A Virtual Archive now Available for Family Materials....
My production for this web site has been reduced lately. A large part of the reason for my absence has been my work establishing a new web site, a platform for storing manuscripts too large to be placed on Ancestry.com.
May I draw your attention to www.bholliman.com/ . This is a site my wife, Barb, with the help of design professional daughter Cyndi, and I have constructed to 'hold' those manuscripts that often decay in one's attic or get tossed by an uncaring descendant. One will find at the site materials for extended families, including of course my material relations - the Osbornes, Stansberys, Wilsons, Greers, Donnellys, McCray, Wilcoxsons, Boones and many more.
I have uploaded recently two documents of significant importance to Wilson families and descendants. Google the above web site and click on Records in the top task bar. Please, of course, read the other pages and our philosophy behind our methods.
Go to the Search location and type in two interesting items:
- Isaac Wilson Notebook
- Wilson Reunion of 1919
The Isaac Wilson notebook was written in 1863 and 1864, just prior to the untimely death of Isaac Wilson at the hand of bushwhackers in the Civil War. He was weeding corn with the help of his children when shot twice in the back and died within a few hours. In this photocopied work, not easy to read, one will find his handwriting on farm prices, the cost of labor and his activities as an officer in the Confederate Home Guard, including time at Camp Mast.
Sadly Isaac records on two pages of his diary a hymn concerning being with the angels someday. It was written not long before his death.
Annie Greer Heaton of Banner Elk has the original notebook, and she kindly let me photograph the pages several years ago. Now the entire manuscript of 40 plus pages can be shared with others from this virtual archive!
The 1919 Wilson Reunion in Sutherland, North Carolina is especially remembered in family narratives because of the photograph shown below. What is not known is that my great uncle Bishop Osborne, grandson of Isaac and Caroline Greer Wilson, wrote a flowery three page commentary about the reunion with confirmation of birth dates of the couple's children.
Call up these manuscripts and others you will find in the Records division, down load and then save to your own computer. There is no charge except to inform me when one finds an error or wishes to share your own materials with present and future generations.
Again, the address is www.bholliman.com/ . The 'B' is for my wife Barb.
Your input and advice and most definitely your own materials welcome!