Descendancy of Finley (Finlay) Holmes (born 1802) Jr. - annotatedCompiled by Paul W. Holmes gggrandson of Finley Holmes updated: November 2017
Note on the name of Finley Holmes: This Finley Holmes (born 1802) Jr. has erroneously been shown on the web with a middle name. This Finley Holmes had no middle name. There are no public documents, voting records, real estate transactions, wills (his will shows it as Finlay Holmes), or tombstones that show him with a middle name as Vance or otherwise. Likewise his son, Finley Holmes (born 1832), who was named for him has no middle name.
Born: 1802, March 24 in Columbia, SC
Died: 1884, September 24 at Plum Point, MS on the homestead of Valley Grove. Buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN
Father: Finley Holmes (Sr.) (b. 1765, County Down, Ireland; d. 1815, Columbia, SC - buried in Fairfield County, SC) - arrived in America at Charleston, SC about 1785.
Mother: Jane (Jenny/Jennie) Downs (Downes) Holmes (b. in SC; d. ~1835 in Talbot County, GA)
Siblings: James Holmes (b. 1794, d. 1854), William Holmes (b. 1797; d. probably died before his brother, William Thomas Holmes, was born), Mary Catherine Holmes Bryan (b. 1800, d. 1862), Robert Holmes (b. 1806, d. 1884), William Thomas Holmes (b. 1810, d. 1888), another infant son.
Wife: Emily Goodwyn Raines Holmes. Emily and Finley were married on December 17, 1823, in Bibb County, GA.
Finley was a "hard shell" Baptist and Emily was a "blue stocking" Presbyterian. They continued to live near Macon, GA, where young Finley acquired considerable farm lands.
In the year of 1836, Finley decided to sell his holdings in Georgia and to take his family further West into a recently-admitted state that was often referred to as "Mississippi Territory." The previous move from South Carolina to Georgia in 1823 and now the move further West in 1836, from Georgia into Mississippi, seems to have been in keeping with a trend of the times; a general migration from the Carolinas to the states which lay further inland from the Atlantic.
Emily Goodwyn Raines
Valley Grove, Plum Point, MS
Finley Holmes with his wife and children traveled the long journey by carriage with their household possessions following in wagons, drawn by oxen. Upon their arrival in Mississippi, Finley bought several square miles of land that had been lands of the Chickasaw Indians and started the construction of his new home which was called Valley Grove (a house of Colonial design built between 1845 and 1852 on land located in DeSoto County, Mississippi near the Tennessee-Mississippi state line on Tchulahoma Road. The main house is no longer standing, but the land is now just north of the Stateline Road in Mississippi!).
Finley and his wife, Emily, had a total of eleven [living] children. Five were born in Georgia. Six were born at Valley Grove.
Narrative on the Children of Finley Holmes and Emily Holmes in PDF Format
- Georgiana Jane Goodwin Holmes [Wood] Bott (b. 1825, February in GA; d. 1899, March 17 in MS), first married Thomas H. Wood (b. ~1825, d. 1861) in October, 1846; then married William W. Bott (b. ~1830, d. 1903), a farmer of DeSoto County, MS. Children: Edward L. Wood (b. 1847, d. after 1880), Emily H. Wood (b. ~1849, d. ~1861).
- Robert Raines Holmes MD (b. 1826, December 31 in GA; d. 1878, July 20 in Jefferson County, AR), children by: Jane Holmes (b. ~1827), children by: Susan Glover Williams (b. 1836, d. 1905), children by: unknown mulatto. Children: by Jane: Mary A. Holmes (b. ~1852), William Holmes (b. ~1856), and Martha A. Holmes (b. ~1859), by Susan Glover Williams: Joseph Robert Holmes (b. 1860, d. 1935), by unknown mulatto: Emma Rainey Holmes Havis Leach (b. 1865, d. 1948).
- Alpheus Cadmus Holmes (b. 1828, October 10 in GA; d. 1881, July 25), married Jane J. Carr (b. 1838, d. 1866) on October 22, 1857. Children: Emma Holmes Austin (b. 1858, d. 1944), Molly [Mattie] Ella Holmes (b. 1860, d. 1876), Jennie G. Tillar (b. 1860, d. 1960) - married Frank Tiller (b. 1861, d. 1911).
- Finley Holmes (III) (b. 1832, October 24 in GA; d. 1849, December 24), killed by accidental discharge of his own gun at age 17 - unmarried.
