Daniel Whelan1,2,3

(1 January 1818 - 9 April 1884)

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Daniel Whelan
1820 - 1884
Relationship3rd great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree

Some Background

The siblings of this family: Daniel Whelan, Patrick Phelan, Roseanna Phelan, Catherine Phelan, and Julia Phelan are alternatively said to be the children of a Patrick Phelan, b. circa 1803 in County Cork, Ireland - d. 22 March 1892, St. Peter's, Wisconsin. This Patrick (b.1803) is said to have been the son of Martin Phelan, b. circa 1770, Ireland.5 Daniel Whelan was probably baptised as Daniel Phelan, though WHELAN appears to have been his preference for the spelling of his surname. Various spellings of the family name are found (Whalen, Phelan, Phalen), both in Ireland and in the United States, even among Daniel's siblings. In Ireland "Phelan" seems to be the prevalent spelling in the R.C. Church registries... but "Whelan" is the spelling in many of the civic records that appear to pertain to our family of Phelan/Whelan.1,3,2,6
FatherMartin Phelan4 (bfr 21 Oct 1790 - aft 8 Jun 1870)
MotherMargaret Dunne (bfr 20 Nov 1791 - probably between 1860 & 1870)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildDaniel Whelan was born on 1 January 1818, in County Cork, Ireland. Daniel's tombstone records the date as 1 Jan 1818; the date based on his age at death as given in Daniel's Obituary would be 31 Dec 1817, most likely a minor miscalculation in determining his precise age.7,8,9,10
GroomHe married Mary Ryan, daughter of Michael Ryan and Anny Mulloy, 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.11,6,12
GodfatherHe became the Godfather of Martin Whalen at Martin's Baptism on 28 October 1855, in Transfiguration Church, New York City, New York Co., New York; Martin's sponsors were Daniel Phelan (uncle) and Anna Maria Hurley.
Transfiguration Church (R.C.) is located at 29 Mott Street in Manhattan.
A handwritten notation (in a different hand than that of the person who prepared the Baptismal Certificate) indicates "(Brooklyn)" on the line of the certificate reading, "born in N.Y.C.13 "
DeceasedHe died on 9 April 1884 in Bancroft, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, at the age of 66. Daniel's Obituary in the Freeborn Co. Standard newspaper for Albert Lea, Minnesota on 30 April 1884:
     
"Daniel Whalen, a prominent citizen of Bancroft, died at his home, aged sixty-six years, three months and nine days, leaving a wife and twelve children."

     Calculating backward from the date of his death gives his date of birth as 31 December 1817. However, his tombstone indicates 1 January 1818 which is the date accepted within the family.14,15
InterredHe was buried in Saint Aidan's Catholic Cemetery, Bath Township, Freeborn Co., Minnesota; Plot: A-59.14,16

Children with Mary Ryan:

Immigrant Ancestor

Circa 1840, Daniel Whelan arrived in America. According to Family Lore...
     
"The Whalens, or O'Phalen were first miners, then later, farmers. Reportedly, Daniel came to the US in 1840 and paid 7 years servitude for his passage. During this time, it was said that they were slate pickers, possibly in NY and later in PA."

     The year is possible - Daniel would have been 22 years old in 1840 - but as of January 2016 this year is unconfirmed by passenger lists or other documentation.
     It is quite reasonable for the F.L. story to say that the Whalens (or, O'Phalens) worked in the mines of Pennsylvania or New York upon their arrival in the United States... many Irish immigrants at the time did that to pay off the cost of their passage, or just to survive. However it is unlikely that any of that family were slate pickers. The use of “slate pickers” (breaker-boys) in the coal mines didn't begin in the U.S. until the mid-1860s, and then those jobs were usually held by boys 8 to 12 years old or semi-disabled and elderly ex-miners who could no longer work directly in the mines. Since Daniel would have been 22 years old and able bodied at the beginning of that seven year time-frame; and by the mid-1860s he was living and farming in Wisconsin... he is disqualified on all counts. Whatever his exact job may have been, in those days the living accommodations around the coal mines and processing mills in Pennsylvania and New York were such that one can well understand that anyone with a choice would not choose to have a wife or family living there with them. Knowing that, Daniel may have immigrated at this date, but sensibly left his young bride back in Ireland until he could afford to pay her passage to the States in 1848, the year Mary said she arrived.11,17

