Francis Holmes

9 January 1822–17 September 1894 (Age 72)
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States

The Life of Francis

When Francis Holmes was born on 9 January 1822, in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States, his father, Eleazer Holmes, was 45 and his mother, Ruth Waterman, was 40. He married Margaret Towle on 1 January 1856, in Canton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 17 September 1894, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Western Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States.

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Francis Holmes
Margaret Towle
Marriage: 1 January 1856
Francis W. Holmes

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    Margaret Towle


1 January 1856
Canton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


    Francis W. Holmes


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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 3

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 8

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1842 · Webster–Ashburton Treaty

Age 20

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed on August 9, 1842 and resolved the border issues between the United States and British North American colonies which had caused the Aroostook War. The treaty contained several agreements and concessions. It called for an end on the overseas slave trade and proposed that both parties share the Great Lakes. It also reaffirmed the location of the westward frontier border (near the Rocky Mountains) as well as the border between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods. The treaty was signed by Daniel Webster (United States Secretary of State) and Alexander Baring (British Diplomat, 1st Baron Ashburton).

Name Meaning

1 English (chiefly central and northern England): variant of Holme .2 Scottish: probably a habitational name from Holmes near Dundonald, or from a place so called in the barony of Inchestuir.3 Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Thomáis, Mac Thómais ( see McComb ). In part of western Ireland, Holmes is a variant of Cavish (from Gaelic Mac Thámhais, another patronymic from Thomas ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Francis Holmes  in the Massachusetts, State Census, 1865
  • Francis Holmes in the 1870 United States Federal Census
  • Francis Holmes  in the Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915

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