A First Look into the Mystery of the Background of Harry D. Holmes

An initial hint to the potential scope of research into the family background of Dallas U.S. Postal Inspector and FBI informant, Harry D. Holmes. His grandmother Nancy Heaton Holmes is documented in the 1900 U.S. Census as birthing 13 children, at least eight of which may have survived into adulthood. I will begin these studies with Harry's aunt Dollie.: According to U.S. and the Kansas state census of 1875, Dollie was born in Kansas in 1874. In 1900, she is listed on the same US Census enumeration page as Harry's father Hilio Davis Holmes, and Hilio's mother, Nancy. Dollie is married to John R. Stratton, a man born in 1826 who she married about 1890, a man 48 years older than Dollie, and father of several of her children. More on Dollie Holmes Stratton Wilkins, here.: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=47048988

A snippet on Harry D. Holme's older first cousin, a son of Dollie Holmes and John R. Stratton, listed on the 1900 U.S. Census page that I described in the last paragraph.:

http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/51171448/ The Kansas City Times » 1972 » 14 Feb 1972, Mon » Page 23
MRS. HAZEL I. MILLER Mrs. Hazel I. Miller, 55; of 323 [ S. 10th, Kansas City, Kansas, died Saturday at Bethany Medical Center. She was born in Stockton, Mo., and had lived in Kansas City, Kansas, most of her life. She leaves two brothers, Olin P. Wil-! kins, 381 S. B a 1 1 i m o r e , and Charles O. WTilkins, 272 S. Coy; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Cutburth, Porterville, Calif., and a half brother, ■ Dewey Stratton, Porterville. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the i Butler Chapel, 22 S. 18th, Kansas ! City, Kansas; burial in Highland Park Cemetery.

The point is that even without a fifty one year delay, it would have taken much time and effort, to thorougly investigate the background of the blood relations of the enigmatic Harry D. Holmes and Holmes's interactions with them. Are the relatives who are easiest to identify also the least relevant? Are any relevant? I have not checked, but it would be interesting for example, if Harry D. Holmes had a familial realtionship with James Martin or his wife, Wanda.

Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (Holmes's family is second from the bottom family in the 1875 census page image)

Name: Hillie Homes (father of Harry D. Holmes)
Census Date: 1 Mar 1875
Residence County: Wyandotte
Residence State: Kansas
Locality: Wyandotte
Birth Place: Tennessee
Gender: Male
Age: 5
Birth Year: abt 1870
Household Member(s):
Name Age
Eliza Homes 6 = http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=86818248
Hillie Homes 5

Year: 1900; Census Place: Linn, Cedar, Missouri; Roll: 847; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0052; FHL microfilm: 1240847
Name: Nancy Holmes
Age: 62
Birth Date: Jul 1837
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1900: Linn, Cedar, Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother: number of living children: 7
Mother: How many children: 13
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Hilio D Holmes 30
Nancy Holmes 62

1910 US Census
Name: Balvia Holmas
[Balvia Holmes]
Age in 1910: 6
Birth Year: abt 1904
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1910: Lawton, Blaine, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter (Child)
Marital Status: Single
Father's name: David Holmes
Father's Birthplace: Missouri
Mother's name: Hattie Holmas
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
David Holmes 45
Hattie Holmas 28
Charley Holmas 8
Harry Holmas 4
Balvia Holmas 6

Compare the names in the US census records displayed above, with the names and descriptions in the obits in our front page article on the genealogy of Harry D. Holmes : Harry D. Holmes Genealogy

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