Note: From Charles W. Hollis <cwhollis@@seark.net> on 5-1-1999 Hello David, A bit of information, don't know how true it may be, but my grand father always told us that the John Hollis that came here from England was an Orphan and worked his passage as a cabin boy. Also that he had a sister that came with him. I have searched ship list but have not found anything. Chas. Hollis
This was found by Rex Hollis in Orders of Fairfax Co., VA:
Esther Hollis, adm of estate of John Hollis, dec. Inventory 17 May, 1768.
This is from Rex Hollis via email on 4-22-2004; I have long tried to pin down the actual location of the land leased by John and Ester Hollis. I just found its approximate location. I went to Google and entered Fitzhugh of Ravensworth, and up popped a five page report. Ravensworth became Annandale, Virginia!!!. The first reference was to a Lord Fitzhugh of Ravensworth, England, in the 1200s, but you will find the right one associated with Annandale. I find some satisfaction in just knowing where they lived. But 24000 acres covers a lot of ground, actually 37.5 square miles!! John and Ester had about 0.5 square miles under lease.
This is excerpted from an email by Patrick Hollis, author of The Hollies, on March 1, 2009: My James Hollis, Sr. descended from John Hollis, Sr and Ester Canteberry of Fairfax Co., VA. In all likelihood, John, Sr. got to this country because he owed someone money he could not pay and therefore the Quarter Session Court of Surry had him transported as an indentured individual. He wound up living on the estate of Ravenswood in Fairfax Co., VA and operating an Inn and Ordinary (drinking establishment) at the intersection of Colchester Road and Hollis' Rolling Road. He married the daughter of Samuel Canteberry, who owned land next to Ravenswood. James Hollis, Sr. was one of many sons this couple produced.
This is excerpted from an email by Patrick Hollis, author of The Hollies, on Jan. 9, 2010 The John Hollis who is the patriarch of our particular line of Hollises never made it to Tennessee. He died in 1768 and is assumed to have been buried in an unmarked grave located in Fairfax County VA and quite possibly paved over decades ago when the city of Annandale, VA was built.
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