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Valentine HOLLINGSWORTH, Sr.

Male Abt 1632 - Abt 1711  (~ 78 years)


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  • Name Valentine HOLLINGSWORTH 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt Aug 1632  Present-Day Ballymacrandal, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Came to America on the ship "Antelope" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Abt 1711  New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Irish Quaker Immigration into Pennsylvania [database online], Orem, UT: Ancestry.com, 1998:

      VALENTINE HOLLINGSWORTH, wife Ann, and children came over to Pennsylvania in 1682, from Balleniskcrannell, Parish of Sego, County Armagh, Ireland, and settled in New Castle County on Delaware.

      HENRY HOLLINGSWORTH, son of Valentine, came over from Ireland in 1683, in the Ship Lion, as an indented servant to Robert Turner. . . .

      The records of this family in Ireland are from the registers of Lurgan Meeting, County Armagh. There is, of course, no foundation for the tradition that Valentine Hollingsworth married Catharine, daughter of Henry Cornish, High Sheriff of London, who was executed in 1685. It is probable that the Hollingsworths went over from England to Ireland with other planters early in the seventeenth century, but there is no proof to show that they came from Cheshire, as stated by some historians of the family. For an extended record of descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth see Hollingsworth Genealogical Memoranda, by William B. Hollingsworth (Baltimore, 1884); also see McFarlan-Stern Genealogy, 6-11, 56-60, History of Chester County, 605. . . .

      VALENTINE HOLLINGSWORTH, son of Henry Hollingsworth, of Belleniskcrannell, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland, and Catharine, his wife, was born at Belleniskcrannel, about the sixth month in the yeare 1632; was married 4 Mo. 7, 1655, to Ann Ree, daughter of Nicholas Ree, of Tanderagee, County Armagh, She was born about 1628, at Tanderagee, and died 2 Mo. 1, 1671. He then was married a second time, 4 Mo. 12, 1672, to Ann Calvert, daughter of Thomas Calvert, of Dromgora, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, and Jane his wife. . . .

      William Stockdale gives the following account of Hollingsworth's persecutions for tithes:

      1671, County Armagh, Valentine Hollingsworth had taken from him for Tithe, by Thomas Ashbrook Tithmonger twenty nine stooks of Barly, and three stooks and a half of Oats, all worth one pound one shilling; 1672, Valentine Hollingsworth for Tithe by Edward O'Maghan, 26 stooks wheat. 3 car-loads Hey, 26 stooks of Oats, 26 stooks of Barley, Value ??2, 18s; 1673, corn and hay, valued at ??2; 1674, wheat, hay, oats, barley, valued at ??3 4s. . . .

      In 1682, Valentine Hollingsworth and his family, accompanied by his son-in-law, Thomas Connaway, and by John Musgrave, an indented servant, sailed from Belfast for the Delaware, and, as we have already stated, settled on a large plantation of nearly a thousand acres on Shelpot Creek in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle County, about five miles northeast of the present city of Wilmington. He was prominently identified with the affairs of Friends, the early meetings being held at his house. In 1687, he gave unto ffriends for a burying place half an Acre of land for yt purpose. A meeting-house was afterward built on this plot and the meeting known as Newark, from the name of the plantation, which in the original survey was called New Worke. Valentine Hollingsworth was appointed a Justice of the Peace for New Castle County, in 1685, and represented the county in the Assembly in 1682-3, 1687, 1688, 1689, 1695, and 1700. He died subsequent to 1710, and his wife Ann died 8 Mo. 17, 1697. They were interred in Friends' ground at Newark.

      The children of Valentine Hollingsworth by his first wife, Ann Ree, were as follows:

      1. Mary Hollingsworth, born 1 Mo. 25, 1656, at Belleniskcrannell, married, first, 4 Mo. 28, 1682, at the house of Francis Robson, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, to Thomas Conway or Connaway, of Parish of Lisburn, County Antrim. They came to the Delaware with her father in 1682, and settled near him in New Castle County. Thomas Connaway died 11 Mo. 30, 1688-9, and his widow, in 1693, married, secondly, Randal Malin, widower, of Upper Providence, now Delaware County (originally of Great Barrum, Cheshire, England). Randal Malin became a Quaker minister and in 1727 removed with his wife and family within the limits of Goshen Monthly Meeting.

