Edmund Wesley Holloman, youngest child of Mary Barrett and Edmund
Holloman, was born in 1825 on his parentsâ homestead near Avon in Ste.
Genevieve Co. MO. By 1832 his family had moved to a new homestead
near Coffman, MO. As E. W. grew up, he received a fairly good education,
learning to read and write. He was most likely sent to school at Farmington,
MO, in an adjacent county just as his brother Thomas had been. E. W.’s
hand writing was so good that when he was about twenty he took a job
working as a clerk in the Ste. Genevieve County Records department, and
thus began his interest in law. He transcribed records such as wills and
probate records into the County Record Books. The probate records for
the estate of a John Patterson that were recorded in late 1847 were written
by E. W. Holloman, clerk. That John Patterson is thought to have been the
brother of E. W.’s aunt Margaret Patterson Barrett, wife of his mother’s
brother John S. Barrett.
According to family stories, Edmund Wesley Holloman joined the Gold
Rush to California around 1849-1850, about the same time as his older
siblings and mother left Ste. Genevieve County to move to Madison Co.
Missouri or to Yazoo Co. Mississippi. It is possible that E. W. checked
out life in Madison Co. MO and/or Yazoo Co. MS before he headed
out to CA but no documentation has been found to indicate exactly
what he did in the 1850s. By the 1860s he had settled in Yuba Co. CA.
There the forty-one year old E. W. married twenty-two year old Matilda
Ann Hooper in 1864 and homesteaded 160 acres of land near Linda,
CA. In addition to farming, E. W. Holloman practiced law and became
involved in local politics. He was elected the District Attorney for Yuba
County for the 1876-1877 term.
E. W. and Matilda had five daughters and one son before she died
in 1872, probably from complications of childbirth. One daughter
and their son died in infancy. With the help of Matildaâs family,
E. W. tried to raise his remaining four daughters as a single parent.
Unfortunately, E. W. died in early 1879 when his daughters ranged
in age from 8-13 years old. 1880 Census data seems to indicate
that at first the girls were divided up among family and friends.
However, according to descendents of the sisters, some of them
spent time in the Sacred Heart Convent and Holy Angels Orphanage
in Nevada Co., CA (a county that is adjacent to Yuba Co.) and they
always after had a fond place in their hearts for this orphanage.
The two older daughters married and had children. The two younger
daughters never married but supported themselves by either taking
in boarders or working as a housekeeper in other peoples’ homes.
Edward Wesley Holloman, his wife Matilda and at least four of
their children are buried in the Wheatland Cemetery in Yuba Co.
Many of Matildaâs Hooper relatives are also buried there.
EDMUND WESLEY HOLLOMAN FAMILY GENEALOGY CHART
01 Edmund Wesley HOLLOMAN, b. 02-05-1825 in Ste. Genevieve Co. MO;
d. 02-25-1879 CA;
m. 07-31-1864 in CA
+ Matilda Ann HOOPER, b. 04-02-1842 AR;
d. 07-1872 in CA
02 Mary Matilda HOLLOMAN, b. 09-07-1865 in CA; d. 1933
+ Edward H. HILL, b. Mar 1852 CA; d. 08-07-1908 CA
m. 10-10-1882 CA
03 Elmer Edward HILL, b. 07-20-1883
+ Elizabeth P. ALEXANDER, m. 01-25-1915 in Nebraska
03 Alfred Lockard HILL, b. 11-24-1885
03 Marian Abbie Holloman HILL, b. 09-01-1888
02 Caroline “Carrie” Elizabeth HOLLOMAN, b. 02-18-1867 CA;
d. 01-06-1970 Los Gatos, CA, Santa Clara Co;
+ m1. Daniel WEBSTER b. 06-29-1864 Colfax, Placer Co. CA ;
d. 07-21-1894 Wheatland, Yuba Co, CA
03 Frank Holloman WEBSTER
b. 03-13-1887 at Wheatland, Yuba Co., CA;
d. 10-05-1949 at Wheatland, Yuba Co., CA
03 Caroline Alvord WEBSTER
b. 24 Oct 1891 at Wheatland, Yuba Co., CA;
d. 2 Mar 1944
+ Hans Fred KNUDSEN b. 08-14-1882 Denver, CO;
d. 01-09-1967 Santa Clara
03 Alberta Daniel WEBSTER
b. 08-12-1894 at Wheatland, Yuba Co., CA;
d. 03-15-1965 at Wheatland, Yuba Co., CA
+ Edward Luther RUSSELL b. 1885; d. 1866
03 Anna Holloman WEBSTER b. 01-11-1889 Wheatland, CA;
d. 04-25-1973 Saratoga, Santa Clara Co. CA
+ George W. NICHOLSON b. 04-02-1883 Buffalo, N. Y.;
d. 09-26-1956 San Francisco, CA
+ m2. William J. WOOD, b. abt 1864 CA; d. bet 1820-1830
02 Emma Josephine HOLLOMAN, b. 11-16-1868;
d. 06-29-1966 – Santa Clara, CA
02 Rosa Lee HOLLOMAN, b. 04-05-1871;
d. 10-31-1952 – Santa Clara