JOHN HOLLOWAY First Families of Tennessee Pension List # 271
On 20-November 1832, John Holloway of Morgan County, Tennessee, appeared before John H. Hughes, Justice of the Peace, to file for a pension as a Revolutionary Soldier. He calculated his age as 73 years and made the following statement about his service record.
John Holloway, was born near Richmond, Virginia. He was drafted into the Service in East Tennessee near Jonesborough under Captain John Clark, Major Jesse Walton and Colonel John Sevier. They first marched to the Doe River and concluded that it was not safe to leave the frontier so the troop returned home. This became the pattern for fighting the Indians zig-zagging through the Indian Nation fighting and capturing Indians and then returning home. John Holloway fought in this manner for two years and was awarded a pension even though he could produce no written documentation of his service.
John Holloway was born near Richmond, Virginia, the date and his parents names not stated. He removed to Henry County, with his parents at about 10 years of age and then to East Tennessee where he entered the Revolution. After the war, he moved back to Henry County, Virginia, but returned to Moccasin Gap in East Tennessee where he married Rebecca, maiden name unknown, 17 March 1790, in Sullivan Co., Tennessee.
They stayed there for about five years and the moved to Roane County, in the part that is now Morgan. They lived in Morgan County for the rest of their lives. John Holloway died 4 April 1837, of the dropsy and his widow, Rebecca, applied for a widow’s pension on 1 October 1838, which she received until her death on 17 March 1850.
Rebecca stated that she and John Holloway had the following children:
Nancy (the eldest child) married Matthew Griffith on 31 August 1808 in Roane County and lived in Marion County.
Elizabeth married Alexander Hunter and 2) Elisha Hood. She died at "The Cove" in Overton County, (later became Fentress County) about 1824.
Joseph born 17 March 1795 married the daughter of Robert McCartt. Her name is not stated but the 1850 Census shows her name to be Rebecca. Children listed were Joseph, Clark, Poleacy (Perlesia), Preston and M.C. They also had a son, Henry, who was married by the 1850 Census. He is mentioned in the Pension Application.
William born 17 March 1798.
Kesiah born 24 May 1801.
Rachel born 24 January 1804. Rebecca is shown living with her in the 1840
Morgan County Census.
Moses Claibourn born 25 February 1807.
When Rebecca Holloway died, the following heirs were listed in the Morgan County Court Minutes: Nancy, Josiah (Joseph), Polly and William, Kassy, Rebecca?, Claiborne and Elizabeth. There is no Rachel Holloway listed on the 1850 Morgan County Census as Head of the Household, although, there is a Rachel Holloway in the household of Middleton B. Holloway.
Submitted by:Edna Pansy Briggs Ward, 1331 Margaret Rd, Knoxville, TN, 37920-4601. I am the ggg grand daughter of John Holloway. This was submitted to the Library by: Sue Krezelak from Oregon, And passed on to me when I began to research in 1995 Return to CONTRIBUTIONS PAGE Return to MORGAN COUNTY HOME PAGE