      By her first husband, Thomas Connaway, she had three children: (1) Elizabeth, b. 7 Mo. 9, 1687, m. 1st Charles Booth, 1705, and 2d, Thomas Babb, in 1720; Ann, born about 1688, m. Philip Taylor, 6 Mo. 10, 1705; Sarah b. about 1689, m. 3 Mo., 1710, to John Yearsley, b. in England about 1685, son of John and Elizabeth. By her second, Randal Malin, she had three children: Hannah, b. 1 Mo. 7, 1695-6, m. Daniel Williamson, Jr., about 1716; Rachel, b. 5 Mo. 24, 1702, m. John Cain or Cane, 9 Mo. 7, 1722; and Katharine, who married Tate, in 1721. . . .

      2. Henry Hollingsworth, b. 9 Mo. 7, 1658, at Belleniskcrannell, is thought to have come over to Pennsylvania as a redemptioner to Robert Turner, in 1683. Subsequently he lived for a time with his father in New Castle County. In 1688, he returned to Ireland for a wife and on 6 Mo. 22d of that year was married to Lydia Atkinson, of Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, whom he shortly after brought to Pennsylvania. For a number of years he was Deputy Surveyor of Chester County. In 1695, he resided in Chester, and was Sheriff of the County. He also represented New Castle County in the Provincial Assembly. In 1700, and for some time after he was Clerk of the Courts, and Coroner of Chester County. He removed to Elkton, Md., about 1712, in which year he was appointed (3 Mo. 9 by Lord Baltimore) Surveyor of Cecil County. His manuscript commonplace book, which is a medley of receipts, poetry, astrology, alchemy, chemistry, some of which is in Latin, is in the collection of the Hon. Samuel W. Pennypacker, of Philadelphia. He died 2 Mo. or 3 Mo. 1721. His children were: Ruth, m. George Simpson, 12 Mo. 24, 1706; Stephen, who m. Ann, was a Magistrate in Cecil County, Md., in 1730, removing subsequently to Virginia, where, in 1734, he obtained a grant of 472 acres of land on the west side of the Shenandoah River, in Orange County; Zebulon, b. 1696, d. Cecil County, 8 Mo. 8, 1763, m. 4 Mo. 18, 1727, Ann, daughter of Col. Francis Mauldin; Catharine m. Dawson, of Kent County, Md.; Abigail, m. Richard Dobson, in 1720; and Mary.

      3. Thomas Hollingsworth, b. 3 Mo., 1661, at Belleniskcrannell, d. 1732-3, in Winchester, Va. He resided for a time in Rockland Manor, New Castle County but later removed to Winchester, Va. His first wife Margaret (by whom he had one son Abram, born 1 Mo. 19, 1686), died in 8 Mo. 1687. He then married 1 Mo. 31, 1692, Grace Cook, of Concord. Children by second wife: Elizabeth, b. 11 Mo. 8, 1694, m. Stroud, in 1718; Hannah, b. 1 Mo. 17, 1697, m. William Dixon, in 1718; Thomas, b. 12 Mo. 23, 1698, m. Judith Lampley in 1723; Jacob, b. 1 Mo, 4, 1704, m. Rachel Chandler, 1729; Sarah, b. 8 Mo. 7, 1706, m. John Dixon, in 1724; Joseph, b. 3 Mo. 11, 1709, m. Martha Houghton, in 1730, and removed to Virginia; Grace, b. 3 Mo, 9, 1712. . . .

      4. Catharine Hollingsworth, b. 5 Mo., 1663, at Belleniskcranmell; d. 6 Mo. 29, 1746; m. 11 Mo. 2, 1688, George Robinson, who was born in the north of Ireland, about 1666, came to the Delaware in 1687, and died 9 Mo. 8, 1738. Their children were: Mary, m. Thomas Jacobs, 8 Mo, 13, 1710; Ann, m. Jonathan Ogden, in 1720; Valentine, m. Elizabeth Booth, in 1740. . . .

      The children of Valentine Hollingsworth by his second wife, Ann Calvert, were:

      5. Samuel Hollingsworth, b. 1 Mo. 27, 1673, at Belleniskcrannell; d. 1748; m. in 1701, Hannah Harlan, daughter of George and Elizabeth Harlan. He lived in Birmingham Township and held several important public offices. In 1729 and 1738, he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Chester County. From 1725 to 1728 he represented the county in the Provincial Assembly. Children: Enoch, m. 1st Joanna Crowley, 10 Mo. 23, 1725, 2d Elizabeth Chads, widow of William Pyle; John, m. Mary Reed, in 1732; Samuel, m. Barbara Shewin, in 1738, and died in 1751; George; Elizabeth, m. Henry Green, in 1734.

