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Holland Genealogy Forum
Do you have a reference that directs you toward a different spelling? My impression was the name was too complicated and it was easier to use the name of the country of origin. I have not seen any suggestions for the real name as of yet. I don't know if you watch the Olympics, but some of the names of people from that region look rather complicated to pronounce and spell.
I would like to direct you to a few references that may be of some help: "The Heritage of Giles County, Tennessee" (976.861 Gil)-from the Giles Historical Society in Pulaski, Tennessee. I do not have the page number but it states in Reference to Thomas E. Holland.."This branch of the Holland family originated in Netherlands, where Thomas' oldest brother Charles was born in 1758. Names of the parents are not known, but it is believed that the family surname may have been changed when they migrated to Maryland about 1759-60. A second son Jacob was born about 1761 and Thomas followed in Frederick County, Maryland on 17 December, 1763. The family moved to Ninety-Six District, South Carolina around 1770-1775. All three sons saw service in the Revolutionary War, primarily in the South Carolina-Georgia area." ......"Tillman Holland born March 17, 1794, is widely accepted as being a son of Thomas by almost all researchers. In addition to land and census records, letters from two of Tillman's grandchildren establish that Tillman was a son of Thomas...." There are three-four pages on the Holland family and more on branches off this family.
The other source I would refer you to is Limestone County, Alabama. The Historical Society there has published a series of articles with sources and lists researchers. It is titled "Planters, Patriots, and Pioneers One Hundred Ninety-Five Years in Limestone County." There are several articles in a series that touch upon the Holland family and those intermarried with that line. The eighth article is on Robertson/Holland, also articles 14, 15, and a few more. One helpful part of the article for some may be the following information ..." There is a point which should be cleared about the Thomas Holland/Jane Adair who lived and died in Laurens, South Carolina and have NOT been connected to Thomas and Prudence. That Thomas descended from Anthony , Capell, and Abraham who was the father of Thomas b 1762-1815) who married Jane Adair b1765-1830. Their wills are in Laurens County, South Carolina where they died and are buried in the Adair/Holland Cemetary. Thomas had brothers Rezin, Richard, Jeremiah, Basil, and William. Some of the family migrated to North Alabama. " This is good information to know when looking at the census in South Carolina and Alabama, so that you do not confuse the two different Thomas Hollands. I hope that can be of some help to you and those researching the line of Thomas Holland/Prudence Leggett. Getting beyond The 1700's has been exasperating for me with so many dead ends. Should anyone every have that missing piece of the puzzle, please contact me.
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