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1829 : William Nolan : South Gloucester, ON

[86] William Nolan (1796-1862) – from Ballindaggan, Co. Wexford, IE [87] Elizabeth Rowan (1802-1883) – from Unknown 
Children: Mary Anne (1829) , Bridget (1832) , Michael (1834) , John (1837), William (1839) , Patrick (1843) and Elizabeth (1850)

William came to Canada from County Wexford sometime around the mid 1820s and hailed from Ballindaggan, Parish of Templeshanbo. It is not known exactly when he came but he is first mentioned in Canada on the “McCabe List” which listed some 700 mostly Irish families that were living in the vicinity of Bytown (now part of Ottawa), Ontario, in February 1829. Although he likely only married sometime around 1828 he may have come to the area a few years earlier.

It is not known whether William and Elizabeth came to Canada together, or met there. In any case, given that their first child, Mary Anne, was born in Bytown in September 1829, they were likely married sometime around 1828 and lived for a time in the Bytown area. However, by 1830, the family had resettled to nearby Gloucester Township where William had acquired a lot (Lot 27, Concession 4, Rideau Front). Their farm was located on what is now known as Albion Road at Johnston Corners in South Gloucester.


  • Mary Anne (1829-1911) m. Michael O’ Brien (1820-1895); they had 10 children
  • Bridget (1832-1896)
  • m. Patrick Finn (1820-1894); they had 9 children
  • Michael (1834-1916) m. Mary Daly (1832-1884); they had 9 children.

Michael was a progressive farmer, a devout Roman Catholic but of liberal and tolerant views. In 1872, when he was given land for the erection of a new school for the Roman Catholic families of Bowesville, he was visited by his friend and neighbour Richard Freeman, a staunch Methodist and, being concerned about the Protestant students, he asked Michael ….” What about our children?”. After a friendly talk and a handshake, Michael and Richard agreed that it would be a school for all children. They agreed that the policy of hiring teachers would require that a Protestant teacher follow one of the Catholic faith, in alternate rotation. The school board would be made up of four trustees, two Roman Catholic and two Protestant. It is believed that this 1872 school was the first and only one so administered in Ontario and it operated under this policy until the end in 1951 when the Uplands Airport was expanded. Michael maintained his tolerant and liberal views throughout his life.

Michael’s son John became known as the “Potato King of Ontario”. He served on the Gloucester Township Council, was Deputy Reeve in 1927 and was Warden of Carleton County.

  • John (1837 – ? ) m. Elizabeth Doyle (1840-1910); they had 5 children. John abandoned his family and years later, by chance, his son Jim ran into him in a lumber camp somewhere in Michigan, USA.
  • William Jr.(1839-1922) m. Alice Prendergast (1843-1913); they had 7 children: ???
  • Patrick (1843-1918) m. Margaret Shields (1844-1918); they had 2 children
  • Elizabeth (Sept.1850 – Oct. 1850).

In April 1852, in addition to his own family lot, William Sr. purchased 60 acres from Braddish Billings, Gore Lot 12, between Concessions 2&3, Rideau Front, Township of Gloucester (Bowesville area where the Uplands Airport is to-day). In 1860-61, William’s eldest son Michael built a one story log house on the property and settled there with his wife Mary Daly and family. In September 1857, William Sr. had also purchased 200 acres on Bogtown Road ( now Bowesville Road ) at Manotick Station. This 200 acre lot, Lot 28, Concession 3, Rideau Front, in the Township of Gloucester, was divided between two younger sons, William Jr. and Patrick, who settled on the land with their families and farmed it.

1829 : Henry Nolan : Tecumseh township, Simcoe Co., ON

[149] Henry Nolan (c1806 – 1884) – from Ireland
[150] Mary ???? (c1807 – ????) – from Ireland 
Children: Sarah, George Andrew

Henry Nolan, a Quaker, settled on Lot 23, concession 2, Tecumseh township, Simcoe county, in 1829. By that time several other Irish families had already settled in the area including the Deans, the Lundys and the Doyles. This was just a few short years after the influx of ther first white settlers to the area, a group of Irish from the North of Ireland, who had settled in the area in 1822.

