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Notes for Corydon Crawford HOLMES

His given name appears in some sources as Coradon. He had arrived in Benton County, Minnesota, without his family, by 13 Oct 1857. He worked there as a carpenter and lived with a man by the name of John Graves, who was a teamster. A Joseph Holmes, also from New York, lived in Benton County at the same time; it is not known whether the two were related. The 1850 US Census for New Lenox, Will County, Illinois, lists a family consisting of Corydon Holmes, age 25, Male, Farmer, born New York, real property value $1,000; Mary E. Holmes, age 19, Female, born New York; Ida Holmes, Female, age 1, born Illinois and Franklin Conant, Male, age 16, Laborer, born New York (probably a brother of Mary). Living next door were Corydon's Father and sister: Myron Holmes, age 55, Male, Farmer, born New York, real property value $1,000 and Mary I. Holmes, age 23, Female, born New York.

In the 1850 US Census for New Lenox, Will County, Illinois the family of Corydon Holmes was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #20; Family #20
Corydon Holmes, 25, M, Farmer, Real property $1,000, b. New York
Mary E. Holmes, 19, F, b. New York
Ida Holmes, 1, F, b. Illinois
Franklin Conant, 16, M, Laborer, b. New York, Attended school within the year
[In the same town were enumerated the families of Myron and Asher Holmes, Corydon's father and uncle].

The 1860 US Census for Sauk Rapids shows Corydon C. Holmes, 36, with real estate valued at $300 and personal property valued at $100. Enumerated with him were his wife, Mary E. Holmes, 29; Ida A., 11 and Emma A., 8. Corydon Holmes was a carpenter and joiner and he and his wife both gave their birthplace as New York. Their two daughters were both born in Illinois and were attending school.

Strangely, the 1865 NY State Census for Cattaraugus County shows Corydon Holmes in the town of Farmersville. This appears to be another person by the same name. There exists a genealogy of a Corydon Holmes married to Alice Blackmon.

The 1870 census still lists C. C. Holmes in Sauk Rapids but he is now accompanied only by his daughter Emma, 18, "keeping house" and son Clarence, 4. His real estate was then valued at $3,000 and personal property $250.

By 1880, he was remarried and living in Gilmantown, Benton County, Minnesota with his 2nd wife, Lorena, 43, b. Ohio; son Clarence, 14, b. Minnesota; son Rush, 8, b. Minnesota and daughter Minnie. His name was then shown as Coradon.

His daughter, Ida Amelia Holmes, often told her children that her father was a cousin of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), the eminent American physician and author, and his son, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. That supposed connection has not yet been proven.
The cemetery record shows: Holmes, C. C., b. 1825, d. 1894, B-91/L-4.

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