Abercrombie Holmes

Married 12 November, 1867 in DeSoto County MS - Abercrombie married second to Miss Lundie L. Tillar (in January, 1889 in Desha County AR; b. 1842, d. 1922 - Find A Grave Memorial #98694088), a Virginian, though she was reared and educated in Arkansas. She was a sister of Major (CSA) J. T. W. Tillar, her family being one of the most prominent in Southeastern Arkansas. - No children from the second marriage.

Note: Many of the family members were buried in the Walnut Lake Cemetery. It was formed around 1820, originally as the private family cemetery plots for the many descendants of Mr. Finley Holmes, Abercrombie Holmes, A.C. Holmes and many others in the long family lineage - that pioneer family who received the land grant for the township of Dumas and portions of Walnut Lake community. This cemetery land was later acquired and expanded by Mr. R. A. Pickens II, the owner and operator of the large cotton plantation south of Dumas, Arkansas. This private Holmes cemetery was renamed the Walnut Lake Cemetery, located on the banks of the legendary Walnut lake, a body of water teeming with catfish and aquatic creatures as well as provided water for crops and stock.


Husband:   Abercrombie Holmes

Born:  1842, July 20 at Plum Point, MS
Died:  1890, November 19 - buried Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR
Father:   Finley Holmes
Mother:   Emily Goodwyn Raines Holmes

Abercrombie Holmes (Crom), the seventh son, was born in 1842 at Valley Grove, Plum Point, DeSoto County, Mississippi. He was a student in the University of Mississippi during the early part of the Civil War, where he joined a fighting company made up of his fellow-students called the University Greys. That group became part of the Seventh Tennessee Cavalry. He was in the war for the duration and fought in the battle at Corinth (Mississippi - 1862) and in those battles in and near Atlanta (Georgia - 1864), Fort Pillow (Tennessee - 1864), Peach Tree Creek (Georgia - 1864), and Franklin (Tennessee - 1864). He participated in many of the engagements that were led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Near the end of the struggles, Abercrombie was captured by the Union forces while he was taking a break to visit his home, sent to a holding prison in Memphis, then to Vicksburg for a prisoner exchange. Before the exchange could take place, the war ended, and he was paroled. Abercrombie returned to Valley Grove and stayed there until 1867 when he married Lethia Pickett. Soon after the couple moved to Arkansas where he became a leading business man in Walnut Lake, Arkansas, and a successful planter. They had nine children - four girls and five boys, two died at a young age, and the others, as adult over the years, could be found in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. His wife died in 1887 and in 1889, he married a second time to Lundie L. Tillar. Later in life, Abercrombie and his wife move up the road to Dumas, Arkansas, where he spent the last 35 years of his life.

Abercrombie died in 1890 of swamp fever at Dumas, Arkansas. He is buried with his first wife, Lethia, and five of his children in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County, Arkansas.
  • 1850 Census  DeSoto County MS - line 26 "A. Holmes"
  • 1860 Census  DeSoto County MS - line 10 "A Holmes"
  • The University Greys  Confederate infantry company of students from the University of Mississippi
  • 1870 Census  Desha County AR - line 10 "Holmes Abnor [sic]" with wife and two children
  • Oath for Amnesty by Abercrombie Holmes - 1865
  • 1880 Census  Desha County AR - line 24 "Crum Holmes" with wife and five children
  • Marriage Record  Tillar/Holmes - Desha County AK - January 1889 - Crom's second marriage
  • Biography of Abercrombie Holmes in GOODSPEED'S Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas - 1890
  • Historical Vignettes in the Dumas Clarion -  Dumas AR
  • Dumas Observess 50 Years of Incorporation - 1954  Abecrombie Holmes Early Settler
Find A Grave Memorial # 48022978


