GEORGE M. HOLLOWAY. This fine old gentleman of English descent and Kentucky birth, has nearly rounded up the seventy-sixth year of his age, and if what his neighbors say about him is to be relied upon, he has reason to look with satisfaction upon a life which has been filled in with good and pleasant deeds, and also with many years of industrious labor. He owns and occupies one of the pleasantest homes in township 14, range 13, Scott county, and besides possessing a competence has an admirable share of sound common sense and a genial temperament, which has all his life long been continually winning for him the friendship of those with whom he has been brought in contact.
Mr. Holloway was the youngest of the nine children, three sons and six daughters, born to his parents, and is the only survivor of the family. His native place was in Clark County, Ky., about eight miles from Winchester, and the date of his birth, June 14, 1813. He commenced going to school in the Blue Grass State, but in 1828 the family came to Illinois, settling in Morgan County, upon a tract of land from which they constructed a comfortable homestead, and where the parents of our subject spent their last years, after having each arrived to the advanced age of about eighty years. John and Millie (Burch) Holloway, the parents of our subject, were natives respectively of Virginia and Kentucky. The father served as a soldier in the War of 1812, but aside from this engaged in farming all his life. The first representatives of the family in this country came over from England and settled in Culpeper County, Va., during the colonial times. The brothers and sisters were all natives of Kentucky. The family became somewhat scattered, most of the children making their homes in Illinois.
The subject of this sketch was reared to manhood in this county, receiving a limited education, but growing strong and healthy in body and mind and well fitted for the future duties of life. When a little over thirty years of age he was married Aug. 29, 1833, to Miss Mary New. Mrs. Holloway was born in Ohio County, Ky., May 29, 1811, and came to Illinois a few years after the arrival of her future husband. The newly wedded pair established themselves in a modest dwelling on a farm in township 14, range 13, but after occupying that a few years sold out and purchased their present farm. Upon this there had been effected only a few improvements, and Mr. Holloway for many years thereafter labored early and late in the building up of his home and the accumulation of something for his declining years. The household circle was completed by the birth of nine children, - Lucinda, John C., Permelia, Mary, Martha, Samantha, Lucy, Wealthy J. and Melissa.