Private Lewis Holms
[his name appears as Philip N. Holmes at the National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System and on the African American Civil War Memorial]
Date of birth:
Date of death: 3 May 1914
Unit: Company E, 127th Regiment, USCT
Lewis "Holmes" does appear in the 1880 Federal Census, Shippensburg Borough, Cumberland County, PA, ED# 89, page 473A:
#131 149 Holmes,
" " Va [Va]
Amanda 40 Wife Keeping house " " "
Charles W. 20 Son At home " " "
In the 1900 Federal Census of Ward East, Shippensburg, Borough, Cumberland County, PA, ED# 24, sheet 21B, his household listed (both Lewis and Amanda stated that they had been married for 41 years; Amanda also stated that she had given birth to 2 children, neither of which were still living; address East Garfield Street--house number not recorded):
#527 546 Holmes,
Lewis Head Dec 1836 63 West Virginia
West Virginia West Virginia Mason Stone
Amanda Wife Nov 1840 59 West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia
Morris, Lucy Niece Aug 1883 16 West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia Servant
In the 1910 Federal Census of Middle Ward, Shippensburg Borough, Cumberland County, PA, ED# 35, sheets 13A and 13B, Lewis and Amanda were both living in the household of John and Lucy Boles (as previously noted, this is John Boles, Jr.). The household listed (John and Lucy Boles both stated that they had been married for 0 years, Lucy stated that she had given birth to 1 living child; Lewis and Amanda Holmes both stated that they had been married for 50 years, Amanda stated that she had given birth to 2 children, neither of which were still living; street address listed as 135 Apple Alley):
#336 346 Boles,
John F. Head 30 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Apprentice Brick layer
Lucy B. Wife 26 Virginia Virginia Virginia None
Leon W. Son 5 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Virginia None
Holmes, Lewis P. Cousin 74 Virginia Virginia Virginia None
Amanda S. Wife 68 Virginia Virginia Virginia None
"Phillip Lewis Holmes, a well known colored resident of Shippensburg, died at the county home Saturday morning of infirmities of age, aged 77 years, 3 months and 17 days.
Mr. Holmes was born in Clark County, Va., and grew up in slavery. During the Civil War he served in the Union Army about nine months. At the close of the war he came to Shippensburg and had resided here since.
He was appointed Lieutenant of the Union Guards of Shippensburg, July 9, 1870, and was promoted to the office of captain of the organization August 17, 1872.
He worked for many years at the stone mason trade and was regarded as an industrious man and a good citizen. He was a member of the African Baptist church. His only survivor is his foster daughter, Mrs. John Boles, of town.
His body was brought to Shippensburg on the 1.08 p.m. C. V. train Tuesday and was taken to the colored graveyard, northeast of town for burial. Rev. Cordell Robinson, of Carlisle, officiated at the funeral."