William Whelan1,2

#18327, (circa 1786 - 11 December 1863)
RelationshipGreat-granduncle of Estelle Rose Roche
Father*____ Whelan1 (s 1760 - )
Mother*____ _____1 (s 1760 - )

Family

Catherine _____ b. c 1780, d. 1858
Children 1.Dr. William Whelan Jr.+21 (1808 - 1865)
 2.Elizabeth R Whelan+21 (c 1810 - 1874)
 3.Lucy Gertrude Whelan+21 (c 1815 - 1888)
 4.Frances J Whelan21 (1816 - 1904)
 5.Mary Whelan22 (1817 - 1843)
 6.Susan C Whelan21 (c 1818 - 1905)
 7.Amelia A Whelan+21 (c 1820 - 1900)
Birth*circa 1786He was born circa 1786 at IrelandG.1 
circa 1805He migrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1805.3 
Marriage*29 October 1807He married Catherine _____ on 29 October 1807 at St. Joseph Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.4 
1809 In 1809 William Whelan was the proprietor of a grocery store at 4th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.5 
1810He and Catherine _____ appeared on the census of 1810 at Middle Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; (also 2 unknown Males, age 26-44; nei. Joseph Kite, six lines above Whelan.)6 
1820He and Catherine _____ appeared on the census of 1820 at Middle Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; (nei. Jos. Kite, five lines above Whelan.)7 
between 1821 and 1838He lived between 1821 and 1838 at Pennsylvania.8,9 
1822He became a member of The Hibernian Society for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland in 1822 at Pennsylvania.10 
Marriage10 February 1829He witnessed the marriage of George W Edwards and Elizabeth R Whelan on 10 February 1829 at St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.11 
1840He lived in 1840 at 187 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.12 
1840He and Catherine _____ appeared on the census of 1840 at South Mulberry Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.13 
25 September 1850He and Catherine _____ appeared on the census of 25 September 1850 at Dock Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.14 
22 August 1860He appeared on the census of 22 August 1860 at 5th Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.15 
1862He lived in 1862 at 623 Spruce, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.16 
24 March 1863He left a will dated 24 March 1863.17 
Death*11 December 1863He died on 11 December 1863 at Pennsylvania.3,18,19,20 
Obituary16 December 1863Obituary for William Whelan was published (view exhibit) on 16 December 1863.3
Burial*circa 18 December 1863He was buried circa 18 December 1863 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church Vault, 243 North Lawrence Street, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaG.20

