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William Cornelius NOLAN -painter, art instructor
Posted by: Cheri Black (ID *****3867) Date: July 27, 2009 at 10:03:59
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Could someone please look up an obituary on William Cornelius NOLAN b. 30 Aug. 1889 in Hartland Township, McHenry County, IL and died May 1971 in Woodstock. Sorry I don't have the specific date. It appears he probably went by both Cornelius and William. I believe he is the son "W. Cornelius" mentioned towards the end of the following quoted article from the 1922 McHenry County History.

Perhaps someone might know if there are any of his paintings still around Woodstock? Or there might be any photographs of him?

I am wondering if he might be the same Cornelius Nolan who was living in Elgin 1937-39 and worked the first year as an art instructor for the National Youth Administration, a New Deal program. It seems likely that,given his artistic bent, he could have taken this job.

Thanks so much for any help!
Cheri

“Cornelius Nolan, former assessor of Hartland Township, and one of the thoroughly representative men of McHenry County, owns and operates a fine farm seven miles northwest of Woodstock. He was born on this present farm, January 8, 1850, a son of Thomas B. and Margaret (Nolan) Nolan. Although the parents were both natives of County Fermsaugh, Ireland, and bore the same name, no relationship existed between them. They were married in their native country, which they left in 1837 for the United States to join a brother who had become a contractor at Holyoke, Mass. After his arrival, Thomas B. Nolan became a boss of a gang on railroad construction and kept a boarding house. In 1842, he came to McHenry County and secured the present farm of his son as a pre-emption claim, not then surveyed. About the same time, a brother of his, Patrick Nolan, settled near the present site of St. Patrick’s Church, as did Mr. McCaffrey, a friend of the brother in their native land, but he later left McHenry County for California. Thomas B Nolan lived on his farm until his death, January, 8, 1889 when he was ninety-seven years of age. His wife died two hears before him, aged eighty-four years.
       Cornelius Nolan is devoting the greater part of his attention to dairying and keeps from fifteen to twenty high-grade Holstein cows, the greater number of which he has raised. For over thirty-four years he served as assessor of Hartland Township, but made his last assessment in 1918. Always a Democrat, he has taken an active part in his party. Mr. Nolan’s parents were among the original members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, which is two miles distant from his farm. Probably no other man knows as well as he the values of real estate in Hartland Township and certainly no man has more or warmer friends.
       When Mr. Nolan was thirty-four years old, he was married to Mary Ann McCabe,
a daughter of Patrick McCabe, a neighboring farmer, and after twenty-two years of married life together, they were separated by her death. They had eight children, as follows: Thomas Francis, who is located in Chicago, is a member of the Pinkerton Detective Agency; Joseph Charles, who is engaged in farming two miles west of his father; W. Cornelius, who resides at Woodstock; Patrick Henry, who served during the Great War; Albert Michael, who is assisting his father on the farm; and Margaret Ann, Susan May and Winifred Catherine; all of whom are at home. The last was only two years old when Mrs. Nolan died. The Nolan home is one of the most popular in the township, and a center of social activity, the young people and their estimable father welcoming here their many friends.”




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