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Valentine Hollingsworth

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  • Name  Valentine Hollingsworth 
    Born  6 Aug 1632  Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  13 Oct 1710  Newark MM, New Castle, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3995  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  6 Sep 2009 

    Father  Henry Hollingsworth,   b. 7 Sep 1598, Hollingsworth Hall Manor near Mottram, County Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1675 
    Mother  Katherine Cornish,   b. 1602, Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1697 
    Married  12 Apr 1622  Friends Meeting, London, County Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1229  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Ann Rea,   b. 1628, Tanderagee, County of Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1671, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Apr 1655  Tanderagee, Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Hollingsworth,   b. 25 Jan 1656, Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1746, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Henry Hollingsworth,   b. 7 Sep 1658, Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1721, Elkton, Cecil, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Thomas Rea Hollingsworth,   b. 1 May 1661, Tanderagee, Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1727, Christiana Hundred, New Castle, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Catherine Hollingsworth,   b. Jul 1663, Bellenickcranel, Segoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1746, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  19 Mar 2001 
    Family ID  F1226  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Ann Calvert,   b. Nov 1650, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1697, Newark MM, New Castle, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Apr 1672 
    • "This is to certify the truth to all people that Valentine Holl- enworth in ye psh of Sego in ye county of Armagh, and Anne Calvert of the same psh having intentions of marriage according to the ordinances of God, and Gods joining, Did lay it before mons meeting before them their marriage being propounded, then ye meeting desired them to wait some time, wch they did, so the meeting makeing inquiry between the time whether ye man be free from all other women, and the woman free from all other man, and so the second time they comeing before the mens meeting, all things being clear, so they being left to their 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. ffrancis Robson William Williams Jo' Calvert Chris Hillery Hugh Stamper George Hodgshon Jam. Harison dorothy Hillery Roger Webb Will pearson Nic' Harison Elis' Gaus Robert Hoope Marke Wright John Wright Alice Williams Michael Staise Timo' kirk James Bradshaw An. Bradshaw Tho. Wederall Rob Chambers Tho. Calvert deborn Kirk Will dixon Antho. Dixon fergus Softly Alice Wright dinc Kirke Mary Walker No Hollingsworths signed the certificate as witnesses, which leads me to believe that there were no other Quaker Hollingsworths in the area. Although non-Quakers could have been present and witnessed the ceremony, it is unlikely, at that early date, to have had non-Quakers in attendance. The Friends were a persecuted group, and to associate with them would probably have caused them to be suspect. Ann's father, Thomas, and her brother, John, were there and signed the certificate as witnesses.
    Children 
     1. Samuel Hollingsworth,   b. 27 Mar 1673, Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1748, Birmingham Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Enoch Hollingsworth,   b. 7 Aug 1675, Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1687, Shellpot Creek, New Castle, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Valentine Hollingsworth, Jr.,   b. 12 Jan 1677, Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1757, Kennett, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Ann Hollingsworth,   b. 28 Dec 1680, Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. John Hollingsworth,   b. 19 Apr 1684, Shellpot Creek, New Castle, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Joseph Hollingsworth,   b. 10 Jul 1686, Shellpot Creek, New Castle, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Enoch Hollingsworth,   b. 10 May 1690, Shellpot Creek, New Castle, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  19 Mar 2001 
    Family ID  F1228  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • Valentine's birthdate and place are verified in Quaker Records. His birthplace is also spelled Belleniskcrannel. He became a Quaker around 1660, a few years after George Fox visited Ireland. He was immediately fined by the government for not attending regular services of the Church of Ireland. They often times, simply took what they wanted from his supplies, prompting his move to Pennsylvania in 1682.

      Valentine purchased land and the mining rights to it including the Townland, Village, Hamlet & Circuit called Ballyvickcrannell on Aug. 22, 1664. This was apparently the same land originally given to his father in 1632, but he did not claim it until 1664. For reasons unknown, he again claimed right to his father's land in Ballyvickcrannell, County Armagh, Ireland in 1675. Valentine's claim was upheld with his submission of his father's deed dated 1632, a few months before Valentine's birth. Starting in 1675, he is in multiple documents claiming rights to his father's land that are reproduced in Farmer's "In America since 1607." His claim was recognized and a fair agreement between the Blackers and Valentine Hollingsworth was established. (C-956)


