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1840s : James D. Nolan : Wilson County, TN

[389] James D. Nolan (???? – 1844) – from South Carolina
[390] Mary (1805?-1851) – from United States
Children: William H. (1822), Temperance (1822?), Patience C. (1833), Lydia A. (1838), Robert Arthur (1841) and James Tyre (1842)

Family rumor says that the first Nolan in this line was an indentured servant.

James D. Nolin/Nolan or his father, is believed to have come to South Carolina from the James River area in Virginia.

Sometime after 1815, in SC, James married a “Mary”. In 1822, they had their first child, William, who was described in a census as deaf and dumb. About this time they may also have had Temperance. After this they moved to Wilson County, Tennessee, and Lydia, Patience, Robert and James were born there.

James Nolan died in 1844 and Mary in 1851. This meant that most of their children were already orphaned by the time they were in their teens. The two younger boys, Robert and James, are believed to have gone to live with their older brother William. They later became Texas Rangers, and fought together in the Civil War as part of Company I of the 6th Texas Cavalry Regiment.

Children of JAMES D. NOLAN and MARY:

  • William H. (1822-1862) married someone named “Mary” and is believed to have taken in his two younger brothers, Robert and James, after the death of his parents. His side of the family is known to have been involved with farming and stone masonry. William himself died in 1862 possibly as a result of the Civil War.
  • Temperance (1822?) …
  • Patience C. (1833) …
  • Lydia A. (1838) …
  • Robert Arthur (1841-aft.1903) was a Texas ranger and later a sharpshooter in the 6th Texas cavalry Regiment during the Civil War. After the regiment was paroled in May 1865, he married a Sarah, a Creek/Cherokee Indian, in north Mississippi (perhaps in Winona) and had two children with her, Oceola (Otis, Asa, Ose) and Argozona (Ida, Anna, Onna). By 1871, Sarah seems to have died and Robert remarried, marrying a Lucy Frances Newman, a part Cherokee native. Their first child was probably Edmond/Edward Arnold Nolan born in 1874. Two other children, Collie and Eunice, would also be born to the couple by 1880 when the next census was taken. That same year Robert moved with the family to Winona, Mississippi, and from there, in 1882, on to Florida, where the family got into the Orange Business and two more children were born, Harold and William Francis. At various times the family lived in Bartow, Tampa, Ocala and near Lake Weir, while Robert worked in orange growing or construction. Robert died sometime after 1903 and, according to family tradition, is buried in a Baptist cemetery in the Micanopy or Redrick area, Marion county, Florida. Robert’s second wife, Lucy Frances, remarried after his death, marrying a Lawrence Noble. In 1910, they were living in Tampa, Florida.
  • James Tyre (1842-1906), like his brother Robert, was also a Texas Ranger and fought alongside his brother Robert for most of the Civil War. After their regiment was paroled in May 1865, he married that same year Lucy Ann Cates in Elkton (south of Spring Hill), Giles County, Tennessee, and based upon later records, they seem to have had at least two children, Lawrence Baird, who died and was buried in the Cates family cemetery in Giles county, and Mary E. A. who married a Doctor Carr and lived in Georgia. Lucy Ann died and was buried in the Cates’ family cemetery in Giles county while James died in 1906 at his daughter’s residence near Cave Springs, Georgia.

1849-1855 : Thomas Nolan : Newport, KY

[317] Thomas Nolan (c1820 – c1880) – from Co. Roscommon?, IE
[318] Bridget White (c1820 – c1880) – from Co. Sligo, IE
Children: Patrick and Malachi born between 1846 and 1849

On April 9, 1844, a Thomas Nolan and a Bridget White were married in Creggs Parish, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. They had two children between 1846 and 1849 and then emigrated to the US sometime between 1849 and 1855.

The family lived in northern Kentucky, across the Ohio river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Bridget died in Newport, Kentucky, but is buried in Cincinnati, OH. No one seems to know what happened to Thomas, but it is known that he died before her since she was a widow at the time of her death.

Thomas and Bridget’s children and grandchildren lived on both sides of the Ohio river in northern Kentucky and in the Cincinnati area.

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