Thursday, May 27, 2010

.. they moved to White Plains to work for Whitelaw Reid....

... and so reads Nan's story. Her story goes on to say that John and Anne are in the 1870 census, listed as a laborer and a maid, respectively. 

Feel my pain; I can't substantiate any of this!

The result is a large gap -- from 1860 when we find the Nolan's in the Census to 1880 when we find them in White Plains.

Here is where we stand - -HELP me!
We have some bread crumbs:
  • Whitelaw Reid
  • Ophir Farm (the Reid estate in White Plains)
  • the boys drowning

Whitelaw Reid
In 1870, we find Whitelaw Reid (32) in NYC -- living in the 18th Ward with what appears to be a collection of other professionals; the notation on the side of this entry says "East 18, SW, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

In 1880, Whitelaw (42) is living in NYC -- listed as the Editor of the Tribune and a widower. Living with him is Ella Reid, his niece (22 years old) - they are at 45 Lexington Avenue.

In 1990, Whitelaw (62) and his wife, Elizabeth Mills Reid are in Manhattan - on Madison Avenue, with their children, Ogden (18) and Jean (15)

Clearly, Whitelaw had more than one home - and Ophir Farm in Purchase, New York, was one of his properties -- purchased by him and his wife in 1888 (18 years after Nan estimated the Nolan's moved to White Plains and 8 years after John died.) While working at the estate remains a possibility, being in the employ of the Reids, in White Plains, before 1888 is not likely.

The Reid's family papers are held by the Library of Congress; Mrs. Reid's papers, including documents about the management of their home are found there, (date range 1872 - 1947) as is a collection of materials labeled "Residences and Land, 1885-1970." I will seek some more clues in that collection, as time permits.

Ophir Farm: learn more
One interpretation of the family story (which is tremendously accurate) suggests that the Nolan's worked at Ophir Farm, which was owned eventually by Mr. Reid. Previous owners included:
Ben Holladay, otherwise known as the StageCoach King and John Roach. Could either of these men have employed the Nolans?

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