Saturday, December 6, 2014

Felix the Private

Sorry, this is a long one. I wrote this a long time ago! (JHD)
This Very Well May Be Félix and Mary Dolan
Felix the Private
Felix Dolan is my Step Great Great Grandfather. A simple way to describe him is: “He was an Irishman and a Soldier”. He and his wife, Mary Ann, had ten children born in different parts of the British Empire during the time the great Queen Victoria. One of those children was William James Dolan, my Step Great Grandfather.
I speak of “step” ancestors because I come from the Sweden branch of the Dolan family, not the Irish branch. The wife of William James Dolan was Augusta (Jonsson) Ljungberg and is my Great Grandmother. Her first husband, Axel Ljungberg, is my blood Great Grandfather. Augusta and William James were married after the death of Axel. As you will see if you read what follows, there were six Ljungberg “branches” and five Dolan “branches.” But first – let me tell you about “Felix the Private”.
This story will not be a complete one, since there is not a lot of information available on Felix that I have been able to find. What we do have, I think, makes for an interesting story. He spent a third of his life serving in the British army, and his postings took him to a number of places around the world at a time when the British Empire was at its height. Pvt. Felix must have been quite a character!
The exact year of birth is uncertain at this point. In 1858 a Felix Dolan joined the army at age 18, so if this is accurate, then 1840 would be the birth year. I don’t think it is accurate, however. In the 1881 census for Perth, Scotland, Felix Dolan was 47 years old (and I am sure this is our man) which would make the year of birth 1834. According to the record of death, Felix died in 1881 in Perth at age 43. That would make 1838 the birth year. Based on the dates of birth of his children, I would go with one of the earlier dates rather than the later.
These discrepancies could be caused by people guessing or making mistakes in the recording of ages and dates. That is not uncommon, be that civil registration, parish, or census records. Another explanation that must also be considered is that there was more than one Felix Dolan and the records I have are a mixture of the two. I know that there is another Felix Dolan in the British army at this time and who had children recorded in the regimental registers. At any rate, our Felix was born in the middle of the 19th century In Ireland, probably at Londonderry.
It is not until the 1850s that we can pick up the story. That was a busy decade! First of all, on August 18, 1853, Felix Dolan of Lisneal, Parish of Glendermott, married Mary Ann Lowthers, same parish. The marriage apparently took place in the registrar’s office in the city of Londonderry. Both fathers were listed and both had the name James. James Dolan was a farmer and James Lowthers was a laborer. Felix and Mary both listed their occupation as “servant”, and neither one could write as they signed the record by making their mark. Henry Doherty and Eliza Strassbridge were the witnesses. It would seem that not long afterward Felix joined the army.
Then the children begin to arrive, and this can read as much like a travelogue than anything else.  Mary Ann was the first-born in 1855 or 56 in Londonderry. In 1857, our ancestor, William James, was born, also in Londonderry. Rebecca was next in 1858, but now we are in Paisley, Scotland. Another daughter was born in 1860 in Aldershot, England. Aldershot is a well-known military post, and throughout history the British army trained in the nearby Salisbury Plain. Back in Ireland, in Dublin, Sarah J. was born. A boy, Thomas, was also born in Ireland in 1863. The place of birth is actually given as Bir, Kings County, Ireland. This is near Dublin. After Thomas came another daughter in 1868, but now the family was in Colaba, India. A Daniel Dolan was born in 1870 in Wellington, New Zealand. It’s back to India, Poonamalle to be exact, for the next birth, a girl named Helen (sometimes also Ellen). Finally, Joseph was born in 1873 in Perth, Scotland. It now appeared as if Felix was a civilian again, being discharged in Perth earlier that year. The birth records of the above children are taken from the Regimental Registers of the British army rather than the usual civil registration records. It was not uncommon for career soldiers during this time to take their family with them to their various postings, especially in India. There is more information about these children and their lives in the paragraphs that follow.
Private Felix
 The military records of the British army are a bit spotty at times, but there is enough information to give a pretty good idea of what was going on at a given time. Soldiers Documents, Muster Lists, and Medal Rolls can be a good resource. What can we learn about our Private Felix?
