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James Houliston

Male 1834 - 1904  (70 years)


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  • Name James Houliston 
    Born 11 May 1834  NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 August 1904  McLeod, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Note: Death certificate states mother's maiden name as "Lees"

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      Info from Mariah Allison Meisner:
      James b. 5-11-1834 d. 3-19-1925 [INCORRECT DOD]
      m. 9-9-1856 to a Mary Stephenson b. 2-3-1837 d. 3-19-1925
      (note: it shows that they both died on the same day...haven't found out why yet)

      James and Mary Stephenson Holliston had 5 children:
      Eva b. 8-13-1858 m. W. B. Knott
      Andrew b. 8-17-1859 d. 10-1867
      Laura b. 1-29-1860 d. 2-18-1931 in Hutchinson, MN m. 1-1-1886 to a Andrew Thompson b. 7-12-1832 in Tyrone,
      Ireland d. 1-31-1911
      William b. 4-20-1863 (worked in real estate in Creswell, OR)
      Frances b. 2-20-1865 m. Beecher Cook in Olympia, WA
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      1850 USA census - Oswegatchie, Saint Lawrence, NY:
      William Holiston abt 1815 Scotland
      Sherman Holiston abt 1848 New York
      ...
      ... Andrew Holiston abt 1793 Scotland
      Mary Holiston abt 1794 Scotland
      Adeline Holiston abt 1834 New York
      James Holiston abt 1835 New York
      Samuel [Lawrence] Holiston abt 1836 New York
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      http://www.oronoco.com/history7949311.asp
      History of Oronoco>pp. 848,851-853,856,857
      Oronoco took a very prominent position in the early history of the county. At the time of its settlement, on March 13, 1854, the nearest human habitation was twenty-five miles away. ... The site of the present village of Oronoco was pre-empted by Leonard B. Hodges, John B. Clark and Ebenezer S. Collings, partners in the venture of starting a town in the wilderness. ... Messrs. Hodges, Clark and Collings were all bachelors, and proceeded to build a log hut for their common use and protection. This was placed on the left bank of the river, but a few feet above its surface, about on the spot now occupied by the abutment supporting the north end of the bridge.
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      Commerce begins
      In 1854 Hodges, Clark & Collins donated ten acres, including the mill-site and water-power, to Ezra Odell and James Holliston, who built the first mill - a sawmill - during the following winter. The first store was built and opened by John A. Moore. The first hotel was erected by S. P. Hicks in the fall of 1854 ... and in this rude hostelry from sixty to one hundred men were sheltered and fed daily.
      ... During the latter part of this season and the winter following, D. J. Bascomb, T. A. Olmsted and H. D. Evans built a gristmill, and in 1856 Messrs. Allott and Wilcox built a sash, door and planing mill; so that by the summer of 1856 the village of Oronoco presented a lively appearance. ... During the summer of 1859 the manufacture of chairs was added to that of sash and doors, but the "great freshet" in June of that year swept away the whole machinery, and it was never replaced. ...The flouring-mill changed hands several times, and was several times remodeled and added to; in 1873, the property having fallen into the hands of A. D. Allis, who sold a part-interest to A Gooding and D. S Hebbard, of Rochester, a large merchant mill was erected, in which were placed eight runs of stone, and shortly after three sets of rolls.
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      http://www.oronoco.com/downloads/history_of_lake_shady.doc
      History of Lake Shady
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      The first structure across the Zumbro was a log bridge built in 1854 by Oronoco’s founders, Leonard B. Hodges and J. B. Clark. The purpose was to take advantage of the stages traveling the Dubuque Trail which was the main access for all emigrants. On November 8th of the next year, in 1855, Odell and Jas. Holliston finished the first mill dam and immediately began the first of many grist mill operations. Further use of the water power source was made by planning and sash factory that began operation in 1856.

