Beyond Benjamin (by Simon Hollingworth)

The sisters and brothers of Benjamin Hollingworth, carpenter of Dale Abbey.

Simon has identified nine siblings of Benjamin, listed here in age order ….

Elizabeth Hollingworth, ‘the Wesleyan of Dale Abbey’

Elizabeth Hollingworth was the daughter of Joseph Hollingworth and Martha Porter of the Poplar Farm at Dale Abbey.
She was baptised 24 August 1777 and died within one night, of a fever at the age of 28.

Elizabeth was a driving force of Wesleyan teachings in the Hollingworth family of Dale Abbey.
Mr Salt, an old school friend of Joseph Hollingworth came to preach at Dale Abbey for the Wesleyans. He is documented as having a profound impact on Elizabeth Hollingworth. At this stage, Joseph Hollingworth was yet to enter the priesthood, preferring the joys of village life. In his memoirs, Rev Joseph Hollingworth later writes that his sister Elizabeth was taken ill overnight and died the next morning.
Rev Hollingworth credits his own religious progress to the dying words of his sister, which he felt would hold him in judgement should he not follow the will of God. Elizabeth’s influence and death had a profound effect on her other brothers … William Hollingworth of Poplar Farm, John Hollingworth of Stanley Grange and Benjamin Hollingworth the carpenter. Her dying words are credited by Rev Hollingworth as turning her four brothers and twelve other towns people decidedly religious from that time on. She is further credited as having united the Hollingworth family of Dale Abbey in the teachings of the Wesleyan society.

William Hollingworth Gent, of Dale Abbey and Mary Sneap.

William Hollingworth was the son of Joseph Hollingworth and Martha Porter of the Poplar Farm at Dale Abbey.
He was baptised 12 April 1778 and married Mary Sneap at St Mary’s Nottingham in 1803.
William was a farmer at Dale Abbey and voted for the Hon. George Vernon & Lord Waterpark, the Whig candidate in 1832.
William and Mary had six children before his death in 1836. Their children were William (b.1813), Herbert Henry (b.1812), James (b.1815), Martha (b.1803), Elizabeth (b.1806), and Anne (1811).

(See Grave No 1 of the Hollingworth graves)

Anne Hollingworth of Dale Abbey (1)

Anne Hollingworth was the daughter of Joseph Hollingworth and Martha Porter of the Poplar Farm at Dale Abbey.
She was baptised 21 September 1779 at Dale Abbey and died at 12 years of age in 1791.

Rev. Joseph Hollingworth Jnr the Methodist Minister and Rebecca Sharrocks.

Joseph Hollingworth Jnr was the son of Joseph Hollingworth and Martha Porter of the Poplar Farm at Dale Abbey.
He was baptised 30 December 1781 and married Rebecca Sharrocks of Lamberhead-Green.
Joseph and Rebecca had three children who all died young: baby Rebecca, Joseph Aquila who was born 1822 and died at age 12 in 1834, and Pricilla Mary who was born in 1815 and died at the age of 9 in 1824.

Rev Joseph Hollingworth joined the Methodist Ministry shortly after the death of his sister Elizabeth in 1805.
Elizabeth begged that her brothers promise to follow God and and the teachings of John Wesley from her death-bed. As a consequence, Joseph became a Methodist minister and was at times responsible for the connexions of Derby, Nottingham and Manchester before his death.

“Joseph Hollingworth, who was brought to a saving knowledge of God in the 24th year of his age.
His religious character became strongly marked; his experience was rich and clear, and his path was that of the just, shining more and more to the perfect day. After labouring about nine months as a local preacher, he entered upon the itinerant work, and was afterwards stationed in some of the most important circuits in the Methodist Connexion. It pleased the Lord to favour him with much fruit; and many were the souls brought to God by his ministry. His ministerial character was highly respectable. His views of Divine truth were clear and comprehensive; his language was perspicuous, copious, and frequently eloquent; his manner was natural, solemn, and earnest; and his mind and heart were fully engaged in bringing sinners to God. During his affliction he enjoyed great peace and unshaken confidence in his Saviour. He fell asleep in Jesus on Monday, January 25th, 1836.”
(Extract from ‘Memorials of Wesleyan Methodist Ministers, 1777-1840, p 231’

John Hollingworth, Gent of Stanley Grange Farm of Dale Abbey and Anne Draycott

John Hollingworth was the son of Joseph Hollingworth and Martha Porter of the Poplar Farm at Dale Abbey.
He was baptised 2 November 1783 at Dale Abbey and married Anne, the daughter of John Draycott Esq., and Elizabeth Bailey.

