George Holmes (1594 - 1645)

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Birthplace: Nazeing, Essex, UK
Death: Died in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
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About George Holmes

Laurel Logan:


George Holmes

Born: 1594 Nazing Parish, Waltham Twp, Essex Co, England

Marriage: Deborah ? in England

Birth of Daughter: 1635 (baptized)

Name: Lydia Holmes

Place: Nazing Parish, England

Immigration: 1637

Note: Came with about 20 others from Nazing Parish, England to America.

Birth of Son: 1637

Name: Joseph Holmes

Place: Possibly born during passage.

Birth of Son: 01 FEB 1639

Name: Nathaniel Holmes

Freeman: 22 MAY 1639

Birth of Daughter: 31 JAN 1641

Name: Deborah Holmes

Birth of Child: ABT 28 OCT 1642

Name: Infant

Birth of Son: 1643?

Name: John Holmes

Birth of Daughter: 07 JAN 1644 (baptized)

Name: Sarah Holmes

Birth of Daughter: 09 NOV 1645 (baptized)

Name: Deborah Holmes

Birth of Daughter: 26 JAN 1682

Name: Obedience Holmes

Birth of Daughter: 29 OCT 1683

Name: Patience Holmes

Birth of Daughter: 02 DEC 1685

Name: Thankful Holmes

Birth of Daughter: 22 MAR 1688

Name: Sarah Holmes

Birth of Son: NOV 1690

Name: Jehosophat Holmes

Religion: Records show he and his wife to be members of Eliot's Church.

Death: 18 DEC 1645 Roxbury, Massachusetts

Note: Died of fever.

Will: Part of his will states, "There shall not be strip and waste made of timber and firewood from my ground, only so much as may be for the necessary use of my family."


Parents are unknown

Deborah ?

Born: 1603

Death: 27 JUN 1678 North Beverly, Massachusetts

Parents are unknown

--Laurel Logan

Laurel Logan


July 27, 2008

George Holmes and his Wife Deborah

Emigrant Ancestors
    George Holmes was born in Nazing, England in 1594. Nazing is a small parish in the town of Waltham, Essex County, sixteen miles north of London. It is situated on an elevation. The old town church is on a hill and is seen for miles around; it is built of brick, stone and flint; it has an entrance on the side, as can be seen in this drawing. It is still in use.
    At the west end, there is a square tower, embattled, containing five bells. It was built in 1535, and the records were begun in 1559 and are well kept.
    On record at the church are the names of many Holmes family members. A William Holmes served as Vicar in 1513.
    In the year 1637, just before the arrival of George, several jurymen are mentioned in the court records of Nazing, George included, and many of those named became early settlers of Roxbury.
    George came to the colonies in 1637. Six years before, the apostle Eliot left the same town and arrived in Roxbury on the Hopewell, his brother Philip followed in 1635.
    George was made freeman on May 22, 1639. He and his wife Deborah are mentioned in the Roxbury church as being members of Eliot' congregation.
    Roxbury Land Records describe the holdings of George Holmes,as two hundred and fifty-two acres in eight different parcels including his dwelling house and barn . In 1640 the List of Inhabitants of Rocksberry stated that  George was assessed 10 £ and was one of the ten wealthiest men of the community.
    His homestead of five acres was North of the way to Dorchester Brook, next to the home of Thomas Pigg"s.
    There is no record of his first marriage to Deborah which took place in England about 1634. His daughter Lydia was born in Nazing, England. She was baptized on July 26,1635. His first son Joseph was born in 1637 on the passage to America. Their second son Nathaniel was born in 1639. In 1641, his wife Deborah died shortly after giving birth to a daughter named for her. Both were buried in February 1641.
    George remarried soon after. The name of his second wife is not known. A child was born to them in 1642 and died soon after. John was born about 1643, Sarah in 1644 and another Deborah in 1645. Of his seven children only Lydia, Sarah and the three sons lived to adulthood.
    George died in Roxbury on December 18, 1645. John Eliiot his friend and advisor tells us in the church records that "George Holmes, a godly brother dyed of a feavr." He is buried in the Eliot Burying Ground, near his friend the Apostle Eliot.
    His will was written in the original handwriting of Eliot, and he named his second wife as "My loving wife, sole executress. I give to her my whole estate, to be improved for the education of my children, but none of my lands to be sould unless in case of necessity and by the advice of my overseers."
    He stipuated that when his wife died the land be divided equally between their children. It appears that his son Joseph was not a member of Eliot's church, and this troubled George enough to mention in his will that "Yet if it please the Lord to convert my sonne Joseph in the mean time, so as he is in charity accepted among the saints, my will is that he shall have two parts and the rest but each of them one." He appointed his dearly beloved bretheren, Elder Heath, Brother Eliot, Brother Parks, Brother Ruggles and Brother Riggs as overseers and advisors to his wife. He also took care to mention that "there shall not be strip of waste made of timber and fire wood from my ground, only so much as may be for the necessary use of my family."
    George made his mark, and it was witnessed by John Eliot and John Scarebrow
    His second wife outlived him by seventeen years. Eliot's diary states that "Moneth 11 day 6th, 1662, Widdow Homes was buryed."

--Laurel Logan -------------------- Emmigration to Massachusetts Bay Colony between 1635 and 1642. -------------------- came to Massachusetts colony in 1637, as near as can be ascertained.

Roxbury Land Records indicate he owned 252 acres across 8 parcels.

Buried in Eliot Burying Ground in Roxbury, MA. --------------------

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George Holmes (to USA)'s Timeline

July 27, 1594
Nazeing, Essex, UK
Nazeing, Essex, UK
Age 40
Nazing, Essex, England
July 26, 1635
Age 41
Nazing, England
Age 43
Boston, MA, USA
February 1, 1638
Age 44
Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
Age 48
Age 49
Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
Age 50
December 18, 1645
Age 51
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States