Mary Ryan1,2,3

(25 July 1824 - 31 January 1901)

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Mary Ryan
1824 - 1901
Relationship3rd great-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree

Some Background

Mary Ryan was also known as Mary Boyan. The death certificate of Mary's daughter Mary K. (Whelan) Mulvaney shows her mother's maiden name to be Mary Boyan. However, all other records, including Mary's baptismal record, support the family name of "Ryan."5,6,7
FatherMichael Ryan3,4
MotherAnny Mulloy3,4 (c. 1800 - )

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildMary Ryan was born before 25 July 1824, in Baun or Baion (Johnstown), County Kilkenny, Ireland. Family sources say Mary Ryan was born on 24 Jul 1824. Family Lore tells that Mary was from either Cork or Mayo. We now know that Mary was born, or at least baptised, in Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny (very near the border with Queens County (County Laois)). Perhaps the F.L. story originated because she emigrated to the United States from Cork?8,3,9,10
ChildShe was baptized on 25 July 1824, in Johnstown, County Kilkenny, Ireland. Her sponsors were John Eagan and Biddy Mulloy. Mary was baptized in Johnstown where the parish church for Baun was located, about 5 miles away.8
BrideMary Ryan married Daniel Whelan, son of Martin Phelan and Margaret Dunne, on 10 October 1840 in St. Mary's, New York City, New York Co., New York.
Concerns about this marriage date... it would seem quite unlikely that the first child born to a young couple would arrive just short of 9 years after their marriage had commenced.
     Mary (Ryan) Whelan, on her 1900 census return, says that she immigrated to the U.S. in 1848, when she was 24 years old – eight years after this marriage date of 1840 (when she would have been 16 years old). It is generally accepted, and confirmed by census and other records, that Anastasia (Anna), the first child of Mary Ryan and Daniel Whelan, was born in September, 1849, in New Jersey. This child's location of birth, and birth date, would be compatible with or at least not precluded by her mother's immigration in the year 1848.
     However, Daniel and Mary may have been married in 1840, but in Ireland. That would preclude N.Y. being the location of their marriage - if we accept Mary's 1900 census immigration date of 1848. But if the Family Tradition that Daniel came to the United States in 1840 is accurate, apparently he would have come without Mary. And having to work off his passage from Ireland over a period of 7 years in the mines of New York or Pennsylvania? As the time-frame would reasonably fit, that F.T. story could go a long way to explaining why there were no children during the first 9 years of a marriage - a marriage of an obviously quite fertile couple who subsequently went on to have 12 children.9,3,11
DeceasedShe died on 31 January 1901 in Bancroft, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, at the age of 76.12
InterredShe was buried in Saint Aidan's Catholic Cemetery, Bath Township, Freeborn Co., Minnesota.13,10

Children with Daniel Whelan:

Immigrant Ancestor

In 1848, Mary Ryan arrived in New York City, New York Co., New York. According to Family Lore Mary and Daniel were married in 1840 in New York City. This must be incorrect as Mary, in the enumeration for the 1900 U.S. census, said she immigrated in 1848 and had been in the States for 52 years. This date, provided by Mary seems to be more consistent with other information we have. e.g., the birth of her eldest child, Anastasia, in 1849. Family Lore also tells that Mary was from either Cork or Mayo. We now know that Mary was born, or at least baptised, in Johnstown, Kilkenny very near the border with Queens County (County Laois). Perhaps the family lore story originated because she emigrated from Cork?14,9

