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Re: John Holmes-Carolina Cnty,Va.-1747 & Josiah Holmes
Posted by: Allan Bentley (ID *****0484) Date: July 10, 2003 at 06:47:35
In Reply to: John Holmes-Carolina Cnty,Va.-1747 & Josiah Holmes by Johnny Bobo of 7562

Will of John Holmes, Jr.

Wilkes County, Georgia, Will Book 1806-1808, pages 61-64

Page 61

In the name of God Amen.

John HOLMES of the County of Wilkes and State of Gerogia being low of Health but of sound mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all of the wills made by me as touching such worldy estate as I am (can't make out this word) of I dispose of as follows.

First I lend to my wife CLOE HOLMES my whole estate be it of what kind soever it may as long as she should live.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Apsilla MILNER one bed and Furniture Two Cows and Calves five sheep and one colt all she has received already as her part of stock and house hold furniture.

Item. I will and bequeath to my daughter Penelope MILNER one Horse called Tom also two cows and calves four sheep and one bed and furniture all which she has already received as her part of my stock and house hold furniture.

Item I will and bequeath to my daughter Mary PARKS one Mare called Pleasure also two cows and calves and four sheep and one bed and furniture all which she has already received, except the sheep, as her part of stock and house hold furniture.

Item. I will and bequeath the tract of land I now live on and my all my land adjoining

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to be equally divided among my four sons by quanity. First lot the lower part runing a crop the land I will and bequeath to my son Josiah, the second lot runing the same direction I will and bequeath to my son John the third lot running as the aforesaid I will and bequeath to my son James the forth and upper lot I will and bequeath to my son Moses all after my wife's death. Likewise I will and bequeath unto my three eldest sons to wit Josiah, John,and James each of them a horse which they have already received.

Item. I will and bequeath to my daugher Elizabeth one Negro girl named Charlotte.

Item. I will and bequeath to my son Moses one Negro boy named Isaac the remainder part of my Negores to be equally divided between my six Eldest children except the Negroes Charlotte and Isaac that I left to my daughter Elizabeth and son Moses;

If neither of the Negroes should do then in that case for them to bear an equal part with my six eldest children; If there should be more than one Negro apiece for my six eldest children at my wife's death in that case for my daughter Elizabeth and my son Moses to bear an equal part in all that is our six. I also will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth and my son

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Moses one hundred dollars or a horse at that value apiece when they become of age the remainder of my estate to be equally divided between five of my children to wit, Josiah, John, James, Elizabeth, and Moses after my wife's death if either of the above mentioned five children should die without an heir it is my will that their part be equally divided among the last mentioned children.

Lastly. I do appoint my loving wife CLOE HOLMES,, George WILLIS, Sr., Jeremiah BENTLEY and my three eldest sons, Josiah, John, and James my executors to this my last Will and Testament. Witness whereof I have heretofore set my hand and seal this 4th day of September in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Two.

Signed John HOLMES {seal}

Signed, sealed, and delivered in the precence of us:

Jeremiah REEVES
Malachi REEVES

Personally apeared before me in open court Jeremiah REEVES and being duly sworn said that he saw John HOLMES sign seal publish and declare this (can't make out this word) instrument of writing to be his last Will and Testament and that at teh time of his so doing he was of sound and disposing mind

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and memory to the best of his knowledge and belief and that Malachi REEVES subscribed his name as concurring evidence to the smae in his presence.

Signed Jeremiah REEVES

Sworn to in open court this 8th day of March 1803
Recorded 20th day of July 1806

Transcribed by Allan L. Bentley

Chloe and her son John, joined the Sardis Baptist Church in Wilkes County, Georgia. Sardis is the Church that John and Elizabeth Milner, Pitt and Apsilla Milner, and George and Susannah Willis belonged.

"Early Records of Gerogia, Wilkes County, Volume 1" by Gace Gilliam Davidson, page 316

1803 Land Lottery of Georgia

The following were listed next to each other on the page:

HOLMES, Josiah B. 2 draws
HOLMES, Clowey (Chloe) Widow 2 draws


BENTLEY, John 1 draw
SHAW, Robert 2 draws
PARKINSON, Levin 2 draws
BENTLEY, James 1 draw
BENTLEY, Lewis 1 draw

Note 1: Clowey (Chloe) HOLMES is the Widow of John Josiah HOLMES, Mother of Josiah B. HOLMES, and daughter of William BENTLEY, II.
Note 2: Robert SHAW was chosen gaurdian of John BENTLEY, Sr.'s children. John BENTLEY, Sr. was a Revolutionary War Soldier.
Note 3: Levin PARKINSON was a Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia whose daughter Rachel PARKINSON married James BENTLEY.
Note 4: Lewis BENTLEY is the son of William BENTLEY, II. James BENTLEY is the son of William BENTLEY, III. William Bentley III, Lewis BENTLEY, and John BENTLEY, Sr. are brothers and sons of William BENTLEY, II.



