Mary Katherine Whelan1,2,3

(26 September 1854 - 2 April 1941)

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Mary Katherine Whelan
1854 - 1941
Relationship2nd great-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree

Some Background

Mary Katherine Whelan was also known as Mary Mulvaney. On the 'Delayed Issue' birth record filed for her son John Martin Mulvaney the family name was spelled with the inclusion of the letter "e" near the end.7
FatherDaniel Whelan (1 Jan 1818 - 9 Apr 1884)
MotherMary Ryan4,2,5,6 (25 Jul 1824 - 31 Jan 1901)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildMary Katherine Whelan was born on 26 September 1854, in New York City, New York Co., New York.4,2,8,9
BrideMary Katherine Whelan, 25, married John Mulvany, 32 on 7 July 1880 in Freeborn Co., Minnesota. The ceremony probably took place in St. Aiden's Catholic Church in Bath. The church, located just south of Bancroft seems to have been the one Mary K.'s family most often attended... and her parents, some of her brothers and sisters, and a few nieces and nephews, are buried in the churchyard there.
Mary K.'s wedding dress was brown satin... a top with with long sleeves, a tight bodice overlaid with lace... and a narrow waist. The dress probably included a “bustle” of some sort as these were quite fashionable at the time.10,11,12
WidowShe became a widow when her husband John died circa 1 September 1897. Mary K. was left with two young children, Catherine and John Martin. Mary was the postmistress in Dalzell at the time of John's death; An exact date is difficult to determine with the minimal information given in this newspaper article:
A Sudden Death
     Mrs. John Mulvany, of Dalzell, was in the city Monday on a sad mission. It seems that her husband who is the postmaster at Dazell (sic), has been suffering for some time with rheumatism and not long ago went to the Springs to take the baths and from there went to Grand Island, Neb. for treatment. Just a short time ago Mrs. Mulvany received a letter from her husband stating that he was afflicted with a blood tumor in his neck; but that he was feeling very well and would soon come out all right. Judge of the surprise and anguish that were hers when she received a telegram Tuesday enclosed in a letter from Rapid City stating that her husband was dead and asking for instructions concerning the disposition of the body.
     Realizing that the telegram had been delayed for several days she came immediately to town and telegraphed for further news only to find when the answer came that receiving no answer from her they had buried the body there. This is a particularly sad affair and calls for the sympathy of all. It seems very strange that such an improtant message could not have been gotten to its destination sooner.     - Black Hills Weekly Journal, 10 September 1897.13,14

DeceasedShe died on 2 April 1941 in Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, at the age of 86. Mary's death State of California Index records her mother's maiden name as Royan... Death Certificate shows Boyan... it was in fact Ryan.15,16,17
InterredShe was buried in Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California; Grave 287, Tier 13, Section K.18

Children with John Mulvany:

Some Life Events of Interest

On Valentines Day Mary received a missive that is presumed to have come from John Mulvany...
Valentine Poem. They married in July of 1880.19

Occupation

Before her marriage Mary K. was a "Domestic Servant;" after she married she was twice appointed postmistress in Dazell, South Dakota; after her husband's death, she didn't return to working until her children were on their own, and when she worked, she worked as a nurse/companion and housekeeper20

Community Service

On 8 February 1897, at Dalzell, Meade Co., South Dakota, Mary Katherine Whelan was appointed and commissioned Postmaster in the town by the Postmanster General of the United States, William L. Wilson..21

