THE HOLLINGSWORTH REGISTER, VOLUME I., NUMBER 3.
In the April "Register", I told of Valentine Hollingsworth seeking a certificate of removal from Lurgan Quaker Monthly Meeting, Ireland, for "himself & also for ye rest to go with him." The request was granted on July 25, 1682, and it is probable he sailed within a month. Mary
Hollingsworth Jamar, in her "Hollingsworth Family," page 5, states,
"Albert Cook Myers in his immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania
(p. 313) states that "Valentine Hollingsworth and his second wife, Anne
Calvert, came into Pennsylvania on the "ANTELOPE," landing at New Castle,
Delaware, Oct. 1, 1682." Dr. Myers reports from a court record, "Samuel
Hollingsworth (son of Valentine) deposed that he arrived from Belfast
with his father, Valentine Hollingsworth, at New Castle, 8th or 9th,
tenth month, 1682, in the ship 'Antelope' of Belfast, Ireland, Edward
Cooke, Master." (X)|
Dr. Myers does not state the above account (page 313), but in a footnote he refers to a deposition of Samuel, son of Valentine, made before the Mayor of Philadelphia, June 4, 1735, printed in the "McFarlon-Stern Genealogy," p. 58-59. This deposition is slightly contradictory, as in one place he states the date as Oct. 1, 1682, and again, in another place, the date is given as the '8th or 9th of the 10th month, 1682.'
The writer believes that the statement of John Musgrave, an indentured servant of Valentine Hollingsworth's, who came to Pennsylvania with the Hollingsworth family, would probably be more reliable evidence. In Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Vol. XVI., page 525, under "Boundary Question," - "John Musgraves aged 73 years (1735), states he came into New Castle county in 1682, and lived in New Castle county four years, well remembers he first saw William Penn in the years 1682 at Robert Wade's house in the town now called Chester in Pennsylvania, where the said William Penn then generally lodged, ..." It appears from this statement that Valentine stayed in Chester for a brief period after arriving from Belfast.
Further evidence that Valentine Hollingsworth and his family lived for a brief time in or near Chester is shown by a minute and a subscription list found on the first page of Concord Monthly Meeting Minute book...
|"At a Monthly Meeting held at Chichester ye 9th. of ye 4th month, 1684, Whereas Thomas Moore came and de- sired assistance of the meeting to lend him something toward the building of him a house ye meeting consider- ing his poverty hath agreed to do it and subscribe as followeth ..."|
Nine persons contributed, among which were Morggin Drewitt and Valentine Hollingsworth. I include Morgan Drewett, as he later became a prominent member of Valentine's meeting (New Worke).
Edward W. Cooch, in his address given May 23, 1936, at the unveiling of the Hollingsworth Memorial at Newark Burial Ground, Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, (published in Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Sept., 1936) states
(X) See page 120
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