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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - Mrs. Margaret Holmes
Death of Mrs. Holmes
Her Sudden Death on Sunday at the Age of Seventy Years
Mrs. Margaret Holmes, widow of John C. Holmes of the bay shore, between Belford and Atlantic Highlands, died
on Sunday from a general collapse, aged seventy years. She had been a hard-working woman all her life and
for several weeks she had been caring for a sick grandchild who lived with her. Saturday night her
strength suddenly seemed to give out and early Sunday morning she died.
Mrs. Holmes was born in England. When she was eleven years old her father brought her to New York and
left her, telling her that he would come back again with the rest of his family in a year. She never
saw her parents or heard from them afterward. When she was a young girl she got employment in the
family of Jacob McClane of Middletown. Two years after coming to Mr. McClane’s she married John C.
Holmes. That was 52 years ago. For several years after their marriage Mr. Holmes worked at farming,
being employed by George Hance of Shrewsbury and George Tilton of Headden’s Corner. Thirty-nine years
ago Mr. Holmes moved to the bay shore to engage in the catching and peddling of clams. He built a
one-room house along the shore and a houseboat has since been built to it. Mrs. Holmes continued to
live there until her death. Her husband died ten years ago.
Eleven children were born to Mrs. Holmes, but only two survive her. They are John C. and Rhiney
Holmes, both of whom lived with their mother. They peddle clams throughout the county. Rhiney
Holmes’s wife is a daughter of Jane Brower of Red Bank. One of Mrs. Holmes’s daughters, Kittie, was
the first wife of Henry Schenck of Belford and the mother of Eugene Schenck, who was killed by a train
last Thursday at Red Bank.
Mrs. Holmes had two policies on her life in the Prudential insurance company. One was for $63 and was
made payable to Charles T. Leonard. This was to pay for her funeral expenses. The other policy was
for $33 and was made payable to the wife of her son, Rhiney Holmes. This money was to pay for her
doctor’s bill and whatever other expenses she might incur during her last sickness.
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the First Baptist church of Atlantic Highlands, of which
she had been a member for many years. Rev. W. B. Harris conducted the service. The body was buried
alongside the body of her husband in Applegate burying ground at Leonardville.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Mar 28, 1900
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