1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 11, 2021 9:11 AM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking the parentage of John T. Hollingsworth

    Cheryl DeLacretaz Newbie

      John T. (Taylor? Tyler?) Hollingsworth was my 3X great-grandfather. He was supposedly born in Loudoun County, Virginia in 1785, and he died in Calhoun County, Alabama in 1865. Most research sites show his father as Elias Hollingsworth Jr, but because of detailed Y-DNA testing done by a male cousin and compared to others at a Hollingsworth DNA site, it is impossible that Elias was John's biological father. As a matter of fact, my cousin's DNA matches as many Hamptons as Hollingsworths. The person who runs the Hollingsworth DNA site says it appears there was a "paternal incident" in the late 1700s! So who were John T.'s parents? Elias might have raised John, but he was not his father, and John's mother--Mary Moses? Sarah Cook? a different woman?--remains a mystery, too. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking the parentage of John T. Hollingsworth
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Ms. DeLacretaz,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The Federal Government does not ordinarily create or maintain birth, adoption, death, marriage or divorce records. Such records are made and kept by State and local governments rather than the National Archives. We suggest that you continue to monitor your DNA matches and search substitute record sources such as probate records, church records, and newspaper records that may uncover more information about the parents of John T. Hollingsworth. 


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!