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Elizabeth Frances Holmes

Elizabeth Frances Holmes
1833-1919


Garnett Holmes had three sons: Elias Eph Holmes, Lawson B. Holmes and James A. Holmes. His third son, James A. is my ggg-Grandfather, as well as Greg Holmes’, another author on this blog.

James A. Holmes (1805-abt 1904) married Mary Polly McDonald about 1827 perhaps in Alabama. The couple had five children. The focus of this story is about his only daughter, Elizabeth Frances Holmes Isbell.

We do know through solid research that Elizabeth was born in 1833 in Carroll, Georgia. When she was about fifteen she married Hugh Gentry (Hughel) Isbell (1824-1889) on 26 Oct 1848 in Shelby, Alabama.

They lived and farmed in Shelby, Alabama near Monovello and Sterrett, Alabama at least through 1860. By 1870, Hugh and Elizabeth Frances were living near Hillsboro, Alabama. By this time Hugh was 55 years and Elizabeth was 45 years. In 1870, the census snapshot shows us this growing family:
Hiram 24, William Yancey 21 (already widowed), James W., Julia C. 14, Abel 10, Susan 6, and Mollie, a granddaughter 4. 

By about 1890, Elizabeth Frances Holmes Isbell and her husband were living in Lamar, Alabama in the  Crews community with her brother and my gg-Grandfather, Elias S Holmes and his second wife, Josephine Caroline Hawkins. They must have all been Methodists at this time in our family history: for there are church records in Lamar County at the Mt. Hebron Methodist Church with their memberships. Her official record for the church is recorded as Eliz Homes.

By 1889, her husband of many years had died, and in 1893 Frances sold their farmland and seemed to live with her youngest son Abel Isbell in Jefferson County, Alabama. In 1919 Elizabeth Frances Isbell Holmes died and was laid to rest in Mt. Hebron near Crews Depot at the Methodist Church Cemetery. 

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