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So many are researching the Bryan Ward Nowlin line. I have a copy of the "Nowlin-Stone Genealogy", by James Edmund Nowlin, © 1916. I have been told to use the book with caution... that there are a lot of errors in it. When I find a section in the book that takes the line back to 'Adam', I have to wonder. ;-)

For those who are interested, here is the info from the book, taken from pages 345-359.

SECTION III
THE ANCIENT LINEAGE
OF
THE NOWLAN - NOWLIN FAMILY
OF
COUNTY CARLOW, IRELAND, AND OF VIRGINIA.

Authorities:

History of Ireland by Abbe McGeoghegan.
History of Ireland by Keating.
History of Ireland by Thomas Leland.
History of Ireland by John Mitchell.
Ireland in the Seventeenth Century by Mary Hickson.
History of the Cromwellian Survey by Thomas A Larkin.
Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls by James Morrison.
Irish Emigration in the Seventeenth Century.
History of Carlow County by John Ryan.
Irish Pedigrees by John O'Hart.
Landed Gentry by Sir Bernard Burks.
Linea Antiqua.
Bible.
White Book.
Records of Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
The table to follow were compiled by Dr. J. Burton Nowlin of richmond, Va, and J Graham Nowlin of Lynchburg, Va.

CHAPTER 1.

ANCIENT NOWLAN - NOWLIN FAMILY TREE.

Now we close the records of the modern Nowlin family and introduce the tree and history of the ancient lineage which excells all other lines. The ancient lineage is the life line extended over many ages, connected in a most characteristic way and linked together in one long unbroken chain, not only going back to the house of Jacob, but even to Adam according to the tables.
History, tradition, the tables, legends, and the Bible all agree upon this family line so full of interest, noble achievements, so replete with lofty aims, so stayed with royalty, powers, and principalities.

"Ah! it seems a bright, bright vision,
Full of love and joy divine,
Sweetest foretaste of Elysium --
This awakening thought of mine."

The lineage herein contained is the same as that given by the records of the Ulster King-at-Arms, Dublin, Castle, Ireland, having been carefully compared with the records in the above office and found correct. While the lineage may seem traditional it is substantiated by ancient manuscrips and histories and is as accurate as it is possible to have a line which covers so long a period. The earliest Gaelic manuscrips as compiled in the White Book, which is the Scotic "The Leaver-dron-sneachta" and "Conquests and Invasion," are the authorities for the greater portion of the early history. These manuscripts were the earliest written productions in Gaelic and were the compositions of the traveling historians, which corresponded to the bards and troubadours of other countries.

