Monday, January 19, 2015


The day we found Ann E. and William Nolan’s gravestone we naturally looked for other Nolan Stones in the immediate vicinity. There were two very promising ones.

Inscription –Samuel Nolan 1863 - 1914, his wife Catherine Kearney 1863-1946, children  Sadie 1891-1896, Maggie 1900 -1900, Rose Murphy, 1898 -1985.[1]

Inscription-John Nolan 1873-1973, his wife Ellen B. Prentice 1873-1959[2]

I knew about; and had documentation on a John M. Nolan, born 30 July 1873 at Bridge End in Lisburn, Ireland to William Nolan, Dryer of Longstone, and Ann Eliza Nolan formerly Maginness.[3]  But I had no idea about another son named Samuel Nolan as I couldn’t find any other children in my Irish research. 

Remember in the 1881 Scotland census[4] I only found my great-grandmother Sarah Nolan, age 15, living at 7 Quarry Street, in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland with her older brother James, listed as head of household, his wife Mary A. and their daughter Susan 2. Also present in the household were James’ and Sarah’s father William Nolan, age 49, a younger brother, Joseph Nolan age 12. All but Susan, who was born in Johnstone were working and listed that they had been born in Ireland.

I searched all over but could not find any trace of what had happened to William’s wife Ann Eliza, and their youngest son, John M. Nolan, age 8. So I guess that gives me another person (Samuel) to look for maybe???

[1] Inscription of the grave stone, Pine Grove Cemetery, No. Grafton, MA.
[2] ibid
[3]Family Search, “Quarterly returns of births in Ireland 1864-1955, with index to births, 1864-1921” FHL film no. 255883, p.649, item 105
[4] FamilySeacrh, “Census returns of Scotland for 1881,” FHL film No.203566, p.23.

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