Residences and Censuses

She appeared on the 1855 State Census of Empire, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, in the household of her parents, Daniel Whelan and Mary Whelan.22
She appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, in the household of her parents, Daniel Whelan and Mary Whelan.23
She appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, in the household of her parents, Daniel Whelan and Mary Whelan.3
She appeared on the 1875 State Census of Albert Lea, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, enumerated 1 May 1875. Mary K. was living and working as a domestic in the Wm. Bedbury family home in Albert Lea, Freeborn Co.24
She appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Bancroft, Freeborn Co., Minnesota, in the household of her parents, Daniel Whelan and Mary Whelan.25
On 24 November 1881, Mary Mulvaney and John Mulvany lived in Livermore, Humboldt Co., Iowa.
     On a souvenir ticket for 'Thanksgiving Party at the Russell House, Livermore, Iowa, Nov 24, 1881: Good Music in Attendence. Oyster Supper at the usual hour. Bill $2.00 per couple. J. Malvany, Prop.26'
On 1 September 1882, Mary Mulvaney and John Mulvany lived in Waterville Village, Le Sueur Co., Minnesota, where their daughter Catherine was born.27
In 1883, Mary Mulvaney and John Mulvany were living Upper Rapid Valley, Pennington Co., Dakota Territory.
     Mary and daughter Kate, in answering the question on the 1905 S.D. State Census as to length of time in S.D., stated 23 years and 22 years respectively... which would mean since 1882 or 1883.
     Since Kate was born in Minnesota in Sept of 1882, and John and Mary probably would not have made the trip to Dakota Territory until the following Spring at the earliest, it could be reasonably assumed that they arrived in the Summer or Fall of 1883.28
On 10 March 1892, Mary Katherine Mulvany and John Mulvany received their mail in Smithville, Meade Co., South Dakota.
     Mary's sister, Julia (Whelan) Blume, sent a Photo inscribed on the back, "Presented to Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Mulvany, Smithville, South Dak." (note the middle initial)
     Smithville was a country post office in Meade County, the closest mail service for their ranch, located at the crossing of the Pierre and Deadwood roads, 10 miles northwest of Wasta. A stage line from Pierre to Deadwood had a stop at Smithville. At the turn of the 20th century, Wasta would have been the most convenient railroad point for the family.
     Some supplies were available at Smithville... food, clothing and other commodities were mostly freighted into there by wagon from Pierre and Rapid City.
     (Dalzell, the postoffice where Mary was postmistress in 1897 was 28 miles north of Wasta - Dalzell's population in 1909 was 10.)29
She appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Lead City, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, enumerated 7 June 1900. Her children John and Catherine were listed as living with her. The children were attending school; Mary gave her occupation as that of a nurse. She owned their home free and clear.
Mary's sister, Elizabeth (Whelan) McNally, and her family were also living in Lead, not too far from Mary's home.30
She appeared on the 1905 State Census of 325 Addie St., Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, enumerated 1905. Mary gave her age as 51 years old, and having been in South Dakota for 23 years. Her daughter Catherine was listed as living with her.31,32
She appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, at 15 Parkdale Ave., enumerated 19 April 1910. Mary owned her own home free of mortgage. She reported that she had given birth to four children but that only two were living at the time of the census. Her son John was listed as living with her.33
She appeared on the 1915 State Census of Deadwood, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, enumerated 1915. Mary listed herself as employed - a housekeeper... returning to the kind of work she did back in Minnesota.34
She appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Deadwood, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, at 418 William St., enumerated 5 January 1920. Mary, 65 years old, was employed as a companion for the 82 year old widow Elizabeth Mather.20
From 1924 to 1936, Mary Katherine Whelan lived in Crescent City, Del Norte Co., California. Mary moved to Crescent City to be near her daughter. For a time she worked as housekeeper for the Catholic Church's pastor, Fr. Nolan. (Almost 50 years later her grandson, Rev. Charles W. Tracy, served as pastor of this parish). She also spent some time with her son, John Martin, in Los Angeles.9,14
She appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Crescent City, Del Norte Co., California, at "L" Street, enumerated 19 April 1930. 75 year old Mary was a lodger in the home of the Gust A. Berg family.35
From 1936 to 1941, Mary Katherine Whelan was living Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California.9

Will

Mary Katherine Whelan was named an heir in the will of Daniel Whelan, dated 22 March 1884 in Bancroft, Freeborn Co., Minnesota.1
She did not prepare a will and so died intestate. Here she wrote out her holographic will in long-hand; stating that upon her death her estate was to be evenly divided between her two children, her son, John Martin Mulvaney, living at 215 Main St, Vallejo, California; and her daughter, Mrs. W. J. Ohlheiser, living in Crescent City, California (and later added in pencil 'if dead her heirs in **indecipherable**' but appears to be 'even shares'); she named her son as executor without bond. The will was witnessed by Eugenie Soutiere and Mary Glass.36

