Elias Bellows Holmes Papers

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Elias Bellows Holmes Papers
Creator: Holmes, Elias Bellows, 1807-1866
Call Number: A.H75
Dates: 1832-1926
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
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Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Elias Bellows Holmes Papers
Creator: Holmes, Elias Bellows, 1807-1866
Call Number: A.H75
Dates: 1832-1926
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Elias Bellows Holmes (1807-1866) was born in Fletcher, VT, May 22, 1807, the son of Joseph (d. 1825) and Diantha Bellows Holmes (d. 1824). He was educated at St. Albans, VT and came to Pittsford, NY to study law with his mother's brother, Judge Ira Bellows. In 1831 he settled in Brockport, NY and in 1835 married Maria Brockway, daughter of Hiel Brockway (1775-1842), founding father of Brockport. Elias Bellows Holmes served in the 29th and 30th Congresses (1845-1849) as Whig Representative from Monroe County. Transportation, agriculture and education were his main areas of interest. With Hiel Brockway, they worked a packet business on the Erie Canal; then helped to start both the Rochester & Niagara and the Toledo & Wabash railroads. He was an extensive farmer and student of agriculture, and served as president of the Brockport Agriculture Society. A lover of fine horses, he was a breeder of Black Hawks, a beautiful breed of light carriage horses. At his death he was president of the Brockport Gas Light Co., a director of the Third National Bank of Chicago, and a trustees of the Brockport Collegiate Institute. Elias and Maria Brockway Holmes had three children: Edgar (b. 1838), Ira (1840-1845), and Mary (1836-1873), who married Sidney Augustus Stevens in 1855. Mary (known as Mollie), her husband and their three children, Holmes ("HaBe") Breese Stevens (b. 1856), Helena ("Lena") Stevens Walcott (1858-1911), and Ira Holmes Stevens (1859-1882) all figure prominently in the Holmes' correspondence of the 1850s and 60s.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Brockport
Correspondence
Genealogy
Holmes, Elias Bellows, 1807-1866
Society of the Cincinnati
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Dr. Mary Holmes Stevens Hayes, December 18, 1961.Access
The Elias Bellows Holmes Papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
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[Item title, item date], Elias Bellows Holmes Papers, A.H75, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Genealogical Notes
Box 1, Folder 2Society of the Cincinnati
Booklets

1. Institution of the Society of the Cincinnati (1903). States the origin and purpose of the Society, which was founded in May 1783.
2. Historical papers read before the Society...in the State of New Jersey, 1897.
3. The Hereditary Friendship of the Cincinnati (1917). Address by Charles Beatty Alexander.
4. Assaults on the Society...and its Vindication (1926). Address by Charles Beatty Alexander.
5. By-Laws of the Society...in the State of Virginia (1905).
6. Prospectus for Order of the Cincinnati in France by Asa Bird Gardiner. Note: A February 24, 1885 letter of EBH's son-in-law (folder 7) indicates a desire to join the Society, and a scrap of paper in the genealogy material (folder 1) reads "Sydney Augustus Stevens - admitted July 4, 1885."
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1832-1849
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, 1850-1859
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, 1860
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, 1861-1869
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, 1870-1926
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence, undated


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