Hollingworth One Name Study
Hollingworths in U.S.A.
As it is unlikely that I will ever research in the USA, this section will only grow if information is sent to me. I have received the following from Peter Hollingworth which I hope you will find interesting. If anyone recognises their ancestors do let me know.
My wife and I resided in Salem, Massachusetts for a number of years before moving to California. While there, exploring Salems oldest graveyard, we came across the headstones of William Hollingworth and his wife Elinor. My wife undertook some research and discovered some interesting facts: William was a descendent of Richard and Susan Hollingworth who came to Salem from England in 1635 on the ship Blessing. William purportedly was the first millionaire in the new world, was a ships captain and traded with the colonies in Virginia. Apparently he died at sea sometime in the mid seventeen hundreds. His wife Elinor founded and ran the Blue Anchor Tavern in downtown Salem. We also discovered that Richard and Susan had a daughter (?) named Sarah, who later married a man named Parker. Sarah Parker was accused of being a witch during the Salem hysteria, and was hung along with 19 others in 1692. A series of stones engraved with all their names, including Sarahs, is located next to the old graveyard.
A friend of my brothers, an Oxford scholar (of some kind), said that to the best of his ability, Hollingworth (Anglo-Saxon) meant the following:
Holl: a hollow, dell or valley
Ing: a group of people
Worth: a farm or estate.
Thus: The people who live on the estate in the valley.
My grandfather, Joseph Hollingworth, a housepainter, came to Massachusetts (Lowell) when he was 17 from Oldham.
This is not probably what youre looking for, but it may help.