Elias Hollingsworth

Elias Hollingsworth
b. 1794, 96th District, Union County, South Carolina to Benjamin and Phebe (Posey) Hollingsworth
d. 21 January 1846, Osage County, Missouri

m. 1813, Ohio
Eliza Curtis
b. 1794, Harrison County, Virginia
d. 23 April 1849, Richland, Madison County, Indiana

Children with Eliza Curtis:

  • James
  • Phebe
  • Benjamin
  • Elias Pierce
  • Frances Minerva
  • Elizabeth
  • Mary
  • William Flacher
  • Leonard
  • Absalum
  • Susannah

Elias immigrated to Indiana in 1820 from Springfield, Clark County, Ohio. He emigrated from Madison County, Indiana, to Osage County, Missouri, in 1844.

Elias Hollingsworth came from a long line of Quakers, but when he married Eliza Curtis, a Methodist, he was disowned for marrying out of unity. Their son Elias Pierce was the first white child born in Madison County.

Elias and Eliza held Methodist church meetings in their home, and in 1823, along with several neighbors, they established the Fall Creek Methodist Church. In 1844 the Hollingsworth family moved to Osage County, Missouri, where Elias built a church and designated a burial ground. On 21 January 1846, he died of blood poisoning from an ax wound on his leg and was buried in his graveyard in Osage County. After his death, Eliza took their children back to Indiana to live with her eldest son, James, in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Eileen Hollingsworth Gray
Florence OR

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