born August 15, 1813 in Nansemond County, Virginia; died January 13, 1897 in Jasper County, Georgia. The names of his children and wives are listed following the information on his siblings.
5. Calvin Lawson Holland. Born September 26, 1815, probably in Nansemond County, Virginia; died March 15, 1851 in Jasper County, Georgia, at age 36. He married Mary Cook.
6. Louiza M.A. Holland. Born September 15, 1817, probably in Nansemond County, Virginia; died May 14, 1876. She married Zeno Fitzpatrick on October 4, 1843.
7. Elizabeth M. Holland. Born September 5, 1819, probably in Jasper County, Georgia; died October 5, 1848, aged 29, probably in childbirth. She married Charles S. Bussey June 18, 1840.
8. Emily Francis Holland. Born December 1, 1821 in Jasper County, Georgia; died January 23, 1891. She married Dr. Franklin George.
9. Clementina I. Holland. Born October 4, 1823 in Jasper County, Georgia; died August 26, 1824, at age 10 months.
10. Mary C. I. Holland. Born September 9, 1830 in Jasper County, Georgia; died August 16, 1879 in Jasper County. She married George Wilson and they had 2 children as of 1850: Viny born 1845 and Troup, born 1847. In 1850 Mary was living with her parents, Lawson and Elizabeth Holland in Jasper County.
11. Colonel Isaac W. Troup Holland. Born March 31, 1826 in Jasper County, Georgia; died June 18, 1894 at the home of his nephew, Dr. C. M. George, CSA. In 1850 he was living with his father, Lawson Sumner Holland. Colonel Holland never married and is buried "by the side of his father and mother in the old Holland burying ground in Jasper County."

As noted Doctor Alexander Sumner Holland, the son of Lawson Sumner and Mary Ann Holland, was born August 15, 1813 in Nansemond County, Virginia and died January 13, 1897, in Jasper County, Georgia. Dr. Holland married Elizabeth B. Magruder April 26, 1838 in Jasper County, Georgia and second Adelina Lowery April 14, 1859 in Jasper County, Georgia. Doctor Alexander Sumner Holland had the following children all born in Jasper County, Georgia:

a. Edwin S. Holland. Born May 9, 1839; died August 17, 1842, age 3 yrs.
b. Harriett Elizabeth Holland. Born September September 14, 1841; died July 3, 1891. Married John S. Livingston October 17, 1878.
c. Henry Alexander Holland. Born October 14, 1842; died while serving in the Confederate Army in Rockbridge, Virginia, November 8, 1861.
d. Emily Frances Holland. Born February 9, 1846. Date of death unknown. Married Captain R. J. Adams on September 21, 1869.
e. Jeremiah Bussey Holland. Born December 10, 1849; died December 30, 1914. Married Mary A. Mitchell on November 9, 1880.
f. Walter J. Holland. Born January 5, 1854; date of death unknown.
g. James T. Holland. Born January 24, 1861; date of death unknown.
h. Ann G. Holland. Born December 19. 1863; date of death unknown.
i. Mary Lou Holland. Born February 17, 1866; date of death unknown.
j. Calvin E. Holland. Born June 25, 1869; date of death unknown.
k. Zemira U. Holland. Born October 13, 1872; date of death unknown. Married William S. Folds March 20, 1892.

Doctor Alexander Holland had two step children by his first wife, Elizabeth Magruder: Martha Magruder, born January 6, 1835 and Charles T. Magruder, born April 24, 1836.

Chapter 12:  Lewis Connor Holland   (unedited)

According to Boddie, " Lewis Connor Holland, son of Joseph Spivey Holland was born in Suffolk, Nansemond County, where in 1809 he married Elizabeth Washington." Lewis Connor was born about 1785 because the 1840 Jasper County, Georgia census shows his age range 50-60. His first wife, Elizabeth apparently died after or while her last child, William Perry was being born in 1820. On December 11, 1827, Lewis remarried Lavinia Cargile. Lewis died between 1840 and 1850. The children of Lewis Connor and Elizabeth Holland were:

1. Agatha Frances Holland. Born 1808 in Nansemond County, Virginia and died in Georgia, date unknown. She married Lemuel Lawrence on March 25, 1824 in Jasper County, Georgia. Lemuel was born April 26, 1802 in Nansemond County and died 1840 in Lee County, Georgia. Lemuel Lawrence was the son of Jonas Lawrence and Charlotte Elizabeth Holland, the daughter of Captain Joseph Holland and Elizabeth Odum. Agatha and Lemuel Lawrence had four Lawrence children which I am not listing here.