      This dam was destroyed along with the millwork factory by the flood of 1859. A second dam was rebuilt and was in operation until another devastating flood carried it away in 1876. The third dam was to last until 1923 and was the beginning of wide-spread use of this water resource for recreational pursuits. The large mill that was in operation at the time, burned in 1879 and was rebuilt on a smaller scale by Abraham Allis. When Allis purchased the business, he acquired 30 acres around the lake as part of a settlement. He then developed a resort area. The lake was known as Mill Pond and the resort as The Grounds.
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      1860 USA census - Oronoco, Olmsted, MN:
      Name Age in 1860 Birthplace
      Jas Holstan 26 New York
      Mary Holstan 22 Pennsylvania
      Eva Holstan 3 Minnesota
      Andrew Holstan 2 Minnesota
      Florence Holstan 4 Minnesota
      Lucy Holstan 2 Minnesota
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      1870 USA census - Collins, McLeod, MN:
      James Holiston abt 1834 New York
      Mary Holiston abt 1839 Pennsylvania
      Eva Holiston abt 1857 Minnesota
      Lawrence Holiston abt 1860 Minnesota
      William Holiston abt 1861 Minnesota
      Francis Holiston abt 1863 Minnesota
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      1880 USA census:
      Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
      James HOLISTON Self M Male W 46 NY Farmer SCOT ---
      Mary HOLISTON Wife M Female W 42 PA Keeping House CT CT
      William HOLISTON Son S Male W 19 MN Helps On Farm NY PA
      Frances HOLISTON Dau S Female W 17 MN At School NY PA
      Henry BUSH Other Male W 20 ENG Farm Hand ENG ENG
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      Source Information:
      Census Place Collins, Mcleod, Minnesota
      Family History Library Film 1254625
      NA Film Number T9-0625
      Page Number 118D
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      1900 USA census (1 Jun 1900) - Brookfield, Renville, Minnesota:
      Name Relation Race Sex Month Year Age Status Yrs married # children living children Self Father Mother Occupation
      James Holliston Head W M May 1834 66 M 44 New York Scotland Scotland Farmer
      Mary Holliston Wife W F Feb 1836 64 M 44 5 4 Minnesota New York ?
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      http://people.mnhs.org/dci/Results.cfm?CFID=1898749&CFTOKEN=79380479
      Minnesota Death Certificates Index
      HOLLISTON, JAMES
      Date of Birth: <1834>
      Place of Birth: NY
      Mother Maiden Name: LEES
      certid# 1904-33-2835
      Date of Death: 08/09/1904
      County of Death: MCLEOD
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    Person ID I5123  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 18 August 2007 

    Father Andrew Houliston,   b. 26 April 1791, Blainslie, Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 June 1871, Oronoco, Olmsted, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Mary Lees,   b. 15 October 1794, Kailplet, Cranshaws, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 December 1866, Oronoco, Olmsted, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 31 October 1813  Channelkirk, Berwick, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marriage record of HOULISTON, ANDREW to MARY LEE/FR478 in 1813 in CHANNELKIRK GRO ref 729/00 002*
      NB: date of 31st October is the date of the proclamation money paid - still to check closer
      (image on file - name is quite clearly Mary Lees i.e. the 'S' on the end of Lee)

      this additional info is NOT evident from the image
      Andrew Houliston married Mary Lee 31 October 1813, at Channelkirk.
      Andrew born 26 April 1791 at Blansley, Melrose, Roxburghshire.
      Mary Lees born 15 October 1794 at Kailplet, Cranshaws, Berwickshire.
    Family ID F732  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mary Stephenson,   b. 3 February 1837, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 March 1925, McLeod, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 9 September 1856 
    Children 
     1. Florence Holliston,   b. 1856, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Eva Holliston,   b. 1857, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Lucy Holliston,   b. 1858, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Andrew Holliston,   b. 17 August 1858, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 November 1863, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
    +5. Laura Holliston,   b. 19 January 1860, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 February 1931, Hutchinson, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     6. Lawrence Holliston,   b. 1860, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. William Holliston,   b. 20 April 1863, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935, Lane, OR, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     8. Frances or Francis Holliston,   b. 20 February 1865, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F1853  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart



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