Joseph Holmes “Holmes” Mears

Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Apr 1972 (aged 90)
Pasadena, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Weslaco, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 135873163 · View Source
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Holmes was born in Rayne Twp., Indiana Co., PA, the son of Irvin Kinter Mears and "Ellen" Mary Ellen Manner. He married Huldah Borland Helman on May 22, 1901 in Tanoma (Rayne Twp.), Indiana Co., PA. They divorced in 1923. He remarried (see Note 1) Rebecca Lytton Glenn.

Holmes and Huldah Mears were the parents of six children:
1. Calvin Roosevelt Mears
2. Naomi E. (Mears) Crim Dennis
3. Dwight Mears
4. Thelma Irene (Mears) Shaffer Parran Swope
5. Dorothy Ellen (Mears) Biro
6. Raymond G. Mears

Holmes and Rebecca were the parents of five children:
1. Virginia Glenn (Mears) Perry
2. "Holmes" Joseph Holmes Mears, Jr.
3. John Curry Mears
4. Rife Chester Mears
5. Bess Inga (Mears) Pretty

Note 1: At the time of the 1920 census enumeration, Holmes had already deserted Huldah and the children: she was living alone with her children in Hagerstown, MD, the youngest (Raymond), less than a year old. Holmes was enumerated in Norwood, Hamilton Co., OH with his new "wife," Rebecca. Holmes' and Huldah's marriage was divorced in 1923 (she filed in Indiana Co., PA and Holmes' whereabouts were unknown at the time). Thus, it is not known if (when) Holmes married Rebecca.

Note 2: Holmes and his first wife, Huldah, were third cousins: their grandparents, Margaret (Kinter) Mears and Isabella (Borland) McQuown respectively, were first cousins.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Holmes “Holmes” Mears (30 Jul 1881–25 Apr 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 135873163, citing Weslaco Cemetery, Weslaco, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Don Ludwig (contributor 48084204) .