Catherine _____1

#18328, (circa 1780 - 31 October 1858)

Family 1

____ Whelan b. s 1780, d. b 1807
Children 1.Catherine Whelan4 (c 1805 - 1864)
 2.____ Whelan+4 (s 1806 - b 1863)

Family 2

William Whelan b. c 1786, d. 1863
Children 1.Dr. William Whelan Jr.+2 (1808 - 1865)
 2.Elizabeth R Whelan+2 (c 1810 - 1874)
 3.Lucy Gertrude Whelan+2 (c 1815 - 1888)
 4.Frances J Whelan10 (1816 - 1904)
 5.Mary Whelan11 (1817 - 1843)
 6.Susan C Whelan10 (c 1818 - 1905)
 7.Amelia A Whelan+2 (c 1820 - 1900)
This is a speculative version of the family of Catherine Whelan, wife of William Whelan, using the 1807 marriage, 1850 census and 1863 will of William Whelan.2 
Her married name was Whelan.1 
Birth*circa 1780She was born circa 1780 at IrelandG.3 
Marriage*say 1802She married ____ Whelan say 1802; (poss. in Ireland.)4 
Marriage*29 October 1807She married William Whelan, son of ____ Whelan and ____ _____, on 29 October 1807 at St. Joseph Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.1 
1810She and William Whelan 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.)5 
1820She and William Whelan appeared on the census of 1820 at Middle Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; (nei. Jos. Kite, five lines above Whelan.)6 
Marriage10 February 1829She witnessed the marriage of George W Edwards and Elizabeth R Whelan on 10 February 1829 at St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.7 
1840She and William Whelan appeared on the census of 1840 at South Mulberry Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.8 
25 September 1850She and William Whelan appeared on the census of 25 September 1850 at Dock Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.3 
Death*31 October 1858She died on 31 October 1858 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; (poss., certainly before 1860.)9 
Burial*circa 8 November 1858She was buried circa 8 November 1858 at St. Augustine Church Vaults, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.9 


  1. [S1663] Early Pennsylvania Catholic Church Records, compiled by Barbara Brady O'Keefe, online, 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."
  2. [S520] VWH.
  3. [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.
  4. [S1664] William Whelan (March 1863), Will and Probate of William Whelan, Philadelphia Court (1863) No. 536, online The will first provides one-eighth part (either directly or in trust) to each of six children of William (and presumably of Catherine). It then provides one eighth part "in trust for the sole and separate use of Catherine Feran, daughter of my deceased wife," revealing that Catherine had been married before her 1807 marriage with William. It goes on to provide the "remaining eighth part. . . in trust for the sole and separate use of Catharine Smith and Ellen A. Sheaff, granddaughters of my said wife in equal shares." This would appear to indicate that grand daughters Catharine and Ellen were not the daughters of Catherine Feran (who if they were would be receiving a greater share than her half-siblings) and were probably sisters, again proving for equal shares to eight offspring and their heirs. It is unlikely, but possible, that the Catherine, wife of William in the1850 census, is a second Catherine, but this genealogy will presume the first case, and presume that Catherine who married William in 1807 was a widow of another Whelan.
  5. [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].
  6. [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].
  7. [S1663] Early Pennsylvania Catholic Church Records, Barbara Brady O'Keefe, online, 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."
  8. [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].
  9. [S1582] Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915, online, Film 4009905, img. 943/1285. [paper slip, pencil writing] "Died - Oct. 31, 1585 / of enlargement of the liver / Cath Whelan / at 79 / [signature]. Same film, img. 942/1285, Interments in the St. Augustine Burial Ground for the Week ending Sat., 13 Nov 1858. Catherine Whelan, age 79, enlargement of the liver. Filmed at Philadelphia, Board of Health, Cemetery Returns, Roll 657.
  10. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  11. [S1668] Rhoads Memorial Archives, Mount St. Mary's University, online, "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."