Richard Holmes (Connecticut settler)

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Richard Holmes
Bornca. 1633
Died1704
Residence Norwalk, Connecticut Colony
Occupationblacksmith
Spouse(s)Sarah Grant

Richard Holmes (earlier spelled Richard Homes) (b. ca. 1633–1704) was a founding settler of Norwalk, Connecticut.

Settler person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there

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Norwalk, Connecticut City in Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut state of the United States of America

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport. It is part of New England, although portions of it are often grouped with New York and New Jersey as the Tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River which approximately bisects the state. The word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river".

Holmes was born about 1633, in York, England, the son of Francis Holmes and his first wife, whose name is unknown. Francis married a woman named Ann, and came to America with her prior to 1634. They originally settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. In 1636, Francis and Ann moved from Watertown to Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony. In 1657, Francis and Ann with their four children moved from Wethersfield to Stamford, Connecticut. He was one of the earliest settlers in Stamford.

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Richard Holmes bought his Norwalk lot on 12 October 1657, from Alexander Bryan of Milford. [1] He was the settlement's blacksmith. [1] He also built the settlement's first saw mill on the Five Mile River. [2]

He is listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founding settlers of Norwalk in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery.

History of Norwalk, Connecticut

The history of Norwalk, Connecticut ranges from pre-contact cultures and Native Americans to the 21st century.

East Norwalk Historical Cemetery

Established in 1655, the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery is Norwalk's oldest cemetery, and many of the area's first settlers are buried there. The cemetery is owned and maintained by the Third Taxing District, formally known as the East Norwalk Fire District of the Town of Norwalk, and before that it was known as the Down Town School District. Triangle shaped and surrounded clockwise by Gregory Boulevard, Cemetery Street and East Avenue it is situated in the neighborhood of East Norwalk 41°6′9.22″N73°24′11.95″W.

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