The Holmes Family Tree
by Brad Mengel
The part of the Sherlock Holmes' Family Tree that has the most relevance to Shirley is in purple, and is about half way down the page; however, it is certainly recommended that you read all of the tree to appreciate where Shirley fits in.
The Purpose of this article to collect all of the available information about the family of Sherlock Holmes. Wherever possible I have given correct names but it has been necessary to fill in gaps. Also a number of names occur a number of times so most have been given numbers to designate them in further discussion. I should also mention that Not every work about Sherlock Holmes is true and a number of Holmes' relatives have had their identities used to mock the Great Detective.
The obvious place to start is at the Wold Newton meteor strike present were Dr Siger (1) Holmes and his wife Violet(1) Clarke (a descendant of Micah Clarke) As far as I have been able to determine the couple had only one child Mycroft (1) Holmes who married Violet (2) Vernet. Mycroft appears to have had five children, Mycroft (2), Siger (2), Henry, Dorothy and Mary. (Farmer TARZAN ALIVE)
Mycroft (2) married Violet (3) Sherrinford daughter of Sir Eric Sherrinford. It appears that Baring Gould with all of the Violet Holmes in the family mistakenly married her to Siger. Mycroft (2) apparently died childless and the family estate passed in the hands of Siger (2). (Baring Gould SHERLOCK HOLMES and Farmer TARZAN ALIVE)
Siger (2) married Violet (4) Rutherford. There appears to be seven definate children from the union as well as rumours of at least two more. The Children are Shirley(1), Sherrinford, Mycroft (3), Sherlock, Charlotte, Sigerson and Sigrina. The rumoured children are Rutherford and Verner.
Shirley (1) married Charles Jones after her much fictionalised adventure titled"The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes Dumber Sister in the Case of the Mislaid Pussy"( in GAME magazine Juy 1976).' Charles was the younger brother of Henry Jones Snr.' They had one son named Fetlock Jones.' A fictionalised account of a meeting between Fetlock and his uncle Sherlock was written by Mark Twain titled A DOUBLE BARRLED DETECTIVE STORY.' Fetlock had two sons.' The first son named his son, Jupiter, after statement about his uncle Mycroft' by Sherlock Holmes recorded in THE ADVENTURE OF THE BRUCE PARTINGTON PLANS.' Unfortunately, Jupiter's parents died when he was very young and he was raised by his Uncle Titus Jones and his wife Mathilda.' Jupiter started his own detective agency with two of his friends called the THREE INVESTIGATORS which has to date solved fifty four cases. He has displayed several of the family traits. Alfred Hitchcock introduces about half of the group's cases and he says that "Jupiter is known for his remarkable powers of observation and deduction" and that he is "stocky, muscular and a bit roly poly"' Jupiter was also a gifted child actor.' Farmer in TARZAN ALIVE pointed out that one of the male types of the Wold Newton Family is the "tall and obese but very strong"' Certainly Jupiter ably fills these qualities and when reading the cases it feels like reading about a young Nero Wolfe or Mycroft Holmes. Jupiter lives in Rocky Beach just near Hollywood and like his relative Doc Savage has been granted special privledges by the Rocky Beach Police to investigate crimes.
Sherrinford Holmes was named after his aunt's father which led to the confusion with Baring Gould. Sherrinford after the death of his father became the squire and had three children. The first child Richard was illegitmate and hence could not inheirit the estate. The second son I have been unable locate any information on. The final son was named Sebastion. (Baring Gould SHERLOCK HOLMES, SHIRLEY HOLMES Television program)
Richard Holmes was fathered by Sherrinford whilst he was travelling in Germany. Richard's mother was from a wealthy German Jewish family. Richard went to university in Nuremberg later moving to New York became a police Inspector but he did not do so under his own name instead he changed his last name and the name of his two sons to Queen. His first son Ellery assisted his father on the first ten cases attributed to Ellery Queen. Ellery then retired, married and had two sons Ellery Jnr and Gullivar Queen. Ellery's younger brother Dan then stepped in and took over the remainder of the cases attributed to his brother. Gulliver whilst visiting Dan has had three adventures. The Queen family have many things to recommend them they have grey eyes, the deductive abilty and the tall lanky build of the Holmes family. Dan in "The Adventure of the House of Darkness" made reference to his father telling him the Queen (Holmes) clan is made of the stuff of heroes. (Julian Symons THE GREAT DETECIVES, Ellery Queen THE ROMAN HAT MYSTERY, Ellery Queen Jnr The GULLIVER QUEEN series.)
The second son of Sherrinford Holmes became the new squire and his descendants are still the squires. To my knowledge none of this branch of the family has done anything exceptional.
