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Society Hill in Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Emanuel Holmes

Emanuel Holmes Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 13, 2023
1. Emanuel Holmes Marker
"On Sunday last was interred in the Roman Catholic churchyard in this city the remains of Emanuel Holmes, painter and glazier, of the district of Southwark, a Portugese by birth, yet he loved liberty; for the defense of which he joined one of the companies of riflemen of this country, and constantly exercised with them…His remains were attended to the churchyard, not only by the company in which he associated, but also by as great a number of other respectable citizens and people of his neighborhood as ever attended a funeral…; such is the respect shown to those who declare themselves willing to step forward in defense of liberty, a respect, which wealth cannot purchase nor flatter bestow."
From The Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser,
Wednesday, January 24th, 1776

The description makes it probably the Emanuel Holmes was the first Associator who died and one of the earliest Roman Catholic casualties of the Revolution. The Associators of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia were comprised of all able bodied men from 16 to 50 capable of bearing
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arms. Emanuel Ohms married Mary Esling on July 2, 1767 by Fr. Ferdinand Farmer, SJ. Ohms was the original spelling of the anglicized Holmes. A wedding feast was held under a tree at the bride's father's house that was located on Seventh Street near High (now Market) Street.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is January 24, 1776.
Location. 39° 56.75′ N, 75° 8.928′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. It is in Society Hill. Marker is on South 4th Street south of Locust Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Phillippe Charles Jean Baptiste Tronson DuCoudray (here, next to this marker); Don Juan Bautista Bernabeu (here, next to this marker); Commodore John Barry (here, next to this marker); General Stephen Moylan (here, next to this marker); Thomas Fitzsimons (here, next to this marker); Mathew Carey, Publisher (here, next to this marker); Michael Bouvier (here, next to this marker); Col. Charles Von Kusserow, (Oct. 3, 1832 - Feb. 3, 1879) (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Emanuel Holmes Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 13, 2023
2. Emanuel Holmes Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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