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New Jersey Obituaries - October 20, 1897 - Silas Holmes
Silas Holmes, a well-known colored resident of Central avenue, died last Wednesday of paralysis of the brain, aged 70 years. He was born at Headdon's Corner and in his early days was engaged in the oyster business, but during the past thirty years has been employed by a missionary society to collect money. Mr. Holmes was a member of the Zion Methodist church and he bought and presented to the church the bell which now hangs in the belfry. His life was insured for $155. A widow and five children survive him. They are Mrs. Anna Revey, of Reveyton, Mrs. Josephine Richards of Eatontown, Charles D. Holmes and Mrs. Rebecca Reevey of Pine Brook and Mrs. George Ray of Bethlehem, Pa. The funeral was held on Saturday at half-past two o'clock from the house. The body was taken to White Ridge cemetery at South Eatontown for burial.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, October 20, 1897
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