Occupation

From the time of his arrival in Wisconsin, Daniel's occupation was as a Farmer18,19

Land and Property

PatentOn 5 June 1873, Daniel Whelan received a land patent (initial deed for lands acquired from the Federal Government) in Bancroft, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, for eighty acres he had homesteaded. Specifically: The North half of the South East Quarter of Section Twenty-two, in Township One Hundred and thirteen, of Range Twenty-five, in the district of lands Subject to Sale at Redwood Falls Minnesota.
     By 1884, when Daniel prepared his will, he was the owner of an additional 400 acres.20,1

Residences and Censuses

On 17 September 1849, Daniel Whelan and Mary Whelan were living in New Jersey when their first child, Anastasia, was born.21
He and Mary 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.1855.22
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.23
He and Mary 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.24
And again in 1870 Daniel Whelan and Mary 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 $400.25
He and Mary 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.26
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.)27

Will

Daniel Whelan prepared a will 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.28

Sources - Citations

  1. [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 name spelled as WHELAN.
  2. [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, Tombstone shows name spelled WHELAN.
  3. [S603] Daniel Whelan, Land Patent, 5 June 1873, Application 3056, Homestead Certificate No. 101, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy,Tracy Home Office. Gives name spelled WHELAN.
  4. [S717] Sharon Whalen Siefert, "Descendants of Martin Phelan," (MS, 12 Jan 2016; Brookfield, Wisconsin), names siblings of this family: Daniel Whelan, Patrick Phelan, Roseann(a) Phelan, Julia Phelan, and Catherine Phelan; father as Patrick Phelan, son of Martin Phelan; Whelan - TMG#717, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy; Tracy Home Office.
  5. [S717] "Descendants of Martin Phelan,", names siblings of this family: Daniel Whelan, Patrick Phelan, Roseann(a) Phelan, Patrick Phelan, Julia Phelan, and Catherine Phelan.
  6. [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.
  7. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com, Tombstone shows dates of birth and death.
  8. [S710] "Daniel Whalen", Freeborn County Standard, Vol. 27, No. 18, Albert Lea, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, 30 April 1884, 2, Gives exact age at date of death.
  9. [S714] Patrick Phelan household, 1860 U.S. Census, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, population schedule, Empire, Enumeration District Post Office Empire, Sheet 122, dwelling 863, family 850, Washington: National Archives. Names, places of birth, and ages of husband, wife, and children.
  10. [S230] Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905 (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977).
  11. [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.
  12. [S712] Daniel Whelan Will Bancroft Co. Wills, Vol. A, ppg. 165-163; gives wife's and children's names.
  13. [S1089] Martin Phelan, Certificate of Registration of Baptism, Photocopy of Baptismal Certificate, 28 Oct 1855; Transfiguration Church, Manhattan, New York, New York: names, events, dates, relationships, locations.
  14. [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, Gives dates and location.
  15. [S710] "Daniel Whalen,"Freeborn Co. Standard, 30 April 1884, 2, Gives location and exact age at date of death.
  16. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 66585618; Photo.
  17. [S721] Michael Whelan household, 1900 U.S. Census, Freeborn, Minnesota, population schedule, 312 Vine St., Albert Lea, Enumeration District 41, Page No. B2826, Sheet No.11, line 89-94, dwelling 234, family 254; Washington: National Archives. , Names family, state, month and year of birth and immigration.
  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. Names, places of birth, and ages of husband (and occupation), wife, and children.
  19. [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. , Names, places of birth, and ages of husband (and occupation), wife, and children.
  20. [S603] Daniel Whelan, Land Patent, 5 June 1873, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy.
  21. [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.
  22. [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.
  23. [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.
  24. [S588] Daniel Whelan household, 1860 U.S. Census, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, line 6 -14 - NARA microfilm publication M--- ---; Roll: -- ; Page: 979; Image: 496.
  25. [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.
  26. [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.
  27. [S592] Danial Whalan household, 1880 U.S. Census, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, line nos. 30 - 41.
  28. [S712] Daniel Whelan Will Bancroft Co. Wills, Vol. A, ppg. 165-163.
  29. [S712] Daniel Whelan Will Bancroft Co. Wills, Vol. A, ppg. 165-163; gives names of wife and children.
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