2. Dr. Joseph Lawson Holland. Born 1811 in Nansemond County and died 1865 in Jasper County, Georgia. On March 21, 1836 he married Jane M. Jordan. Dr. Holland and Jane had six children which I am not listing here. They were all born in Georgia.

3. Katherine Elizabeth Holland. Born 1812. There are no further records.

4. Ellen Amanda Holland. Born about 1813 in Nansemond County and died in Pulaski County, Georgia after 1856 when her last child was born. She married first a Durham and second Alexander Duncan with whom she had two children. She married third, a Wilson and fourth, Blackshear Bryant in 1853, with who she had two children.

5. Lavinia Washington Holland. Born May 14, 1815 in Nansemond County, Virginia and died June 1, 1864 in Pulaski County, Georgia. She married Colonel Burwell Lawson Jordan on September 5, 1837 in Jasper County, Georgia. Burwell was born about 1815 and died March 1, 1870 in Pulaski County. They had seven Lawson children all born in Georgia.

6. Clotilla Jane Holland. Born about 1818 in Suffolk, Virginia and died in 1863 in Montgomery, Texas. In 1842 she married Henry Harrison Herrington in Smithville, Georgia. Henry was a cotton mill owner and died 1864 in Mineral Wells. Texas. Clotilla and Henry had six children but I am only listing one:
Eudocia Jane Herrington was born Arpil 13, 1843 in Jasper County, Georgia and died June 11, 1925 in Uvalde, Texas. Eudocia married William Washington Arnett on February 23, 1874in Salado, Texas. William was born January 1, 1823 in Tuscumbia, Alabama and died December 23, 1892 in Brackett, Texas. I am not carrying this line further but records show they all lived in Texas. Much of the information on Lewis Connor Holland's family came from very comprehensive Bible records of Minnie Bruce Arnett Milam (1879-1942). Minnie was a daughter of Eudocia Jane Herrington and William Washington Arnett.
7. Dr. William Perry Holland. Born about 1820 in either Nansemond County, Virginia or Jasper County, Georgia. He died in Texas. He married twice, Jane Westmoreland and Lucinda Bryant. There is no record of children by either wife.

Chapter 13:  Captain Joseph Holland of Kingsale  (unedited)

According to Boddie, "Captain Joseph Holland of Kingsale seems' to have been the son of Joseph Spivey Holland." Boddie continued, "Captain Joseph Holland, of Kingsale, is the way his name appears on tax records of Nansemond and Isle of Wight Counties from about 1790. His widow, Elizabeth Holland of Jasper County, Georgia, as a widow of a Revolutionary soldier received the Coweta County lands in a land drawing in Ga."

Boddie continued, "Doubtless he was a Captain of the Nansemond militia after the Revolution. Though his will was destroyed with the Nansemond records it is referred to in the tax records as leaving land to his sons, Washington and Randolph; also he had earlier given land to Joseph J. - they received their land when they came of age.

Captain Joseph Holland died about 1804-05 (Nansemond tax records). His wife was Elizabeth Ann Odom who died after 1835 in Georgia. She may be perhaps the daughter of Richard Odom who died in 1789 in Anson County, North Carolina, and whose wife was also Elizabeth Anne"

I understand why Boddie wrote Captain Joseph Holland "seems to have been a son" of Joseph Spivey Holland because there were numerous inter-relationships between the families, but I disagree that he was the son of Joseph Spivey Holland. Boddie wrote that Captain Joseph's first child, Joseph John, was born circa 1784 which would be consistent with the birth of Joseph Spivey's son's birth of June 5, 1786. Because Joseph was referred to as 'of Kingsale', it is logical to assume Captain Joseph Holland, of Kingsale, was the son of Joseph Holland who bought 75 acres of land from John Winborn May 1, 1755 and was also referred to as Joseph 'of Kingsale' Holland.

Boddie wrote that Elizabeth Ann Odum was the wife of Captain Joseph Holland and she may be perhaps the daughter of Richard Odum who died in 1789 in Anson County, North Carolina whose wife was also Elizabeth Anne. The only record I located in Anson County showing a Richard Odom was his 1797 will and there is no mention of a daughter named Elizabeth. Anson County, North Carolina borders on South Carolina, a long distance (in Revolutionary times) from Nansemond County, Virginia.

In my opinion Elizabeth Odom's father was William Odum who was listed on the 1783 Nansemond tax lists. Captain Joseph, of Kingsale, Holland and Elizabeth Ann Odum were the parents of Elizabeth Mary Ann Holland, wife of Major Lawson Sumner Holland.

