John M. Hollaway
JOHN M. HOLLAWAY, undertaker at Geneva, was born in Darke County,
Ohio, August 16, 1834, son of John D. Hollaway, who was born in Washington
County, Pennsylvania, January 21, 1794. His mother, Catherine (Mill)
Hollaway, was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1795. The
father of John D. was Samuel Hollaway, born in England in 1756. He and a
brother came to America, he as a soldier in the Continental army, and his
brother a soldier in the British army.
After the war Samuel settled inWashington County, Pennsylvania, where he married and following farming. In 1804 he removed to Warren County, Ohio, near Lebanon, settling on a farm. In 1818 he joined the Shakers, with whom he remained until his death, which occurred in 1856, at the age of a hundred years. He reared a family of
four sons and four daughters, John D. being next to the youngest. The latter enlisted in April, 1811, and served one year under General Harrison. He was at the siege of Fort Meigs, under Major Corcoran, and was wounded by a musket ball in the right thigh. Soon after his discharge he was married, in April, 1817, near Troy, Miami County, Ohio. He was a hatter by trade, but after his marriage followed farming. He removed to Darke County, Ohio, on Stillwater, where he lived until his death, September, 1866. The mother died in September, 1872. They had eleven children, four sons and seven daughters, our subject being the youngest. The entire family were members of the Disciple church except John. Mr. Hollaway was a life-long Democrat, but he voted for his old commander, General Harrison, for President in
John M., the subject of this sketch, was reared on his father's farm until he was seventeen years of age, then went to learn the carpenter's trade, serving two years' apprenticeship. He then traveled until he was twenty-five years old, visiting many of the Western States and Territories, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Indian Territory,a and back to his home. He was married August 12, 1859, to Zilpha A. Lukes, born in
Miami County, Ohio, June 8, 1836, and then worked at his trade one year.
After this he followed farming until 1861, when he enlisted, April 17, in Company C, Eleventh Ohio Infantry, in the three months call. He served until August 27, 1861, and afterward received a commission from Governor Tod, as First Lieutenant of Company E, Forty-Fifth Ohio Infantry, serving until December 28, 1863, when he resigned and returned home. He again enlisted as a private in the Eight Ohio Battery, Light Artillery, and
remained until the close of the war. He was discharged August 10, 1865, at Vicksburg, Mississippi. He participated in the battle of Perryville, siege of Knoxville, and several other battles and skirmishes.
After his discharge he returned to Darke County, Ohio, and soon after was elected justice of the peace, which office he resigned and removed to Ridgeville, Randolph County, this State. In January, 1872, he removed to Ceylon, this county, thence to Geneva in 1874, which is his present home. He worked at his trade until February, 1884, when he engaged in the undertaking business, andfollows that exclusively. Mr. Hollaway is a Republican in politics, and is a member of John P. Porter Post, No. 83, G.A.R. being a charter member. He has served three terms as commander. Mrs. Hollaway is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. and Mrs. Hollaway are the parents of six children -Hamlin M., Ida M., Irena, Olla (deceased), Emma and Goldie, also deceased. They have an adopted daughter, Mamie Ruckman.
Enlisted: 7/9/62 as 1st Lieut.
Commmisioned: 8/11/62, Co. E
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL RECORD OF ADAMS COUNTY, INDIANA, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887 - Pgs. 366-367