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Hollingsworth Papers

 Collection — Box: 513
Identifier: MSS 1968-140

Scope and Contents

The Mount Vernon Plantation (the name was later changed to Pickney Hills) was located in Jefferson County about seven miles east of Monticello, Florida with a view overlooking "Razor Lake," so named by Mr. Hollingsworth because of its shape. The number of slaves listed, the livestock listed, records of sales of farm products, purchases of supplies, and descriptions of different parcels of land shown in the Last Will of John Hollingsworth indicate that Mount Vernon Plantation covered rather extensive acreage. The will also shows that he owned a home near Edgefield, South Carolina, which was situated on "about eleven hundred acres."

The papers consist of agreements, tax receipts, paid bills, production lists of slaves, account sales for cotton, bills for weighing cotton, bills for purchases, statements for tuition and board for children, doctor bills, account sales for butter, railroad bills for lading, express receipts, promissory notes, and lists of the sale of slaves. The collection also includes executor's papers of the estate of John Hollingsworth pertaining to distribution of his property, slaves (with values assigned), livestock, farm implements, household furniture, lands, legal papers signed by heirs who received slaves and other valuables they inherited through the will of Hollingsworth. Also included are bills for appraising property, doctor bills for visits to and service rendered slaves, for medicine, bills for shoeing horses and mules, for repairing wagons and buggies, for plantation supplies, etc. The last wills of both John Hollingsworth, Sr. and James Hollingsworth, Sr. along with genealogical data of Hollinsworth and Oliphant families are also included.

Also known as MSS 0-140.

Online Copy Available

Select documents from this collection have been digitized and are available through the FSU Digital Library.


  • created: 1768-1887, 1916
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1788-1887

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

John Hollingsworth, Sr. owned and operated the Mount Vernon Plantation in Jefferson County, Florida, located about seven miles east of Monticello near the town of Ashville, Florida. He also owned a home near Edgefield, South Carolina, which was situated on about eleven hundred acres.


0.50 Linear Feet (12 Folders)

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Method of Acquisition

Given by Mrs. W. S. (Hollingsworth) Anderson

Existence and Location of Originals

Collection is microfilmed. Film 9605 is available in Scholars Commons.

Processing Information

Processed February 1968

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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