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From Jamestown to Birmingham – The Hollon’s Journey in the American South

From Jamestown to Birmingham
The Hollon’s journey in the American South

The Hollon’s/Holland’s have thrived and survived for 394 years here in North America, they have  seen Starvation,Revolution,poverty and wealth…but mostly poverty.pic of boat

The journey started on May 18, 1595 for Frances Gabriell “Gabe” Holland born in Northumberland England. Gabe came to America from Bristol England in 1621 aboard the ship “Supply” landing in Jamestown Va. He shows as a indentured servant and later yeoman farmer and sergeant in the local militia.Indenture

Four Generations later the Hollon/Holland’s show up in the Appalachian mountains of Montgomery County Va. Elk Creek district now Grayson County Va.

William Hollon/Holland born 1747 served in the Montgomery County Militia Elk Creek District in 1782. He married Rebecca Russell they had a number of children half of their children moved to Wolfe Co Ky. The other half to the foothills of South Carolina.


Three generations later the South Carolina Hollon’s settled and farmed in newly formed Autauga County Alabama. It was there that my Grandfather Luther Jackson(Jack) Hollon(Poppy)was born in 1922. At a young age his family packs up and moves toward Birmingham looking for work and a better way of life. After the attack of Pearl Harbor Jack served in the US Navy(1942-1945) as an aviation structural mechanic with a PBY Catalina squadron at NAS Pensacola. After the war he worked as a machinist with Hayes Aircraft for over 30 years before passing in 1997.



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About Shannon Hollon

Shannon Hollon lives in McCalla Alabama graduated from McAdory High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Served 9 years in the US Navy Seabees with one tour in Afghanistan.Currently employed with US Steel and serving on the board of directors for the West Jefferson County Historical Society.

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