George Hollingworth

Birth: Nov. 23, 1780
West Yorkshire, England

Death: Mar. 2, 1857
    Worcester County
    Massachusetts, USA

George grew up in Netherthong, West Yorkshire England. The family moved to Honley just prior to settling in the Kirkburton area. George married Elizabeth
“Betty” Rawcliffe on the 4th of August 1800 at All Saints Church in Almondbury and raised ten children

George immigrated from England in 1827, where he and his family of weavers were suffering from the depression of 1825 and the mechanization of the factory
system. George boarded the ship Silas Richards that arrived in New York on 29 October 1827. He sailed ahead of the rest of the family who boarded the ship Isaac
Hicks which landed in New York on 6th of December 1827, where he joined his wife Elizabeth (Betty Rawcliffe), sons Joseph, Edwin, Benjamin, and daughter
Hannah. George and family followed his son John and Jabez who came to America a few years earlier, John in 1825 and Jabez in 1826. The family all went to
housing brothers John and Jabez had retained as employees working at the Leicester Manufacturing Company, in Leicester, Massachusetts, which made woolen

The spring of 1820 found Joseph, James, Edwin and George Hollingworth in Southbridge, Massachusetts with about 1,100 people, where they were employed by
the Hamiton Woolen Company. The family had been writing letters to George’s brother-in-law, William Rawcliff back in England, about business plans to get
Uncle William and aunt Nancy to come to America. William, Nancy, Mary Ann and Annice immigrated in 1829 and settled in Poughkeepsie New York.

John, brother, Jabez and cousin James, moved to Woodstock, Connecticut about the same time to work the Muddy Brook-Pond Factory, which they leased.
George was instrumental in helping his sons start up the lease of the Muddy Brook-Pond Factory in Woodstock, Connecticut about May 1, 1830. The factory was a
textile manufacturing company where they planned to manufacture Satinet, and tried to get William Rawcliff to join them in the business venture. George and his
family were clothiers. After the three year lease, the family did not purchase and the business failed.

Jabez moved to Sturbridge, Massachusetts sometime during 1932 (sic) and James Hollingworth moved back to Southbridge. George is to be found again in
Woodstock on the 1850 Census with wife Betty. We next find George in Templeton about the time James Milton Hollingworth was living there. George died in
Baldwinville in 1857, a widower.

Edwin temporarily submerged, but appeared again in Waterford, Connecticut, as a young father before moving to McDonough, New York, where as late as 1874, E
. Hollingworth and son were manufacturing cassimere’s (sic) and flannels.

Thus the fate of the Hollingworth family in America is to disperse gradually and to find diverse occupations. Opportunity, for them, appears under the guise of
change and innovation. Having left Yorkshire in order to escape the English factory system, they try to turn the American factory system to their advantage. They
are not wholly successful, but in their attempt to do so they have left us a record we can profitably study. The story can be read in “the Hollingworth Letters” by
Thomas Leavitt.

(Son of George)

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