Wife:   Lethia (Alethia or Lithia) Pickett Holmes

Born:  1846, 16 Jul in Smith County TN
Died:  1886, 1 Aug - buried in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR
Father:  Colonel Edward Pickett (b. 1825 in TN, d. 1904 in MO)
Mother:  Louisa Glasco Jamison (b. 1826 in TN)
  • 1850 Census  Smith County TN - line 23 "Alethia Pickett" with parents and one sibling
  • 1860 Census  Shelby County TN - line 27 "Letha Picket [sic]" with parents and four siblings
  • 1870 Census   Desha County AR - line 11 "Holmes Lethia"
  • 1880 Census   Desha County AR - line 25 "Holmes Lithia"
Find A Grave Memorial #150000035

Female  Child 1:   Dee Pickett Holmes

Born:  1868, 13 Sep in Jefferson County AR
Died:  1870, 12 Oct
  • 1870 Census   Desha County AR - line 12 "Holmes Dee P"
Find A Grave Memorial #150000056

Female  Child 2:   Claudia V. Holmes Proctor

Born:  1870, 25 Mar
Died:  1901, 22 Aug - buried in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR
Spouse:  W. L. Proctor (b. 1886 in MO), deputy sheriff of Desha County, residing at Walnut Lake
Children:  Ural James Proctor (b. 1888, d. 1956 in TX - Find A Grave Memorial #41718281), Ira Burnett Proctor (b. 1895, d. 1970)
  • 1870 Census   Desha County AR - line 13 "Holmes Claudia"
  • 1880 Census  St Louis County MO - line 36 "Holmes Claudia" with her grandparents, Edward and Laura Pickett
  • 1900 Census  Desha County AR - line 47 "Proctor Claudia V." with her husband (Dept Sheriff) and two sons
Find A Grave Memorial #78611032

  Child 3:   Finley Holmes

Born:  1872, 21 Mar
Died:  1928, May 14 - buried in Abilene Municipal Cemetery, Abilene, TX
Spouse:   Josephine Bunting Holmes (b. 1879; d. 1968 - buried in Abilene Municipal Cemetery, Abilene, TX - Find A Grave Memorial #35091684)
Children:   Joseph Finley Holmes (b. 1902, d. 1986 in TX - Find A Grave Memorial #35091664), Margie Lee Holmes Brady (b. 1904, d. 1995 in TX - Find A Grave Memorial #65798428), Annie L. Holmes Horn (b. 1906 in TX; d. 2003 in Abilene, TX - Find A Grave Memorial #118160103), Thomas Sidney Holmes (b. 1909 in TX; d. 2002 in Abilene, TX), Ruth Holmes (b. 1911 in Abilene, TX; d. 1980 in Abilene, TX), Lola Josephine Holmes [Waldrop] Miller (b. 1914 in Abilene, TX; d. 1986 in TX - Find A Grave Memorial #22433755)
  • 1880 Census   Desha County AR - line 26 "Holmes Finley"
  • 1910 Census  Reeves County TX - line 26 "Holmes Finley J [sic]" with wife and four children
  • 1920 Census   Reeves County TX - line 41 "Holmes Finley" with wife and six children
  • 1930 Census  Taylor County TX - line 55 "Holmes Josephine" with two daughters
  • 1940 Census  Taylor County TX - line 64 "Holmes Josephine" with three children
Find A Grave Memorial # 35091569

Female  Child 4:   Marcia Lee Holmes Harrell

Born:  1874, Apr 3
Died:  1910, Feb 27 - buried in Selma, Drew County AR
Spouse:  William Louis Harrell (b. 1874, d. 1852 - Find A Grave Memorial #98694068)
Children:  Frank Tillar Harrell (b. 1897, d. 1964 - Find A Grave Memorial #95875646),
Robert W. Harrell (b. 1898, d. 1901 - Find A Grave Memorial #98694064),
Ruth Elizabeth Harrell Little (b. 1905, d. 1997 - Find A Grave Memorial #100732978)
  • 1880 Census   Desha County AR - line 27 "Holmes Marcia Lee"
  • 1910 Census  Drew County AR - line 67 "Harrell William" father with two children
Find A Grave Memorial #98694062

Female  Child 5:   Abercrombie Holmes (Jr)

