D.U. Hollis represented Marion County in state legislature from 1831-1834, again in 1838 and 1863. On May 1, 1836, he volunteered at Moscow, Alabama, for the war with the Creek Indians which was also known as the Florida War. D.U. Hollis was captain of his company. He served one month and twenty-five days and was honorably discharged at Montgomery on July 25, 1836. On Sept. 28, 1850, Derrile received forty acres of bounty land for service in the Florida War. D.U. was first married to Mary Elizabeth Goodwin of Pickens county, Alabama. They had two Children, Daniel William and David H. He was married a second time to Margaret Rebecca "Peggy" Bankhead of SC on Jan 17, 1844. Thomas Cusack and James Knox Polk were born to this marriage. Derrile U. is the first person buried in the Hollis family cemetery.