Person:Obadiah Holmes (1)

Rev. Obadiah (Hulme) Holmes
m. 8 Oct 1605
  1. John Holmes1607 - 1633
  2. Rev. Obadiah (Hulme) Holmes1609/10 - 1682
  3. Joan Holmes1610/11 - 1612
  4. Samuel Holmes - 1613
  5. Samuel Holmes
  6. Nathaniel Holmes1618 - 1631
  7. Robert HolmesBef 1621 - 1697
  8. Joseph HolmesAbt 1623 - 1623
  9. Joseph HolmesAbt 1625 -
  • HRev. Obadiah (Hulme) Holmes1609/10 - 1682
  • WKatherine Hyde1608 - Aft 1681
m. 20 Nov 1630
  1. Mary HolmesBef 1634 - 1690
  2. Jonathan HolmesAbt 1633 - 1713
  3. John Holmes1633 - 1633
  4. Lydia HolmesAbt 1634 -
  5. Hopestill HolmesAbt 1638 -
  6. Martha Holmes1640 - 1711
  7. Samuel Holmes1642 - 1679
  8. Obadiah Holmes1644 - 1728
  9. Joseph HolmesAbt 1646 -
  10. Rev. John Holmes1649 - 1712
  11. Sarah Holmes1651 -
Facts and Events
Name Rev. Obadiah (Hulme) Holmes
Gender Male
Christening[1][4] 18 Mar 1609/10 Didsbury, Lancashire, England
Marriage 20 Nov 1630 Manchester, Lancashire, EnglandCollegiate Church
to Katherine Hyde
Death? 15 Oct 1682 Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Burial[6] Middletown, Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Obadiah was named in his father’s will, receiving £10 contingent on the death of his younger brother, and thus had probably already received his portion of the estate.S1

He was expelled from the church at Salem, and then from Rehoboth, for practicing the Baptist faith. He was convicted and whipped in Lynn in 1651 for “seducing and drawing aside others after their erroneous judgment and practices." He then settled in Newport and succeeded John Clarke as th minister of the first Baptist Church in America.[2]

  1. Holmes, J.T., “English Ancestry of Rev. Obadiah Holmes”, in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society)
    Vol. 64 (1910):237-239.
  2.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862).

    OBADIAH, Salem 1639, was from Preston in Lancash. had prob. w. Catharine, ch. bapt. there Martha, 3 May 1640; Samuel, 20 Mar. 1642; and Obadiah, 9 June 1644; was pervert. in faith and excom. therefor, with John Clark and John Crandall, sentenc. to heavy fine or whip. went to Rehoboth, thence soon to Newport, had five more ch. was a preacher from 1652, d. 15 Oct. 1682, in his 76th yr. He had a part in sett. New Jersey 1664. Of his descend. in 1790, the estimate was 5,000.

  3.   Gaustad, Edwin S. Baptist Piety: The Last Will and Testimony of Obadiah Holmes.
  4. Crofton, Henry Thomas; Church of England. Chapelry of Didsbury (Lancashire); and E. Abbey (Edward Abbey) Tindall. The registers of the church of St. James, Didsbury, in the county of Lancaster: christenings, burials, and weddings, 1561-1757.
  5.   Tilley, Edith May. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register: The Will of Rev. Obadiah Holmes, With a Few Extracts From Hismanuscripts, Volume: vol.. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, January, 1913)
    page 23.
  6. Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission
  7.   H, in Boyer, Carl. Ancestral lines: 206 families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (Santa Clarita, California: C. Boyer, c1998)
    1998, 3rd ed pp 307-10 or 4th Ed 2015 pp 334-7.

    The two "Red Books" This source is definitely worth looking at.

  8.   Terry Wolever, ed., A Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America, Volume One (Springfield, Mo.: Particular Baptist Press, 2006).
    pp. 23-40.
  9.   Will.


    These are to signify that I, Obadiah Holmes of Newport on Rhode Island, being at present through the goodness and mercy of my God of sound memory; and, being by daily intimations put in mind of the frailty and uncertainty of this present life, do therefore - for settling my estate in this world which it has pleased the Lord to bestow upon me - make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner following, committing my spirit unto the Lord that gave it to me and my body to the earth from whence it was taken, in hope and expectation that it shall thence be raised at the resurrection of the just.

    Imprimis, I will that all my just debts which I owe unto any person be paid by my Executor, hereafter named, in convenient time after my decease.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Brown, five pounds in money or equivalent to money.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Martha Odlin, ten pounds in the like pay.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Lydia Bowne, ten pounds.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my two grandchildren, the children of my daughter, Hopestill Taylor, five pounds each; and if either of them decease, the survivor to have ten pounds.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my son, John Holmes, ten pounds.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my son, Obadiah Holmes, ten pounds.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren, the children of my son Samuel Holmes, ten pounds to be paid unto them in equal portions.

    All these portions by me bequeathed, my will is, shall be paid by my Executor in money or equivalent to money.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto all my grandchildren now living ten pounds; and ten shillings in the like pay to be laid out to each of them - a bible.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandchild, Martha Brown, ten pounds in the like pay.

    All [of] which aforesaid legacies are to be paid by my Executor, hereafter named in manner here expressed: that is to say, the first payment to [be] paid within one year after the decease of my wife, Catherine Holmes, and twenty pounds a year until all the legacies be paid, and each to be paid according to the degree of age.

    My will is and I do hereby appoint my son Jonathan Holmes my sole Executor, unto whom I have sold my land, housing, and stock for the performance of the same legacies above. And my will is that my Executor shall pay unto his mother, Catherine Holmes, if she survives and lives, the sum of twenty pounds in money or money pay for her to dispose of as she shall see cause.

    Lastly, I do desire my loving friends, Mr. James Barker, Sr., Mr. Joseph Clarke, and Mr. Philip Smith, all of Newport, to be my overseers to see this my will truly performed. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this ninth day of April, 1681.

    Obadiah Hullme [Holmes][Seal]

    Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of

    Edward Thurston

    Weston Clarke

    (Edward Thurston, Sr., and Weston Clark appeared before the Council [of Newport], December 4, 1682, and did upon their engagements [pledges] declare and own that they saw Obadiah Holmes, deceased, sign seal and deliver the above written will as his act and deed; and, at the time of his sealing hereof, he was in his perfect memory, according to the best of our understandings. Taken before the Council, as attested. Weston Clarke, Town Clerk.)