HOLLINGSWORTH, Henry 1 2 3
- Born: Abt 1600
- Marriage: UNKNOWN, Katheran about 1630
- Died: Bef Oct 27, 1675
The Hollingsworth name is an early Saxon name originating around 1022 when this family moved into northeast Cheshire, England and purchased an estate named Hollingsworth Manor. The name means a "Farm of Holly Trees". The Doomsday survey made during the Norman Conquests lists this manor as lying on the edge of a great woods at Macclesfiel. A visitation by an official herald in 1580 included the gentry, John Hollingsworth, Gentleman and Robert Hollingsworth of Hollinsworth. A further record of the time period states that Robert of Hollingsworth Hall is of whom the family descends. He was listed as the Magistrate for the counties of Cheshire and Lancaster. The church and hall belonging to this family that contain the Hollingsworth Coat of Arms is still standing. The last family member to own the hall, Capt. Robert Hollingsworth died in 1865. The motto included was "Learn to suffer what must be borne."
Henry was probably born in England. Wolfram states that he was said to be born in Cheshire, England to be exact. He was in an English militia and went with them to the Ulster Plantation in Ireland for the purpose of planting. This activity was often arranged by the "undertakers" or landed gentry between 1609 and 1630. Henry is listed in the 1630 muster roll for Onealland Barony, Ulster Plantation in County Armagh. The terms "sword and calleuer (caliver)" appear after his name telling what arms he owned. This suggests that he was a man of more than average means. The caliver was a calibrated gun for which standard bullets could be made. He actually lived on Richard Cope's half of the 2000 acre estate. He, wife Catherine and family might have returned to England during the 1641 Irish Rebellion.
In 1632, Henry received 120 acres of land in the Co. Armagh. Sometime between 1641 and 1660 during the Irish Rebellion, the the Blackers took possession of it. His son, Valentine, legally took issue with the Blackers ownership of the land in 1674, and was favorably received. A semi-shared arrangement of the land occurred. Henry is listed as lately deceased in an Oct. 27, 1675 record around this event. Previous to that he was a witness to a marriage in 1671 in the Lurgan Friends Book. (C-956)
Some theorize that Henry Hollingsworth was killed in the mass murders of the Irish Rebellion and that the Henry in th 1671 and 1674 records are referring to a Henry Hollingsworth who was married to an Elizabeth and settled in County Down before 1693. It is Farmer's contention that it is likely that Henry and his family fled to England during the massacres of the Rebellion. They lived on the east side of the Bann River from where many were able to escape. Farmer says our Henry lived through this and witnessed an Oct. 8, 1671 marriage in Co. Armagh, IRL and died shortly before the 1675 deed enactment. His reasoning is given in detail in his book: "In America Since 1607". (C-193)
As to Henry's place of origin in England, Henry Hollingsworths have been found in Derbyshire, (Grandtham) Lincolnshire (b. abt. 1650) and Staffordshire. Although we only know of one of Henry's children, Valentine, there were other Hollingsworths in Ireland that could be his children. Gent. Henry Hollingsworth of King Hill, in County Down (b. 1635-1643), or John, Hugh or Francis Hollinsworth serving in the army in 1644 in Dublin were all possible sons of our Henry. (C-956)
Henry married Katheran UNKNOWN about 1630.