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Hollington Family Papers - MS 983

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory


The Hollington Family papers date from 1874-1884. The collection consists of one-half linear foot of correspondence and a commemorative postcard.

The correspondence was donated to the Center for Archival Collections in May 2003 by Janet Knape. The material was found inside the walls of her home, located at 504 South Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio, during renovations. All property, literary, and duplication rights of the Hollington Family Papers have been conveyed to the Center for Archival Collections and the public for historical research.

Transcripts of the letters were done in June 2003 by student assistant David Kuebeck. The register was prepared by Dana Nemeth, Library Associate I, in May 2007.

Biographical Sketch

The correspondence in this collection consists of forty letters addressed primarily to Mary Hollington. It includes correspondence between her and her brother-in-law and sister, William and Maria (Hollington) Frederick, as well as correspondence with their parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Hollington, and various relatives and friends.

Joseph Hollington was born May 21, 1824 in Redditch, Worcester, England to Richard (or Joseph?) Hollington and Mary Perry. Joseph moved to Wood County in 1833 with his family. As a child of one of the earliest settlers to the area, he was enrolled in the first class of the first school in Bowling Green in 1834. In 1847, he married Elizabeth L. Lamb. During the date range covered in this correspondence, the Hollingtons lived in Bowling Green and in Plain Township. The couple had three daughters. Their first child, Mary E., died when she was six years old. Their second daughter, Maria E. "Lill," was born Jan. 29, 1852. She married William H. Frederick on December 31, 1874. The Hollington's third daughter, Mary A. "Mollie," was born in 1855 and suffered from an unnamed illness, possibly epilepsy. She lived with her parents until her death on November 26, 1884 at 29 years of age.

Joseph Hollington's profession was a farmer. He served as the mayor of Bowling Green from 1869-1870 and was one of the founders of the Bowling Green Library Association in 1875. His siblings were Richard (West Unity, Williams Co, Ohio), Mary Ann Waters (Delta, Fulton Co., Ohio), Reverend Ambrose (Delaware, Ohio), and William (Missouri and later San Diego, California). Joseph's father died in 1847 and his mother passed away in 1854. Joseph Hollington died in 1895.

Elizabeth L. (Lamb) Hollington was born March 6, 1829 in New York State to Samuel Lamb and Elizabeth McDonald. She moved with her family to Wood County in 1835. Her parents moved to Michigan in 1866, where her mother died in 1868. Her father returned to Wood County in the 1870s where he lived (possibly with Elizabeth and her family) until his death in 1878. Elizabeth Hollington had six siblings: Cyrus S. Lamb (Center Township), James M., Dr. William G. (San Diego, California), Alfred, Samuel, and Mary. Elizabeth Hollington died in 1902 in Bowling Green.

William Frederick was born May 3, 1841 in Seneca County, Ohio, near Tiffin, to William and Elizabeth (Freet) Frederick. He enlisted in the Union army in 1862 (Ohio 49th Infantry, Company D), and served until he was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga, Tennessee in 1863. After being discharged in 1864, he learned the plastering profession. He moved to Bowling Green sometime around 1874, where he met and married Maria Hollington. Immediately after their marriage, the Fredericks settled in Tiffin, and then returned shortly thereafter to Bowling Green (1877?). The Fredericks were the first owners of the residence located at 504 South Main Street in Bowling Green, where the letters in this collection were found. William had three sisters and four brothers. William and Maria had no children. Maria died in 1915 in San Diego, California, where she and her husband had gone to spend the winter. William died in 1923 at his home on South Main.

Joseph, Elizabeth, and Mary Hollington are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green, Ohio. Maria and William Frederick are buried adjacent to the Hollington plot.

Scope and Content

As previously noted, the correspondence in this collection is primarily to Mary Hollington, between her and her sister and brother-in-law Maria and William Frederick, and correspondence to their parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Hollington. Correspondence from aunts, cousins, and other relatives and friends to these individuals complement the collection. Most of the letters in the collection are accompanied with their original envelopes. There are several postcards and business cards in the correspondence and one wedding invitation in the collection. An additional commemorative religious postcard is filed at the end.

