Wednesday’s Leaf: James Alonzo Holman

Today we feature James Alonzo Holman, my third great uncle. James was born on September 1, 1835 in Beaver, Pennsylvania. As the oldest boy in the family, he developed a sense of responsibility at an early age. This was particularly true when the family was driven from their home in Nauvoo, Illinois.

In 1851, James and his family settled in Santaquin, Utah. During this time, James became a minute man and member of the cavalry. He also met and married Sarah Ann Mathis.


James Alonzo Holman and Sarah Ann Mathis

James was also involved in different enterprises, including grading and building railroads. In fact, he was present when the famous Golden Spike was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah.


James Alonzo Holman (third from the left) and His Brothers

James died on September 24, 1920 at the age of 85. He was the father of 13 children and 78 grandchildren.

*Wednesday’s Leaf celebrates ancestors recently added to a growing family tree.

6 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Leaf: James Alonzo Holman

  1. I learned about your blog via Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog.
    Reading it, it struck me that the Holman surname sounds very Dutch. Being Dutch myself, I was very much interested. I also have a blog with many genealogical subjects. One of my posts shows a survey of foreign genealogical blogs/sites showing Dutch origin surnames. The URL is The idea is to try and establish contacts between people who have an interest in the same surname. There are numerous cases in The Netherlands where people emigrated centuries ago without leaving a trace in Dutch archives. With my blog I try to bring Dutch and foreign (mainly US/CAN) genealogists together.
    Therefore, I like to have your permission to show your site in my a.m. blog.
    I look forward to your reaction!
    Kind regards,

    PS One of the largest Dutch databases shows over 6000 hits for Holman.


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