Boddie wrote that Captain Joseph Holland's name appears on tax records of Nansemond and Isle of Wight Counties from about 1790. It appears to me that Boddie is assuming again because there is no Captain Joseph Holland listed on the 1783, 1790 or 1799 Isle of Wight tax list. His name appears on the 1789 Nansemond tax list as liable for taxes on 375 acres and again on the 1802 lists, but acres illegible. The 1810 Nansemond tax list includes the estate of Captain Joseph Holland liable for taxes on 600 acres.

Boddie continued, "Though his will was destroyed with the Nansemond records it is referred to in the tax records as leaving lands to his sons, Washington and Randolph, also he had earlier given land to Joseph J--they received their land when they became of age." I found no records to substantiate these remarks.

If Captain Joseph Holland had written a will, the 1810 tax records would NOT show a tax liability for Captain Holland's estate, which had not been probated. A will would have stipulated the heirs
Boddie showed the approximate date of birth for Captain Holland's sons as follows: Joseph John Holland, circa 1784; Randolph Scott Holland, circa 1796; and George Washington Holland, July, 1795. Captain Holland could not have transferred land to these sons because they were under age. According to Boddie, Captain Joseph Holland and Elizabeth Odum had the following children and I quote:

1. Joseph John Holland. There is no record specifically proving Joseph John to be the son of Captain Joseph Holland. The only record linking the two was the 12th and youngest child of Joseph John, James Washington, who moved to Jasper County, Georgia and married Cordelia Holland, his first cousin. The bible records of Doctor Alexander Sumner Holland confirm Clotilla and James Washington were first cousins.

According to Boddie, Joseph John Holland was born about 1784 and married Nancy Parker. He made his will October 12, 1826; it was probated in Isle of Wight, County, Virginia, January 1, 1827. The will is included in IOW Wills Volume 17-420.

Joseph John Holland's heirs listed in the 1826 will are: Willis H Holland, Joseph J. Holland, John Monroe, Samuel Hawkes Holland, James Washington Holland, Julie Holland, Nancy Holland, Susana Holland, Lucy Levina Holland, Emelinah Virginia Holland, Georgiana Holland and Ann Matilda Norfleet. I am not carrying this line further because accurate information is available on the Isle of Wight websites.

At this point, I want to point out the errors written by Jasper Land Holland, which, in my opinion, were done deliberately. Jasper wrote that Captain Joseph Holland's will was written May 19, 1804 in Nansemond County. All Nansemond County wills were destroyed along with birth records. He then writes Captain Joseph's eldest son, Joseph John was born February 19, 1768 which again is erroneous because there are no birth records. Jasper then lists nine children with all birth dates as "about" except for the last one, George Washington Holland which he shows as June 4, 1795.
If the February 19, 1768 date of birth for Joseph John was correct, Captain Joseph Holland would have been 13 and 12 years younger than his wife, Elizabeth Odum. Jasper writes that Captain Joseph and his wife, Elizabeth are both buried their home, Glenmara, in the Holland Cemetery near Carrsville, IOW County. The only Holland Cemetery near Carrsville has five graves and none are Captain Joseph and Elizabeth Holland. Jasper listed the 1790 Nansemond County census as a source for his information. All the 1790, 1800 and 1810 Virginia census information was destroyed when the British burnt Washington during the War of 1812.

2. Boddie did not list Elizabeth M.A. Holland as a daughter of Captain Joseph Holland but she was his child as verified in the Bible records of Dr. Alexander Sumner Holland, the son of Elizabeth. Elizabeth married Major Lawson Sumner Holland. She was born May 24, 1787 in Nansemond County, and died November 1, 1868, in Jasper County, Georgia

3. According to Boddie, Randolph Stott Holland, b cir. 1796; either died circa 1815 or is the Randolph Scott later in Putnam County, Georgia; was a son of Captain Joseph Holland and Elizabeth Ann Odum. I could find no record of a Randolph Stott Holland having any relations with Captain Joseph Holland. There is no record of a Randolph dying circa 1796 and no Randolph Holland is listed in any Putnam County, Georgia records. Boddie had written that the Nansemond tax records showed Randolph had received his share of Captain Holland's lands. There is no mention of this in any Nansemond tax record I could find.

4. According to Boddie, Charlotte Elizabeth Holland was a daughter of Captain Joseph Holland and married Jonas Lawrence. According to the Lawrence family Bible records Jonas Lawrence was born January 9, 1776, and died October 19, 1813. Charlotte and Jonas had five children, all born in Isle of Wight County, two of whom were Joseph John Jr. and Lemuel Odum Lawrence. These names, in my opinion, lend credibility to Charlotte being a daughter of Captain Joseph Holland and Elizabeth Odum.

