Harlan County *Nolan* Obituaries
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THE HARLAN ENTERPRISE
MARCH 2,1926
 

     D. G. Nolan, age 60 years, died Saturday night at 
11:10 o'clock of pelleera. He was a member of the Christian 
Church on Pine Mountain, where burial took place at the Nolan 
Cemetery Sunday afternoon. 

He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Charity Osborne, of 
Cawood, Roxie Nolan, Cora Nolan and Alice Nolan; three sons 
John, Adison (Adrian) and Arch (Archie) all of Lenarue and 
William (Rue?), of Baxter; Also one brother, Adrian Nolan of 
Shonue.

Notes:
D. G. Nolan---David Gipson Nolan--Was know as Gip Nolan
Married first to Patsy Farley using the surname Johnson. James Johnson had raised the younger children of Joseph Nolan and Louisa Farmer Nolan after they seperated during the Civil War..No divorce was ever found for Joseph and Louisa Farmer Nolan
Another Daughter--Daisy Nolan
William Rue--William Nolan



Harlan Enterprise 
December 10.1926
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                    SPLENDID WOMAN DIES IN LOUISVILLE
                        MRS NANCY NOLAN'S REMAINS 
                         BURIED AT OLD HOME CHAD

      Mrs. Nancy Malvina Nolan, one of Harlan's most respected 
citizens died Saturday, December 4th at Louisville, where she 
had been taken for treatment some three weeks ago. Mrs. Nolan 
had only been ill a short time and news of her death was a great 
shock to her many friends in Harlan.

     The remains was brought here Monday morning and the 
funeral held at the Christian Church Monday afternoon, conducted 
by her Pastor, Rev D.E. Steffe, after which her remains were 
taken to her old home on First Street, burial Tuesday at Chad.

     Mrs Nolan was 66 years old, and the wife of the late J.M. 
Nolan. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Laura Hough, of 
Long Beach, cal; Mrs Nora Ould, of Hazard; three sons, Chad Nolan 
of Harlan, Buckner of Washington D.C.,Oscar Nolan of Long Beach, 
Cal; Two sisters, Mrs. Mintie Dixion, of London, Mrs. R.A. Blair 
of Harlan, five brothers Harvey Smith, of Cumberland; S.W. Smith 
of Greenmount; Grant Smith of Tafe, Cal; Joe Smith of Tiegue and 
J.H. Smith, of Harlan.

    Mrs Nolan lived on First Street. She was a true friend, a 
good neighbor and a dutiful mother. May God comfort the sorrowing 
ones left behind, but they have the sweet satisfaction of knowing 
her life was well spent and she has passed to her reward.

Elva Nolan Morgan



THE HARLAN ENTERPRISE
MARCH 11.1927
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                   HARLAN PIONEER DIES

     Mrs. Martha Nolan, widow of Joseph Nolan was born in Harlan 
County, March the 3, 1841 and died Sunday morning, March 6.1927 
being at the time of her death 86 years and three days old.

     She was born in Harlan on the Poor Fork of the Cumberland 
River. Her first marriage was before the Civil War. The second 
was after the war in 1874, she moved to Laurel Creek in the 
same County.
     She was the mother of five children; Mrs. W.H. Tolliver,
who died last June; Elizabeth Nolan and Patience Nolan, of 
Garrad County, and Enock Nolan and Susan Nolan of Harlan County.
     With the exception of eleven months, she had made her home 
with her son in-law W. H.  Tolliver, during the past seven years.
     She was a church member for over 40 years and died peacefully. 
The cause of death was old age, hastened by cancer.
 


John Nolan--Killed in the Three Point Mine Explosion.
1946 was son of D.G. (Gip) and Margaret Brewer Nolan



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 (This is not intended to offend anyone. Typed as written.)

                                  IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL.

     The funeral of Mrs Margaret Nolan, held last Thursday was 
one of the most impressive. There were a total of 59 automobiles 
loaded with people that went to the Nolan Cemetery on Poor Fork 
just above Baxter to attend the burial ceremonies.

  The funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church 
by Rev. W. Johnson. As Mrs Nolan had requested, six white robed 
pall bearers, Klan members from Loyall, joined in the ceremonies 
and laid her body to rest. A large number of people from various 
parts of the County including scores of relatives.
 



Harlan, Enterprise
June 6.1924
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                         Mrs Margaret Nolan Dies.
      Mrs Margaret Nolan, age 46, wife of Enoch Nolan, of 
Sunshine, died Tuesday night at her residence, of tuberculosis
after an illness of two years.

