|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1834|
County Galway, Ireland
|Death: ||Aug. 25, 1903|
Catherine was born Catherine Fallon to parents unknown in County Galway, Ireland. She was the wiife to Patrick Nolan, and Henry Frances Marston; she was the mother to, Thomas Nolan, Timothy Nolan, Margaret Nolan, Frances Marston Collins, Henry Frances Marston Jr., Nellie Marston Nelk, and John Joseph Marston; she was the step mother to William Marston, Charles Marston, Orson P. Marston, and Mary Marston Armstrong.
"To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart." -Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The quote couldn't prove more true when looking at Catherine's life.
Catherine was born, presumably, to a large family forcing the only chance of survival for her and her older sister, Margaret, to move to America. At the age of eight, Catherine immigrated through the port of New Orleans with her older sister. They made their way through Cincinatti, and through various cities in America before landing in Maine. Catherine found Patrick Nolan, whom she married and had Thomas and Timothy Nolan with. She found security with her new family, but the lure and luster of California was to great throughout America. In 1861, Patrick set his eye for California in search for gold and riches. He successfully hit riches in California. Patrick even secured a job as a foreman on a port in San Francisco, and saved enough money to send for Catherine, Thomas, Timothy, and their new infant daughter, Margaret by 1862; which was only a handful of months after he had left Maine.
After arriving in San Francisco August 18, Catherine found herself widowed, as Patrick drowned in the bay the day she and the children arrived; on top of the darkness, their infant daughter, Margaret, died a few days after they had set sails to San Francisco.
She migrated to Sacramento with her two sons. She found work as a housekeeper for one of California's Big Four, Rail Road Magnate, Mark Hopkins. Her son Timothy took a liking to Hopkins, and found a father figure in him. There has been controversy over the fact that Mary and Mark Hopkins stole young Timothy from Catherine, which just wasn't the case. Catherine gave the opportunity to Timothy to achieve the Californian dream. Catherine met Henry Marston, who was a Woodland local who owned and operated fruit orchards. Henry supplied fruit to the Hopkins, and eventually after his many trips, Catherine and Henry fell in love and married May 2, 1869. Thomas Nolan, and three of Henry's children from a previous marraige all lived together in Cacheville.
It wasn't long after until children were born to Catherine and Henry. The first, Frances Collins 1870; then, Henry Marston Jr. 1873; then, Nellie Marston Nelk 1875; finally, John Joseph Marston 1877.
Catherine and Henry moved to Woodland, and Henry farmed there. But clouds still covered Catherine's heart; she lost Henry in January of 1894, due to a aneurysm brought on from a fit of anger. A Woodland Daily Democrat reported a warrant issued by all four of Catherine and Henry's kids to the city that no one is to issue Catherine alcohol, because of her mourning state she would reach for it's comforts. She passed the tradition down to her younger daughter, who was inclined to the fast life in search of alcohol. By 1897, Catherine lost Nellie Marston Nelk
to prostitution no matter how hard she tried to steer her from it.
Catherine gave up her fight, and on August 25, 1903, she died from weakness of old age. She was an invalid for close to a year. It was thought once she became bed ridden, that she would live no more than a few weeks, but she held on for close to a year.
(As on June 7, 2013, it has been confirmed that Catherine is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Woodland. Unfortunately, there is no documentation of her location in the cemetery, and in our many trips to the cemetery we have looked for her and cannot locate her exact location. If you so happen to be in St. Joseph's, I will encourage if you can, to help in finding her exact place of rest. We will update the information when we find her. And we thank you very much in aiding in the search.)
Forever in our hearts. Rest in Peace, Grandma.
Patrick Nolan (____ - 1862)
Henry Frances Marston (1828 - 1894)
Thomas Nolan (1856 - 1897)*
Timothy Nolan Hopkins (1859 - 1936)*
Margaret Nolan (1862 - 1862)*
Frances Marston Collins (1869 - 1907)*
Henry Frances Marston (1873 - 1919)*
Nellie Marston Nelk (1874 - 1897)*
John Joseph Marston (1877 - 1933)*
Note: *Burial in the cemetery is UNKNOWN*
Saint Josephs Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 17, 2012
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Added: Sep. 1, 2013
I forgot to leave you some nommynommy cake:0)<3 you forever and ever|
Added: Jul. 15, 2013
Our birthday's passed now; your 179th, and my 20th:0) I am proud to be named after you and share the same birthday with my fourth great grandma! I love you with all I am,Your fourth Great Granddaughter,Catie Stephens|
Added: Jul. 15, 2013
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