1. Nathaniel Pass Sr. was born about 1732 in VA.
He died in 1815 in NC, Caswell Co., near Milton. On 20 Dec 1779, Nathaniel
was given a land grand of 430 acres in Caswell
County, NC "on the waters of Smiths Mill Creek". It is not known
why the land
grant was given to a citizen of Virginia. It was not for Nathaniel's
Revolutionary War service which did not begin until a year later. Most
probably it was for some service in the Indian skirmishes which took place
around the middle of the 18th century and which kept the settlers scurrying
back and forth across the Virginia-North Carolina border.
Sometime in 1780, Nathaniel moved onto his North Carolina grant with his wife,
Alsey HOLLOWAY, whom he had married in Halifax, VA., and his first son,
Holloway PASS, born 4 March 1762. It can be noted that Nathaniel's wife's
maiden name, HOLLOWAY, is the same as one of the first nine townships that made
up Person County when it was formed from Caswell County in 1791. Just what
this connection is has not been discovered, but at least some tie between
Alsey's family and the Person County township is suggested.
As the primary fighting of the Revolutionary War shifted from the Middle
Colonies into the Southern Colonies, Nathaniel must have felt the necessity
defend his newly acquired land. On 15 September 1780, Nathaniel, at age 46,
and his son Holloway, age 18, volunteered and served in Colonel William MOORE's
North Carolina Regiment. War records show that Holloway (and presumably
Nathaniel, also) was in the battle at Rugley's Mill during his first enlistment
period. In the fall of 1781, they enlisted again and were in a battle at Brown
After the war, both returned to Caswell County. Census records show that they
remained there at least through 1810. Nathaniel died in 1815 at age 81. His
will is recorded in Caswell County, NC (Book of Wills "G", page 131).
census of 1820 shows Holloway living in Person County, but by 1830, he had
moved back to Caswell County. Holloway died in 1845 at age 83. His will is
recorded in Guilford County, NC.
-J. Garland Pass Jr.
In his declaration for a pension for service in the Revolutionary War, Holloway
stated "that the old family record which contains his age is in the possession
of his younger brother, Thomas Pass, of Georgia". This declaration was
11 Jan 1836 in Caswell County, NC.
Nathaniel was appointed surveyor of roads in place of William Roberts, then
was sued for not keeping up the road - fined 15 shillings.
-Obtained from Halifax Co., VA courthouse by Olive Pass & Eloise A. (Pass)
In Court Orders, Halifax Co., VA, the following were listed as defendants;
1760-1804: (1.) Thomas Pass (2.) Nathaniel Pass (3.) Richard Pass (4.) John
Pass (5.) Holloway Pass (Most charges were minor and were dropped)
-information provided by Eloise A. (Pass) Adams.
He was married to Alsey McGinnis
Holloway in 1759 in VA, Halifax Co.. Alsey McGinnis Holloway
was born about 1740. She died in Aug 1815 in NC, Caswell Co.. Nathaniel Pass
Sr. and Alsey McGinnis Holloway had the following children:
Nathaniel Pass Jr..
Jemimah (Jennie) Pass.
Mary B. Pass.
Ellisada "Ellis" Pass.