____ Sheaff1

#18375, (say 1828 - )

Family

Ellen _____ b. s 1830
Birth*say 1828He was born say 1828.1 
Marriage*say 1851He married Ellen _____, daughter of ____ _____ and ____ Whelan, say 1851.2 

Citations

  1. [S1664] William Whelan (March 1863), Will and Probate of William Whelan, Philadelphia Court (1863) No. 536, online Ancestry.com. Names as an heir "Catherine Feran, daughter of my deceased wife," and as co-executor "my friend Thomas Feran of the City of Washington."
  2. [S1664] Will and Probate of William Whelan, Philadelphia Court (1863) No. 536: 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.