52 Ancestors: #27 My Great-Grandfather – Thomas Noble

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Possible 50th anniversary photo of Thomas Noble and his wife, Margaret McGinn

Possible 50th anniversary photo of Thomas Noble and his wife, Margaret McGinn

Thomas was born on 26 November 1851, the son of Edward Noble and Mary Devine Noble. He was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England and his parents residence was listed as 14 Court Paul Street of that city. He was baptized in Saint Joseph’s RC church on 30 November 1851, with sponsors Patrick Kayne and Mary Melia.

I first found Thomas with his parents and siblings in the 1861 UK census–all living in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England. I then traced the entire family in the 1870 US census living in Locust Gap, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Thomas’s Declaration of Intent [to naturalize] filed on 24 August 1875 states he arrived in the United States on 28 November 1865, aged 14. His Petition of Naturalization was also filed on 24 August 1875.

Thomas Noble married Margaret McGinn on 19 Oct 1876 at Saint Edward’s RC church, Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Thomas and Margaret had eleven children, two of whom died according to the 1900 US census. The surviving children were Edward F. Noble, Christopher A. Noble, Thomas Noble, Jr., Anna Noble Ryan, James A. Noble, John Noble, Mary Noble (no marriage data), and Leonard Noble. Thomas owned his own home and was a coal miner all his life. He died 24 March 1934 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and was buried in Saint Mary’s cemetery on 27 March 1934.


Week 27 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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3 Responses to 52 Ancestors: #27 My Great-Grandfather – Thomas Noble

  1. William Noble says:

    Hello, My name is William Noble, I stumbled on you blog as I was doing research my ancestry. I believe we may be distant cousins as I am a descendant of James A Noble, one of the sons of Thomas and Margaret. The A in James’ name stands for Aloysius, if this is the same as your fill records than there is a high possibility of us being related.

    If this is the case, I was wondering if you share some of the information you have on the Noble-McGinn family.

  2. William Noble says:

    Please excuse some of the grammar, I posted this from my cell phone

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