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1 Roger 09 Feb 2024 10:50 AM Roger@3484@ 29 Feb 2024 05:27 PM 1 - Mists of Time -BCE- Ireland N/A -350-300 Leinster Ugaine Mor, a famous maritime trader, rules as Ard Ri (High King) of Ireland In pre-Christian times the European Celts were pushed ever northward and westward by the Roman army seeking to extend the Roman Empire offering the Pax Roman to the vaquished. At this time, a maritime Celtic chief seated in Leinster or possibly in the Scilly Isles arose offering his guidance and protection to the Celtic chiefs at the north-western limits of Roman Empire. Known as Ugaine Mor (Hugh/Eugene the Great) or by the Romans as "Hugonious Magnus" he sailed into the Mediterranean with a fleet of ships to assist the Greeks in their quest to establish trading posts in the western Mediterranean. He is the first historically verified Ard Ri of Ireland and, according to the Irish Annals, ancestor to both the O Nuallains and the O hUllachains. Ugaine Mor married a Gaulish princess and reputedly had 25 children. At his death his children inherited his vast domains, one of them was the ancestor of the O Nuallains and another the ancestor of the O hUllachains. Roger Nowlan More details
2 Roger 09 Feb 2024 11:17 AM anonymous_user 20 Feb 2024 05:03 PM 0 - Family Lines 1800-1849 Canada Nowland-194 1818 circa Bouctouche area, NB Peter and Edward Nowland immigrate to New Brunswick On their way back from Quebec city, Lower Canada, Peter and his brother Edward Nowland, working on a lumber ship returning to Europe, decide to settle in New Brunswick, jumping ship somewhere along the Northumberland Strait. According to family lore, Peter and Edward came from Cork. According to RC church records in New Brunswick, Peter and Edward's parents were "James Nowland" and "Mary Glory". After a long search in RC church records in Ireland it was eventually determined that Peter and Edward's parents had married in the Ballon church in 1793. Their names, as they appeared in the Ballon-Rathoe church records were given as "James Nowlan" and "Mary Clory" (sic Mary Clowry). In the marriage record Mary was listed as a widow and a further search in the Ballon-Rathoe records revealed that to a "James Clowry" in 1784. Roger Nowlan More details
3 Roger 09 Feb 2024 11:22 AM Roger 16 Feb 2024 07:39 PM 0 - Family Lines 1750-1799 Ireland Nowland-194 1793 Ballon, Co. Carlow James Nowlan marries and Mary Clowry nee Shortall in Ballon church James and Mary were married in Ballon church in late 1793. She was a widow and records from the same parish (Ballon-Rathoe) show that she had been previously married to a James Clowry in 1784.
In RC church records for New Bruswick for the marriage of two of their sons Peter (b. circa 1796) and Edward (b. circa 1798) their names are given as "James Nowland" and "Mary Glory" of "County Karlow". Roger Nowlan More details
4 Roger 09 Feb 2024 11:26 AM Roger 16 Feb 2024 01:36 PM 0 - Family Lines 1700-1749 United States Nowlin-17 1700 circa Beaver Creek, Virginia James Nowlan immigrates to America as an indentured servant James Nowlan/Nowling originally came to Virginia as an indentured servant and eventually married Catherine Ward, a daughter of his master. He is believed to have been a carpenter. At his death, James was using the "Nowling" spelling for his name. This is believed to reflect a French connection in the years preceding his immigration to America. There is a branch of Nolans (Nowland) which settled in the Placentia Bay area of Newfoundland and on the neighbouring French isle of St. Pierre and used the spelling "Noliegne" which sounds close to "Nowling" when pronounced in French. Roger Nowlan More details
5 Roger 09 Feb 2024 11:26 AM Roger@3484@ 27 Feb 2024 04:12 PM 0 - Family Lines 1700-1749 Europe N/A 1747 Holland A "Pieter Nowland" was working as a sailor on an armed navy sloop in Holland "Pieter Nowland" (sic Peter Nowland) was working as a sailor aboard the armoured sloop "De Duijff" serving the Admiralty of the Dutch province of Zeeland (next to Belgium) Reference: Crew logbook for the ships of the Admiralty of Zeeland i.e. "P.F. Poortvliet, De bemanningen der schepen van de Admiraliteit van Zeeland 1740-1749 (uitgave NGV Afdeling Zeeland 1995-1997) (nummer 25799)" ; period from April 19, 1747 to November 7, 1747

