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John Hollowell, Sr.

John Hollowell, Sr.

Male 1766 - 1855  (89 years)

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  • Name John Hollowell, Sr.  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 11 Jan 1766  Northhampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Feb 1855  Valeen County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Buried Bluff Springs, Valeen, Orange, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • John Hollowell, Sr. and Miriam Overman were Quakers.
    • The Hollowell family helped organize the Church of Christ at Bluff Spring about 1830. The church and cemetery are located at 8400 South County Road 325 East, Marengo, Orange, Indiana. John Hollowell Sr. donated land to the trusties for the Church and helped to build the church. The church and cemetery are also known as Bluff Springs Church and Cemetery.
    • On 10 Apr 1837 John Hollowell Sr., and John Hollowell Jr. along with Henry Hollowell, Donated the land for the town of Valeene and donated lot #21 for the school.
    • HISTORY OF ORANGE CO., INDIANA
      SETTLEMENT OF SOUTHEAST TOWNSHIP
      Section 11; John Hollowell, June 30, 1807, 160 acres, Section 15. Township 1 south. Range 2 east - Southeast
      Township, so named from its situation in the county, very justly claims the honor of being the scene of the first white settlement, within the bounds of what now constitutes Orange County. This was made by John Hollowell, a native of North Carolina who came from that State and located near the present site of Valeene, in the year 1807. The exact spot where he built his cabin is yet pointed out by the citizens of that place, and is a few rods west of the Christian Church, on what is commonly known as the "point". A cave in the rocks close by is said to have been his abode while the log dwelling was being shaped from the surrounding forests. Here upon the banks of Patoka Creek, seventy years ago, stood the first home of white man in the county. John Hollowell was not long destined to be the lone inhabitant of his western wilderness.(note: John Hollowell's brother, Robert Hollowell, came with him on his return trip and John Hollowell's other brother, Joseph (Jesse) Hollowell, came in 1809 with others). John Hobson and Robert Breeze soon bore him company, and but little later came Thomas Self, John Tarr, Thomas Ferguson, David Brown, Samuel Stalcup, George Moon, William Harned, Adam Beard, Abraham Cook, the families of Spalding, Pearson, Spivy, Crittendon and Saunders. Still later came William Holaday, Jesse Wells, William Wellman, Thomas Maxedon, Col. John Lyon, Jesse Pirtle, Drury White, Charles Manslip, Samuel McIntosh, James Agan, Isom Stroud and Peter Stalcup. (note: most all were Quaker families).
      Within the bounds of Southeast Township there is but one town. This is Valeene, located a little west of the center, on the southwest quarter of Section 10, and the northwest quarter of Section 15, Township 1 south, and Range 1 east. It was laid out April 10, 1837, by John Hollowell, Sr., and John Hollowell, Jr., who at the same time donated Lot No. 21 to the public for school purposes. The first store in the township is said to have been kept by Samuel Stalcup, one and a half miles east of Valeene, at his residence, about the year 1836.

      "To clear away the giant trees as they were found in the undisturbed forests was the first hard labor that engaged the hands of the pioneer. Soon the echoing ax and smoking log-heaps told where the van of civilization was advancing. Corn was then the "staff of life" and was the first crop of the soil. The difficulties to be surmounted in getting corn ground were indeed great to the first settlers. They went for this purpose to Jeffersonville, Indiana, for some time after their settlement here, and their trip would usually consume two or three days. About the year 1818 John Hollowell built a "horse-mill" near his home, and although it did but a poor job at grinding, it was immediately resorted to by nearly every one in that section of the country. Thomas Self built a mill on Patoka Creek about three years later, which soon superseded the "horse-mill," and after several years of usefulness was finally abandoned, and is now entirely gone. "

      Biography of James H. Walker: "James H. Walker grew up under the care of Charlotte, his loving mother and John MOON, whom she afterward married. At the age of 16, he united with the Church of Christ at Valeene, under the preaching of John Hollowell Jr., a son of John Hollowell Sr. who was the first settler in Orange County, settling near Valeene in 1807. Uncle "Harvey" as he was familiarly known remained in fellowship with the Valeene Church until 1863, when he removed his membership to No. 10 schoolhouse and was one of the charter members of the church and was ordained elder at that date."

