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Mary (Trefry) Holmes (1786 - 1825)

Mrs. Mary Holmes formerly Trefry
Born in Central Chebogue, Yarmouth, Nova Scotiamap
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Wife of — married 31 Dec 1805 in Central Cheboque, Yarmouth Co, NSmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 38 in Hantsport, Hants, Nova Scotia, Canadamap [uncertain]
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Mary Trefry was born August 1, 1786, the daughter of Joshua Pitman Trefry II and Elizabeth Kinney of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia[1]

On December 31, 1805, she married Peleg Holmes, son of Deacon Nathaniel Holmes Ist of Yarmouth, and they had children, including:

  1. Peleg Holmes, born December 16, 1806, who married Sarah Beckwith
  2. Abigal Kimball Holmes, born June 30, 1808, who married Levi Lockhart[2]
  3. Kendall Holmes, born June 26 1810, who married Mary Frost[3] and then married Sarah Elder[4], and who died in 1871[5]
  4. Mary Holmes, born July 16, 1812, who married Robert Davison[6]
  5. Joshua Holmes, a twin born June 16, 1814, who married Naomi Lockhart[7]
  6. John Holmes, a twin born June 16, 1814, who died in infancy
  7. Harriet Newell Holmes, born September 13, 1816, who married William Barker[8]
  8. Matilda Mahala Holmes, born December 12, 1818, who married Gould Davison[9]
  9. James, born July 1, 1822, who married Abigail Michener[10]
  10. another child who died in infancy

Peleg was a sea captain. He and Mary moved from Yarmouth to Hantsport in 1821. In 1830, he was made Deacon, and was more generally addressed as Deacon Holmes, but he was Captain Holmes during her life.

Mary Trefry Holmes died 15 Jun 1825, in Hantsport, Nova Scotia[11].


  1. Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Genealogies : Transcribed from the Yarmouth Herald, by George S. Brown; prepared for publication by Martha & William Reamy, assisted by John McDonald Hilton ... et al.; published in Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1993. ISBN: 0806313722; page 580, 589
  2. "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Abigail Kendall Holmes in entry for May Merrill, 04 Oct 1932; citing Howard, Rhode Island, reference 31; FHL microfilm 2,032,432.
  3. Nova Scotia Vital Records showing Mary Ann Frost and Kendal Holmes marriage bond 1835 in Halifax County can be found in Registration Year: 1835 - Book: 1800 - Page: 6736
  4. Nova Scotia Vital Records showing Sarah Susanna Elder and Rendal Holmes married 1867 in Hants County can be found in Registration Year: 1867 - Book: 1823 - Page: 16 - Number: 77
  5. "Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664-1955," database, FamilySearch ( : 28 November 2014), Mary Holmes in entry for Kendall Holmes, 06 Nov 1871; citing Cemetery, Sackville, Nb, reference p74 no177; FHL microfilm 1,298,881.
  6. "Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664-1955," database, FamilySearch ( : 28 November 2014), Mary Davison in entry for Amos Davison, Jul 1867; citing Cemetery, , reference p27 no207; FHL microfilm 1,298,881.
  7. "Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 February 2016), Joshua Holmes in entry for Lockhart P Holmes, 14 Aug 1940; citing Death, Near Inkom, Bannock, Idaho, United States, Department of Health and Welfare, Boise..
  8. Find A Grave, database and images : accessed 27 July 2019, memorial page for Harriet Holmes Holmes (unknown–12 Nov 1842), Find A Grave: Memorial #165897155, citing Riverbank Cemetery, Hantsport, Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada ; Maintained by Hantsport & Area Historical Society (contributor 48644713).
  9. "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 December 2014), Matilda Holmes in entry for Tamza Ardelice Newcomb, 04 May 1925; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1,503,935.
  10. "Canada Marriages, 1661-1949," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), James Holmes in entry for Edwin Holmes and A. Ann Newcombe, 22 Jul 1869; citing Pereaux, Cornwallis, Kings, Nova Scotia, reference P.34 C.N.128; FHL microfilm 1,298,990.
  11. Familysearch shows various family trees with the same information. Many may be based on the genealogy referenced here

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