The Hollingsworth are descendants of a seafaring family who sailed from Norway to Armagh County, Ireland, in the 16th Century. Their genealogy -- Valentine, Thomas, Abraham, George, Isaac, Jell, Absalom and Lemuel; their Coat of Arms was three holly leaves slipped vertically; their crest was a stag ledged perpendicular; their motto was "Bear patiently what must be borne."
Valentine Hollingsworth, born in 1632 in Armagh County, Ireland, died in Newark, Delaware, in 1711. He married Ann Ree, born in 1628 in Armagh County, Ireland. She died in 1671. They emigrated to Delaware, then moved on to Baltimore, Maryland, where they built a mill near Hollingsworth Mill Creek which was named for them. Later, they moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and drew up a 99-year estate lease which expired about 1914. The lease was stolen and sold to another party. They moved west during the great migration and settled in Miami County, Ohio.
Absalom Hollingsworth was born in 1812 in Miami County, Ohio. He married Anna Pemberton in Ohio and they moved to Kokomo, Indiana, where they built a large wool mill. The mill burned and there was no insurance, but he had patented a wooden pin that locks the sections of a wagon fellar together. He traded the patent for a farm in Lawrence, Kansas, and sold the farm for two-thousand dollars. Their children were: Barclay, Mary (both born in Ohio), Joel, Eunice, Robert, Anna, Susannah, John, Lemuel, Martha and Laodica (born in Indiana). Absalom died in 1883 in Kansas and Anna preceded him in death in 1869.
Robert and Lemuel moved to Oakland, Arkansas. They homesteaded and bought 1,060 acres of land near Little North Fork, White River and Spring Creek. They were carpenters and began building the Hollingsworth Mill in 1871. It was in operation until 1933. It took them seven years to complete the three-story mill. In the meantime they were in operation and were grinding wheat and corn for farmers who came to the mill from Promised Land, Hill Top, Dugginsville, Protem, Oakland, Pontiac, Gainesville and Ava.
Ranse Gaston, who owned a wholesale house in Ava, Missouri, always came to the mill with two wagons, drawn by heavy teams, loaded with corn and wheat.
Robert and Lemuel also built and operated a sawmill, a store and a cotton gin. Later they leased the store to a Dr. Small. They grew cotton, corn and alfalfa on their farm land and had a large fruit orchard.
Robert Hollingsworth was born in 1845 and died in 1899. He never married. He was a hard-working man, a leader in his community, a surveyor, a farmer, a stockman, and dealt in the buying and selling of timber.
Lemuel Hollingsworth was born in 1854 and died in 1935. He married Martha Jane Pasco of Oakland in 1884. She was born in 1861 in Cherokee County, Georgia, and died from a Copperhead bite in 1892 at Oakland. They had six children: James, who married Beulah Poynter of Gassville, Arkansas, and they had Max and Hester. Robert who married Margarette Holmes of Yocham Bend and they had a daughter, Doris; Jess died when he was 19; Ira who married Ollie Dean Hampton of Oakland and their children were Allen, Wanda and Arnold; Ida who married William Earther Sanders of Pontiac, Missouri, and their children were: Elois, Boyd, Oreal and Cleetis; Martha Jane died in infancy; Lemuel married Emily R. Dunlop in 1894 and she and an infant daughter died in 1895. On November 20, 1896, Lemuel married Minne Cosby of Oakland. They had eight children. They were: John who married Buna Johnson and their children were Alva, Keydron and John H. Jr.; Elmer who married Scless Buick and their daughter was Geraline; Eunice who married Eugene Gilbert and they had one daughter, Gladys; Albert who married Mattie Wilbanks and they had one daughter, Ivone. Albert later married Julia Sullenger of Jenks, Oklahoma. He died in 1969 and is buried in Price Place Cemetery. Alsey who married Henry Poplin of Oakland and their children are: Janice, Evelyn, Oleita, Bobby Lee, Beverly Ann, Barbara Jo, Melvin Jack and Frances Sharon; Avriel; Stanley who married Jewell Terry of Pontiac, Missouri, and their children were Shirley June, Joyce Ann and Jerry Lee; Greeley who married Norma Jean Weaver of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they had a daughter, Louise.
Lemuel and Robert Hollingsworth were only two of the old settlers who lived and died in Oakland. They did their bit to make Oakland a better place. They are buried at Oakland (Price Place Cemetery).
This information was contributed by Eunice Hollingsworth Gilbert, wife of Eugene Gilbert -- both retired teachers and natives of Oakland, Arkansas.
Reprinted with permission from History of Marion County edited by Earl Berry, copyright 1977.