Prior to settling in the area, Henry and his wife Mary, both born in Ireland and of the Quaker persuasion, may have lived elsewhere in the province of Ontario, then known as Canada West. In the 1861 census for the area, their daughter Sarah Ann, still living with them, is listed as being born in Canada aged 26 implying that Henry and Mary may have lived elsewhere in the province for at least 4 years before coming to the Tecumseh area. The Bytown area (present-day Ottawa) would be one possibility.

Henry and Mary’s second child, George Andrew Nolan (1830-1911), of Tottenham, married Sarah Ann Richmond (1831-1913) and they had 4 children:

  • William Nolan (1853–1931)
  • Henry John Nolan (1857–1937)
  • Seneca Haight Nolan (1863–1934)
  • Evelyn Nolan (1868–1947).

Between 1870 and 1874, and again between 1881 and 1883, George Andrew Nolan was reeve of the township and, upon incorporation of Tottenham as a village, George was elected as its first reeve in January, 1885. He, however, resigned the position a few months later.

NOTE: In the 1861 census for Henry and Mary’s household we note that their grandchild, William, then aged 8 was living with them as was also a laborer, a James Nolan, aged 30, with the same family name but of the Church of England. The latter could conceivably have been a nephew of Henry Nolan who at the time was aged 55.

1830 : James Nolan : Peterborough & Waterloo Counties, ON

James Nolan (c1803 – 1873) – from Co. Carlow, Ireland  (
Catherine McNertney (c1804 – 1883) – from Ireland (family name uncertain, possibly McInerney)
Children: Anthony (1830), Mary Ann (1831), Martin (1836), Ellen (1838), James (1840)and Michael Hugh (1843)

James Nolan was born in Ireland around 1803 of unknown parents. His death certificate lists his birthplace as Co. Carlow.

It is not known whether James Nolan (c.1803) and his wife Catherine McNertney (c.1804) were married in Ireland or Canada, but their oldest child Anthony was born in Peterborough around 1930.  Around 1842-43, they moved to Wellesley township, Waterloo County.  A 1867 Gazetteer of adjoining Wellington County, identified James as one of the first two settlers in the community of Macton, on the county line.  According to the 1851 census, James was a farmer and lived with his wife and children in a “log shanty” in Wellesley township. Current records indicate that James and Catherine had at least 7 children, one of whom died young around 1842.


  • Anthony, b. July 9, 18230, in Peterborough, ON, served in US Union Army 1862-65. m1. Nettie Merriman (c1837-bef.1880) c. 1870 in Dakota Territory. One child.  m2. Lucy Bouk (1842-1920), in 1895 in Brainerd, Minnesota.
  • Mary Ann (1833-1920) born in Peterborough m. James O’Neill of Wellington County. Nine children.
  • Martin, b. 1836 in Peterborough. Alive in 1873.  No further information.
  • Ellen, b. 1838 in Peterborough m. Frederick Potter of Waterloo Township in 1859; she died in 1868. Six children.
  • James (1840-1916) born in Peterborough m. Catherine McCormick of Wellington County in 1869; they moved to Brainerd, Minnesota around 1890 where James died in 1916. Seven children.
  • unknown child, died young around 1842
  • Michael Hugh, b. circa 1843 in Wellesley Township, Waterloo county. Alive in 1873.  No further information.

James Nolan of Peterborough & Waterloo Counties appears to have been a brother of Edward Nolan of Peterborough. ( This is based on the fact that in the local newspaper of Brainerd, Minnesota, a grandson of Edward Nolan of Peterborough, son of Martin Nolan, who had also moved to Brainerd, Minnesota, was identified as a cousin James’ grandson, James Joseph Nolan. Also DNA connections among descendants.

1834 : Edward Nolan : Douro township, Peterborough Co., ON

[94] Edward Nolan (???? – ????) – from Co. Carlow, IE
[95] Mary Eustace (???? – ????) – from Ireland 
Children: Bridget (1819), Martin (1821), Patrick (1822), Laughlin (1827), James (1830), Thomas (1831), John (1834) and Mary Anne (1839)

Edward was most likely born in Co. Carlow just a bit north of the town of Ballon in an area known locally as Cunaberry. Growing up he likely worked as a tenant farmer for the Lecky family of Ballykealey who owned the Cunaberry lands, adjacent to the main Ballykealey lands.

