About The Author

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Lewis Earle Nolan Jr., author of "Nolan-Miller Family History," has been a professional writer for most of his life. He was a journalist and editor while in the U.S. Marines and then worked for 15 years for one of the largest newspaper chains in the U.S., Scripps-Howard, as a news bureau chief, reporter and later Business Editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn. He also served as a regional stringer for The Wall Street Journal and contributed articles on assignment to Time, Life and other magazines.

He was vice president of communications at Schering-Plough HealthCare Products for 12 years, responsible for public relations and global communications for such American icon consumer brands as Coppertone, Drixoral, Di-Gel, Maybelline, PAAS Easter Products and such international subsidiaries as Dr. Scholl's worldwide operations, Rimmel Cosmetics in the U.K. and Chicogo in Europe. He retired from Schering-Plough in 1996. He later joined Guardsmark, Inc., one of the nation's largest private security services firms, where as vice president government affairs and communications he was responsible for marketing, public relations and internal communications for 12,000 employees. He left Guardsmark in early 1997 but continued as a consultant until late 1998, when he turned his full attention to writing and other pursuits.

He has lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, California, Michigan, Virginia, Mississippi and Tennessee. His family connections to those states are detailed in "Nolan-Miller Family History." Educated at East Central (Miss.) Junior College, Sacramento State College, the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, he holds associate of arts and bachelor of arts degrees in English and History. He resides in Memphis, with his wife of more than 35 years, Betty, where he serves on several charitable and civic boards.

His fascination with family history started with a 1986 visit to Ballinasloe, Ireland, where his great-grandfather, John Nolan, had lived before emigrating to America in 1843. Research into this book took more than a decade and included countless hours spent examining records in Ireland; the DAR Library, the National Archives and the Library of Congress in Washington; the New York Public Library; the New England Historic Genealogical Society's Library in Boston; the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville; the Memphis Public Library; the University of Memphis Library; the Brimfield, Mass., Library; and the Monroe County Local History Room and Library in Sparta, Wisc. Many more hours were spent examining microfilm on loan from the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) in Salt Lake City and documents in county courthouses and other records repositories. The results of these exhaustive searches appear in his book, along with useful information on organizing and conducting genealogical research.

Many dozens of relatives with stories to tell, letters to share and family records to preserve as well as helpful public servants working in libraries and in government offices in towns and cities across the U.S., assisted with this research project.


Lewis & Betty Nolan At Maui Volcano

Author Lewis Nolan and Wife Betty Celebrated Their 30th Wedding Anniversary in 1998

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Lewis Earle Nolan Jr. was born May 15, 1943, in Wichita Falls, Tex., to Lewis Earle Nolan, M.D., and Garnett Elizabeth Ford Nolan. The family lived at Apache, Okla., where Dr. Nolan held the rank of Major and was head of the pathology department at the U.S. Army's hospital at Fort Sill, Okla., during World War II. After the War, the family moved to Monroe, La., then to Columbia, S.C., then to Fairmont, W. Va., and finally to Sacramento, Calif., where Lewis, nicknamed "Buzz" by his mother, graduated from high school and attended Sacramento State College. He later attended the University of Mississippi, East Central Junior College and Mississippi State University, obtaining an Associate of Arts Degree from East Central and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mississippi State, with majors in English and History. He also did graduate work at Mississippi State after service in the U.S. Marines. He married the former Betty Trapp in a civil ceremony in Northport, Ala., June 7, 1968. His interests include genealogy, golf and reading.


Betty Nolan was born Dec. 14, 1945 in Philadelphia, Miss., to Benjamin Lafayette Trapp and Lorene Stokes Trapp. She was valedictorian of Philadelphia High School's class of 1964, was elected to the Hall of Fame at East Central Junior College in Decatur, Miss., where she met Lewis Earle Nolan Jr., and won a scholarship to Mississippi State College for Women, where she graduated cum laude in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education. She later obtained a Master of Education from Memphis State University. She has taught in public schools in Fredericksburg, Va., West Point, Miss., and in Memphis, where she teaches Culinary Arts at Northside High School. She was first named to Who's Who in Education in 1993 and has served as a textbook evaluator for both the State of Tennessee and Memphis City Schools. Her interests include gardening, travel and teaching Sunday School at Evergreen Presbyterian Church, where she and her family have been members since 1979.


Casey Lewis Earle Nolan was born Feb. 14, 1975 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis to Lewis Earle Nolan, Jr. and Betty Nolan. He attended Grace St. Luke's Episcopal School through the 9th grade and then Memphis University School, where he attained many academic and sports honors. He attended the University of Virginia for four years, graduating in 1997 as a Dean's List scholar with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. After graduation he joined Clark Construction Co., a national firm based in Bethesda, Md. He served as a project engineer for Clark's construction of a tennis stadium at Indian Wells, Calif., and was later promoted to project manager for Clark's construction of a rocket launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara, Calif. Casey entered the MBA program at Harvard Business School in August, 2002, and was elected co-president of the Real Estate Club. After graduation in June, 2004, he joined Clark Realty Capital as a Development Executive. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, and is in charge of Clark's development and construction of more than 1,500 privately financed and owned housing units for military personnel at the U.S. Army base at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. His interests include competing in triathlons, travel and golf.


There are four, fairly extensive travel journals with many photos of trips taken by Lewis and Betty Nolan on this website. They may be accessed by clicking 1IRE02 (their week-long revisit to Ireland's Dingle Penisula in 2002.), FRANCE1 (their three-week trip in 2001 to Paris, river cruise through Provence and stay on the Riviera.), WEST1 (their month-long trip in 1999 through the Southwest, Southern California and Honolulu) and also by clicking HAWAII (their 1998 trip to Maui, Hawaii).

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