Zebulon Hollingsworth, Jr., the son of Captain Zebulon Hollingsworth, Senior of Revolutionary War fame; the husband of Mary Hollingsworth, and the father of several children, departed this earth in 1812, leaving his family and quite a sizable estate. Two years later, that estate was finally probated and a distribution of cash began. That cash amounted to over $7200! This distribution does not include land and other holdings. Some of those went to his wife, Mary, who died later in 1814. Her estate papers are also in the position of the Historic Elk Landing Foundation and they give us a glimpse into some of the possessions of the matriarch of an early 19th century plantation.
First Zeb’s cash distribution on March 7th, 1814.Mrs. Hollingsworth received over $3300, the largest of the distribution. Next was son William who was also the executor of his father’s estate. William received over $1300.
The rest of the money went, in equal payments of $621.57 to: son Levi, a daughter, Margaret and her husband William Cooch; Robert, John, and another William, all Hollingsworths. This Margaret is the same daughter to whom her father left a former slave woman, and now indentured servant, named Jenny, some 8 years earlier.
Mary’s estate sale, on October 17th, 1814, is not nearly as glamorous or valuable as her husband’s cash distribution. The sum total of her sale brought in only $720, just ten percent of her husband’s value earlier that same year.
Estate sale items included: tea trays, tea pots, bed sheets, a total of 11 chairs, one square walnut table, blankets, and a lone “rag carpet” that was from “the floor of the Stone House.” That structure, which was used as a house, a warehouse, office, and tavern, was built in the 1780s by her late husband, and it still stands today, nestled along the Little Elk Creek, ready for you to explore.
Copies of Zebulon’s estate distribution and his wife, Mary’s estate sale can be reviewed on the Historic Elk Landing web site at www.elklanding.org. Click on History, Timeline, and the year 1812 for Zeb’s papers and 1814 for Mary’s.