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Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr.

Birthplace: townland of Ballyvickcrannell (now Ballymacrandal), Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, (Northern) Ireland
Death: Died in Newark, New Castle, Delaware, United States
Place of Burial: Newark Meeting Burying Grounds, New Castle Co., Delaware
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Hollingsworth and Catherine Hollingsworth
Husband of Ann Calvert Hollingsworth and Ann Rea Ree
Father of Samuel Hollingsworth; Valentine Hollingsworth, II; Anne Thompson; John Hollingsworth; Joseph Hollingsworth and 5 others
Brother of Henry Hollingsworth; Thomas Hollingsworth; Stephen Hollingsworth; Zebulon Hollingsworth; Ruth Hollingsworth and 5 others

Occupation: Signer, Penn's Great Charter, Was original emmigrant to USA on good ship "Welcome"
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About Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr.

An Early Emigrant Family from Seagoe Parish to America in 1682

by Rev B J Mooney, Chairman of Craigavon Historical Society

Fortunately the list for County Armagh had been copied, and a complete list of house-holders in this parish at this date is available. 3

Perhaps ones first reaction in looking through the list is the comparative sparceness of the population at that time. For instance in the townland of Ballyvickcrannell (now Ballymacrandal) we find but two names recorded, namely Valentine Hollingsworth and William Smurfit. It is the first of these two families we are concerned with. As the name denotes they do not appear to have been of local origin, but are in all probability settlers, who had come into the district at the Plantation of Ulster.

The first member of the family to take up residence over here was Henry Hollingsworth, he was married to Katheran and they seem to have had but one son, Valentine (born 1632) who inherited his father's house and farm and whose name appears on the Hearth Money Roll of 1664.

Valentine became a member of The Society of Friends (Quakers) who met in Lurgan, and his name occurs from time to time in their records. He appears to have been a man of character and substance, and was soon in positions of responsibility within the meeting.

His name occurs (with other local Friends) as a Trustee of Friends' Burial Ground, Moyraverty where he is described as "a Freeholder". 4

His first marriage was to Ann Ree of Tandragee in 1655, she died in 1671 and is buried in Moyraverty Burial Ground.

He married secondly Ann Calvert, daughter of Thomas and Jane Calvert of Drumgor Parish of Seagoe. This wedding took place on 12th of the fourth month 1672 in the house of Marke Wright, Parish of Shankill and according to Quaker custom they signed the Marriage Certificate which concludes with the words -

"They tooke one another in marriage in the presence of God and His people according to the law of God and we are witnesses of the same whose names are herunder subscribed ye day and yeare aforesaid". Val. Holengworth Anne Holengworth.

(Witnesses signatures who were present at Wedding) Francis Robson, William Williams, Jo: Calvert, Chris: Hillery, Hugh Stamper,

George Hodgshon, Jam: Harison, Dorothy Hillery, Roger Webb, Will Pearson,

Nic: Harison, Elis: Gnus, Robert Hoop, Marke Wright, John Wright, Alice Williams,

Michael Staise, Timo: Kirk, James Bradshaw, An. Bradshaw, Tho. Wederall,

Rob Chambers, Tho: Calvert, Debora Kirk, Will Dixon, Antho. Dixon,

Fergus Softly, Alice Wright, Dina Kirke, Mary Walker. 5

News of the new colony in America, which had been granted to William Penn, who was a man of influence and a leading Quaker, was being talked about by Irish Friends. The colony which Penn sought to establish was to be governed on democratic lines, with justice for all irrespective of race or creed. The land was to be sold at very low rates, and freedom of Worship was assured without fear of persecution.

Valentine must have carefully weighed up the prospects, finally deciding to take the big step and emigrate. He and his wife Lydia, together with their family, some of whom were only infants, also his son-in-law Thomas Connaway (married to his daughter Mary) and an indentured servant, all sailed on the good ship "Antelope" from Belfast in 1682.