First of all, there is a bit of a mystery. On April 3, 1858 at the Belfast Headquarters of the 21st Regiment of Foot, Royal Scots Fusiliers, a five foot five inch 18 year old named Felix Dolan enlisted in the army. He was paid three pounds which was a quite a sum in those days. He was transferred to the 2nd battalion on May 29th. This all seems clear and interesting enough, but there is a problem. According to the birth records of both daughter Mary Ann (1855-56) and son Wm. James (1857), Felix had been in the army for at least two years already! Either he lied about his age or the records were off a bit (or maybe there is another Felix Dolan). Was possible that he was in the army before, and re-enlisted in 1858. I don’t know – not yet anyway.
The Muster Rolls can tell you where a soldier was at a given time. There were four “musters” a year, which basically means that four times a year the army would “muster” or “count heads”, we might say. The Muster Rolls of the 21st Regiment of Foot show that from April 1, 1870 through March of 1871 (four musters) Felix was posted in Rangoon, Burma (today Yangon, the capital of Myanmar). It was during this time that son Daniel was born in New Zealand. The next year and a half (six musters) he was just across the Bay of Bengal at Ft. St. George in Madras, India. This rather substantial and well-know fort is still intact and part if it has been restored for modern day visitors. There is a museum there as well. 120 years later, David Dolan, my brother, and step-great, great grandson of Felix, visited the fort while on a mission trip for the world mission board of our church. I told him that it might not be a good idea to mention to his Indian hosts that his ancestor was part of the British Raj! By the way, Felix’s daughter, Helen, was born in India at this time.
The last three months of 1872 show no entry in the Muster List. However, in the first muster of 1873 (January-March), Felix is stationed at Stirling, Scotland. This city is located near the tip of the Firth of Forth and is just north between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Until 1964 it was a regimental depot. The muster mentioned that from November 18-22 Felix was shown as being at sea, so that may explain the missing muster reference for the end of 1872. He was discharged on March 22, 1873 and struck off the pay lists. It is interesting to note that under the category “character” in the discharge papers, it says, “Very Bad”. There is no explanation given. The researcher who found this information for me mentioned that it is highly possible that there may have been misdemeanors during his time of service. Who knows, maybe he was always AWOL making and visiting his wife and kids! He served a total of 14 years and 279 days. He was still a private.
The Regiment
Let me tell you a little bit about the regiment in which Felix Dolan served. The Royal Scots Fusiliers, the 21st Regiment of Foot, was established all the way back in 1678. It was called the Earl of Mar’s Regiment of Foot, named after a man by the name of Charles Erskine, the firth Earl of Mar. It became popularly known as the “Earl of Mar’s Greybeeks”, for whatever reason. It became a Fusilier regiment, a name reserved for elite troops armed with the new flintlock musket known as a “Fusil.” Before the 1700’s the regiment also gained the names “The Scots Fusiliers Regiment of Foot” and the Scotch Fusiliers. In the early 1700s, the regiment also earned the name of “Marlborough’s Own” because it served for 10 years under the famous Earl of Marlborough, John Churchill, the grandfather of Winston Churchill. It was granted “Royal” status about this time, and was given the name “The Royal North British Fusiliers”. The initials R.N.B. show up in the birth and baptism records of some of the Felix Dolan children. It also was ranked the 21st Regiment of Foot. This regiment fought in many important battles and campaigns over the years, and came to America during the American Revolution and was part of General Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga in 1777.
In 1854 a second battalion was re-raised in Paisley, Scotland. This is when Felix Dolan joined it.  After the so-called Cardwell Reforms of 1881, the regiment became officially the County Regiment of Ayrshire (Scotland). The regiment was very active throughout the British Empire over the years following the time Felix was mustered out, including the Zulu Wars, the Boar War and both world wars. In 1959 it was amalgamated with the Highland Light infantry and became the Royal Highland Fusiliers. They are still an active regiment in the British Army.