      He married twice. He married Ann REE in Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland, June 7, 1655. Ann was born 1628 in Tandgree, Kilmore, Ireland. Ann was the daughter of Nicholas REE and Ann REE. Ann died April 1, 1671 at 42 years of age. Rea? Buried in Friends Burial Ground in Moyraverty and about 2 miles northeast of the farm at Ballyvickcrannell. A popular place for the Friends. Marriage certificate on record at Lurgan Ireland Book of Records. There is no proof that his first wife was Katherine Cornish but the families certainly knew each other. The Quaker records of Lurgan say that he married Ann. Married in April?
      He married Ann CALVERT in Lurgan, Armagh Co. Ireland (drumgor ), June 12, 1672. Ann was born November 1650 in Kilwarling, Down, Ireland. Ann was the daughter of Thomas CALVERT and Jane GLASFORD. Ann died October 17, 1697 in Shellpot Creek, New Castle, De, at 46 years of age. Buried in Old Burial Grounds, Newark. Her Grandfather, John Calvert, came from Moresome in the parish of Skelton-in-Cleveland, North Riding, Yorkshire to Ireland before 1620 and was a member of the Ulster Plantation. They were related to Lord Baltimore. Married April? Check out the Calvert line on disk 12 The first known fact of the Hollingsworth family history is that an ancestor was an Anglo-Saxon who came to Britain during the invasion of the sixth and seventh centuries and eventually settled in what is now the village of Mottram Cheshire County England on approximately 1,000 acres. It was located on the east side of town on the high ground. According to a very ancient pedigree, the family has been seated at Hollynworthe Hall since 1022 and became part of the nobility under King James 1. (Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland dated 1858). Since the title was hereditary, the ancestry would have been unbroken. The name Hollyworthe was derived from two words, "Holly" for holly trees and "Worthe" for land. It became the family surname in the 13th century. The present spelling gradually evolved as the English language changed.
      The huge hall and its accompanying church were made of native stone. Although several centuries old, both buildings were still standing in 1884 owned by a Mr. Taylor. The estate, then 625 acres, was valued at 20,000 Pounds, or approximately $100,000 (1972). The last owner as an ancestral representative was Robert Hollingsworth, Esq. who died in 1865. (Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth Sr. by J.A. Stewart). Today the hall is gone but the church has been rebuilt and still contains the family coat of arms. It is a stained glass window in the rectory. [ I visited Mottram while in the service in 1945 and the church contained the names of every Vicar since the 1300,S, It truly is a beautiful building. Down the street is a much newer church called the Hollingsworth Church. It was a delightful experience and the people were very friendly. In my research I have discovered that Valentine was not listed in the passenger list of the Welcome. It states that no list was formally drawn up and it was possible that some were not accounted for. Tom Hollingsworth 1996] (Arrived on the Antelope0 This is from my Fathers works and in error. The father of Valentine went to Ireland to work the plantation. During the Reformation Period, the Hollingsworth family were severely persecuted by King Charles 1 because they were Protestants. Many fled to Ireland . One Richard Hollingsworth (1607-1656), an ordained Presbyterian Minister with a Ph.D. Degree and a noted Controversialist, wrote four tracts in defense of the church. His last and greatest, entitled "A Modest Plea for the Church of England" was published in 1655. (The Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England by James Savage."
      Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr. (1632-1711) Was born in Ireland and sailed from Belfast to America in 1682 with his wife and children on the good ship * [ Welcome with William Penn.] He settled on approximately 1,000 acres in Branywine Hundred near what is now the city of Wilmington, Delaware. At that time it was a area of Pennsylvania. He was a devout Quaker (Society of Friends) and many of his descendants still adhere to that faith. From 1686 to 1710 he was Superintendent of the Quaker Monthly Meetings and established several in the Province of Pennsylvania in 1683. He also served in 1687, 1695, and 1700. He was a signer of William Penn's Great Charter and a member of the Pro-Provincial Council in 1695.
      He died in 1711 and was buried in a burial ground he had presented to the society of Friends in 1687 and named New Ark from which the City Of Newark, Delaware got it's name. He was survived by (five ?) sons and one daughter at age 79. His descendants were noted for their enterprise and industry. Many were engaged in the manufacture of flour and owned mills on branches of the Elk River in Cecil County, Maryland and New Castle County, Delaware. One Levi Hollingsworth, member of a distinguished Maryland ship building company, built a copper rolling mill on the Gunpowder River near Baltimore in 1809. His copper was used to cover the dome of the Capitol Building. This was acquired by Paul Revere and is now the Copper and Brass Co. (History of Revere Copper and Brass Co.). This Levi is not Eli's father.
      Between 1766 and 1770 several Hollingsworth families along With many Quaker families migrated to the Carolina's, which proved to be a mistake. The farmland was not suitable and being anti-slavery, they were in a poor competitive position. This caused most of the Quakers to migrate again, this time to Ohio and the Indiana Territory. In 1805 seven Hollingsworth families left in one group. They split at the Ohio River, three going to Ohio and four to the Indiana Territory. Quaker records reveal that many who went into Ohio soon came on into the Indiana Territory, which was then the frontier and good land could be obtained by Federal Grant. (In reality they migrated because they were told of a great war pending by a Quaker fortune teller. ) It seems regrettable that these color some and adventurous Quaker people who migrated and settled in groups, just as depicted by the cinema, have now lost their identity and became just another denomination to the Protestant Faith. Notes................ Was in the Irish Rebellion 1641 when a child. * In error They sailed on the " Antelope " (From Cyrus Hollingsworth and Paul Hollingsworth research dated 1972) Sailed from Belfast Ireland Was accompanied by his indentured servant, John Musgrave and son-in-law Thomas Connaway (Mary's Husband). Probably became a Quaker early in the 1660,S
      > Here are some directions: > > Junction of 202 (Concord Pike) and Del 261(Foulk Road) > > Co out Foulk Rd to Shipley, right on Shipley to Baynard Blvd, and left to > > Newark Union Public Rd. (Look real close as there is a Del.State Historical > > Marker at the corner of the road, edge of someone's property. > > The meeting house and cemetery is up that road just a short way. > > Even with directions we got turned around in June. > > But worth the drive and also makes you say gee this was the land where our > > ancestors walked and lived.




