Parents, aunts and uncles (by Simon Hollingworth)

The parents.... Joseph Hollingworth of Dale Abbey. Joseph Hollingworth was the second son of William Hollingworth and Elizabeth of the Poplar Farm in Dale Abbey. He was baptised 28 July 1748 and married Martha Porter at Spondon in 1774. Martha Porter grew up as a child at Ockbrook, where her parents were part of the Moravian Church. Joseph Hollingworth was an incredibly pious man known for his adherence to the Church. And from her death bed in 1805, his eldest daughter Elizabeth had instructed the family to follow the teachings of John Wesley. Joseph Hollingworth held regular sermons on a Sunday afternoon from his barn at Poplar Farm for the people of Dale. Later he gave lands for the first Wesleyan Chapel to be built in Dale Abbey. The original building was burnt down and then rebuilt in 1905. The site of the Wesleyan Chapel given by Joseph Hollingworth, still stands today in Dale Abbey. Joseph and Martha had eleven (?) children before Joseph died on 1 May 1821. Martha his widow is found to be paying the taxes for Poplar Farm from 1821 - 1825 when their eldest son William Hollingworth takes over Poplar Farm at her death in 1825. Their gravestone can be found in Dale Abbey All Saints Churchyard.   benjamins-parents-grave

Here lieth the mortal remains of Joseph Hollingworth who departed this life May 1st 1821 aged 72 years Also Martha his wife who departed this life May 22nd 1825 aged 68 years.

The voyage of life's at an end, The mortal affliction is past, But the age that in Heaven they spend, For ever and ever shall last.

... and Aunts and uncles William Hollingworth Jnr. of Dale Abbey William Hollingworth was the eldest son of William Hollingworth and Elizabeth of the Poplar Farm in Dale Abbey. He was baptised 3 September 1740 (and married (unknown) at St Mary’s Notts in 1770)? William was paying taxes for Dale Abbey Farm from 1780 to 1793 before his death on the 20 March 1794. Anne Hollingworth, the wife of William Smith Anne Hollingworth was the daughter of William Hollingworth and Elizabeth of the Poplar Farm in Dale Abbey. She was baptised 12 September 1742 and married William Smith in 1762. Elizabeth Hollingworth of Dale Abbey Elizabeth Hollingworth was the daughter of William Hollingworth and Elizabeth of the Poplars Farm in Dale Abbey. She was baptised 27 July 1745 and died a spinster in 1820. Mary Hollingworth, the wife of Christopher Turner Mary Hollingworth was the daughter of William Hollingworth and Elizabeth of the Poplar Farm in Dale Abbey and married Christopher Turner at Dale Abbey in 1783.

There is a collection of Hollingworth graves in Dale Abbey All Saints Church.