In 1858 Felix joined the 2nd Battalion of the 21st Regiment when it was raised in Paisley. From there it was posted in Wales, England, and Ireland until 1862.  During these years, Wm. James, Mary Ann, Rebecca (Paisley), Isabella (Aldershot, England), and Sarah (Dublin) would have been with their father. In 1862-63 it embarked for India and remained there until 1868. Thomas Dolan was born about the time the regiment was leaving or had left, which might explain why he was born in Ireland. Rose was born in India in 1868. They were transferred to Burma (Rangoon) in 1868 and remained there until 1871. Some time in here it apparently also spent time on the Andaman Islands, just off the coast of Burma. Daniel was born in 1871 in Wellington, New Zealand. This I cannot explain right now. The regiment returned to India until relieved in 1873. (H)ellen was born in India in 1872. At this time the 2nd Battalion of the 21st returned home serving in Scotland, England and Ireland until 1879. Felix Dolan mustered out in March of 1873 in Stirling as mentioned above.
It would seem that the Dolan family settled down for the next several years in nearby Perth. Son Joseph is born there in December of 1873, and the 1881 census shows the family living there. This historical snapshot gives the following picture of the Felix Dolan family at this time. Felix is listed as 47 years old, a laborer, born in County Fermagh in Ireland. His wife, Mary, is 43 years old, also born in Ireland, Londonderry. There are four children still living at home: Wm. James is 24, unmarried and working as a plasterer. Rossa (Rose) is 12, Hellen (sp) is 10, and they are both still in school. The record says that both were born in British India. Joseph is 8. At 2:35 am on July 31, 1881, Felix Dolan died at home at 32 West Mill Street, Perth. He was a young man really. The listed cause of death was some kind of kidney disease. His father’s name is listed as John Dolan, a farmer, not James. Either his marriage record or this one is a mistake. I think it is this one, since it is the later record. Son William was the official informant of the death on August 1.
Mary Ann
 Felix’ wife, Mary Ann, was born in Londonderry, Ireland probably sometime around 1839. I haven’t found a birth record yet and this date comes from figuring backwards from later records.  The first official record of her life is the marriage described above. Like Felix, there is some confusion with Mary Ann as well, specifically with regard to her maiden name. The marriage record says Lowthers as does the birth certificate of daughter Rebecca in Paisley. However, in some other later records you will see that her maiden name is White, and on the death certificate of William James in 1926 it is Smith. I don’t know for sure how to explain this, but again it could be that at the moment when the question of maiden name of mother came up, the person giving the information didn’t know or forgot. Then again, maybe Felix married twice with both wives being named Mary. It certainly is a common name. With the name Lowthers being mentioned more than once, and White many times, this theory isn’t all that improbable. As far as the name Smith goes in the 1926 death record of son William, I think that was a mistake and the person giving the information forgot or didn’t know.
One can only imagine what Mary’s life was like for the 14 years her husband served in the army. It would seem that she was pregnant most of the time. It would be interesting to learn more about what life was like for wives and families on the various army bases in the British Empire. Being that Felix was only a common soldier all those years (and apparently not a very good one at that) the conditions must have been modest to say the least.
Mary outlived her husband by 17 years. Sometime in the decade after Felix died, she and the other members of the family moved to Newmilns, Scotland. Of course, Wm. James, now becomes the male head of the family, so maybe he initiated the move. It is also possible that daughter Mary, who married William Parker (see below), was the first one to Newmilns and everyone followed her. The 1881 census for Newmilns would seem to show this.  In 1881 there were some reforms made in the British army and in many regiments. The 21st Regiment of Foot became the Royal Scots Fusiliers and the county regiment of Ayrshire in southwest Scotland. Newmilns is in Ayrshire. This could also be part of the reason for settling there. When the census of 1891 was taken Mary “White” Dolan is living with her daughter Ellen at 7 Union Street in Newmilns. It says that she is 55 years old and a washerwoman. Ellen must be Helen and is 18 years old, unmarried and working as a muslin weaver. There is an interesting little note in the census report. The house on Union Street was described as having “1 room with one or more windows.”  Mary lived another 7 years on Union Street in Newmilns. She would have been in her early 60s when she died on August 22, 1898. She is buried in the cemetery on the hill overlooking the town, grave C135. Also buried in this grave is her granddaughter Mary, the daughter of Wm. James and his first wife, Catherine. (More on that later.)