      6. Enoch Hollingsworth, b. 6 Mo. 7, 1675, at Belleniskcrannel; died in New Castle County, 8 Mo. 24, 1687.

      7. Valentine Hollingsworth, b. 11 Mo. 12, 1677, at Belleniskcrannell; d. 1757; m. in 1713, Elizabeth Heald.

      8. Ann Hollingsworth, b. 10 Mo. 28, 1680, at Belleniskcrannell; m. James Thompson in 1700.

      9. John Hollingsworth, b. 2 Mo. 19, 1684, in New Castle County; d. in 1722; m. Catherine Tyler, in 1706.

      10. Joseph Hollingsworth, b. 5 M. 10, 1686, in New Castle County.

      11. Enoch Hollingsworth, buried 9 Mo. 26, 1690. . . .

      (2) According to the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project , the Irish town in which the HOLLINGSWORTHs lived is now named Ballymacrandal.

      (3) Note by compiler: Some of the records relating to Valentine HOLLINGSWORTH and his descendants use "Quaker dates." See the following discussion in Berry, Ellen Thomas and Berry, David Allen, Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987, p. 67:

      Quakers . . . did not use names for days of the week or months of the year since most of these names were derived from the names of pagan gods. A date such as August 19, 1748 will never be found. Rather it would be written ?19th da 6th mo 1748.? Sometimes this will be written as 6mo 19da 1748. Why 6th month since August is the 8th month? The Quakers, along with everyone else in the American Colonies and England, did not begin using the Gregorian calendar until 1752. Under the Julian calendar the year began on March 25th; March was the first month and February the twelfth month. This is something of a problem when an event occurred in the months of January, February or up to March 25th, for then the date is given as 1748/1749.

      (3) Stewart, J. Adger, Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr., John P. Morton Company Inc., Louisville, KY: 1925, pp. 1-2:

      [Note by compiler: The author of this book transcribed some dates incorrectly; e.g., he transcribed "4 Mo. 7, 1655" as "April 7, 1655," rather than "June 7, 1655." See the note on "Quaker dates," set forth above.]

      VALENTINE HOLLINGSWORTH, SR.

      THE original immigrant ancestor of the American family of Hollingsworth was a member of the Society of Friends, and many of his descendants adhere to that faith. He was the son of Henry Hollingsworth of Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Legoe, County Armagh, Ireland, and of Catherine, his wife, was born at Belleniskcrannel "about the year 1632," and was married April 7, 1655, to Ann Ree, daughter of Nicholas Ree of Tanderagee, County Armagh. She was born about 1628, at Tanderagee, and died February 1, 1671. He then married, April 12, 1672, Ann Calvert, daughter of Thomas Calvert, of Dromgora, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, and of Jane, his wife.

      In 1682, Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr., and his family, accompanied by his son-in-law, Thomas Connaway, and by John Musgrave, an indented servant, sailed from Belfast for the Delaware River, arriving a few months after William Penn's arrival in the good ship "Welcome." He settled on a large plantation of nearly a thousand acres on Shelpot Creek in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle (now Del.) Co., about five miles northeast of the present city of Wilmington, and not far from Port Christian, or Christiana of the Swedes. Not long thereafter a monthly meeting was established, the sessions being mainly held at Hollingsworth's House. In 1687 he granted "unto friends for a burying place half an acre of land for ye purpose, there being already friends buried in the spot." The section in question soon became known as the "New Worke" or "New Ark," now the thriving town of Newark, Del. That Valentine Hollingsworth was a man of extraordinary ability and influence is demonstrated from the fact that almost immediately after his arrival in the New World, he was called upon to hold office and participate in public affairs. He was a member of the first Assembly of the Province of Pennsylvania, shortly after William Penn's advent, that of 1682-3; also of the Grand Inquest empaneled October 25, 1683, to consider the famous case of Charles Pickering and others charged with counterfeiting. He served in several subsequent sessions of the Assembly, those of 1687, '88, '95 and 1700, from New Castle County, and was a Justice of the Peace from the same county. He was also a Signer of Penn's Great Charter and a member of the Pro-Provincial Council. He died about 1711. His second wife, Ann Calvert, died August 17, 1697. Both were buried in the old burial ground at Newark, Del., which he had presented to the Friends in 1687.

      ISSUE 1ST MARRIAGE (ANN REE)

      I. Mary-Born January, 1656, at Belleniskcrannel, Ireland. Died 1746. She first married Thomas Conoway, about 1684, who died July 17, 1689, and then Randal Malin, in 1693. . . .