Edward Nolan and Mary Eustace were married in Ireland, most likely in the Ballon church, Co. Carlow. The townlands given for the baptism of their children would also seem to indicate that, prior to their departure for Canada, they most likely lived in a cottage along Cunaberry lane, just north of the village of Ballon. Around 1834, they settled in the Peterborough area, in Douro township, remaining there until their deaths. All of their children, except for John, remained in the Peterborough area.


  • Bridget (1819-1833) died young & was buried on January 19, 1833, in Ballon just prior to the family’s departure for Canada
  • Martin (1821-1903) m. Margret Cranley
  • Patrick (1822-1864) m. Mary Burk
  • Loughlan (1827-1919) m. Margret Fitzpatrick Two of Loughlan’s sons moved to Michigan once they came of age.
  • James (1830-1853) did not marry.
  • Thomas (1831-1919) m. Catherine Hammond
  • John (1834-1900) m. Ellen Roach; John, with his wife Ellen, resettled to Michigan where their descendants are still to be found to this day.
  • Mary Anne (1839-????) m. Isaac Farley.


1835: Margaret Nowlan and Patrick Murray: Bytown area, ON

By 1835, Margaret Nowlan and Patrick Murray were living in the Bytown (Ottawa area in Upper Canada where several other Irish immigrants had settled in the mid-1820s becoming crop farmers, working in the lumber industry or working on the building the Rideau Canal, a canal of military importance joining the Ottawa river to St Lawrence river.

Based upon family lore and research in Irish records it has been established that Margaret Nowlan married Patrick Murray in Carlow town on January 12, 1829 and that, at the time, he was a pensioner of the 96th Regiment of Foot. At the time Margaret was living a “New Garden”, Co. Carlow, suggesting that she may have had some links to the Quaker community, “New Garden” being the placename given to the area by the Quaker community. Witnesses to the marriage were an Edward Power and a Jane Nowlan.

The record of Patrick’s discharge from the army held at the National Archives, Kew, UK, indicates that he was born at “KILLERKIN, Leix” and discharged aged 21. (Reference: WO 97/1041/122; Date: 1823-1828)

Using Google maps it soons become apparent that “Killerkin” is a mis-speeling of the actual placename that being “Killeshin”, Co. Leix, a suburb area for Carlow town where Margaret and Patrick were married in January 1829.

Assuming Patrick was discharged from the army shortly before marrying, that is in 1828, aged 21, and that Margaret and Patrick they were approximately the same age we conclude that they were born circa 1807-1808.

1836 : John Nowland : Bedford township, ON

[100] John Nowland (1836 – ????) – from Bedford township, ON
[101] Anne Kennedy (1846 – c1882) – from Unknown 
Children: Mary Jane (1862), Edward (1863), Michael (1867), John (1869), Richard “Dick” (1872), William “Bill” (1874), James (1877), Eliza Ann “Elizabeth” (1879) and Catheran Alice (1881) [102] Bridget Mary ???? (???? – ????) – from Unknown Children: Donald (1884), Robert “Bob” (1884; twin of Donald), Peter (1886) and Alaei? (1889)

John Nowland was born in Bedford Township in 1836. No details of his parents are yet known. Today descendants of this branch spell the family name “Nolan”.

Anne Kennedy’s origins are unknown but she and James probably met and married in the Addington/Bolingbroke area sometime in the early 1860s. James had been born there and this is where he and Anne resided after their marriage.

By 1901, John had remarried and was living with a Bridget ???? in the Actinolite, Madoc area.

1837 : Daniel Nolan : Adjala Township, Simcoe Co., ON

[103] Daniel Nolan (???? – ????) – from Co. Tipperary, IE
[104] Mary Toomey (???? – ????) – from Co. Tipperary, IE
Children: John (1836), Margaret (c1838), Patrick, Daniel and Mary (c1843)

Daniel and Mary, natives of Co. Tipperary, Ireland, immigrated to Canada around 1837 with their 9 month old son, John, born in 1836. Once in Canada, they settled in Adjala township, Simcoe county, Ontario, where their next child, Margaret, was born around 1838.


  • John Nolan (1836-1896) married Anne Hart and initially homesteaded in Simcoe county. However, the family later moved to North Dakota where John died in Grand Forks in 1896.
  • Margaret (1838-????), married Patrick FARON; they lived and died in the area of Colgan, Ontario, and are both buried in the local St. James cemetery; their daughter Katherine married a Benjamin JONES and they lived in Toronto and Reach township, not far from Port Perry.
  • Patrick …
  • Daniel …
  • Mary (1843-????) married Patrick FOY in Alliston, Ontario.