The third son Sebastion married awoman named Peggy. They had one son Robert who married Joanna. Robert works as a diplomat for Great Britain in Canada. His daughter Shirley (3) has shown the family flair for mystery work solving 39 cases as well as for acting and disguise. (It should be noted here that Sebastion inheirited a puzzle chest from his Uncle Sherlock. Inside the Chest is a note to the solver of the puzzle Sherlock states that he has left no heir. Sherlock left the chest with Sherrinford before he left for the events of THE FINAL PROBLEM. At that time Sherlock had only Raffles Holmes as a son and he did not hold great hope for the boy) (SHIRLEY HOLMES Television program)
Mycroft (3) Holmes married briefly and had one daughter "Shrinking" Violet (6). She married Charles Beauregard but has a son to James Bond, Clive Reston. For more information see the MASTER OF KUNG FU Chronology by Matthew Baugh.
Sherlock Holmes appears to have seven children with the rumour that there may be at least two more daughters. These six children are Raffles, Nero Wolfe and Marco Vukcic, Shirley (2), Minerva, Jeeves and Abraham Moth.
Raffles Holmes is also the grandson of A. J. Raffles and he has one son Creighton Holmes. (Arthur Kendrick Bangs R. HOLMES & CO and Ned Hubble THE ADVENTURES OF CREIGHTON HOLMES)
Nero Wolfe has one son Spenser Holmes and and an adopted daughter Carla Luvchen.' Marco Vukcic had one son Archie Goodwin.' It is here that I should mention that Archie is also a cousin to Travis McGee on his mother's side.It is also possible that Marco could be the father of Hannah Wolfe an English private detective whose cases are told by Sarah Dunant as well as Private Detective Frank Cannon (CANNON TV series) and District Attourney J.L McCabe (JAKE AND THE FATMAN TV series.' (Baring Gould NERO WOLFE and Denny Martin Flynn SPENSER HOLMES series)
Shirley (2) married a man named Robinson Their grandson Dan Robinson established his own Baker Street Irregulars who have solve ten cases to date. Dan is constantly being refered to as looking like Sherlock Holmes without the Hat and Pipe (on one occasion Dan's father looks at his son and thinks that people may be right in thinking that Sherlock is not dead, a subtle reference to the Holmes Blood in the Family) nor is the resembalance physical but also mental. (It appears that Dan was raised on tales of his famous family members as he refers to Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, Richard Hannay, Fagin and Fu Manchu.) (Basil Mitchell's HOLMESES OF BAKER STREET Stage play and Terrance Dicks BAKER STREET IRREGULARS series)
Minerva to my knowledge has no children and is the illegitmate daughter of Sherlock (THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES' DAUGHTER by Ian McTavish) and finally Abraham Moth is the father of Arthur Sherlock Holmes. Byron Priess THE LADY IN RED: THE SON OF SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE STRANGE CASE OF THE END OF CIVILISATION AS WE KNOW IT TV movie).
According to THE LOVECRAFT PAPERS by P.H. Cannon. Reginald Jeeves, manservant of Bertie Wooster was rumoured to be the son of Sherlock Holmes and Mrs Hudson but this merely appears to a fanciful claim by Jeeves.
There are rumours of two other daughters to Sherlock but these may be refences to Shirley and Minerva. (Ms HOLMES OF BAKER STREET by C. Alan Bradley, "Sherlock Holmes' Daughter" by H. H. Ballard (in THE BROWN BOOK OF BOSTON Apr 1905) and "Sherlock's Bastard Daughter" by David Maleh (in ADAM magazine Sep 1976) respectively) Rex Stout also suggested that Lord Peter Wimsey may be the son of Sherlock. (WATSON WAS A WOMAN speech to Baker Street Irregulars)
Charlotte Holmes has one son Alexander from a Morganic Marriage to Prince Rupert of Kravonia. It appears that Rupert is descended for Sophie of Kravonia (See SOPHIE OF KRAVONIA by Anthony Hope) (A morganic marriage means that Charlotte will never be Queen of Kravonia nor will any of her Heirs) (Hilary Bailey THE ADVENTURES OF CHARLOTTE HOLMES)
Sigerson Holmes had his one meeting with Moriarty turned into a farce by Gene Wilder but most of the facts in the case are accurate and Sigerson Holmes did marry Jenny Hill. They had a daughter who married a Weston and had one son Geoffery Weston. Geoffery calls himself the world's greatest Christian detective and in THE CASE OF THE HIGH JACKED MOON he is described as lanky and sporting a goatee ( he must resemble Holmes in his disguise as Altamont see "His Last Bow" ) and is told by his partner's, John Taylor, fiance tells him that he has to tidy up as "not even [his} great uncle Sherlock would be able to find anything in this Pigsty." (THE ADVENTURE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES' SMARTER BROTHER movie and Thomas Brace Haughey's GEOFFERY WESTON series)
Sigrina married a man named Smith and had three children, Sir Denis Nayland Smith, another son and a daughter. Sir Denis had one son John "Hannibal" Smith. ( Hannibal is the leader of the A Team and shows a flair for disguise. It has also been noted that he bears a resembalance to Archie Goodwin). The other son appears to have died on the Titanic, but one of my fellow researchers is looking into the possibility that he may not have died. The daughter married a man named Sneed and had son Lancaster who became the villain Shockwave(Farmer TARZAN ALIVE and A-TEAM TV show and MASTER OF KUNG FU) (For more information about the paternity of Sir Denis see below in the section relating to Solar Pons)
Rumours also abound that both Siger and Violet had extra marital affairs. In one rumour, according to Fred Saberhagen in THE HOLMES DRACULA FILE,Voilet had an affair with Radu Dracula, brother of Vlad Dracula, and had a son twin to Sherlock. Another rumour is that the Dr Verner who purchased Dr Watson's practice in "The Norwood Builder" may be another brother. (Jacques Barzun "How Holmes Came to Play the Violin" in THE GAME'S AFOOT)
The third son of Mycroft (2) Holmes is Henry Holmes. He had one son Jonathon Holmes. Jonathon was a scholar of the occult and had a case refered from his cousin Sherlock in THE RETURN OF THE WEREWOLF by Les Martin.
