Biography of George Hollands
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Hollands, George, was born in Sussex county, England, on January 9, 1841. His parents, William and Charlotte Hollands, with a family of six children, came to this country in the year 1850. Soon after their arrival they found their way to Mansfield, Tioga county, Pa., where they have since resided. Four more children were born to them after their arrival to this country. They are still living and enjoying reasonably good health and in their eighty fourth and eighty first years of age respectively.

George Hollands, the subject of this sketch, at the age of eleyen years found a home with a respectable farmer, with whom he was to live until twenty one years of age, with the understanding that he was to receive a good common school education and when he became of age he was to have a good suit of clothes and 8100 in money. Before arriving at the age of maturity, however, the war broke out, and in September, 1861, he left the farm and enlisted in Co. B, 101st Pa. Vols., and served in the army for the period of three years and ten months, during which time he was engaged in many important battles. He was wounded in the battle of Fair Oaks on May 31. 1862, and was taken prisoner at the surrender of Plymouth N. C. April 20, 1864. He was an inmate of Andersonville and Florence prisons until the following December, and has never recovered from the exposure and suffering of that terrible summer.

He was shipwrecked in the Potomac River while on his way to join his regiment in April, 1865, and was only saved from a watery grave by clinging to the mast of the ship all night where he was picked up in an exhausted condition by a United States gunboat, the following morning. He was discharged from the service in July, 1865, having risen from a private to the rank of first lieutenant. Soon after the close of the war he embarked in the grocery business at Hornellsville, under the firm name of Holland & Fletcher,occupying what was then known as the old " Mamouth Store," opposite the Park. On January 2, 1866, he married Lydia Bailey of Mansfield, Pa. Five children were to them, viz., Minnie now the wife of Charles A. Smith of Middletown, N. Y.; Evaand Robert, who died of diphtheria in October, 1876; George Hollands, jr., who was born in November, 1875, and who is now at the age of twenty years, carrying on an extensive grocery business in the village of Bath, under the firm name of Geo. Hollands, jr., & Co.; and Burr R. Hollands, who was born in June, 1878, and is now being educated as a pharmacist. Mr. Hollands is an enterprising citizen, a man of sober and industrious habits and a prominent member of the First M. E. Church of Hornellsville. He has always been a prominent and active member of the Republican party and has had the honor of representing his ward as village trustee for six years prior to the organization of the city. In 1879 he was elected to the important office of county superintendent of the poor, serving as such for three years. In 1886 he very ably represented the town of Hornellsville on the Board of Supervisors. He was commander of Doty Post No. 266, G. A. R., for two years, 1889 and '90. He was one of the incorporators of the Hornellsville Sanitarium Co. and for several years a director and treasurer of said company. In the fall of 1891 he was elected sheriff of Steuben county, which office he very satisfactorily filled for the term of three years. A few months after his retirement from the officer of sheriff he, in company with Mr. L. O. Thompson, purchased the interest of J. W. Bachman of Hornellsville, N. Y., in the drug business, and at the present are carrying on a very prosperous business under the firm name of Thompson & Hollands.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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