Of special interest are comments in the letters about Bowling Green being named the county seat. There is also a letter from Joseph Hollington that he sent to his family while he was attending the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia with his siblings, and a reference to the event in another letter from one of his nieces to the family. Two letters written by Mrs. H.C. Oldroyd to Mary Hollington describe her move from Bowling Green to Chattanooga, Tennessee and her new surroundings, including visits to area Civil War battle sites. A cousin, Rudolpho Lamb, worked for the railroad industry out of Toledo, and his letters give some insight into passenger train travel during the era.

The collection also includes the letter from William Frederick to Joseph and Elizabeth Hollington announcing his intention to marry their daughter, Maria. Another letter from one of Samuel Lamb's (?) nieces, Laura Lanny, gives a poignant description of the death of her mother after an extended illness. References to residential and commercial building fires, deaths and illnesses, Independence Day celebrations, travel amongst family members around the region, housecleaning, handiwork, building construction, pets, and other everyday occurrences may be of interest to local history scholars of Northwest Ohio.

Series Description


1874-1881, 1883, 1884, n.d.
Arranged chronologically. Those with unknown years are filed at the end of the series.


Commemorative lithograph postcard with religious poem, "The Pet Lamb," and color illustration.


Box 1


  1. To Father and Mother [Joseph and Elizabeth Hollington] (Bowling Green) from Maria [Hollington] and Will [Frederick] (Tiffin), January 1, 1874 with "T.R. Waters" business card
  2. To Cousin (Mary Hollington, Bowling Green) from R.S. Lamb (Toledo), June 17, 1874
  3. To Sister (Mary Hollington, Bowling Green) from Maria [Hollington] (West Unity), August 2, 1874
  4. To Mr. and Mrs. Hollington from Will Frederick (Tiffin), October 25, 1874 [cover address to Mary Hollington]
  5. To Mama and Papa (Joseph and Elizabeth Hollington) from Mollie [Mary Hollington], Maria and Will [Frederick] (Tiffin), February 16, 1875
    [Note: cover address to Mr. Joseph Hollington, Bowling Green, with June 25 postmark, no year]
  6. To Sister, Father and Mother [Mary, Joseph, and Elizabeth Hollington] (Bowling Green) from Will and Lill [William and Maria Frederick] (Tiffin), May 6, 1875 [cover address to Mollie Hollington]
  7. To Father, Mother and Sister (Joseph, Elizabeth, and Mary Hollington, Bowling Green) from Will and Lill (Maria) Frederick (Tiffin), May 27, [18]75 [cover address to Mrs. Elizabeth Hollington]
  8. To Mollie [Mary] Hollington (Bowling Green) from Will and Lill [Maria Frederick] (Tiffin), June 21, 1875
  9. To Mollie [Mary] Hollington (Bowling Green) from Will [Frederick] (Tiffin), July 2, 1875
  10. To Sister Mollie [Mary] Hollington (Bowling Green) from Will and Lill [Maria Frederick] (Tiffin), October 17, 1875
  11. To Father Mother and Sister [Joseph, Elizabeth, and Mary Hollington] (Bowling Green) from Lill (Maria) and Will Frederick (Tiffin), Nov. 25, 1875
  12. To Joseph Hollington (Bowling Green) from Lill and Will [Maria and Will Frederick] (Tiffin), March 12, 1876
  13. To Friend Hollington from George Wise, March 1, 1876 (written on back of a business card)
  14. To Mary Hollington (Bowling Green) from Rodolpho S. Lamb (Toledo), April 23, [18]76
  15. To Lill, Papa and Will [Maria Frederick, Joseph Hollington and Will Frederick] (Bowling Green) from Mollie H. [Mary Hollington] (Tiffin), November 24, 1876
  16. To Uncle Joe (Joseph Hollington, Bowling Green) from Matilda Brink[er] (Larned, Kansas), November 26, 1876
