Through sheer luck and a lot of networking, I’ve been able to obtain quite a few tombstone pictures for our family history. Two of them are for a father and son, David and William Livingston Holmes and they are my subjects for Tombstone Tuesday.
Information on the father, David Holmes is a little sparse and not all documented, but it’s most likely he was born in Virginia circa 1777.Â He was an older brother to my fourth Great Grandfather, John Holmes who was born in 1784. I am not even sure if these two men were full brothers, or half brothers, but John’s letter of 1872, which I have in my possession, claims him as a brother.Â David Holmes died 15 September 1869 in DeKalb County, Missouri.
William Livingston Holmes
David’s oldest son and child was William Livingston Holmes who was born 30 May 1807 in Overton County, Tennsessee. William and his wife, as well as three of their children were members of the 1843 Oregon Trail wagon train that arrived in Oregon City, Oregon in November of that year. William was the first sheriff of Clackamas County, Oregon serving from 1845 to 1852.
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