Famous Families


Yet another of the African European lines to originate in South Carolina is that of the distaff side of George Galphin's dynasty. An Indian trader who made his outpost in Silver Bluffs, sometime during the first quarter of the 18th century, he rose to political prominence when he loaned Congress $20,000.00 towards equipping the fleet of John Paul Jones.

Interestingly, although Galphin's second wife was a quadroon, the illegitimate daughter of Moses Nunes, a wealthy Jewish merchant and Indian trader like himself, this particular African American line of his I am currently researching are, in fact, descended from an extra-marital relationship. A daughter he recognized as a result of this liaison was married to John Holmes, an Irishman who had worked with him in the fur trade.

Whether there were more children or not I have not yet discovered but a son of John Holmes recently pointed out to me was:

Dr. Thomas Galphin Holmes 1780-1852, who moved to Alabama where he practiced his profession for fifty-two years. As assistant surgeon, he served during both the Creek Indian War the War of 1812. In 1820, Dr. Holmes married Elizabeth, the daughter of George Weakley, one of the surveyors who assisted in laying out the states of Mississippi and Alabama. His children and grandchildren I have identified to date, were:

Mary Elizabeth, m. Henry Ausphrea Hand
Hillary Herbert b. 1882, president of the
Daphney State Normal School and State Senator
Origin Sibley, physician and member of
the Alabama State Legislature
Sibley, b. 1873, physician and member of
the Alabama State Legislature

Researched and Written by Mario de Valdes y Cocom

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