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John Hollister
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Birth: Oct. 13, 1792
Marbletown (Ulster County)
Ulster County
New York, USA
Death: 1839
Illinois, USA

John Hollister (1792-1839), born at Marbletown, New York. Son of Elizabeth Newcomb and Isaac Hollister (Isaac was captured by a band of Indians October 15, 1763 in Wyoming Flats, Pennsylvania and lived to tell of his harrowing experience and escape. The same day of his capture, the Indians killed Isaac's father, Capt. Timothy Hollister, and Isaac's older brother.)

John Hollister married Lavina Clearwater abt 1817.

He was a farmer and moved to Tompkins County, NY and owned a farm adjoining his brother, Isaac Hollister's farm. They lived in Caroline, Tompkins County, New York from 1818-1835 where he fathered and raised their large family of 9 children: Isaac, Mary (Blakely), Melissa (VanHyning), Alva, Keziah (Stiles), Sarah Anne (Lockridge), Lovina (VanHyning), Rachel Catherine (Ferre) and Joanna(Patten).

John was a member of the Closed Communion Baptist Church.

Evidence shows they moved to Portage County, Ohio ca. 1835 and met with the Prophet Joseph Smith, Dec. 1835, at Portage Co. They continued to investigate Mormonism where they eventually joined the LDS Church. They assisted in building the Kirtland Temple and were present at it's dedication, March 27, 1836.

After John's conversion, he and his family were driven by persecutions along with the other Saints of the church to eastern Caldwell County, Missouri abt 1836-1838 (their daughter Joanna Hollister Patten writes she was 3 years old when they fled to Missouri) and arrived at Hauns Mill the day after the Massacre October 30, 1838. They heard the cannon blast. John escaped the mob but would later die as a result of the exposure he received while secreting himself in the woods from the mobs.

Official records have not been found of John's death but there are several references that say he died in 1839 in Illinois. He probably became ill as did the children, and the family went back to Illinois when the Prophet told the Saints to get to a place they could winter. John lived until they reached Illinois and he was one of the many Saints who died that spring. 
 
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 Parents:
  Isaac Hollister (1749 - 1818)
  Elizabeth Newcomb Hollister (1753 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  Lavina Clearwater Hollister (1792 - 1872)
 
 Children:
  Melissa Hollister Van Hyning (1821 - 1903)*
  Sarah Ann Hollister Lockridge (1827 - 1913)*
  Lovina Hollister Van Hyning (1831 - 1903)*
  Joanna Hollister Patten (1833 - 1916)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Hollister Winchell (____ - 1849)*
  Josiah Hollister (1774 - 1842)*
  Isaac Hollister (1781 - 1848)*
  Kinner Hollister (1783 - 1850)*
  John Hollister (1792 - 1839)
  William Hollister (1793 - 1847)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: unknown
 
Created by: JJ
Record added: Apr 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88862628
 


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