5. George Washington Holland, according to Boddie, was born July 1795 in Nansemond County, Virginia, and died between 1840 and 1850 in Jasper County, Georgia. He married Mary Ann Griffin in Nansemond County. He served in the War of 1812 as a Major and in 1817 he sold the land left to him by his father and moved to Jasper County, Georgia. The 1820 Jasper County census shows George owning 9 male slaves and 11 female.

George Washington Holland and his wife Mary Griffin had seven known children. I am not listing them all here but six were born in Jasper County, Georgia. One was George Washington Holland, Jr., born August 30, 1830, and died May 26, 1904 in Robertson County, Texas. He was educated at the University of Georgia and before the Civil War he operated a large plantation in Alabama. He taught English at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and moved to Calvert, Texas in 1868.

George Washington Holland, Jr. had four known children. One was Judge Joseph Alfred Holland, born March 27, 1848, in Jasper County, Georgia; and died in Houston, Texas August 16, 1937. Judge Holland was educated at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He practiced law in Orange and Amarillo, Texas and served as a District Attorney and District Judge in Fort Worth.

6. Jonas Herman Holland. All Boddie wrote about Jonas was "b.1800, m. (1) Ann Hines (2) Mary Ida Scott (3) Eunice White." I agree Jonas was a son Of Captain Joseph and Elizabeth Odom Holland. The following information is based on my research and Doctor Alexander Sumner Holland's Bible. Jonas was born 1801 in Nansemond County, Virginia and died November 3, 1862 in Jasper County, Georgia. He is buried in the Jonas Holland Cemetery in Jasper County.

He was married three times, first to Ann Hines; second to Mary Ida Scott, February 1, 1821, and last to Eunice Ann White. Eunice Ann White was born July 9, 1809 and died November 3, 1882. Both are buried in the Jonas Holland family cemetery in Jasper County, Georgia. Jonas was one of the wealthiest men in Jasper County and in 1860 owned 93 slaves and 24 slave houses. He and Eunice had the following children:

a. William W. Holland was born qbout 1840 in Jasper County, Georgia; date of death unknown. The last record of William was in 1864 when he was serving as a Major on General Blanchard's staff in Virginia during the Civil War.

b. Cordelia C. Holland was born April 4, 1837 in Jasper County, Georgia; and died June 13, 1915. She married her first cousin, James Washington Holland. Cordelia and James Washington had three known children: Zeltner E. Holland, Aretus M. Holland and Koliena Holland. All three are buried in the Jonas Holland Cemetery in Jasper County.

c. James Adolphus Holland was born August 15, 1840, in Jasper County and died September 27, 1917, at the Confederate Soldiers' Home in Atlanta, Georgia. He was wounded at Malvern Hill in Virginia and was paroled at Macon, Georgia, May 1865. After the war he was too disabled to work and owned no property. There is no record of him marrying.

d. Jonas H. Holland, Jr. According to Doctor Alexander Sumner Holland's Bible, Jonas Holland, Jr. was born about 1845 and died in 1919. There is no other information.

e. Eugene K Holland. According to Dr. Holland's Bible, Eugene was born about 1848 and there is no other information.

f. Thomas R. Holland. According to Dr. Holland's Bible, Thomas was born about 1834 and nothing further is listed.

g. Georgiana Holland was born about 1830 and died before June 27, 1863. She was the second wife of George Brown whom she married November 8, 1854. They had one child, Georgette Brown.

7. Boddie wrote, " It is possible that the following are also his (Capt. Joseph Holland's): Isaac O. Holland, Hilliard B. Holland, Gertruude Holland who married a Fitzpatrick, Virginia Holland, Mary Holland who married Moses Gresham. I could find no relationship between Gertrude, Virginia and Mary Holland with Captain Joseph Holland and Elizabeth Odom. There was a Hilliard B. Holland listed in the 1820 Nansemond County census index but I could not prove his parentage. I believe Isaac Odom Holland was a son of Captain Joseph Holland.

An Isaac Odom Holland lived in Nansemond County but his August 9, 1805 marriage registration to Abby Valentine was filed in Gates County, North Carolina which bordered Nansemond County at that time. An Isaac O. Holland qualified for the 1827 Georgia land lottery while living in Jasper County, Georgia. Apparently he was successful in his draw because the 1830 Muscogee County, Georgia census lists an Issac Holland.

Chapter 14:   Thomas Holland and Miss Rickman   (unedited)

Boddie wrote the following: "Thomas Holland, a Rev. soldier, "probably" born in Nansemond Co., Va. M. a Miss Rickman and d in Greene Co., Ga. In 1828". Boddie continues by listing 10 children, beginning with Thomas Holland and ending with Nancy Holland who married James Goodwin.
Anyone who has researched records at the National Daughters of the American Revolution library would recognize the similarities with the lead in for Thomas Holland. Most applicants for membership in the DAR supply the family information based on oral history and Bible records. Many know the state in which their ancestor lived but in most cases, not the county, thus "probably born in Nansemond Co. Va."