Gener
ation
NameRemarksAuthority
1. Adam   The Bible
2. Seth   The Bible
3. Enos   The Bible
4. Canaan   The Bible
5. Mahaleel   The Bible
6. Jared   The Bible
7. Enoch   The Bible
8. Methusaleh   The Bible
9. Lamech   The Bible
10. Noah   The Bible
11. Japhet   The Bible
12. Magog   The Bible
13. Boath   White Book
14. Fenius-Farsa King of Scythia White Book
15. Niul Married Scota, daughter of Pharoah Cincris White Book
16. Gadhal-Glas The word Glas means green. It is said that he was bitten by a snake and on being healed by Moses with his wand, the place remained green ever afterward. Moses foretold that where his descendants should settle shoould be free of snakes and venomous serpents White Book
17. Asruth Lived in Crete White Book
18. Sruth Lived in Crete White Book
19. Heber-Scut Lived in Crete White Book
20. Beouman Lived in Scythia White Book
21. Ogaman Lived in Scythia White Book
22. Tait Lived in Scythia White Book
23. Agnon Lived in Scythia White Book
24. Lehnfionn Lived in Scythia White Book
25. Heber Gliunfionn Lived in Africa White Book
26. Agnon Fionn Lived in Africa White Book
27. Febric Glas   White Book
28. Nenuall   White Book
29. Nuadhad   White Book
30. Alladh   White Book
31. Arcadh   White Book
32. Deag Lived in Spain, was a monarch White Book
33. Brath Lived in Spain, was a monarch White Book
34. Breoghan or Brisius Lived in Spain, was a monarch White Book
35. Bille Lived in Spain, was a monarch White Book
36. Milesius Was the immediate ancestor of the Irish Nation. He made several long voyages, on one of which to Scythia he obtained Seaug, the daughter of the king. His second wife was Scota, daughter of Pharoah Nectonebus. On another of his expeditions he discovered Ireland and settled there. White Book
37. Heremon Seventh son of Milesius of Spain, but the third of the three sons who left issue. At the death of his father Ireland was divided into three provinces and were given to Heremon, Heber and Ir. Heber was afterwards killed in battle. Frome Heremon are descended the kings, nobility, and gentry of the kingdoms of Connaught, Dalriada, Leinster, meath, Orgiall, and Ossory in Ireland; of Scotland since the firth century; of Ulster since the fourth century; of England from Henry II to the present. Heremon reigned 1699-88 B.C. Keating and McGeoghegan
38. Irial Faidh Meaning a prophet. He was tenth monarch, died B.C. 1670. He was very learned and had many accomplishments. During his time he won four large battles and built seven royal palaces. He was buried at Magh Muagh Keating and McGeoghegan
39. Eithrial Eleventh monarch and reigned twenty years. Slain at the battle of Sorreon in Leinster B.C. 1650. He was also very learned and wrote with his own hands the History of the Gadelians. During his time much advance was made in agriculture and many forests cut down Keating and McGeoghegan
40. Fall-Aich Did not reign
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
41. Tigurnmas 13th Monarch. Reigned seventy-seven years, faught and won twenty-seven battles. In his reign gold mining and smithing were carried on. He also divided the people into different classes and prescribed the fashion and quality of clothing. He died B.C. 1543 on the evening of the 1st of November with two-thirds of the Irish people at Magh Sleaght (or Field of Adoration) in the County of Leitrim, as they worshipped the Sun God, Crom Cruach. He was the king who introduced image worship in Ireland. Keating and McGeoghegan
42. Envoath During his reign the kingdom was divided Keating and McGeoghegan
43. Smionghall During his lifetime the Scottish Picts were forced to pay homage to the Irish monarch, and seven large forests were cut down
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
44. Fiacha Labhrainn 18th Monarch of Ireland. During his lifetime all Scotland was forced to pay tribute. He died B.C. 1428
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
45. Aongus Olmucach Was with the Picts and was slain at Carmon by Enona, 1409 B.C.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
46. Moni Was kept from the monarchy by Enona. During his time silver shields were given as a reward for bravery and golden chains were worn as a sign of nobility.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
47. Rotheachthach 22nd monarch. Was slain 1357 B.C. by Sedne of the line of Ir.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
48. Dein He was kept from the monarchy by his father's slayer. During his time golden helmets were given as a reward for bravery.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
49. Siorna Saoghalsh
Longaevas)
34th Monarch. Was slain B.C> 1030 at Ailin by Rotheachta of the line of Heber Fionn.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
50. Oliall Aolcheoin He had Keating and McGeoghegan
51. Gialchadh 37th monarch. Was killed by Art Imleach at Moighe Muadh B.C. 1013
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
52. Nuadhas Fionfaill 39th monarch. Was slain by Breas Riaghacta B.C. 961
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
53. Aedon Glas During his time a dreadful plague swept away a great portion of the Irish people.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
54. Simeon Greac 44th monarch. He inhumanly caused his predeccessor to be dragged asunder by horses, but after a reign of six years he suffered the same fate by order of Duach Fionn, a son of the murdered king, B.C. 903.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