The Dolan Children
The children of Felix and Mary Dolan were listed above. What do we know about them? Quite a bit about some of them and very little about others.
Mary Ann
There is a birth registration for Mary in the regimental registers for the 21st. Regiment of Foot in 1855. I have not acquired a copy of the record, so I don’t know the details. She appears to be the firstborn. Mary appears in the 1881 census, but not with the Dolan family in Perth. Rather she is married and living in Newmilns. She is 25 years old. Her husband is 40 year old William H. Parker, a volunteer drill instructor. William’s death record says that he was retired from the Royal Scots Fusiliers, so perhaps he and Mary met each other through Mary’s father, Felix. By 1881 they had two children, William J. and Mary A. (Go figure!) William is 6 and Mary 2. It says that William was born in England, and likewise his father. For both mother Mary and daughter Mary, Ireland is given as the place of birth. Once again the census has an interesting note that says that the Parker house at 7 Back Streethas two rooms with one or more windows”. Remember that 1881 is the year father Felix dies.
A decade later the Parker family has moved up a little bit. William’s occupation is Sergeant Instructor of Volunteers, which must refer to the local territorial regiment. Mary’s age is now listed as 37. Son William’s middle name of James is now recorded. He is 16 and has a job as a tailor. Little Mary Ann is still in school. There is one another unusual addition to the family – a 21 year old adopted daughter. Her name is listed as Euima Parker Tooze, and she was born in England according the record. I don’t know any more about this. She works as a muslin weaver. The family home is now at Greenside, #10, and it is a house “with three rooms with one or more windows.”
The 1901 census gives us the next snapshot of this family which was still living at 10 Greenside. William James was no longer living at home, and the adopted daughter was gone as well. Little Mary was not so little anymore, age 22, and she was  working for herself as a dressmaker. The family did take on a boarder, a niece by the name of Annie Connelly. She is only 14 and was born in nearby Galston. She was working as a “leno muslin weaver”. I don’t know who she belonged to. William Sr. was now 59 and his wife Mary was listed as 45. Her age changed every census! William was now working as the “Keeper Unionist Club” and Mary was the “Keeper’s wife”. What is helpful with this census report is that the county of birth was added to the country, so now we know that dad William was born in Somerset, England; Mary in Derry, Ireland (we knew that); and little Mary was born in County Kildare in Ireland.
William died first, as you might expect. That was in the late evening of March 13th, 1928 at home, #10 Greenside, Newmilns. He was 84 years old. Cause of death is cerebral hemorrhage. The death record does give a few more details about this man. He was listed as a retired Sergeant of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. His late father James Parker was a farmer and his late mother’s name was – you guessed it – Mary. Her maiden name is Southwood. An intimate friend by the name of Archibald Lorrance of Eastmore, Newmilns, was the informant who reported the death to the registrar on March 14th. One other interesting note is that the attending doctor is the same Dr. Aird who served the Dolan family and many others in Newmilns for many years, and was the doctor who tended little Mary Dolan, William James Dolan’s daughter from his first marriage. who drowned. (More on that later too.)
Mary Ann lived as a widow for the next 8 years. She died in 1936, May 11th, also in the evening. She lived to be 80, but at the time of her death she was no longer in Newmilns. The place of death is Primula, Hillside Crescent, Prestwick. The person who officially reported her death was a son-in-law, John Mitchell. Since, as far as we know, there was only one daughter, this must be the husband of little Mary Ann.  It is worth noting that the maiden name of Mary Ann’s mother, Mary Ann Dolan, is White, not Lowthers.
William James
I won’t say anything about Wm. here since his life will be covered in more detail later..
In 1858, remember that the 2nd Battalion of the 21st Regiment of Foot was re-forming in Paisley Scotland. That is what brought Felix and Mary Dolan there. Before that year was over, on December 12, their daughter Rebecca was born. She was born at home at 1:00 pm in the afternoon. The address was 34 Williamsburgh, Paisley. The record says that the father’s name is Philip, but that is obviously an error. Mother Mary’s maiden name is listed as Lowthers. The next door neighbor, James Cassiday, was the official informant. Felix was, no doubt, on duty. At this point I have no other information on Rebecca and what may have happened to her.