The only member of the family who did not leave at this time was the eldest son Henry, now a capable young man of twenty four. He remained behind to wind up the estate and to dispose of the assets. It was only a temporary delay however, as he followed the others the next year. He travelled out with a large group of Quakers from Dublin who left on "The Lion" of Liverpool all bent on emigrating. 6

There is a distinct touch of romance connected to Henry. Apparently he left his heart behind him when he left these shores as he had formed a deep attachment for a lovely Quakeress maiden also connected to Lurgan Meeting. Her name was Lydia Atkinson, daughter of Stephen and Isabel Atkinson of Ballencorr, Parish of Seagoe. Some accounts say Henry only remained about two years in America before returning to make Lydia his wife. It was a long hazardous journey by sailing ship but he must have felt it was worth all the risks involved. The wedding took place in the house of John Robson in Tamnaficarbet Seagoe Parish, on 22/8/1688. They both returned to America Soon afterwards.7

The Hollingsworth family seemed to prosper in the New World. Valentine was a man of extraordinary ability and influence, as very soon after his arrival he was called to hold office and participate in public affairs. He was a member of the First Assembly of the Province of Pennsylvania and was signer of Penn's Great Charter. His son Henry was a surveyor, he assisted in laying out the City of Philadelphia. 8

Valentine was granted an estate of almost one thousand acres of land in a favourable location. He continued his interest in the Society of Friends, and provided a suitable site for a Meeting House and Burial Ground. It is not the purpose or intention of this short article to trace in detail the progress and fortunes of the many descendants of this important family, suffice it to say that their numbers are legion. They are found in almost every State of the Union. They are found in all denominations, and in all professions and trades. They have played and continue to play a leading place in the life of their country. As we look back to their origins we remember the founding fathers who came from the Lurgan area.


  1. The Parish of Seagoe. The Place-names explained by Rev B J Mooney, BD, 1954.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid. Pages 51-53.
  4. Original Grant Lynastown Burial Ground Moyraverty. Dated 15th 1st Month 1673.
  5. Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania by A C Myers 1902. Pages 312-313.
  6. The Hollingsworth Register Vol 5 No 3 September 1969 by Henry A Hollingsworth, California USA.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.

Valentine Hollingsworth Sr (M)

b. Jun-1632, d. between 1711 and 1720, #165984

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    Valentine Hollingsworth Sr was the son of Henry Hollingsworth and Catherine Cornish. Valentine Hollingsworth Sr was born in Jun-1632 at Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Seagoe, County Armagh, Ireland. Valentine Hollingsworth Sr was born in Aug-1632 at Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ulster, Ireland. He married Ann Ree, daughter of Nicolas Ree and Ann (Unknown), on 7-Apr-1655 at Lurgan Mm, Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland. Valentine Hollingsworth Sr married Ann Calvert, daughter of Thomas Calvert and Jane Glassford, on 12-Apr-1672 at Friends Meeting, Shankill, Armagh, Ireland. Valentine Hollingsworth Sr married Ann Ree, daughter of Nicolas Ree and Ann (Unknown), on 7-Apr-1655 at Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ulster, Ireland. Valentine Hollingsworth Sr married Ann Ree, daughter of Nicolas Ree and Ann (Unknown), on 7-Jun-1655 at Ireland. Valentine Hollingsworth Sr married Ann Calvert, daughter of Thomas Calvert and Jane Glassford, on 4-Feb-1672 at Ireland. Valentine Hollingsworth Sr married Ann Calvert, daughter of Thomas Calvert and Jane Glassford, on 12-Apr-1672 at Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ulster, Ireland. Valentine Hollingsworth Sr married Ann Calvert, daughter of Thomas Calvert and Jane Glassford, on 12-Jun-1672. Valentine Hollingsworth Sr died between 1711 and 1720 at Newark, New Castle County, Delaware. He died after 1710. He was buried at Old Burying Grou, Newark, New Castle County, Delaware. He was buried before 1716 at Friends Cemetery, Newark, New Castle County, Delaware. 
    He emigrated in 1682 from Belfast, Antrim County, Ireland; aboard the ship "Welcome" along with his son-in-law Thomas Conway and an indentured servent John Musgrave. BIRTH-SPOUSE-CHILDREN: Ancestral File; ; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, CD-ROM dated 21 Aug 1992, Information submitted by..; St George Regional Family History Center/FamilySearch Home Field Trial, searched May 1995; according to notes, Valentine's BIRTH DATE was the 6th month of 1632 (Quaker's do not use the pagan names of the months) BIRTH-FATHER-SPOUSE-CHILDREN: Albert Cook Myers, IMMIGRATION OF THE IRISH QUAKERS INTO PENNSYLVANIA: WITH THEIR EARLY HISTORY IN IRELAND; 1682-1750; 1902, A.C. Myers, Swathmore, Pennsylvania; FHL Microfilm # 1036555, item 43, Salt Lake City, Utah; viewed Apr 1995.