Occupation

HOMEMAKER

Residences and Censuses

On 17 September 1849, Mary Whelan and Daniel Whelan were living in New Jersey when their first child, Anastasia, was born.15
She and Daniel Whelan appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Ward 13, New York City, New York Co., New York, enumerated 23 September 1850. Their child Anastasia was listed as living with them. A 24 year old Patrick Whalen (sic) (Daniel's brother?) was also recorded as part of their family. The family name is spelled Whalen for all members. All except Anastasia were born in Ireland. Eight families are listed in the same house... an apartment building or boarding house?
     The boundaries of the 13th Ward: WB on Grand St from East River to Division St (now overbuilt by Seward Park and housing project but Division previously intersected with Grand on Pitt St between Grand and E. Broadway near present day Ahearn Park); then WB on Division St to Norfolk St (this intersection is now subsumed by Seward Park); then NB on Norfolk St to Rivington St; then EB on Rivington St to East River. This area is designated today as the Lower East Side, is adjacent to Chinatown and near the Transfiguration Church on Mott St. where some members of the family are known to have been baptized c.1855.16
They appeared on the 1855 State Census of Empire, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, enumerated 1 June 1855. His entry indicates the Daniel Whalen family comprised 3 White Males (presumably Daniel and his sons Martin and Michael) and 3 White Females (presumably Mary and their daughters, Anastasia and Mary Katherine); 2 in the family were of foreign birth - Daniel and Mary. Their children Anastasia, Martin, Michael and Mary, are presumably the un-named additonal people shown as living with them. A William Phalen family is also enumerated in the same year, living in nearby Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co; 2 white males and 1 white female - 2 of them foreign born. Research on this family will need to be done to see if there is any possibility of a relationship between the families, given the variety of spellings associated with the Whelan family name.17
She and Daniel Whelan appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, enumerated 1 August 1860. Daniel, a farmer, reported his real estate value to be $1200, and he said his personal estate was valued at $150. Their children Anastasia, Martin, Michael, Mary, Julia, Margaret and Bedelia were listed as living with them.18
And again in 1870 Mary Whelan and Daniel Whelan appeared on the Federal Census of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, enumerated 7 June 1870. Their children Martin, Michael, Mary, Julia, Margaret, Bedelia, Daniel, Hanorah, Thomas, Rose and John were listed as living with them. By now Hanorah was being called Nora, Bedelia Elizabeth was Eliza, and Rose Anne was Rosa. Daniel was shown as being a farmer and though there was no valuation for his real estate, his personal estate was valued at $400.19
She and Daniel Whelan appeared on the 1875 State Census of Bancroft, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, enumerated 1 May 1875. Their children Anastasia, Martin, Michael, Julia, Margaret, Daniel, Hanorah, Thomas, Rose and John were listed as living with them. Daughter Mary K. was living and working as a domestic in the Wm. Bedbury family home in Albert Lea, Freeborn Co.20
The 1880 Federal Census of Bancroft, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, enumerated 8 June 1880 shows them still living there. Their children Anastasia, Martin, Mary, Julia, Daniel, Bedelia, Hanorah, Thomas, Rose and John were listed as living with them. 62 year old Daniel and 55 year old Mary were born in Ireland, Anna in New Jersey, Martin and daughter Mary in New York, and the younger children in Wisconsin; son Michael and daughter Margaret were no longer living with their parents, Michael was to be married within a few days of this census and Margaret had married the previous year; Daniel was a Farmer and Mary was Keeping House, Martin was a Farm Laborer - presumably on the family farm, Mary K. (who was to marry the next month) has her occupation is listed as Domestic Servant, and Julia was a Teacher; the rest of the children were not shown with an occupation, though son Daniel and all of the younger ones attended school; apparently everyone in the family could read English, but Daniel and Mary could not write (Daniel's will prepared four years later was signed with his mark.)21
She appeared on the 1885 State Census of Bancroft Township, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, enumerated 1 May 1885. Her children Martin, Daniel, Bedelia, Thomas, Rose and John were listed as living with her.22
She appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Bancroft, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, enumerated 6 June 1900. Mary, 76 years old, (born in July 1924) is shown living with her youngest son, John, who is listed as Head of Household; Mary is listed as being able to read (and speak English) but not able to write. Eleven of Mary's twelve children were still living at the time of this census (Rosa had died.) This record also shows Mary as having been white, a widow, and a farmer.23

Will

Mary Whelan was named executrix and an heir in the will of Daniel Whelan dated 22 March 1884 in Bancroft, Freeborn Co., Minnesota. He named his wife Mary and their son Martin as executors. His estate, after settling legitimate debts, was to be distributed according to specific bequests to his wife and their 12 children, all of whom were living at the time he prepared the will. (And all survived him.) Bequests of the various parcels comprising the farm as well as the farm equipment and animals integral to the farm operations were to be restricted for four years after his death or until his just debts were paid and some bequests were contingent on the heirs remaining on the land and working the farm with their mother, his wife Mary.24