He may have been related to the "Peter Nowland" of Ballykealey who was hung at Clonmel in 1745, after being convicted of treason for , having recruited Irishmen to fight for the Jacobite cause.
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6 Roger 09 Feb 2024 11:17 AM Roger 16 Feb 2024 12:05 PM 0 - Family Lines 1800-1849 Canada Nowland-194 1818 circa Bouctouche area, NB Peter and Edward Nowlan integrate with the French Acadian community In 1822 in the Richibucto Village church Edward Nowlan married Isabelle LeBlanc, an Acadian woman descended from Charles LeBlanc, a pioneer of Bouctouche. Edward settled at Kent Boom up the main Buctouche river where he had obtained a land grant becoming a pioneer of the small town of Ste. Marie-de-Kent.

In 1828 his older brother Peter married Modeste Jaillet, the grand-daughter of a French Huguenot immigrant who had settled in Lunenburg. Peter settled settled on the south side of the Little Buctouche river where his father-in-law had earlier been granted land. His three eldest sons, John, Thomas and William settled in the Coates Mills area, on the south side of the Bouctouche river, a bit past Kent Boom where their uncle Edward Nowlan had settled but on the north side of the river.
Peter and Edward, following the example of the local Acadian community, sustained themselves through logging, farming and fishing. Roger Nowlan More details
9 Roger 16 Feb 2024 01:48 PM Roger 16 Feb 2024 08:00 PM 0 - Family Lines 1750-1799 Australia Nowland-54 1791 Norfolk Island, Australia Michael Nowland marries Elizabeth Richards In 1783, Michael Nowland (c1761-1828) was imprisoned and sentenced to death for, supposedly, stealing a horse. However, his sentence was later commuted to life and, in 1790, he was “transported” to Australia on the ship “Scarbourough”.

After his arrival in Australia, in 1791, Michael marries Elizabeth Richards who, like him, had arrived in the penal colony on the "Lady Juliana” having been sentenced to 7 years transportation.

Michael and Elizabeth had 9 children, the first 4 being born on Norfolk Island and the others in the area of Wilberforce, NSW, where the family had resettled around 1800. Michael and Elizabeth are buried in a cemetery in Wilberforce, NSW.
Michael known to have been born circa 1761 in Dublin is possibly the son of a William and Ann Nowlan whose son Michael was baptised in Dublin on December 31, 1758 Roger Nowlan JRoger More details
10 Roger 16 Feb 2024 03:35 PM Roger 16 Feb 2024 07:18 PM 0 - Family Lines 1600-1699 Ireland Noland-140 1660s Fethard, Co. Tipperary Pierce Noland Sr. regains some of his lost lands in Co. Tipperary As best as can be determined, Pierce Nowland was born in Dublin, Ireland, sometime around 1628, probably the son of a Catholic merchant with Royalist ties and family roots in the barony of Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, where Pierce Butler had a castle.

In the 1640s Pierce Butler took an active part in the Irish Civil war and, after the passing of an Act of Resettlement in 1652, he was forced to forfeit his vast lands in Leinster in exchange for less desirable lands in counties Clare, Galway and Mayo, where he, his tenants and retainers could resettle. At this point, Pierce Nowland, his wife and their young children, most likely Henry and Darby at this point, around 1654, are believed to have resettled to Co. Mayo where Pierce Noland Jr. was born sometime around 1655.

It is not known exactly where they lived but it was most likely in the Barony of Tirawley where Pierce Butler is known to have received lands.