Children of Valentine Hollingsworth Sr and Ann Ree:

Mary Hollingsworth+ b. 25-Mar-1656, d. 1746

Henry Hollingsworth b. 7-Sep-1658, d. 12-Feb-1721

Thomas Hollingsworth b. 1-Mar-1661, d. 1732/33

Catherine Hollingsworth b. May-1663, d. 29-Jun-1746


Children of Valentine Hollingsworth Sr and Ann Calvert:

Samuel Hollingsworth b. 27-Jan-1673, d. circa Aug-1748

Enoch Hollingsworth b. 7-Aug-1675, d. 24-Oct-1687

Valentine Hollingsworth Jr. b. 12-Nov-1677, d. 1757

Ann Hollingsworth b. 28-Dec-1681, d. after 1712

John Hollingsworth b. 19-Feb-1684, d. 1722

Joseph Hollingsworth b. 10-May-1686, d. circa 1732

Enoch Hollingsworth b. 10-May-1690, d. 26-Sep-1690


Valentine "The Immigrant" Hollingsworth,Sr. born 15 Aug 1632 in Ballymackcrandle, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland; died 13 Oct 1710 in "Rockmoor Manor", Brandywine Hundred, Newark, New Castle County, DE. He was the son of Henry Hollingsworth and  Katherine Blacker (Cornish?). 

He married Ann Ree Wray Rea 07 Jun 1655 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland.

(Ann Ree Wray Rea born 1628 in Tandragee, Parish of Ballymore, Armagh County, Ireland or Cheshire, England; died 01 Apr 1671 in Friends Grove, Moyraverty, County Armagh, Ireland. She was the daughter of Nicholas Rea, Sr. and Ann.)

Notes for Valentine "The Immigrant" Hollingsworth, Sr.:

The family fled England and lived, before coming to America, in Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County

Armagh, Ireland.

This family is of Saxon descent. The estate was purchased in 1022 A.D. in NE Cheshire England. The name is derived from the Holly Tree and Worth (a farm), location Mottram. The Church of the Family and the Hall,

both several centuries old, are now standing, the family Arms are on both. The late owner, Capt, Robert

Hollingsworth, died in 1865. The building is very much out of repair. It is now owned by a Mr. Taylor of

Manchester and valued at L20,000. There are 625 acres of land. (This note taken from "Hollingsworth

Genealogical Memoranda" published in 1884.)

Valentine purchased Ballyvickscrannell from Michail Harrison. The 120 acres were deeded to him on Aug. 22,

1664. the townland of Ballyvickscrannell thus became his farm by title.

In the 1660's he became a member of Lurgan MM. He was persecuted for his beliefs at least eight times from

1672 to 1681.

In 1682 arriving about a month before William Penn, he and his family sailed to PA, settling on a large plantation

of nearly a thousand acres on Shelpot Creek in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle County, DE.