1846 : James S. Nolan : Stittsville & Carleton Place, ON

[157] James S. Nolan (1845- 1916) – from Ireland
[158] Jane Cunningham (1841-1919) – from Ireland 
Children: Ann (c1863), Henry (c1865), John (c1867), Rebecca (c1869), Margaret (c1871), Ellen (c1873), Ida (c1875), Franklin (c1877), Herbert Edgar (1881; b. Scotland, adopted?), and Maud (c1882)

James and his wife Jane arrived in Canada in 1846 at the beginning of the period in Irish history known as the “Great Famine”. Given that they were born in 1845 and 1841 respectively, they would have come as young children probably accompanied by their parents or taken in as orphans. James may have been related to the Mary E. Nolan listed in the 1901 census for Carleton Place. She is listed as Mary E. Nolan, born in 1850, aged 50, working for the widower John F. Cram and his family. She would have been of age to be a sister.

James, Jane and their family first appear in the 1871 census for Goulburn township, just west of Ottawa. At the time they were living in Stittsville and James was a “carriage maker”. By 1881, the family had moved to nearby Carleton Place, Lanark South, and James was listed as a “carpenter”. The family seemed to have had a Nolan family connection back to Scotland since, in the 1881 census, a Herbert Edgar Nolan, aged less than a year and born in Scotland was listed as living with the family. He was also listed as being of scottish origin and a Presbyterian although the rest of the family was of Irish origin and belonged to the Church of England.

In the 1901 census for Carleton Place, we find a Maud Nolan working at a hotel or traveller’s inn in Carleton Place. She was born in 1882 and belonged to the Church of England. She is assumed to have been a daughter of James and Jane.

1851 : John Nowland : Sarsfield (Ottawa area), ON

[96] John Nowland (c1796 – ????) – from Unknown
[97] unknown (???? – ????) – from Ireland 
Children: James (1821), Mary, ???

According to family tradition, John Nowland, was born somewhere in Co. Cork, Ireland, around 1796 and first came to the Clarence township area, near Ottawa, sometime around 1851, following his son James who had first come to Canada in 1843. James had worked in the forestry industry presumably along the Ottawa river between Montreal and Hawkesbury and, by 1851, had saved enough money to pay for the passage of his father and sister Mary, the mother having presumably died before then.

Current-day descendants of this branch, many of whom still live in the Ottawa area, spell their name “Nolan”.

John’s wife presumably died while the family still lived in Ireland somewhere in Co. Cork but, unfortunately, her name has not been retained for posterity.


  • James (1821-1911) m. Nancy Wylie (c1834-1861); after their marriage sometime in 1851-52, James and Nancy settled down in Clarence township, near Ottawa, in a log house on top of a hill on the west-half of Lot 12, Concession 10. For a while the family fared well but with the birth of a fifth child in 1861, Nancy became ill and died. Left alone with 5 children, James sought the help of a housekeeper, Martha Ann Middleton, who had helped in nursing Nancy during her illness. This arrangement worked for a while and James and Ann are believed to have eventually married sometime before 1871. Around this time, with the help of his young sons, James built a second family home, downhill from the original log house. Things, however, did not go well for James and Ann, the relationship being somewhat stormy at times. They did not have any children together and Ann, not getting along with the step-children, eventually left the household to live by herself in the area of Bearbrook, Ontario.
    1. James (1853-????) m. Eliza McDonald and they lived in Ottawa; Children: Angus James (1879), Dan (1881), John (1883), Irvin (1885), Ernest (1887), William Lawrence (1889), Alex Leo (1895)
    2. Mary (1855-????) m. unknown HARRISON from Vars, ON; they eventually moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Children: Lloyd, Earl
    3. John (1857-1917) m. Catherine “Kitty” Morris; John went to work in the US and helped his father defray back taxes on the family property; as a pre-condition for marrying Kitty Morris he build for her a new house on the family farm replacing the one he and his father had been living in. Children: Robert (1885), Maurice (1887), William (1889), Edmund (1891), Johanna (1893), Lucy (1895), Ella (1896), Winnie (1899), Joseph (1902), Barnie (1905)
    4. Margaret (1859-????) m. Hugh McCORMACK; they lived in nearby Hull, Quebec, and adopted a child named Elsie.
    5. Robert (1861-1880) died at age 19 and was buried in the St. Hugh cemetery in nearby Sarsfield, ON
  • Mary (1823-????) m. Johny Larmer (1822-1897); Mary married the eldest son of a farmer on a neighboring Lot in Clarence township; they lived on the east half of Lot 11 in Clarence township.