      The Christian Church at Valeene was organized about the year 1830. The Hollowell family, the Selfs, the Moores, the Pirtles, the Sanderses, the Crittendens, the Bobbitts, the Fergusons, Samuel Harned, William Holaday and many others have been among the prominent members of this society. The first preachers were two brothers, Peter and John Wright, from Washington County. Other ministers have been David Stewart, Eli Stewart, John Hollowell, Jr., H. Bobbitt, Henry Crittenden, John Davis, Moses Smith, Nehemiah Tower and Samson Cox, the present pastor.

      The first school established in this township was situated upon the land now owned by John Agan, one mile east of Valeene. The house was a small, round log cabin. It was built for a schoolhouse by John Hollowell, Robert Breeze and David Brown. The studies pursued were reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic. The Hollowells, Breezes, Browns and Cantrells attended this school.
    Person ID I0792  The Family Tree
    Last Modified 2 May 2014 

    Father Thomas Hollowell,   b. 4 Dec 1739, Perquimans County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1822, Valeen County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Mary Peele,   b. 2 Feb 1742, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1813, Valeen County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1762  Rich Square, Northhampton, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From the Rich Square Monthly Meeting records:
      At our Monthly Meeting held at Rich Square Meeting House in Northampton County 1st day of 11th month 1760, Thomas Hollowell of Perquimans County, son of John and Sarah
      Hollowell, deceased of Norfolk County, and Mary Peelle, daughter of Robert Peelle of Northampton both appeared at this meeting and declared their intentions of taking each other in marriage, appoints Moses Hall and John Peelle to inquire into Thomas Hollowell's clearness in relation to marriage and make report to next Monthly Meeting.
    • Marriage Certificate:
      Whereas Thomas Hollowell of the County of Perquimans, son of John and Sarah Hollowell of the Colony of Virginia and County of Norfolk, and Mary Peelle daughter of Robert Peelle of Northampton County and Elizabeth Peelle deceased, having
      publickly declared their intentions of taking each other in marriage, before several Monthly Meetings of the People called Quakers in the County of Northampton according to them whose proceedings therein after a Deliberate Consideration thereof with Regard unto the Righteous Law of God and Example of his People Recorded in the Scriptures of truth in that case, were approved by the said meetings they appearing clear, of all others, and having also Consent of Parents and Relations concerned.
      Now these are to certify all whom it may concern that for the accomplishment of their said intention, this Seventh day of the Twelfth month called December in the year one
      thousand seven hundred and sixty, they, the said Thomas Hollowell and Mary Peelle appearing in a Publick assembly of the aforesaid People and others, met together in the county of Northampton in their public meeting place at Rich Square, and in solemn manner he, the said Thomas Hollowell, taking the said Mary Peelle by the hand, did openly declare as followeth: Friends, you are my witnesses that I do take this my friend Mary Peelle to be my wife, promising through Divine assistance to be to her a true and loving husband til death separate us or words to this effect and then and there in the said assembly, she, the said Mary Peelle, did in like manner declare as followeth: Friends, you are my witnesses that I do take this my friend Thomas Hollowell to be my husband promising through Divine assistance to be a true and loving wife til death separates us or words to that effect. And the said Thomas Hollowell and Mary Hollowell, his now wife, as a farther confirmation thereof, did then and there to these presence set their hands, and we whose names are hereunto subscribed, being present among others at the Solemnization of the above said marriage and subscription in manner aforesaid as witnesses thereunto, have also to these presents subscribed our names the day and year above written. Thomas Hollowell Thomas Hollowell Mary Hollowell
    Family ID F404  Group Sheet