John Draycott was a ‘Member of the Sixteen of Derbyshire’ being the sixteen best men of Derbyshire and was the armiger of the Draycott family of Loscoe. As such, he was entitled to use the ancient arms of the Draycotts of Draycott-in-the-Moors from Staffordshire.

John Draycott’s daughter Anne, therefore descends from Marcus de Draycotte of Loscoe Park near Heanor in Derbyshire.
Marcus de Draycotte comes from a junior line that descends back to Sir Richard de Draycotte, the Justice of Chester in 1244.
Sir Richard de Draycotte traces his descent back to William Maldebeng (Malbanc) the first Norman Baron of Nantwich Castle in Cheshire, and cousin to Hugh Lupus the Norman Earl of Chester.
This branch of the Draycott family were closely connected to a number of leading Roman Catholic gentry including the Powtrells of West Hallam, the Babbingtons and the Vauxs. These three families were involved in establishing a secret Roman Catholic school for gentleman at Stanley Grange farm.
Stanley Grange farm was also the residence of Anne Vaux, the sister of Lord Vaux of Harrowden in 1635 and had probably been the residence of either John Hollingworth or Reginald Hollingworth of West Hallam in the 1550s.
During the Commonwealth period a number of warrants were issued to raid Stanley Grange Farm whereby a series of secret rooms and corridors were found beneath the barn with an underground escape passage into the fields. Stanley Grange farm was given protection for a period, by Endymoin Porter Esq., one of King Charles’s courtiers who was known to visit the farm on regular occasions.
The school established at Stanley Grange Farm by Lady Vaux in the 1630s later moved to Spinkhill in Nottinghamshire in 1733, where it is now called St Mary’s College.
The Draycott family of Staffordshire were very much involved in the Gunpowder Plot having been caught with 4,000 pounds of powder prepared for Guy Fawkes in 1604. Interestingly, Guy Fawkes was also a relative of Anne Vaux of Stanley Grange and her brother Lord Vaux of Harrowden.
Guy Fawkes’ name is believed to be a corruption of his ancestral name of Vaux. Ironically, this gun powder was brought from the Leigh family of Addlington in Cheshire (a relative of the Hollingworths of Hollingworth) presumably by Edward Hollingworth the then ‘carrier for Cheshire’.
The Leighs, the Draycotts and the Powtrells of West Hallam were all punished severely for their involvement in the Gunpowder Plot, with the Draycotts of Staffordshire having their grand manor house of Paynsley Hall burnt to the ground by the British Parliament.

When John Hollingworth came to live at Stanley Grange with his wife Anne Draycott, he came into a house and a family, with a mighty reputation in this part of Derbyshire.
The Draycotts had long standing connections with the manor of Breadsall through the marriage of Marcus Draycott to Mary the daughter of John Dethick, the Lord of Breadsall and Spondon.
What connections the West Hallam Hollingworths of the Breadsall and Spondon families had with the Draycotts in the past is not entirely clear. However, in 1605 Alice Hollingworth of neighbouring Chaddesden documents a Mr William Decote (Draycote) as one of her witnesses, so there must have been some earlier connection as yet unidentified.

John Hollingworth of Dale Abbey married Anne Draycott at St Peters Church in Derby on the 3 February 1815 in the presence of Anne’s brother George Draycott Esq., and John’s Hollingworth’s sister, Martha. As a side note, George Draycott and Martha Hollingworth were to later marry in 1825, ten years after their brother and sisters marriage. Although George Draycott was the heir and son of John Draycott Esq., the lease of Stanley Grange Fram was granted to John Hollingworth and Anne
Draycott in 1823.

