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I am entering the final information for my Holmes family to create a
hardcopy book. If you are researching these families or think you might have
a connection, please contact me as soon as possible. I have been gathering
and compiling information for over 30 years and don't want to miss any of my
The Holmes immigrated from Ireland in the 1830's, going to Stark and Henry
Counties, IL in the 1840-50's. From there, they scattered mostly to Buena
Vista and Palo Alto Counties, IA, Fillmore Co, NE, and Ellsworth Co, KS.
Surnames marrying into these families in the 1800's are McKenty, McCurdy,
Wiley, Carney, Powell, Barton, Kelch, Erwin, Haacke, Brown, Patterson,
Holmes, Lyon, Bovee, Adams, Moffit, Wallace, Duckett, Gilmore, Johnson,
Powell, Crow, Smith, Gardner, Nelson, Teets.
Gayle in Kansas
Ruben Holcomb, Aug. 10, 1838, St. Lawrence Co., NY-Mar. 13, 1913, Storm Lake,
Mother died when he was very young. Moved with father to IL approx. 1846.
Jan. 1, 1860 married to Susannah Crissy. 6 children, 2 survived- Luman H.
Storm Lake; Bessie J. (Seiler), Dubuque, IA.
Served in Co. F, 17th. IL Infantry; discharged Dec. 18, 1865.
After war, farmed in Jo Daviess (sic) Co., IL. until 1882, then to BVC
Susannah died Sept. 16, 1893.
Ruben married Hannah M. Hansen, Nov. 28, 1895. She died Aug. 17, 1901.
After marriage moved to Adel, IA. and then to College View NE. Moved back to
Married Sarah J. Carnahan at Stuart, IA. on Feb. 24, 1903.
Ruben was a Seventh Day Adventist.
Ruben's son-in-law was Rev. J. W. McComas of Nevada, IA.
Ruben's burial serv ice was at Baptist Church, Storm Lake.
Jo Daviess County, Ill is correctly spelled. See Ancestry's "Red Book"
Revised Ed. 1992
Las Vegas, NV
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2005 9:59 AM
Subject: Ruben Holcomb
> Ruben Holcomb, Aug. 10, 1838, St. Lawrence Co., NY-Mar. 13, 1913, Storm
> Mother died when he was very young. Moved with father to IL approx. 1846.
> Jan. 1, 1860 married to Susannah Crissy. 6 children, 2 survived- Luman H.
> Storm Lake; Bessie J. (Seiler), Dubuque, IA.
> Served in Co. F, 17th. IL Infantry; discharged Dec. 18, 1865.
> After war, farmed in Jo Daviess (sic) Co., IL. until 1882, then to BVC
> Susannah died Sept. 16, 1893.
> Ruben married Hannah M. Hansen, Nov. 28, 1895. She died Aug. 17, 1901.
> After marriage moved to Adel, IA. and then to College View NE. Moved back
> Storm Lake.
> Married Sarah J. Carnahan at Stuart, IA. on Feb. 24, 1903.
> Ruben was a Seventh Day Adventist.
> Ruben's son-in-law was Rev. J. W. McComas of Nevada, IA.
> Ruben's burial serv ice was at Baptist Church, Storm Lake.
I have been looking at cemetery photos and information at rootsweb.com for
Buena Vista County cemeteries. Many of them have so many photos on them that
my computer will not download all of them. Of course the ones I need to
check are in the bottom part of the page and I cannot access the
Can anyone help me resolve the problem?
Gayle in Kansas
I am researching the Holmes and related families especially in Alta and
Buena Vista. Mine are the ones from Irish ancestry.
Some years back, someone was looking for info on Rudolph & Jacob Breecher.
Here is add'l info:
Rudolph married Katherine Grohs in Livingston, IL. Rudolph is on the 1870 &
1880 census for that ILcounty.
The 1920 Census for Nokomis Twp., BVC states that Rudolph and his wife's
parents born in Rhine Providence. This is probably the Rhine-Palatinate Province
in SW Germany. Rudolph gives his birth as Hessau, which I believe is in the
Jacob was married to Elisabeth Selzer on May 5, 1867, in DeKalb Co., IL.
Buena Vista County, Iowa Genealogy Group
This is a county list solely for the discussion of all things related to the history and genealogy of Buena Vista Co. and the people who made it what it is today. Buena Vista County was formed on January 15, 1851, from open land. It was named in memory of the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War ending in 1848; the victorious United States annexed considerable territory as a result. Its county seat is Storm Lake.