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  • Name Abraham HOLLINGSWORTH 
    Born 18 Jan 1686  New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    History An early settler in Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 23 Sep 1748  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 1 Nov 1748  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 1 Nov 1748  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Tracey, Grace L. & Dern, John P., Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, 1721-1743, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987, p. 87:

      Abraham Hollingsworth according to the Minutes of the Nottingham (Pennsylvania) Monthly meeting in 1729 was "under dealings and absent from home." Family tradition claims he paid first "a cow, a calf and a piece of red cloth to the Shawnee Indians for his land." But on November 23, 1732 he received a survey for 582 acres "within the limits of an order of Council granted to Alexander Ross."

      (2) Stewart, J. Adger, Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr., John P. Morton Company Inc., Louisville, KY: 1925, pp. 3-5:


      . . . eldest son of Thomas and Margaret Hollingsworth. Born at Rockland Manor, New Castle Co., Del., January 18, 1686. Died Frederick Co., Va., October, 1748. Will dated September 23, 1748, in which he willed 1,232 acres of land. Recorded Tuesday, November 1, 1748. Married March 13, 1710, to Ann Robinson, daughter of George Robinson. She died 1749. ("Abraham Hollingsworth of ye County of New Castell, and Manor of Rockland, to Ann Robinson, ye 13th day of ye 3rd month in ye year 1710 at ye house of Valentine Hollingsworth in ye said County.") Moved, in 1710, to Cecil Co., Md. In 1732 he bought of Alexander Ross, under his patent from the Governor of Virginia, 582 acres of land near Winchester, Frederick Co., Va., and in 1733, he moved with his family and some relatives to this grant. He fixed his home?"Abraham's Delight"?at a point southwest of the present town of Winchester, Va., on the branch of Abraham's Creek (named after him) which heads the Town Spring and Shawnee Springs, and there erected a flour mill, one of the very first in the county. He and his family were Friends, and attended meetings at East Nottingham, Pa., at least 150 miles distant.


      I. George-Born April 12, 1712. . . .

      II. Margaret-Born 1715. Married Benjamin Carter, of Virginia.

      III. Lydia-Born 1718. Married Lewis Neill, of Virginia.

      IV. Isaac-Born 1722. Married Rachel Parkins, of Virginia. . . .


      I, Abraham Hollingsworth, of Opeckan, in Frederick County, in the Colony of Virginia, Yeoman being weak of body, but of perfect sound mind and memory, thanks be given to God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make and ordain this, my last will and testament. That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God, that gave it, and as for my body, I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as touching such worldly goods wherewithal) it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

      Imprimis, my will and mind is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid and discharged.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved wife Ann one of my best feather beds with the furniture thereunto belonging, also I give unto her the household furniture, likewise I give unto my wife her riding horse and her saddle.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my son George Hollingsworth Two Hundred and Fifty Acres of land, being part of the One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty acres of land lying joining to the land I gave to Benjamin Carter on both sides of the creek. I give it to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

      Item. I give and bequeath to my son-in-law Benjamin Carter and to his heirs and assigns forever Four hundred acres of land lying on both sides the Creek called the Beaverdams.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Isaac Hollingsworth and to his heirs and assigns forever Five Hundred Eighty-two acres of land it being the old tract together with all and singular the buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my son George Hollingsworth the sum of Seven pounds, Ten shillings of Current money which my son Isaac Hollingsworth shall pay to him twelve months after my decease.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lydia Naill one of my feather beds and furniture thereunto belonging.

      Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife and my son in law, Louis Neill and my son Isaac Hollingsworth my executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking, annuling and utterly making void all former and other wills and by me heretofore made.

      In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty-third day of September in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Eight.


      Signed, sealed, published and declared to be my last will and testament in the presence of

      William Dobbin,
      James Dunbar,
      Joseph Lupton.

      At a Court held for Frederick County on Tuesday the first day of November, 1748.

      This will of Abraham Hollingsworth decd was presented unto Court by Lewis Neill and Isaac Hollingsworth, two of the executors therein named (Ann Hollingsworth the executrix having in open Court refused to take upon herself the burden of the execution of this said will) who made oath to the same according to law, and the said will being proved by the oaths of William Dobbin and James Dunbar two of the witnesses thereto who also made oath that they saw Joseph Lupton sign the same as an evidence it is admitted to record.

      Teste. J. Wood. C. C.

      A copy teste: J. W. Baker, Jr. Deputy Clerk.

      (3) Kerns, Wilmer L., Frederick County, Virginia: Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley?1730-1830, Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, Inc., 1995, pp. 561-564:

      [Morgan] Bryan undoubtably explored the Shenandoah Valley during the late 1720s. In 1730, he and a prominent Quaker named Alexander Ross of Chester County, Pennsylvania, presented a colonization plan to Lieut. Governor William Gooch and his Council in Virginia. Bryan was viewed as the businessman while Ross was to recruit Quakers for the new settlement. The partners succeeded in obtaining a 100,000[-acre] grant south of the Potomac River and west of Opequon Creek extending to North Mountain. Ross established his area on the west side of Opequon Creek in present-day Frederick County, while Bryan oversaw the area that now lies in Berkeley County, West Virginia, in both Opequon Valley and part of Back Creek Valley. Ross did not extend his settlement into Back Creek Valley.

