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I am seeking information on a woman named Catherine, surname not known, born around 1790 in County Longford, married a man named Whelan (or Wheelan) and died in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1860. I believe she left Ireland after the birth of her children. This transcribed information is found in a Find-a-Grave listing for her:

From the New York Herald, Feb. 17, 1860: "WHEELEN -- In Jersey City, On Wednesday, Feb. 15, of consumption, CATHARINE WHEELEN, in the 70th year of her age, a native of the parish of Cloumbrony, [Clonbrony?] county Longford, Ireland. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this (Friday) afternoon, at half past two o'clock, for the residence of her son, 106 Bergen street, corner of Warren."

The son mentioned in this item is very likely William Whelan, born around 1825, died 1888 in New Jersey. I think it is possible that Catherine was also the mother of these children, born in County Longford. The father's name is not known, and facts that I have are limited, including exact years of birth. I believe they left Ireland between 1830 and 1840:

James Whelan, born around 1820, d. 1860 in Illinois (married Margaret Moore)

Francis (Frank), born around 1820, died 1882 in Davenport, IA (married Bridget Fitzgerald)

Edward, 1830-1887, died in New Jersey (married Julia Reynolds)

Thomas, 1831-1893, died in Iowa (married Mary Ann McManus)

Catherine, 1832-1899, died in Iowa (married Thomas Jones; no issue)

Elizabeth, 1835-1890, died in New Jersey (did not marry)

I would like to identify both parents of these children and determine, if possible, the date and place of their births. In most cases, their obituaries state that they were born in County Longford, but nothing more specific than this with regard to their birthplace.

I realize that these names are all from a very early period and that finding records to match them is a long shot. I appreciate your help.

best regards,
Molly Daniel
Urbana, Illinois



Friday 26th May 2023, 02:29AM

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