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Willet Holmes

SOURCE: Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, Austin, TX: Book Exchange, 1941. Sesquicentennial Re-print Edition, San Augustine, TX: S. Malone Printer, Sons of the Republic of Texas, 1986, p. 105-106

Willet Holmes, early Texas Baptist, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, May 14, 1807. He came to Texas in 1833, got a permit to return to the United States for his family, and while there assisted General Thomas J. Chambers in raising tow companies for the Texas Army. He returned to Texas 1837, settled in Milam, and in 1842-43 represented the county in the House of Representatives of the Seventh Congress. Converted in 1843, he was ordained a deacon in the Baptist Church soon after his baptism in 1846 at Independence. In 1856, Deacon Holmes was an unsuccessful candidate for sheriff of Washington County. Two years later, on August 2, 1858, he was elected Commissioner of Burleson County. Records show that he “left the county” and that his successor was elected April 23, 1859. From at least 1861 to 1869, Deacon Holmes lived in Grimes County, and from 1880 to 1886, Deacon Holmes lived in Lee County. In 1891, he was still living, after a long life of philanthropy and close association with church affairs. — See Link, Texas Historical and Biographical Magazine, II, 540-50; Washington American, June 4, 1856; Election Returns, 1856; House Journal of the Seventh Congress; Election Register, 1854-60.

We must say a special thank you to Vanessa Deshazer of Menifee, CA, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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