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June 1, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Genealogy: The Holman Family


From time to time, Slate River Ramblings will highlight Buckingham County Genealogy – the handmaiden to social history and biography.

Recently, Harry S. Holman completed and published the 3rd edition of his book, The Holmans of Virginia.  In it, Mr. Holman goes far beyond a list of names and dates, including, in many cases, lengthy biographies. A significant number of Holmans resided in Buckingham (and immediate environs, such as Fluvanna and Cumberland counties) and intermarried with other well-established Buckingham County families, including: Allen, Ayres, Chambers, Ford, Hooper, Miller, Moseley, Shepard, Smith, Winfrey, Woodson, etc.


The volume is also richly illustrated.  Copies are still available.  Send inquires to Harry Holman at


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  1. Alvin D. Holma / Jan 7 2018 7:35 pm

    I am from Buckingham County, Virginia. My Father’s name in Aubrey Davis Holman and Grandfather is Christmas Holman. Any information is greatly appreciated.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 8 2018 6:41 am

      Thanks for your comment. I suggest you contact Harry Holman at: He is the Holman expert. Happy hunting! Joanne

  2. Nancy / Mar 10 2016 9:14 am

    Does anyone have the book on Holmans they want to sell?

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 10 2016 9:21 am

      Nancy, I believe Harry Holman still has a few copies. You can reach him at Joanne

      • Nancy / Mar 16 2016 9:08 am

        He doesn’t have anymore. But thanks Joanne. If you know or hear of anyone, please let me know. Many thanks! 🙂

  3. Steven G. Meeks / Jun 1 2013 9:24 pm

    1) The house on Fitzpatrick Lane that you recently featured was called Oakland at some point. Is this same Oakland where Tandy Holman lived?

    2) Is this the Holman family for whom the unopened Holman Street in Scottsville was named after?

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 2 2013 5:22 pm

      Steven, I have heard from Harry Holman. Tandy Holman’s Oakland is not connected to the Oakland on Fitzpatrick Lane. The Holmans of Scottsville are a branch of the Buckingham family and they arrived in Scottsville about 1826, purchasing roughly ten acres at the top of the hill above the Scottsville Museum. Today’s Holman Street, at the top of the hill, is where their property was located. The owner of the ten acres was Col. James Bradley Holman (b. 1795) who later settled in Marengo County, Alabama. Tandy Holman, pictured above, was the nephew of Col. James Bradley Holman.


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