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Judge William Thomas Hollis
Birth: Apr. 8, 1833
Chattahoochee County
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1922
Arkansas, USA

Judge William Thomas Hollis was the son of:

Dr. William Gerald Hollis and wife Elizabeth (Henderson) Hollis.

See reference in below article for lineage.

According to records, William Thomas Hollis was married 3 times:

1. Martha Hall, August 1861 - Dec 7, 1861, in Georgia

2. Sarah "Sallie" Mildred Herndon, January 1864 - 1893, in Georgia

3. L. P. Newton, January 8, 1896, in Drew County, Arkansas. Divorced before June 1900.

L. P. Wade was married to Isaac Newton, in 1873 in Ashley County, Arkansas and widowed, prior to her marriage to Judge William Thomas Hollis.

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Isaac Newton
Name: Isaac Newton
Age: 55
Birth Year: abt 1818
Residence: Ashley, Arkansas
Spouse's Name: L P Wade
Spouse's Age: 31
Spouse's Residence: Ashley, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 31 Jul 1873
Marriage County: Ashley
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 979081

1880 Census L. P. Newton
Name: L. P. Newton
Age: 38
Birth Year: abt 1842
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1880: Carter, Ashley, Arkansas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Isaac Newton
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Household Members
Name Age
Isaac Newton 65
L. P. Newton 38
W. L. Wade 17 female, states daughter, but age of birth states 1863, and state not indicated.

Since WADE is the surname of L. P., and born abt. 1863, 10 years prior to L. P. and Isaac's wedding, likely W. L. is a sister and not daughter to L. P. and Isaac Newton.
O. F. Newton 2 son, born in Arkansas
S. I. Right 18 born in Mississipi

1880 Census for Isaac Newton
Name: Isaac Newton
Age: 65
Birth Year: abt 1815
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1880: Carter, Ashley, Arkansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: L. P. Newton
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Household Members:
Name Age
Isaac Newton 65
L. P. Newton 38 wife
W. L. Wade 17 female
O. F. Newton 2 male, son, born Arkansas
S. I. Right 18 born in Mississippi

Date of death and burial of Issac Newton are not known at this time, but prior to marriage to the marriage of L. P. to Judge William Thomas Hollis in Jan 1896, and therefore the courtship of the couple in 1895. His death likely between between 1880 and 1895. The 1890 Federal Census was destroyed.

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about W T Hollis
Name: W T Hollis
Age: 62
Birth Year: abt 1834
Residence: Orlando, Cleveland, Arkansas
Spouse's Name: L P Newton
Spouse's Age: 54
Spouse's Residence: Portland, Ashley, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 8 Jan 1896
Marriage License Date: 21 Dec 1895
Marriage County: Drew
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 986553

Mention is also made of the marriage in the Ashley County Eagle newspaper, referred to in the book, 'Excerpts from the Ashley County Eagle, 1889-1914,' by Alice Kennedy Lee, on page 29 of the PDF online which made be downloaded at:

"Judge W.T Hollis, Cleveland Co., and Mrs. L. P. Newton, Portland, were married Jan. 7th, 1896."

Death and burial of L. P. Newton Hollis are not known at this time. The 1900 Census for Lee, Cleveland County, Arkansas lists William T. Hollis as living with his daughter and son-in-law and family, Irene Hollis and Ben Murphy. His status at this time is listed as divorced. Accuracy can be determined by the fact W. T. Hollis was the enumerator for the census. She may have used her former married name, Newton, after the divorce.

In 1910, after the death of his daughter Irene Hollis Murphy in 1901 he lived with his son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Renna Turner Hollis, in Warren. His status in this census is listed as married. In the 1910 Census, he was still living with son Carl Hollis and is listed as widowed.

A Ladnicia (Lucinda) P. Newton is listed in the 1910 Federal Census for Carter Township, Ashley County, Arkansas, the town she lived in before her marriage to W. T. Hollis with her husband, Isaac Newton. She is listed as 68 before the date of the census, April 19, 1910. She listed as a boarder. She is listed as 38 in the 1880 Census, taken June 3rd. She is listed as 31 on date of her marriage to Newton, July 31, 1873, making the date of birth consistent with a birth year of 1842 between January 1,1842 to April 19th, or the year 1841 after July 31, 1842 to Dec 31.

Miss Nettie Powell in her book 'History of Marion County, Georgia' states (page 40) that this was the most prosperous district in the county, and that JOHN HERNDON, WILLIAM T. HOLLIS, and John T. Hollis, W. B. Hardison, etc. were in 1855 among the wealthiest men in Marion Co. William T. Hollis was 23 years old in 1855.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas
Copyright 1890
Published by The Goodspeed Publishing Co.; Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis

HON. WILLIAM T. HOLLIS is a well known citizen of Lee Township, Cleveland County, Ark., and although a native of Chattahoochee County, Ga., he has fully identified himself with the interest of his adopted State.

