James Holton was born at Tingewick in 1831, eighth child of James and Maria. At around the same time, his uncle Thomas emigrated to Tioga in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters. Twenty years later, James joined him.
Some years ago, two of his 3-great and 4-great granddaughters took a family history written by his son and collaborated on turning it into a book. We transcribed the diary – exactly as it was written – then I checked and wrote footnotes about all the people mentioned. Mary Holton Robare assembled a wonderful selection of family and local photographs: Jan Ezell Anderson cross-checked my notes and tracked down nearly 1,000 direct descendants.
The result was, though I say it myself, rather impressive.
Today I learned – thanks to Sue Dudley – that it appears in the National Library of Australia online library list.
If anyone is interested in a copy, I believe they can still be bought from Creative Continuum.