The Williamsons of Widnes

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Michael Nolan 1850-1933 and Mary Farrell 1855-1934

Michael Nolan was born in Ireland abt. 1850 and died in Widnes in 1933.  He was, we understand, a locomotive engineer who drove trains on the Liverpool - London railway route for many years. 

 Mary Farrell, the eldest child of Philip Farrell and Margaret Wallace, was born in Widnes, Lancashire on November 30, 1855 and died in Widnes on July 25, 1934. 

Michael and Mary where married on June 19, 1876 at St Maries RC Church in Widnes.

Their nine children were John Nolan b.1878, William Nolan b.1880, Philip Nolan 1883-1948, Patrick Nolan b.1886, Margaret Nolan b.1888, Michael James Nolan 1891-1955, Mary Ellen Nolan 1893-1972, Thomas Sydney Nolan 1896-1932, Catherine Nolan 1898-1969.

Unfortunately, the current descendants of Michael and Mary hold little information on Michael and Mary.  However, granddaughter Terry Freedman offers a few comments below which may serve to give you a glimpse of their past:
      Son Jack, Michael and Mary - c.1880

"I know so little about our grandparents. Grandfather Michael was said to have emigrated from Wexford Dock to Liverpool with a group of young men from the village of Ferns in Co. Wexford. He was under a cloud because he had driven the horse and cart  (belonging to his uncle, a school teacher) so recklessly that it was destroyed. As a parent he was very strict and our Dad and the others had to address him as "Sir". He used to recite the Ave Maria in Gaelic, so was probably bilingual.
         Grandmother Mary was said to be shy and refined. She worked as a dressmaker. For years we had her handwritten recipe book for home-made medicines, which included one for open sores which were to be covered with a spider's web and mold ( a precursor of penicillin?). Another one was hot milk into which had been dipped a newly dead mouse! For colds, she used to make' pobs', a bowl of hot milk and cubes of bread.
          I wish I knew more"

Drinking hot milk dunked with the remains of a dead mouse does not appear to be appetizing ???  Mary's dressmaking skills parallel that of her sister Ellen Williamson who was also a seamstress.