Biography - William Holmes

William HOLMES, farmer, P. O. Nokomis, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, April 30, 1815, son of John and Teresa (PARVIN) HOLMES; the former, born in Lancashire, England, died in Yorkshire, England, about the year 1819; the latter, born in Skipton, England, about the year 1875, died in Yorkshire, England, in 1817, leaving four children, William being the third. The subject of this sketch began life as a clerk in a dry goods store. He emigrated to America and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he learned the trade of coach painting; worked at that trade in Cincinnati fourteen years, when he moved to Indiana, and thence to Illinois. Mr. HOLMES has been twice married; his first wife was Ann RICHARDSON, born in Yorkshire, England, in 1819, daughter of Joseph RICHARDSON, a native of England; they were married in Dearborn County, Ind., where Mrs. HOLMES died August 5, 1849, leaving five children - Ellen, Emma, Sarah E., Mary B. and William L. In Dearborn County, Ind., December 24, 1850, Mr. HOLMES married his second wife, Amanda RAWLING, born in Dearborn County, Ind., December 20, 1819, daughter of William and Laura (LEWIS) RAWLING; by her he has had six children - John R., Thomas P., Laura B., Richard, Louis E. and James F. Mr. HOLMES is a member of te I. O. O. F.; in politics, he is a Republican.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 314.

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