I've learned a lot about our family and its history over the years. I've learned some things I didn't know, and confirmed many things I did know. I have discovered some things that nobody knew. I've come across many things that make me happy and bring a smile to my face. On the other hand there are some stories that are tragic and make me sad. This story would be one of them.
I have come to the conclusion that it's tough to be Mary Dolan!
First of all, let me be clear. When I say that it's tough being Mary Dolan, I do not have in mind the present day, currently living versions of Mary Dolan. However, in their own way, and maybe with a lot of tongue in check, I'm sure that my sister, Mary Beth and my sister-in-law, Mary Lou will be nodding their heads and responding to this with a "no kidding - tell me about it!"
There are a couple of other Mary Dolans that I do want to tell you about, and a two others that could make a case as well. The first two Mary Dolans were half sisters (kind of). They shared a father (William James Dolan), and they shared the same decade (1888 - 1896). But they never had a chance to meet. The first Mary was a Scot, born in Newmilns, Ayrshire, Scotland, and the second Mary was a Swede who ended up living in Newmilns. They now rest together just across the path from each other in the cemetery on the hill overlooking the town of Newmilns.
|1993 - John Dolan with his two "helpers"|
Cemetery in Newmilns, Scotland
The Two Marys rest not far from the monument in back left.
|from Pictorial History of Newmilns (in JD library.) Read the caption .|
The Noral Burn is in the right foreground.
Isle Street is right and out of the picture.
Mary Ann was buried in the cemetery on the hill, grave C135. Also buried in this plot is wee Mary's grandmother and namesake, Mary Ann (Smith) Dolan (died 1898), and a baby boy who would have been a step-cousin, William Axel Dolan, infant son of Axel (Allan) and Kate Dolan (died 1906.)
|1993 Harry and John Dolan|
The Dolans began their new life back in Newmilns, where three more children (Harry, Joe, and Lily) were eventually added to what must have been a full house! Although only six years old, Mary witnessed the turn of the century. But for this Mary too, life would be short. The Advertiser (local newspaper) had this brief announcement: "31 May 1901 - at 2 Greenside, Newmilns, MARY DOLAN, age 7 years, 2 month, beloved daughter of William and Augusta Dolan; sadly missed."
Mary died at home on May 25th at 11:45pm. She had been sick for two months or so, and died of tubercular meningitis. She too was buried in the cemetery on the hill on May 28th in grave A51. Her father had purchased graves A51 and A52. She is the only one buried in these two sites. It is against the wall and just across the path not far from the other Mary Dolan.
|1993 - Harry and John Dolan|
Graves A51 and A52
|I believe with some certainty (educated guess) that this is Mary Ann (Smith) Dolan|
|Mary Ann (Dolan) Parker with husband William Henry,|
son William James, and daughter Mary Ann