    Family Miriam Overman,   b. 1 Jun 1764, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1830 and 1840, Valeen County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1786  House of Benjamin Arnold, Wayne County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Henry Hollowell,   b. 28 Sep 1787, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1853, Orange County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +2. Josse (Jesse) Peele Hollowell,   b. 18 Apr 1790, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1843, Orange County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +3. Mary Hollowell,   b. 26 Feb 1792, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1836, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    +4. Sarah Hollowell,   b. 3 Mar 1794, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1834, Marion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    +5. Jonathan Hollowell,   b. 5 May 1796, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1880, Orange County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     6. Eli Hollowell,   b. 12 Feb 1798, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1801, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     7. Aaron Hollowell,   b. 23 Aug 1801, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1801, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +8. John Hollowell, Jr.,   b. 4 Jan 1803, Orange County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1844, Orange County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    Last Modified 3 May 2014 
    Family ID F320  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    John Hollowell, Sr. and Miriam Overman Hollowell Family Bible transcription
    John Hollowell, Sr. and Miriam Overman Hollowell Family Bible transcription
    Record of the children of John Hollowell Sr. and Miriam Overman Hollowell
    Record of the children of John Hollowell Sr. and Miriam Overman Hollowell
    John Hollowell, Sr. Land Deed
    John Hollowell, Sr. Land Deed
    John Hollowell Article
    John Hollowell Article
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 1
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 1
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 2
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 2
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 3
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 3
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 4
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 4
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 5
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 5
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 6
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 6
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 7
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 7
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 8
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 8
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 9
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 9
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 10
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 10
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 11
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 11
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 12
    Church of Christ at Bluff Spring Church Record 12
    The History of Churches in Orange County, Indiana 1
    The History of Churches in Orange County, Indiana 1
    The History of Churches in Orange County, Indiana 2
    The History of Churches in Orange County, Indiana 2
    The History of Churches in Orange County, Indiana 3
    The History of Churches in Orange County, Indiana 3
    John Hollowell, Sr. Genealogy Information 1
    John Hollowell, Sr. Genealogy Information 1
    John Hollowell, Sr. Genealogy Information 2
    John Hollowell, Sr. Genealogy Information 2

    Headstones
    Hollowell, John Sr. Headstone 2
    Hollowell, John Sr. Headstone 2
    The cemetery is located on Valeene Pike Road which is off 8400 South County Road 325 in East, Marengo, Orange, Indiana. The church that John Hollowell Sr., Henry Hollowell, and John Hollowell Jr., all donated the land and built the building. John Hollwell Jr. was a preacher here, and John Hollowell Sr. and Henry Hollowell were trusties. All are also buried here.
    Hollowell, John Headstone
    Hollowell, John Headstone
    The cemetery is located on Valeene Pike Road which is off 8400 South County Road 325 in East, Marengo, Orange, Indiana. The church that John Hollowell Sr., Henry Hollowell, and John Hollowell Jr., all donated the land and built the building. John Hollwell Jr. was a preacher here, and John Hollowell Sr. and Henry Hollowell were trusties. All are also buried here.
     Bluff Springs Church and Cemetery in Valeene, Orange, Indiana
    Bluff Springs Church and Cemetery in Valeene, Orange, Indiana
    The cemetery is located on Valeene Pike Road which is off 8400 South County Road 325 in East, Marengo, Orange, Indiana. The church that John Hollowell Sr., Henry Hollowell, and John Hollowell Jr., all donated the land and built the building. John Hollwell Jr. was a preacher here, and John Hollowell Sr. and Henry Hollowell were trusties. All are also buried here.
     Bluff Springs Church and Cemetery in Valeene, Orange, Indiana
    Bluff Springs Church and Cemetery in Valeene, Orange, Indiana
    The cemetery is located on Valeene Pike Road which is off 8400 South County Road 325 in East, Marengo, Orange, Indiana. The church that John Hollowell Sr., Henry Hollowell, and John Hollowell Jr., all donated the land and built the building. John Hollwell Jr. was a preacher here, and John Hollowell Sr. and Henry Hollowell were trusties. All are also buried here.
     Bluff Springs Church and Cemetery in Valeene, Orange, Indiana
    Bluff Springs Church and Cemetery in Valeene, Orange, Indiana
    The cemetery is located on Valeene Pike Road which is off 8400 South County Road 325 in East, Marengo, Orange, Indiana. The church that John Hollowell Sr., Henry Hollowell, and John Hollowell Jr., all donated the land and built the building. John Hollwell Jr. was a preacher here, and John Hollowell Sr. and Henry Hollowell were trusties. All are also buried here.

  • Sources 
    1. [S17375] Family Records.

    2. [S17521] Hollowell Family Bible Records.

    3. [S17522] Goodspeed's.

    4. [S07956] Quaker Records.

    5. [S19084] Records of Lucy Elliott Hollowell.

    6. [S19085] Early Indiana History Records.

    7. [S08611] Census Records.

    8. [S17416] Cemetery Records.

    9. Burial- Bluff Springs Cemetery, Valeen, In..



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