Title: History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania: including its early settlement and progress to the present time ; a description of its historic and interesting localities ; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history ; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests, improvements, resources, statistics, etc. ; also, biographies of many of its representative citizens
Author: Cushing, Thomas, b. 1821
JOHN HOLMES, farmer, post office Talley Cavey, is a son of LAZARUS and MARGARET (McCOMBS) HOLMES.His parents were natives of Ireland, and came to this country about 1812.They located in Washington County, Pa., remained there until 1818, when they moved to Ohio, and about 1823 came to this county and settled on the farm now occupied by our subject.They died in 1840 and 1863, respectively. They reared fourteen children, six of whom are still living: MARIA, wife of J. MOORE; MARY, wife of SAMUEL CHAMBERLAIN, both in Ohio; JOANNA and MARGARET, maiden ladies, in Hampton Township; ELIZABETH, widow of ROBERT McELHENY, of Hampton Township, and our subject, who was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1820, and came to this county with his parents in 1823.Dec. 24, 1863, he married ELIZABETH, daughter of JAMES and RACHEL (BRADSHAW) MOORE, natives of Ireland, and settlers in this county.Eleven children were born to this union: JAMES M., LAZARUS M., WILLIAM J., JOSEPH C., MARY ANN, ALBERT J., AGNES E., GEORGE SYL., RACHEL, SUSAN E. and DAVID R. I., all living at home.MR. HOLMES has been assessor of the township for several terms, and he and his wife are members of the U. P. Church of Talley Cavey, in whichhe is an elder.