John Hughes Holmes 003 Holmes family photo

John Hughes Holmes 003

Taken at John Hughes Holmes homestead, Mt. Vernon district, Auburn, California.

My grandfather was born in Montgomery Co, KY on a 300 acre farm on the Red River, son of Van Ranseuler Holmes & Elizabeth Ross, grson of Ignatius Ross of Batavia, Ohio. His father died of Cholera when ... show more

My grandfather was born in Montgomery Co, KY on a 300 acre farm on the Red River, son of Van Ranseuler Holmes & Elizabeth Ross, grson of Ignatius Ross of Batavia, Ohio. His father died of Cholera when he was 3 or 4. He had red hair & Papa said he was part Welsh. In 1864, he crossed the Plains by Ox team with 3 children & settled in the hills of Auburn, Ca. Worked as a Teamster hauling freight from Sacramento-Nevada City, Ca to Virginia City, NV. Cleared land for his ranch & helped to build Mt Vernon school in 1870. He had a summer camp in Cisco Grove along the river & had a stroke there. He died 11 days later at his ranch Oct 27, 1905.

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