Both Jeannette Holland Austin and Jasper Land Holland ignored the word "probably" born in Nansemond County and wrote he "was." Both also wrote Thomas was the son of Joseph Spivey Holland and Esther Edmunds. Jasper filled in the gap "Miss Rickman" with "Phoebe Rickman." There are forty six other Rootsweb posts on Thomas with the same information. [See The Spreading of Misinformation on the Internet)

It has been determined Joseph Spivey Holland did not leave a will, thus it is impossible to know who Thomas Holland's father was. It has also been determined that Esther Edmunds was not the wife of Joseph Spivey, thus it would have been impossible for her to have been the mother of Thomas Holland. I did not locate a single record proving that the Thomas Holland of Nansemond County married Phoebe Rickman.

There was a Thomas Holland living in Nansemond County, Virginia during that period. There is no record of the name of a wife and any marriage record would have been destroyed by the fires. It appears he had a son, Thomas Holland, Jr. Thomas Sr. was mentioned in the 1775 Upper Parrish vestry records as follows: On December 19, 1775, he was ordered with Holland Darden to process land in Nansemond. On September 13, 1790 he and James Holland were ordered to process land.

The 1783 Nansemond County tax lists show Thomas with 6 people living in his household and no slaves. The last known record of Thomas in Nansemond County was the 1802 tax list. He and Thomas Holland Jr., whom I presume was his son, were included.

Greene County, Georgia records citing the children of Thomas Holland show the following: Sarah Rickman Holland, born 19 August 1797. Harrison Holland married Elizabeth Rowland December 2, 1802. Betsy Holland married William Smith February 6, 1802. During these periods of time Thomas Holland was still living in Nansemond County, Virginia.

Available records for Nansemond County show no families with the surname Rickman. However, Rickman was a common name in Colonial Halifax County, Virginia, west of Nansemond County. A 1761 will for Thomas Rickman is on file in the Halifax County courthouse. The following information is from a 1774 deed transaction in Cumberland County, Virginia.

"Whereby a "THOMAS HOLLAND of Halifax Co." conveyed to a Jeffrey Robinson (Robertson) of Cumberland Co. 300 acres on a south branch of Willis River described as lying adjacent to properties of an Alexander Trent, a JOSEPH HULL JENKINS, a Lawrence Anderson, a Maurice Langhorne, and a George Keeling -- and as "being part of 400 acres willed to me by MY FATHER, JOHN HOLLAND."

The following deed transaction is from Halifax County, Virginia:

Deed Book 12 August 14, 1781 from THOMAS HOLLAND of H., to John Legrand, Jr. of H., for 2 horses in hand paid, about 81 acres in H., bounded by the lands of Stephen Jones, Nickless Vaughn, Starke Boulware, Abraham LaGrand, formerly belonging to John Norris. signed THOMAS HOLLAND. Wit. Abraham Legrand, Sr., Stephen Jones, Abraham Legrand, Jr. PHOEBE, WIFE, relinquishes dower. Rec. Aug 16, 1781 Thomas Holland's wife.

The John Holland mentioned above as being the father of Thomas Holland was probably a son of Peter Holland who was born in Middlewich in the English County of Cheshire. He migrated from Liverpool, England in 1698 as an indentured servant after signing a 6 year indenture with William Nielson, of Scotland.

Peter sailed on the ship "Globe" mastered by Mr. Simpson. Peter arrived in Esssex County, Virginia and was the progenitor of a highly respected Holland line that migrated from Essex, to Cumberland, Halifax and Bedford Counties in Virginia.

It is obvious that the Thomas Holland who marred Phoebe Rickman was NOT the Thomas Holland who lived in Nansemond County, Virginia. There are untold numbers of Holland descendants of Thomas and Phoebe Holland who have incorrect information because Boddie wrote "probably" born in Nansemond County and it was changed to "was" by Jeannette Holland Austin and Jasper Land Holland.

Chapter 15:  Miscellaneous information not included in Boddie's work.  (unedited)

The following miscellaneous information was not included in the Holland Chapter written by Boddie but several individuals were mentioned.
The 1850 Nansemond county census is on-line and includes 58 Holland households. That 1850 census information coupled with the following cemetery and Civil War veteran's lists should assist Holland researchers in identifying Holland family ties.

