One of my 10th great-grandfathers is Reverend Obadiah Holmes (1610-1682), christened in Didsbury, Lancashire, England, married Katherine Hyde in 1630 in Manchester, Lancashire, England, and died in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island.
I don't have a photograph of my own of his gravestone and memorial plaque, but the http://www.findagrave.com/ web site does - here. There is also a Find A Grave page for his wife, Katherine (Hyde) Holmes (1608-1682) here. The stone inscription on Obadiah Holmes' stone says:
The memorial plaque at the grave site says:
There are several books written about the life and trials of Rev. Obadiah Holmes. They include:
* Col. J.T. Holmes, The American Family of Obadiah Holmes, Columbus, Ohio, 1915.
* Edwin Scott Gaustad, Baptist Piety, Arno Press Inc., Washington, DC, 1980.
There are other extensive biographies of Obadiah Holmes as part of books and periodicals - just put "Obadiah Holmes" in the Google Books application and you'll find them.
I didn't know that Abraham Lincoln was a descendant of Obadiah and Katherine (Hyde) Holmes. I can add him to my cousin list, I guess!
This is one of my most "interesting" ancestors. Do any of my readers share this ancestry?