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Holmes Family History


The Holmes of Dallas County, Alabama

As of now we have no historical basis as to where Jacob “Hute” Holmes came from and how he got his name. To Date we are still asking if he was an indentured servant or did he have a master. And we have no trace of his parents other than to believe that they came from Dahomey in West Africa. What we do know is documented in the following meager facts: Jacob Hute Holm was born in 1781 and died in 1840. He was listed as being born to a slave woman known only as Kedi, who died in 1853. Hute is listed as being a Ginny Tender on the King Carter Plantation in Southhampton County, Virginia on the 1820 tax list. We also know, with a few exceptions the name of his children,; Benjamin born 1807, David 1808, Harry 1810, Anni 1813, Edi 1814.

Harry Holmes and his family were sold in 1843 and moved to Montgomery Territory, Alabama (Dallas County).

Dallas County was established by the territorial legislature in 1818.It was named for the Honorable Alexander J. Dallas, Pennsylvania, Federal Secretary of the Treasury and father of the Honorable George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States 1845-49.

Located in the central part of Alabama, south of Perry and Baker Counties, west of Lowndes and Antauga, north of Wilcox, and east of . Alabama State Highway 80 traverses the county from east to west, with State Highway 5 running north to south at it western edge.

From 1800-1850, Dallas County was the second largest cotton producing county in Alabama with a slave population of 22,000. Dallas was once called the most important center of commerce in the state.

This genealogist must associate the Sherman Holmes family with Dallas County where many of his descendants were born, worked and lived there.

The history of the Sherman Holmes family before 1862 is a story that must be gleaned from the records of everyday activity-especially of toil.

Our family history is told in the records of ordinary but nevertheless vital matters of worklists, advertisements for laborers, notices of runaway slaves, census records of occupations, estate sales and deeds of the sales of slaves. Also there were rare accounts of political participation and reports on the work of fire fighting companies. Farming was the chief occupation of the pre-war period and slavery was the chief social characteristic of Blacks. Its believed that the Breeden Family held the Holmes in bondage. However not all Holmes were slaves, but it was the condition of most.

The ten children of Sherman and Mary Holmes as of 1991 . had 27 children, 63 grandchildren, 127 great grand children, 73 great great grand children, and 19 great great great grandchildren. The fifth generation of the Holmes, taking advantage of job opportunities outside of Dallas County, grew tremendously and spread from coast to cost. The sixth generation continued this trend and are engaged in occupations ranging from education, the military, law enforcement, transportation, business owners/entrepreneurs, public service, and the clergy.