Descendancy of Finley Vance Holmes (born 1867) - annotated

Compiled by Paul W. Holmes — grandson of Finley Vance Holmes   —   updated: March 2017

Note on the name of Finley Vance Holmes:  Finley Vance Holmes (born 1867) was the grandson of Finley Holmes (born 1802).  His middle name of Vance was given to him by his mother in honor of her stepfather, Judge John W. Vance.  The Judge became her stepfather when she was only four-years old.  Finley Vance Holmes' son is also named Finley Vance Holmes (born 1894).

Finley Vance Holmes

Born:  1867, September 18 at Plum Point, DeSoto County, MS

Died:  1936, August 10 at Plum Point, MS on the old homestead of Valley Grove - buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Shelby County, TN

Father:  Francis Holmes (b. 1839 at Plum Point, MS; d. 1916 at Plum Point, MS - buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Shelby County, TN)

Mother:  Elizabeth Kelley Clarke Holmes (b. 1841 in Crittenden County, AR; d. 1929 in Coahoma, MS - buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Shelby County, TN) - daughter of Thomas Elmore Clarke (b. 1808, d. 1840) and stepdaughter of Judge John W. Vance (b. 1813, d. 1872), of Hernando, MS (Elizabeth's mother married the Judge on July 1, 1844 - four years after the death of Elizabeth's father).

Siblings:  Frank Clarke Holmes (Judge), Lizzie Raines Holmes Fant, John (Johnnie) Elmore Holmes (Judge), Agnes Holmes Hathaway, Herbert Holmes (Judge), Bertha Holmes Beasley

Wife:  First marriage (February 8, 1891): Willie Cassandra Harrison (b. 1872, February 16; d. 1927, May 12) daughter of Captain (CSA) William David Harrison (b. 1838, November 28; d. 1931, October 2) and Mary Louise Alsobrook Harrison (b. 1853, October 24; d. 1942, April 20) - Wille and her are parents buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Shelby County, TN;  second marriage (~1928 after the death of Willie) to Evie (Addie Lou) Mcleary Holmes (b. 1884, June 29; d. 1982, January 4 - buried in Linwood Cemetery, Paragould, AR - Find A Grave Memorial #79173751).  Evie was the widow of Morris J. Collinsworth of Paragould, AR.

Children:  all from first marriage and all born at Valley Grove, Plum Point, MS.

Notes: 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.

Valley Grove was the home built by Finley Vance Holmes' grandfather (Finley Holmes, b. 1802).  It was 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 house no longer stands, but the land is now just north of the Stateline Road in Tennessee!


On the steps of Valley Grove ~1911

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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