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Been struggling with my maternal grandfather's line of my ancestry

- here in America, my grandfather was Andrew Wheeler

- his father/my great grandfather was John Wheleghan (born 9 JAN 1864 • Killucan, Co, Westmeath, Ireland) (emigrated in 1881) married Margaret Glynn (born JAN 1861 • Killucan, Westmeath, Ireland)

- John's father, my great-great grandfather was Patrick Whelehan born 1832 (died: 20 APR 1885 ) and lived in Thomastown Killucan Parish County Westmeath.  Married Margaret Dunne (born 1839 • Killucan, Co, Westmeath, Ireland) (died 29 DEC 1879 • Killucan, Westmeath, Ireland)

I do have quite a bit of information that a genaeologist has helped me isolate (petty records, Griffith's valuation, church records) - but what I can't seem to do is isolate the RIGHT Whelehan/Wheleghan clan in Ireland as I've been told by locals there are at least 2 different - I have visited Westmeath a couple of times, wandered/visited every cemetery in the area, met a kind gentleman who took me to a Whelehan's farm but sadly he didn't know much of his ancestry.  Would love to find the graves of these ancestors - I drove to Thomastown (as Waze app took me) but it was kinda just a field by a waterway and a restaurant (Nanny Quinns).

Anyone in the Westmeath area that knows/is familiar with this clan I'd love to chat with you offline (email?) and I can share more details of what I have/know - I don't think all of Patrick/Margaret's kids emigrated.  John/Margaret emigrated and married in NY so all their kids are American.  But I have to believe I have relations still in Ireland connected here!

Pics attached are my great grandparents John and Margaret!

(I've been hugely successful on all 3 other lines of my ancestry!)  Thank you in advance


Additional Information
Date of Birth 9th Jan 1864
Date of Death 6th Aug 1915
Townland born Thomastown District of Killucan, Union of Mullingar, County of West Meath
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Patrick Wheleghan, Thomastown
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Margaret Dunn Wheleghan
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Margaret Glynn Wheleghan born Jan 14 1861, Killucan, Westmeath
Names of Siblings (unconfirmed list) Thomas - 1860 John (died in childbirth) - 1861 Mary - 1865 Maurice - 1867-1929 Michael 1869-1909 Patrick - 1871 Matthew - 1874 Alice - 1875 Ann - 1877-1946 Male (unnamed died in childbirth 1879; Mother also)
Place & Date of Baptism Jan 16 1864 Killucan Roman Catholic Parish, County Westmeath Sponsors: John Darby and Rose Quinn
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  • I have seen the Wheleghan names associated with my Keegan and McKeogh familes in Westmeathm

    Patrice Donovan Grospe

    Wednesday 23rd February 2022 11:00PM
  • Hi Patrice -


    I do have a few Keegan's as distant relations on my DNA matches in!!  They show as 5th-8th cousins - One in particular we share another relation with the surname Balich.  Is that name familiar to you - could help us determine if we are 'connected' somehow!






    Wednesday 9th March 2022 08:49PM
  • patpatGood morning Maureen, this is what I have for your Wheleghan family. 
    Julia Whelegan, along with James Doyle were baptism sponsors for James McKeogh in Killucan 19 May 1847. 
    James was the son of Peter McKeogh and  Ellen Cahill and sister to Bessie McKeogh (1855) who is my great grandmother. Bessie was married to Thomas Joseph Keegan. They immigrated to New York in the 1880!s. The Doyle's and McKeogh's are related my marriage. The father of Peter McKeogh was Thomas Michael McKeogh, spouse Ellen 'Nellie' Doyle. 
    Good luck with your search.  Pat



    Patrice Donovan Grospe

    Thursday 10th March 2022 03:36PM
  • My great grandfather was John Thomas Whelehan, born in Killucan in November 1852. His parents were John Whelaghan (1802 - 1872) and Mary Shaw (1812 - 1894). The family had nine children, 3 boys and 6 girls. This past summer my son and I travelled to Killucan and met my 3rd cousin, Patrick Whelehan. He brought us to the graves of John Wheleghan and his father, my 3rd gt-grandfather Michael Wheelan. The grave marker in the Croboy graveyard was placed there by his wife Julia Wheelan. As you can see, the last name varied from generation to generation. Killucan is a small community and as such I believe that we must be related. My great grandfather immigrated to New York in 1869 and relocated to Chicago in 1882. I found Patrick Whelehan through the Facebook, Killucan, Rathwire community page. Mike Wheeler


    Friday 30th December 2022 04:59PM

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