He was a man of great ability and influence. He was a member of the first Assembly of the Province of PA 1682-

1683. He also served in subsequent sessions of the Assembly from New Castle County in 1681, 1688, 1695 and 1700. He was appointed Justice of the peace for New Castle County in 1685. He was Justice of the Court of Common Pleas. He also served in the Grand Inquest of 1683 when Charles Pickering was charged with


He was a signer of William Penn's Great Charter.

Following text taken from "Hollingsworth Genealogical Memoranda in the US from 1682 to 1884":

Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr., a member of the society of Friends, born 1632. By tradition, he married,

Catharine, daughter of Henry Cornish, High Sheriff of London, who was executed (unjustly) during the reign of

James ll, Oct 23, 1685.

Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr., came to America to be with William Penn in 1682 with his family. He settled

in Shellpot Creek, Brandywine Hundred, New Castle County, (now) Delaware, and filled many prominent

positions in the colony. He was still living in 1710. No record of his death has been found. His wife, Ann, died

8th month 17th 1697, and was buried at New Ark Monthly Meeting. This is probably a wife by a second

marriage, her maiden name was Ann Calvert. From his family, nearly all of the Hollingsworth names in the

United States have descended and are very numerous.

Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr., died in 1710. He was buried in the Friends Burying Ground at New Ark Meeting, near his residence, east side of the Brandywine, on the half acre of land given to the New Ark Monthly Meeting in 1687 for a burying place. The meetings were generally held at his house:from 1686 to 1710, he was the Superintendent of the Monthly Meetings.

He obtained a patent for 986 acres of land in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle county, Delaware. in 1682, It was surveyed December 27th, 1683, by Thomas Pierson: Valentine gave it the name of New Wark. He disposed

of his property before his death, receiving from his sons an annuity until his death. He was a member of the

Assembly in 1683, also in 1687 and 1695 for the same County.

A part of the original land purchased by Valentine Hollingsworth from William Penn in 1682, is still in 1884,

occupied by his descendants. It is located on the east side of the Brandywine, in New Castle County, DE, not far from where the famous battle at the crossing of that river was fought, in 1777, between the patriot forces under

George Washington and the British under Lords Cornwallis and Howe.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A Bit of "Very Early" Holling(s)worth


The following article was written and sent to us by Simon Hollingworth of Australia, our friend and one of our

project participants. Simon has an extensive knowledge of early English history and has contributed several

articles in the past to help us understand more about our early English Holling(s)worth ancestors. Our sincere

thanks to Simon for sharing his most interesting and informative research with us!


Hollinworth Drenges - Post Conquest

The village of Hollingworth located in Cheshire is situated in the Longendale Valley, a well worn path for invading armies over the centuries. It is likely that William the Conqueror's army, on its march from Yorkshire to subdue the rebellion at Chester, followed this main highway. Virtually all the townships on the way were systematically looted as part of the Harrying of the

North in the winter of 1070; the only exception seems to be the township of Bredbury for reasons which are not clear.

From the Humber to Tees, Duke William's men burnt whole villages and slaughtered the inhabitants. Foodstores and livestock were destroyed so that anyone surviving the initial massacre would soon succumb to starvation over the winter. The survivors were reduced to cannibalism, with one report stating that the skulls of the dead were cracked open so that the brains could be eaten. This picture of waste and destruction may in part explain, why the dispossessed Saxons of Hollingworth possibly scattered to the Northern Counties. For unlike Cheshire and Derbyshire, William left much of the Northumbrian Saxon powerbase intact throughout Salford Hundred (Rochdale, Castleton, Middleton, Littleborough, Manchester etc) in consideration of the fact that they had taken no part in the Battle of Hastings.

The two great chiefs of Northumberland, Edwin and Morcar, after their defeat at Fulford by Harold Hardrada

(King Harold) and Tostig, rendered little, if any aid at the Battle of Stamford Bridge against the Danes. They refused to be drawn into the battle against Duke

William at Senlac Hill in 1066; they neither moved to assist King Harold or hinder William of Normandy.

