Cromwell F Holmes


Cromwell F Holmes

Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 17 Apr 1867 (aged 24)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot 9H
Memorial ID 141963594 View Source
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Son of Cromwell W. Holmes
and Mary R. (Cornish).

Member of Manomet's volunteer lifesaving
crew. Drowned during the attempted res-
cue of the crew from the schooner "Charles
H. Moller." Along with Cromwell 3 others
drowned: Amasa Bartlett Jr., James Lynch
and his son James B. Lynch. All are buried
in Manomet cemetery.

Old Colony Memorial Newspaper
April 19, 1867
Sad Catastrophe
From Manomet to Duxbury sorrow and
gloom saddened every heart as the news
spread that six noble-hearted young men
had been sacrificed as victims of the
unparalelled April gale of Wednesday.
The facts, so far as we have been able
to learn them before going to press, are
as follows:
The Schooner Charles H. Moller went
ashore near Manomet, and lying in a
heavy sea with stern and upper works
breaking up, great fears were enter-
tained for the safety of the crew, as
being heavily ladened she had struck
some distance from shore outside the
breakers. The life-boat that saved the
men from the Velma was manned by James
B. Lynch and son, Amasa Bartlett, Jr.,
Cromwell F. Holmes, Otis Carver, John
B. Briggs, Wm. Jordan and McDonald
Nickerson. They succeeded in getting
through the surf safely, and rowed
down outside the vessel a mile or more
below. Rounding to, they stood in ab-
reast of the vessel and got a line.
Being pulled directly to the vessel
broadside to the sea by those on board,
instead of forging ahead and backing
down straight into the wind as they
intended, a heavy sea overturned the
boat, and all except Briggs were thrown
into the water. Nickerson, Carver and
Jordan regained the boat, now righted
with Briggs still in, and drifted safe-
ly ashore, James B. Lynch, James B.
Lynch Jr., Amasa Bartlett Jr., and Crom-
well F. Holmes perished in sight of
their parents and houses, and near the
vessel whose helpless crew they had so
nobly resolved to rescue at the hazard
of their own lives. The bodies of Holmes,
Bartlett, and the younger Lynch were re-
covered on Thursday morning.
Mr. Lynch and son resided side by side
as neighbors, and both left families.
Young Bartlett and Holmes were the sons
of Messrs. Cromwell Holmes and Amasa
Bartlett, life-long residents of South
This most melancholy tragedy has strick-
en with deepest grief the families and
a large circle of neighbors and friends
of those brave martyrs to a sacred
philanthropy. Possibly for one's own
flesh and blood a man will lay down his
life; but he who nobly braves the wild
maddened sea in obedience to a sacred
sympathy for the helpless stranger,
daring and losing all, bears a soul
indeed heroic and worthy of highest
honor. Lives so offered up are holiest
teachings. Such exemplars challenge
sacred emulation and evevate a gen-
eration in true nobility.
Allen Mellencourt, a colored man in
the employ of Capt. Simes, went off
alone on Thursday morning in a dory,
to the wrecked sch. at Manomet, after
trying to get assistance. He would
have reached her but for losing an
oar. Nothing daunted in his perilous
position, he steered his skiff with
the remaining oar while drifting a-
shore. He again left for the vessel
in the life-boat with others, and
brought the crew safely to land.
Pieces of the stern and bulwarks
scattered on the beach indicate an
old and weak craft ill calculated to
stand the strain of such a position

Deaths Registered in the Town of Plymouth
April 17, 1867
Cromwell F. Holmes
Male - Single
24 years, 4 months
Residence & place of death: Plymouth
Names & birthplace of parents:
Cromwell & Mary, Plymouth
v. 203 p. 313
GS film #960191
Digital folder #4221407
Image #345

Birth: V. R. Plymouth [p. 29]

Family Members


while endeavoring
to save the Crew of the Sch'r.
April 17, 1867,
Aged 24 y'rs 4 mo's.

Loved son, and Brother, may we all meet thee
in Heaven.


In their memory
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