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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Bit of the History of Peter Hower's Home

From "The Independence Examiner" of Friday, June 14, 1929:

"On November 17, 1803, Nancy Tyler was married to Jesse Holmes, son of James Holmes, a Virginian who had served as an officer in the American Revolution, and later moved to Shelby County, Kentucky. To them were born three sons and six daughters....

The old home of the Holmes family which emigrated to Missouri is still standing in Shelby County. It is a brick house occupied by the family of its late owner, Mr. Peter Hower, being located about four miles north of Shelbyville. A private burial ground of the Holmes family still remains on the property, and a number of the early pioneers are buried there."  ~ Mary Ethel Noland

(Miss Mary Ethel Noland, 216 North Delaware, Independence, says her "most interesting ancestor is Nancy Tyler Holmes, her great-grandmother. Mrs. Holmes was also the great-grandmother of a President of the United States, Harry S. Truman.  ~ "Jackson County Historical Society", Fall, 1967, pages 8-9.)

I don't know the address of this house, but I wonder whether it's still standing, whether it's still owned by a Hower descendant, whether there are any photographs of it, and whether it's visible in a Google Maps satellite view.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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