Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Gordon's sweetheart died this past June, on her birthday.

Stacy just found this photo merge she created in photoshop a few years ago. She can't remember if Grandma ever saw this, but now it depicts the truth. They're finally side by side.

Much love.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

John Daniel Sr.

I finally heard back from Salt Lake County Archives.

"I have received your request for a death record for John Daniel Holladay, Sr. I checked our death record index covering the years 1848-1883 and was not able to find a listing for a Holladay. You might want to try the Utah State Archives and see if they have one. Their website address is http://historyresearch.utah.gov I did a name search for him on their website and his name did come up, but didn’t have any documents attached to it so you may have to call them at 801-533-3535. Do you know exactly where Spring Creek was? Could it have been in Utah County? If you can figure out where that was, then that might help as well."

I checked the state archives, and they had a listing for John Daniel (1798-1862) buried in Santaquin County. But when I pulled up the cemetery's burial list, it was the wrong John Daniel (1828-1909).

SO. Since Salt Lake County has no record of him, and he's not listed as being buried anywhere in utah State, my conclusion is that he is buried (unmarked) in Holladay Memorial Park. And unless we get a bolt of lighting-revelation telling us that "Spring Creek" does not refer to the stream in Holladay, Utah, I am pretty sure that's what we'll have to stick to.

Friday, December 5, 2008

PAF 5 tutorial & Holladay, Utah

To anyone interested:

Stacy has created a tutorial (complete with pictures) on how to get started creating and adding basic information to a new PAF file. It is posted on the Resources and References page! Go check it out and then get started! As always, drop us an e-mail (gordonworthholladay@gmail) if you want our most recent PAF file.

And now, some real big news! Introducing Holladay, Utah! Rebecca Lynne discovered this city through a friend of hers who will be student teaching there shortly. If you click the link, you will see that it was founded by members of the Mississippi Company, who were led by none other than our John Daniel Sr.!

The even more exciting news: thanks to Google Earth, Becca found that there is a "Holiday Cemetery." After a little cross-referencing back and forth between the city's website and our records, I now believe that John Daniel may be buried there. My records say he is buried in "Spring Creek, Utah" and the city's website says the original founders named a stream near Kentucky Avenue "Spring Creek." Here's a photo of the entrance on [no kidding] Memory Lane:

Guess what? As an extra treat, we found a virtual tour of the cemetery. We couldn't get close enough to many of the graves, and so far have not determined if he's for sure in there... but we're pretty certain. Anyway, enjoy your tour by clicking on that link, then clicking on "virtual tour."

Don't forget to keep researching!!

EDIT: After quite a few phone calls it has come down to this: Holladay Memorial Park has early pioneer grave sites, but they are unmarked and the cemetery doesn't know who is there. The employee there gave me two other cemeteries to check out, but one number didn't work and the other was established several years after John Daniel's death. So now we are in the process of submitting a research request to the Salt Lake County Recorders' Office.

But it's all still good news!!!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sergeant Daniel Holladay

How exciting is this:

Using the BYU-Idaho library, we found a picture of Daniel Holladay's gravestone! (This is the Daniel who was married to Kezziah Terry, Margaret Brunson, and Martha Knighton)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Daniel William Holliday (1752-1837)

So. The biggest question lately has been why Daniel Holladay had 3 wives simultaneously. At first we thought maybe they were his slaves. However, there is one problem with that theory. His third wife's son John Daniel Sr. later grew up, moved to Arizona and started a plantation with slaves of his own. If he had been the son of a slave, he would still be a slave himself. Not only would he lack the freedom to start his own plantation, but it is unlikely that he would keep slaves himself. Later on he accepted the Gospel, freed his slaves, and moved West with the Mormon pioneers in the Mississippi Company.

With the slave-wife theory semi-disproved we have now to wonder about the details of Daniel Holladay's family life. What was the situation of this South Carolina Revolutionary War soldier that he would support three wives and about 22 children?

Ancestry.com has several photos of his tombstone and marriage records I would LOVE to get my hands on, but I'm not a member. Any brilliant ideas?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Daniel William Holliday's wives

So. It turns out that in addition to Keziah Terry and Margaret Brunson, Daniel Holladay also married a Martha Knighton. It appears that Margaret was the first wife, then Martha, and then Keziah. We have a list of all the children Daniel fathered, and can have that information up here shortly.

(Izzy, will you e-mail Stacy that word document from your computer? Thank you!)

Happy researching!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

From "Holy Day" to "Holladay"

I found this little piece of HISTORY while searching on "RootsWeb" and thought you might be as interested and astonished as I was! This Captain John Marshal Holladay is 8 generations back from Gordon Worth Holladay...it appears that he was the one to changed the "i" to an "a" in the surname.

