Sylvanus Elsworth Hollingsworth

July 1861–1953 (Age 91)
Indiana, United States

The Life of Sylvanus Elsworth

Sylvanus Elsworth Hollingsworth was born in July 1861, in Indiana, United States as the son of Richard B. Hollingsworth and Emily Mason. He married Laura May Bates on 25 August 1883, in Boone, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Seattle, King, Washington, United States in 1935 and Lewis Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died in 1953, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.

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Sylvanus Elsworth Hollingsworth
Laura May Bates
Marriage: 25 August 1883
Nelford Brooks Hollingsworth
Richard Hollingsworth

Spouse and Children

25 August 1883
Boone, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 6

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

Age 25

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

1 English and Irish: habitational name from places in Cheshire and Lancashire called Hollingworth, from Old English hole(g)n ‘holly’ + worð ‘enclosure’. The surname was taken to Ireland in the 17th century.2 Jewish (American): presumably an Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sylvenus Hollingworth, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Sylvanus Hollingsworth, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Sylvanus Hollingsworth, "United States Census, 1940"

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