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Notes for Hezekiah HOLMES

Holmes, Hezekiah. French & Indian War.

Hezekiah Holmes, b.1726/27 Pembroke, Mass, married Mercy Bisbee Sep 1754 Elizabeth Finch Mar 1754. Children: Orsamus, d. Killbuck, OH; Lucinda; Cynthia; Laurane; Abiah; Abner; Sarah, all b. Pembroke, Massachusetts.

In the 1790 US Census, the first ever taken in the United States, the Hezakiah Holmes family was enumerated in the Town of Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont, as follows: Hezekiah Holmes; 1 0 1 0 2. The meaning is: 1- Free white male of 16 years upward, including heads of families; 0 - Free white males under 16 years of age; 1- Free white female including heads of house; 0 - other free persons and 2 persons Total.

Hezekiah Holmes was a blacksmith, and very ingenious at his trade. He was a man of robust health, and of great physical power. He also possessed a vigorous understanding and a sound judgment, and sometimes amused himself with writing poetry. A poetic paraphrase by him, of the 137th Psalm, is still remembered. He was a selectman of Pembroke, and held other town offices. He was an officer in the “Old French War,” and – a little less than two years – in the war of the Revolution. About the year 1773, he removed with his family to Springfield, Vt. He afterwards removed to Kingsborough, N.Y., where he spent his remaining years. Hezekiah Holmes of Pembroke was Lieut. In His Majesty’s service, in the company under the command of Capt. John Loring, in the expedition against Crown Point, from Feb. 18 to Oct. 27, 1756. Hezekiah Holmes of Pembroke was First Lieut. In a Company of Foot, under the command of Capt. Abel Keen, in the regiment of Col. Thomas Doty, raised by the Province for the reduction of Canada, from March 13 to Nov. 25, 1758, at £5 per month (Mass Archives). Hezekiah Holmes also had a son Orsamus, the only son who lived to manhood, who was a soldier three or four years in the Revolutionary war. Orsamus Holmes has given the following account of his services and hardships, in a statement now before me. Though not strictly belonging to this volume, I here transcribe it, as it well serve to convey a definite impression of the hardships endured by the soldiers of the Revolution. Source: The Giles Memorial, John A. Vinton, Boston, Henry W. Dutton & Son (1864), p. 197.

References to Hezekiah Holmes in History of the Town of Springfield, Vermont with a Genealogical Record, by Horace C. Hubbard and Justus Dartt, G.H. Wells & Co., Boston, 1895. “Hezekiah Holmes lived on the Dr. Calvin Hubbard farm…” -page 22 “Lieut. Hezekiah Holmes, who settled on the Curtis place, afterwards for more than a century the Hubbard farm, was one of the pioneers locating there about 1772.” – p. 31 “The first school of which we have any account was at the house of Hezekiah Holmes, on the Dr. Hubbard farm, in the summer of 1773….” – p. 113


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