'The lands of Eadwine and Markere and Waltheof and Copsige lay in regions to which William's arms had not yet reached, and to which, if he insisted on such an extreme stretch of sovereignty it might never reach' 'No soldiers of William had as yet set foot in Northumberland or Northern Mercia' 'The whole of northern England was simply left as it was before; the old rulers, the old proprietors, were undisturbed; not a single castle had been built to keep Northumberland and northern Mercia in check' It would appear that in Slaford Hundred a select group of Saxon thegns and churls were left undisturbed by the early upheavals bought to southern England in the wake of the Norman Conquest. Harland suggests that Roger de Poictou a Norman Baron, held a large part of Salford Hundrend after Conquest and allowed a small number of Saxon Lords to retain their estates by the tenure of thanage or drengage.

So what is a Saxon Drengi?

The drenghes are supposed to derive their name either from thingus, a low Latin word for a thane, or from the

Anglo-Saxon, dreogan. According to Spelman (1664) the drenghes were military vassals, who or whose ancestors had held their patrimony before the Conquest. The drengh was the lowest landowner who had a permanent interest in the soil, and that his position was midway between the freeman and the villein. In some respects his services were the same as the villein's. However, the fundamental difference was that the Saxon Drengi rendered these services to his Norman lord by way of local villeins, and not by personal exertion. His tenure was inferior to knight's service, or free tenure, however he was personally exempt from servile work. This was a corruption of the land tenure system that only existed in certain counties after the Norman invasion. Middleton provides this as the reason as to why so many Saxon families were permitted to hold their ancient lands during the period after 1066. Basically, the Earl of Cheshire permitted the disposed Saxon Lords to remain in control of their lands by way of special dispensation, .i.e held as an ancient right provided they swore allegiance to the Norman King.

The Hollingworths

By the 13 century we find evidence of this practice in our own family. For example, we have ancient placenames

of Hollingworth in Cheshire and Yorkshire. Reminders of the Hollingworth family living in these locations before

1250, are Hollingworth Lake with the hamlet of Hollinworth half submerged below its waters (find Milnrow near Rochdale and you're pretty much on the target). Then if you move further north towards Todmorden and Walsden in the same county, you'll find North and South Hollinworth.

All three locations are in the heart land of the Northern Saxon Kings: Edwin and Morcar.

I feel that these placenames exist because members of our family held tenure over their lands after 1066 and

before 1300. Given that Saxon use of surnames was limited during these times, it is probable that these people known as Hollingworth were connected to the Cheshire branch. This I will seek to prove in another article. We do know, that the Hollingworths of Hollingworth in Cheshire were elevated in status from Saxon Drengi to Lord of the Manor of Hollingworth prior to 1240, and is generally acknowledged that they were the parent branch. This of course is difficult to prove, however it is reasonable to assume that this family had various estates before and after conquest in 1066. It would seem that only one branch of the clan were acknowledged by their Norman overlords as being worth of paying a Knights fee; those in Cheshire.

Simon Hollingworth

Quakers: their dress:

The broad brimmed, low-crowned hats, straight-breasted, collarless coats, breaches without suspenders, and of

the plainest color is strange to us now, but was defended upon the ground that they seek no change--it is

comfortable, and they found society dressed in the time of George Fox. The dress of the females, was equally

plain, and defended on the same ground. White beavers, with the mere indentation for a crown, with a brim

around it of full six inches every way, secured on the head by a plain white ribbon passing through loops, or perfectly plain silk bonnets called hoods: caps as plain as possible; long-waisted gowns or wrappers and petticoats, constituted the tout ensemble of a Quaker Lady's dress.

Quakers, their language:

Their use of thee and thou to a single person, or "you" to more than one, was grammatical, and free from all

personal idolatry, and therefore they used it.

