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Benjamin Hollowell (1659 - 1704)

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Benjamin Hollowell
Born in Chuckatuck, Nansemond County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1679 in Norfolk, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Norfolk, Virginiamap
Profile last modified 31 Jul 2019 | Created 6 Jul 2016
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Benjamin was a Friend (Quaker)

Thomas, his father, was born about 1625 in England. According to the cited Quaker record, Benjamin Hollowell was born the 28th of 12 month 1659.[1]

He came to America around 1645.

Thomas married Alice Hollowell. They settled in Upper Norfolk Co., Va., Western Branch of the Elizabeth River Parish, between Broad Creek and Sedge Creek, Now the modern day City of Chesapeake, They built their home, raised their crops and raised their family. These are their known children:

  1. Sarah Hollowell, born the first of 11 month 1647
  2. Thomas Hollowell, born the 22th of the first month 1649
  3. Henry Hollowell, born the 18th of the 8th month 1652
  4. John Hollowell, born the 22th of 4th month 1655 (died 1671)
  5. Joseph Hollowell, born the 15th of the 6th month 1657
  6. Benjamin Hollowell, born the 28th of 12 month 1659
  7. Elizabeth Hollowell, born the 9th of the 7th month 1662
  8. Alice Hollowell, born the 16th of the 12 month 1664
  9. Edmond Hollowell, born the 15th of the 9th month 1667
  10. John Hollowell, born the 5th of the 9th month 1672

Thomas passed away in 1730. Thomas Hollowell ye Elder died ye 16 of ye 1 month 1687[2] See also: Find A Grave: Memorial #27709786. [3][4]

1672 Oct letter from George Fox via Elizabeth River to Friends in Nansemond, VA. Friends William Denson, William Yarret, John Porter, George Kemp, Thomas Jordon, Edward Perkins, William Pope, Robert Lawrence, Thomas Hollowell, Levin Bufkin; Friends ye above mentioned are to keep a man's meeting once a quarter and if John Fowler's house be too farre off then ye may appoint it at Thomas Hollowell's or other place as you may see most convenient and William Yarrett may send to that little meeting above Jamestown, if there be any man there that they may know who it is, and if there be any other faithful Friends that ye know of make tam acquainted with ye meeting so that once a quarter ye and they may meet together in the power and wisdom of God.

Further Background

They were of the Quaker faith, Society of Friends, both are listed in the Chuckatuck monthly meeting records in Nancemond, Va. Where they attended church.. Their children's birth and their deaths are recorded in Quaker records. No place of burial is mentioned. He was most likely buried on his own land,as the practice then, or at least nearby in that area. The Quakers often kept the burial sites unknown and no stones, but did keep good written records. He died while living at his homestead and his wife Alice outlived him about 13 years. Their son John inherited the Hollowell homestead.

He was a grower of grains and tobacco and had a apple orchard, dairy barns, plenty of wooded land, a tide mill,near a waterway, a all around good piece of land, on a main county road from Suffolk to Norfolk and on to Carolina.

When Thomas Hollowell acquired the property it was in “Lower Norfolk County” and this area later became Norfolk County and then the City of Chesapeake. The mouth of Sedge Creek where it joins Broad Creek may be two miles most from the Western Branch Elizabeth River and of course the mouth of Broad Creek (now Bailey Creek) is on the River. The Western boundary of his property would be approximately a mile or so from the now Suffolk city line. Not in Nancemond Co., Va. Land deeds and maps show the property the Hollowell homestead was located.

This would put the Hollowell farm in Lower Norfolk County when acquired, then it became Norfolk County and now the City of Chesapeake. It would be best to use the City of Chesapeake as the reference as few today know where Norfolk County was and even fewer have ever heard of Lower Norfolk County. Much of his farm is in what is now the Western Branch Park just southwest of the Chesapeake Squire Mall. (Land description from Jimmie Whedbee)

Virginia Colonial Land Office Patents, 1623-1774 To all and whoever?----Know ye that I the said Henry Checkoby?, duputy governor do give and grant unto Thomas Hollowell, Sr., 650 acres of land lying on the Northern side of the Western Branch of Elizabeth River in the county of Lower, Norfolk, Va. beginning at the marked pine upon Broad Creek and running by the Creek west by north 58 degrees on the said Creek NW 64 and thence on the said Creek NW by W, 50 chains, then on the said Creek west NW 136 poles, etc. to a white oak in his own line, thence SE to first station, four hundred fifty acres of the said land being formerly granted to the said Thomas Hollowell by patent bearing date 18, March 1662, the remainder two hundred acres being by and for the transportation of four person to this country [from England].

Research Notes

Another Thomas Hollowell listing in Cool Springs Cemetery is not a match, as that cemetery did not exist until 1895-1900. Thomas died 1687 and Cool Springs was far from his homestead. A volunteer who knew the area was asked to go and search for this headstone or information on that cemetery. His findings: They also reported, specifically: You're right Linda... this would be a stretch since the cemetery didn't exist until about 1895 donated from farmland. The general problem they reported is: The Cemetery office has NO record of this person. A memorial for Thomas Hollowell at that cemetery where the burial can not possibly exist. Cemetery records state there were no existing burials at that time. The problem being, we keep getting photo requests which we both know can't be done for a non-existent burial. NOTE: There will not be any photos of this private Cemetery and most likely no stone or markers. A family plot. Quakers typically did not place headstones or markers.

Other spelling found in records..Holwell, Holliwel, Hallowell, Haliwel, Halliway, Holloway, etc.


  1. "Quaker Records, Chukatuck MM, Virginia. Benjamin was born 28 of 12 Mo. 1659." - As is the case with what was recorded by the FindAGrave curator. This translates to 28 February 1660.
  2. Early Quaker Records in Virginia, Miles White, Jr, Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting.
  3. "Ellinor Hollowell administrator of the estate of Benjamin dec'd, 14 Apr 1704. (Norfolk Co., Virginia, Deed Book 7, p. 32)."
  4. "Eleanor Hollowell, ___ Halstead, John Corprew, Henry Woodard & Richard Silvester ordered to meet and appraise estate of Benjamin Hollowell dec'd on fifth Monday in June. (Deed Book 7, p. 33, Norfolk Co., Virginia)."

US, Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935: Benjamin Hollowell

Virginia, Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850 (Court, Land, Wills & Financial): Benjamine Hollowell

US, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol I–VI, 1607-1943: Benjamin Hollowell, Birth: Virginia


Some of the above reproduces secondary sourcing compiled by Bonnie Hamilton at Ladd, Reed, Cook, Engle, Hamilton, Lennon Ancestors, updated 2 Dec 2017, accessed 17 Dec 2018. Given the concordance with other compiled data, this profile has been updated.

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On 18 Dec 2018 at 05:20 GMT Fann Fann wrote:

Hollowell-184 and Hollowell-303 appear to represent the same person because: the translation of the Quaker tradition of reporting dates appears to have led to a duplication of Benjamins. The data references added to Hollowell-303 will lead the reviewer/s to see that "Benjamin Hollowell, born the 28th of 12 month 1659" in fact means 28 Feb 1660. It is also possible that he married twice, but on the other hand, Elinor may be misidentified in one of these profiles (matching shows her to be Elinor Powell ca. 1657–1704, and that she and Benjamin had at least one daughter: Mary Alice Hollowell). Thanks for helping to get this resolved.

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