"1784-1984 Bicentennial Celebration Greenwood Baptist Church, Amity Community, Lincolnton, Georgia"
Historical notes compiled by Hazel Bentley Eubanks.

1784 - Church instituted. Peter SMITH Pastor (Church originally named Upton's Creek Baptist Church)
1785 - Deacons: John BENTLEY and Benedict HAMMOCK
1791 - John HOLMES ordained a Minister
1807 - Captain Isaac WELBORN and Esquire William QUINN chosen as trustees to act in building meetinghouse.
1810 - John HAMMOCK ordained a Minister
1811 - Trustees elected: John H. WALKER, William MONCRIEF, Levin PARKINSON, George ZOELNER, John HAMMOCK.
1833 - Messengers from the Church voted with the association on the founding of Mercer Institute at Penfield. Trustees John BENTLEY (son of Balaam), Richard T. Holiday, Dennis PASCHAL, Samuel WRIGHT, and Benjamin BENTLEY (son of Balaam) were authorized to sell land belonging to Church. Sold to Allen HOLIDAY.

Note 1: George ZELLNER's son, Andrew ZELLNER, married Rebecca HOLMES daughter of Benjamin HOLMES and Mary ______. Benjamin HOLMES is the brother of John Josiah HOLMES, Jr. who was ordained a Minister of the Greenwood Baptist Church in 1791. John J. HOLMES, Jr. was the husband of Chloe BENTLEY daughter of William BENTLEY II. George ZELLNER's daughter, Barbary ZELLNER married William W. T. Bentley, son of William Bentley, III who was the son of William Bentley, II who left the will in Wilkes County in 1792.
Note 2: Captian Isaac Welborn is the brother of Abner Welborn.


"Early Records of Georgia, Wilkes County, Vol. I" by Grace Gillam Davidson, page 243 and 274

Deed Book "AA" 1785-1787

Page 44. KILLGORE, Robert and wife to John HOLMES 150 acres on dry fork of Long Creek Original grant 1785 to Robert adjacent John MILNER and Humphrey WELLS September 16, 1785. Ekisha PERKINS, William McCALLUM, Test.

Deed Book "DD" 1788-1789

Page 167. HOLMES, John and wife Chloe to Jeremiah REEVES, 312 acres on south side of Dry Fork of Beverdam Creek, original grant 1784 to said John. January 10, 1787. Dickey BARKSHIN, Rebeccah REEVES, Test.

"Early Records of Georgia, Wilkes County, Vol. II" by Grace Gillam Davidson, page 113

Wilkes County, Georgia Deed Book "GG"

Page 42 KILLGORE, Robert and wife Anne to John HOLMES, 50 acres on dry fork of Long Creek, adjacent land of said HOLMES, Thomas DUKES, Jeremiah REEVES, and Johm MILNER original grant 1785 to said KILLGORE. June 9, 1789. William HICKMAN, Pitt MILNER, test.


