Henry Holtzclaw or Holtsclaw was born 1770 in North Carolina, the son of Henry Holtzclaw, Sr. and Susannah. He died after 1860 in Jefferson County Illinois. He married Sarah Shirley, daughter of Richard Shirley and Dorcus Cullins. She was born in 1766 in Barren County, Kentucky, and died in 1860 in Jefferson County, Illinois and is buried in the Old Union Cemetery, "Old Part" Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois.
Henry and Sarah’s marriage date is still unproven, but according to Sarah’s father’s “Account of the Sales of the Estate of Richard Shirley, Deceased”, filed October 1st, 1797 in Scott County, Kentucky his Estate “paid Henry Houlzclaw who ____ Sarah the day of the deceased 4 pounds 16 shillings” (the blank looks like an abbreviation for married ?). This is the only mention of when Henry and Sarah may have married. The Account of Sales also shows that the Estate sold Henry a frying pan for 8 [shillings]; shears for 7 [shillings]; and pewter for 13 [shillings].
The 1820 Census of Barren County, Kentucky shows that on August 7, 1820 there were 9 people living on the Holtsclaw farm. The farm was located east of Glasgow on US 68 - KY 80, 6 1/2 miles, turn left on Love Knob Road, approx. 1/2 mile, turn right. This road leads to the Holtzclaw/Bowles place. White Oak Creek ran through property.
Henry was the surveyor in the 3rd precinct in Barren County, Kentucky of the Columbia Road from the fork at Hamiltons Mill Road to Bishops Old Place at a slash 30 feet wide.
The Holtzclaws were early settlers in the Shiloh Township, which was west of Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois.8 Land records show that Henry purchased 80 acres on December 20, 1828 for $100.00. The legal description of the land is Township 02S 02E Range 3, Jefferson County, Illinois.
Census records from 1830 through 1865 show Jefferson County, Illinois as their residence. Henry was a farmer. The 1860 census, taken July 6th, 1860 shows that Henry was 63 years old, and a farmer. The location of his farm was Township 2 S Range 3 E, Jefferson County, Illinois. The value of his real estate was $2,000 and his personal estate was $800. He stated that he had been married within the year, meaning that his wife, Sarah, died sometime between January and July 1860. He was living with his daughter Elizabeth, who was 26 years old, and Malcom Stacy, a 16-year-old boy. (Vicky’s note: Malcom may have been Henry’s g-grandson; Henry’s granddaughter Sarah Holtzclaw, daughter of James Henry married George Stacy).
Children of Henry Holtzclaw and Sarah Shirley are:
i. Richard Holtzclaw, b. September 16, 1788, Culpepper County, Virginia, d. December 02, 1905, Marion County, Illinois, m. Mary Smith.
ii. James Henry Holtsclaw, b. April 14, 1787, Culpepper County, Virginia, d. September 6, 1834, Jefferson County, Illinois, m. Rhoda McKee Brooksher.
iii. Mildred Holtzclaw, m. William Nevil, June 25, 1806, Barren County, Kentucky. 4. iv. Enoch Holtzclaw, b. 1790, d. October 12, 1864, Mason County, Illinois m. Gehoda Jane Joliff. v. Henry Holtzclaw, d. 1823 Barren County, Kentucky. 16 Henry’s will was recorded in the Will Records of Barren County, Kentucky on Page 280 which states: Written: 6 September 1823 My wife, Polly My father and mother, Henry and Sally Holtsclaw My brothers and sisters, James Richard and Enoch Holtsclaw; Milly Nevil, Melindy Bowls, Sally Walters, and Elizabeth Cummins Edward Gill, Exe. Witnesses: James Cummins, John Harding, and Peggy Cummins Probated: October 1823 5. vi. Malinda Holtzclaw, b. August 27, 1797, Virginia; d. 1852; m. (1) John Fleming Bowles, married (2) Mister Banks bef. 1823. She married (3) George Munday December 26, 1839 in Barren County, Kentucky. 6. vii Elizabeth Holtzclaw, b. 1803 Barren County, Kentucky, d. 1845 Jefferson County, Illinois, m. Samuel Cummins May 29, 1822. 7. viii.Sarah Holtzclaw, m. James Waters.
The following document is about the descendants of Henry and Sarah Shirley Holtsclaw to my generation. This is regarding the Holtsclaw family that lived in Illinois. This document is now part of the collection of The Germanna Foundation and the research documents and books are in their collection.
Land plat in Jefferson County, Illinois
Patentee: HOTTSCLAW, HENRY Patent Date: 1/5/1831 Accession: STA IL0050__.288 Location: Jefferson County, IL Township: 2-S Range: 2-E Section: 13 Aliquot: W½NW Meridian: Third Principal Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566) Longitude: -88.9395651589591 Latitude: 38.3549355205821
Google Maps Information: 38°21'17.8"N 88°56'22.4"WShiloh Township, IL 9336+X5 Mt Vernon, Illinois
Sarah Shirley Holtzclaw “Holstlaw”
Old Union Cemetery, "Old Part" Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois