Below is the transcribed Obituary for Mary Barrett Holloman submitted after her death to “The St. Louis Christian Advocate” by her son John Barrett Holloman of Satartia, MS (Yazoo Co.).The obituary appeared in the Jan. 1859 issue and can be found at the St. Louis County Library in “The St. Louis Christian Advocate” (Methodist) 1851–1882.
"HOLLOMAN, Mrs. Mary, died in Yazoo Co. Miss 14 Nov 1858 in the 76th year of her age.She was daughter of Joseph and Winney Barett, born in Wake Co. NC.She was married to Edmond Holloman in 1803; removed to Mo in 1813; settled in what is now Ste. Genevieve Co, where she lived until after the death of her husband in 1843.Her house was always an inn for the tired and worn preacher, especially in the days of Walker, Wright, Scripps, McFarland, Thompson, Green, Harvey, Glanville, and a host of others.She was the only one, except her brother, I S Barrett, who helped to provide for the memorable Conference, held in Ste. Genevieve Church in 1821. - J. Barrett Holloman, Satartia, Yazoo Co, Mississippi."
Note it refers to her brother as "I. S. Barrett".It actually should have been written "J. S. Barrett" as her brother was undoubtedly the John S. Barrett who also lived in Ste. Genevieve Co. MO during the period from 1812 to 1849.The mistake of thinking a script J was a script I is common when transcribing script writing from the 1800s because almost no one can tell the difference in the way a script I and J was written back then.I even found at some Missouri court houses there may only be a record book I and no book J because even back in the 1800s so few could tell the difference between the script I and J written on the record books that they chose to skipped record book J to advoid mistaken references to Book J which should be Book I and vice versus.
Also note that the 1803 and 1813 dates mentioned in the obituary may be incorrect as other sources concerning the Holloman Family indicate Mary and Edmund Holloman most likely married in 1804 and that they moved to Ste. Genevieve Co. in late 1812 due to devastation caused to their first homesteads by the Great New Madrid Earthquakes in 1811 and 1812.