    Children of MARY NOWLAND and JOHNY LARMER:
    1. Elizabeth (1852) …
    2. Mary-Jane (1853) …
    3. John (1855)…
    4. Jim (1859) …
    5. Sarah (1861) …
    6. William Thomas (1865) …

1859 : Moses Nolan : Ottawa, ON

[90] Moses Nolan (1823-1905) – from Ballindaggan, Co. Wexford [91] Elizabeth Turner (1837- 1918) – from Unknown Children: Andrew (1862), Elizabeth (1864), John Patrick (1866), Thomas Morgan (1868), Peter Morgan (1874) and Patrick James (1878) all born in Canada

Sometime before 1859, a Moses Nolan, schoolteacher by profession and son of Andrew and Elizabeth Nolan of Ballindaggan, Co. Wexford, emigrated to Canada. His first recorded presence in the Ottawa area was on February 15, 1859 in South Gloucester, at Our Lady of the Visitation church, where he and a Judith Redmond stood as godparents for an Anne Hogan, daughter of John Hogan and Ellen Brooks.

By 1861, Moses was teaching at the Herberts Corners school in Osgoode township and, from family tradition, it is known that, at the time, he was boarding at the home of John Turner (Lot 15, Concession 4) about 1/4 mile from the school. This is likely where he met and fell in love with his future wife, Elizabeth, John Turner’s daughter.

Two of Moses’ siblings, Morgan and Elizabeth, had earlier emigrated from Ireland and also lived in the Ottawa area. His brother Morgan Nolan found work as a foreman in a lumber shanty and married Catherine Dempsey (of Sillary, Quebec) in Ottawa. Eventually, the couple moved to Superior, Wisconsin. Moses’ sister, Elizabeth Nolan (1829-1907), never married but worked as a housekeeper. At her death in 1907, she was residing with her nephew, Patrick James “P.J.” Nolan, the druggist.

Moses and Elizabeth were married on January 9, 1862. Some time afterwards, the couple moved to Ottawa where they ran a boarding house at 102-104 Murray Street and raised 6 children.


  • Andrew (1862-??) never married. Andrew left home at a very young age, first working on the railroad, then working as a railroad cook and steamboat waiter; he experienced the 1898 Yukon gold rush and, according to family tradition, died in Portland, Oregon.
  • Elizabeth (1864 – 1942), a dressmaker, never married.
  • John Patrick (1866-1895), a steamboat purser, died in Cincinnatti, Ohio.
  • Thomas Morgan (1868-1872) died young.
  • Peter Morgan (1872-1890) died from an injury in his teens.
  • Patrick James (1878-1941) m. Agnes Ryan (??-1936); they had 5 children.
  • Patrick “P.J.” Nolan was educated at the LaSalle Academy, University of Ottawa, and, in 1899, graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy. Establishing his own business, he became quite well-known and is reputed to have been the first druggist in Ottawa to win the Gold Medal awarded by the Ontario College of Pharmacy. During his 30 years as a druggist, he also ventured into the entertainment field, the construction and real estate business and into politics. By 1914, he owned several theatres and, from there, branched out into the construction and real estate business, eventually acquiring or constructing more than 100 properties. In 1922, he made his first entry into politics serving as an Alderman for the city of Ottawa from 1922 to 1924. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts (1927 and 1928), P.J. was elected Mayor of Ottawa on a third attempt in 1934 and again in 1935.

