JAMES N. HOLLOWAY was born September 26, 1819 in Warren County, Ky., son of Thomas and Jane (Cowles) Holloway, both from Virginia. James N. is the eldest of six children, and now the only survivor; he was reared on a farm near Eddyville until twenty-eight years old. His father having died when he was seventeen years old, he assumed the management of affairs and support of the family which consisted of his mother and five sisters. Two years after the death of his mother in 1848, he came to Eddyville and conducted a hotel until 1855. He spent three years in the liquor business on the river and at Paducah, and settled permanently in his present grocery and liquor business in 1858. Mr. Holloway has accumulated a large property as the result of personal industry, and ranks high in local, financial, and social circles. He was united in marriage, March 31, 1858, with Ellen Dix, of Eddyville. They have one child, Cora, the wife of Dr. Euclid M. Duncan, one of Eddyville's best physicians.
Source: J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Page 854.