James Hollis Williams

  • Birth 2 Feb 1797
  • Death 3 Aug 1870
  • Burial Rock Creek, Grayson County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 61698863

James Hollis Williams was born 2 Feb 1797 in Virginia. He appeared on the census for Grayson Co., Kentucky in 1850 and died on 3 Aug 1870. He was buried in the Williams Graveyard on Downs School Road, in Rock Creek, Kentucky. The earliest surviving record of James in Grayson County is a copy of a 21 April 1825 deed. He is 27 when he buys some land on Grindstone Fork in Rock Creek, Ky. He pays for it with 147 Commonwealth Papers (equal to $73.50 in gold or silver). This money may have come from an inheritance to Sena after her father died. Acreage was not listed, but he buys part of the George May survey from Jack Thomas, Joseph Allen, and Benjamin Hardin. In the George May land grant the boundary of 1789 is the first reference to Nosey Creek.

There was a tannery on James Hollis' farm, southeast of the cemetery. This was a business run by James and his brother, Jacob, or with his son, Jacob. They provided leather (for harnesses, shoes, etc.) for the community of Rock Creek. Pioneer shoes were made by traveling cobblers. They stayed with a family until everyone had shoes made, both shoes from the same pattern (no left or right shoe).

James appears in the Grayson County census in 1850 (when he was 52) as owning $600 worth of real estate. That would mean he was born in 1798. His wife is listed in the 1850 census as Seva Hollis and she was listed as being 57 years of age. He maried Sena, Senny Metzel who born born in 1791/92. She died on 18 Feb 1861, in Grayson Co., Kentucky, and is buried in the Williams Graveyard also on Downs School Road.


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  • Maintained by: Clydene Williams/Cannon
  • Originally Created by: P.Bailey
  • Added: 15 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61698863
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Hollis Williams (2 Feb 1797–3 Aug 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61698863, citing Williams Cemetery, Rock Creek, Grayson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Clydene Williams/Cannon (contributor 47006190) .