Family legend is that three Holmes brothers left England and came to the New World during the time the colonies were young. One settled on Mathattan, one in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the third in the Connecticut Colony. Nathaniel Holmes was born August 30, 1692 in Plimouth, Plimouth County, Massachusetts. Olive Holmes, the authors mother, was a decendant of Nathaniel. Also, lists 9 generations from Nathaniel.