Citations

  1. [S1381] William Whelan Papers, correspondence, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, William Roche's letter to William Whelan, 17 Jul 1838. In their business correspondence, Roche addresses Whelan "Dear Sir" but this letter adds a personal message (on Roche's prospective marriage) which begins "Dear Uncle."
  2. [S1661] John N. Campbell, History of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and of The Hibernian Society for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland (Philadelphia: The Hibernian Society, 1892), p. 543. William E. Whelan, member in 1822, "a grocer at northwest comer of Fourth and Chestnut streets, 1822-1825. His death was announced at the meeting of the Society, December 17, 1851." Note, the Editor had his Whelans mixed; William E Whelan with his brother John G. was a "bonnets and shoes" merchant in Philadelphia. In his will probated in 1851, William E. Whelan mentions his brother John G. Whelan (Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Wills and [Probate Records, 1683-1993, 1851 Wills, images 146-149/483, case file 113, recorded in Book 26, page 347. Memoirs and Auto-Biography of Some of the Wealthy Citizens of Philadelphia (Philadelphia 1846) on page 67 distinguishes the two men: W. E. & J. G. Whelan "Made their own money in the bonnet and shoe business, Market street" while William Whelan was "retired grocer, in which business he made his money.". Hereinafter cited as History of The Hibernian Society.
  3. [S1812] The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa.
  4. [S1663] Early Pennsylvania Catholic Church Records, compiled by Barbara Brady O'Keefe, online freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~reinsel/okeefe.htm, William Whelan and Catharine Whelan, Catholics, marr. 29 Oct 1807; witnesses John Black, Mrs. Black and Michael Colebert. Citing Journal of the American Catholic Historical Society, Vol. 20 (1909), p. 22, "Marriages at St. Joseph's Catholic Church."
  5. [S1782] Robinson's Philadelphia Directory (Philadelphia: James Robinson, 1909 edition. William Whelan, grocer, corner of Chestnut and Fourth.
  6. [S238] 1810 U.S. Federal Census. William (16-25); F (26-44) [Catherine]; m (<10) [William Jr]; 3 f (<10) [Elizabeth, Catherine (from Catherine's first marriage), ____ (from Catherine's first marriage); 2 M (26-44) [unknown, poss. brothers of William or Catherine].
  7. [S115] 1820 U.S. Federal Census. Wm. (26-44); Catherine (26-44); m (10-15) [unknown]; 4 f (16-25) [Catherine and/or ____ from Catherine's first marr., others unk., poss. servants], 5 f (<10) [Elizabeth, Lucy G, Mary, Amelia A, one unknown].
  8. [S1381] William Whelan Papers, correspondence, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, William Roche's letters addressed to William Whelan, 4th and Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsyvania, 1837 – 1838.
  9. [S1662] "White's Great Cattle Show, and Grand Procession of the Victuallers of Philadelphia", J. L. Krimmel. Philadelphia: A. Clement, 1860-61. Third edition. 14 3/8 x 23 1/4. Lithographed on stone by L. Haugg. Printed by F. Bourquin & Co., The original was done in 1821, and shows the William Whelan store on the street corner.
  10. [S1661] John N. Campbell, History of The Hibernian Society, p. 543. William E. Whelan, member in 1822, "a grocer at northwest comer of Fourth and Chestnut streets, 1822-1825. His death was announced at the meeting of the Society, December 17, 1851."
  11. [S1663] Early Pennsylvania Catholic Church Records, Barbara Brady O'Keefe, online freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~reinsel/okeefe.htm, George Edwards and Elizabeth Whelan, marr. 10 Feb 1829; witnesses Thomas Edwards, Catharine and William Whelan, Samuel Wood. Citing Journal of the American Catholic Historical Society, Vol. 1 and Vol. 13 (1902), "Marriages at St. Augustine's Catholic Church."
  12. [S1671] McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory (Philadelphia: E. C. & J. Biddle & Co., annual), 1840 edition, p. 270. William Whelan, grocer, N W corner of 4th and Spruce Sts., res. 187 Spruce.
  13. [S54] 1840 U.S. Federal Census. William (50-59); Catherine (60-69); 5 f (20-29) [Amelia A, poss. four servants], 2 f (10-14) [Frances J, Susan C].
  14. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. William (66), b. Ireland; Catherine (70), b. Ireland. Also Catherine Burg (40), Mary Mullaken (18), Ann Fox (17), all b. Ireland.
  15. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. William (77), b. Ireland, real estate value $17000, personal estate value $23000. Also Mary Tominey (30) and Bridget Thomas (27), both b. Ireland, domestics.
  16. [S1671] McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory, 1862, p. 711, img. 383/497. W Whelan, gentleman, 623 Spruce.
  17. [S1664] William Whelan (March 1863), Will and Probate of William Whelan, Philadelphia Court (1863) No. 536, online Ancestry.com. 1. Names daughters Susan C. Whelan and Amelia A. Brady as Executors and Administrators, and assigns his house at 623 Spruce Street to the family residing there, viz. Susan, Frances and Amelia; the children of Amelia; and niece Nancy. 2. Annuity of $300 to niece Nancy Whelan. 3. Income from the estate for one year to daughters Susan and Amelia. 4. Residual of estate, one-eighth to each of four children, viz. son William Whelan and daughters Elizabeth R. Edwards, Susan C. Whelan and Amelia A. Brady; one-eighth part in trust for dau. Lucy G. Scravendyke; one-eighth part in trust for daughter Frances J. Whelan; one-eighth part to Catherine Feran, daughter of deceased wife; one-eighth part, in equal parts, in trust for Catharine Smith and Ellen A. Sheaff, grand daughters of deceased wife. 5. Appoints as Executors son William, son-in-law John Scravendyke, daughters Susan and Amelia, and friend Thomas Feran. Witnesses John C. Mitchell and George W. Shepherd.
  18. [S1381] William Whelan Papers, correspondence, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Collection abstract, Library Company of Philadelphia, Feb 2006, p. 3, Biographical/Historical Notes: "...his obituary in the Philadelphia Public Ledger (published December 15, 1863) ... a grocer, at the corner of Fourth and Chestnut Sts." He is not to be confused with William E. Whelan, another Philadelphia merchant (see the other citation).
  19. [S1661] John N. Campbell, History of The Hibernian Society, p. 543. William E. Whelan, member in 1822, "a grocer at northwest comer of Fourth and Chestnut streets, 1822-1825. His death was announced at the meeting of the Society, December 17, 1851." [Note, the Editor had his Whelans mixed; William E Whelan with his brother John G. was a "bonnets and shoes" merchant in Philadelphia. In his will probated in 1851, William E. Whelan mentions his brother John G. Whelan (Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, 1851 Wills, images 146-149/483, case file 113, recorded in Book 26, page 347). Memoirs and Auto-Biography of Some of the Wealthy Citizens of Philadelphia (Philadelphia 1846) on page 67 distinguishes the two men: W. E. & J. G. Whelan "Made their own money in the bonnet and shoe business, Market street" while William Whelan was "retired grocer, in which business he made his money."]
  20. [S1582] Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915, online FamilySearch.com, Folder 4009998, img. 878/1161. Interments at St. Augustines Burial Ground, Fourth St. at Vine. William Whelan, bur. week ending 19 Dec 1863; b. Ireland, d. age 83, Ward 5, old aged.
  21. [S1664] Will and Probate of William Whelan, Philadelphia Court (1863) No. 536: 1. Names daughters Susan C. Whelan and Amelia A. Brady as Executors and Administrators, and assigns his house at 623 Spruce Street to the family residing there, viz. Susan, Frances and Amelia, the children of Amelia, and niece Nancy. 2. Annuity of $300 to niece Nancy Whelan. 3. Income from the estate for one year to daughters Susan and Amelia. 4. Residual of estate, one-eighth to each of four children, viz. son William Whelan and daughters Elizabeth R. Edwards, Susan C. Whelan and Amelia A. Brady; one-eighth part in trust for dau. Lucy G. Scravendyke; one-eighth part in trust for daughter Frances J. Whelan; one-eighth part to Catherine Feran, daughter of deceased wife; one-eighth part, in equal parts, in trust for Catharine Smith and Ellen A. Sheaff, grand daughters of deceased wife. 5. Appoints as Executors son William, son-in-law John Scravendyke, daughters Susan and Amelia, and friend Thomas Feran. Witnesses John C. Mitchell and George W. Shepherd.
  22. [S1668] Rhoads Memorial Archives, Mount St. Mary's University, online http://libguides.msmary.edu/Archives, "The Sword and the Stone" - Comments and Reflections during Research on William Whelan. "William’s sister becomes a Sister of Charity, Sr. Mary Maurice (1817-1843) and is buried in the Mother House cemetery in Emmitsburg." http://libguides.msmary.edu/c.php?g=11465&p=875389