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Patrick NOLAN
Catherine FALLON
Husband:  Patrick NOLAN
Birth:  1829/30/31, Glenmore, co. Mayo, Ireland
Death:  1862, City & Co. of San Francisco, CA
Migration:  1852, to New England; settled Winthrop, Kennebec Co., ME
Marriage:  28 Sep 1856, Kennebec Co., ME
Migration:  1862, to CA
Wife:  Catherine FALLON / FALLAN / FALEN
Birth:  1836/7, Ireland
Other Spouse:  m2. ?
Migration:  ? to St. Louis, MO
Sister:  Margaret FALLON / FALLAN, b. 1834/5, Ireland
1.  Margaret NOLAN, b. 1857, Kennebec Co., ME
2.  Timothy N. NOLAN, b. 2 Mar 1859, Hallowell, Kennebec Co., ME
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1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Patrick NOLAN
Spouse: Catharine FALEN
Marriage: 28 Sep 1856, Kennebec, Maine
Source: Marriage Records, ca. 1828-1887... Maine Supreme Court (Kennebec County)

2.  1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #58 of 59):  Winthrop P.O., Winthrop, Kennebec Co., ME, p. 1050, PN 58, 442/482, enumerated 7 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Patrick Nolan 29 M   Oil Cloth Carpet Laborer     Ireland
Catharine " 23 F         do
Margaret  "  3 F         Maine
Timothy   "  1 M         do
Marg Fallan 25 F         Ireland
Several men on this and adjacent pages were employed in various jobs in an "Oil Cloth Carpet" factory.  Margaret FALLAN is almost certainly Catherine's sister.

3.  Family Quest Archives:  California Federal Census 1870:  Plumas and Sacramento Counties.  (Heritage Quest CD M593-77):  Sacramento 4th Ward, Sacramento Co., CA, p. 320B, PN 4, enumerated ca. 9 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1870:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 15 19
27 36 Hopkins Mark 54 M W Treasr R R Co 9150 8,655,780 New York       /
    _______ Mary F 48 F W Keeps House      "   "         
    Nolan Timmy N  9 M W attends school     Maine     /  
    Ah Sing 25 M C domestic     China / /    
This may be a "Stella Dallas" story, with Catherine giving up her son so he could have a better life than she could ever have given him; or, on the dark side, she could have sold him or just deserted him.

4.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6-7 of 22):  California [St.], San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, Roll T9_74, pp. 701B-702C, PN 6-7, SD 1, ED 55, enumerated 2 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
  1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 11 13 24 25 26
* 42 48 Hopkins M F W F 52     / Keeping house NY CT MA
    _______ Timothy W M 21 adopted son /   At home Calif Calif Calif
    Crittenden May W F 17 Niece /   At home MO NY NY
    [plus nine servants]
Mary adopted Timothy, her housekeeper's son, as an adult, after the death of her husband, Mark HOPKINS, in 1878.  Timothy was born in Maine, not CA, and his parents were born in Ireland, not CA.  Timothy later married May CRITTENDEN.

5.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

6.  Timothy Hopkins.  1932.  John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634, and Some of His Descendants.  Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA.

7.  Harold Clarke Durrell.  1936.  "Memoirs of Deceased Members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 90(April): 167-194.  On p. 182:
TIMOTHY HOPKINS, of Menlo Park, Calif., adopted son of Mark and Mary Frances (Sherwood) Hopkins, elected a resident member 6 May 1896 and made a life member 18 May 1896, was born at Hallowell, Maine, 2 March 1859, the son of Patrick and Catherine (Fallon) Nolan, and died in San Francisco, Calif., 1 January 1936.

His father, Patrick Nolan, born at Glenmore, co. Mayo, Ireland, in 1829, came to New England in 1852, settled at Winthrop, Maine, where he found employment in an oilcloth shop and married Catherine Fallon.  In May 1862 he left home for California to seek better fortune in the gold fields.  However, he secured work in San Francisco and sent East for his family, but he was accidentally drowned on the day that they sailed form New York.

Mrs. Nolan, who later married a second time and moved to St. Louis, Mo., found work in the family of Mark Hopkins, the railroad magnate, and in a short time Timothy, now three years of age, was made a member of the family.  On the death of Mark Hopkins in 1878, he was legally adopted by the widow...

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