Melvin, I would like to work with you on the Holleman/Hollomon and Early families. I have added pages of a Bible found in the NC archives - scans online - that begin by stating
" FAMILY RECORD. (Father of Abner Jackson Holloman) James Holloman A Sun [sic] of Samuel Holloman Christan his wife wos [sic] Born the 25 day of July 1795 John Jenkins Son of Jane Jenkins and Wisley Earley his dadie [daddy?] Was born Oct 6th 1872 (slave) Belonged to James Holloman father of Abner Jackson Holloman."
"Slaves owned by Abner Jackson's father, James Holloman FAMILY RECORD. Randerl wos [sic] Born January 1839 __ Lewis Tysen wos [sic] borned [sic] December 1857 __ Manier wos [sic] borned [sic] June 1858 JameS R Holloman James James Giles wos [sic] Born June 1840 __ Sikel wos [sic] Born Janua[r]y 29. 1843 __ Tillis wos [sic] Born October 1844 __ Siles wos [sic] Born May 1849 __ Basil wos [sic] Born June 1851 __ [MS crossed out: Wiseley] Wiston wos [sic] Born January 6 1852 __ [MS blotted]nney wos [sic] Born August 1853 __ Alley Ann wos [sic] Born October 1853 __ Goodmar wos [sic] Born May 1855 __ Kirbis Pek wos [sic] Borned June 1856 Boudey was born 1857"
It is fortunate that the slaves were recorded in the family Bible. I have much more on the Holleman family. And while I agree that Charlotte Bass Hollemon was the daughter of Council Bass, I do not believe that she is the same Charlotte Evertte Holloman, wife of James A Holloman to whom the Bible belongs. Yet there has to be a connection with the slaves, as you have found. I have worked for years on my own tree and on the large group Holyman tree and frankly, even with all the Bass's and Holleman's in my own tree and thousands of Holleman's of every spelling in the Holyman tree, I do not know which Holloman was the spouse of Charlotte Bass. I agree that she is the Charlotte Holleman in the 1860 and 1870 censuses in Hertford living as a widow with black families of earlier slave families; however, I do believe she is the Chalotte married to James in the 1850 census. Your question whether there were 2 families with similar names in Hertford is a good one.
Obviously, the slave Wisely Early belonged to James S Holloman who had a wife Charlotte though. And with your research of the slave families, the Early and other related families were in the Bass family wills, too. I found Council's will and as I come from Bass and Holleman, these are major research families for me.
As an aside, you may want to look at James Norfleet Holloman, grandson of James A (of the Bible above) and son of Abner Andrew J, who left all of his property (he was wealthy) to his mulatto children by Mary Jane Chavis. They could not legally marry but he did not deny Mary Jane or their children.
Often I find wills of my families in NC upsetting as they willed slaves like property on the same pages with their livestock and split families up. It is immoral in every way. But I do enjoy working with my DNA cousins who descend from slaves. As soon as we match DNA, I contact them to see if we can we work together to figure out our connection. We help each other as much as we can. I am pretty good at finding wills and connecting families. I would really like to work with you on this particular family. Thank you for your blog postings! Denise Keeter Goff
Links for the 2 trees are 1. Mine (Abrams Keeter Lowe Patnode) 2. Holyman (Holyman/Hollyman Genealogy and Allied Families Please feel free to add comments in the trees.http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/24162775/person/26208241867http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/44918492/person/6277760829