There are many cemeteries in Nansemond, Isle of Wight and Southampton Counties, Virginia where Holland family members are buried. Because this book centers on Nansemond County, the following are Holland family members buried in Nansemond. The list includes only those born prior to 1900.  (unedited)

1. Dixon H Holland, 2-1-1825, died 2-17-1901, son of Zachariah and Matilda Ann Howell
2. Mary R Riddick Saunders Holland-b-12-7-1800, d-9-3-1844, Second wife of Solomon Holland
3. Edith D. Holland-B-12-29-1812, died 3-6-1882
4. John G. Holland-Born 7-2-1845, died 3-9, 1922
5. Honor Holland-no birth date but died 9-20-1907
6. George W. Holland-Born 11-27-1840 died 6-2-1912
7. Lemuel Holland-Born 12-12-1871 died 7-14-1936
8. Z.E. Holland born 8-23-1821, died 12-22-1893
9. Ann S. Holland ( wife of Z.E.) born 6-4-1819 died 10-20-1883
10. Elizabeth Holland (wife of R.N. Rawls) died 3-10-1843, 24 years old.
11. Job Holland- died 1-8-1829 plus 55 years.
12. Zachariah Holland- born 1797, died 8-6-1826
13. Matilda Ann Howell Holland, wife of Zachariah Holland, born - 9-19, 1799, died , d -22-1877
14. Abram S. Holland- born 4-21-1850 died 1-11-1925
15. Joseph Elijah Holland- born 1-3 1848, died 8-10-1930
16. Henry Holland-born 3-3-1833, died 10-4-1899(son of Eley and Mary Holland
17. Nancy Holland-born 10-1-1840, died 10-28-1934. wife of Henry.
18. Ethelred Holland-born 2-1-1837, died 10-25-1899, son of Ethelred and Anna Holland
19. Emalina Hollen Holland- born 6-27-1859, died 5-21-1927 67 years
daughter of William Bryant and Honor Hollen Holland
20. Abraham Parker Holland-born 7-11-1856, died 3-29-1933, 76 years
21. Augustus Abram Holland-born 4-4-1867 died 12-2-1912, son of William Turpin and Sarah Catherine Abram Cross Holland
22. Hardy Holland Sr.-born 6-5-1831 died 8-9-1909. son of Eley F and Mary Holland
23. James Meredith Holland-born 5-26-1865, died 3-30-1926, son of Meredith and Virginia Holland Holland (this is not a typo)
24. Martha Holland Holland- 1874-1950, daughter of John Goodman Holland and Frances A. Howell Holland. Wife of James Meredith Holland
25. Jethro Sumner Holland-1857-1950, son of Dixon Howell Holland and Mary Eliza Sumner Holland
26. Job Gustave Holland MD-1861-1934 son of Robert Howell Holland and Rebecca O'Henry.
27. John Holland- 1830- 1890, son of Conner and Barbara Holland
28. Joseph Franklin Holland-1859-1919. Son of Joseph Absolum Holland and Elizabeth Mary Boyette
29. Julius Franklin Holland-1868-1924, son of Solomon Cyrus Holland and Virginia Holland Holland
30. Mills H Holland-no dates on stone.
31. Mary Elizabeth Holland-1836-1930, daughter of Frederick H. Holland
32. Meredith Dawson Holland-1834-1912 son of Jordan Holland andMargaret Butler
33. Mary Virginia Holland-1833-1903, daughter of Lawson F and Margaret Holland
34. Paul Cephas Holland-1862-1932, son of Calvin Holland and Martha Howell.
35. Reverend Robert Howell Holland- 1819-1908, son of Zachariah Edward Holland and Matilda Ann Howell
36. William Drew Holland-1837-1918, son of William H. and Chasey Darden Holland
37. John Holland-1830-1890
38. Mina Holland-1873-1948
39. R. Samuel Holland-1858-1951
40. Ada Virginia Carter Holland-6-11-1893-12-3-1918, wife of Hugh Kelly Holland, daughter of James Holland and Rebecca Frances Harrell Carter.
41. Christopher Columbus Holland-born 9-3-1866 died 3-25-1932
42. John James Holland-born 6-5-1823 died 3-18-1890 son of Captain Jason Holland
43. Solomon J. Holland-born 10-11-1842 died 10-19-1933 son of John J and Martha Holland. Husband of Marietta Carr Holland
44. Thomas Franklin Holland-born 7-8-1854 died 7-17-1910, son of Carr S Holland and Mary Stallings Holland
45. William Henry Holland-born 8-21-1857, died 12-26-1922, son of John and Nancy Austin Holland
46. Melvina Holland Butler-born 1834, died 3-16-1906 daughter of Lawson F.and Polly Holland
47. Barbara Holland Butler-born 1838, died 7-5- 1844, daughter of Jordan and Margaret Holland
48. Martha Sarah Holland Butler-born 1822, wife of Edwin H. Butler
49. Z.T. Holland, born 1-21-1836 died 2-6-1908, son of Augustus and Anna Winborne Holland
50. Sarah C. Holland- born 2-29-1838, died 6-31-1903, wife of WilliamTurpin Holland
51. William Turpin Holland, born 4-11-1828 died 6-12-1899, son of Augustus and Ann Winborne Holland.

