by Greg Holmes

I understand it that your (Judith Richards Shubert) Homsley line goes back to William Holmsley 1825-1901 who married Callie Catherin Martin.

A search of marriage records of upper northwest Alabama, Lauderdale County and surrounding counties in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee shows:
1- Dorinda Homesley married Elbert Spain 3 April 1844 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
2-Minerva Homesley married Jeremiah Gray 7 April 1842 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
3- William Homesley married Callie Catherin Martin 29 November 1849 in Hardin County, Tennessee
4- Ardery Homesley married Newell Spain 23 April 1846 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
5- Martha Homesley married Davis Smith 14 April 1849 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
6- Eletha Homesley married John Blake Hurst 24 December 1857 in Lauderdale County, Alabama

These records were found on Ancestry.com


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Based on the dates of the above mentioned marriages, these six Homesleys would have been born in the 1820's and 1830's

An exhaustive search of census records reveal only one Homesley family in the Lauderdale County, Alabama region/surrounding counties.

In 1830, Elias Homesly is found in Hardin County, Tennessee, and in 1840 E Homesly in Lauderdale County, Alabama.


 
The known names and the unknown names of these brothers and sisters, as well as the known birthdates and approximate birthdates gives us:

Dorinda b:abt 1824
Minerva b:abt 1824
William 1825-1901
Ardery b:abt 1827
Marion 1829-1905
male b:abt 1830
Martha b:abt 1831
female b:abt 1833
female b:abt 1836
male b:abt 1837
Eletha 1838-1862

The 1850 Lauderdale County, Alabama census reveals a few things.
It shows Marion, age 20, and Oletha, age 11. These two children being listed shows it is once again the same Homsley family.
The 1850 census also shows Elias' wife's name is Olliss.
This census shows Elias (spelled Eph?) was 54 in 1850, thus he was born about 1796. (His age has been mistook for 34, but upon careful comparison of the first digit to other 3's and 5's on the same page, it looks to be 54)
His birthplace is listed as North Carolina.

Elias being born in North Carolina is of high significance because it ties him to the only Homesley families known to be in North Carolina in 1796 - brothers Benjamin and Joseph Homesley and their families. 
 

 
 
Posted by
Greg Holmes
January 09, 2014

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From Ray Homesley's book "Benjamin Homesley and His Descendants" are found Benjamin Homesley's children and Joseph Homesley's children.

Children of Benjamin Homesley and Jemima Self: Joseph, Stephen, Doshia, Jean and Ana

Children of Joseph Homesley and Mary Smith: Garnet, John, Burrell, Patcy, Sarah, Polly and Chaney

Both of these Homesley families lived in Lincoln County, North Carolina.
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To whom was Elias Homesley born? We know he was born about 1796 in North Carolina, and that he married Olliss who was born in Kentucky.

  • Joseph (Benjamin's son) married Barbary Fulks about 1805. On the 1810 census, Joseph and Barbary had three sons under 10 years of age. This rules out Joseph and Barbary as Elias' parents as Elias would have been about 14 in 1810.
  • Stephen Homesley (Benjamin's son) married Esther Roberts in 1809. This rules out Stephen and Esther as Elias' parents.

  • Burrell Homesley (Joseph's son) apparently never married nor had any children.
  • John Homesley (Joseph's son) married Mary Jane James around 1795 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. John's sons James and Burrell were born in Kentucky about 1805 and 1807 respectively, but by 1811 John's family was in Missouri as John's daughter was born there in 1811. Between 1805 and 1811, when John was in Kentucky, Elias would have been 9 to 15 years of age; not of age to marry Olliss of Kentucky.

  • Garnet Homesley married Elizabeth Huffstetler, about 1795 in North Carolina. (Garnet started going by the last name "Holmes" between 1820 and 1830).
    In 1810, Garnet Homsley is listed on the Warren County, Kentucky census with two males under 10, and one male 10 thru 15. This male between 10 and 15 is believed to be Elias Homesley.

    Garnet lived in Kentucky from about 1810 to around 1816/early 1817, as he bought land back in North Carolina in late 1817. Elias must have stayed back in Kentucky, marrying Olliss when he was about twenty in 1816, and retaining the spelling of his last name of "Homesley" prior to Garnet going by "Holmes" starting in the 1820's.
    Garnet's younger two sons were Lawson and James, both of whom took up the "Holmes" name by 1830.
It is interesting to note here that Garnet's son James Holmes named three of his sons Lawson, James and Elias. Also, Henry Huffstetler (Huffstickler in later years), brother of Elizabeth Huffstetler, named three of his sons Lawson, James and Elias.
Elias Homesley moved to the Pickwick Lake area prior to 1830 as he is listed on the census in Hardin County, Tennessee in 1830.


Posted by
Greg Holmes
January 12, 2014

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi friends, this is the first time I have seen your website pages. I was interested to see the Homesley name. My mom was a Homesley.
I have an interesting family history book written by Carrie Holmsley Cunningham about 60 years ago. It contains 96 pages of family reecords...all relating to the Homesley family. Many references are to families in Texas.
If you are interested in this book, please let me know.
glenlois@athenet.net

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Hello!

So glad to hear from you. I will definitely get in touch by email. My name is Judith Richards Shubert, and I, too, have a copy of the book you are speaking of. It belonged to my father, Leon F. Richards, son of John Robert Richards, a descendant of the Homsley / Homesley's we write about here. I am so glad you have found us. If you are interested in the DNA analysis or have done the DNA testing, Greg and Len Holmes would very much like to correspond with you. My email is judyshubert@yahoo.com if my email does not reach you for some reason.

Again, thanks for leaving your comments.

Judy

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