this info. from a family record kept by William Cline Holmes which I have in my possession. William was the son of John Lavely Holmes born 1815 in Murrysville, PA d. 1893 in Greensburg, Westmoreland, PA and Elizabeth Holmes b. Adamsburg, Westmoreland, PA 1817 d. 1892 Greensburg.
John Lavely Holmes was the son of Margaret Lavely Holmes who was born in Bakerstown ? and died in McKeesport, PA years unknown and Thomas Jefferson Holmes who was born in Chester, PA and died in Murrysville 1819.
Notes for Margaret state that she was left a young widow with children John L. age 4 and Elizabeth age 2 and again married this time to Armstrong Salyards of Saltsburg, PA. John Lavely, her brother, fathers namesake lived to old age and departed at the home of his son Henry A. Lavely the poet of Pittsburgh. (The latter is still living in his 89th year). This account is dated May 27th 1919 Using this account as a basis for my research I've assumed that Margaret and John's father was also John because of the "fathers namesake" reference. I've also done a lot of research in Westmoreland County and Allegheny County but I'm missing something here.