Quakers, their meetings:

They met to transact business and worship on the fifth day (Thursday) weekly, and on the seventh day (Saturday) monthly. There is a clerk of both the men's and women's meeting. Everything of importance is regularly entered upon their books, such as business transactions, marriages, births and deaths. There were also quarterly and yearly meetings of delegates. The meeting for worship was every first day (Sunday) at 11 o'clock. At that hour all entered the house, and sat covered (heads covered) and in silence for an hour, unless the Spirit moved some Friend to speak. Any Friend could speak under the influence of the Spirit, but in general only those spoke in public whose gifts had been approved. If prayer be made, then the Friend who prayed, uncovered himself, and kneeling down, uttered the petitions which the Spirit prompted. The congregation rose and the men are uncovered during prayer. As soon as it is closed, all take their seats covered. At the end of the hour, the elder members grasp

one another by the hand, walk out and everybody starts for home.

Quakers, marriage ceremony:

A pair of young people about to marry are said to pass meeting by their purpose being announced at one monthly meeting, when a committee is appointed to inquire if there be any objections. At the next, if their report be favorable, Friends assent to the marriage, and on the succeeding fifth day, it takes place by the man and woman

standing and holding one another by the right hand, and repeating the ceremony. The man says about as follows;

"I take this my friend to be my wife, whom I will love, cherish and only keep, until it shall please the Lord to

separate us by death." The woman says: "I take this my friend, to be my husband, whom I will love, honor, and

obey until it shall please the Lord to separate us by death." As soon as the ceremony is repeated, they sit down; a Friend, most generally the clerk of the men's meeting, read a certificate of the marriage, which is signed by Friends present.

More About Valentine "The Immigrant" Hollingsworth, Sr.:

Burial: 1710, Friends Burying Ground, New Ark Monthly Meeting, New Castle County, Newark, DE

Immigration: Dec 1682, Came to America on the "Antelope"

Moved: 25 May 1682, Logan MM, Ireland to America

Political 1: Bet. 1683 - 1687, Member of the 1st Assembly, PA

Political 2: 1695, Justice of the Peace

Political 3: 1695, Member of the Assembly, PA

Residence 1: 1710, Shell Pot Creek, New Castle, DE

Residence 2: Bef. 1682, Balleniskcrannell, Parish of Sego. County Amagh, Ireland

Settled: 1682, Christiana Hundred, New Castle County, DE

Notes for Ann Ree Wray Rea:

Lurgan records say that Ann was the daughter of "Nicolass Ree of Tanragee in the County of Ardmagh and of Ann his wife". Genealogist, Harry Hollingsworth, finds no trace of a Ree or Rea family, and finds considerable evidence that their name was "Wray". "Rea" is pronounced like "Ray" or "Wray" in Ireland.

More About Ann Ree Wray Rea:

Burial: 1671, Lynastown Friends Burial Ground, Moyraverty, County Armagh, Ireland

More About Valentine Hollingsworth and Ann Rea:

Alternate dates: 07 Apr 1655, May be date of marriage.

Marriage: 07 Jun 1655, Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland


The original immigrant ancestor of the American family of Hollingsworth was a member of the Society of Friends, and many of his descendants adhere to that faith. He was the son of Henry and Catherine Hollingsworth of Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland; born at Belleniskcrannel around 1632. He married Ann Ree, daughter of Nicholas Ree of Tanderagee, County Armagh. She was born about 1628, at Tanderagee, and died February 1, 1671. He then married Ann Calvert, daughter of Thomas and Jane Calvert, of Dromgora, Parish of Segoe, County Armagh. In 1682, Valentine Hollingsworth and his family, accompanied by Thomas Connaway, and by John Musgrave, an indentured servant, sailed from Belfast for the Delaware River, arriving a month after William Penn's arrival in the ship "Welcome."He settled on a large plantation of nearly one thousand acres on Shelpot Creek in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware,about five miles northeast of the city of Wilmington, DE.