HIS BIRTH occurred on April 8, 1833, and he is a son of Dr. William and Elizabeth (Henderson) Hollis. They were married in their native State, and lived there until 1876, where the father followed the occupation of farming and the practice of medicine until the opening of the war; being successful, he accumulated a competency. In his political views he was a follower of the Whig party until the election of Lincoln as President, after which he was a Democrat.

HIS WIFE was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church for over forty years, and their union was blessed in the birth of thirteen children, only five of whom grew to maturity, and three now living, William T. being the eldest of the family. The paternal grandfather, Thomas Hollis, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was in numerous fights with the Indians. He was a very successful farmer, and died in Georgia.

HON. WILLIAM T. HOLLIS received his education in the schools of the country, and when prepared to enter college, his health failed, and for many years was an invalid. During the Civil War he was twice discharged on account of disability. While in Georgia he was elected a member of the county court, and in 1865 and 1866 he represented his county (Marion) in the Lower House of the Georgia Legislature.

IN 1861 he was married to Miss Martha Hall, a daughter of Daniel M. and Sarah L. Hall, of Pineville, Ga., but she died in Pineville three months and twenty days after her marriage. In the month of January, 1864, Mr. Hollis espoused Miss Sarah M. Herndon, of Marion County, Ga., where she was born in 1837. To them a family of six children have been born Irene (wife of Benjamin Murphy, a farmer of Bradley County), Russell (who is alternately teaching and going to school, preparing for a profession), John H. (is managing his father's farm), Carl (is in the State University), Birdie and Mack.

MRS. HOLLIS is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Mr. Hollis is a solid Democrat, and has attained the Council Degree in the Masonic fraternity.

Excerpt from an article about the son of William T. Hollis, Carl Hollis, in the ARKANSAS GAZETTE in 1957, which details information on W. T. Hollis.

The Arkansas Angle
by Bob Newton

CARL HOLLIS, active bank president, was 85 last week.

THE THIRD son and fourth child of a prosperous country squire, Carl Hollis was born in 1872 in an almost forgotten subdivision of Arkansas's state government -- Dorsey County. Younger Hollis's home remained in Dorsey County until Grover Cleveland rolled up an impressive Democratic presidential victory in the 1880s. The Arkansas legislature, anxious to come under the good graces of the portly president, change the name to Dorsey County to Cleveland County in his honor.

JUDGE W. T. Hollis and his wife, Sallie, didn't find this disturbing. when they came to Arkansas from their native Georgia after the Civil War, they had settled in Union County. Dorsey County was formed by whacking off a portion of Union before their son Carl's birth. Thus Judge Hollis and his family lived in three counties without moving one inch from their original settling place.

THEIR HOME, nine miles northwest of Warren, was as much like Georgia as any spot west of the Mississippi. It was red clay land, with rolling hills and piney woods like those of North Georgia. It was an ideal place to raise a family, and the Hollis's eventually had six children, four sons and two daughters.

ONLY ONE of the six, John H. Hollis, had a middle initial and only two of the six now survive, Carl and his brother, Mack; of Pine Bluff. All the Hollis children were successful at one endeavor or another, with the late John Hollis having served for years as the president of the Peoples' Building and Loan Association of Little Rock.

THEY ALL went to country schools in their home neighborhood, worked hard on the farm in the summertime, and were inside their little Methodist Church every time the doors were open. Young manhood brought to Carl Hollis the completion of his local education and a trip to what must have seemed to be a distant planet - what was then the "Arkansas Industrial University" at Fayetteville.

Reflections from the Eagle Democrat, Warren, Arkansas
December, 14, 1966


In a recent news item in the Arkansas Gazette I saw the list of the many post offices of our state that had been closed in the past fifty years, for one reason or another, and was disappointed not to see the Orlando post office on the list.

For the benefit of my younger readers, I shall tell you that the very nice community in which Orlando was located is about one-third of the way between Warren and Fordyce.

I recalled that I wrote a piece about Orlando ten or twelve years ago, went to the Eagle Democrat and looked it up, and decided to give it to you as my "Reflection" for this week.

So, here it is.

The decree from the post office department, which closed several Bradley county post offices the first of the year, 1956, also discontinued some of the smaller offices in Cleveland County.

The department holds that the closings are economy moves, as indeed they may well be; but closed, long before the days of Arthur Summerfield, the two-cent postcard, and red-white-and-blue mailboxes, was the post office at Orlando, a halfway point between Warren and new Edinburg in the old days.

Orlando served a flourishing community from about 1870 to 1914, according to a talk with the late Mr. Carl Hollis, a well-known citizen of Our Town and native of the Orlando community.

