Catherine Whelan1

#18369, (circa 1805 - 26 September 1864)
Father*____ Whelan1 (s 1780 - b 1807)
Mother*Catherine _____1 (c 1780 - 1858)

Family

Thomas Feran b. c 1805, d. 1872
No record has been found giving her family name. Catherine was the daughter of William Whelan's wife Catherine from a previous marriage. The marriage record of William and Catherine gives the surname Whelan to both of them. From this, daughter Catherine is given the family name Whelan, but with great uncertainty.2 
Her married name was Feran.3 
Birth*circa 1805She was born circa 1805 at PennsylvaniaG.4 
1810She appeared on the census of 1810 in the household of William Whelan and Catherine _____ at Middle Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, age10; (also 2 unknown Males, age 26-44; nei. Joseph Kite, six lines above Whelan.)5 
Marriage*say 1826She married Thomas Feran, son of ____ Feran, say 1826.3 
17 July 1850She and Thomas Feran appeared on the census of 17 July 1850 at 2nd Ward, Washington, District of Columbia; (prob., though ages are off by five to ten years.)6 
11 July 1860She and Thomas Feran appeared on the census of 11 July 1860 at 2nd Ward, Washington, District of Columbia.4 
Death*26 September 1864She died on 26 September 1864 at 13th Street between G and H, Washington, District of Columbia.7
Burial*28 September 1864She was buried on 28 September 1864 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church Vault, 243 North Lawrence Street, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaG.7 

Citations

  1. [S1664] William Whelan (March 1863), Will and Probate of William Whelan, Philadelphia Court (1863) No. 536, online Ancestry.com. 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.
  2. [S520] VWH.
  3. [S1664] Will and Probate of William Whelan, Philadelphia Court (1863) No. 536: Names as an heir "Catherine Feran, daughter of my deceased wife," and as co-executor "my friend Thomas Feran of the City of Washington."
  4. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Tho. (55), b. PA, clerk, real estate value $7000, personal estate $1000; Catherine (55), b. PA.
  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. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Thomas (50), b. PA, no occupation; Catherine (35), b. PA.
  7. [S1582] Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915, online FamilySearch.com, paper slip, [printed] Washington City, dated 28 Sep 1864. Catherine Agnes Feran, b. Philadelphia, d. Washington [D.C.] 26 Sep 1864, 13th Street between G and H, age about 55, typhoid dysentery; bur St. Augustines 28 Sep 1864.