Discovering our Ancestors

Emperor Charlemagne

King Charles I of France (Charlemagne) is a grandfather to many persons in our family tree. As a result we have many kings, queens, dukes, duchesses, etc. as grandparents and cousins.


Welcome to our family tree site. The key beginnings of this site originated on the Holladay/Barbour side with my Aunt Ruby Holladay Patterson and on the Martin/Collier side with my Great Aunt Lucy Martin Sims. The site includes additional family information for my immediate family regarding their family lines.

For my siblings and I our heritage is largely Irish, Welsh, English, Scottish, German & French!


The surname Holladay was first found in Annandale, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. In ancient Scotland, Holladay was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived near the mountain called Holy Day in the county of Annandale.


The surname Barbour was first found in Northumbrland, and Cumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The ancient Scottish name Barbour was first used by someone who worked as a medieval barber who not only cut hair and gave shaves, but also practiced surgery and pulled teeth.


The surname Martin has largely English and Irish origins. Martin is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066 A.D. The name Martin comes from the Latin name Martinus, which is derived from Mars, who was the Roman god if fertility and war. The surname was Martin was first found in Liecestershire or at Westmeston in Essex.


The surname Collier was first found in Lancashire where one of the first listings of the name was recorded in 1150 A.D. The name finds it origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to someone who made or sold charcoal.

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The surname Sharples was first found in Lancashire at Sharples or Sharples Hall, now a suburb of Bolton. The name was originally derived from the Old English word scearp meaning sharp and laes meaning pasture. The original bearers of the name lived in an area defined by its steep pasture.


The surname Holt was first found in Lancashire at Atworth. Holt is a name connected to ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Briton and derived from when the family once lived near a holt (meaning grove or woods).


The surname Mouser was first found in Austria where it was anciently associated with tribal conflicts of the area. The names literal meaning is "mouse chaser". From Austria emerged a multitude of noble families including the distinguished Mouser family.


The surname Worley was first found in Lancashire where they descended from Wyamarus Whalley, who accompanied William the Conqueror, from Normandy, and was the Standard Bearer at the Battle of Hastings.