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Patrick & Mary (Dowd) McGreevy - Roscommon (?)
Posted by: D. Mooney (ID *****1726) Date: February 15, 2010 at 08:47:39
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I came across a bio of my great-great grandfather. The name "McGressey" is nearly certain to be a mistake, it should be McGreevy. I am looking for information on the following people:

"Mr Nolan was the eldest of nine children whose parents were James and Hannora (Flannigan) Nolan who were born, lived and died in Ireland. Only one of his brothers, Michael J Nolan, came to this country. He is a prominent newspaper publisher at Austin, Texas. The subject's father, James Nolan, was at one time a prominent banker in Ireland and during the panic of 1846 he gave a large amount of money and provisions for the relief of the poor in his neighborhood. The children of Captain Nolan are: Elizabeth M, single who lives at home in Detroit; Anna Statia, single, who is also at home; James Aden, now deceased, who had one daughter, Nathalie Celestine, who died at the age of five years; Celestine Catherine, wife of Maxwell Laffray, a hardware merchant of Detroit, whose children are William Nolan Laffrey. aged eight and James Maxwell Laffray, aged two; and Marie Agnes, who married Samuel H Todd and lives in Toronto, Canada their two children being Mary Catherine, aged five, and Alice Celestine, aged three.

Captain Nolan was twice married, first in Ireland, in March 1863, to Miss Elizabeth M McGressey, daughter of Patrick and Mary Dowd McGressey, natives of county Roscommon, Ireland. She died in December, 186,3 in Detroit, leaving one child. His second marriage was to Miss Mary Emily McHugh, of Detroit. She is a daughter of Andrew and Statia (Kavanaugh) McHugh, natives of Detroit and is a most estimable woman"

- Excerpt of a bio of William Nolan from History of Detroit by Paul Leake 1912


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