Name: William HOLLEY , Sr.
Birth: 1 AUG 1771 in Lynches Creek, Cheraw District, Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Death: 5 OCT 1857 in Coffee County, Alabama
Burial: 6 OCT 1857 Holley Family Cemetery, Coffee County, Alabama
Note My paternal 4th great-grandparents.
Parents Information Richard and Elizabeth Holley
Reference Number: IND15142
Birth data from "Early History of Covington, Co. AL 1821-1870 by W. D. Wa rd and 1840 census of Covington AL - William lived in Spartanburg C o. SC in 1770s and moved to AL in 1818.
Holley Cemetery at Holley's Ferry on Hew Elba-Kingston Highway, 1/4 mile n orth of concrete bridge on Pea River. Only eleven marked graves. William a nd Charlotte Holley, Hosea, John , Eliza, Hosea Thomas Holley, Lewis J. C oon.
It is believed that William and Charlotte had 7 boys and two girls. Ca me to Conecuh Co., at 1819, settling in Covington Co. AL near present ci ty of Sanford on the waters of Five Run Creek. On Dec 23, 1823 purchas ed 80 ac. (NW1/4 of NW1/4 sec 13 T4 R16) William and Charlotte moved to Co ffee Co. AL Abt 1850.
The records that connect William Holley of Covington Co. AL to the Lynch es Creek area of South Carolina come from his marriage to Charlotte Masse y. In Arthur Massey's will of 1801, he lists his daughter, Charlotte Holle y. In 1818, when William sells his land before moving to Alabama, Charlot te renounces her dowry rights to the part coming from her father's estat e. Finally in 1847 in Covington Co. AL William swore out an affidavit th at he knew his future brother-in-law, Alston Massey, in South Carolina dur ing the Revolution. The connection is further confirmed by a bible reco rd for Richard Holley of the Lynches Creek area. It lists William Holl ey as one of his children, and gives the exact same birth date as that rec orded on William Holley's tombstone in the Holley Plantation Cemetery in C offee County, Alabama.
William and Charlotte can be located in 1800 Federal Census for Spartanbu rg District, S.C. with son Hosea Holley. By 1810 the family was residing b ack in Kershaw County and in 1820 they have moved to Monroe Mississippi Te rritory. About 1822 they moved their family to Covington County and farm ed for the next thirty years and then William and his wife probably mov ed to Coffee County in the early 1850s and lived near their oldest son unt il their deaths. Charlotte Holley died on July 9, 1855 and William Holl ey died two years later on October 5, 1857.
Locating members of the Lynches Creek Holley's and Massey's in a particul ar district or county is complicated by the fact that from 1769 on, when t he original Craven County was replaced, Lynches Creek has served as a boun dary line. The original settlements of both families appear to have be en on the east side of Lynches Creek, which became part of the Cheraws Dis trict, and in 1785, modern-day Chesterfield County. Between the mid 178 0s and early 1790s, the families of both William Holley and Charlotte Mass ey seemed to have moved over to the west side of Lynches Creek. Until 178 5, this was part of the Camden District, when it was renamed as Lancast er County. In 1791, however, this part of Lancaster was used to create t he new county of Kershaw. William and Charlotte Holley lived in the extre me northeast corner of Kershaw County, within 5 miles of both Chesterfie ld and Lancaster. Holley and Massey relatives continued to live in all 3 c ounties, and may have owned land in more than one jurisdiction. In the cen suses of 1790 and 1800, many of the Lynches Creek Holley's and Massey's we re apparently missed. Finally, the courthouse records of Chesterfield Coun ty were burned during the Civil War, no doubt destroying some important pa pers of both families. (Information from Thomas McBryde in a letter dat ed 9/27/01).
Charlotte MASSEY b: 28 MAR 1778 in Lynches Creek, Cheraws District, Chesterfield County, South Carolina
25 DEC 1795
in Cheraws District, Chesterfield County, South Carolina
- Martha HOLLEY b: 1805 in Spartenburg, Spartenburg County, South Carolina