Within a mile of the Orlando post office was a Methodist Church (Wheeler Springs), a Baptist (Harmony), and a Presbyterian (Shady Grove).

The Rev. Solomon Gardner, grandfather of the late Mrs. R. L. Wardlaw of Warren, was pastor of the Baptist church. Rev. James A. Hunter (our great-uncle) was the pastor of the Presbyterian.

Nearby was the Hollis School, later moved and renamed Hollis Special.

Many families had settled in this good farming area just before and after the Civil War.

Among them were the Hollis, Wynne, Leslie, Stewart, Davis, Bryant, Beard, Carter, Parnell, Parrott, Mosely, Martin, Galloway, Lash, Wheeler, Sterling, Jeffers, Hunter, and Kirkpatrick families. (The reader will note the many Scotch and Irish names.)

They had come from the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. All were fine, law-abiding Christian people, Mr. Hollis recalled.

John A. Wynne, grandfather of Dr. George F. Wynne of Our Town, had come to this section from Georgia and had built a nice residence and a store.

Some time later he set up the first steam-driven cotton gin in our part of the country. It was "a sight to see" for all the neighbor boys, Mr. Hollis said.

Soon, another store was built across the road from the Wynnes', and about that time a petition for a post office was granted. Mr. Wynne was appointed postmaster, and the office was in one corner of his store. Mr. Hollis couldn't remember who chose the Shakespearean name, "Orlando."

However, he remembered that his father, the late Judge W. T. Hollis, used to take his daily walk to Orlando to get the papers to which he subscribed: The Arkansas Gazette, The Louisville Courier-Journal, and the Atlanta Constitution.

Mr. Hollis said that a mail hack made the daily trip from Warren to Orlando and beyond to the Charles Carmical place on the New Edinburg highway, where it met a hack from Kingsland (on the Cotton Belt railroad) and where mail passengers were exchanged.

There were almost always passengers going from the Cotton Belt to Warren or from the Mo. Pacific at Warren to the Cotton Belt at Kingsland---drummers with their flashy suits and glib talk, and well-groomed mustaches, early-day northern lumbermen, in Arkansas to look over timberland; and attorneys of the time, returning from legal business in Memphis or Little Rock.

"When I was a lad," Mr. Hollis reminisced, "I remember that Mr. Jim Nick Martin drove the mail hack from Warren. He had a bugle which he always sounded before he reached our house and, at that signal, my father would send us to the road with letters to be mailed."

The late L. J. Burbridge, Ernest Sangster, Charlie Scobey, and a Mr. Norman also drove the mail, Mr. Hollis recalled.

As the years passed by, many of the older people of the Orlando Community died, the younger ones moved away, Rural Free Delivery appeared on the American scene, and the Orlando post office was abolished---a victim of progress.

A recent visit to the location of Orlando Post office at the Wynne home, which is down a narrow, grass-grown road to the north of the present Warren-Fordyce highway, revealed little left of this center of cultured community life of 75 years ago.

The gin, stores and barns have long since disintegrated. The old Wynne residence remains: untenanted, and sagging and falling apart.

Now, Orlando lives only in the memories of a few elderly people, and is marked only by a once-beautiful old home, crouching on a hill; alone, and surrounded by large oak, walnut and locust trees.

The location of Judge Hollis' old homestead can still be identified on the right of the present highway by the two tall chimneys, still standing, after fire destroyed the ancient house.

CHILDREN of W. T. and Sallie Hollis were:

Irene Hollis (wife of Benjamin Augustus Murphy)

Birdie Hollis (wife of Pitt Holmes)

Carl Hollis (husband of Renna Turner)

John Herndon Hollis b. Feb 5, 1870
Pineville, Marion County, GA
d. Oct 23, 1941
Find a Grave #6689561

was President of the Peoples' Building and Loan Association of Little Rock, AR for many years.
(John married Malinda Taliafero)

Second wife: Ann Jewel Purcell

Russell Hollis, location of death not known, no further info.

Mack Hollis

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Family links: 
  William Gerald Hollis (1812 - 1878)
  Elizabeth A. C. Henderson Hollis (____ - 1885)
  Martha R Hall Hollis (1836 - 1861)
  Sarah Mildred Herndon Hollis (1838 - 1893)
  Irene Hollis Murphy (1864 - 1901)*
  John Herndon Hollis (1870 - 1941)*
  Carl Hollis (1872 - 1960)*
  Birdie Hollis Holmes (1876 - 1952)*
  Mack C. Hollis (1879 - 1959)*
  William Thomas Hollis (1833 - 1922)
  Moses Poindexter Hollis (1835 - 1881)*
  John Howell Hollis (1838 - 1905)*
  Mattie C. Hollis Parkman (1855 - 1882)*
*Calculated relationship
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