     She is survived by her husband and nine daughters and sons; 
namely Mrs Francis McKnight, Mrs Delosia Cooper, Mrs Ora Wallace, 
Mrs Dessie Jones and Misses Oshia, Callie, Martha. Sally and Edith 
Nolan and Dock and Homer Nolan. Also she is survived by three 
sisters Mrs Sarah Carwell, Mrs Martha Hoskins, and Mrs Mary Gross; 
and four brothers George Bledsoe, James Bledsoe, Abe Bledsoe, and 
B.D. Bledsoe.

    Mrs Nolan was born and raised in Harlan County, her home 
having been over across Pine Mountain near Bledsoe, Ky. until 
about five years ago when the family moved here.

    She was a good Christian woman, lived a Christian life and 
was a member of the Christian Church.


THE HARLAN ENTERPRISE
MARCH 11.1927
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                           HARLAN PIONEER DIES

     Mrs. Martha Nolan, widow of Joseph Nolan was born 
in Harlan County, March the 3, 1841 and died Sunday morning, 
March 6.1927 being at the time of her death 86 years and 
three days old.

     She was born in Harlan on the Poor Fork of the Cumberland 
River. Her first marriage was before the Civil War. The second
was after the war in 1874, she moved to Laurel Creek in the 
same County.

     She was the mother of five children; Mrs. W.H. Tolliver,
who died last June; Elizabeth Nolan and Patience Nolan, of 
Garrad County, and Enock Nolan and Susan Nolan of Harlan County.

     With the exception of eleven months, she had made her home 
with her son in-law W. H.  Tolliver, during the past seven years.

     She was a church member for over 40 years and died peacefully. The cause 
of death was old age, hastened by cancer.



HARLAN ENTERPRISE
DECEMBER 23, 1923
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                            TRAIN KILLS C.F.C NOLAN
                  Harlan County Pioneer meets death at Chad 
                                  Sunday Afternoon

     C. F. C. Nolan, 79 retired business man and one of last of 
the sturdy pioneer stock that were responsible the founding of 
Harlan County, was killed by a switch engine near his home at 
Chad Sunday afternoon.

     Mr. Nolan, 79 was returning from a walk and stepped back 
on the railroad track after letting a fast freight train pass 
him, when he was struck in the back by a switch train that was 
closely behind the freight. He was placed in the caboose
of the train and rushed to the Lynch hospital but died before 
it was reached.

    Mr. Nolan, known all over this section as "Uncle Chad", 
was loved and respected by all that accorded the privilege 
of calling him friend. His home at Chad was a haven
for rest and entertainment for all who passed that way, 
rivaling the late lamented Col.Taylor for the title of a 
"Prince of Hospitality" .

    Uncle Chad was born March 5, 1845, and served during the 
Civil War on the Home Guards, being actively engaged on 
several occasions with maraudding bands of Confederate soldiers. 
On one occasion, Mr. Nolan, who was just a boy, found on the
battlefield part of the records of General John H. Morgan.

    He was married in 1862, to Louisa Turner who lived on Clover 
Fork, where Evarts is now located. Mrs. Nolan died January 10, 
1918.

    In the early years of his life, Mr Nolan was in the employ 
of a number of large corporations in obtaining mineral rights 
in Harlan. He also engaged in the lumber and stave business b
efore coal mines were developed or the railroad had entered.

    He was elected to the Legislature for two successive terms, 
serving from 1900 to 1904 as Representative from this district. 
During his stay there, Mr. Nolan was an active adherent of the 
proposed plans to build a new State Capitol. He also introduced 
the bill in the House to change the name of County seat of 
Harlan County from Mt Pleasant to Harlan. 

    Mr. Nolan's grandfather, John Nolan was an aide on the 
staff of General George Washington during the Revolutionary 
War and was given a grant of land for his services that 
included the present site of Middlesboro much of Bell 
County and a part of Harlan. The family moved to that 
property from their home in Leesburg, Va.

   Chad, Ky and Nolansburg, Ky were both named in honor 
of Mr. Nolan whose early efforts and foresight had made 
possible the development of that section of the valuable 
coal fields of Harlan. No other man in Kentucky had the 
distinction of having two railroad stations named for him.

    "Uncle Chad" was the last of his generation, loveable, 
kindly always neighborly and hospitable and people swore 
his integrity and honesty. Harlan County and Eastern Kentucky 
mourn the loss of this steadfast patriot.

    Mr. Nolan was the father of 14 children, five are still 
living. The survivors are; Mrs. Betty Marshall, Beggs, Okla. 
Dr. J. W. Nolan; Harlan. Mrs. Lucretia Davisworth, Creech, 
Ky. Mrs. Berry Howard, Wallins and Gillis Nolan, Creech.

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