I've decided to try yet again to find Philip Nowlan.
He's the cute baby in this 1957 photo:
He's the grandson of my maternal grandmother's sister, Mary Jane Gizzard Docker Danaher, making him my 2nd cousin.
All I can surmise from the paper trail I've found is that he was born in June 1957, possibly in Canada but could have been in the USA, to parents Joan A. (nee Danaher) and, I believe, James Nowlan. He has two younger sisters, who of course would also be my 2nd cousins. Their mother died in October 2004 in Silver Springs, New York.
It blows my mind to learn that this family lived so close to us and I only found out about them last year.
You see, my research from years ago had indicated that Joan Danaher had moved to Canada from England to become a nun. I stopped looking for her.
It was only when the above photo surfaced last year that I started tracking who the child could be. It is inscribed on the reverse, "Philip Nowlan To Aunt Sarah & Uncle Sam with love from Philip aged 3 months Sept 15 1957." (Sarah and Sam were my maternal grandparents.)
There was also a photo of my grandmother's sister, Mary Jane:
Inscribed on its reverse was, "Taken in 1940 died 1946 aged 56. To Aunt Sarah from sister Jane from your niece Joan Nowlan." This helped me further identify the baby's mother and his relationship to me. Read about Mary Jane's story.
I would love to connect with my 2nd cousin Nowlans and share with them information they might not have about their mother's lineage. Surely they would be interested!