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Re: Holley genealogy
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During the Revolutionary War, there lived in Greenville, NC a tribe of Indians called "Hawleyon" (Holley) Indians. They were of African and Indian descent. A member of the "Holley" tribe married a Cherokee Indian woman and through this union had seven sons and two daughters. The seven sons enlisted in the Revolutionary War as free men of color. Six of the boys fought in the war and Ben Holley attended to General George Washington. Five of the brothers were killed and and Ezekiel, one of the sons, and Ben returned home safely. Ezekiel courted a woman named Anne, who was listed as white with Indian blood. Because of the laws in NC against colored marrying white, they went to Halifax Court House in VA where they married after she went before a magistrate and swore that she had Negro blood. They settled in Tazewell County, VA and eventually bought a 125 acre farm.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more info on the descendants of these people, I have it.