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John Newton Hollingsworth

Male 1836 - 1900  (63 years)

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  • Name John Newton Hollingsworth 
    Born 20 Sep 1836  Anderson (old Abbeville) Co., S.C. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1900 
    Person ID I725  MyTree
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2009 

    Father Robert Hollingsworth,   b. 1813,   d. 18 Jun 1882  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Nancy Carson,   b. 14 Mar 1814,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F4882  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Millicent Ann Woolbright,   b. 27 Jan 1841, Union Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1928, Howe, Grayson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 3 Apr 1856 
     1. George Hollingsworth
     2. Frances Emmaline Hollingsworth
     3. Mary Katherine Hollingsworth
     4. William Jasper Hollingsworth
     5. Martha Hollingsworth
     6. Robert Edward Hollingsworth
     7. John Wylie Hollingsworth
     8. Lula Ella Hollingsworth
     9. Anna Estella Hollingsworth
     10. James Posey Hollingsworth
     11. Alice Hollingsworth
     12. Columbus Hollingsworth
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4881  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • John fought in several major battles during the Civil War under
      General Lee. He and his brother, Jasper, were both wounded at
      Gettysburg. Jasper was captured and later died in New York. While
      John was away serving in the war, Millie and the three young children
      planted and harvested the crops and paid off the farm debt. While
      hauling cane to the sorghum mill, the horse ran away and she received
      a broken jaw.

      After the War, John and Millie Ann moved to Davenport, Iowa for a
      while and then settled in Texas near Cotton Wood Srings, south of
      Whitemound, Grayson Co., in a two room log cabin with five children.
      Several years later, his sisters, Hanna Lawrence and Caroline Harriet
      Hayes and his mother, Nancy Jane (Carson) Hollingsworth followed him
      to Texas. His mother was a cousin of Kit Carson. His brother,
      Franklin and sister, Martha Jane Haley, remained in S. C. In 1872,
      he bought 80 acres west of Whitemound, Grayson County, and in later
      bought more land to expand to 187 acres and replaced the log cabin
      with a frame house in 1880.

      After his father died, his mother, Nancy Carson Hollingsworth
      (1817-1902), moved from Townville, S. .C. to Texas to live with him.
      She is buried at Whitmound, Tex. Issac Hollingsworth and Barnet
      Woolbright were Petit Jurors in the 01 Jan 1798, list.Union Co. S.C.
      John Hollingworth attested to Elizabeth Hamby being the mother of John
      Henry Woolbright on application for settlement of moneys due following
      his death in the Civil War, 06 June 1863. John's other siblings
      included Wm.
      Jasper, b. 1834, killed in Civil War & Rebecca, b. 1846-1864

      Franklin HOLLINGSWORTH, b. 1843 in Anderson Co., SC, (son of Robert
      HOLLINGSWORTH, b. 1813 in Greenville Dist., S. C & Nancy CARSON, b.
      14 March 1814), m. Winnie Woolbright, b. c1846. (See under Winnie,
      d/o Mary Woolbright). (Source: Posted on AncestryWorldTree Search)
      John & Millie Woolbright Hollingsworth GRAYSON CO. TX by Alda
      Hollingworth Francis,
      "It was soon after the close of the Civil War, that my grandparents,
      John Newton and Millie Ann Woolbright Hollingsworth came to Texas in a
      covered wagon with two other families. One of these was Dr. Simmons,
      father of Lee Simmons, a well known citizen of Sherman. They arrived
      in Grayson Co. in 1868. John was born in Anderson Co., S. C. in the
      year 1836. His wife was born in the same area in 1841. He first
      purchased 80 acres in the Whitemound Community, and as he was able, he
      bought 108 more adjoining the original acreage. One of the "mounds"
      is on this farm
      and much of the rock has been used for building. The 1st two crops my
      grandfather made after he settled here, he had to freight in to
      Jefferson, Texas. The cotton was carried by team and wagon as this
      was the closest market. It took six weeks to make the trip, there and
      back. He would bring back a year's supply of groceries, such as
      barrels of flour and unrefined brown sugar. Also he bought full
      bolts of calico and his favorite color was pink. Needless to say, my
      aunts never liked pink after they were grown. Grandmother said that
      she got one new broom a year. The rest of the time she made her own
      brooms by tying broom weeks together in a bunch.

      During these early years, life was rough to say the least. Land had
      to be cleared of brush and stumps, crops planted, fire wood cut, water
      carried from the spring for drinking, cooking, and for dripping thru
      the wood ash hopper to make soap. There was many long hours before
      the spinning wheel and loom to make cloth for clothing and bedding.
      Farm animals needed daily attention. Deaths occurred from illness and

      At one time Whitemound was a thriving little town. Around the turn of
      the century there were two grocery stores, two saloons, a blacksmith
      shop, a cotton gin and Post Office. My grandfather was instrumental in
      in getting one of the first schools established in Whitemound and he
      bought and assembled half of the desks needed for the school. Several
      of the younger children attended Grayuson College at Whitewright. He
      also gave the land on the SE corner of his farm to build a Baptist
      Church, and he and his wife were charter members. He also gave land
      on the NW of the
      farm for half of the Whitemound Cemetery. His philosophy was "A man
      needs a place of learning, a place to worship and a place to be

      John Newton and Millie Ann reared nine children to be grown: Emma
      Morrow, Katherine Davenport, Wm. Jasper (my father), Martha Goza,
      Robert E., John W., Lula Denton, Anna Blackburn, and James P. My
      great grandmother, Nancy Carson Hollingsworth (a cousin to Kit Carson)
      from Townsville, S. C. to Texas later and lived with her son, John
      Newton, or Jim as he was called. She was born in 1817 and died in
      1902. She is also buried at Whitemound (at this time there are five
      generations buried there). Jim died in 1900 and his wife, Millie
      Ann, in 1928.

      My father, William Jasper, was born near Townsville, S.C. in 1862. He
      took charge of the farm in 1914, after his sister, Emma Morrow and her
      husband moved to a farm of their own. We lived there until his death
      in 1927. My mother was Mattie May Horn of Sherman. She graduated from
      Mary Nash College. They were married in 1891 and were the parents of
      eight children. I have heard my father talk about his fright when
      they were crossing the Indian Territory on their way to Texas. He was
      lagging behind the wagon; some Indians crowded in between him and the
      wagon, when he finally managed to get around them and back into the
      wagon, he never let it out of his sight the rest of the way. The
      Indians were civilized and were just curious, but he didn't know that.

      I married Ward B. Francis, June 3, 1917. We bought the farm in 1948
      and have lived here since that time. We were given a National Award in
      1975 by the Family Land Heritage Program,. Texas Department of
      Agriculture, as owners of land that had been in the family for over
      100 years. Our
      children and grandchildren love the farm. It is the next thing to
      Heaven to them and we hope it will stay in the family another l00
      years." (Source: I found this story in a book in our genealogy
      library here in Sulphur Springs..... Lavyn Sisco