Mary Eugenia Whelan1

#23265, (1833 - )
Father*William E Whelan1 (c 1802 - 1851)
Mother*Georgeann Cany1 (c 1810 - b 1850)
Birth*1833She was born in 1833 at PennsylvaniaG.1 
16 October 1836In William E Whelan's will dated 16 October 1836, Mary Eugenia Whelan was named as an heir.2 
1840She appeared on the census of 1840 in the household of William E Whelan and Georgeann Cany at Dock Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, age 5-9.3 
4 September 1850She appeared on the census of 4 September 1850 in the household of William E Whelan at Dock Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, age 17, b. PA.4 
13 June 1860She appeared on the census of 13 June 1860 in the household of Rembrandt Peale and Harriet Cany at Tenth Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, age 26, b. PA; (nei. Mary Canny, age 87, mother of Harriet Cany. The Whelans in Rembrandt's household are the children of his wife's deceased sister.)5 
22 April 1862In Henry Courtlandt Whelan's will dated 22 April 1862, Mary Eugenia Whelan was named as sole heir and executrix.6 


  1. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S1666] Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, index and images, online, Philadelphia, Will File 113, Book 26, p. 347, estate of William E Whelan. Will dated Philadelphia, 16 Oct 1836. William E Whelan, merchant of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, "anxious for the welfare of my dear children," requests brother John G Whelan and friend John Hazeltine to act as executors; names minor children Mary Eugenia Whelan and Henry Courtland [sic] Whelan, benefits to be evenly divided; property to be invested and each to receive support for living and education; then, at age twenty-one, Mary Eugenia to receive the interest on one half of the property, and Henry, at the same age, also to receive one half interest; Henry, at age twenty four, to receive the principal of his proportion of the property. In the event of the death of either Mary Eugenia (before age twenty one) or Henry (before the age of twenty four), the survivor to recive the deceased's share; in the event of the death of both before these ages, the interest is to be divided between the children of brother George L Eyre and the children of brother John G Whelan.
    Administration to John G Whelan, 25 Apr 1851; attestation to authenticity of signature by Frederick H French and Joseph E Smaltz, 25 Apr 1851.
  3. [S54] 1840 U.S. Federal Census. William (40-49); F (20-29) [Georgeann]; m (<5) [Henry Courtlandt]; f (5-9) [Mary Eugenia]. [Indexed in as South Mulberry Ward but sheet is originally marked Dock Ward]
  4. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. William E (48), b. A, merchant.
  5. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Rembrandt (82), b. PA, portrait painter, personal estate $5000; Harriet (61), b. PA. Also servants Sally Keeny (age 25, b. Ireland) and Eliza McGline (age 22, b. Ireland).
  6. [S1666] Pennsylvania Wills and Probate 1683-1993, online, Will File 130, Book 53, p. 307, imgs. 405-418. Will of Henry C Whelan of Philadelphia, dated 22 Apr 1862. Names sister Mary E Whelan as sole heir and executrix and uncle John G Whelan as executor. Proved 9 Mar 1864.