Hollier families appear in Staffordshire at an early date, due to migration from nearby Warwickshire. Many of these families also lived in Derbyshire, so are covered here.
A large family was at Barton by the late 16th century. It begins with two brothers Robert (d. 1632) and Walter (1582-1646/7). The names Walter, Henry and Dorothy frequently appear, which suggests that the family at Barton Park, Tatenhill in the mid 18th century is connected. They were also at Walton upon Trent, DBY. This line also migrated to Hagley, where they owned Hollier's Farm. From this line comes the Henry Hollier who became Steward to the Marquess of Bute (Lord Cardiff), see here.
Probably connected with the Barton-under-Needwood family, because of the use of the name Walter. Walter Hollier was a graduate of Oxford and became Curate of Cannock in 1666. His eldest son Richard was Vicar of Colwich (1700-1724) and Rector of Radbourne, WAR (1714-1724). Another son Henry was Vicar of Aston 1696-1716. Richard's eldest son Henry (1708-1744) was a noted apothecary in Birmingham.
Several branches of the Hollier family appear in Tamworth. Two brothers, Thomas and Charles from the Kingsbury family had families there. Another family, John and Sarah, appear in the 1820s and may come from the family at Church Gresley.
Another Hollier family from the heart of the name in Staffordshire. Thomas Hollier married Ann Dainty in Kings Bromley in 1807 and had 9 or perhaps 10 children. Many of the sons moved to Birmingham where they all worked as Spoon Polishers. This family was hard to research, as they frequently got transcribed as Holier or Hollin and very often they claimed to have been born in Birmingham or merely 'Staffordshire'.
A line that probably originates with the Nether Whitacre family. William Hollier was an innkeeper at Wolverhampton in the late 17th century. He had two notable sons: William who studied at both Oxford and Cambridge and was Vicar at Carshalton, Surrey 1703-1737; and Isaac Hollier (1683-1729) who was an ironmaster at Wolverhampton. One of Isaac's sons was apprenticed in London in 1732, so might conceivably be connected with Hollier lines in London.
In the 19th century, many other families were attracted into the industrial areas of the Staffordshire/Worcestershire borders, including branches of the Fordingbridge Holliers.
Three families at Croxall can be seen in the mid 18th century, but their descendants are untraced.
John Hollier and Ann Buckley married at Church Gresley in 1796. Their son Thomas had a family at Shenstone and Wall.Back to top