Samuel Henry Holmes


Samuel was born in 21 Aug 1859 in Birmingham, to William Holmes, a brushmaker and Caroline née Whateley, and was with his parents until 1871, when his father died.

He emigrated to New York on the ship The City of Paris, arriving in New York from Liverpool 19th July 1872 at the age of only 13, to join his older siblings, though no other members of the  family who emigrated were with him on this ship.

By 1880 he was a jeweller staying with his sister Alice and her husband John Dagwell.

He became a naturalised American on 9th October 1883, witnessed by John Dagwell.


He was married on 16th October 1880 in Kings County to Marian (or Mary Ann) Loster, daughter of John and Katterina Loster, born about 1863. In the marriage index, she is called Marg Soster and he is called W Samuel Holmes.

They had two daughters, Carrie and Elsie, born in Jan 1882 and Nov 1884. (See Elsie below)

Caroline Clara Holmes (Carrie or Carolyn), born in about Jan 1882. She married 1) Spencer Hobart Hore, son of Charles E Hore and Helen M Powell, on 1st July 1903. They had the following children

                   Gilbert Winslow Hore, born about 11th December 1904, who died on 27th May 1905 in Queens County.

              Marian Hore Holmes, born 9th October 1906. She married Henry (Harry) Charles Aymar on 2nd December 1939 at St Thomas Episcopal Church, Hollywood, California. Henry died on 8th

              March 1934, and was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA Marian died on 17th March 2000, and was buried at the same place.

        Spencer himself died on 18th October 1907 in Queens County. Caroline apparently then reverted to her maiden name.

    Caroline lived in Brooklyn until at least 1930. From 1940 onwards she had moved to Los Angeles in Orange County. She died on 4th October 1965, and was buried in Fairhaven Memorial Park,

    Santa Ana, Orange County.

Elsie A Holmes, born in about 1884. She married Omer Aley, son of Jerome Aley and Purella, on 9th June 1908 in Kings County. They had one son, Jerome A Aley, born 15th June 1913 in Connecticut. By 1920 they were back in New York state, in Ulster County. Elsie died in 1942, and was buried in Oliverea Churchyard, Shanadaken, Ulster County, New York. It appears Omer died and was buried in an Ulster County Cemetery by the 70's or 80's, his is listed in an index to a book. Jerome died in March 1987 in Nashville Tennessee

Samuel was shown as a jeweller in a directory 1889-1890, living at 495 Herkeimer, Brooklyn. He is still a jeweller in 1900 in Lafayette Court, Brooklyn, New York. By this date, he was already widowed, and his in-laws and sister-in-law Madilina (or Magdalene his later second wife) are living with him. Marian had died on the 8th March 1899 at Sag Harbor, Long Island, where Samuel had moved with his Employers, the Faby gold watch case company.

Then he married his late wife’s sister Magdalene Loster (born about 1870) in 28 Nov 1901 in Kings County. She however died in 28 Sep 1903, also in Kings County.

On 24 Dec 1909 he remarried to Helen Pauline Hore, (sister of his daughter's late husband) who was born in New York in 1887 of English, with some Irish ancestry.

            They had two children: -

                Samuel Henry Holmes was born in about February 1913 in New York, he married  Ruth Rebecca Conger on 23rd March 1940 at her home in Warswaw, Wyoming,New York State. He served as a private first class in the army. He died in Mineola, Long Island, New York on 23rd February 1950 and was buried at Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, New York.

                Paul Leland Holmes was born  on 13th March 1917 in Roseville, New Jersey, and who died on 6th October 1995 in Orange, Virginia, USA


He was later at 51 Oak Street, Richmond Hill, New York, USA at an unknown date, this from an unsent envelope

He remained as a watch case maker and foreman jeweler. He was still working in 1930, and he died on Dec 4th 1945 at his home at 192 Pomander Road, Mineola, Long Island. It is not clear what happened to his widow H Pauline.

He was apparently a Mason, the outfit he is wearing may be Masonic regalia rather than military or even theatrical.  Some events have been located. He was SM of C of Polar Star Lodge in 1877, and J D of Polar Star Lodge in 1878. Became SD in 1879. He was elected as J W (junior wizard?) to Joppa Lodge Brooklyn on 28.12.1892. In 1900 he was acting master of this Lodge, and Master in 1901.


Samuel died on the 4th December 1945 at his home 192 Pomander Road, Mineola.

New York Times Dec 6, 1945

Brooklyn Eagle 9.3.1899

New York Times 1.10.1903



Sag Harbor Corrector





Evening Telegraph 26th April 1907





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