55. Muredach Balgach 46th monarch
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
56. Fiacha Tolgrach 55th monarch. Was killedB.C. 795 by swod of Oiliall Fionn
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
57. Luach Ladhrach 59th monarch. Was killed by Lugliaidh Laighe B.C. 737.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
58. Eochaidh Buadhach During his time the kingdom was twice visited by a plague
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
59. Ugane More 66th monarch. Married Ceasair, the daughter of the King of France. He has 22 sons and three daughters. Was contemporary with Alexander the Great. He sailed with the fleet into the Meditteranean Sea. He landed his forces in Africa and also attacked Sicily. It was during his time that the Punic War occurred and the Irish sent auxilliary troops to help their Celtic breathren, the Gauls, in their alliance with Carthaginians under Hannibal; they fought the Romans in Spain and Italy. He divided the kingdom among his children, and their descendants ruled Ireland for three hundred years. He was slain 593 B.C. b6y Babdth Chadh. He was buried at Cruachan. Among others
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
60. Colethach Coalbhreagh 69th monarch. Was assissinated by his brother Laegheire to gain the throne. After a long reign he in turn was slain by nis nephew, Marion, B.C> 541
Calethach had
Keating and McGeoghegan
61. Meig Molbhthach 71st monarch. Was slain by Nodhchorb 541 B.C.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
62. Isran Gleofathac 74th monarch. Was a king of great justice and wisdom. Was very learned and accomplished. Was slain 473 B.C.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
63. Conia Caomh Died a natural death
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
64. Oliall Cas-Fiachlach 77th monarch. Slain 417 B.C.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
65. Eochaibh Alt-Leathon 79th monarch. Slain 395 B.C.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
66. Aongus or Aeneus
Tuirmeach-Tesmrach
81st monarch. Slain 324 B.C. at Tara
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
67. Enna Aigneach 84th monarch. Was very bountiful. Slain by Criomthan Corgrach, B.C. 292.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
68. Assoman Eauhna Did not reign, being kept from the throne by his father's murderer.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
69. Boighen Ruadh In his time most of the cattle died of murrain.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
70. Fionnlogh  
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
71. Fionn Married Benia, daughter of Criomtham.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
72. Eochaidh Feidlioch 93rd monarch. Married Cloth Fionn, daughter of Eochadh Uchleathon. She was very virtuous woman and had triplets the first time. This monarch died at Tara 130 B.C.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
73. Bress-Nar-Lothar  
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
74. Lughaidh Sriabhn Darg 98th monarch. Married daughter of King of Denmark. Killed by falling on his own sword.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
75. Crimthann-Niadh-Nar 100th monarch of Ireland. Was styled "the heroic". Was killed by falling from his horse.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
76. Feredach Fionn-Feachtuach 102nd monarch. Last name was given him on account his truthfulness and sincerity. Died a natural death at th real city of Tara A.D. 36.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
77. Fiacha Fionn Ola 104th monarch. Was slain A.D. 56. Married Eithna, who being near confinement at death of her husband went to his burial and there gave birth to a son. Keating and McGeoghegan
78. Tuathal Tachtmar
(The Legitimate)
Was the 106th monarch. This is the prince whom Tacitus in his "Life of Agricola" mentions as coming to the Roman General while in Britain to solicit his aid in regaining the kingdom of Ireland from which he had been banished. Married Baine, daughter of Sgaile Baldh, king of England.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
79. Fedhlimidh Reachtmar He was a just lawmaker. He revised the existing code of laws. He died of thirst A.D. 119. He married Ughna, the daughter of the king of Denmark.
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
80. Eocha Fionn Rohart
He had
Keating and McGeoghegan
81. Aeneas
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
82. Cormac
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
83. Cairbre
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
84. Art-Corb
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
85. Mughna
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
86. Cuibhe
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
87. Iar
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
88. Feach
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
89. Nunneadh
He had
Irish Pedigrees
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90. Baithne
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
91. Eocha
He had
Irish Pedigrees
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92. Ronan
