(Abt. 1768 )
Holmes SR was born abt 1768 in South Carolina. He was the son
of William Holmes. James served enlisted under Lt Thomas Farrow
in Captain Benjamin Tutt's Independent Company from Greenville
District South Carolina. On Jan 23 1836 from Perry County, Tennessee,
James applied for a pension. James was turned down because they
thought he was too young to have been a soldier. He said he
was born in 1768 and served in 1780, which put him at 12 yrs.
Old. He said he served alongside his father William Holmes and
that they both had received bounty land for their service. James
never got the pension, even though Davy Crockett, who was a
congressman or senator at that time, and whom James called "my
friend" tried to help him.
following are research notes taken, but NOT proven to
be connected to our James Holmes, Sr.:
South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution:
Holmes, James R5171
While residing in Greenville District, he enlisted during 1779
under Lt. Thomas Farrow in Captain Benjamin Tutt's Independent
Company (Moved to Tenn.) A.A. 3717, R148
He enlisted in the Third Regiment on 13 Feb 1779 and re-enlisted
on 1 Feb 1780. He was in the fall of Charleston. A.A. 3719C;
He served 346 days in Captain Benjamin Tutt's Independent Company
during 1779 and 1780. A.A. 3719C; R149; X493.
Revolutionary War Rejected Pensions
Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions.
Washington, D.C.: n.p., 1852.
America's struggle for freedom, thousands of men fought for
the colonial government and many received pensions or bounty
land grants for their service. This database is a listing of
men who applied for a pension but were rejected. It was originally
published in 1852 and was an expanded version of a book published
in 1838. Each record provides the applicant's name, state and
town of residence, and the reason their petition was denied.
It contains the names of over 8600 individuals. For researchers
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Holmes Tennessee Perryville, Perry County, No evidence of service
James, or or Halloms or Hallows, James Holloms R5171, SC Line,
applied 23 Jan 1836 Perry Co TN aged 68, he lived in Spartanburg
Dist SC at enl
HOLMS JAMES Greenville Dist SC 70 02-01-02-00-00
2 males over 16, 1 male under 16 and 2 females
1800-1810 it is unknown exactly were James was. In 1812 it appears
as if they were in TN. Unfortunately the Federal censuses for
Tennessee have been lost or destroyed for 1790 and 1800, though
tax lists can serve as substitutes for the missing enumerations.
The 1810 census has survived for only Rutherford and Grainger
counties, and the 1820 enumeration exists for only twenty-six
counties, all in middle and west Tennessee. Beginning in 1830,
the censuses are available for each decennial year through 1920,
except for the nation-wide destroyed census of 1890. All are
indexed in at least one format. No territorial or state censuses
are known to exist except for the reconstructed records.
when first in Tennessee shows:
James Holmes 1812 Williamson County
James Homes 1815 Williamson County
James Holmes 1812 Bedford County
Holmes 1819 Washington County
For the War of 1812 there were 2 James Holmes and 3 William
Holmes that served. It is unknown if these James or Williams
were the ones that settled in Perry Co TN.
TN wasn't created until 1819 from Hickman Co. Perry County was
created by an act of the General Assembly of the state of Tennessee,
which was passed in November 1819. This act provided for a new
county to be established north of Wayne ,
west of Hickman County, anCountyd south of Humphreys County.
It's possible that James and William could be in Hickman, Humphreys
or Wayne Co. prior 1819.
Holmes that were in Perry Co by 1820 were: James, William and
HOMES JAMES Perry Co TN 421101-11010
1820 HOMES WILLIAM Perry Co TN 310010-01010 William 26-44
1820 HOMES GEORGE Perry Co TN 000010-10010 George 26-44
1830 HOLMES JAMES Perry Co TN 46
1830 HOLMES ABRAHAM Perry Co TN 47 born 1800-1810
February 18th Revolutionary Claims
I received your letter requiring me to transmit to you further
information of my claim as a soldier of the Revolution South
Carolina in the State in which I served but as to the Regiment
to which I belonged I cannot recollect as make any proof. You
will perceive by a search of the records that I have drawn my
bounty-land You will also see that William Holloms, My Father
who served at the same time and in the Same Regiment will see
he drew his bounty land in at in at least I drew it ?? to him??
If the statement will be of any service to you in naming my
claim, I will be very happy, as I am in great many of acceptances???
Very Respectively yours James Holloms
Dec 20 Survey for James Holmes, Senior, 25 ac, his occupant
in Perry Co., R10, S3, on waters of Cedar Creek. SCC Isaac Horner,
1836 Jan 23 Declaration
In Order to Obtain the Benefit of the act of Congress of the
7th of June 1832 State of Tennessee, Perry County On the 23
day of January 1836 personally appeared in open Court before
the County Court of the said County, James Holmes a resident
of Perry County the State of Tennessee aged 68 who being first
duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following
Declarations in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions
made by the act of Congress as of June 7th 1832 that he entered
into the Army of the United States in the year of 1779 with
Lieutenant Farrow and served in the Regiment in the South Carolina
line of the Continental line under the following named Officers
Capt Benjamin Tutt His Col name he thinks was Williamson James
Declares being young and can not tell all of his officers as
near as he can. James left the service in the Spring of 1782
He served two years and a half. James entered the Service in
Spartanburg District South Carolina; from there he marched through
Greenville District South Carolina to Levia? Fort on Savannah
River He was not in any Battle and was not taken at said Fort
and put out any pay roll. He hereby relinquishes every claim
and declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of any
in any State.
James X his mark Holmes
April 25 James Holmes Senior, Cedar Creek R11, S3, adj. Elisha
And adj. a 32-ac survey of said James Holmes. (This was transferred
to Samuel Denton 12-21-1842)
1838 Aug Benjamin Holmes, 30 ac, Cedar Creek, R11, S3, beginning
at a sugar tree the SE corner of a 25 ac survey in the name
of James Holmes, thence west with the south boundary line of
the same 62 poles to the sw corner of the same, and standing
on the east boundary line of a 50 ac survey in the name of B.
Holmes, thence south 83 5/10 poles to the se corner of a 50
ac in the name of James Holmes Seignior and east for complement.
Benjamin Holmes, locator. (this was transferred to Samuel Denton
12-11-1845 by order of Benjamin Holmes. Then same day to Jas.
C. Randle by Samuel Denton.)
Office Sept 12 1845
Sir The supplemental declaration of James Holmes claiming a
pension under the Act of 1832 have been examined and filed with
alleges he enlisted in 1780 in South Carolina and left the service
in 1782. Agreeably to his own declaration at the time of his
enlistment was but 12 years old and was only 15 at the close
of the war. Too, young to incur the responsibility, or perform
the duties of a Soldier. Accompanying by former declarations
was a letter from the ???? General of South Carolina showing
that James Holmes had received a certificate for 7.2 lbs sterling
for 130 days service in Captain Tutt's Company in 1779 .
courthouse in Perry County had fires in 1863 and 1928, and the
earliest surviving wills / probate records for the county begin
with 1863. The chance of finding James Holmes will around 1840-49
doesn't look like it will happen.
appears as if the Holmes family may have started out in Williamson
Co TN, which was created in 1799 from Davidson County. Rutherford
County was created from Williamson Co TN in 1803. From there
they seem to have gone to Perry and Wayne Counties. Wayne and
Perry County both were created from Hickman. Wayne in 1817 and
Perry in 1819. Some of the Children that are listed here are
from these counties.
Children of James Holmes:
2 GEORGE HOLMES born 1776-1794
3 SAMUEL HOLMES born 1802 TN.
4 James Holmes, Jr. b. October 18, 1807; d. October 2, 1884