Facts and Events
John Holmes was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
John Holmes' land (Beverley Manor SW, 260 of 660 acres, acquired from Joseph Mills in 1742) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. (Note: the remaining 400 acres appear to have been acquired by Robert Wilson, father-in-law of John Holmes).
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, VA Records:
- Pages 1-4. 23-24 June 1742. Joseph Mills of St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, to Robt. Willson and John Holmes of same. Lease and release; for £64.10.- current money. 660 acres in Beverley Mannor... corner to James Robinsone... corner to John Buckhannon... back line of the pattent of Beverley Manner... 400 of the land to be laid of[f] next to William Long for Robt. Wilsone and the remainder for John Holmes... (signed) Joseph Mills. Wit: G. Home, Jno. Christian. 24 June 1742. Acknowledged by Joseph Mills and Robt. Wilson. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 67].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 515.--29th February, 1747-8. £77. John Holmes to William Wright, 260 acres in Beverley Manor, part of a large tract conveyed to James Mills (s/b Joseph Mills) and sold to Robert Wilson and John Holmes, patent line of Beverley Manor; Anthony Black's land; Wm. Robinson's line; John Wilson's line. Teste: Wm. Henderson, John Black, John Cunningham. Proved by all and dower released by Jane, 19th May, 1748.
Records of John Holmes in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - LIST OF MUSTERS IN AUGUSTA COUNTY, 1742: Capt. John Christian's List: John Christian, Captain; William Christian, Lieutenant; Fran Betty, Ensign; Jhn. Holms, Josep Read, Finley McClewr, George Camble, George Caldwell, Wm. Caldwell, Alex. Thompson, Jas. Caldwell, Isaac McCulough, Jas. Armstrong, Wm. Armstrong, Thos. Henderson, Wm. Henderson, Rob Conigham, Wm. Conigham, Thos. Black, Wm. Johnston, Joh Davison, And. Cowin, Jas. Moody, Jas. Willson, Niol. Leeper, Jno. Turk, Wm. Adams, David Mitchel, Rob. Ramsey, George Breakinsed, John Mitchel, Jas. Fulton, John Fulton, John Brownlee, Chas. Camble, Jas. Camble, Will Camble, Jno. Buchanan, Nathan McClewer, Jas. Robinson, Antho Black, Will Long, Thos. Bell, Jas. Bell, Jno. Black, Wm. Robinson, Thos. Shields, And. McCord, Thos. Beans, Arth. Hamilton, And. Scott, John Maxwell, Pat. Barney, Alex. Brackinsedg, Rob. Brackinsedg, James Brackinsedg, _____ McCoulough, Jas. Miler, Rob. McClenachan, Jno. Doacke, Sam Doacke, Patt Hayes, And. Boyd, Jas. Black, Alex. Fordice, David Steel, Moses Thompson, John Thompson, And. Russell, Rand McDonel, Hug Martine, Joh Robinson, Jas. Beans, Rob. Alexander, Ths. Lewis.
- Page 1.--Robert Willson, in Shanadore in Virginia, will dated 3d November, 1745. Wife, Jane; estate except such as is nominated of the hole head to son John. Son, John; daughter, Jannet Holmes, 20 shillings; daughter, Catrin Bell, 20 shillings; nephew (?), Robert Holmes; daughters, Elizabeth, Jane, Frances. Executors, Wm. Long and James Alexander. Teste: Jno. Patterson, Gabriel Holmes, James Bell. Proved, 11th February, 1745, by John Patterson. Proved, 16th April, 1745, by Gabriel Holmes. (Note: Robert Wilson was the father-in-law of John Holmes).
- Vol. 1 - August 21, 1746. - (83) Petition of John Holmes vs. Thomas Chew for neglectg. his business as an attorney is dismissed.
- Vol. 1 - November 19, 1746. - (129) Grand Jury--Nathan Patterson, Ro. Dunlap, John Holmes, and others--grand jurors.
- Page 122.--10th March, 1746-7. Robert Wilson's appraisement by Jno. Black, James Alexander, Wm. Long. Debts due to John Holmes, Wm. Darlington, Wm. Branston.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY AND MAY, 1747. - George Brackenridge vs. John Holmes.--Debt. Writ 18th June, 1746. Bond dated 17th April, 1746.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1747. - (251) John Holms appointed Constable, vice David Stewart; Mich. Dougherty appointed Constable, vice Thos. Williams.
- Vol. 1 - MAY AND AUGUST, 1748. - Renich vs. Holmes.--James Murray recovered vs. Thomas Renich in the Common Pleas at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1744. Judgment on a note by Thomas Renick, John Holmes and others, to James Murray, dated 31st December, 1741.
- Vol. 2 - List of Delinquents - 1755: Jno. Homes, no estate.
- Page 35.--16th August, 1791. James Wright and Alexander Wright, sons and devisees of William Wright, deceased, and Elizabeth, wife of James, of Augusta, to Jacob Bear, 260 acres in Beverley Manor, part of tract originally surveyed for Joseph Mills, and sold to Robert Wilson and Jno. Holmes by deed which was conveyed to said William Wright, deceased, by John Holmes, February, 1748.
Information on John Holmes
From "Carolina Cradle: Settlement of the Northwest Carolina Frontier, 1747-1762", by Robert W. Ramsey, pg. 43:
- The family of John Holmes, (Thomas) Bell's brother-in-law, was evidently in Lower Dublin township, Philadelphia County, between 1734 and 1741. Holmes himself moved on to Prince George's County in 1742 and proceded from there to the Shenandoah Valley. Holmes was a man of considerable prominence, for he served as constable of Augusta County in 1747 and was appointed justice of the peace for Anson County in September of the following year.
From "A History of Anson County, North Carolina, 1750-1976", by Mary L. Medley, pg. 17:
- Corbitt, author-compiler of the book, "Formation of North Carolina Counties 1663-1943", stated that the governor and his council created Anson County on September 29. 1748 and names justices of the peace for the county the next day: Joseph White, Charles Robinson, Edmund Cartledge, William Phillips, Samuel Davis, Thomas Smith, John Hicks and John Holmes.
From "Sir Robert Bell and his early Virginia Colony Descendants", by James Elton Bell, Frances Jean Bell, pg. 48:
- Jennett and John Holmes baptised three children at Tinkling Spring: Jean, 1744; Catherine, 1746; James, 1747. Source: Tinkling Spring, Headwater of Freedom, by Dr. H. Wilson, Staunton, Virginia; Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church Records.