Sources - Citations

  1. [S230] Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905 (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977).
  2. [S239] Ryan Death Cert, Record Type: Death Certificate, Name Of Person: Mary Whelan (n.p.: 31 Jan 1901, unknown publish date).
  3. [S310] Carolyn Jean Whelan Gustafson, “Daniel Whelan Family Tree;” Family Tree; Online at: (http://person.ancestry.com/tree/1995478/person/-1871365144/facts; Accessed: Nov 2011 and 16 Jan 2016.
  4. [S717] Sharon Whalen Siefert, "Descendants of Martin Phelan," (MS, 12 Jan 2016; Brookfield, Wisconsin); Whelan - TMG#717, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy; Tracy Home Office.
  5. [S601] Mary Mulvaney, Certificate of Death District No. 1901; Registrar's No. 4895 (4 April 1941), Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office, Gives mother's maiden name as Boyan.
  6. [S1113] Mary Ryan, Registration of Baptism, names, events, dates, relationships, locations - marriage inferred (25 July 1824), National Library of Ireland, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland.
  7. [S1081] Minnesota Death Records, 1866-1916, online at Family Search: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPDR-45F; FHL microfilm no. FHL microfilm 1,499,052: ; accessed 20 Apr 2018, citing Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, cn 769, Public Health Center, St. Paul.
  8. [S1113] Mary Ryan, Registration of Baptism, names, events, dates, relationships, locations (25 July 1824).
  9. [S719] Carol Whelan Gustafson, “Whelan Family Lore,” Anecdote; ancestry.com; Online at: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1995478/person/-1871365144/media/fbe289d1-1bdf-4dcf-8eeb-8dd81bfcaef2?sph=0c588de49c1bd8fd7efe114291adf924000039ac24c2e0cd&spn=Lynne%2bTracy; Accessed: Nov 2011 and 18 Jan 2016.
  10. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources, Find A Grave Memorial# 66585668; Photo; gives wrong place of birth, should be Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
  11. [S712] Daniel Whelan will (22 March 1884), This the last will and testament of Daniel Whelan; Bancroft Co. Wills, Vol. A, ppg. 165-163, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy, Tracy Home Office.Gives wife's and children's names.
  12. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 66585668; Photo; wrong place of birth, should be Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
  13. [S711] John and Jan Dalby, Compiler, Dalby Database Cemetery Records, online at: http://www.dalbydata.com/user.php?action=cemsearch; (Minnesota), accessed 23 Dec 2006.
  14. [S594] John Whelan household, 1900 U.S. Census, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, population schedule, Bancroft, Enumeration District 46, Page No. 4086 B, Sheet No. 3, dwelling 50, family 51; Washington: National Archives. , she immigrated in 1848 and had been in the United States 52 years.
  15. [S604] Martin Whelen household, 1860 U.S. Census, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, population schedule, Taycheedah, Sheet 141, dwelling 1007, family 997, Washington: National Archives. Gives names, ages, state/country of birth.
  16. [S589] Daniel Whalen household, 1850 U.S. Census, New York Co., New York, population schedule, 13th Ward, New York, Sheet 6(19) and 575 written, 288 stamped, dwelling 757, family 2749. Washington: National Archives. , lines 24 - 27.
  17. [S718] Daniel Whalen household, 1855 Wisconsin State Census, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, population schedule, Town of Empire, Salt Lake City: Family Search. Accessed 17 Jan 2016.
  18. [S588] Daniel Whelan household, 1860 U.S. Census, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, population schedule, Taycheedah, Sheet 146, dwelling 1039, family 1030, Washington: National Archives. Line 6 -14 - NARA microfilm publication M--- ---; Roll: -- ; Page: 979; Image: 496.
  19. [S590] Dan Whaland household, 1870 U.S. Census, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, population schedule, Taycheedah, Sheet 9 (written) 569 (stamped), dwelling 63, family 63; Washington: National Archives.
  20. [S591] Daniel Whelan household, 1875 Minnesota State Census, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, population schedule, Bancroft, dwelling LINE 33, family Dannil Whellen, Salt Lake City: Family Search.
  21. [S592] Danial Whalan household, 1880 U.S. Census, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, population schedule, Bancroft, Enumeration District 95, Sheet 5 (written) 74 A. (printed), dwelling 39, family 39; Washington: National Archives. , line nos. 30 - 41.
  22. [S593] Mary Whelan household, 1885 Minnesota State Census, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, population schedule, Bancroft, dwelling LINE 57, family Mary Whelen, Salt Lake City: Family Search.
  23. [S594] John Whelan household, 1900 U.S. Census, Freeborn Co., Minnesota.
  24. [S712] Daniel Whelan Will Bancroft Co. Wills, Vol. A, ppg. 165-163.
  25. [S589] Daniel Whalen household, 1850 U.S. Census, New York Co., New York.
  26. [S588] Daniel Whelan household, 1860 U.S. Census, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin.
  27. [S594] John Whelan household, 1900 U.S. Census, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, her relationship to John is listed as "Mother;" her age, year and place of birth and year of immigration.
Last Edited10 Feb 2019

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