Place:Holmes, Florida, United States

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Holmes County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 18,564. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county was 19,264 [1]. Its county seat is Bonifay, Florida.

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History

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Holmes County was created in 1848.

The county's namesake is a point of debate. Holmes Creek - the county's eastern boundary - bore that name before the county was created, but it was originally named Weekaywehatchee (a Creek Indian name meaning "spring creek"). One claim is that the county was named for Thomas J. Holmes, who came from North Carolina to settle in the area about 1830. Another is that it is named after Holmes, a half-breed American Indian chief who settled in the area with his band of Red Stick Creek Indians after 1814. He was subsequently killed in 1818 by a raiding party sent by Andrew Jackson during the First Seminole War.

Holmes County has had four county seats in its history. The first was Hewett's Bluff (later renamed Bear Pen), then Cerro Gordo, then Westville, and finally Bonifay. Bonifay has been the county seat since 1905.

Historic places

Historic places in the county include:

Timeline

Date Event Source
1848 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1900 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1900 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1902 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1902 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1920 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 1,205
1860 1,386
1870 1,572
1880 2,170
1890 4,336
1900 7,762
1910 11,557
1920 12,850
1930 12,924
1940 15,447
1950 13,988
1960 10,844
1970 10,720
1980 14,723
1990 15,778

Research Tips

External links

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