      The government would issue grants and patents over the following two years to the 100 families which Bryan and Ross believed they could attract. Some families arrived before 1732, but the project failed to meet the 2-year deadline, and grants were not issued until November 1735. Some settlers who claimed land in the geographic area of the Bryan-Ross land order, within the 1730-1732 period, were Abraham Hollingsworth, Enoch Pearson, Thomas Babb, Isaac Parkins, George Pearis, John Calvert, William Hoge, Robert Heaton, William Rannells, John Frost, George Bruce, et al. By 1735, Bryan and Ross had settled only 70 families.

      (4) Nottingham, Cecil County, Maryland Quaker Records [database online], Provo, UT:, 2000:

      Name: Abraham Hollingsworth

      Comment: rptd 18 3mo (May) 1734 OS, by E Nottingham PM: "hath absented himself fr these parts under divers mean circumstances as to disorderly walking or behaviour & leaving debts unsettled; James Johnson & John White are therefore appointed (he being now att Openkon) to write to him to come speedily back to answer ye same." After some time he ret, but went away quickly without notice; but at the Mtg held 15-9-1735, he att & gave in a paper condemning "those Misbehaviours with which he was charged to the satisfaction of friends."

      (5) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 255-259:


      Abraham Hollingsworth sold 70 acres of land on the west branch of Elk River to Rowland Chambers on 14 December 1719; both men were from Cecil County, Maryland. On 7 February 1720/21, he sold three parcels of land, containing a total of 315 acres in the same area adjacent to Martin Cartmell?s land, to Henry Hollingsworth. Abraham and his cousin Stephen Hollingsworth (son of Henry, b. 1658, and brother to Thomas, b. 1661) sold two pieces of land containing 500 acres to Thomas Hollingsworth and James Moffitt in 1721/22. Abraham and Stephen had received this land by warrant on 10 September 1719 in Cecil County, Maryland. Abraham and his wife Ann sold 213?? and 4?? acres on the west branch of Elk River to William Edmiston on 10 August 1724. Subsequent to this last sale, Abraham and Ann probably moved to Virginia.

      On 14 April 1726, Abraham and Ann were witnesses to the marriage of George Robinson and Mary McKay at Nottingham Meeting House. On 18 August 1726, Abraham signed as witness to the marriage of Henry Ballenger and Hannah Wright, daughter of James Wright, at Nottingham Meeting House. However, neither Abraham nor Ann were at the wedding of Josiah Ballenger and Mary Wright, daughter of James Wright, on 30 August 1727 at Nottingham Meeting House.

      Robert Brooke surveyed 582 acres called ?Abraham?s Delight? on 23 November 1732; this was Brooke?s first survey of the Hite/Ross patent land. This land is located north of the northwest interchange of Interstate 81/U.S. Highways 17, 50 and 522 at the southeast corner of the tract. U.S. Highways 17, 50 and 522 traverse the southwest part, Virginia Highway 7 intersects at the northwest corner, and I-81 crosses along the northeast side of the tract. Abrams Creek is on the south with Town Run from the north, on the west part of the land. . . .

      On 19 November 1735, James Wood surveyed 1,250 acres of land on the west side of Opequon Creek for Abraham. . . . This land is located east of Winchester, with Virginia Highway 7 at the northernmost point. County Highway 569 crosses the tract on the north, and 657 (Senseny Road) intersects the middle of the land. Abrams Creek serves the north end and Sulphur Spring Run serves the south end of the property.

      Abraham Hollingsworth was deceased by 1 November 1748 when his will (written 23 September 1748) was proved in Frederick County Court. He willed 250 (1,250) acres of land to his son George; this land is adjacent to the 400 acres on both sides of Beaverdam Creek which he bequeathed to his son-in-law Benjamin Carter. His won Isaac was willed the 582-acre home place with all the improvements. He willed personal property to his daughter Lydia Neill, wife of Lewis Neill. He appointed his wife Ann and son Isaac Hollingsworth as his executors.

      Ann Hollingsworth was the daughter of George Robinson (b. 1660 c.) and sister of George, James, John and Joseph Robinson. [Note by compiler, George, James, John and Joseph Robinson were sons of George Robinson, Sr. (b. 1640 c.). The compiler is not certain that Ann Robinson was sister of George, James, John and Joseph Robinson.] On 14 November 1714, Abraham Hollingsworth, in conjunction with the aforementioned, sold land located on Mill Creek, a branch of Christina River, west of present-day Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware; this land sale was recorded on 20 June 1724.

      Abraham and Ann were married on 13 March 1710. Ann was deceased by 5 April 1749 when her will (dated 2 March 1748/49) was proved in Frederick County Court. Ann listed her sons George and Isaac, and daughters Margaret Carter and Lydia Neill. She appointed son George and son-in-law Lewis Neill as executors.
    Person ID I9810  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 

    Father 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) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret CALVERT,   b. Abt 24 Jun 1661, Killurigan, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1687, New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1684 
    Family ID F4621  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann ROBINSON,   d. Bef 5 Apr 1749, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Lydia HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 1718, Cecil County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Hopewell Meeting Burying Ground, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Isaac HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 1722, Cecil County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. George HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 7 Apr 1712, Cecil County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Margaret HOLLINGSWORTH,   b. 1715, Cecil County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 13:23:14 
    Family ID F4620  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart