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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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Bridget (Coyne) Wall’s Individual Summary

Bridget (Coyne) Wall’s Individual Summary

I would have never known about Bridget Coyne if she had not contested the reopening probate in 1907 of Patrick Dolan.  Before I found that file I had no idea that the Dolan’s had cousins in Massachusetts.  It was a whole new branch of the tree for me. Name:    Bridget COYNE-8521 Sex:    Female Father:    Patrick COYNE-8520 (1820-    ) Mother:    Margaret DOLAN-8517 (1820-1880) Individual Facts Birth    Mar 1854    Milford, Worcester Co., MA Residence    1870 (about age 16)    Milford, Worcester Co., MA…

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Mystery Monday: Just Who Are the Coyne’s?

Mystery Monday: Just Who Are the Coyne’s?

Patrick Dolan didn’t know it but he left me one of the biggest genealogy gifts a researcher could ever ask for.  He died in San Francisco two years before the earthquake and fire. Patrick owned property and had some money saved up when he passed away.  His niece, Mary (Kelly) Meincke, was designated as adminstratix.  His will was still being processed when the earthquake struck.  All remnants of the paperwork disintegrated along with Mary’s home–as well as the files at…

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