Posted By:Kenn Hicks
Subject:Re: Joseph Q. and Joel Holleman
Post Date:October 15, 2008 at 20:11:22
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I observed from your information dated July, 2006 that you know far more about the Holleman Family than I. Finding the graves on my property raised many questions, such as "why" their bodies were in that particular place (although their presence in Wake County is obvious).

Along with your information and my research at our local archives in Wake County, NC I have determined thus far that:

Wyatt Holleman moved from Virginia to North Carolina, most likely when he turned 21 years of age. He married Martha (Patsy) Beckwith who was 8 years older, worked first as a carpenter, then as a farmer and later became a justice of the peace and accumulated hundreds of acres of land about 15 miles southwest of Raleigh.

Camp Crabtree, which later became Camp Carolina, was located approx 3 miles to the North and West of downtown Raleigh, and the graves of Joseph and Joel are located due East of downtown Raleigh. Camp Crabtree was the point of gathering for the 26th Confederate Regiment, Company 'D' to which the Wake Guards (Joseph and Joel) were assigned.

Hostilities with the enemy (Northern aggressors) essentially began during March of 1862 around New Bern, NC, however the grave markers indicate the deaths of Joseph and Joel as being January and February of 1862.

One explanation could be that they died of a disease prior to the battle and were shipped back to Wake County by train. My available records do not show that the Hollemans owned land where the boys were buried, and Joel's name is not listed on the grave marker (it only says Holleman, and gives the date of birth and date of death of Joel. This indicates that someone other than his family buried the brothers and I have no explanation for the events at this time, nor can I speculate as to what happened. Joseph Q. was listed properly on the tombstone, with his parents' name, company and regiment and commander. I have the 1840, 1850 and 1860 Federal Census for the Holloman Family if that would be of interest to anyone.

In consideration that several hundred confederate soldiers have been relocated to Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, my present plan is to have these Holleman (Holloman) remains also relocated, as the current grave sites are in an area of high development and subject to vandalism and destruction. There are members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who have volunteered to assist, but there are still some details to be worked through.

There may also be more grave sites under the ivy, so things could get even more interesting.