Born:  1876, 15 Apr in Dumas, AR
Died:  1947, Jan 8 - buried in Abilene Municipal Cemetery, Abilene, Taylor County TX
Spouse:  Iva Jessie Suttlemyer Holmes (b. ~1885 in TX) - married 1908 in El Paso, TX
Children:  Pickett Sidney Holmes (b. 1909 in TX d. 1990),
Franklin Dekalb Holmes (b. 1911, d. 1996 in Jacksonville, Cherokee County TX - Find A Grave Memorial #72241099),
Abercrombie Holmes Jr (b. 1913, d. 1982 in NM - Find A Grave Memorial # 64056439),
Geraldine Holmes Black (b. 1915, d. 1985 - Find A Grave Memorial #64046504),
Adalee Holmes Watkins (b. 1917, d. 2010),
Harrell Holmes (b. 1919, d. 1982 - Find A Grave Memorial # 105015334 in Glendale, Hamilton County OH)
  • 1880 Census   Desha County AR - line 28 "Holmes Abercrombie"
  • 1900 Census   Drew County AR - line 41 "Holmes Abercrombie"
  • 1920 Census  Garvin County OK - line 18 "Holmes Abercrombie" with wife and five children
  • 1930 Census   Taylor County TX - line 89 "Holmes Abercrumbie [sic]" with wife, two daughters, and four sons
  • 1940 Census   Taylor County TX - line 55 "Holmes Abercrumbie [sic]" with wife and one son, Harrell
Find A Grave Memorial # 35091523 in Abilene TX

Female  Child 6:   Ruth Holmes

Born:  1877, 9 Nov
Died:  1898 - buried in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR
Spouse:  not married
  • 1880 Census   Desha County AR - line 29 "Holmes Ruth"
Find A Grave Memorial # 149999729

  Child 7:   Burke Dekalb Holmes

Born:  1879, 25 Nov
Died:  1937, 19 May - buried in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR
Spouse:  Lester Robertson Holmes (b. 1881; d. 1952 - buried in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR - Find A Grave Memorial #48022760)
Children:  Burke Dekalb Holmes Jr (b. 1906; d. 1979 - buried in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR - Find A Grave Memorial #76101280)
  • 1880 Census   Desha County AR - line 30 "Holmes Burk G [sic]"
  • 1900 Census   Pike County MS - line 59 "Holmes Burk [sic]"
  • Extra count: 1900 Census  Pike County MS - line 59 "Holmes Burk [sic]" - in July 1900
  • 1920 Census   Garvin County OK - line 47 "Holmes Burke D" with wife
Find A Grave Memorial #48022898

Female  Child 8:   Paul Kinloch Holmes Sr

Born:  1882, 15 Mar
Died:  1958, 28 Dec - buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Newport, Jackson County AR
Spouse:  Kathrine Louise Price Holmes (b. 1887, d. 1940 - Find A Grave Memorial #109529229)
Children:  Paul Kinloch Holmes Jr (b. 1915, d. 1998 -Find A Grave Memorial #109529206), Mary Lee Holmes Larson (b. 1922, d. 1969), Douglas Price Holmes (b. 1924, d. 2015 - Find A Grave Memorial # 152849436)
  • 1900 Census  Tishomingo County MS - line 17 "Holmes P. K." at the Iuka Normal Institute
  • 1910 Census   Reeves County TX - line 14 "Holmes Paul K"
  • 1920 Census   Garvin County AR - line 36 "Holmes Paul K" with wife and son
  • 1930 Census  Jackson County AR - line 63 "Holmes P. K." with wife and three children
  • 1940 Census   Garvin County AR - line 2 "Holmes P K" with wife, daughter and two sons
Find A Grave Memorial #109529223

Female  Child 9:   Garland Cleveland Holmes

Born:  1884, 4 Oct
Died:  1888, 29 Jul - buried in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR

Find A Grave Memorial #149999901

Sources:
United States Federal Census data
Family Records, unpublished records of the Holmes family - correspondence, Bibles, interviews, etc.
Newspaper accounts of weddings and deaths, and other public documents for wills, land transfers, etc.
Beasley, Irene. (1973). AS I REMEMBER THEM ---. (Memoirs of the Holmes' family - printed for family distribution)

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