I would like to thank Simon Hollingworth (ex Dale Abbey, Breadsall, West Hallam, Spondon, Ockbrook, Stapleford, ex Hollingworth, Co Cheshire) for providing nearly all the written content of this section on the Hollingworth family.
Simon has researched this ‘clan’ extensively and built up a family tree going back to the pre-Norman Conquest period, roaming over Lancashire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and several other counties.
He writes; “I am member of the Hollingworth family of Dale Abbey. My family originally came from Cheshire, where they are related to the parent branch of the Bostocks of all people. I have much of my family’s history back to 1145.
“I have been researching the environs around Ilkeston for many years now. My research includes families such as the Cockers of Ilkeston Hall, the Powtrells, the Draycotts of Dale Abbey and Losco, the Dethicks of Breadsall, the Illingworths of Breadsall, and a great many of the landed families from this part of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
“My line has been closely connected to the Daykin family for a number of centuries in villages such as Spondon, West Hallam etc.
“My Daykin connections include the following:
William Hollingworth, Gent, a draper of Nottingham, originally from West Hallam who married Bridget Daykin in 1640.
Mary Hollingworth of Spondon, who married, George Daykin, Gent the son of Richard Dakin Circa 1640s.
Thomas Hollingworth of Alton Hill estate at Ashover who was a supposed kinsman to George Daykin, Gent of Stubbing Edge circa 1650.
“All three of these Hollingworth lines originally came out of West Hallam, and 100 years earlier from Stapleford, and prior to 1550, Hollingworth Hall at Hollingworth in Cheshire.
Trying to keep to the confines of this site, I have concentrated upon the Hollingworths in and around Ilkeston.
We start on the East Side of South Street, at the home of Amos and Sarah Beardsley. Sarah’s father was John Birch, and her paternal grandfather was Samuel Birch, both trading as joiners and carpenters in South Street. Her grandaunt, sister of Samuel, was Betty Birch and it is with her that we begin.