If you could give us some idea of when Mahalia (Anna) was born, it would really help us.I located Zachariah, but the only Mahalia or Anna that I could find in either Clermont or Brown Co. was only aged 1 at the time of the 1860 census, where Zachariah is listed as being 22.Was he 21 years older than her?
When was your grandfather born?When posting queries for help, it is ALWAYS a good idea to give people as much data concerning the ages of the people as you can.
Anyway, her is the information on Zachariah.Brown Co., is the eastern borering county to Clermont.
1850Brown Co., OH - Clark Twp. - Dist 13 - September 2, 1850 1131/1136 Holland, William 37 - farmer - 2500 - OH Martha A. 32 - OH Sarah A. 14 - OH Zachariah 12 - OH Elizabeth 10 - OH Thomas 8 - OH Mary 5 - OH Cordelia 4 - OH Loretta I. or J. 1 - OH
1860 Brown Co., OH - Clark Twp. - Hammersville P.O. - June 30, 1860 - page 88 572/607 Hollen, William 47 - farmer - 3500/400 - OH Martha A. 41 - OH Zachariah 22 - farm hand - OH Mary 16 - OH Cordelia 13 - OH Loretta 10 - OH Laurie 8 - OH Emaline 7 - OH Martha A. 4 - OH William L. 8/12 - OH
Zachariah's younger brother 1870 Pendelton Co., KY - Pct. 3 - July 19, 1870 - Catawba P.O. - page 26 195/191 Holland, Thomas 28 - working on farm - OH Augusta 29 - keeps house - OH Martha 6 - OH Emma E. 4 - KY Merick L. 7/12 - KY
Mahala (Anna) was either dead by 1880, or else she was the SECOND wife of Zachariah.
1880 Clermont Co., OH - Washigton Twp. - ED# 51 - June 1, 1880 - 10B 105/105 Holland, Thomas head - 37 - farmer - OH OH OH Agusta C. wife - 39 - keeps house - OH OH OH Martha B. dau - 15 - OH OH OH Emma E. dau - 13 - OH OH OH Charles S. or L. son - 9 - OH OH OH David E. son - 6 - OH OH OH Roena N. dau - 3 - OH OH OH Elizabeth dau - 1 - OH OH OH 106/106 Holland, Zachariah head - 42 - widower - farm labor - OH OH OH William A. son - 18 - farm labor - OH OH OH Eddie F. son - 12 - OH OH OH Laura B. dau - 8 - OH OH OH ******************************************* NOW, IF you Mahala was his second wife, and she was born about 1859, then the ONLY possibility for her was the following lady.
1860 Clermont Co., OH - Concord P.O. - Williamsburg Twp. - June 4, 1860 - page 6 33/33 Lyle, Hitty Ann 56 - widow - VA William 31 - farmer - 12,500/3000 - VA Alfred 28 - farmer - VA Marcus 18 - farmer - VA Mary 16 - OH McIntire, James 28 - farmer - OH Washburn, Joseph 25 - farm labor - MS Powell, Bashaby 23 - mulatto - servant - VA Mahala 1 - mulatto - OH
Now, from the above information, Mahala was the daughter of a mulatto (probably a slave), meaning a combination of a black person and a white person.In my day, they called this combination a "High Yellow".They very often were able to pass off as being 'white'.If her mother was a mulatto, and she mixed with a 'white', then her off spring (Mahala), would be very light complexion.Even more able to 'pass off'.One of the males in the household was probably the father of Mahala.You have to remember the southern (Virginia born people were slave holders) mentality.They had the RIGHT to have sex with any of their slaves.And even though Bashaby was in a 'free state', she was born in VA and was very possibly one of the slaves they brought with them, when they came to OH.