Sources :

Austin, Jeannette Holland. Georgia Pioneers and Their Times, 1988.

Boddie, John Bennett. Historical Southern Families, Volume 1, 1956.

French, Elizabeth. List of Emigrants to America from Liverpool 1697-1707; 1978.

Greer, George Cabell. Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666; 1912.

Hinshaw, William Wade. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Reprinted 1977.

Holland, Bernard, C.B. The Lancashire Hollands, London, 1917.

Holland, Jasper Land alias Colonel John Gabriel Holland. The Holland Family of Southside Virginia, CD.

Holland, Kirk Davis. A History of the Virginia Holland Families from 1620 to 1963.

Holland Family Genealogy Forum, http://genforum.genealogy.com/holland/

Hopkins, William Lindsay, transcriber. Isle of Wight County, Newport Parish Vestry book 1723-1772; 1988.

Horn, James, Director John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Leaving England: The Social Background of Indentured Servants in the Seventeenth Century, Crandall Shifflett© 1999, 2000.

JC, niece of Jasper Land Holland. E-mail.

McCartney, Martha W. Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., c2007.

McCracken, George E. "Terms of Relationship in Colonial Times" in The American Genealogist, 55 (1979): 52-54. http://plymouthcolony.net/resources/tertius.html

Norflett, Fillmore. Bible Records of Suffolk and Nansemond county, Virginia, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.

Nugent, Nell Marion. Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, page 444, 1934.

Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Massachusetts, A Descriptive List, Boston, 1900.

St. Martin in the Fields (Church: Westminster, London, England). A Register of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials in the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields, in the County of Middlesex (1898), Mason, Thomas, ed.

Solomon King Bible, published by Alexander Kincaid, His Majesty's Printer, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1769 and republished in Virginia Magazine, Vol. 36, pp. 194-195.

State of Virginia Library, Richmond, Records of Virginia Land Patents
1704 Virginia Quit Rent Lists

Liverpool Immigrants to America, Frend
Hennings Statutes, Records of House of Burgess proceedings
Isle of Wight land transactions
Virginia State Archives land patents
Hennings Statutes, Library of Virginia
Goochland County, Virginia records
1783, 1789 and 1802 Nansemond county tax lists
Nansemond Upper Parish Vestry Books
Norfolk county 1704 Quit Rent Lists
Norfolk County marriage lists
1850 Nansemond county census
St. Lukes Parish, Isle of Wight County
Isle of Wight land records
Job Holland Sr. Will
Job Holland Jr. Will 1789
1783, 1789 and 1802 Nansemond tax records
Augustus Holland Bible owned by Miss Novella Holland in 1938
Nansemond County cemetery transcriptions Robert Howell Holland obituary
Nansemond County Bible records, compiled by Fillmore Norfleet1963 9-Nansemond County Civil War records.
Robert Holland Will, Isle of Wight, 1797
1782, 1790 and 1799 Isle of Wight Tax lists
Upper Vestry, Nansemond 1752 through 1768 processing orders
Virginia militia retirement age
Hardy Darden Will, Isle of Wight, dated 1773
Alice Darden Holland Will, Isle of Wight, dated 1822.
Bible records of Mr. James G. W. MacLamoc, Greenboro, North Carolina
William Doughtry, Sr. Will 1751
William Holland, Sr. Will dated 1785
Benjamin Holland Will dated 1799
Upper Parish Vestry records, 1747 through1768
Halifax County deed records
Cumberland County deed records
Greene County, Georgia records, 1783 and 1802Nansemond county tax records

Nansemond County Civil War Veterans

The following is the product of many hours of research by Bruce Saunders and Marion Joyner Watson. The list of Nansemond County Civil War Veterans is the property of Southampton County, Virginia Historical Society and was copyrighted 1998.

Augustus H. Holland, Jr.
Holland was born January 4, 1832, son of Augustus H. and Ann Winborne Holland. He was killed in action in the Civil War on July 1st, 1862.

David Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company K, Private
Holland was born in 1843. His father owned 130 acres of land sixteen miles west of Suffolk. Holland died August 10, 1862 at Division Field Hospital, Falling Creek, Chesterfield County,Virginia.

