Mark HOLMES of Spilsby
(Abt 1762-1839)


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Susannah MOTLEY

Mark HOLMES of Spilsby

  • Born: Abt 1762, Lincolnshire, England
  • Married: 1 Oct 1787, Old Leake, Lincolnshire, England 1 2
  • Died: 2 Jan 1839, Sausthorpe, Lincolnshire, England 3
  • Buried: 6 Jan 1839, Spilsby St. James, Lincolnshire, England 4

  General Notes:

Compiler's 4 x great-grandfather

  Research Notes:

Mark Holmes was resident of Spilsby at the time of his marriage to Susannah Motley. However, he was not born there. In fact there were no Holmes christenings in Spilsby from 1758 to 1788. In 1789, Thomas Holmes, son of Mark and Susannah, was christened in Spilsby.

Mark may have had a older brother, William, who was buried in Spilsby 24 May 1813, aged 60 years.

It's possible that Mark was the son of Thomas Holmes* and Frances Place* who were married in Langton-by-Partney (close to Spilsby) on 25 Apr 1758, even though no christening for Mark can be found there. Thomas and Frances had a son George who died young in Langton and was buried there on 9 Oct 1761 a few days after his brother Thomas, and no christening record for George can be found there. However, even given the fact that Mark's eldest son was called Thomas and his eldest daughter was called Frances, is not sufficient reason to assume Mark's parents were Thomas* and Frances*. It's entirely possible Mark was born in another county (e.g. a Mark Holmes was christened 31 Ma 1761 in Keighley, Yorkshire, son of John Holmes & Barbara).

* Thomas Holmes was born c. 1732 and was buried 1 Sep 1795 in Langton-by-Partney, Lincs., aged 63 years. Frances Place was born c. 1728 (possibly christened 2 Aug 1730 in Langton-by-Partney) and was buried 19 Aug 1781 in Langton-by-Partney, aged 53 years.)


Alehouse Recognizances

Date: 17 Sep 1792 LQS/D/9/1/3/20

Licensee: Mark Holmes.
Alehouse: In the parish of Spilsby.
Sureties: Mark Holmes of Spilsby & Joseph Bateman of Candlesby.

Date: 17 Sep 1792 LQS/D/9/1/3/25

Licensee: Joseph Bateman.
Alehouse: In the parish of Candlesby.
Sureties: Joseph Bateman of Candlesby & Mark Holmes of Spilsby.

Date: 9 Sep 1799 LQS/D/9/1/3/32

Licensee: Mark Holmes.
Alehouse: In the parish of Spilsby.
Sureties: Mark Holmes & John Dodds of Spilsby.

Date: 9 Sep 1799 LQS/D/9/1/3/38

Licensee: William Smith.
Alehouse: In the parish of Little Steeping.
Sureties: William Smith of Little Steeping & Mark Holmes of Spilsby.

Date: 9 Sep 1799 LQS/D/9/1/3/54

Licensee: Cuthbert Woodward.
Alehouse: In the parish of Stickford.
Sureties: William Smith & Mark Holmes of Spilsby.

Date: 3 Sep 1804 LQS/D/9/1/3/93

Licensee: Robert Taylor.
Alehouse: In the parish of Spilsby.
Sureties: Robert Taylor & Mark Holmes of Spilsby.

Date: 3 Sep 1804 LQS/D/9/1/3/94

Licensee: Mark Holmes.
Alehouse: In the parish of Spilsby.
Sureties: Mark Holmes & Robert Taylor of Spilsby.

Date: 8 Sep 1806 LQS/D/9/1/3/143

Licensee: Mark Holmes.
Alehouse: In the parish of Spilsby.
Sureties: Mark Holmes of Spilsby & John Ashton of Revesby.

Date: 8 Sep 1806 LQS/D/9/1/3/160

Licensee: John Ashton.
Alehouse: In the parish of Revesby.
Sureties: John Ashton of Revesby & Mark Holmes of Spilsby.



WHEREAS MARK HOLMES late of Spilsby, in the County of Lincoln, Victualler, hath, by Indenture, assigned all his personal Estate and Effects to certain Trustees therein named, IN TRUST, for the Benefit of such of his Creditors as shall execute the Deed of Assignment on or before the 22nd DAY of MARCH next."

Stamford Mercury, March 12, 1802


Mark Holmes was a witness to the wedding of his daughter Frances Holmes to William Pinches in 1822.


"On Tuesday last was committed to the house of correction at Spilsby, (by John Bourne, Esq.) James Houlden, labourer, for further examination on suspicion of stealing a one-pound note from out of a cupboard in the stable, the property of Mark Holmes, ostler at the George Inn, Spilsby."

Stamford Mercury, December 14, 1827.


Mark Holmes was a witness to the wedding of Robert Howden, widower, and Mary Silvester, spinster, on 3 Feb 1837 in Sausthorpe.


Mark Holmes, labourer, died aged 80 years as a result of decay of nature. Son Mark Holmes of Sausthorpe, informant. 3

Mark Holmes, [resident] of Sausthorpe, died aged 80 years (burial record).—The age given (80) is undoubtedly rounded off, as Mark gave his age as 25 in 1787, making him 77 years old when he died.

  Marriage Information:

Mark married Susannah MOTLEY, daughter of William MOTLEY and Elizabeth WAITE, on 1 Oct 1787 in Old Leake, Lincolnshire, England 1 2. (Susannah MOTLEY was born in 1764 in Stickney, Lincolnshire, England and was christened on 21 Oct 1764 in Stickney St. Luke, Lincolnshire, England and died on 25 Feb 1821 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.)

  Marriage Notes:

Mark Holmes, of the Parish of Spilsby, bachelor, and Susanna Motley, spinster, married by Licence.

George Harrison, Vicar

Witnesses: David Dickinson and Ann Dickinson

(Old Leake Parish Register)


Mark Holmes, single, from elsewhere, age 25*, and Susannah Motley, single, of this parish, 23.

* According to his burial record, Mark Holmes was aged 80 years when he died. From this one would deduce that he would have been about 28 years old when he married Susannah Motley. It is possible that his age in the marriage bond (25) has been mistranscribed. However, I've deferred to the Marriage Bond because Mark Holmes would have been the one to have supplied his age whereas his age at death would obviously have been supplied by someone else....


1 Leake Parish Registers, Marriages, no. 257.

2 Lincolnshire Marriage Bonds & Allegations (transcribed by the Lincolnshire Family History Society), reference # MB 1787/101&102.

3 England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007, Spilsby district, 1st Quarter, vol. 14, p. 373, entry 186 (a copy of the death certificate held by the compiler).

4 Spilsby Parish Registers, burials, p. 60.

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