…was my maternal Grandad Herald David Holyland’s father. It seems Holyland is a “Leicestershire name” originally written as Holiland. It seems famillies with this surname were mainly from the western part of Leicestershire, places like Desford, Peckleton, Market Bosworth & Stoney Stanton.
Simeon’s ancestors were mainly from Barsby, to the north east of Leicester, although his Step-Grandad Holyland had ancestors from Desford.
He was the 2nd generation of Simeon Norman Holylands. His father was born Simeon Norman in Rothley Workhouse in 1860 to Jane Norman (father unknown). He was adopted by Fulshaw Holyland in 1863. Thereby becoming known as Simeon Norman Holyland. My Grandfather’s brother was the 3rd and last generation of Simeon Norman Holyland.
Although in my generation I have a cousin called Simon Holyland.
He served with the 2nd North Midlands Fields Ambulance for 4 years up to being called up to serve in WW1 in 1914 when he was 23 years old. But was not signed up due to being unfit – motif: deafness / weeping from ears.
When Simeon Norman Holyland was born on 30 January 1891 in Leicester, Leicestershire, his father, Simeon, was 31 and his mother, Ann, was 37. He married Maud Harnett Ford at Saint Michael All Angels Church, Melton Road, Leicester in April 1915. They had three children together Grace, Herald David & Simeon Norman. He then married Lilian Alice Arnold in September 1948 in Leicester, Leicestershire. He died on at The General Hospital on the 31st October 1951 in his hometown at the age of 60.