1860s : Daniel Nolan : London, ON

[244] Daniel Nolan (1839-1928) – from Duagh, Co. Kerry, IE [245] Bridget Kelly (???? – ????) – from Elphin, Co. Roscommon, IE Children: John (1869), James (1871), Joseph (1873), Daniel (1875), Francis (1878) & William (1880)

Daniel Nolan (1839-1928), the son of Daniel Nolan and Elizabeth Dore of Kilcarra More, Duagh, Co. Kerry, emigrated to Upper Canada (ON) around 1861 joining his older sister Mary (1833) in Hamilton and taking on a job with the Railroad, the Grand Trunk Railway (the future Canadian National Railway)

His sister Mary Nolan (1833-1921) had already emigrated to Canada in 1857 and, on April 10, 1861, in Dundas, ON, married a John LYNCH (c1832-1897) a Kerry native like herself. John worked for the Great Western Railway and, the family initially lived in Copetown, a small town near Hamilton. By 1873, however, when Michael the third child was born, the family seems to have moved on to Hamilton itself, Mary dying there in 1921. LYNCH Children: John (c1865), Nellie (c1870), Michael (c1873), Mary (c1875) and William (c1878)

In 1864 in St. Catherines, Upper Canada (ON), his other sister who had also emigrated, Catherine Nolan (1836-1912), married a Patrick FARMER (c1821-1904), also a Kerry native, and from there they eventually moved on to Clyman, Wisconsin, where they raised a large family. At the time of Catherine’s death in 1912 she was living in Shields township, Dodge City, Wisconsin. FARMER Children: James (c1866), John Joseph (c1867), Owen Eugene (1869), Michael (c1869), Catherine (c1872), Elizabeth (c1873), Mary Ann (1875), Daniel (1877), Ellen (1879) and William P. (1881)

In July 1867, perhaps in preparation for his impending marriage the following year, Daniel moved from the Hamilton area to London, ON, where he started work with the Great Western Railroad.

On October 25, 1868, Daniel Nolan and Bridget Kelly, daughter of James kelly and Alice Fallon of Elphin, Co. Roscommon, were married in St. Catherines, ON, and, after marriage, they settled in London, ON, where Daniel had started work the previous year. In London, ON, Daniel and Bridget raised six sons and, when Daniel retired, sometime around 1918, he had been working for the railroad for over 50 years.


  • John Lawrence (1869-1944) married Mary McAuliffe (1871-1942) in 1892 in London, ON, and the family spent its first few years there, moving on to Windsor, ON, around 1902; John worked as a brakeman for the Grand Trunk Railroad (GTR) and retained his position with the railroad despite the move. Children: Gladys (1896), Rhea Mary (1897), John L. (1908) and Faye Helen (1914).
  • James (1871-1950), married Maude Smith in 1903 but little else is known about her except that she spent most of the year in Florida; James settled and lived out the rest of his life in Toronto where he was a highly respected jewelry designer and manufacturer. He is also said to have been a supplier to the Birks jewelry chain.
  • Joseph Francis (1873-1951) had a family in London, ON, where he owned a cigar factory; m1. Henrietta Theresa Hankins (c1876-1906) in 1897 in London, ON; Child: Shannon (1906) m2. Margaret Ursala Woolson (1881-1970) in 1909 in Ingersoll, ON Children: Mary Henrietta (1909), Joseph Woolson (1911), Helen Janet (1912), Helen Frances (1914), Margaret Cecilia (1915) and James Patrick (1924).
  • Daniel Joseph (1875-1942) married Elizabeth Connors (c1875-1956) in 1898 in London, ON, and together they raised a family of four in London, ON, where he was a partner in his brother Joseph’s cigar factory and other local businesses. Children: Lawrence Augustine (1906), Stanley John (1908), Daniel Connor (1911) and Nora (1913-1916).
  • Francis Michael (1878-1884) drowned as a very small child.
  • William Parnell Nolan (1880-1949) married Rose Murphy and raised a family in London, ON, where he owned and operated a cigar retail store.
    1. Sarah Alice Conlin /”Sally” – Sister St. Benedict (1911-1995) was a nursing Sister of St. Joseph’s.
    2. John Daniel /”Jack” (1910-1976)resided in London, ON, and raised a family.
    3. Rose Alice /”Alice” (1913-1945) became a Sister of St Joseph’s but left when diagnosed with a terminal illness.
    4. William Joseph /”William” (1915-1984) moved to Sarnia ON where he raised a family.
    5. Aloysisus Leo Joseph /”Al” (1917-1983) became a priest serving in several parishes in southwestern Ontario.
    6. Vincent Evariste /”Vince” (1918-1981) raised a family in Komoka outside London, ON.
    7. Mary Nora /”Mary” (1918-1999) became a Loretto teaching Sister serving in various communities.
    8. Charles P. (1923) looked after his father and sister until their deaths, married and raised a family in Greenoch, ON, where he ran a small country store.

