farmer of White Sulphur Springs, is the son of Morgan and
Nancy (Holeman) Holeman. His father, a native of Tennessee, died in Caldwell
County in 1881; his mother lives in Caldwell County, four miles from Princeton.
His paternal grandfather was Reuben Holeman. His maternal grandfather, John
Holeman, married Margaret Sigler. Our subject was born in Hopkins County
October 12, 1829. He never received any education, but is a man of rare
business tact, and has done well in his financial concerns. On November 22,
1850, he married Melvina Cowan, daughter of James W. Cowan, of Union County.
Twelve children, four of whom are dead, have been born to him: John R. married
Viana Farthing, Catherine married M. Z. Fathering, James T. (deceased) married
a Miss Richie, Nancy R. married Newton Arnold, a grocer of Boxville, and
Samuel, Jr., married Mythia Jeffries. The single children are Madison, Sylvanus,
George Houston, and Betty. Mr. Holeman has traveled considerably; he made one
trip to New Orleans on a flatboat; he came to Union County in December, 1850,
after his married. He has 1312 acres of land, 700 of which are under
cultivation. He is neutral in politics. Mr. Holeman is surely a self-made man.