Joseph Holmes Rev.

Born: ~1789 in Fairfield County SC
Died: between 1840-1850

M. E. Preacher [Methodist Episcopal Church]

Joseph's Family

Spouse: Mary Ann Pearson Holmes - father: Philip Peter Pearson, RS-SC (b. 1746, d. 1835 - Find A Grave Memorial # 73859405), mother: Mary Butler Weston Pearson (b. 1765, d. 1854 - Find A Grave Memorial # 44609695)
Children: Martha Butler Holmes (b. ~1820), William Fletcher Holmes Dr. (b. ~1827)

Joseph's Heritage

Parents: William Holmes, Mary Holmes
Siblings: Ann Holmes Hawthorn - m. Adam Hawthorn, Jane Holmes, Mary Holmes Martin - m. Robert Martin, Harry (or Henry) Holmes, William B. Holmes"

"The Broad River Mission was under the charge of the Rev. Joseph Holmes [b. ~1789]. It comprehends 9 plantations, with 55 church members, and 40 children under catechetical instruction. The missionary represents it as in a prosperous state." Methodist Episcopal Church. South Carolina Conference. (1840). Minutes of the South Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for the year 1840. Charleston: Burges & James. p. 15. —

"The Rev. Joseph Holmes [b. ~1789], once an acceptable member of the Conference, who located, exerted a fine influence. He was of solid intellect, well informed; a devout man, fully exemplifying the doctrine of holiness. His brother William, a local preacher, lived near Shiloh: he was rather superior in intellect to Joseph, and a man of wealth and good business qualifications; also an excellent preacher, with a very worthy family. They were the sons of a pious Associate Reformed elder, whose habit was often to seek out retirement in the field for prayer with his boys."
From Chreitzberg, A. M. (1897). Early Methodism in the Carolinas. Nashville: Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. pp. 210-211.

More from: Chreitzberg, A. M. (1897). Early Methodism in the Carolinas. Nashville: Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

p. 272
In 1828 the Minutes placed Joseph Holmes in York, and he returned one hundred and fifty white members in 1829. The record thereafter for preachers in charge is as follows, giving the return of members by each:
No. Members.
1828. Joseph Holmes 150
1829. Whitman C. Hill 185
1830. Benjamin Bell 220

p. 277
We now call attention to the new church lately erected at Yorkville. This splendid structure is a decided ornament to the town, and none the less a shining testimonial to the earnest zeal of the denomination by which it was erected; and representing the present condition of Methodism in Yorkville, after seventy years of existence, it stands forth as a prominent example of renewed growth and prosperity.

p. 277
The Methodist Episcopal Church (now the Methodist Episcopal Church, South) was organized in this place in the year 1824, by two ministers the Rev. William Gassaway and the Rev. Joseph Holmes, and was the first denominational organization to occupy this field, as well as the first Methodist church in the county.
... as the result of their efforts the church rapidly grew in numbers and strength. Two years afterwards, in 1826, the congregation built the first house of worship erected in Yorkville. It was a plain wooden structure, and stood in College street, nearly opposite the graded school building until some fifteen years ago, when it was torn down, the congregation having purchased the building it is now leaving. Until 1852 this and two other congregations constituted the only Methodist churches in the county, and, as York Circuit, were served by the same pastor. In 1852, however, the progress of the Yorkville Church had been so rapid as to justify its becoming a separate station which, with eighty members, it was accordingly made. From this time on the church continued to prosper until interrupted by the war, when the membership became scattered and reduced. The close of the war found the congregation too weak to continue as a separate charge, and uniting with King's Mountain Chapel, then very weak, but now numbering five hundred members, and Philadelphia Church, it once more became a part of Yorkville Circuit. Continuing thus until 1885 the church again felt strong enough to stand alone and resolutely making the effort has continued to progress rapidly until it now has a membership of one hundred and thirty — some fifty more than at the breaking out of the war — while the denomination in the county has grown to be nearly two thousand five hundred strong.

p. 362
1826. Joseph Holmes.
1827. Joseph Holmes.

Tentative Family Tree of cousin William Holmes and his sons


Beasley, Irene. (1973). AS I REMEMBER THEM ---. (Memoirs of the Holmes' family - printed for family distribution)

Chreitzberg, A. M. (1897). Early Methodism in the Carolinas. Nashville: Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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.

Property deed records and property related matters recorded by Fairfield District/County Clerks Office were provided by Ken Shelton in association with the Fairfield County Historical Museum, the Fairfield County Library, and the Fairfield County Genealogy Society —  see

United States Federal Census data

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