  17. To Cousins and all (Bowling Green) from Ellen and Mary Lamb (Mason) [Michigan], December 14, 1876 [cover address to Mary Hollington and return address from Miss Ella/Mr. Samuel Lamb]
  18. To Libbe [Elizabeth Hollington] and Children (Bowling Green) from Joseph Hollington (Philadelphia), [October 15, 1876] [cover address to Mary Hollington]
  19. To Cousin Mary [Hollington] from R. S. Lamb (Toledo), November 26, [18]77
  20. Wedding invitation of Alice Kerr to Edgar Dick (Rockford, Illinois), January 23, 1878 [cover address to Mr. and Mrs. Hollington and Family]
  21. To Cousin Mary [Hollington] from Ella [Lamb, Mason, Michigan], April 6, 1878
  22. To Mary Hollington from Minnie [Lamb] (Mason) [Michigan], April 6, 1878
  23. To Aunt [Mary Lamb] from Mary Hollington and Grandpa [Samuel] Lamb (Bowling Green), April 11, 1878
  24. To Niece [Mary Hollington] (Bowling Green) from Mary and Minnie Lamb (Mason) [Michigan], April 18, 1878 [cover address to Joseph Hollington with Tontogany, Ohio postmark]
  25. To Samuel Lamb (Bowling Green) from Ella [Lamb] (Mason) [Michigan], May 1, 1878
  26. To Cousin [Pamelia] from Laura Lanny (LaFayette, Iowa), June 9, 1878, with note on back to Uncle [Samuel Lamb?] from Pamelia (Mason) [Michigan], June 30, 1878 [Note: a piece of white cloth is with the letter]
  27. To Mollie (Mary) Hollington (Bowling Green) from Ida [Schultz] (Tiffin), September 16, 1879
  28. To Friend Mollie [Mary Hollington] from Ida [Schultz] (Tiffin), November 10, 1879
  29. To Cousin Dolph [Rudolpho Lamb] from Mary [Hollington] (Bowling Green), January 4, 1880
  30. To Sister, Mama and Papa [Mary, Elizabeth, and Joseph Hollington] (Bowling Green) from Will and Lill [William and Maria Frederick] (West Unity), April 11, 1880
  31. To Pa and Ma and Mollie [Joseph, Elizabeth, and Mary Hollington] from Lillie and Billie [Maria and William Frederick] (West Unity), April 25, 1880
  32. To Cousin (Mary Hollington, Bowling Green) from R.S. Lamb (Toledo), January 2, '79 (sic) [1880]
  33. To Mary Hollington (Bowling Green) from Ida [Schultz] (Tiffin), April 11 [1880]
  34. To Mary Hollington (Bowling Green) from Lillie Green (Findlay), May 16 [1880]
  35. To Sister [Mary Hollington] (West Unity) from Lillie and Billie [Maria and Will Frederick] (Bowling Green), June 19, 1881 [cover address to Joseph Hollington, West Unity, postmarked Delta, Ohio, June 21, 1881]
  36. To Mary Hollington (Bowling Green) from Mrs. H.C. Oldroyd (Chattanooga, Tennessee), November 16, 1883
  37. To Mary Hollington (Bowling Green) from Mrs. H.C. Oldroyd (Chattanooga, Tennessee), January 27, 1884
  38. Postcard to Mollie [Mary] Hollington (Bowling Green) from Will [Frederick] (Tiffin), March 26, 1884
  39. To Mrs. E. [Elizabeth] Hollington (Bowling Green) from Mary A. Hollington (West Unity), October 24 [no year, probably post-1884]
  40. To Elizabeth Hollington (Bowling Green) from M.A. Austin (of Martinez, California, written en route on a passenger train while in Omaha, Nebraska), October 26 [no year]
    [Note: There are two envelopes with this letter, one addressed to Samuel Lamb, Bowling Green, with an illegible postmark, and one addressed to Elizabeth Hollington, Bowling Green, with an Omaha, Nebraska postmark of October 27, no year]
  41. To Mr. [Joseph] Hollington (Bowling Green) from Mr. J. Foote (Tontogany), December 29 [no year]
    [Note: envelope is postmarked Rockford, Illinois, dated January 10, no year]
  42. Commemorative lithograph postcard with religious poem "The Pet Lamb" and color illustration. Inscribed on back "F.M. McGinniss." [n.d.]

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