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Holmes, Asher. US Boy Brigade, War of 1812.

"Asher Holmes, deceased, New Lenox Tp., whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Sherburne, Chanango Co., N.Y., in September, 1796; at the age of 9 his parents moved to Chautauqua Co., N.Y.; in 1826 he returned to Chanango Co., and married Aug. 26 of the same year Miss Eliza Ann Elmore; they moved back to Chautauqua Co., and remained there until the year 1831, when they again returned to Chanango Co., remaining there until his coming to Will Co., in the spring of 1835; he settled on Sec. 22, in New Lenox Tp. where he died; his widow still lives on the homestead. He held the office of Justice of the Peace in Chenango Co., and that of School Treasurer in New Lenox Tp. He had six children, five living - James E., born June 25, 1827; Myron P., born June 8, 1830; Orsamus, born in August 1838; Lydia E. born Feb. 5, 1840, and Sophie, born August 14, 1852, and one deceased - Eliza Ann born Jan. 18, 1834, died in May 1873." --- History of Will County, Illinois (1878), p. 783.

"The Asher Holmes family settled near Spencer on Section 22 in 1835. There were Myron Holmes, Asher Holmes, Julius Holmes and Orsamus Holmes, families active in this community life in my times. A story is told that Mr. Orsamus Holmes invented the knotter for tying grain into bundles, but the Harvester people took advantage of him, and had it patented. Maybe they paid him something, but they obtained the patent." --- History of Early New Lenox, pub. by the Will Co. Historical Society, April 1973, republished June 1988, p. 2.

Died- In New Lenox on the 24 inst., Asher Holmes, Esq., Aged 56 years, 3 months, & 26 days.
---Joliet Signal, Jan. 31, 1854 p. 3, col. 1

From Vinton, J. A. (1901).†Giles Memorial: Genealogical Memoirs of the Families Bearing the Names of Giles, Gould, Holmes, Jennison, Leonard, Lindall, Curwen, Marshall, Robinson, Sampson, and Webb; Also, Genealogical Sketches of the Pool, Very, Tarr and Other Families. Forgotten Books.

Asher Holmes,6 (Orsamus,5 Hezehiah,4 William,3 Josiah,2 William,1 ) brother of the preceding; b. Sept. 28, 1797; m. Eliza Elmore, dau. of James Elmore, of Sherburne, N. Y. He lived in Pomfret, now Sheridan, Chautauqua County, N. Y., until 1835, with the exception of two or three years' residence in Smyrna,
Chenango County, N. Y. He moved, in 1835, to Will County, Illinois, and settled on a farm on the south side of Hickory Creek, six miles east from Joliet. He died about 1858. His widow survives. Their children areó

447. James.7
448. Myron.7
449. Eliza.7
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