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Peter Holem
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1825
Stark County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 23, 1913
El Dorado
Butler County
Kansas, USA

Note: The two spellings--Holem, Holm--of this family's surname went back and forth, and there are both Holems and Holms buried in McElrath Cemetery.

Peter was one of at least eight children born to John Holm (1792-1828) and Margaret Warner (1797-1854) who married on 24 Oct. 1815 in Stark Co., Ohio. His siblings were Jacob (1816-1907), Adam (1817-1896), Catherine (1819-1845), Mary (1821-1887), John (1822-1842), Margaret (1824-1891), Peter here in 1825, and Sivilla (1827-1890).

Peter Holem was one of Plymouth's earliest pioneers. The area was mostly forest and still populated by indigenous groups when he arrived here. That he survived to age 88 is a testament to his physical and mental fortitude.

Peter married Rebecca Weyrick (1825-1900) on 4 Feb. 1847 in Summit Co., Ohio. After the birth of their first child, son Benjamin in November of 1847, Peter moved the family to Indiana "in a one-horse wagon, and the trip occupied eighteen days from Akron, Ohio to Marshall County. Mr. Holem located in the woods and experienced hardships of so discouraging a nature that even his determination wavered...depending on the woods for meat, in the shape of venison and turkeys. But success finally came, and today Mr. Holem ranks among the first of Marshall County farmers." (From "History of Indiana, Vol. II Marshall County")

After settling in Marshall County, Peter and Rebecca had eleven more children--Melissa?/Amelia (b.1849), Elizabeth (1850-1852), Caroline (1851-1852), Caroline "Carrie" (1852-1940), Jonathan N. (1854-1934), Amanda (1856-1925), Herman (1858-1933), Sarah Alice (1860-1916), Rebecca "Becky" (1862-1909), David (1865-1944) and George Clinton (1867-1921). (Note that his obituary says there were eleven, not twelve children. I'm not sure which of the above wasn't among them.)

I found them on the 1850 Census, living in Plymouth (mistakenly noted as "My Division"), Marshall Co., Indiana, where Peter was trying to make a go at farming. Besides their own two children, Bejamin and Amelia A, nine-year-old Adam Holm was living with the family. Adam was the son of Peter's brother Jacob. Adam's mother Sarah/Sally died giving birth to Adam. After her death, Jacob Holem remarried and had three more sons with second wife Elizabeth Rupert. Adam and his two older twin sisters Mary Ann and Sarah Ann were placed with family members. Twenty-four-year-old Savilla Shoemaker was also living with this family, probably helping with chores and child care.

By 1860, Plymouth zoned itself into three townships--North, West and Center. Peter's farm was in West Twp. Since the previous census, four more children had joined the family--Carrie, Jonathon, Amanda and Harmon. A fifth child they named Caroline had been born in 1850 but had died at age two.

I found the family on the 1870 and 1880 Census, still living on the family farm. The couple had seven more children for a total of eleven. On the 1880 Census, ten-year-old Emma E. Yark was also living with the family.

The 1900 Census brought sad news--Peter's wife Rebecca had died three months earlier on 8 Mar. Peter was 75, widowed and had tranferred head of household responsibilites to eldest son Benjamin and his family.

I could not find Peter on the 1910 Census. For some reason, the Holem name managed to stymie more than one of the census enumerators, "Heary" by far the worst interpretation, so perhaps the record is there somewhere. He was not still with Benjamin and wife Mary as I did find them on the 1910 Census with just the two of them. A family tree on noted that he had died in El Dorado, Butler Co., Kansas, which is where Peter's son David was in 1910 so perhaps he went to Kansas to live with David's family and after his own death in 1913, the body was brought back to Indiana so that he could be buried next to wife Rebecca. (Since confirmed through obituary.)

At any rate, both Peter and son Benjamin would leave this world before the 1920 Census, Benjamin in 1911 at age 64, and Peter in 1913 at age 88. Peter was laid to rest next to wife Rebecca and Benjamin and his wife Mary were laid to rest next to them. 
Family links: 
  John Halm (1792 - 1828)
  Rebecca Weyrick Holem (1825 - 1900)*
  Amanda Holm Friend (____ - 1925)*
  Benjamin F. Holem (1847 - 1911)*
  Amelia Holem Swigart (1849 - 1911)*
  Elizabeth Holem (1849 - 1851)*
  Caroline E Holem Pontius (1852 - 1940)*
  Herman Holem (1858 - 1933)*
  Sarah Alice Holem Miller (1860 - 1916)*
  Rebecca Holem Crawford (1862 - 1909)*
  David Holem (1865 - 1944)*
  Clinton George Holem (1867 - 1949)*
  Jacob Holm (1816 - 1907)*
  Adam Holm (1817 - 1896)*
  Mary Holm Skelton (1821 - 1887)*
  Peter Holem (1825 - 1913)
*Calculated relationship
McElrath Cemetery
Marshall County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec. 2, Row 6
Created by: Kim White
Record added: Jun 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92049491
Peter Holem
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Peter Holem
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