      II. Henry-Born September 7, 1658, at Belleniskcrannel, Ireland. Died at Elkton, Cecil Co., Md., 1721. He married Elizabeth Atkinson, August 22, 1688. . . .

      III. Thomas-Born March, 1661. . . .

      IV. Catherine-Born May, 1663. Died June 29, 1746. Married George Robinson, November 2, 1688. . . .

      ISSUE 2ND MARRIAGE (ANN CALVERT)

      V. Samuel-Born January 27, 1673, in Ireland. Died 1748. Married Hannah Harlan, 1701. More of Samuel later.

      VI. Enoch-Born June 7, 1675. Died young, 1687.

      VII. Valentine, Jr., of Kennett, Pa.-Born November 12, 1677. Died 1757. Married Elizabeth Heald, 1713, Ireland. . . .

      VIII. Ann-Born October 28, 1680, Ireland. Married James Thompson, 1700.

      IX. John-Born February 19, 1684, New Castle Co., Del. Died 1722. Married Catherine Tyler, in 1706.

      X. Joseph-Born May 10, 1686, New Castle Co., Del.

      XI. Enoch again-Born about 1688. Died September 26, 1690.

      (4) Valentine HOLLINGSWORTH, Sr.; his wife, Ann CALVERT; and his children, Mary, Thomas, Catherine and Samuel, have been identified by The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania as having been passengers who came to America on the ship "Antelope." See http://www.welcomesociety.org/Welcome_ancestors.htm.
    Person ID I9797  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
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    Family 1 Ann REE,   b. Abt 1628, Tanderagee, Lisnadill Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1671, Present-Day Ballymacrandal, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Married 7 Jun 1655  County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. Mar 1661, Present-Day Ballymacrandal, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1733, Winchester, Orange [now Frederick] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)  [natural]
     2. Catherine HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. May 1663, Present-Day Ballymacrandal, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1746, Newark, New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)  [natural]
     3. Mary HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 25 Mar 1656, Present-Day Ballymacrandal, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1746, New Castle, New Castle County, PA (now DE) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
     4. Henry HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 7 Sep 1658, Present-Day Ballymacrandal, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1721, Elkton, Cecil County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [natural]
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    Family ID F4614  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ann CALVERT,   b. Abt Nov 1650, Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1697, New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 12 Jun 1672  Shankill Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Irish Quaker Immigration into Pennsylvania [database online], Orem, UT: Ancestry.com, 1998:

      Page 85, Marriage Book of Lurgan Monthly Meeting.

      This is to certifie the truth to all people that Valentine Hollenworth in ye psh of Sego in ye county of Armagh, and Anne Calvert of the same psh having intentions of marriage according to the ordinance of God, and Gods joining, Did lay it before mens meeting before whom theire marriage being propounded, then ye meeting desired them to wait some time, wch they did, so the meeting makeing inquiry between the times whether ye man be free from all other women, and the woman free from all other men, and so the second time they comeing before the mens meeting, all things being found clear, so they being left to theire freedome. A meeting of the people of god being appointed and assembled together at the house of Marke Wright, in the psh of Shankell the twelfth day of the fourth month in ye yeare 1672 whene they tooke one another in marriage in the presence of god and of his people according to ye law of god, & we are witnesses of the same whose names are hereunto subscribed ye day and yeare aforesaid

      VAL: HOLENGWORTH
      ANNE HOLENGWORTH

      1672.

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      Roger Webb
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      Will dixon
      dina Kirke
      William Williams
      George Hodgshon
      Will pearson
      Marke Wright
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      Rob Chambers
      Antho. Dixon
      Mary Walker
      Jo: Calvert
      Jam: Harison
      Nic: Harison
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    Children 
     1. John HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 19 Feb 1684, New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1722  (Age 37 years)  [natural]
     2. Joseph HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 10 May 1686, New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Enoch HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. Abt 1688, New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1690  (Age ~ 2 years)  [natural]
     4. Ann HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 28 Oct 1680, Present-Day Ballymacrandal, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Samuel HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 27 Jan 1673, Present-Day Ballymacrandal, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1748  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     6. Enoch HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 7 Jun 1675, Present-Day Ballymacrandal, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1687  (Age 11 years)  [natural]
     7. Valentine HOLLINGSWORTH, Jr.,   b. 12 Nov 1677, Present-Day Ballymacrandal, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1757  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
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    Family ID F4615  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart