Children of Jacob Hollingsworth (1775 – 1848) and Wife Sarah Martin of Franklin County, Georgia, Monroe County, Alabama, and Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Claiborne Jasper Foster, son of Flavel Foster and Mary Amelia Hollingsworth, photo uploaded by Joan Jernegan to John Jernegan’s Jernegan-Everett family tree at Ancestry

1. Mary Hollingsworth was born 5 October 1802 in Franklin County, Georgia, and died 29 April 1864 at Keachi, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. Mary married Flavel Foster, son of William Claiborne Foster and Elizabeth Colbert, on 26 December 1824 in Monroe County, Alabama. Flavel Foster was born 7 December 1807 in Virginia and died 6 January 1860 at Keachi. Both are buried in the Hollingsworth family cemetery at Preston, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. The dates of birth and death I’ve recorded for Mary Hollingsworth and Flavel Foster are from their tombstones: on this source, see this previous posting.[1]

Though the 1850 federal census indicates that Flavel Foster was born in Georgia, the previously cited biography of his son Claiborne Jasper Foster in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana says that his father was born in Virginia.[2] Mary Hollingsworth was named for her maternal grandmother Mary Brooks Hollingsworth. The 1850 census gives her the name Amelia, so it’s likely her full name was Mary Amelia Hollingsworth, with the middle name possibly being for the Amelia Terrell whom her uncle Thomas Hollingsworth would marry in Franklin County, Georgia, on 1 November 1808, six years after Mary was born.

2. Sarah Hollingsworth was born 1 August 1804 in Franklin County, Georgia, and died 16 August 1870 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. On 30 April 1820 in Monroe County, Alabama, she married Daniel Bozeman, son of Philemon Bozeman and Susanna Holloway. Daniel was born 4 March 1793 in Edgefield District, South Carolina, and died 17 December 1859. Sarah was named for her mother Sarah Martin Hollingsworth.

3. Samuel Hollingsworth was born 10 August 1806 in Franklin County, Georgia, and died 2 December 1870 at Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. In 1829 in Monroe County, Alabama, he married Elizabeth Lindsey. Elizabeth was born 19 December 1809 in South Carolina, and died 23 September 1863 at Shreveport in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Both are buried in the Hollingsworth family cemetery at Preston, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. The dates I’ve recorded for their birth and death are from their tombstones.[3] Samuel was named for his uncle Samuel Hollingsworth, who died four years prior to his nephew’s birth. As noted in the last posting, following the death of his father Jacob Hollingsworth at Blossom Hill in 1848, Samuel took over management of his father’s plantation, as Jacob and Sarah Martin Hollingsworth’s oldest son.

4. Jacob James Hollingsworth was born 19 April 1810 in Franklin County, Georgia, and died 20 August 1840 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. On 24 November 1831 in Monroe County, Alabama, he married Kittie Jane Boney, daughter of Wimberk Boney and Nancy Collins. Kittie was born 26 November 1813 in Duplin County, North Carolina, and died 7 August 1847 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Both are buried in the Hollingsworth family cemetery at Preston in Caddo Parish.[4] Jacob was named for his paternal grandfather Jacob Hollingsworth, and I suspect also for his maternal grandfather, though I have not confirmed the name of Sarah Martin Hollingsworth’s father. Note that Jacob and Sarah’s daughter Mary and husband Flavel Foster named a son James Martin Foster.

Tombstone of Richardson Foster at Find a Grave memorial page of Richardson Foster, Foster family cemetery, Monroeville, Monroe County, Alabama, managed by Steve Stacey
Letters of Amanda Melvina Hollingsworth Harris to daughter Adeline Fullilove and Adeline’s daughter Evelyn, transcribed and uploaded by Ancestry user Msmtmactx to her McGuir-1 family tree at Ancestry
Elizabeth Adeline Foster Fullilove, daughter of Richardson Foster and Amanda Melvina Hollingsworth, from her Find a Grave memorial page, Hollingsworth family cemetery, Preston, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, maintained by Scout Finch, photo uploaded by Jim Fullilove

5. Amanda Melvina Hollingsworth was born 23 May 1812 in Franklin County, Georgia, and died 2 May 1862 at Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. On 10 February 1830 in Monroe County, Alabama, she married Richardson Foster, son of William Claiborne Foster and Elizabeth Colbert. Richardson Foster was born 31 March 1801 in Virginia and died 8 March 1835 in Monroe County, Alabama, where he is buried in the Foster family cemetery at Monroeville.[5] The dates of birth and death I’ve recorded for him are from his tombstone. Richardson Foster was a brother of Flavel Foster, husband of Amanda’s sister Sarah.

Following Richardson Foster’s death, on 5 October 1837 in Monroe County, Alabama, Amanda married Charles F. Harris. Charles was born 31 May 1810 and died 8 May 1874 at Shreveport, Louisiana. Amanda and Charles are buried in the Hollingsworth family cemetery at Preston in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.[6]

At her McGuir-1 family tree at Ancestry, Ancestry user Msmtmactx has shared the photograph of Amanda found at the head of this posting, as well as the three transcribed letters above. The 20 June 1856 letter was from Amanda to her daughter Adeline Foster Fullilove; speaks of her recent travels in Alabama, where she had visited friends in Mobile and had then seen “Mother” and “Father” — evidently the parents of her husband Charles Harris, since her own parents had died in Louisiana some years prior to 1856. The 14 August 1856 letter went from Amanda to her granddaughter Evelyn Fullilove; it speaks of a trip to a place called “Wilform Springs,” which I haven’t been able to identify. The last letter, which Amanda wrote on 19 June 1859, was sent to Adeline, and indicates that Amanda was at Arkadelphia, Arkansas, headed to Hot Springs, probably to take the waters. Each of the three letters alludes to her ill health, which would explain her going to Hot Springs and “Wilform Springs.”

Tombstone of Frances Hollingsworth Crosby, from her Find a Grave memorial page, Mansfield cemetery, Mansfield, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, managed by Scout Finch
Tombstone of Frances Hollingsworth Crosby, from his Find a Grave memorial page, Mansfield cemetery, Mansfield, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, managed by Scout Finch
Memorial tribute to William Crosby, “In Memoriam,” Shreveport Times (15 May 1884), p. 4, col. 5

6. Frances Hollingsworth was born 24 April 1816 in Franklin County, Georgia, and died 27 September 1860 in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. On 17 January 1834 in Monroe County, Alabama, Frances married William Crosby, son of William Crosby and Rachel Hubbard. William Crosby Jr. was born 17 February 1805 at Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, and died 7 April 1884 in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. Frances Hollingsworth and husband William Crosby are buried in Manfield cemetery at Mansfield, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, with tombstones dating their dates of birth and death.[7] A memorial tribute to William Crosby in Shreveport Times on 15 May 1884 also states his date of death.[8]

Photo of Erastus Hubbard Crosby, Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families, vol. 1 (Chicago: J.H. Beers, 1901), pp. 208-9
Biography of Erastus Hubbard Crosby, Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families, vol. 1 (Chicago: J.H. Beers, 1901), pp. 208-9

7. Fidelia Hollingsworth was born 11 December 1817 in Monroe County, Alabama, and died 14 April 1857 in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. On 13 April 1837 in Monroe County, Alabama, she married Erastus Hubbard Crosby, son of William Crosby and Rachel Hubbard. Erastus was a brother her sister Frances’s husband William Crosby. Erastus was born 3 May 1809 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, and died 3 December 1885 at Hartford, Connecticut. Fidelia is apparently buried in the Hollingsworth family cemetery at Preston in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, though the tombstone of her husband Erastus H. Crosby in Cedar Hill cemetery at Hartford, Connecticut, also has her dates of birth and death inscribed on it.[9]

A biography of Erastus in Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut has a picture of him with biographical information.[10] This states that after teaching school in Connecticut and clerking in a store in Boston, he went to Savannah, Georgia, to engage in the mercantile business. He was then in business in Alabama for a period of time with his brother William Crosby and with a brother-in-law (perhaps Samuel Hollingsworth, though this is not stated), and in 1849 he went to DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, where he engaged “in the business of cotton and corn growing on an extensive scale.” In 1867 he returned to Connecticut where he was president of Hartford Life & Annuity Company.

8. Thomas A. Hollingsworth was born 8 June 1820 in Monroe County, Alabama, and died 1 October 1852 at Blossom Hill in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. On 11 January 1842 in Monroe County, Alabama, he married Euphemia Caroline Lindsey. She was born 8 January 1821 and died 13 November 1842 at Blossom Hill, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. On 10 April 1847 in Caddo Parish, Thomas remarried to Amanda McMillan. Thomas and Euphemia are buried in the Hollingsworth cemetery at Preston in Caddo Parish, with his stone giving his dates of birth and death and hers stating that she died 13 November 1842 aged 21 years, 10 months, and 5 days.[11] I think it’s likely that Euphemia was a sister of the Elizabeth Lindsey who married Thomas’s brother Samuel, but don’t know this for certain. Thomas Hollingsworth was, I believe, named for his father’s brother Thomas.

Tombstone of Alden Clark, Find a Grave memorial page for Alden Clark, East cemetery, Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, managed by Jan Franco, with a photo of the tombstone uploaded by Jan Franco
“Death of Alden Clark of Meriden,” Hartford Courant (29 July 1871), p. 2, col. 5
Memorial tribute to Alden Clark, “West Meriden Baptist,” Meriden Daily Republican (4 September 1871), p. 2, col. 5

9. Emily B. Hollingsworth was born 3 August 1823 in Monroe County, Alabama, and died 15 June 1843 at Monroeville, Monroe County, Alabama. On 8 October 1839 in Monroe County, she married Alden Clark, who was born 29 February 1816 at Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, and died 27 June 1871 at Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut. Following Emily’s death, Alden Clark remarried on 28 September 1848 in Monroe County to Elizabeth S. North, daughter of Abijah North. Alden Clark’s tombstone in East cemetery, Meriden, Connecticut, has the names of both wives inscribed on it, with their dates of death and age at death.[12]

Alden Clark’s obituary in the Hartford Courant states that he was a prominent citizen of Meriden and director of the Home Bank at his time of death.[13] It also states that he was “prominently identified with the manufacturing interests” of Meriden. A funeral tribute in the Meriden Daily Republican reporting on his funeral sermon at West Meriden Baptist church gives his death and place of birth, and says that after growing up on his father’s farm, he then went to Berlin, Connecticut, to learn a trade and after that settled in the South for many years, returning to Connecticut in the last 15-17 years of his life.[14]

Tombstone of Richard Collins Boney, Find a Grave memorial page of Richard Collins Boney, Queen City cemetery, Queen City, Cass County, Texas, managed by KindredWhispers, with a photo of his tombstone uploaded by Kindred Whispers
“A Good Man Dead,” Shreveport Times (20 August 1889), p. 4

10. Helen M. Hollingsworth was born 6 December 1827 in Monroe County, Alabama, and died 24 August 1848 at Blossom Hill, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. On 11 January 1844 in Caddo Parish, she married Richard Collins Boney, son of Wimberk Boney and Nancy Collins. Richard was born 18 April 1818 in Duplin County, North Carolina, and died 18 August 1889 at Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. Helen is buried in the Hollingsworth cemetery at Preston, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, and Richard in Queen City cemetery, Queen City, Cass County, Texas.[15] Richard C. Boney was a brother of Kittie Jane Boney who married Helen Hollingsworth’s brother Jacob James Hollingsworth. 

An obituary notice of Richard Collins Boney in Shreveport Times says that he died at Little Rock while being treated for cancer, and his body was then taken to Queen City, Texas, for burial.[16] He was living at Linden, Cass County, Texas, when he died.

Major Lang Grisham Scogin, photo uploaded by Nancy Wilson to her Ancestry tree, Louis’ Genealogy
Tombstone of Lang Grisham Scogin, Find a Grave memorial page of Major Lang Grisham Scogin, Calvary cemetery, Marlin Falls County, Texas, managed by Sarah Locklin Taylor, with a photo of the tombstone by couchpotato

11. Araminta D. Hollingsworth was born 5 August 1830 in Monroe County, Alabama, and died 9 July 1854 at Blossom Hill, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. On 25 December 1846 in Caddo Parish, she married Lang Grisham Scogin, whose name appears in some records as Lewis Grisham or Grissom Scoggins. Lang Grisham Scogin was the son of John A. Scogin and Mary Ann Lang. He was born 5 September 1822 in Conecuh County, Alabama, and died 31 August 1874 en route to Waco, McLennan County, Texas. Araminta is buried in the Hollingsworth family cemetery at Preston, Caddo Parish, Louisiana.[17] Lang Grisham Scogin is buried in Calvary cemetery at Marlin, Falls County, Texas.[18]

A biography of Lewis Grissom Scoggins in Handbook of Texas states that he was farming at Blossom Hill, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, when he married Araminta D. Hollingsworth.[19] Following Araminta’s death, he remarried on 18 October 1855 in Caddo Parish to Annie E. Hazelwood. The family then moved to Texas, living at Marlin, where Lewis G. Scoggins farmed. He died of a stroke while traveling by train to Waco.

A number of family histories indicate that Jacob Hollingsworth and wife Sarah Martin had another child who died at birth, whose name and date of birth are not given in any family history I have seen.


[1] See also Find a Grave memorial page of Mary Hollingsworth Foster, Hollingsworth cemetery, Preston, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, maintained by Scout Finch; Mary’s page links to Flavel’s, also maintained by Scout Finch.

[2] 1850 federal census, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Blossom Hill, p. 320A (dwelling and family 4, 7 December); Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana (Nashville and Chicago: Southern, 1890), pp. 65-6.

[3] In addition to the transcript of tombstones in Hollingsworth cemetery discussed here, see their Find a Grave memorial pages in Hollingsworth cemetery, managed by Scout Finch.

[4] See the transcription of the tombstone records of this cemetery discussed here, and their Find a Grave memorial pages managed by Scout Finch.

[5] See Find a Grave memorial page of Richardson Foster, Foster family cemetery, Monroeville, Monroe County, Alabama, managed by Steve Stacey; the page has a photo of his tombstone uploaded by an unnamed Find a Grave user.

[6] In addition to the transcript of tombstones in Hollingsworth cemetery discussed here, see their Find a Grave memorial pages managed by Scout Finch.

[7] See Find a Grave memorial page of Frances Hollingsworth Crosby, Mansfield cemetery, Mansfield, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, which links to her husband William Crosby’s page. Both are managed by Scout Finch.

[8] “In Memoriam,” Shreveport Times (15 May 1884), p. 4, col. 5.

[9] See Find a Grave memorial page for Fidelia Hollingsworth Crosby and Erastus Hubbard Crosby at Cedar Hill cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut, both managed by C. Greer and with photo of their tombstones by C. Greer. The transcription of tombstones in Hollingsworth cemetery at Preston, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, by Virginia Pearce Packer indicates there’s also a marker for Fidelia in that cemetery, though the year of death given in this transcription is a year later than the year stated on Erastus H. Crosby’s marker in Cedar Hill cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.

[10] Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families, vol. 1 (Chicago: J.H. Beers, 1901), pp. 208-9.

[11] In addition to the transcript of tombstones in Hollingsworth cemetery discussed here, see their Find a Grave memorial pages (and here) managed by Scout Finch.

[12] See Find a Grave memorial page for Alden Clark, East cemetery, Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, managed by Jan Franco, with a photo of the tombstone uploaded by Jan Franco.

[13] “Death of Alden Clark of Meriden,” Hartford Courant (29 July 1871), p. 2, col. 5.

[14] “West Meriden Baptist,” Meriden Daily Republican (4 September 1871), p. 2, col. 5.

[15] In addition to the transcript of tombstones in Hollingsworth cemetery discussed here, see Find a Grave memorial page of Helen M. Hollingsworth Boney, Hollingsworth cemetery, Preston, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, managed by Scout Finch. See Find a Grave memorial page of Richard Collins Boney, Queen City cemetery, Queen City, Cass County, Texas, managed by KindredWhispers, with a photo of his tombstone uploaded by Kindred Whispers.

[16] “A Good Man Dead,” Shreveport Times (20 August 1889), p. 4.

[17] In addition to the transcript of tombstones in Hollingsworth cemetery discussed here, see Find a Grave memorial page of Araminta D. Hollingsworth Scogins, Hollingsworth cemetery, Preston, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, managed by Scout Finch. 

[18] See Find a Grave memorial page of Major Lang Grisham Scogin, Calvary cemetery, Marlin Falls County, Texas, managed by Sarah Locklin Taylor, with a photo of the tombstone by couchpotato.

[19] James A. Hathcock, “Scoggins, Lewis Grissom,” Handbook of Texas online at website of Texas State Historical Association.

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