12 February 2014

These Are My People

I am always looking for books that can tell me more about my family history. I found a book on Amazon - an actual print book this time :) - called Notable Southern Families, Volume 2.

There are three family surnames in this book that are also in my family tree: Carter, Hollingsworth, and Williams. While I have yet to determine if any of the Carters and Williams mentioned are part of my family, I hit pay dirt with this Hollingsworth Family. They are my people. I was ecstatic to see someone from my family listed in a book for "Notable" people. As I can get them, I plan to collect the other books in this series in hopes of finding the people from David's family, too.

Here is my path to the Hollingsworth Family:

Suzanne (me!)
Madeline Spence Gunter (mama)
Maggie Pressley Spence (grandma) 1917-1993
Carrie Williams Pressley (great-grandma) 1891-1967
Oliphant Williams (great-great-grandpa) 1864-1900
Carolina Walker Freeman Williams (great-great-great-grandma) 1834-1911
Eliza Ann Hollingsworth Walker (great-great-great-great-grandma) 1813-1903
John Hollingsworth (great-great-great-great-great-grandpa) 1773-1841
James Hollingsworth (great-great-great-great-great-great-grandpa) 1758-1821

Aside from my mama, I've only known two of the people listed above and have been to their graves - Grandma Spence and her mother, Grandma Pressley. I was unable to find any information on Grandpa Oliphant Williams or his family before I left South Carolina. Since our move to Texas, I have found information on Grandpa Williams and those that came before him, including the fact that his mama had been married before she married Oliphant's daddy. I have yet to find out what happened to either of Grandma Carolina Williams' husbands, though I feel sure that the War Between the States played a part in the disappearance of Mr. Freeman, her first husband.

As I learn more about these folks, I'll share more with you all.

Disclosure: The links in the post above are affiliate links. If you purchase the book mentioned above, we will benefit financially from your purchase. Thank you for your support of my genealogical research!


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    1. Thank you, Denise. Family history research is my passion. I just wish that I could get it together enough to write frequent posts about it. I can have the information right in front of me, but still get hit with a major bout of writer's block. It is most frustrating.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you have a great week!


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