Friday, October 15, 2010

John Nolan, Jr. 1871 - 1938

John Nolan (son of Anne and John Nolan) fascinates me. He was named for his father, but also presumably for his brother who drowned Christmas Day 1870. Further, our family story tells us that John was a twin - and that the twin died a few days after their birth. I can't help but wonder if this was not a lot of "stuff" to carry around?

John appears in the 1880 census -- as a nine year old boy, living with the Nolan's and his many brothers and sisters on Kensico Avenue. In 1900 and 1910, he remains with his mother, Anne, and a few sisters, living at the Pearl Street home we understand Anne to have purchased after her husband's death. In 1910, his occupation is listed as policeman.

John marries Rosetta (Etta) Grey in or about 1913. Prior to the marriage, Etta worked (and seemingly lived) in the household of Clayton Finch of Port Chester. Etta had immigrated to American in 1899.

John and Etta lived on Smith Street in 1920, with two daughters - Margaret and Anne and in 1930 they are on Westchester Avenue - the girls are 12 and 10 at this point.

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