Levi Hollingsworth [Hollensworth] was born about 1809 in North Carolina and died on 01 March 1869 in Savannah, Hardin County, Tennessee.  Although he is a descendant of Valentine Hollingsworth (verified by DNA of his 2nd great grandson) his parents cannot be documented.  But family lore says he left NC and his Quaker family because of their objections to his intended marriage. Levi married Mary “Polly” Boshers [Brashers] on 01 March 1827 in Blount County, TN.  Census records in 1830, 1840, and 1850 seem to indicate that Levi was following the immigration of Polly’s parents James and Elizabeth Boshers.  Both Levi and Polly are mentioned in the will of James Boshers, who died 4 December 1854.

 

Henry M. Hollingsworth said his father Levi was a tinker who often took his youngest son on his rounds.  But Levi must have been farming in his younger days.  Henry mesmerized his great grandson when he told the story of being 5 years old during the Civil War.  There was a battle near the homestead and his father, Levi, loaded his gun and walked around the house all night long.  Most current textbooks document that local farmers helped pick up the bodies from the Shiloh battlefield in April of 1862.  A similar story was told to the descendants of Henry’s brother John. 

 

Levi Hollingsworth and his wife Polly had 13 children that can be documented by Census, but there is a family story of the oldest son, Jacob (born about 1828), who was caught up in the feverish hunt for gold in 1849.  He left home and was never heard from again.  This seems a possibility since in there is a boy of that age in Levi’s household in the 1830 and 1840 census – but he is not in the 1850 census. 

 

The children of Levi and Polly Boshers Hollingsworth were:

 

1

JACOB

b. Abt. 1828

in TN

d. 1849

 

2

JOSEPH

b. 1831              

in TN

 

m. Rebecca J. ?

3

MARY ANN

b. 1833              

in Hardin Co, TN

 

m. J. H. Sullivan

4

JAMES B.

b. 1835

in Hardin Co, TN

 

 

5

JASON WILLIAM

b. 1838

in Hardin Co, TN

d. 1880

in Atchison Co, KS

m. Hannah Sturgeon

6

JOHN H.

b. 1840

in Hardin Co, TN

d. 1885

in Hardin Co, TN

m. Lutishia Swinea

7

ELIZABETH JANE

b. 1841

in Hardin Co, TN

d. May 1860

in Hardin Co, TN

 

8

MARGARETT R.

b. Jan 1844

in Hardin Co, TN

d. 15 Apr 1908,

in Fannin Co, TX

m. Andy Prior

9

JEHU

b. 1845

in Hardin Co, TN

 

 

10

JORDAN PARKER

b. 28 Oct 1846

in Hardin Co, TN

d. 29 Aug 1930

in Chester Co, TN

m. Sara Amanda May

11

JESSIE LEE

b. 27 Jul 1849

in Hardin Co, TN

d. 23 Nov 1933

in OK

m. Mary Frances May

12

MARTHA C.

b. 1851

in Hardin Co, TN

 

 

13

SARAH FRANCES

b. 4 Oct 1853

in Hardin Co, TN

d. 23 Jul 1941

in Hardin Co, TN

m. James Swinea

14

HENRY M.

b. Jul 1855

in Hardin Co, TN

d. 8 Nov 1933

In Johnston Co, OK

m. Larissa Sullivan

 

 

Henry’s grandchildren thought it should be somehow significant that the names of Levi’s sons all start with the letter “J” -- except the youngest, Henry.  Henry always said he was named for his father (so it was assumed his father’s name was Henry Levi or Levi Henry).  The family must have been deeply religious.  Sons and grandsons are either ministers or elders of the Church of Christ and at least one of the daughters married a minister.

 

Joseph, James, Jason, and Jehu must have left Tennessee after 1860 (perhaps to avoid the war).  The whereabouts of Joseph, James, and Jehu cannot be confirmed after 1860.  But it is known that Jason Hollingsworth went to Kentucky then married Hannah Honor Sturgeon in Missouri in 1861 and was in Atchison County, Kansas in 1870.  Their descendants are currently found mostly around Lafayette County, Missouri.

 

It appears that the rest of the family stayed in Hardin County until after the death of their mother (about 1880).   

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