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.
  2. [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.
  3. [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.
  4. [S712] Daniel Whelan Will Bancroft Co. Wills, Vol. A, ppg. 165-163; gives wife's and children's names.
  5. [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.
  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. [S68] Center for Health Statistics State of California Department of Health Services, California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Sacramento, California: State of California, unknown date) Digitized by ancestry.com - subscription database. Unknown comments.
  8. [S583] John Mulvany and Mary K. Whalen marriage registration, 6 July 1880, in Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949: Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office, Date of Issue, Names and Ages.
  9. [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, Dates of Birth and Death, Locations, Parents' Names.
  10. [S583] Minnesota Marriages, 1860-1949: Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, names, events, dates, relationships, locations.
  11. [S566] Recollections of Sean C. Tracy; information entered directly into database on 1989 - 1999, by the compiler of OUR TRACY TREE OF ANCESTRY. . Recollections based on conversations over the years CMO1 was living at the home of SCT2., Recollections based on conversations over the years CMO1 was living at the home of SCT2., Bodice of the wedding gown in care of M. E. Tracy.
  12. [S601] Mary Mulvaney, Certificate of Death, Dates of Birth and Death, Locations, Parents' names (mother's name shown as Boyan) and Husband's Name.
  13. [S628] "A Sudden Death", Black Hills Weekly Journal, Rapid City, South Dakota, 10 September 1897.
  14. [S586] Recollections of Sean C Tracy (californiayankees.com). Conversation. Family stories passed from generation to generation and absorbed into one's conciousness in the process of living... no specific date can be established. This is information that is "just known" within one's family.
  15. [S601] Mary Mulvaney, Certificate of Death.
  16. [S229] Western Union Telegram from John M. Mulvaney (LOS ANGELES CALIF) to 2338 C ST EUREKA CALIF Mrs Charles Tracy, 2 APR 1941; Paper Files of Sean C Tracy (Tracy Home Office), Western Union Telegram; 2 April 1941.
  17. [S68] Center for Health Statistics State of California Department of Health Services, California Death Index, Birth date: 26 Sep 1854; Birth place: New York; Death date: 2 Apr 1941; Death place: Los Angeles, California.
  18. [S600] Mary Mulvaney Grave Card, #600 MKW1 Grave Card, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office; Cemetery Sexton, 2 April 1941.
  19. [S602] Letter from John Mulvany (Mitchell Co., Iowa) to Mary K Whelan, 14 February 1875; #602 MWK1 Valentine Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy (Tracy Home Office). It is presumed that John Mulvany was the author... they were married the following July.
  20. [S598] Elizabeth Mather household, 1920 U.S. Census, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, population schedule, 418 Williams St., Deadwood, Enumeration District 108, Page No. 458/1401, Sheet No. 2 B, line 99, dwelling 47, family 55; Washington: National Archives.
  21. [S701] Mary K. Mulvaney, Postmaster Appointment, 21 Jan 1897, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  22. [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.
  23. [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.
  24. [S230] Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905 (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977), Birth date: abt 1855 Birth place: New York Residence date: 1 May 1875 Residence place: Albert Lea.
  25. [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.
  26. [S607] Thanksgiving Party, Invitation Card/Ticket, 24 November 1881, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  27. [S626] Catherine Mulvaney, Photocopy of Birth Registration Book Pg. 85, No. 11, gives birthdate of dtr: September 1, 1882; Name: Catherine Mulvaney; Parents: John & Mary; Both Born in New York; Father's Occupation: Hotel Keeper (5 January 1883), Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  28. [S302] "1905 State Census for South Dakota," (MS, 1905; Lead, South Dakota); #302 MKW1 1905 CEN, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy; Tracy Home Office.
  29. [S606] Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Mulvany Cabinet Card Photograph - Inscription on Reverse side; Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  30. [S595] Mary Mulvaney household, 1900 U.S. Census, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, population schedule, Lead, Enumeration District 27, Page No.226 A, Sheet No. 12, dwelling 243, family 251; Washington: National Archives.
  31. [S302] "1905 State Census - South Dakota,", Card Nos. 1359 and 1360.
  32. [S695] Kate Mulvaney, Contract - Photocopy (10 April 1905), Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  33. [S596] Mary Mulvaney household, 1910 U.S. Census, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, population schedule, 15 Parkdale Ave., Lead, Enumeration District 44, Page No. 9551, Sheet No. 4 B, line 98, dwelling 70, family 91; Washington: National Archives.
  34. [S597] "1915 State Census for South Dakota," (1915; Deadwood, South Dakota), Card No. 328; #597 MKW1 1915 CEN, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy; Tracy Home Office.
  35. [S599] Gust A. Berg household, 1930 U.S. Census, Del Norte Co., California, population schedule, L St., Crescent City, Enumeration District 8-1, Page No. 16 (stamped), Sheet No. 16 A, line 49, dwelling 422, family 449; Washington: National Archives.
  36. [S231] Mary Mulvaney will, Mary (Whelan) Mulvany Last Will and Testament, unrecorded; Paper Files of Sean C Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  37. [S595] Mary Mulvaney household, 1900 U.S. Census, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, shows relationship, month, year, and state where born.
  38. [S596] Mary Mulvaney household, 1910 U.S. Census, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, Indicates Mary had given birth to four children.
Last Edited19 Mar 2018

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