He was a member of the Society of Friends. He was a member of the first Assembly of

Pennsylvania in 1682-83 and served in several sessions down to 1700.

He was a signer of Penn's Great Charter and a member of the Provincial

Council. His second wife died in 1697 and he died in 1711. Both are

buried in the old burial ground at Newark, Delaware.


In biblical times the greatest honor which could be bestowed upon a man was that his decendents should be as the sands of the sea and become a great people, and so it was with Valentine Hollingsworth. Nearly all of the older families of northern Delaware can trace their ancestry to him. His decendents, numbered by the thousands, have spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and have become prominent in almost every form of human endeavor. The origin of the Hollingsworth name appears to be associated with old Anglo-Saxon families whose ancestors came from North Germany in the 5th and 6th centuries A,D. Variations of the name, such as Hollinworth, Hollinsworth, and Hollingworth, first appeared on records in Cheshire and Lancashire Counties, England, around 1022. The family established an estate in Cheshire known as Hollingworth Manor.Today we would call it Holly Farms, which may account for the holly leaves in the family shield. Part of the family went to Ireland in the early 17th century. Valentine and his family became associated with William Penn and his Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers. In 1692, Valentine and his family moved to America about the same time as William Penn and settled in Delaware. Valentine and some of his family made the voyage on the ship ANTELOPE. One son, Henry, made the voyage on the ship LION. Valentine was born in Bellenickcrannell, in the parish of Sego and the county of Armaugh in June of 1632 and in 1655 married Ann Ree, daughter of Nicholas and Ann Ree of Tanragee. They had four children, Mary, Henry, Thomas and Katherine. Ann died in 1671 and is buried in the cemetery near Monreauerty. He then married Anne Calvert, the daughter of Thomas and Jane Glasford Calvert, on June 12, 1672 in Kilwarling Down, Ireland. She died in Shellpot Creek, New Castle County, Delaware on August 17, 1697 and was buried in the Old Burial Grounds, Newark, Delaware. They had seven children: Samuel, Enoch 1, Valentine,Jr., Ann, John, Joseph, and Enoch 2. Valentine and his family settled on 1000 acres in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware. Shortly after his arrival a meeting was established at his house and in 1687 he granted half an acre of his land for a cemetery. He was a member of the first Pennsyvania Assembly 1682-83 and the assemblies of 1687, 1688, 1695, and 1700. He was a signer of William Penn's Great Charter and a justice for New Kent County. He was an overseer of Friend's Meeting for many years He died in 1711 and was buried in the Friend's Graveyard at Newark, Delaware.


Immigrant to America, following William Penn, settling in PA. Sailed on the good ship Welcome.

Signer of William Penn's Great Charter.

In 1682 he obtained a patent for 986 acres of land which he called New Warke. A member of the Society of Friends, their meetings were held at his house adjoining this half acre which he gave for a burying ground.

A member of the Assembly from Newcastle County 1687 and 1695.;glhbooks;Genealogy-glh11911558;13;-1; -------------------- Belfast Ireland to Delaware River on ship "Welcome".

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Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr.'s Timeline

August 15, 1632
townland of Ballyvickcrannell (now Ballymacrandal), Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, (Northern) Ireland
January 25, 1656
Age 23
Bellenickcranell, Armagh, Sego, Ireland
November 7, 1658
Age 26
Ballyvickcrannel, Seagoe Parish, Co. Armagh, Ireland
May 1, 1661
Age 28
Belleniskerannel, Segoe Parish, Armagh, Ireland
July 1, 1663
Age 30
Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ulster, Ireland
April 12, 1672
Age 39
Belleniskcrannel, Parish Of Legoe, County Armagh, Ireland
April 12, 1672
Age 39
March 27, 1673
Age 40
Bellenickcranell, Armagh, Sego, Ireland
November 12, 1677
Age 45
Belleinskcrannel, Armagh, Sego, Ireland
December 28, 1680
Age 48
Bellenickcrannel, Parish of, Ireland