1862 : Patrick Nolan : Manotick Station, Gloucester, ON

[88] Patrick Nolan (1821-1905) – from Unknown [89] Catherine Nolan (1822-1895) – from Ireland Children: Michael (1850), Moses “Mogue” (1855), William (1856), Anne (1860) all born in Ballindaggan, Ireland; Anastasia (1864) born in Canada

In coming to Canada, Patrick was joining two of his sisters who had already settled there, Mary and Bridget. Mary was married to a John Redmond Sr. and lived in the Ottawa area. The other sister, Bridget, was married to a Mr. Wells.

In Ireland, sometime before 1850, Patrick Nolan married a Catherine Nolan (her maiden name was also Nolan). Their first four children were born in Ireland and, in 1862, the family emigrated to Canada. Their fifth and last child, Anastasia, was born in Canada.

Patrick and Catherine settled with their children on a farm belonging to Patrick’s sister Mary and her husband John Redmond Sr.. Mary and her husband had moved with their family to 125 Nicholas St. in nearby Ottawa. The 200 acre farm, Lot 29, Concession 3, Rideau Front, Township of Gloucester, was located on Bogtown Road (now Bowesville Road) at Manotick Station. In 1875, Patrick purchased a 100 acre lot in the same area, just two farms north of the Redmond farm. Although only 10 of the 100 acres were cleared land and no buildings were on it, Patrick and Catherine now had their own piece of land which remained in Nolan hands until 1975 when it was sold. This was Lot 27, Concession 3, Rideau Front, Township of Gloucester, Manotick Station. The original Redmond farm was taken over by John Redmond Jr., son of his sister Mary and John Redmond Sr.


  • Michael m. Annie Carroll (1858-1952); they had 8 children
  • Moses (1855-1926) m. Bridget Connely (widow of James Moran); 6 children
  • William (1856-1930) m. Anne Hogan (1858-1923); they had 3 children
  • Anastasia (1864-1938) m. Hugh Watters, a widower with children; Anastasia had no children of her own.
  • Anne (1860-1931) never married

1868 : Michael Nolan : Kingston, Frontenac Co., ON

[163] Michael Nolan (1838 – 1898) – from Quebec, Canada [164] Margaret Verdon (???? – ????) – from Unknown Children: William Joseph (1869), Michael (1870), George Patrick (1870), Mary Ann (1873), Joseph Vincent (1875) and Charles William (1878)

Michael, a ship’s captain, was born somewhere in Quebec, Canada, in 1838 and died in 1898, at age 60, in Kingston, ON, where he lived with his family.

Michael and Margaret were married in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on October 12, 1868.


  • William Joseph (1869)
  • Michael (1870) m. Ellen Murphy in Kingston in 1892
  • George Patrick (1872-1960) m. Louise Tuepah in Kingston in 1900; he moved to St. Clair, Michigan, but, at his death, he was returned to Kingston for burial.
  • Mary Ann (1873-1894)
  • Joseph Vincent (1875-????) m. Margaret Hagerty in Kingston in 1900
  • Charles William (1878- bef. 1901)

1883 : John J. Nolan : Wolverton, Oxford Co., ON

[105] John J. Nolan (???? – ????) – from Westport, Co. Mayo, IE [106] Susanna Ryder (???? – ????) – from Unknown Children: Mary Ann, James, John, Thomas, Honora, Katherine

John J. Nolan emigrated to Canada from Co. Mayo, IE, in 1883 on the SS Sarmatian (Allen ship lines?). He initially “located” in the area of Ancaster, near Hamilton, Ontario, and, after a year or so, moved on to the area of Wolverton in Oxford Co., Ontario.

1920s : Russell Nolan : Ottawa, ON

[482] Russell Nolan (???? – ????) – from Ireland [483] Hannah Storer (???? – ????) – from Unknown Children: ????

Sometime in the 1920s Russell Nolan, born in Ireland, immigrated to Canada, settling down in Ottawa, Ontario, where he raised a family.

His grandson, Gary Dagenais is looking for family links back to Ireland.

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