Isabella Dolan
Aldershot, England is the location of one of the major military stations of the British Army. For generations armies have trained on Salisbury Plain. It is here in 1860 that Isabella Dolan was born. Her birth was recorded in the Regimental Registers, but no official record has been obtained yet. We know that when the 1881 census was taken she was not at home with the rest of the family. In 1885 she gets married to John Gorrie in Perth. Both were working as general laborers according to the record. He lived on Scott Street and she lived  at No. 12 Paul’s Close. Mary Dolan was the only parent who was still living. James (a shoemaker by trade) and Margaret (Hutton) Gorrie were both deceased. Felix Dolan, we know, died in 1881. His occupation was listed as “soldier”. A James Marshall and Margaret Clark were witnesses. Nothing more is known about this family right now.
Sarah J. Dolan
 Sarah is the next child in this rapidly growing family, and she was born in Dublin, Ireland. A record of her birth was also in the Regimental Register, but once again no official copy has been obtained. The year is 1862.
Thomas Dolan
A son, Thomas, is next. There is a pretty good paper trail for him so we can follow the main events of his life pretty well. His birthday is October 15, 1863, and at this time his father, Private Felix, was stationed in Ireland. The regimental registers indicate that he was baptized in Birr, Kings County, Ireland on the 22nd.  The old family date book that I have has “Dublin” listed after Thomas’ name, which led me to believe that he was born there. That could still be the case. King’s County , Ireland, now called Offaly, is not far from Dublin. There is another little discrepancy here. The birth/baptism says that the place of birth is Ireland; in the 1901 census Thomas told the enumerator that his birthplace was India. A brief history of the regiment says that it was in India in 1863. It could be that mother remained in Ireland until the baby was born, and then joined Felix in India, or something like that.
We do know that Thomas settled in Perth for awhile because on January 21, 1887, that is where he marries Hannah Rider. They were married at her home, 52 Longcauseway. Thomas’s home was 41 New Row in Perth. He was a tailor, and she was a dyer’s assistant. Both were 23 years old. The only parent still living at the time was Thomas’s mom, Mary (maiden name is “White” in this record. William Henry Rider and Hannah Hainsworth were the parents of the bride. The minister of the Free Church, Hugh Ross, officiated at the service and James Garvie and Mary Jack were witnesses .
Thomas and Hannah had several children, and some of the given names will look familiar. William James (of course) is the oldest (born in 1887), then Thomas Joseph (1888), Mary Ann (of course, again!) was born in 1890, Annie Christie (1892), Hannah Eliza (1896), and finally Elizabeth Nivet (1899). All were born in Perth (Coupar Angus). Birth records for all of these children were found, and they are all listed in the 1901 census for Dundee as well. Sometime between the birth of Elizabeth and the census the family moved to Dundee. Thomas is still a tailor and Wm. is the only child listed as working (as a jute preparer). The family lived at 153 Overgate, Dundee. I’m not sure what kind of a building this was, but everyone on the page of the census report at 153 Overgate has this address. It could very well be some sort of tenement housing. In July of 1918, journeyman tailor Daniel Dolan died at the age of 54. Probable cause of death is listed as chronic bronchitis. The date was July 11 and time of death was 3:20 pm. He was survived by his widow who was the informant for the death. He died at home at 164 Overgate, Dundee, Scotland.
In 1920, when William James Dolan and his family immigrated to the USA and Zion, he gave the name of Hannah Rider, 153 Overgate, Dundee, as his contact. This was recorded on the ship manifest.
