Biography of John Holmes
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Holmes, John, Charlotte, was born in Monkton, Addison county, Vt., in 1820. He was married in 1845 to Hannah Smith, of Peru, Clinton county, N. Y. They have had five children born to them, Gertrude M. (now Mrs. William B. Hazard), Mary (now Mrs. R. G. Whaley), William H. (married Mary A. Sherman in 1875), Charles T. (married in 1880 to Clara L. Russell), and Lizzie S. John Holmes & Sons are large fruit growers, having a farm of 210 acres. They have an orchard of five thousand apple trees, the fruit of which is shipped direct to the London markets to their agent there. They also have five hundred pear trees and four hundred plum trees, and are also extensively engaged in the breeding of blooded horses, which well compare with Vermont's finest. John Holmes, though seriously affected with a combination of rheumatic difficulties for the past nine years, is ever cheerfuL He was a son of Nicholas and Sarah (Hazard) Holmes. Sarah was a daughter of Robert and Sarah (Fish) Hazard. Nicholas was born in Washington, Dutehess county. N. Y., in 1780, and settled in Charlotte, Vt., in 1822 as a farmer. He was of the Quaker principle and faith. They had a family of five children born to them, two of whom are now living, John and Julia A. Nicholas died in 1863 and his wife died in 1866, aged seventy four years. They were married in Ferrisburgh, Vt The paternal grandfather, Nicholas Holmes, and his wife, Phoebe (Titus) Holmes, were early settlers in Monkton, Vt., and were natives of Dutchess county, N. Y.

From:
History of Chittenden County, Vermont
Edited by: W. S. Rann
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, New York. 1886


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