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 Mary Elizabeth <I>Glenn</I> Hollingshead

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Mary Elizabeth Glenn Hollingshead

  • Birth 1766 South Carolina, USA
  • Death 16 Mar 1859 Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, USA
  • Plot B - 4 - 8
  • Memorial ID 5940266

Mary Elizabeth married Thomas Hollingshead Jan. 16, 1789 in Lexington District, S.C.

According to family tradition, Mary (Polly) Hollingshead's maiden name was Glenn.

In 1854, she filed a claim for a widow's pension based on her husband's Revolutionary War service, but her claim was rejected.

Her granddaughter Frances (Hollingshead) Kester remembered her as an old, old lady who used to sit on the front porch in a rocking chair smoking a corn cob pipe while her grandchildren played around her. She was too feeble to hold the pipe and smoke it, so one of the grandchildren would put it in her mouth. Polly would clamp down on it with her gums. After half a minute, the grandchild would pull out the pipe, and she would let out a puff

The above story was told to me, William Dodd Brown (b. 1945, Chicago), by my grandmother Elizabeth (Kester) Brown (b. 1882, Albia) and, in turn, was told to her by her mother Frances (Hollingshead) Kester (b. 1854, Monroe Co., Ia.), who was one of the grandchildren playing on the porch.

In 1854, at the age of 88, Mary Hollingshead appeared in court in order to obtain a pension as the widow of Revolutionary War soldier Thomas Hollingshead. Despite her testimony, the testimony of three sons, and verification of 18-months service by the Secretary of the State of North Carolina, her claim was rejected (R5151V). The rejection may have been due to the fact that Mary couldn’t name any battles that her husband was in. The irony is that he enlisted in 1782 well after the Battle of Yorktown, and there were no major battles that were fought then. Tom served with his brother Benjamin, and the brother had no problem in obtaining a pension (S16883) while a resident of Bibb Co., Alabama. The services of both men are recognized by DAR (Tom: A056612, Ben: A056608).
Civil War—cousin against cousin—One of Tom’s grandsons (Joseph) was a Union soldier killed at Vicksburg, while three of Ben’s grandsons (Aaron, Elijah, and Thomas) were Confederate soldiers killed in the Battle of Seven Pines.

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  • Created by: Georgia
  • Added: 8 Nov 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5940266
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Elizabeth Glenn Hollingshead (1766–16 Mar 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5940266, citing Oakview Cemetery, Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Georgia (contributor 46502812) .