Alpheus Cadmus Holmes
Born: 1828, Oct 10 - GA
Died: 1881, Jul 25 - buried Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR
Spouse: Jane Josephine Carr Holmes (b. 1838, d. 1866 - buried Walnut Lake Cemetery - Find A Grave Memorial #78610836) - married Oct 22, 1857
Children: Emma Holmes Austin (b. 1858, d. 1944 - buried in Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Brown County TX - Find A Grave Memorial # 46246468),
Molly [Mattie] Ella Holmes (b. 1860, d. 1876 - buried in Walnut Lake Cemetery - Find A Grave Memorial # 48022725),
Jennie G. Tillar (b. 1860; d. 1960 - buried in Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock, AR - Find A Grave Memorial # 30461091) daughter of Antionette Pruitt Tiller of Mississippi and Major Joshua Thomas Westbrook Tillar of Drew County AR - m. Frank Tiller (b. 1861, d. 1911 - buried in Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock, AR - Find A Grave Memorial #11882211) and sister to Flora Tiller Holmes (wife of Nathaniel Holmes)
Parents: Finley Holmes, Emily Goodwyn Raines HolmesAlpheus Cadmus Holmes, the third child, was born 1828 in Georgia. As a child he moved with the family to Mississippi. At some point in the 1850's his father sent him to Arkansas with 75 slaves to clear the land near Dumas and to manage the farm operations there. A. C. (Cad) married Jane Josephine [Carr] Holmes in 1857, and they had three daughters. During the Civil War, A. C. was serving the Confederacy by building fortifications in Arkansas and Texas. His wife and two children were refuges in Texas during the War. The third daughter was born as her mother was returning to Arkansas. Before and after the War, the family lived on the plantation in Desha County, Arkansas. His wife died in 1866, and their last daughter, Jennie G. Holmes Tillar, was sent to live at Valley Grove at the age of 3 years.
Siblings: Georgiana Jane Goodwin Holmes [Wood] Bott, Robert Raines Holmes, Finley Holmes (III), Laurentius Holmes, Thomas A. Holmes, Francis Holmes, Abercrombie Holmes, Nathaniel Holmes, Marcia Elbertina Holmes [Treadwell] Beardsley, Winfield W. Holmes
In the censuses for 1870 and 1880, A. C. is found on the Holmes plantation in Jefferson County, Arkansas, without his children. He died in 1881 and is buried with his wife and middle daughter in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County, Arkansas.
Find A Grave Memorial # 48022993
- 1860 Slave Schedules Desha County AR - Slave Owner: "Finley Holmes / A.C. Holmes (Agent)" - with Slaves: 67 and continuing on next page
- 1840 Census DeSoto County MS - line 15 "Holmes Finley - Males age 10 to 15"
- 1850 Census DeSoto County MS - line 22 "A. C. Holmes"
- 1860 Census Desha County AR - line 31 "A. C. Holmes" - with wife and two children
- 1870 Census Jefferson County AR - line 21 "Holmes A C"
- 1880 Census Desha County AR - line 33 "Cad Holmes"
- Swamp Land Patents Arkansas • 1857
- Arkansas State Donation and Swamp Land Sales - Desha County, Jefferson County AR
- Historical Vignettes in the Dumas Clarion - Dumas AR
- Nonagenarian Recalls Living in State Over Near-century - 1954 - Jennie G. Holmes Tillar daughter about A. C. Holmes - Arkansas Gazette, September 2, 1954
- A.C. Holmes Letters of Administration Died Intestate - Jefferson County AR - 1881
From Arkansas Families, July 10, 1938, p. 91.Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Holmes lived on their plantations near Dumas and Walnut Lake. Mrs. Holmes was Jane Josephine Carr. She attended the Moravian Seminary at Durham, North Carolina. During the Civil War, Mrs. Holmes refugeed to Texas with two daughters while Mr. Holmes was fighting with the Confederate forces, first under General Gordon's command, and later in construction work under General Early. After having fought through the entire War Between the States, Mr. Holmes returned home and saw for the first time his third daughter, Jennie Holmes, who was bom after her father had left for the fighting. Before and after the Civil War, the many Negro slaves on the Holmes plantation would come to the Holmes' house on Sunday for services. Mr. and Mrs. Holmes were life-long Methodists. Mrs. Holmes died in 1866. She and Mr. Holmes are buried on the banks of Walnut Lake.
Walnut Lake Cemetery, Desha County AR
Walnut Lake Cemetery is about 3 miles south of Dumas, Arkansas. From Dumas,
drive south on Main St. Going south, Main St. runs on the east side of the railroad
tracks. Turn right across the railroad tracks on CR23 and continue about half mile
to the cemetery. It's a very well cared for cemetery beside Walnut Lake.
The Cemetery that was formed around 1820, originally was the private family
cemetery plots for the many descendants of Mr. Finley Holmes, Abercrombie
Holmes, Alpheus Cadmus Holmes and many others in the long family lineage.
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.
The original records are supposed to have been destroyed by fire around 1927.
There are some obvious mistakes in the source lists which have not been resolved
such as a date of death earlier than a date of birth. This was transcribed according
to what was on the lists. Some grave markers may have been replaced.
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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