Dixon Howell Holland
24th Virginia Cavalry, Company K, Private
Holland was born February 1, 1825, son of Zachariah and Matilda Ann Howell Holland. He married Mary Eliza Sumner (1825-1906),daughter of Jethro and Nancy Sumner on February 12, 1846. Holland carried the first dispatch back beyond the Blackwater when General Longstreet beseiged Suffolk in April 1863 and on May 4,
1863, he was dispatched to Col. Talliaferro to tell him to withdraw the rear guard from the vicinity of Suffolk. He was with General Pryor at the Battle of Kelley's Store in Nansemond County. Holland died February 17, 1901. Both he and his wife are buried in a family cemetery.

Eldred Holland
13th Virginia Cavalry, Company C, Private
Holland was born ca. 1834 and lived in Nansemond County. Eldred Holland was a farmer. His wife was Mary A. Holland.

Exum Holland
9th Virginia Infantry, Company F, Private
Holland was born ca. 1838. His wife was Anna V. Holland.

Granville Sharpe Patterson Holland
16th Virginia Infantry, Company B, Private
Holland was born December 8,, 1838, the son of Dr. Lemuel Carr and Catherine Bryant Woodley Holland. He was a student before the war. He was captured in the Battle of the Crater, escaped and walked from Petersburg to Suffolk down the Norfolk and Western
Railroad at night and hid in his father's house. His first wife was Moninia Pinner (1849-1911) whom he married in March 1866.Holland married second Augetta Hall "Nettie", daughter of Thomas and Nancy Hall on September 22, 1879. He died December 4, 1912
and is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery Block C, Lot 44.

Hardy Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company K, Private
Holland was born June 5, 1836. He was a farm laborer for Joseph Jones, father of Private Robert Jones in the Regiment. They lived 14 miles west of Suffolk before the war. His wife was Louise Holland (3/2/1834-10/30/1918). He was wounded in the right ankle
during the war. Hardy Holland died August 9, 1909 and was buried in Holland Cemetery.

James S. Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company K, Private
Holland was born in 1843. His father was a tenant farmer.

James Richard Holland
9th Virginia Infantry, Company F, Private
Holland was born October 14, 1836, the son of John and Turner Holland. His first wife was Pennie Matthews, his second was Martha Cofer, and his third wife was Sarah Ann Dixon(1847-1942), daughter of George and Nancy Matthews Dixon. Holland died August 8, 1918 and was buried in Oakland Christian Church Cemetery.

James R. Holland
13th Virginia Cavalry, Company C, Private
Holland was born in 1813.

Jason P. Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company K, Private Holland was born September 29, 1846. His father owned 218 acres
ten miles west of Suffolk. Promoted to Sergeant October 1, 1864.Holland died at Elwood, Nansemond County, October 8, 1910 and is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Block M, Lot 3.

John Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company I, Private
Holland was born in 1841. He was at Appomattox when the war ended and received a pension after the war.

John Thomas Holland
6th Virginia Infantry, Corporal
Holland was the son of A. and Annie Susan Aries Holland. He was killed on August 30, 1862 at Manassas.

Joseph G. Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company K, Private
Holland was born in 1832. He was a day laborer, before the war.His wife was Martha Holland.

Richard Holland
Holland was the son of A. and Annie Susan Aries Holland. He was wounded in the war.

Richard Goodman Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company K, Private
Holland was born in 1835. He lived in the Cypress section of Nansemond County and received a pension in 1900 for his warservice.

Richard Henry Holland
6th Virginia Infantry, Company E (2nd), Private
Holland was born in 1838 in Nansemond County. He was wounded in the arm and hand during the war. He received at pension for his war service. He died in Norfolk County in 1913.

Solomon Cyrus Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company I, Private
Holland was born July 28, 1842. He was 6' tall, black hair and brown eyes. He was promoted to Sergeant. He married Mary Virginia Holland (12/3/1850-1/4/1927). They had a fifty-nine acre farm near Holland, Va. He died June 9, 1905, from a fall. Both are buried on the Rufus Holland farm in a family cemetery near Holland, Va.

Solomon J. Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company I,
Private Holland was born in July 4, 1842 and
Died October 19, 1933. He is
buried in Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery.

William C. Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company K,
Private Holland was born in 1838. He was a farm laborer for his father who owned seventy three acres of land 15 miles west of Suffolk. Holland died at the General Hospital at Liberty, Virginia, on September 1, 1862 of tuberculosis.

William H. Holland
41st Virginia Infantry, Company K,
Private Holland was born in 1833. He was a farmer living at Elwood in Nansemond County in 1905 and received a pension for his war service.




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