      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, accom panied by his son-in-law, Thomas Connaway, and by John Musgrave, an indented servant, sailed from Belfast for the Delaware River, arriv ing a few months after William Penn's arrival in the good ship "Wel come." He settled on a large plantation of nearly a thousand acres on Shelpot Creek in Brandy wine 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 there after 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 extra ordinary 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 Cal vert, died August 17, 1697. Both were buried in the old burial ground at Newark, Del., which he had presented to the Friends in 1687.
    • (Research):Valentine Hollingsworth's family came to Philadelphia, in 1682 on the ship "The Antelope", (which arrived Dec. 10, 1682 on the Delaware River, Edward Cooke, master, from Belfast) settling on a 965 acre grant called New Worke, in what is now New Castle Co, Del. granted by William Penn in Brandywine Hundred on Shelpot Crk. (Warrant Oct. 10, 1681-Survey Dec. 27, 1682) He was founder of the Hollingsworth family in America. William Penn had arrived a little earlier on the ship "Welcome".
      He was founder of the Newark Monthly Meeting and an elder from 1686 to 1710. In 1687 he gave a half acre for a meeting house and burial ground. He was a member of the first Pennsylvania Assembly in 1683, and signed William Penn's Great Charter. He was an Assembly member again in 1687, 1688, 1689, 1695, and 1700. Valentine was a Justice of the Peace in New Castle Co., from 1694-1688. He was also a member of the Grand Inquest empaneled Oct. 24, 1683, to consider the famous case of Charles Pickering, etal, charged with counterfeiting
      Valentine Hollingsworth & wife Ann Calvert are both buried @ Newark MM, Delaware.

      The following is the Marriage Certificate of Valentine and his second wife Anne Calvert:
      "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
      ffrancis Robson
      William Williams
      Jo: Calvert
      Chris: Hillery
      Hugh Stamper
      George hidgshon
      Jam: Harison
      dorothy Hillery
      Roger Webb
      Will pearson
      Nic: Harison
      Elis: Gnus
      Robert Hoope
      Marke Wright
      John Wright
      Alice Williams
      Michael Staise
      Timo: kirk
      James Bradshaw
      An. Bradshaw
      Tho. Wederall
      Rob Chambers
      Tho: Calvert
      debora Kirk
      Will dixon
      Antho: Dixon
      fergus Softly
      Alice Wright
      dina Kirke
      Mary Walker
      (NOTE: Valentine and Ann Calvert Hollingsworth later attended and witnessed another marriage in the home of Marke Wright in 1676. At this time, Marke was still living in Shankill, County Armagh, Ireland.)