- Laurentius Holmes MD (b. 1835, June 17 in GA; d. 1880, December 3), married Sallie F. Herron (b. ~1840) on December 9, 1857. Children: Robert R. Holmes (b. 1859, d. 1880), 0. Renty Holmes (b. ~1862, d. 1880), Lula Holmes Hudson (b. 1864, d. 1890) - married John Asbury Hudson (b. 1858, d. 1937), Addie Holmes, Sallie Holmes, Ida Lee Holmes, Mary Holmes (d. in infancy), Finley Holmes (d. in infancy), Katie Holmes (b. ~1877, d. 1887).
- Thomas A. Holmes (b. 1837, April 13 at Plum Point, MS; d. 1862, August 29), never married, died of poison ivy while serving in the army (CSA).
- Francis Holmes (b. 1839, June 6 at Plum Point, MS; d. 1916, April 1), married Elizabeth Kelley Clarke (b. 1841, January 15; d. 1929, March 25) on December 15, 1866 in Hernando, MS. Children: Finley Vance Holmes (b. 1867, d. 1936), Frank Clarke Holmes (b. 1877, d. 1965), Lizzie Raines Holmes Fant (b. 1871, d. 1960), John (Johnnie) Elmore Holmes (b. 1875, d. 1935), Agnes (Nanee) Holmes Hathaway (b. 1877, d. 1965), Herbert Holmes (b. 1878, d. 1960), Bertha Holmes Beasley (b. 1881, d. 1915).
- Abercrombie Holmes (b. 1842, July 20 at Plum Point, MS; d. 1890, November 19), married first Lethia Pickett (d. 1886), a native of Smith County, TN, and a daughter of Colonel Edward Pickett of St. Louis, MO; married second Lundie L. Tillar (b. 1842, d. 1922) in February, 1889 in Desha County, AR. Children [all by Lethia]: Dee Pickett Holmes (b. 1868, d. 1870), Claudia V. Holmes Proctor (b. 1870, d. 1901), Finley Holmes (b. 1872, d. 1928), Marcia Lee Holmes Harrell (b. 1874, d. 1910), Abercrombie Holmes Jr. (b. 1876, d. 1947), Ruth Holmes (b. 1877), Burke Dekalb Holmes (b. 1879, d. 1937), Paul Kinloch Holmes Sr. (b. 1882, d. 1958), Garland Cleveland Holmes (b. 1884, d. 1888), and another child that died in infancy.
- Nathaniel Holmes (b. 1843, June 22 at Plum Point, MS; d. 1904, March 19), married Flora Virginia Tillar (b. 1852, March 24; d. 1931, June 16) on March 22, 1877 in Drew County, AR - daughter of Major Joshua Thomas Westbrook Tillar. Children: Thomas Tillar Holmes (b. 1879, d. 1896), Antoinette (Nettie) P. Holmes O'Connor (b. 1881), Gordon Holmes (b. 1882, d. 1882), Clifton R. Holmes (b. 1883, d. 1883), Ida Lilla Holmes Glenn (b. 1886, d. 1982), Geneva Holmes (b. 1892, d. 1893).
- Marcia Elbertina Holmes [Treadwell] Beardsley (b. 1845, June 23 at Plum Point, MS; d. 1910, August 10 in Charlotte, NC), first married (October 24, 1866) Bertie Dekalb Treadwell (b. 1831, August 18; d. 1876, May 26); second married Moss White Beardsley of Memphis, TN. Children: by Bertie Dekalb Treadwell: Allison Treadwell Cowan (b. 1867, d. 1970), Ida Lee Treadwell Caldwell (b. 1869, d. 1905), Corrine Treadwell [Snowden] Ragsdale (b. 1872, d. 1948), Marcia Bertie Treadwell Muller (b. 1875, d. 1965); by Moss White Beardsley (b. 1838, d. 1924): Walter Holmes Beardsley (b. 1879, d. 1936), Lydia Maude Beardsley Gaines (Gans) (b. 1880, d. 1953).
- Winfield W. Holmes (b. 1847, September 5 at Plum Point, MS; d. 1897, February 6), married Calista Antoinette Tillar (b. 1857; d. 1883), cousin of Flora Tillar (wife of Nathaniel Holmes) on October 24, 1877 in Drew County, AR. Children: Alma Holmes Adamson (b. 1879, d. 1970) - married William Custis Adamson (b. 1873, d. 1927).
- Another child, Emily G. Holmes (b. 1830, September 17 in GA), died in infancy.
In the years before the war, Finley Holmes had amassed a large acreage of prime Mississippi and Arkansas farmland and had become a successful farmer. When he died at Valley Grove on March 24, 1884, at the age of 82, only one of his eleven children (Francis Holmes) was still at the old home. At his death he left farmland at Dumas and Walnut Lake, AR to each of his five (living) sons.
