Eliza Jane (Trimble) Norris Hoolahan (1864 - 1934)



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Eliza Jane Trimble was first married to Elijah Norris from Tennessee at the residence of James F Trimble on January 8th, 1888 in Pulaski County Kentucky. Between 1888 and 1900, they had four daughters: Viola, Virgie, Alice and Nettie. During that time they also moved to Denison, Grayson County, Texas. The next part of the story is unclear, but it was told that Elijah left and was absent for some time after their last daughter Nettie was born in 1896. Eliza is shown in the 1900 census, listed as widowed, and as being a boarder and servant at the house of Cassie Huntley in Denison, Texas raising all four girls alone. Dennis Hoolahan is shown in the same 1900 census to be working as a RR tract walker in Denison. The twins Marguerite (Maggie) and Bridget were born in 1903. Eliza and Dennis married in 1905. Alice Norris, born in 1894, died at age 12 in 1906. Dennis Jr. was born in 1907. Another baby boy was born to the Hoolahans but died in infancy. At some point, the story is that Elijah returned. If true and when we don't know, he found that Eliza had moved on with a new family. There is a Texas death index record for an Elijah Sherman Norris passing in 1905 in Fannin County, but it has not been confirmed that this person was Eliza's first husband or not. I read an online post regarding his oldest daughter Viola and how she had really loved him and recalled at how handsome he was. Viola married, had seven children, and stayed in the Cedar Hill area of Dallas. Virgie married, had one child that died at age 5, then remarried and she and her second husband managed a farm and grocery in Corsicana Texas. Nettie married, had four daughters, and lived most of her adult life in California. Marguerite (Maggie) married my grandfather James Roberts and had my mother Yvonne Anita Jean Roberts. They lived in the Dallas area until my grandfather died and then she lived with my Mom and our family until she passed. Her twin Bridget married several times, had two children, and spent her remaining life in California. Dennis Jr enlisted in the army in 1926 and started his military career at Fort Bliss, TX. The army misspelled his name upon enlistment as Calahan, and he spent the rest of his life known as Dennis Calahan. He moved to Washington DC in his later years and is buried as Dennis Calahan in the US Soldier's and Airman's Home National Cemetery in Washington DC.

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Eliza Jane (Trimble) Norris Hoolahan was also known as:

Liza Jane


in Pulaski County, Kentucky United States


on in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas United States

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at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 10977 Harry Hines Blvd, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas United States


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Marguerite Hoolahan Roberts Home, 2519 Reagan St, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas United States

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Father: James Franklin Trimble
Mother: Nettie (Roberts) Trimble

Husband: Dennis Hoolahan
Children with Dennis: Bridget (Hoolahan) Jenkins, Marguerite (Hoolahan) Roberts, Dennis Hoolahan Jr., and Baby Boy Hoolahan

Husband: Elijah Norris
Children with Elijah: Viola (Norris) Summers, Virgie (Norris) Matlock, Nettie (Norris) Hardage, and Alice Norris


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1864 - In the year that Eliza Jane (Trimble) Norris Hoolahan was born, on October 5th, a cyclone killed 70,000 people in Calcutta, India. Calcutta is in a "very high damage risk" cyclone zone, although this was an especially powerful one.

1872 - By the time she was merely 8 years old, on May 22nd, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Amnesty Act of 1872. The Act restored full civil rights to secessionists, including about 150,000 former slaves who had fought in the Confederate Army. About 500 former Confederate sympathizers were not allowed their full civil rights.

1895 - She was 31 years old when on September 3rd, in Latrobe, PA, the first professional football game was played. The game was between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club. Latrobe won 12 - 0.

1928 - By the time she was 64 years old, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

1934 - In the year of Eliza Jane (Trimble) Norris Hoolahan's passing, on June 6th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was formed as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the continuing Great Depression. Previously, the states regulated the offering and sales of stocks - called "blue sky" laws. They were largely ineffective. Roosevelt created a group (one member was Joseph Kennedy, father of the future President Kennedy) who knew Wall Street well and they defined the mission and operating mode for the SEC. The new organization had broad and stringent rules and oversight and restored public confidence in the stock market in the United States.

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edit Eliza Jane (Trimble) Norris Hoolahan & Dennis Hoolahan
July 17, 1905 - January 1,922 (death)
Eliza Jane (Trimble) Norris Hoolahan
Eliza Jane (Trimble) Norris Hoolahan & Dennis Hoolahan
July 17, 1905 - January 1,922 (death)
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January 8, 1888
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Eliza Jane (Trimble) Norris Hoolahan & Elijah Norris
January 8, 1888

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ANOTHER CORSICANA WOMAN BURIED IN DALLAS ON MONDAY - DALLAS, May 28 - Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Jane Hoolahan, 58, 2519 Reagan, who died in a local hospital Saturday, were held here Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Surviving are a son, Dennis Hoolahan, Fort Warren, Wyo; and five daughters, Mrs Viola Summers, Cedar Hill; Mrs Charles Hardage, Los Angeles; Mrs G. R. Matlock, Corsicana; Mrs J. H. Roberts and Mrs. I.D. Hunt, both of Dallas. ** Please note that the birth date listed on the Death Certificate was incorrect. Eliza Jane Hoolahan was actually 69 when she passed not 58 as written in the obituary. Also, Mrs Charles Hardage = Nettie Norris, Mrs G.B. Matlock = Virgie Norris, Mrs J.H. Roberts = Marguerite (Maggie) Hoolahan and Mrs I.D. Hunt = Bridget Hoolahan.

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