Rose Ann Dolan
Next is another daughter of Felix and Mary, Rose, born on December 7, 1868, while Felix was serving in India. Her birthplace according to the regimental registers was a place called Colaba. She was baptized on the 24th.  This record also spells her name “Rosa”. When she was in her late 20’s she married George Reid in Dundee, Scotland. This was on the last day of 1894, and the marriage took place at 153 Overgate in Dundee. George is 36 year old general laborer, and Rose was a housekeeper. Both mothers (Janet nee Findley and Mary nee White) are still living, but the dads (George, a gardener and Felix) are dead. The minister of the Willison Free Church, Alexander S. Inch, officiated and William Clark and Susan Hood were witnesses.
The next time we see this family it is in 1901 and according to the census, they were still living at the Overgate address in Dundee. They had seven children, George (13), Charles (11), William R. (6), Mary W. (4), and Isabella G. (2). All were born in Dundee except for George who was born in Perth. The census gave the specific occupation for George Sr. as that of mason’s laborer. You should notice that this is the same “apartment” or cottage complex where brother Thomas Dolan and family was living. Interesting! Also listed in this same census, and also living in a different part of 153 Overate is a 19 year old Mary Dolan. How she fits in, I am not sure.
Rose lived a long life. She passed away on November 8, 1952, at 4:30 in the afternoon. She was 83 years old, and was still living at 153 Overgate. (I thought it interesting to mention that she died about a month and a half after I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.) Her son George, who was living at 11 Barrack Street, was the official informant of the death to the local registrar. I have no information about the fate of husband George, but he preceded Rose in death. Her death registration says she was a widow.
Someone from the Zion Dolan family (probably Joe and Elizabeth Dolan) communicated with this family in the 1930s and 40s. There are pictures I have of the George Reid family (young George, I presume), and two Reid boys, Charles and Mac, both in WWII military uniforms.
Daniel Dolan
The baptism register for the 21st Regiment of Foot, Royal Scots Fusiliers, in June of 1870 lists another son born to Private Felix and Mary Dolan. His name was Daniel, and place of birth appears to be in Wellington, New Zealand, and the date of birth was May 28. He was baptized on June 14th. I have no other information on this Dolan boy right now.
Helen (Ellen) Dolan
Poonamalle, India is the next place we visit to find the 9th known child of Felix and Mary Dolan. Private Felix was stationed at Fort St. George in Madras, India, when Helen or Helen was born. This was February 12, 1872. She was baptized on the 2nd of March. The record spells her name Ellen; however, in later references the name became Helen. In the 1891 census for Newmilns she is still called Ellen, is 18 tears old and is living on Union Street with her mother.  We know that Helen got married, but only from the record of her death. Her husband’s name was David McGilley, a shipyard laborer. In 1920, on the 7th of November, in Greenock, Scotland, Helen McGilley died. Cause of death was chronic bronchitis. They were living at 3 West Quay Lane in Greenock. Greenock is located in Inverclyde, just west of Glasgow on the river Clyde. The father is listed as William Dolan, soldier, but that must be a mistake in the record. Helen Dolan McGilley was only 48 years old when she died.
Joseph Dolan
Finally, we come to the last Dolan child, a son, Joseph, who was born in Perth, Scotland. It is the 11th December of 1873 at 9:00 pm. Felix had been mustered out of the army earlier in that year in March. For some reason or another the birth registration record gives the first name as “Henry”. That obviously must be a mistake, and everything else seems to agree that this is Joseph. 32 Mill Street in Perth was the place of birth and is the Dolan home at this time. On this record it also gives the date of marriage of father Felix and mother Mary – August 18, 1853 – in Londonderry, Ireland. It is also interesting to note that brother, William James, was the informant of the birth to the local registrar.
81 years later Joseph died, still living in Perth. He was a journeyman tailor by trade and lived at 38 Ainslie Place. This was May 11, 1955. I was 3 years old at the time. From this death record we also know that Joseph married Elizabeth Kidd. A niece by the name of M. Cosgrieve (sp) was the person who was the official informant of the death. The only other reference to his life that I have found thus far is his mention in the 1881 census for Perth, the year his father died. He was 8 years old.
These are the known children of Private Felix Dolan and his wife Mary, and hey are the brothers and sisters of my step-great grandfather, Wm. James Dolan.
1) 1881 Census for Scotland, Registration District No. 387, Perth, Perthshire, Enumeration District 5, Schedule 49, Page 15.
