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James Nolan, of Waterpark

Nolan grave, Knockpatrick, Co.Limerick.
Photo 2013. See full size.
See close-up of LHS and centre and small centre and RHS.
Centre is grave of James Nolan and Catherine Donovan.

James Nolan,
born 1770,
of Waterpark House, Shanid Lower, Kilmoylan par, SW of Shanagolden, Co.Limerick.
See entry in tree by Paddy Waldron.

He mar pre-1801 to Catherine Donovan [born 1776].

The elopement and the faction fight of 1825:
The story is that Kennedy O'Brien of Dunmoylan eloped with one of his daughters and possibly had children with her.
This Kennedy O'Brien was a leader of faction fighting at Shanagolden and he was killed in a faction fight on 2 June 1825.
It is almost certain that this was his dau Ellen (i.e. Kennedy O'Brien was her 1st husband).

"James Nolan" is listed in [Tithe Survey, 1833] as occupying a large titheable holding of 304 acres (Waterpark) and a further untitheable holding of 3 acres, in Shanid, Kilmoylan par, leasing from Thomas Spring Rice (later created 1st Baron Monteagle).
James died Sept 1833, age 63 yrs.
He was bur Knockpatrick.
"Catherine Nolan" of "Shanid Castle" wrote a letter to the Limerick Chronicle, 26 Mar 1845, praising her landlord Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle.
"Catherine Nolan" is listed at Waterpark in [Griffiths Valuation, 1852]. She also held the land containing the ruin of Shanid Castle.
She died Sept 1858, age 82 yrs.
She was bur Knockpatrick.
James and Catherine had issue:

  1. Cornelius Nolan,
    born 1800 or 1801,
    "Corneleus" on grave,
    [Jim Nolan tree] says Con,
    NOT Connor,
    of Ballyane House, Co.Limerick (just W of Waterpark).

  2. Ellen Nolan,
    born 1802 or 1803.

  3. Mary Nolan, born 1806,
    of Waterpark.
    Listed as "Mariam" at marriage.
    She mar 1831 to Daniel Donovan and had issue.

    Proof that Mary who married Daniel Donovan is one of the daughters:

    Proof that Ellen, not Mary, was the daughter who eloped with Kennedy O'Brien:

    • Tim Donovan in [Donovan, 2010] named "Mary" as the daughter who eloped with Kennedy O'Brien in 1825.
    • But it seems almost certain this was Ellen.
    • Tim Donovan now thinks Mary was just speculation, and finds the evidence that it was Ellen convincing.
    • Note that Mary is listed as "Nolan" at her marriage in 1831, not as "O'Brien".
  4. Catherine Nolan, born 1809.
    [Jim Nolan tree] lists a dau "Kathleen", which may be her, since it does not list a Catherine.
    "Catherine Nolan" sp the bapt of her niece Margaret Nolan 1825.
    She mar --- McDonnell.
    She died Sept 1864, age 55 yrs,
    bur Knockpatrick.

  5. Thomas Nolan, born 1813,
    of Waterpark.
    [Jim Nolan tree] says Tom.
    He died 24 June 1850, age 37 yrs.
    He was bur Knockpatrick.
    See death notice in Limerick Chronicle, 3 July 1850.

  6. Anna Nolan,
    [Jim Nolan tree] said Ann, but she is Anna in most records,
    born 1816, according to age at apparent death, though probably more like c.1814 (mar 1831, children born 1832 to 1861).
    She married at Shanagolden.
    She mar 23 Nov 1831 to Timothy McCoy and had issue.

  7. Margaret Nolan,
    of Waterpark,
    Margaret J. Nolan, born Co.Limerick,
    born 1816 [according to age given at death] or possibly 1809 [dispute of will].
    She cannot be born 1833 [age given in 1901 census].
    The sons of Ellen and Anna and James and Cornelius are listed as her nephews at her funeral in 1903.
    "Margaret Nolan" sp the bapt of her niece Catherine McCoy in 1836.
    "Margaret Nolan" sp the bapt of her nephew Darby Donovan 1844.
    She mar 4 Feb 1845 [Shanagolden RC par records] to Joseph Cussen.
    Marriage wit by Daniel Donovan and Robert Cussen.

  8. James Nolan,
    born 1821 or 1822 [mother age 45-46],
    of Waterpark House, Shanid Lower, Co.Limerick.

Perhaps another son, a younger brother of Cornelius of Ballyane:

  1. Frank Nolan.
    He is listed in [Tithe Survey, 1833] at Ballyane, Kilmoylan par, as holding a plot less than 1 acre.

James Nolan with a large holding at Waterpark, Shanid, in [Tithe Survey, 1833].

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