After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the "Noland" family seems to have regained some of their lands in Co. Tipperary, likely around Fethard. Roger Nowlan More details
11 Roger 16 Feb 2024 03:54 PM Roger 16 Feb 2024 07:33 PM 0 - Family Lines 1600-1699 United States Noland-140 1670s Cecil Co. Maryland Pierce Noland Jr . immigrates to America and settles in Cecil Co., MD By the mid 1670s, probably feeling the urge to establish himself and, seeing the potential for owning land of his own in America, Pierce Noland Jr. emigrated and settled in Cecil Co. Maryland. His brothers, Henry, Darby, Philip (1656), William (1658) and Thomas did likelwise, settling respectively in: Kent Co., Maryland; Cecil Co., Maryland; Loudoun Co., Virginia; St. Mary’s Co., Maryland, and; Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.

After a short time in Cecil Co., Pierce Noland Jr. moved on to Charles Co., Maryland, where he married in 1780 and stayed for most of his life. He died in Stafford Co., Virginia in 1714.

Around 1680 in Maryland, Pierce married someone named Katherine and they had at least 5 children.


* Stephen (1682) who remained in Charles Co., MD
* Philip (1684) who relocated to Stafford Co., VA
* Pierce (1696) who relocated to Cecil Co., MD
* Thomas (1698) who remained in Charles Co., MD
* William (1703) who remained in Charles Co., MD Roger Nowlan More details
12 Roger 16 Feb 2024 01:48 PM Roger 16 Feb 2024 07:59 PM 0 - Family Lines 1750-1799 Ireland Nowland-54 1783 Dublin, Ireland Michael Nowland sentenced to death In 1783, Michael Nowland (c1761-1828) was imprisoned and sentenced to death for, supposedly, stealing a horse. However, his sentence was later commuted to life and, in 1790, he was “transported” to Australia on the ship “Scarbourough”. Roger Nowlan JRoger More details
13 Roger 09 Feb 2024 11:26 AM Roger 16 Feb 2024 10:52 PM 0 - Family Lines 1700-1749 Ireland Nowlin-17 1669 circa Shangarrry, Co. Carlow Captain James Nolan is dispossessed of his Shangarry lands Aftter the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Captain James Nolan who had fled to France with Charles I in the late 1640s failed to recover his lost lands of Shangarry once the monarchy was restored in 1660.

+++ add "in trust" information for John Nolan

In 1664, the courts ruled that he had no rights his former Shangarry lands they having been exchanged for lands in Connacht under Parliamentary Rule (i.e. Cromwellian rukle). In 1640, prior to the "Uprising of 1641" Daniel, his grandfather, had protected his Shangarry lands by passing them on to his favourite son Patrick. Captain James' mother had died and Patrick, born from a second union, had become the one favoured to inherit Daniel's lands.

In the 1650s, under Parliamentary (Cromwellian) Rule, Patrick's Shangarry lands had been seized but, in exchange, he had accepted lands in Connacht such that, upon the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the Shangarry lands were now considered the property of Richard Butler, the Duke of Ormonde and Lord Deputy of Ireland. Despite this, throughout the 1660s, Captain James continued to petition for the return of his lands. However, in 1669, having allegedly murdered a Thady Nolan, he fled to England. In 1670, he appealed to the Duke of Ormonde for the return of his Shangarry lands. Being unsuccessful he petioned the king who refered his petition to the courts. After first reading, the case dragged on for 7 weeks but, in the end, the case was dismissed due to lack of evidence. At the time of the case, Captain James was married with 9 young children and reportedly destitute.

