Mary Elizabeth Shaw Holliman


Brief Life History of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Shaw Holliman was born in 1837, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, her father, John B H Shaw, was 39 and her mother, Mary Lawley, was 32. She married Elijah Jefferson Holliman in 1858, in Fayette, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States in 1850 and Fayette, Alabama, United States in 1860. She died in 1866, in Pickens, Alabama, United States, at the age of 29, and was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Millport, Lamar, Alabama, United States.

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Elijah Jefferson Holliman
Mary Elizabeth Shaw Holliman
Marriage: 1858
Mary Elizabeth Holliman
Elizabeth Holliman
Sarah Melissa Sally Holliman
Peter Aaron Holliman

Sources (5)

  • Mary Holiman in household of Elijah Holiman, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Elizabeth Shaw Holliman, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Mary Shaw in entry for Mrs. C. M. Halliman, "Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1963"

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  • Marriage
    1858Fayette, Alabama, United States
  • Children (4)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (3)


    Age 9

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 26

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

    Age 26

    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    Name Meaning

    English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): from Middle English s(c)hawe, s(c)haghe ‘small wood, grove, thicket’ (Old English sceaga). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a small wood, or habitational, for someone from any of the many places so named. Shaw and Shawe are most frequent in Lancashire and Yorkshire, where Shaw in Oldham (Lancashire) may be a principal source of the surname. The English and Lowland Scottish surname was also established in Ireland in the 17th century.

    Scottish: shortened form of various surnames from the Gaelic personal name Sitheach, derived from sithech ‘wolf’.

    Irish (Down and Antrim): adopted for Ó Síthigh ‘descendant of Sítheach’, a personal name based on sítheach ‘peaceful’. Compare Sheehy .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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