The fourth child was Dorthy Holmes. ( In confusion with another Aunt Dorothy of Sherlock Holmes Baring Gould accidentally made her the mother of Prof Challenger) Dorothy did in fact have son. This son in fact did so resemble his cousin Mycroft Holmes that J. Randolph Cox in his article "Mycroft Holmes: Private Detective" (reprinted in Peter Haining's SHERLOCK HOLMES COMPENDIUM) mistook him for Mycroft. I am refering to Martin Hewitt. Hewitt operated prior to Holmes but his cases were edited by Arthur Morrison and published in the STRAND at the same time as his more famous cousin.
Dorothy also had two daughters. The first Mary married a Baronet named Merrivale and had two children. The first Sir Henry Merrivale followed his second cousin into the field of espionage where he was nicknamed Mycroft due to the physical and mental resembalence but Sir Henry determined to make it on his own hated and rejected the nickname ( from John Dickson Carr's THE PLAGUE COURT MURDERS) Sir Henry has one daughter Lydia. The second child Kitty married an American named Bennett, who is high up in Washington, and their son James Boyton Bennett helped his uncle solve THE WHITE PRIORY MURDERS.
Though slightly outside of the scope of this article I should mention some other members of the Merrivale Clan. Sir Henry's father had two younger brothers, elder of these joined Scotland Yard and became a friend of Sherlock Hoplmes as seen in "The Adventure of the Shoscombe Old Place" although Watson did spell his name as Merivale. The other younger brother moved to America with his wife and had two sons Richard and Francis. Unfortunately both he and his wife were killed and the boys were for som reason placed in separate orphanages and a clerical error recorded their last name as Merriwell. Frank Merriwell was later reunited with Dick and married Inza Burrage and they had a son Frank Jnr and a daughter.
The second daughter Elizabeth of Dorothy married a Fell and had one son Gideon Fell. Fell certainly resembles his uncle Martin Hewitt and his cousins Sir Henry, Nero Wolfe and Mycroft Holmes in bulk and intellect.
The final daughter of Mycroft (2) Holmes married a McIvor and had one daughter Roberta. She married Asenath Pons and they had two sons Bancroft and Solar Pons. Bancroft and Solar bear such an incredible resembalance to Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes respectively that there can be little doubt that there is a family connection.
It appears that Bancroft and Solar Pons may well be half brothers to Sir Denis Nayland Smith. According to information suggested by Chris Davies with some research of my own it appears that Sigrina Holmes Had an affair with her third cousin's husband some point in 1882 -83 after relentlessly pursuing him after meeting him at their wedding. After some eight years of relentless chasing Sigrina caught her man and had an affair with Asenath Pons to whom she became pregnant to at the same time that Roberta alsobe came preganant with Solar. Apparently the Holmes family shunned Sigrina and she quickly married a Smith. It does however appear that the boys were allowed to see each other as there is some borrowing of habits. It also appears that Sherlock Holmes ashamed of his sister's actions was quite involved in the life of young Solar.
Future Descendants: Two People in the far Future will lay claim to being descended from Sherlock Holmes. The First is Mr Spock of STAR TREK, the second is Eric Sherinford who has set up a private detecive agency on the planet Roland in the year 2890 as Seen in Poul Anderson's "The Queen of Air and Darkness"
Brad's Acknowledgements: If I have seen far it is because I have stood on the shoulders of Giants.
Thanks to Win Eckert for the Raffles Holmes Creighton Holmes and Nero Wolfe Spenser Holmes Connections, Matthew Baugh for the Master of Kung Fu info, Chris Davies for suggesting the possible link between Solar and Sir Denis, Denis Powers for the Merrrivale family members and Mark Brown for encouraging me. Special thanks to my wife for putting up with me on the computer all the time.