2) 1881 Census for Scotland, Registration District No. 603, Loudon Parish, Ayrshire, Enumeration district 12, Schedule No. 153, page 29.
3) 1891 Census for Scotland, Registration District 603, Loudon, Ayrshire, Enumeration District 11, Schedules No. 16, Page 3 and 148, page 29.
4) 1853 Marriage Record for Felix Dolan and Mary Ann Lowthers located by researcher John Leboutillier (London) in the Irish Marriage Index, Volume 7, page 385. Copy was obtained by Patrick Hogan, researcher in Wexford, Ireland, 1999.
5) Military records of Felix Dolan obtained by researcher Stella Stagg, Essex, England in 1999.WO12 3827, Muster Roll of the 21st Regiment of Foot, 1858. Also WO12 3864 Muster Rolls of same regiment, also WO12 3865 Muster Rolls, WO12 3866 Muster Rolls,WO121/224 Royal Chelsea Hospital Discharge Papers of Pensioners, 2nd Battalion of the 21st Regiment of Foot.
5) Registration of Death for Felix Dolan, District 387, Perth, Entry No. 381, 01 August 1881.
6) Registration for Death for Mary Dolan, District 603 – Loudoun, Entry No. 60, 23 August 1898
7) Death Registration for William Parker, 1928, District of Newmilns, County of Ayr. Page 4.
8) Death Registration for Mary Ann Parker, Registration District 606 – Monkton and Prestwick, Entry No. 44, May 12 1936.
9) Registration of Birth for Rebecca Dolan, Registration District 559/1 – Abbey, Entry No. 551, December 17, 1858.
10) Registration of Marriage for Isabella Dolan and John Gorrie, 1885, District of Perth, County of Perth, page 17.
11) Registration of Birth for Thomas Dolan, Regimental Registers for 2nd Battalion, 21st Regiment of Foot, Royal North British Fusiliers, no 331.
12) Registration of Marriage for Thomas Dolan and Hannah Rider, Registration District 387 – Perth, Entry No. 27, January 24, 1887.
13) 1901 Census for Dundee, Scotland, Sixth Ward, Parish of Dundee.
14) Registration of Death for Thomas Dolan, Registration District 282/2 – Dundee, St. Mary, Entry Number 452, 12 July 1918.
15) Army Register Book of Births, Baptisms and Marriages, Registration of Baptism for Rosa Dolan, 2nd Battalion, 21st Regiment of Fusiliers, 1868, Number 175.
16) Registration of Marriage for Scotland, District 282/2 – Dundee, St.Mary, Entry Number 15, January 9, 1895, for Rose A. Dolan and George Reid .
17) Registration of Death for Scotland, District 281/2 - Western District of Dundee, Entry Number 971, November 10, 1952, for Rose Ann Dolan.
18) Army Register Book of Births, Baptisms and Marriage, Baptism for Daniel Dolan, June 14, 1870, at Wellington, New Zealand.
19) 15) Army Register Book of Births, Baptisms and Marriages, Registration of Baptism  for Ellen Dolan, 2nd Battalion, 21st Regiment of Royal North British Fusiliers, 1872, Number 299.
20) 16) Registration of Death for Scotland, District 564/2 – Western District of Greenock, Entry Number 548, November 8, 1920, for Helen McGilley
21) Registration of Birth for Joseph (Henry) Dolan, Registration District 387 for Perth, Scortland, Entry Number 713, December 16, 1873.
22) Registration of Death for Joseph Dolan, Registration District 387 for Perth, Scotland, Entry Number 256, May 13, 1955.
23) and are two websites that give military history and regimental histories.
24) Old Minature Family Date Book, originally given to Catherine Broadfoot Boyd, then in possession of Wm.James Dolan, Ernest Dolan Sr., and now John Dolan. Felix Dolan children: Thomas, Rosa, Rebecca, Sarah, Mary Ann, Isabella, and Helen have birthdays listed in this book.


  1. Wow. That was a long one! Interesting though...

  2. I recognized a few namesakes in there. (You noted all the sources! Wow.)