The Carson Family

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James Holman (Holdman, Holeman)
Born: about 1814 in Virginia or Kentucky
Died: after 1880

Lancaster Cemetery Page One


James Holman (Holdman, Holeman), born about 1814 in Virginia or Kentucky, is the earliest documented ancestor in our Holman family tree. He lived in the area of Brodhead (Stigall's Stand), Kentucky, which is on the border of three Kentucky counties: Lincoln, Garrard, and Rockcastle.

On June 4, 1835 in Garrard County, Kentucky, James Holman was married to Martha Ramsey, the daughter of Alexander Ramsey, by Baptist minister Benjamin Polston. 

Alexander Ramsey is the son of Thomas Ramsey who fought in the Revolutionary war (joined army 1776, Essex County, Virginia), and the nephew of Francis Alexander Ramsey who was in Lee's Legion (joined late 1779, discharged June 6, 1783). 



Marianne Lamken, a Ramsey family researcher, received the following from the Garrard County Historical Society:

“Satisfactory proof has this day made in open Court by the Oaths of James Slegon and William F. Pearl, that Thomas Ramsey late a private in the Army of the Revolution departed this life on the fifth day of June 1843, and that the said Thomas Ramsey was the identical person named in an original Certificate now here shown to the Court of the date this 6th day of February one thousand Eight Hundred and nineteen and signed by F. C. Calhoun Secretary of war granting to the said Thomas Ramsey Eight Dollars per month, to commence on the thirteenth day of June one thousand Eight Hundred and Eighteen and numbered 6527 and it was further proved to the satisfaction of the Court that the decedent left no widow at his death and that Obed Ramsey, James Ramsey, Alexander Ramsey, Thomas Ramsey, Frank Ramsey, Elizabeth Vaught, and Patsey Taylor are his heirs at Law.”

“In Inventory of the Estate of Thomas did this day produce approved and ordered to be recorded.”


Copy provided by Linda F McCauley (Secretary - Rockcastle County Historical Society)


Garrard County, Kentucky Marriages

Ramsey, Alexander 
Spouse: Nelson, Nancy
Ramsey, Alexander Marriage Date: 03 Feb 1812 


Alexander Ramsey (father of the Martha Ramsey who married James Holman) and some of his family are in the Lancaster Cemetery in Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky:

Alexander Ramsey (father of the Martha Ramsey who married James Holman)

Mary Ramsey (wife of Alexander Ramsey) [Note that the stone says "Mary" not "Nancy"]

Alexander Ramsey, Jr (son of Alexander Ramsey)

Double stone for Mary (Ramsey) George (daughter of Alexander Ramsey) and her husband Ansel George.

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