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This is my story "The Story of Mary Reddick", her son Mills Holloman, his son James Holloman & Lauara Armwood (the combining of two families note that  Levin Armwood married James sister Margrett Holloman, James Holloman married Levin sister Laura Armwood), their daughter Bessie Holloman-Patterson, their daughter Lauara Mae Patterson-Williams, Her son Torentha Lee Patterson and Me Torentha Angelo Clark...Yet! There are other stories that need to be told.
Just imagine this is only on my dad's mom side.  I have another pedigree whose linage trace through the Hobbs on mothers side and also the Ragins of South Carolina, my dad faher side that track through the Mosely, Kings, Gays, and Berrys.
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The History of Where I am From Bealsville, Florida 

This is my great-great-great grandfather MILLS HOLLOMAN was a free black man apparently living in what is now eastern Pasco County in the 1840s and 1850s. He is shown as paying taxes as a free man of color in Benton (Hernando) County from 1845- 1856. The 1850 census shows him a 50-year-old farmer born in North Carolina and living in the Buddy Lake Settlement census district. In 1857-58 Holloman's tax was paid by his guardian Nathaniel Moody. In 1860 Tampa attorney James Gettis was listed as his agent. In 1863 Gettis was listed as his guardian. The 1870 census shows Holloman as 60 years old, white, born in Florida, using the Cedar Tree post office. In a letter to the Governor dated February 1, 1871, Judge James T. Magbee recommended that Holloman be appointed to the Hillsborough County Commission. The appointment was not made. However, Holloman was appointed to the Hillsborough County Commission by Governor Stearns in 1875. Holloman is reported to be one of the early settlers in Bealsville, a town in Hillsborough County near Plant City. Another source says he homesteaded in Seffner. A daughter Margaret married Levin Armwood in 1878.

Florida's Black Public Officials 1867-1924 has: "Born 1795, Virginia. Mulatto. Farmer. Died January 6, 1882, Hillsborough County, Florida. Hillsborough County Commissioner 1868-70, 1870-71."


  Some African Americans in South Florida managed to gain both economic opportunities and political clout during the immediate postwar period, which they then passed on to their daughters and sons despite the Democratic ascendancy. Levin Armwood, for example, was born to slave parents in Colquitt, Georgia, in 1855 and moved to Tampa sometime after emancipation. In 1878, he married Margaret Holloman, the daughter of Mills Holloman, an African American citrus grower who had been appointed to the Hillsborough County Commission in 1875 by Republican governor Marcellus Stearns. 17 With the aid of his father-in-law and perhaps some assistance from the Freedmen's Bureau, Levin, too, became a citrus grower. In the late 1870s, he was appointed the first Black police officer in Tampa. He also served as a deputy sheriff, postmaster, and supervisor of county roads. Mrs. Armwood, meanwhile, reared their five children.

      From these auspicious beginnings and despite the imposition of Jim Crow laws in the 1880s and 1890s, the Armwoods would become one of the area's most prominent African American families. Margaret and Levin Armwood's son Walter achieved prominence as an architect, economist, and school principal; daughter Idella as a teacher, shopkeeper, and social activist; and daughter Blanche as a founder of domestic arts schools and a speaker for the National Association of Colored Women and the Republican party. The original Armwood and Holloman homesteads stood on the outskirts of Tampa, in the community of Seffner, but several children, including Walter, Idella, and Blanche, moved into the city proper; and most family members maintained close ties with such institutions as St. Paul's AME Church.

      The Armwood family was unusual, however, in its quick rise into the Black middle class, its ongoing political connections to the white community, and the educational and professional opportunities open to its daughters. Moreover, the Armwoods, like the Hollomans, lived on the periphery of Tampa, whereas most African Americans lived in the city proper. In Tampa itself, the sections referred to as "colored" areas housed racially mixed and economically diverse populations. Some self-identified African Americans, such as Mary Brandon, acknowledged their mixed parentage. Brandon's father was Adam Clay, a West Virginia planter; her mother, Easter Clay, was a slave. After emancipation, Mary moved to Tampa and set up housekeeping on the north side of the city, where she lived with her daughter into the 1930s. Dorcas Bryant, who was dark-skinned, was mother to a number of light-skinned children, at least some of whom were fathered by her former white owner. 18 Sol Stanley, a freedman, lived in the neighborhood with his wife, a white woman. Nancy Ashley, an ex-slave, continued to live in an apparently consensual relation with her former master, William Ashley, after emancipation. When Nancy Ashley died in 1872, she was buried alongside William at the predominantly white Oaklawn Cemetery under a headstone that read, "Stranger consider and be wiser. In the grave all human distinctions of race or caste mingle together in one dust." In the 1880 census, enumerators noted the mixed-race heritage of twenty-eight local residents—sixteen women and twelve men—identified as mulatto, but thereafter those of mixed-race backgrounds became Black in official records unless they were willing and able to pass as white. 19

The Story of Bealsville, Florida

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The telling of my story is somewhat easy for my people have maintained records.  My great grandmothers first cousin and daughter are here to share their memories Audrey Holloman-Wright and Phostella Bowers.  They have wonderful pictures of the period during re-construction.  These we shall add.

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