Francis HOLMES

Male Abt 1600 - 1676  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Francis HOLMES  [2, 3, 4
    • "Connecticut Ancestry": Francis Holmes is another early resident of Stamford for whom English origins have not yet been identified. He died at Stamford in the winter of 1675/76.

      The name of his first wife and mother of his children is completely unknown. He married (2), sometime after 19 August 1658, Ann (?) Stevens, widow of Thomas Stevens who died on that date in Stamford. Her maiden name is also unknown. On 20 December 1686, the brothers Obadiah, Benjamin and Joseph Stevens agreed that their mother, "the widow Homs," would live with her son Benjamin Stevens, with some support being provided by the other two brothers in the form of certain specified gifts of animals. And, on 1 April 1689, Ann holmes, widow, signing with her X mark, gave "asartain ox" to her son Joseph stevens. Francis Holmes had died at Stamford before 14 February 1675/76 when his inventory was taken.

      He first appeared in the Stamford records in 1648 when he and a night watchman were both verbally abused by robert Pennoyer, who was "overcom wt. wine." Francis Holmes himself was accused for misconduct years later (1665) in another Stamford incident, and his son Richard was similarly charged in 1684.

      According to Paul Prindle, Francis Holmes was a blacksmith, and always signed with his mark, indicating that he could probably neither read nor write.

      His will was made at Stamford on 6 September 1671 and proved at Fairfield on 14 March 1675/76. His wife (unnamed) was to receive the house for life or until "Change of Condition by marriage;" his son John receive the shop with tools, iron, and steel; his son Stephen to receive the farm, horses, and farm implements; and both sons to share equally in the cattle and the remainder. His son Richard, daughter Ann Dean, and servant Cornelius were each to receive 5 shillings. He also referred to his son John's oldest son (not named) who was to receive "my short gunn." He signed with his "FH" mark, in the presence of witnesses Henry Smith, Ann Smith, and Matthew Bellamy. His inventory was presented on 14 March 1675/76, and verified by his widow on the same date. The small legacy to his son Richard suggest that he may have set Richard up in business as a blacksmith during his lifetime, possibly in Norwalk, and therefore considered that Richard had already received his portion. [1]
    Born Abt 1600  Beverly, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Will 06 Sep 1671  Stamford, Fairfield, Ct, Usa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died Between 27 Jun 1673 and 03 Mar 1676  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I29375  Main Tree
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2012 

    Family 1 UNKNOWN,   d. Bef 1658 
    Married Bef 1632  [3
    Children 
     1. Stephen HOLMES,   b. Abt 1633, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1710, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
     2. John HOLMES,   b. Abt 1635, Beverley, Yorkshore, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1715, Bedford, Westchester, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)  [Natural]  [Stepchild]
     3. Richard HOLMES,   b. Abt 1637, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 31 Oct 1704 and 2 Jan 1704/05, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     4. Ann HOLMES,   b. Abt 1640, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F09123  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ann ? 
    Married Aft 19 Aug 1658  Stamford, Fairfield Co., Ct, Usa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F09122  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S4918] Connecticut Ancestry 2008 May Vol. 50 No. 4.

    2. [S03140] RootsWeb: World Connect - Holmes by Roger Bredin.

    3. [S02438] holmes.ged.
      Date of Import: Aug 20, 2003

    4. [S02419] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Vol. 1, Donald Lines Jacobus, (Name: Name: Clearfield Company, Inc.;;), 76-3279.