I don't know if the Nowlins came from Ireland, but I can tell you what happened to Abner Nowlin.Abner's full name is Abner Wentworth Copton Nowlin (Oct. 11, 1833-Mar.8, 1906).He married secondly, Louisa Nivison Watkins on Oct. 8, 1862 probably in Chesterfield Co., Va.(I still have to verify place of marriage).Lousia (June 17, 1928, Chesterfield Co., VA-July 3, 1878) was the daughter of John E. Watkins and Judith Eveline Watkins.
Abner and Louisa had two daughters, Lelia Russsell Nowlin(April 4, 1865)and Ruby Watkins Nowlin (April 10, 1866).Both girls were probably born in Hillsville,Carroll Co., VA as both the 1860 and 1870 census of Carroll Co., VA has Abner living there.The 1870 census list him as Abner W.C., age 37, Judge of Circuit Court.
Lelia Russell Nowlin married James Sargent Elliott on Dec. 28, 1898. James Sargent was born Oct. 14, 1863 in Abnerdeen, Md On June 2, 1900, she and her husband were living in the District of Columbia.The census record indicated James' occupation as a draftsman.From the internet (and I can't site source), Lelia and James had Dorothy, Ruth, John Wentworth, and Ethel Sargent Elliot. The Dorothy and Ruth were twins born on May 14, 1901 in Denver, Colorado and John born Oct. 20, 1903 and Ethel May 5, 1910--place of birth unknown.
Ruby Watkins Nowlin was blind.Per 1900 she was living with her sister and brother-n-law.Then in the 1930 District of Columbia census, Ruby was a reside of the Hurt Home for the Blind. From a cousin's notes, Ruby obit reads, "Miss Ruby Watson Nowlin, 86, a native of R.I, a resident of blind home in Washington, DC for 46 years died May 1953.
Back to Abner, he too is listed in the 1900 DC census as assistant superintendent of a boarding house, but listed his occupation as a lawyer.He died March 8, 1906 in Washington, DC from a fall.If you check the Washington Post, Thursday, March 8, 1906, page 2, you will find a write-up about his death.He was trying to eject a man from the Central Uniton Mission, when Abner and the man rolled down the steps together.Abner stuck his head on the sidewalk and taken to the emergeney hosptial, where he lingered for two days before he died.The mission was his home.The article also says he was "twice a representative in the VA legislature, editor of the Richmond Whig many years ago, counry judge at one time, and a delegate to a national convention.He had lived in Washington many years, and was commonly known as Judge Nowlin."The man he scuffled with was Leo Fitzgerald and the paper indicated a cornoner's inquest was to take place that same day, March 8.
The reason I have this information is b/c I have been researching the Watkins line.I want to find out more about Lelia and her descendents and where Abner and his family members are buried.
I know this is more than you asked for; however, I just wanted to share all the information I have on Abner (as of 12/24/03).If you want any information on the Watkins I would be glad to share what I have.