Family Histories of Coleman County, Texas

by Gale Allen Brock

From A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985 
edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission

Robert Gamaliel (R.G.) was the fifth child of Robert Barclay and Julia Ann Francis (Whittington) Hollingsworth, who made Coleman County their permanent home, after migration from Gonzales, Texas, in 1892.  Robert Barclay had assumed the position of head of the household following the death of his father, Isaiah, who never returned from a journey toward California in search of gold in 1850.  The children of Robert Barclay and Julia Ann Francis were: Dora, Eugene, James Barclay, Henry, Phoebe, Robert Gamaliel, Louvenia, Mary Jane, Sally Whittington.  R. G. and his older brothers aided in the erection of a barn and house on 160 acres purchased by their father about 1 ½ miles south of Santa Anna.  The family lived in a tent until the barn was completed and in the barn until the house was finished.

An interesting event in the life of the Hollingsworths was the transportation to Santa Anna via rail of a 1903 model Franklin, chain drive automobile purchased by Henry in Michigan.  Intentions to drive the car back to Texas were thwarted by lack of roads, hence the shipment by rail.  When the car arrived in Santa Anna, it was the first car between San Angelo and Brownwood and created quite a stir in the town.  Henryís continued interest in things mechanical and scientific resulted in his construction of a telephone from information gleaned from his reading of progressive magazines and papers of the day.  Lines strung along barbed wire fences were the humble beginnings of The West Texas Telephone Company ultimately combining exchanges in Brownwood, Brady, Ballinger, Goldthwaite, Lometa and Winters.  Following sale of the telephone company, Hollingsworth purchased the Coleman Democrat-Voice newspaper in 1911 and published it until 1915.  The main occupation of R. G. was making real estate loans following several years teaching at Mayo School, Dublin, and Goldthwaite.  He served in many capacities in public life: Chairman of the Board of the Central Colorado River Authority; Chariman of the Board of the Coleman County State Bank, later the Coleman Bank; aiding in the organization of the Welfare League of Coleman, forerunner of the present day Holiday Hill; he was for many years Chairman of the local chapter of the American Red Cross; served on the Advisory Committee of Rivers and Harbors Congress in Washington, D.C.; Member of the Governorís (Price Daniel) Advisory Committee on Aging, and on the Governorís Advisory Committee on Water Planning.

R. G. and Emma Jones Martin (see M. A. Martin) were married in 1903; two children: Ruth and Robert Barclay.  Emma passed away in 1953 after many years as first a teacher, then a woman active in the Presbyterian Church in Coleman, of which the entire family were members.  She was a charter member of the Shakespeare Club of Coleman, a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  She was honored in a resolution passed by the Texas House of Representatives following her death.  R. G. married a second time in 1956 to Lura (Durham) Hollingsworth, a widow, and of no relation.  Lura was a retired Home Demonstration Agent and had two sons named Hollingsworth, John Carroll and George Samuel.  R. G. passed away December 22, 1973, both he and Emma are buried in Coleman.

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Julia Ann Francis (Whittington) Hollingsworth and grandchildren Robert B. and Ruth

R. G. Hollingsworth and children Robert Barclay and Ruth 

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