Date added: 25 Aug 2015
My Derbyshire great great great? grandfather John Adam Holmes was buried at Eyam, at 17 he lost a leg in the battle of Waterloo (this is the family version of events), when in the square formation. A military salute was fired over his grave for more than a century, (annualy?) It was said that it was sawn off on a table in a nearby house. Adam's family had received money for his education anonymously every quarter. It has been passed down in the family that his father was gentry. The photographs belonged to my grandmother, Minnie Elizabeth Holmes; they show Edge Cottage and Adam's 4th son, John Holmes. Margaret was Minnie's Great Aunt. For an 18th birthday gift she sent Minnie a large mahogany framed scrap screen by train from Eyam to Halifax in Yorkshire. Harriet their servant girl was from the foundling home, she was trained in both the dairy and as parlour maid.