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Timothy Holdaway, Sr.

Male Est 1723 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Timothy Holdaway 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Est 1723 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I4560  Main
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 

     1. Timothy Holdaway, Jr.,   b. 25 Dec 1744, , , Culpeper County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Henry Holdaway,   b. 15 Sep 1753, , , Culpeper County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1835, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     3. Charles Holdaway,   b. Est 1755, , , Culpeper County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F1431  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • I have not yet proven a relationship between Timothy and Henry. I am merely listing them together as a place marker until more information can be gathered. Time and place provide circumstantial evidence of a relationship.


      1783 tax list of Culpeper County, VA - List of Henry Hitt, Gen.:
      Charles Holdaway
      George Holloway
      Henry Holloway
      Jerry Crysel
    • (Research):What little is known about the life of Timothy Holdaway has been extracted from his Revolutionary War pension record, his last will and testament, tax lists, and land deed transactions.

      Timothy Holdaway was born in Culpeper Co., VA, on 25 Dec. 1744. Although unable to obtain proof of his parents, it is possible that his father was also Timothy Holdaway, who died about 1790 in Culpeper Co. VA and mother Bridgett. It is probable that John Hoidaway who settled in Jefferson Co., TN and Henry Holdaway (1756-1835) who settled in Wilkes Co., NC were brothers of Timothy. It is also probable that Henry Holdaway (1776-1840's) who settled in Fayette Township, Virgo Co., IN is directly related to the family.

      He moved to Wilkes Co., NC. on the Yadkin River about the time the Revolutionary War commenced (1775) where he lived that part of the next two years. In all probability, Timothy was married by this time (age 30), but no marriage record has been found. He then moved to the Watauga (1777) where he lived that part of the two following years. From Watauga he moved to Bent Creek (1779), in what was to become Jefferson Co., TN. in 1792, and later Hamblen Co., TN, in 1870, where he remained for the rest of his life. Geographically, he resided along Bent Creek in what is now Whitesburg, TN.
      In 1778, Timothy is listed on the Washington Co., TN, Tax List paying a poll tax and one pound six pence.

      He enlisted in the North Carolina Militia Line in Wilkes Co., NC in what he believes to be 1778, as a private in the Company of volunteers commanded by Captain John Cleveland with other companies under the command of Col. Jack Sevier. His service over the next four years totaled eleven months and twenty-one days. Five months were under Capt. Cleveland, two months were as a spy, three months were in guarding Wear's Station on the Pigeon River, three weeks were against the Tories under Major Morgan, and one month was against the Indians under Maj. Walton.

      Timothy Holdaway was one of the first settlers in Jefferson County, being one of four men who came to the head of Bent Creek where they made a crop and built a fort.

      From 1782 to 1800, we find few records oertaining to Timothy. On 21, Oct 1791, he assigned his Revolutionary War Land Warrant for 300 acres to Alexander Outlaw for 250 acres of land in Greene Co., TN on both sides of Bent Creek, including the plantation where he lived and adjoining Alexander Outlaw. During the period of time that Timothy resided on Bent Creek, he accumulated approximately 1,000 acres of land through various deeds and grants.

      Around 1795, Timothy started a family. It was about this time that he married, possibly a second time, since he was in his early fifties. Based upon his Last Will and Testament, he had at least two sons, Henry and David. Available census data places both their births around 1796.

      It is claimed that Francis "Fanny" Holdaway was a daughter of Timothy and was born 28 Nov 1797 near New River, VA, and taken to Tennessee when quite small.

      On 03 Dec 1801, Timothy Holdaway was born in Jefferson Co., TN. It is believed that Timothy was his father, but no documentary proof has been found. Based upon a land deed given to James J. Holdaway at probate. we know that James J. Holdaway. who was born in 1802, was also a son of Timothy. James died in August 1849. in Madison Co. IL. from smallpox at the age of torty-seven after a nine month illness.

      Timothy Holdway sold Zachariah Riddle forty-four acres of land on Bent Creek, including the tract of land said Holdaway lived on 16 Jan 1813. It was probably during this time that Timothy moved in with his son Henry and it is believed that his wife died just previous to this time.

      Francis "Fanny" Holdaway married John Day in Jefferson County on 01 Jun 1815. In 1821 or 1822, Timothy Holdaway (the younger) married Mary Elizabeth Trent. David Holdaway married Mary Hash on 15 Feb 1821 in Garyson Co., VA where they remained and raised their family. Some of the family moved to Ashe, NC in the later years.

      By 1830, Timothy, age eighty-six and probably in poor health, begins to divest himself of his property. On 06 Jul 1833, Timothy Holdway, being sensible of his approaching end in this life, made his Last Will and Testament leaving his goods and chattels to his two sons, Henry Holdway and David Holdway. It was in open court during the December 1833 Sessions of the Jefferson County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and reflects that he is deceased. The Will was admitted to Record at the June, 1834 Sessions Court.

      He was issued a Certificate of Pension Number S2630 on 15 Aug 1833 for his Revolutionary War service. He probably passed from this earth sometime in September, 1833, in Jefferson Co., TN. An Inventory of his Estate was made 19 Jul 1834 and sworn in open court 08 Sep 1834 as follows: John M. Lane, 1 Cow. 7.92-Samuel Day. 1 yearling Colt. 4.00-1 Large Kettle to Solloman Lacky,-l Do Do, to Henry Holdway. 1.52-1 Small Pot, to Jeremiah Mangrum. 1.25-1 Broken Pot. to Henry Holdway, 1.00 A peace of Log Chain to Jas. C. Senter, .77-1 Iron wedge & 1 pair Pot Hooks to Felix Tylor. .31-1 Old Pair Dranin chains to James C. Senter. .56 1/4-2 Old Hoes & 1 old ace to David Shaw. .58-1 Pewter Dish 2 plates & I bason do. to Alex Haun, 1. 12 1/2 -1 Pot Tramel to James Courtney, 1.75-1 Large Family Bible to Alexander Haun. 3.50-3 Setting Chears to Henry Holaway, .51-2 old Boxes to Henry Holawav. .06 1/2 1 Cupboard to Henrv Holaway. 6.30-1 par of spectacles to James C. Senter. .12-1 Bedstead & Cord to David Shaw, 1.56 1/4-1 Cover lid to Hyram Todd. 1.40-1 Vinegar Cask to Henry Holaway, .12 1/2 Amount of sale 36.36 1/4

      Jacob Gear, William Barton. and Robert McFarland, Commissioners were appointed by the Court to settle with John Riddle, administrator. and reported to the present term of Court on 8 Sep 1834: amount of sales in the hands of Said Administrator $36.36 1/4-no. 1 Henrv Holdaways proven account for funeral expenses $6.00-no. 2 administrators account for services rendered and cash $8.12 1/2 Expended on business of said Estate$S13.25no. 3 Timothv Holdaway's to Timothy Holdaway's inv.-no. 4 Henrv Holdaways Receipt $4.49-Samuel Day's note to said Estate $5.45 3/4 -(total) $37.32 1/4.

      After the death of Timothy Holdaway, Sr., Timothy Holdaway. J... and family, along with other Holdaways. moved to Greencastle, Putnam Co., IN. and then to Madison Co.. IL. The younger Timothy's family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Nauvoo, IL. and traveled across the plains with the Mormans to Salt Lake City, UT, in the late 1840's. Henry and John remained in Jefferson Co., TN. William Holdaway moved on to Arkansas. Submitted by Boyd J. Hodaway, 450 So. Peachtree Parkway, Apt. D303, Peachtree City, GA 30259-3932