Thomas volunteered for service in the Civil War in 1863. TC Hollis was only 17, but was able to serve because he was big for his age. He was accompanied by a slave. He was a private in Company I of the 2 Alabama Cavalry, and later served in Company C of the 10th Alabama Calvary. He was a farmer and built the first gin and grist mill in the area located on Turkey Creek, a creek on the Hollis property located near Sulligent. He also had a store on Turkey Creek. After the Odgen men built their gin, he and his oldest son, James Lee "Toggie", built a saw-mill, which his son Toggie continued to operate for a while after his father's death. One of Thomas C's favorite hobbies was riding horseback over the countryside. It was on one of theses rides, that an intoxicated friend shot him. He was nursed back to health by a former slave of his father.Thomas was married to Martha Susan Elizabeth Guyton. Together they had nine children: James Lee, Della, Alice Luna, Derrill Upright "Dee", Infant, Mollie Redden, Dena May, Thomas Kay.
Martha Susan Elisabeth Guyton Hollis
James Knox Polk Hollis
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