Enlisted: Nothing is known of his service in the American Revolution. He appears in the 1850 Iowa Census as a Soldier of the Revolution, living with the family of Samuel Holms in Mallory Township, Clayton County, Iowa.
Died: After 1850, buried in Goshen Cemetery, Millville Township, Clayton County, Iowa. Memorial marker was placed on the gravesite by Mary Knight Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Strawberry Point, Iowa, and dedicated 1 October 1972.
Narrative: Peter Holms was born in New York State and probably traveled west with a son, Samuel, where he appears in the 1850 Iowa Census. If this is true, he left New York before 1834 and was living in Michigan. He was living in Illinois in 1841 and was in Iowa Territory by 1844. The Peter Holmes whose service record can be found in records of Daughters of the American Revolution was born in 1720 and died in 1799, so could have been the father of the man of that name who came to Iowa. There are several men with the name Peter Holms/Holmes in the New York censuses of 1790, 1800, and 1810. The Revolutionary War soldier buried in Iowa could be the Peter Holms in the Delaware County, New York census of 1810, with two sons under 10, two sons between 16 and 26, one male over 45, and two females. This would make Peter Holms birth before 1765.
Genealogical Data: The Iowa Census for 1850, filed 6 September 1850, for Mallory Township, Clayton County, volume 28, page 204, line 3, shows Peter Holms living in the home of Samuel Holms.