- Georgia Property Tax Digests - 1818, Pulaski County, GA - Holmes James for Holmes Finley minor
- Land Acquisitions by Finley Holmes - 1823 - 202 ½ acres in Monroe County, GA - 1824 Title Deed Transfer to Finley Holmes, Bibb County, GA & - 1833 - James Holmes to Finley Holmes, Title Deed Transfer, Bibb County, GA
- Georgia Property Tax Digests - 1835, Bibb County, GA
- Georgia Property Tax Digests - 1836, Bibb/Crawford/Carrol [sic] Counties, GA
- Land Sale by Finley Holmes and others • 1835 - 202 ½ acres in Jones County, GA
- Tennessee Early Tax List Records - 1837 - Shelby County, TN
- Tennessee Early Tax List Records - 1838 - Shelby County, TN
- Constructed Buildings Including His Home at Valley Grove, Plum Point, MS ~1838 to ~1852
- The Tri-Weekly Memphis Enquirer - 1846, September 8 "We are pleased to quote the first sale of new Cotton, from the plantation of Findley [sic] HOLMES and Mr. SHACKLEWORTH, 8 bales, at 97-16 and 12 ½ cents. Sold at auction"
- Mississippi County Tax Rolls - DeSoto County • 1850 - Land
- Finley Holmes Arkansas Land Grant - 1850, June 10
- Appointments of US Postmasters - 4 October, 1850 • Valley Grove, Lafayette, MS
Comment on Wheat Produced by Finley Holmes - The Daily Crescent, New Orleans, LA - 1851 Arkansas Land Record of Purchase - 1854 Swamp Land Patents Arkansas - 1857 1850 Slave Schedules DeSoto County, MS - Slave Owner: "Finley Holmes" with Slaves: 116 1850 Slave Schedules Desha County, AR - Slave Owner: "Finley Holmes" with Slaves: 61 1860 Slave Schedules DeSoto County, MS - Slave Owner: "Finley Holmes" with Slaves: 118 1860 Slave Schedules Desha County, AR - Slave Owner: "Finley Holmes / A.C. Holmes (Agent)" with Slaves: 67 Arkansas State Donation and Swamp Land Sales - Desha County, AR and Jefferson County, AR Tennessee Tax List Records - 1862 - Shelby County "Holmes Finley" - 9 lines from bottom Finley Holmes Petition for Amnesty and Pardon - 1865 Proclamation Granting Full Pardon and Amnesty - to Finley Holmes - 1865 Railroad Meeting Cited in the Public Ledger - 1868 Finley Holmes and extending Memphis - Charleston rail line Land Transfer by Finley Holmes to his son, Francis Holmes — DeSoto County, MS - November 1873 1830 Census Bibb County GA - line 8 "Holmes Findley [sic]" with Slaves: 19 1840 Census DeSoto County MS - line 15 "Holmes Finley" with his wife and seven male children and one female child and with Slaves: 53 1850 Census DeSoto County MS - line 19 "Holmes Finley" 1860 Census DeSoto County, MS - line 5 "Finley Holmes" 1870 Census DeSoto County, MS - line 1 "Findley [sic] Holmes" with his wife Emily 1880 Census DeSoto County, MS - line 14 "Holmes Finley" Finlay Holmes Last Will and Testament DeSoto County, MS - 1884 Finley Holmes Probate Records DeSoto County, MS - 1884 - 1906 (for final sale of Bounty Lands) Information on Finley Holmes (1802) in biography of Nathaniel Holmes in Goodspeed. (1890). Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Nashville: Goodspeed Publishing. Historic Houses of Memphis . . . in the Memphis Press-Scimitar - 1934 Finley Holmes Place in History of Homes and Gardens of Tennessee — 1936 Dumas Observes 50 Years of Incorporation - 1954 - Findley [sic] Holmes gets deed in the Dumas area in 1851 Findley [sic] Holmes of Mississippi Was Original Owner of Land in Dumas - 1954 - Dumas Clarion Registry Book from Elmwood Cemetery - "Finley Holmes Jr." Elmwood Cemetery, Shelby County, TN Find A Grave Memorial # 8599460 Narrative of Life of Finley Holmes (born 1802) in PDF Format
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Note: Plum Point, DeSoto County, MS was located just below the Tennessee-Mississippi state line on Tchulahoma Road - so called because there was a plum tree grove there. In the early nineteen hundreds, there was a small general store which also housed the Post Office, a sign proclaimed the area as Plum Point, Mississippi. It was little more than a postal name, for this was countryside in every sense of the word, and houses were few and far between.
United States Federal Census data
(2004). Historical Census Browser. Retrieved [Date you accessed source], from the University of Virginia, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center: http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu/.
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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