Selected Families and Individuals



1.  Samuel preceded his father Jacob in death and was mentioned in the 1826 Will.

2.  He is shown in the 1790 Federal Census of Burke Couny near his father Jacob and also near his uncle Samuel.

3.  According to court records from Franklin County, Georgia, he died between April and September 1802, his estate inventory being dated 17 Sep 1802.  

4.  Another souce gives date of death as 11 Feb 1817 in Lawrenceville, Franklin, Georgia


1,  Alternate maiden name "Barner"


1.  The family moved to Dallas County sometime before 1820.

2.  The family moved to Mississippi sometime after 1830.

3.  The family finally settled in Texas in 1847.

4.  Alternate place of birth: Guilford County, North Carolina


1.  Thomas was Private in the Revolutionary War.

2.  Bobby R. Huggins book gives date and place of death as 26 May 1836, Lawrenceville, Gwinnett, Georgia.

3.  Probate left 640 acres to his heirs.

4.  Thomas was a Justice of the Peach in Franklin County and  he married his brother Benjamin & Joicey Jones.


1.  Other source says James was born in Kennet,, Chester, Pennsylvania & died in Georgia...

2.  His Will was dated 2 Jul 1822.


1.  Alternate place of birth:  Kennet, Chester, Pennsylvania.

2.  Benjamin was a Justice of the Peace in Franklin County.

3.  Benjamin's Will proven in Calhoun County, Alabama, 7 Sep 1844] was written at his home in Walnut Springs, Alabama, just prior to going on a trip, 1 May 1841.  His estate was not divided until after his wife's death in Rusk County, Texas, in 1858.  [Just a personal thought from this writer....the Will was very well thought out]  The distribution was quite lengthy.

4.  Benjamin was a slave holder...10 in 1840, Benton County, Alabama.  Inventory filed in January 1859 listed the following slaves:   Henry, age 28, $1,500.00
                                       Joe, age 24, $1,200.00
                                       Caroline, age 25, $1,000.00
                                       Harriett, age 22, $1,000.00
                                       Hugh, age 5, $1,000.00----son of Caroline
                                       Dilley, crippled, No value

Lucy "Joicy" JONES

1.  Joicey's  marker is about 5' high and reads:
"Sacred to the Memory of Joicey Hollingsworth"
Born Feb. 14, 1791 Died Aug. 6, 1858
"Friend after friend departs
Who has not lost a friend
There is no union here of hearts
That finds not here an end
Were this frail world our final rest
Living or dying none were blest."


1.  1850 Rusk Co, Texas HH #78-78.

2.  Occupation:  Lawyer

3.  Benjamin was a partner with Lynn T. "Tol" Barret in producing the first oil well in Oil Springs, Nacogdoches, Texas.  Oil Springs is on Farm Road 226 thirteen miles East of Nacogdoches in Southeastern Nacogdoches County.  Indians used oil seepage in the area for Medicinal purposes.  As early as 1790 Spanish and Anglo settlers learned the Indians' use of the oil, and also applied it to their animals as a salve and used it to grease their axles and wheels.

In late 1859, Lyne Taliaferro Barret, perhaps inspired by Edwin Drake's 1859 discovery of oil in Pennsylvania, leased land at Oil Springs and began to drill.

On December 21, 1865, Barret, of Melrose, along with partners Benjamin P. Hollingsworth, Charles A. Hamilton, John T. Flint, and John B. Earle organized the Melrose Petroleum Oil Company.  Three contracts had alread been made for the benefit of the company, including another one with Skollern heirs on October 9, 1865.  Drilling began during the summer of 1866 and resulted in the first producing oil well in the state, which came in at a depth of 106' by September 12, 1866.  The well, located at Oil Springs, produced about 10 barrels a day.  Samples were forwarded to the Department of Emigration in New York, which pronounced the oil "superior in all its properties".

On the advice of oilmen in Shreveport, Barret went to New York and Pennsylvania to examine equipment before purchase.  There he met John F. Carll, a civil engineer, and on March 1, 1867, Barret and others made financial obligations to Carll, who had agreed to run tests and assist in development of the property.  

According to Barret, Carll's financial backer, Brown Brothers of Titusville, Pennsylvania, wrote on the day of the test that the low price of oil and the political unrest caused by Reconstruction made the development of the field unfeasible.  Impatient investos wanted to sell their interest in the company but turned down Barret's offers of land and demanded cash.

Despite encouragement by Carll in 1868, when oil prices went up again, the field was never developed.  Barret suffered extensive financial loss and returned to the mercantile business in Melrose.

Later he saw the field developed with an oil boom in 1887 at waht became known as Oil City.


Given name could be Feliz


1.  John raised a large family [28 kids]  Eight with Matilda White, One with Eliza McNeill, 15 with Zilpha Galloway, 4 with Susannah,   It was said that one of the wives had twins...???, if so, that would make 30 kids unless one of the kids shown was a twin to an unnamed.

2.  Altrnate place of birth:  (1795) Black Warrior Creek,Tuscaloosa, Alabama

3.  Lived on the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

4.  Moved to Macon, Georgia in1825

5.  CAUTION:  This information is NOT documented.   Help would be appreciated.

6.  John was reported to have settled on a large ranch near Sanger, Texas.