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
93. Fiannan
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
94. Maonach
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
95. Fergus
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
96. Congal
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
97. Dungus
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
98. Dunon
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
99. Faelon
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
100. Nuallain From the Irish "Nuall," meaning famous, and "an," meaning one who.
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
101. Moroch
He had
Irish Pedigrees
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102. Dungus II
He had
Irish Pedigrees
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103. Cuinee
He had
Irish Pedigrees
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104. Eile
He had
Irish Pedigrees
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105. Dunlong
He had
Irish Pedigrees
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106. Eocha III Fionn
He had
Irish Pedigrees
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107. Eocha IV
He had
Irish Pedigrees
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108. Eocha V.
He had
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109. Melaghlin
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
110. Ughare
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
111. Awly
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
112. Donogh (Hugh)
He had
Irish Pedigrees
John O'Hart
113. John Nowlan He had two sons
Cahir and
History of Carlow Co
By John Ryan
114. Daniel Nowlan Married twice; last time to Anastase O'Brien
by whom he had
History of Carlow Co
By John Ryan
115. Patrick Nowlan Their estate is mentioned as having been in the Barony of Forth, County Carlow. After the rebellion 1641-1662, in which the Nowlans took side with the Catholic party, had been suppressed, the Nowlans lost a great deal of their property which was included in the grants made to James Butler, Earl of Ormonde, Lieut. General of the Protestant Forces.
Extract from History of Carlow County by John Ryan, published 1833:
On the 23 October, 1641, after a prolonged period of rest and quiet, Ireland was plunged into all the horrors of bloodshed and massacre. After twenty-one years of bloodshed the rebellion was put down by Cromwell's forces. After quiet had been produced the lands of the rebels were declared forfeited and distributed among the loyal Protestant adherents. The Earl of Ormonde, who had been Lieutenant General of the Loyal troops, received large grants in Carlow County. Included in these grants were the estates of the Nowlan family of this county. In one of the suits against the Duke to recover the land was Capt. James Nowlan, whose ancestory, hugh Nowlan, had divided his estate in Shangarry in the same Barony of Forth between his two sons, Cahir and Daniel.
The latter, Daniel Nowlin, married twice. By his first wife was Edmund, the father of James. In the rebellion, James had been made captain of a small force of the Irish body and led an excursion in 1652 from the garrison of Clonmullin. After the restoration James came back into Ireland from England and attempted to regain the Nowlan estates in Carlow. After a long series of lawsuits, the Duke of Ormonde won out. Having lost his suite James settled in Connaught.
Patrick Nowlan, who was a first cousin of the above mentioned Capt. James Nowlan, sided with the Duke of Ormonde in the various controversies and as a reward had his land reaffirmed to him by the Duke.
Had at least two children, John and Margaret. Patrick probably died about 1670 as he is not mentioned after that date. His daughter, Margaret, remained single.
History of Carlow Co
By John Ryan
116. John Nowlan At the special court held August 13, 1700, just after the rebellion in the time of William of Orange, John and his sister Margaret, are mentioned as being claimants for the land formerly held by them in the Barony of Forth. For some reason, either for his own participation in the rebellion or that of his son, James, his claim was not allowed, but Margaret's was granted her.
John Nowlan had
History of Carlow Co
By John Ryan
117. James Nowlan
Nowlin
In 1655-1725 because probably of the family loss of property, James decided to try his fortune in the colonies. To secure his passage he indentured himself to the captain of the vessel, came to Virginia, and was sold to a Mr. Ward of Pittsylvania Co to pay his passage money. He afterwards married Mr Ward's daughter
And had
History of Carlow Co
Pittsylvania Records
118. James Nowlin II Was born 13 November 1715 in Goochland Co, Va., on Beaverdam Creek, died 18 Jul 1808. He had brothers and sisters but names not ascertained. He was a first class carpenter and became known as James the Carpenter. He married Martha Collins about 1738
And had
History of Carlow Co
Pittsylvania Records
119. Bryan Ward Nowlin Was born about 1740 in Pittsylvania Co, Va; married Lucy Wade and had 15 sons and dughters. he was a builder by trade. He was our great American Abrahamic Father of the Southern Line whose sons and dughters have spread out largely in the South and West. History of Carlow Co
Pittsylvania Records
and Family Records

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