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Jonathan Herriman Holmes

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Farmington, Davis, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel Holmes and Sarah Holmes
Husband of Elvira Annie Smith; Sarah Ingersoll Floyd and Marrietta Holmes
Father of Marietta Holmes; Lucy Holmes; Emma Lucinda Holmes and Sarah Elizabeth Weaver

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About Jonathan Herriman Holmes


"...He was at Sutter’s Mill when gold was discovered. Jonathan was elected to lead his company back to Salt Lake after the original three leaders were found dead at Tragedy Springs. That group, the Holmes/Thompson Company, created the wagon trail across the Sierra Nevada mountains that would be used by tens of thousands of people rushing to California to seek gold starting in 1849. The married men in that company rode ahead when they neared Salt Lake Valley, but the record indicates Jonathan remained with the rest of his company, not arriving in the valley on 6 September 1848. He would tell his girls, ‘I came home as soon as I could.’ Jonathan and Elvira lived in Farmington in relative obscurity for the rest of their lives...."


Mormon Battalion

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Jonathan H. Holmes/Samuel Thompson Company (1848) Age 42

Departure: 2 July 1848 Arrival: 6 September 1848

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Birth: Mar. 11, 1806 Rowley Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Death: Aug. 18, 1880 Farmington Davis County Utah, USA

Son of Nathaniel Holmes & Sarah Harriman

Married Marrietta Carter, 13 Aug 1837, Kirtland, Geauga, OH

Married Sarah Ingersoll Harvey, 29 Nov 1862, Salt Lake City, Utah. Sarah is the daughter of Isaac Harvey & Dorcus Curtis. Her first husband was Enoch Floyd who died in 1855 in Mass.

Married Elvira Annie Cowles, 1 Dec 1842, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Died, at 3 o'clock a.m., August 18, 1880, at Farmington, Davis County, JONATHAN H. HOLMES.

Deceased was born March 11, 1806, in Georgetown, Essex County, Massachusetts; was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by John F. Boynton, in 1832; gathered with the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1834; made his home with Joseph Smith and was much beloved by the Prophet and everybody else who knew him. He remained with Joseph and was married at his house, April 13th, 1837, to Miss Rosetta Carter; Wilford Woodruff was married to Miss Phebe Whitamore Carter at the same time. The ceremony was performed by Dr. Frederick G. Williams, and both couples were blessed by the Patriarch Father Joseph Smith. Brother Holmes remained with the gathered Saints until their expulsion from Nauvoo. While on his way to the mountains, he enlisted in the Mormon Battalion and served through the campaign. When he was discharged he rejoined his family at Salt Lake City. He resided at Farmington over thirty years, and was a member of the High Council in the Davis County Stake of Zion. He left a wife and four daughters (all of whom were at the funeral), also twenty grand-children and on great grand-child.

Family links:

  • Nathaniel Holmes (1775 - 1849)
  • Elvira Annie Cowles Smith (1813 - 1871)
  • Marrietta Carter Holmes (1820 - 1840)
  • Sarah Ingersoll Floyd Holmes (1816 - 1889)
  • Marietta Holmes Welling (1849 - 1905)*
  • Phoebe Louisa Holmes Welling (1851 - 1939)*
  • Josephine Octavia Ann Holmes (1854 - 1857)*
  • Emma Lucinda Holmes Welling (1856 - 1901)*

Burial: Farmington City Cemetery Farmington Davis County Utah, USA Plot: F-48-57

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Jonathan Herriman Holmes's Timeline

March 11, 1806
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
January 24, 1838
Age 31
Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, United States
July 17, 1849
Age 43
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
February 22, 1850
Age 43
Georgetown, MA, USA
February 1, 1856
Age 49
Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States
August 18, 1880
Age 74
Farmington, Davis, Utah, USA