I also have more in on his wife Sarah Harris. They are related to my Sawyer family.
Samuel A. Holmes Passes Away
Dies from Pneumonia on January 25-had been a resident of Hampton for over 30 years-was mail and expressman 22 years
Samuel Albro Holmes who for a period of over 35 years has been a familiar character here died at the home of his son A.B. Holmes on Wednesday January 25. About seven years ago Mr. Holmes was stricken with paralysis and three weeks ago suffered from a second attack and the third stroke proved fatal. To those who have known the deceased for a long period of years, the announcement of his demise brings a tinge of sadness. Jovial, Kind-hearted and happy, he won all of his friends.
Mr. Holmes was a native of New York state where he was born Feb. 16, 1829, and lived to the ripe old age of 81 years, 11 months and 9 days. He was of puritan stack, his ancestors coming to America with the historical Mayflower party. With his parents he moved from new York to Ohio in 1832, and in 1836 to Lafayette, Illinois. From there the decedent went to Ottawa, Ill. where on January 18, 1852 he was married to Miss Sarah J. Harris. Mrs. Holmes died nearly 19 years ago. to this union 14 children were born, nine of whom survive, and are as follows: Benjamin A., J.M., A.R., and Mrs. C.W. Holmes, Mrs P.J. Webber and Mrs. Warren Jewell, all residents of Hampton; John S. of Saux City, Minnesota; Mrs. Robert Bruce of Mason City, and Mrs May Barnes of Washington.
In 1864 Mr. Holmes moved his family from Illinois to Iowa, settling at Waterloo, and in 1875 came to Hampton. He first engaged in farming south of town, but soon sold his farm and became a resident of the town, engaging in dray, baggage and transfer business, which he followed for many years. For 22 years he was mail and express messenger to and from the Iowa Central Depot, and retired from work reluctantly on account of failing health. In every position he was faithful to duty and was known as a conscientious good-hearted man. All who knew Sam Holmes will feel that a familiar friend has passed to another shore. Funeral services, conducted by rev. Sours, were held from the Christian Church on Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Hampton cemetery.
An Old Resident Dead
Major S.A. Holmes Passed Away Yesterday at the Home of His Son, A.B. Holmes
Civil War Veteran
Suffered Paralytic Stroke
Has Had Two Previous Attacks and Was Incapacitated For Work For Several years
Samuel Albro Holmes died at the home of his son, A.B. Holmes, yesterday morning, having suffered a third attack of paralysis about a week ago. Mr. Holmes suffered two lighter attacks of paralysis about seven years ago, since which time he has been unable to do anything except take an occasional walk up town during the summer months. Mr. Holmes was born February 16, 1829, in Warren County, New York, and was 81 years and 11 months and nine days of age at the time of his death. He was of the old Puritan stock, his ancestors coming to this country in the Mayflower party.
Mr. Holmes parents moved from new York to Ohio in 1832, coming that far west by the aid of an old ox team and the usual outfit; and in 1836 they moved to Stark County, Illinois, settling near the town of Lafayette. Here the family passed through the trials of the old pioneer days, it then being the age of coarsest food and home spun clothing, and the nearest mill being about 60 miles away, so a cavity was made in the top of a green oak stump large enough to hold a few quarts of corn, and, with other articles a grinder was made of the oak stump, and the corn crushed fine enough for making corn pone, which was then baked in the old fashioned fire place, as no stoves were made at that time.
Mr. Holmes then went to Ottawa, Illinois where he worked in a saw mill, and at this place was married to Sarah J. Harris, on January 18th, 1852. His wife died on April 12th, 1892, and now rests in the Hampton cemetery. Fourteen children were born to this union 9 whom are now living..See names in previous article. He leaves 42 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
Was a carpenter by trade
He came to Iowa in 1864, locating at Waterloo, and there he remained until 1874, when he came to Hampton. Here he was for many years engaged in the express business and was widely and popularly know as Major Holmes. His death occurred in January, 1912.