John and Anne Draycott had eight children at Stanley Grange Farm: John (b. 1817), Joseph (b.1819), Thomas Hague (b.1821), William (b.1827), Hannah (b.1815), Mary Matilda (b.1823), Anne (b.1829) and Clara (b.1831).

The 1851 Census for Stanley Grange Farm, shows John Hollingworth as head of the household at 67 years of age, and farming 97 acres and employing 2 servants. His wife Ann Draycott is 56 years of age and they still had four of their children living with them at home.
Thomas Hollingworth was unmarried and 29 years of age;
Mary Matilda Hollingworth was unmarried and 26 years of age;
Ann Hollingworth was unmarried and 25 years of age;
William Hollingworth was unmarried and 23 years of age.

Note: William Hollingworth is the ancestor of Rev. Peter Hollingworth, the former Archbishop of Brisbane and Governor General of Australia.
Ironically, Sir Francis Newdigate owned Stanley Grange Farm before becoming the Governor of Tasmania and the Governor of Western Australia in the 1920s.
John Hollingworth’s closest friend was John Hague who was a fellow tenant farmer and governor of the poor for West Hallam. It would appear that part of the rights to farm Poplar Farm were held jointly by John Hollingworth’s elder brother William Hollingworth and John Hague. After the death of John Hague in 1828, John Hollingworth was also given Hague’s rights to Poplar Farm.

Samuel Hollingworth, the publican of Dale Abbey and Elizabeth Winrow

Samuel Hollingworth was the son of Joseph Hollingworth and Martha Porter of the Poplar Farm at Dale Abbey.
He was baptised 13 July 1788 at Dale Abbey and married Elizabeth Winrow in 1811.

Samuel was a wheelwright and carpenter and also the publican of the Blue Bell Inn at the Vergers in Dale Abbey. This was the same inn his grandmother Elizabeth Hollingworth, the wife of William, owned.
Samuel was the publican for Dale Abbey in 1841 and died in 1845. His widow Elizabeth was the publican for Dale Abbey in 1851 and was later living with Joseph Cresswell of Dale Abbey before her death in 1873.

Samuel Hollingworth and Elizabeth Winrow had six children: John (b.1815), Joseph (b.1815), Herbert (b.1821), James (b.1827), Elizabeth (b.1813) and Martha (b.1817).

James Hollingworth of Dale Abbey 

James Hollingworth was the son of Joseph Hollingworth and Martha Porter of the Poplar Farm at Dale Abbey.
He was baptised 12 September 1789 at Dale Abbey and died in 1868.
James remained unmarried and lived with his nephew William Hollingworth and the latter’s wife Ellen Frost from 1841 -1861 (See Grave No 2)

Anne Hollingworth of Dale Abbey (II)

Anne Hollingworth was the second daughter of that name born to Joseph Hollingworth and Martha Porter of the Poplar Farm at Dale Abbey.
She was baptised 12 September 1789 and died at the time of birth. This Anne was the twin to James Hollingworth born 1789.

Mary Martha Hollingworth, the wife of George Draycott, Esq of Stanley Grange Farm.

Mary Hollingworth was the daughter of Joseph Hollingworth and Martha Porter of the Poplar Farm at Dale Abbey and sister of John Hollingworth of Stanley Grange Farm.
She was born 1794 and married George Draycott the son of John Draycott of Stanley Grange Farm. George Draycott and Martha Hollingworth were married at Muggington in 1825.
George Draycott was the older brother of Anne Draycott, wife to John Hollingworth, wwho was the brother of Martha Hollingworth.
George Draycott and Martha Hollingworth had three children: John Draycott (b. Wesleyan Chapel Derby 1826), Mary Draycott (1827) who later married John Humphreys, and Anne Draycott (b.1830) who married Samuel Bacon. It is most likely that Mr Walter Mackay Draycott, late of North Vancouver in British Columbia, the famous pioneer and WWI soldier, descends from John Draycott, the son of George and Martha Hollingworth.


Let us now examine the parents, aunts and uncles, of these children.