David A. Holly, deceased, for many years engaged in farming in Lee County, was born in Paradise township, York county, Pennsylvania, in 1804. His parents were Jesse and Anna (Sherer) Holly. Mr. Holly removed, when a young man, to Ohio and engaged in farming there until 1835, at which time he removed to Franklin Grove, in Lee County, where he remained for ten years. He then came to Palmyra and purchased 720 acres of land in that township, of Smith Gilbraith, a considerable portion of which he retained and continued to reside upon until his death, in June 1875.

He was married in Knox County, Ohio, January 1, 1830, to Miss Eva Hoke, who survives him. There are also seven children living, the eldest of whom is William D.F. Holly, born in Belleville, Richland County, Ohio, September 1, 1834 and now a resident of Iowa; Amos H. Holly, born in Lee County, April 9, 1836, now living in California; Cornelia A. Holly, born in Lee County on the 12th of February 1840, and married to Frank Biddle, also residing in Iowa; David C. Holly, born in Lee County, January 1, 1843, who intends to remove to Iowa within a short time; George W. Holly, born in April 1845, and James F. Holly, born in June 1851, have also resided in Iowa several years; Emily Holly, born in Lee County in August 1849, and married to Orville Fort, lives in Iowa.

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