Oliver Wendell Holmes
Important! Please read all of the notes for this album. Questions have been raised about some of the identifications given for the first photo by the original contributor. Researchers are cautioned to verify all information for themselves.
Pictured are possibly the children of Oliver Wendell Holmes and Catherine (Treanor) Holmes - but questions have been raised (read all of the notes)
~As identified by the photo contributor, Ellen Elliott:
Leonard James or Ambrose James born 12/29/1866 died
09/29/1929, probably in Rapid City SD. He married Bessie
Alice Blanch born about 1877 died 1879-1880
Written On Back Photo Post Card of 6 Holmes Children
- Important Notes -
~notes from the photo contributor, Ellen Elliott (2005)
The photo-postcard was written to my
great grandmother, Elizabeth Ann 'Nan' Treanor Loughlin
in Dubuque. However, it was not mailed since Nina had
written all over it and there is no address or stamp.
Nina's name was Catherine, but perhaps her middle name
was Corneilia like the baby's and she went by that within
her family, since her mother's name was Catherine.
I believe that the photo of the six children is actually a photo of my grandfather, Devillo Daniel Regan, and his 5 siblings, May, Ambrose, Celeste, Alice and Nina. I believe the postcard is written by my great grandmother, Nina Regan Boyer. When her husband died, she moved the family from Iowa to Dakota Territory (South Dakota).
My great grandmother's maiden name is Holmes.... Nina Holmes Regan Boyer. I think she may be one of the eight children of Oliver Wendell Holmes and Catherine (Treanor) Holmes, which would probably make her a cousin of Elizabeth Ann Treanor Loughlin. I found an 50th Anniversary article for Mr. and Mrs. Devillo A. Holmes of Lansing, IA that says Mr. Holmes' brother, Oliver Holmes of Dubuque, IA and Mr. Holmes' sister, Nina Regan Boyer of Rapid City, SD were in attendance.
My grandmother, Agnes Regan, wrote an article for a book about the history of families in Faith, South Dakota. In that article is the same picture of my grandfather and his five siblings that appears in the Oliver Wendell Holmes and Catherine Treanor Holmes family by Ellen Elliott.
I am not a genealogist. I just happened to come across this picture when I "googled" Oliver Wendell Holmes. I knew that I had seen that picture before in one of my grandparents' photo albums.
~notes from the Allamakee co. coordinator, S. Ferrall (2011)
After taking a good look at the image of
the back of the photo, I can see that the signature is
that of Nina Regan, not Holmes. I asked the two ladies to
confir and get back to me about the photo identification
so I could remove it from this album, leave it &
re-label, etc., but was never contacted again. I have
decided to leave the photo in the Holmes album, but
highlight the notes. Researchers should decide for
Oliver Wendell Holmes JR
Son of Oliver Wendall Holmes SR & Catherine (Treanor) Holmes. Oliver Jr. was born 05/19/1874 in Allamakee co. and died 05/26/1948 in Dubuque, Iowa
Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr. Confirmation photo, undated.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., undated
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr & Selma Gaemme, wedding photo, undated
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr and Selma Geamme were married between 09/26/1892 and 09/23/1894 in Lansing, Allamakee co. Iowa. They were the parents of 9 children.
~The photos were contributed by Ellen Elliott, from her personal collection. Elizabeth Ann Treanor Loughlin was her great-grandmother & the sister of Catherine Treanor Holmes. One of Elizabeth's daughter's, also Elizabeth Ann, married Henry Theis. Their daughter was Ellen's mother, Gladys Theis Vogel.
Note - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. is not a direct descendent of THE famous duo. In fact, there are no direct descendants of Oliver Wendell Holmes, the poet or his son, the Supreme Court Justice. If this OWH's is related, it is a distant relationship. While trying to confirm or rule out a kinship, I discovered that the name Oliver Wendell Holmes was not unusual, particularily in the North East.
(Ellen's email address can be found on the surname registry under Holmes)
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