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Thomas Coyne’s Will Settles It

Thomas Coyne’s Will Settles It

In the ongoing drama over who is related to my 3rd great uncle, Patrick Dolan, I have a new puzzle piece.  You may remember from my previous posts  that Patrick’s will was filed in 1906, but lost in the San Francisco earthquake.  It was refiled after the dust settled. I originally thought that because of the fight that took place between the Coyne, Collis, and Wall cousins of Massachusetts and Mary Meincke in San Francisco over who was the rightful…

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I am so tired of you, Margaret Dolan Coyne!

I am so tired of you, Margaret Dolan Coyne!

Do you have that one ancestor or relative who drives you nuts?  I don’t mean those who are still living.  You know, the one who no matter how many databases you search, microfilms you roll through, and indexes you go through, they managed to slip through the cracks.  It appears they went through life and left no trail. Such is the case with my third great aunt, Margaret (Dolan) Coyne.  I would not have known about Margaret had it not…

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Getting Closer to the Dolan’s of Massachusetts

Getting Closer to the Dolan’s of Massachusetts

About 10 years ago, I got the surprise of my life when I read Patrick Dolan’s reinstated probate file.  Patrick Dolan died in 1905, but his estate was not settled before the 1906 earthquake.  In 1907, the administratix, Mary (Kelly) Meincke, reopened the probate–and a can of worms.  Cousins from Boston came forward to claim their were Patrick’s one and only true heir.  These were cousins I had never heard of. It’s been a painstaking process.  I’ve started with Patrick’s…

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Mary Collis, Take Three

Mary Collis, Take Three

There are times when I am more efficient than I thought I was.  I was beating myself up for misplacing Patrick Dolan’s probate file when it hit me.  I took copious notes from the massive file! I pulled down the Kelly/Dolan binder, flipped to Patrick Dolan’s section, and began reading.  After going through the notes, I was right.  There is no location listed for Mary Collis.  Her cousin, Bridget (Coyne) Wall, is specifically noted as being “from Boston, MA”, but…

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Martin Kelly, My Family’s First Business Owner?

Martin Kelly, My Family’s First Business Owner?

Much of what my Grandma Shellabarger told me about her family turned out to be myth or exaggeration. She got one thing right.  One of her ancestors owned boarding houses in San Francisco.  That ancestor was my Great Great Great Grandfather, Martin Kelly. Martin was born sometime around 1820 in County Roscommon, Ireland.  I’m not sure when he came to America, whether he was a child or an adult, single or married.  I pick him up in New Hampshire in…

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