Hollingsworth family reunites
More than 40 descendants of Joseph David and Rosanna Jeanette Pewsey Hollingsworth met June 10 for a picnic at the farm home of Louise Weeks in Eudora. Relatives came from Eastern Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.
The afternoon was spent getting acquainted with cousins and sharing family stories and photos. Louise Davidson Weeks had a large photo of Joseph and Rosanna Hollingsworth when they were first married, a photo of the family with four of their five children, and a photo of the family gathered after the eldest son Michael died and the Hollingsworths were raising Michael's two young grandsons along with their three younger children.
Everyone had family photos to help the newly found cousins catch up on all the family ties. Ages of those attending ranged from 20 months to 90 and included identical 3-year-old twin boys.
Family members present were Darlyne Gunther Skaggs, Oskaloosa; Rick and Dawn Smith Parsley, Ethan and Enin, all of Oklahoma; Bernard and Jill Gunther; Tony and Kathy Gunther; Rosalie Lawrence Gunther and Lee Klinger and David Turner, all of Leavenworth; Barbara Lawrence, Kevin and Dyla Lawrence, Megan Lawrence, Abby and Kennedy Coffin and Kaleb Lawrence and Mike and Sharon Gunther Smith, all of Leavenworth County; Leo David and Florence Hollingsworth; Ken, Sue and Anna Hollingsworth, McLouth; Jack and Sharon Hollingsworth and Sandra Seifert and husband, all of Shawnee Mission; David and Maria Weeks, Lawrence; Araceli and Aramis Cordova, Chicago; Louise Weeks, Vince and Linda Weeks, LeAnn and Lindsey Cook and Nick and Elizabeth Woods, all of Eudora; and Matt, Tyler and Cameron Weeks, Olathe.
On an historic note, Joseph David Hollingsworth was a carpenter. The family remembered the Hollingsworth home which was bought by the Schenck family. It was near the Hazel Ridge School and the Will and Mina Hollingsworth Lawrence home. Both homes were outside of Tonganoxie.
Albert, Mina and Rosalie Hollingsworth attended Hazel Ridge School as children.