John Holmes

1770–Male
Monmouth, New Jersey, United States

The Life of John

When John Holmes was born in 1770, in Monmouth, New Jersey, United States, his father, Jonathan Holmes, was 32 and his mother, Lydia Throckmorton, was 25.

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Family Time Line

Jonathan Holmes
1738–1777
Lydia Throckmorton
1745–1783
Elizabeth Holmes
1766–1834
Sarah Holmes
1775–1800
John Holmes
1770–
Joseph Holmes Sr.
1772–1815
John
1773–
Alice
1775–1790

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1775

Age 5

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.
1776

Age 6

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 6

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

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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