The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 16
page 76
Mrs. Rochelle Irvin Williams.
DAR ID Number: 155235
Born in Concord, Ga.
Wife of James Pinckney Williams.
Descendant of Capt. John Holmes, as follows:
1. John C. Irvin (b. 1852) m. 1882 Mary Milner (b. 1860).
2. John J. Milner (1831-1910) m. 1853 Nancy Bouland (1834-1918).
3. John Holmes Milner (1792-1857) m. 1814 Elizabeth Willis (b. 1795).
4. Pitt Milner (1769-1809) m. 1789 Apcilla Holmes (b. 1770).
5. John J. Holmes m. 1767 Chloe Bentley (1749-1813).
John J. Holmes served as chaplain in Gen. Lachlan McIntosh's 1st Georgia regiment. He came to Georgia in1760; died in Wilkes County, Ga.
Also No. 150588.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 33
page 2
Mrs. Clifford Putnam Hammond.
DAR ID Number: 32005
Wife of Hon. T. A. Hammond.
Descendant of Capt. John Holmes and of Capt. John Milner.
Daughter of John Israel Putnam and Jane Augusta Porter, his wife.
Granddaughter of James Putnam and Susan Milner, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of John Holmes Milner and Elizabeth Willis, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Pitt Milner and Apsylla Holmes, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Milner (1746-1812) and Elizabeth Godwin, his wife; John Holmes and Chloe Bentley, his wife.
See No. 32399.
John Holmes served as chaplain in the Georgia Continental Line. He came to Georgia from Carolina, 1760; died, 1806, in Wilkes Co., Ga. He was one of the founders of the Georgia Society of the Cincinnati.
Also Nos. 776, 1025, 3045, 21447.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 38
page 22
Mrs. Elinor Louise Noble Parker.
DAR ID Number: 36060
Born in Rome, Georgia.
Wife of William Parker.
Descendant of Capt. John Holmes and of Wylie Pope.
Daughter of George Noble and Lucy Wadsworth, his wife.
Granddaughter of John Wadsworth and Penelope Pope, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Walter Wadsworth and Eleanor Spencer, his wife; John Tripp Pope and Nancy Milner, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Jesse M. Pope and Ann Tripp, his wife; Benjamin Milner and Penelope Holmes, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Wylie Pope and McKinnie, his wife; John Holmes and Chloe Bentley, his wife.
John Holmes served in the Revolution and was a member of the Georgia Society of the Cincinnati. He died 1806 in Wilkes Co., Ga.
Also Nos. 776, 1025, 3045, 2147, 32005.
Wylie Pope, (1758-1808), served in the Georgia forces in the Revolution.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 52
page 346
Mrs. Myrtle C. Drewry Shirer.
DAR ID Number: 51772
Wife of John B. Shirer.
Descendant of Capt. John Holmes.
Daughter of Edwin Albert Drewry and Adeline Elizabeth Putnam, his wife.
Granddaughter of James Putnam and Susan Milner, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of John Holmes Milner and Elizabeth Willis, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of Pitt Milner and Apsylla Holmes, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of John Holmes and Chloe Bentley, his wife.
John Holmes served in the Revolution and was a member of the Georgia Society of the Cincinnati. He died, 1806, in Wilkes County, Ga.
Also Nos. 3045, 32005, 36060.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 151
page 189
[p.189] Mrs. Edith Glen Barnette Hamrick.
DAR ID Number: 150588
Born in Luthersville, Ga.
Wife of Pinkney C. Hamrick.
Descendant of Rev. John Holmes, as follows:
1. James P. Barnette (b. 1862) m. 1887 Mary Strozier (b. 1868).
2. John L. Strozier (1839-1913) m. 1865 Sarah Robertson (b. 1845).
3. J. M. C. Robertson (1809-86) m. 1842 Mary Kendall (1825-1909).
4. Elisha Kendall (1790-1843) m. 1817 Mary Holmes (1780-1868).
5. John Holmes m. Chloe Bentley.
John Holmes served as chaplain of the 1st Georgia regiment under General McIntosh. He died in Wilkes
County, Ga.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 156
page 76
Mrs. Rochelle Irvin Williams.
DAR ID Number: 155235
Born in Concord, Ga.
Wife of James Pinckney Williams.
Descendant of Capt. John Holmes, as follows:
1. John C. Irvin (b. 1852) m. 1882 Mary Milner (b. 1860).
2. John J. Milner (1831-1910) m. 1853 Nancy Bouland (1834-1918).
3. John Holmes Milner (1792-1857) m. 1814 Elizabeth Willis (b. 1795).
4. Pitt Milner (1769-1809) m. 1789 Apcilla Holmes (b. 1770).
5. John J. Holmes m. 1767 Chloe Bentley (1749-1813).
John J. Holmes served as chaplain in Gen. Lachlan McIntosh's 1st Georgia regiment. He came to Georgia in 1760; died in Wilkes County, Ga.
Also No. 150588.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 69
Page 169
Mrs. Mary L. Williams Taylor.
DAR ID Number: 68459
Born in Meriwether County, GA Wife of William H. Taylor.
Descendant of Capt. John Holmes.
Daughter of John Henry Williams and Martha Robertson (b. 1844), his wife.
Granddaughter of James Madison Robertson and Mary Kendall, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of Elisha Kendall and Mary Holmes, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of John Holmes and Chloe Bently, his wife.
John Holmes enlisted, 1776, in General McIntosh's brigade, in which he rose
to the rank of captain. He was born before 1760; died, 1806, in Wilkes
County, Ga Also No. 51772.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 85
page 381
[p.381] Miss Mary Eliza Robertson.
DAR ID Number: 84985
Born in Greenville, GA Descendant of Samuel Brown and of Capt. John Holmes,
as follows:
1. James M. C. Robertson (1809-86), m. 1842, Mary Kendall (1825-1909).
2. John Robertson, m. Martha Brown (1774-1857); Elisha Kendall (1790-1843),
m. Mary Holmes (1780-1868).
3. Samuel Brown, m. Sarah Truly; John Holmes, m. Chloe Bentley.
Samuel Brown, private, received a land bounty, 1783, for three years'
service, part of which was under Capt. William Blackwell, Col. Daniel Morgan.
He was born in Petersburg; died in Nottoway County, Va. Also No. 75576.
John Holmes enlisted, 1776, in General McIntosh's brigade, in which he rose
to the rank of captain. He died, 1806, in Wilkes County, GA Also Nos.
68459, 80626.


It Is a good possibility that both JOHN HOLMES JR. (wife Chloe Bentley) and JOHN HOLMES SR. (wife Susannah Poinsett) were both Reverands and that both served in the REVOLUTIONARY WAR. I think that this would clear up a lot of misunderstanding and mystery about how this one name could have accomplished so much, even after records state that he died, still having had accomplishments credited to his name.


Allan L. Bentley


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