Between 1670 and 1700, there is little known about Captain James except for circa 1700 church records for the chapel of St Germain-en-Laye in Paris which suggest that his first wife died in the late 1690s and that he remarried around 1700. In the records he gives his first name as "Eugène" and "Jacques Nolan". It is possible that the "James Nowling" of Beaver Creek, VA, may have lived for a time in France before immigrating to Virginia. That would explain his use of "Nowling" as a last name. In French, the Nolan family name is known to have been rendered as "Noliegne", such as on the island of St Pierre in the mid 1700s.
John Nolan, son of Patrick, and cousin of Captain James had:

* Lawrence Nolan (1670- ) of Shangarry (1670-...)
* John (1682- ) who went "Up North" (?Maine, ?Newfoundland)
* William (1684- ) who went to "New England"
* James (1685-1750) who settled in Virginia circa 1700 Roger Nowlan More details
14 Roger 20 Feb 2024 04:02 PM Roger@3484@ 29 Feb 2024 08:10 PM 0 - Family Lines 1850-1899 United States Nolan-1860s-Hartford-Conn 1860 Ship in Atlantic Headed for America Andrew son of Patrick Nolan born aboard ship
According to family tree information found at the MyHeritage and FamilySearch websites, Andrew's parents were Patrick Nolan (b. Mar 17 1833 in Co. Westmeath, IE - d. 12 July 1899 in Hartford, Conn) and Margaret O'Laughlin (b. July 24 1840 in Ballymacoda and Ladysbridge, Co. Cork, IE - d. 5 Apr 1909 in Hartford, Conn).

According to family lore Andrew was born at sea in 1860 while his mother/the family was on the way to America. In 1865 (census) the family was living in Ward 14, Brooklyn, NY. By 1870 (census) the family had settled in Hartford, Conn.

Patrick Nolan and Margaret O'Laughlin had the following children:
Michael (1855), Emma (1858) and Elizabeth (1859) born in Ireland; Andrew J. (1860) born at sea; Josephine (1862), Annie (1863), Fanny (1870), Terrance F. (1872), Bessie (1872), Esther (1877) and Margaret born in America.
It may be possible to identify the family's origin in Ireland using the fact that Andrew's parents married in Ireland, their first 3 children were born in Ireland (1855-1859). Church records in Counties Cork and Westmeath may shed further light in this family's ancestry. Candis Sunderland More details
15 Roger@3484@ 27 Feb 2024 03:48 PM Roger@3484@ 27 Feb 2024 03:52 PM 0 - Family Lines 1700-1749 Ireland N/A 1749 Co's Roscommon, Galway & Sligo 1749 CENSUS - Nowland, Nowlan & Nolan in Elphin Diocese Following is a list of Nolan, Nowlan and Nowland individuals (first name/last name/parish/county) living in the Elphin Diocese in 1749.


Jams Nowland, Elphin, Roscommon
Pat Nowland, Ahascragh, Galway


An Nowlan, Roscommon, Roscommon
Ed Nowlan, Roscommon, Roscommon
Jam Nowlan, Taghboy, Roscommon
Jam Nowlan, Taghboy, Roscommon
Jas Nowlan, Termonbarry, Roscommon
John Nowlan, Taghboy, Roscommon
Wm Nowlan, Taghboy, Roscommon


Bry Nolan, Cloontuskert, Roscommon
Bryan Nolan, Kilteevan, Roscommon
Bryn Nolan, St Johns, Sligo
Danl Nolan, Aughrim, Roscommon
Fr Nolan, Kilgefin, Roscommon
Jas Nolan, Kilbride, Roscommon
John Nolan, Kilglass, Roscommon
P Nolan, Tibohine, Roscommon
Pat Nolan, Cloontuskert, Roscommon
Patrick Nolan, St Johns, Sligo
Peter Nolan, St Johns, Roscommon
R Nolan, Tibohine, Roscommon
Widdow Nolan, Taghboy, Roscommon
Winny Nolan, Aughrim, Roscommon
The Diocese of Elphin diocese covers most of County Roscommon (51 of the 59 parishes) plus parts of County Galway (8 parishes) and County Sligo (13 parishes).

The source document entitled "1749 - Religious Census of Elphin Diocese; Householders, occupations, religion, number of children and number of servants." may be searched at the website. See URL link below. Roger Nowlan More details
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