When I read through his individual summary there was this great note that I'm posting here. Enjoy!!!

Name: John Marshall Holladay (Holliday)
Prefix: Captain
Sex: M
Birth: 20 Apr 1676 in Of London, Middlesex, England
Christening: 26 Apr 1676 Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 4 Nov 1742 in St George Parish, Spotsy, Spotsylvania, Virginia
Burial: Nov 1742 On Plantation, Bellefonte, Virginia

The name HOLLADAY was adopted by people who lived in CLANS on the SCOTTISH border. AT the beginning of the 9th century this clan crossed the IRISH Channel and re-conquered from the Saxons the greater part of their original possessions
in the south of Scotland (now district of Galloway, Dumbrieshire, and Peebles).
The ROMANS had expelled their forefathers from that territory. When these people settled on the borders of their kingdom, others had settled across from them---and they began harrassing and petty warfare, which continued long after the area had become one. TRADITION affirms that "HOLY DAY" became the WAR CRY of these people and their chief. Each time a HOLY DAY came it was spent ravaging the enemies country. They were plunderers. The chieftan who first assumed the HOLYDAY surname had his castle, or strong tower, near the source of the River Annandale.
HOLLADAY has been SPELLED MANY WAYS---8 different ones listed over the years in that area. This area was very wooded and the wolf, wild boar, and deer were hunted there.
In 1191 AD King Richard of England joined the Crusades. He called for 5,000 men from Scotland--and of the 5,000--1,000 were from Annadale, and almost all Hollidays. When this ill fated monarch was in captivity, the Earl of Huntington returned to England with what was left of the British force. The Hallidays (veterans) dispersed into many areas, so the name became common in many places.
JOHN HALLIDAY of London had 2 sons----John and Thomas
THOMAS came to Jamestown VA in 1660. He lived in VA and Maryland.
JOHN, his second son, changed his surname to HOLLADAY when he located in SPOTSYLVANIA, VA in 1702. He was Captain of the Virginia Rangers in his county. His plantation was called Bellefonte (from a spring near his dwelling). They were not wealthy, but were
in comfortable circumstances, always honest and respectable. His son, DANIEL HOLLADAY married and left Virginia. He settled in S. Carolina. His son, JOHN DANIEL HOLLADAY, married Katherine Beeseley HIGGINS and moved to Marion County Alabama, where they reared 10 children. He owned
a large plantation, had a number of slaves, and grew corn, cotton, and tobacco.
He embraced the gospel, sold his plantation, freed his slaves and moved his. family to Utah. The winter of 1846-47 they spent at Pueblo, COLORADO. They came as far as Laramie, WYOMING a year AHEAD of the UTAH PIONEERS, went down to Colorado. They joined a company known as the MISSISSIPPI SAINTS, and retraced their steps to the NORTHERN TRAIL (Laramie?) in the spring of 1847, and followed the original band of Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley the latter part of July. JOHN DANIEL HOLLADAY and KATHERINE BEESELY HIGGINS were sealed in the ENDOWMENT HOUSE by Brigham Young in April 1851.
On Helen Ivy HOLLADAY'S lines----we have an illustrious ancestor
JOSEPH LAZARUS MATTHEWS. He was a SCOUT for Brigham Young, along with Porter Rockwell. He is on the MORMON MONUMENT, "This is the Place" in
east Salt Lake. Joseph Lazarus Matthews was in charge of the 14th GROUP for Brigham Young.
Just briefly will mention 3 stories that are told about him concerning Brigham Young. They are:
Antelope through field glasses
Leaving barricade down on a circle encampment ? Living the United Order
His wife was Rhoda CARROLL --- and she was called "Fat Grandma", and everyone loved her. Joseph Lazarus also had a couple bursts of temper passed down about him but he had SPUNK,to scythe least, and he was VERY TRUSTED by Brigham Young. He was sent to colonize in Southern Utah, in San Bernadine Calif, and lastly at 70 years was sent to Arizona where he helped colonize in the Gila Valley.. Matthewsville (just west of Pima) was named for him. He died not long afterwards.
We have MORE COMPLETE histories of these people, but time being short, we decided to just give you a smattering of your heritage in the wide open spaces of the ARIZONA TERRITORY. We have much to be proud of...on both the McEuen and Holladay lines. They were courageous, brave people, with the necessary abilities and talents to FORGE AHEAD into the wilderness with the HARDEST type of work, and NOT ONLY SURVIVE, but to flourish ....