Birth: John Holmes was born about 1611, based on his estimated date of marriage.
Death: He died after October 7, 1651.
Ship: Unknown, 1632
Life in England: There is some indication that he might have been from Colchester, Essex.
Life in New England: John Holmes first appeared in the Plymouth colonial records on the 1633 tax list. He became the messenger [equivalent to marshal] for Plymouth Colony on December 4, 1638, a position he held until at least 1643.There were apparently times when he abused his position. On March 1638/9, he was presented for sitting up all night drinking “inordinately” when he was on public business; also for “abusing men’s names to procure wine to drink.”
Family: John Holmes married Sarah _____ by about 1636 and had two sons. She died in Plymouth on August 18, 1650.
Children of John and Sarah Holmes: