- Category: Genetics Testing Articles
- Published on Sunday, 17 May 2009 21:47
- Written by Douglas Hollingsworth
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Originally, we believed that we would find that the Hollingworths who lived in Northwestern England would be genetically very similar to those whose ancestors lived at Hollingworth Hall, Mottram, but, with the exception of those at Dale Abbey, Derbyshire, this has not been so.
Instead, we have found that the Hollingworths that we have tested from Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire; Glossop, Derbyshire; Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire; Uttoxeter, Staffordshire; and Netherthong and Diggle, Yorkshire are close genetic cousins of one another. They do not have an genetic connection so far to the other Hollingworths we have found elsewhere.
One curious discovery about this branch of our clan is that they are very similar genetically to several other families, including branches of the FitzRandolph, Davenport, and Roper families. There is some geographic overlap as well. Christopher FitzRandolph married Joan Langton and lived at Langton Hall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, during the 1500s. When Joan Langton FitzRandolph died in 1574, her will included the following bequest "To Richard Hollingworth, a pig."
The 1600s were a time of religious contention in many places, and Kirkby-in-Ashfield was no exception. In 1641, all men in Kirby-in-Ashfield were asked to swear an oath of loyalty to the Church of England. Three Hollingworths, Edward, Raphael (who is listed as church warden), and Richard swore the oath. The only FitzRandolph, Fernando, declined to do so, presumably because of his Roman Catholic leanings.
A few years later, Isabella FitzRandolph, the last of her surname at Langton Hall married a Davenport.
As for the Ropers who have a similar DNA strain, they settled in Kirkby in Ashfield around 1720.Some members of this family eventually settled in the United States. A descendant of James Hollingsworth of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is genetic kin to this family. A descendant of George Hollingworth, who emigrated to Connecticut from Netherthong, Yorkshire, also is a genetic match.