I have very little information about my great great grandmother, Sarah Meeks Hollingsworth (12 Aug 1833 Chester Co, PA – 26 Jan 1915 Chicago, IL). She married William Hollingsworth (29 Apr 1817 Hamilton, Butler Co, OH – 28 Aug 1894 Onarga, Iroquois Co, IL) on 26 Mar 1857 in Wayne Co, IN. I believe that she was his second wife, his first having been a Jane Lacey. William and Sarah Hollingsworth had four children; Joseph Meeks Hollingsworth (1857-1928), Alice Hollingsworth Mosher Kussell (1861-1936), my great grandfather William Harvey Hollingsworth (1864-1950) and Grace Hollingsworth, who died as an infant.
The obituary of William Hollingsworth (Leader and Review 31 Aug 1894) states that he married Miss Sarah Meeks, a native of Chester County, Pa. Sarah’s obituary (Leader and Review 29 Jan 1915) also states that she was born in Chester Co, PA and moved to Tippecanoe Co, IN in 1855. Her obituary gives her maiden name as Weeks but I believe that to be in error. The obituary gives no information on her parents. I also obtained her death certificate from Cook Co, IL but the names of her parents were not included on it. In Portrait & Biographical History of Iroquois County, IL William states that his wife’s parents were Joseph and Mary Hill Meeks but I have nothing of substance to back this up.
The only promising thing I have found so far about Sarah before her marriage is an 1850 census record for West Marlborough Twp, Chester Co, PA. On it there is a Sarah Meakes (age 17) living with the Passmore family – William P 66, Catharine 58, Levis/Lewis 26, Sarah 21 and a hired man Edward C Lewis 15. It does not give Sarah Meakes relationship to this family.