GROUP PROJECT INVITE: GENEALOGY RESEARCH PROJECT (JOHN WHELAN)

Via a contact, a Hubert O'Reilly reached out from Dublin regarding a query he had on a missing link in his family tree. He has a 70+ person gathering organized in July of this year and was hopeful he could find his missing ancestor and potentially living relatives in time for this gathering. The person: John Whelan.

So...I thought I would reach out to members and see if you may be interested in doing an RAOK (random act of kindness). If the process (but not necessarily outcome) is successful (and fun) we may consider doing a future one. I

n any event I've included the information I've gained to date. If you are interested in participating simply "RSVP". In this way questions or updates can only go to those who expressed interest. No contribution is too small.

The date of this "meetup" is the due date. As it would appear the only spot to attach files is under the above tab called "MORE" and then "FILES" I will place the data there.

If you have any questions or comments please post below and I will then direct to Hubert and reply back within this meetup.

Can we find John Whelan and his living tree...?

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  • HUBERT O.

    Hello Peggie,
    Sadly my brother Gabriel died on June 7th. he was a priest in Florida. Thank you for your concern. We had our ancestral family garhering on July 27th, unfortunately without any descendants of the untraceable John Whelan. It was tinged with sadness without Gabriels presence. There were however 85 family relations in attendance and many of them got their first taste of their Irish roots.. Thank you for all the groups help and if I can be of any assistance over here in Ireland please ask.
    Kindest Regards, Hubert

    August 11, 2013

  • Peggy M.

    did anybody find either Whelan brother?

    June 8, 2013

  • HUBERT O.

    THANK YOU PEGGY AND JOE FOR YOUR INTEREST AND YOUR HELP. THE DENIS WHELAN YOU MENTIONED JOE, WHO ARRIVED AT ELLIS ISLAND IN JAN 1893 WOULD HAVE BEEN BORN IN LATE 1892 AS HE WAS A 4 MONTH OLD BABY ON ARRIVAL. I AM FLYING FROM DUBLIN TO FLORIDA ON WEDNESDAY AS MY BROTHER IS SERIOUSLY ILL OVER THERE

    June 3, 2013

    • Peggy M.

      Hubert, I will pray for your Brother's recovery. I hope you have a safe flight, and things go well for everybody.

      June 3, 2013

  • Peggy M.

    Joe, I found a Canadian draft card for WWI, also for a Denis James Whalen, living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. What up with that?

    June 2, 2013

    • Peggy M.

      He also was born in Waterford, Ireland, and gave a Sister named Bridey Whelan as nearest relative.

      June 2, 2013

  • Peggy M.

    Started a family tree on ancestry--haven't made much progress.

    June 2, 2013

  • Joe K.

    I looked at the Ellis Island record. It seems to read New Bedford, Mass. as the destination. There is a WWI draft record for Denis James Whalen living in Cambridge Massachusetts born 25 Oct 1891. His birth is listed as Waterford, Kerry Co.

    June 2, 2013

  • HUBERT O.

    John Whelan would have been the eldest son of five children of my great grandfather. they lived on a very small farm in Clonkeen Queens County Ireland. I guess he left home for financial reasons and was promised the farm by his father when the rest of the family was reared. my uncle told me he then came back with his wife to claim the farm to discover that his brother (my Grandfather) was given the farm. He then left in disgust never to return. He obviously returned to America and that seems to have been in 1893. His profession would have been farm labourer which would have been that of many of the Irish immigrants. history has shown however that the Irish could adapt to many types of work. He may have married in America and his eldest son John could have been born there. I hope this information is of help Peggy. Hubert.

    May 21, 2013

  • Peggy M.

    I wish there was some way of tracking John Whelan's movements before he brought his family from Ireland to New York. I guess he left the family farm when he was young, settled in New Bedford, then returned to marry and have two sons. I wonder what his line of work was, because I don't see him having the money to commute between New Bedford and Ireland.

    May 17, 2013

  • HUBERT O.

    PEGGY. JOHN WHELANS WIFES NAME WAS MARGARET SHIPS MANIFEST NUMBER 0096 ON THE SERVIA ARRIVED NY JAN 10TH 1893. SON JOHN AGED 4 (REF0096) AND DENNIS(REF0098). HE WAS A FARMERS SON SO WOULD NOT HAVE ANY TRADE LEAVING IRELAND. THE SHIPS MANIFEST IS A BIT DIFFICULT TO READ BUT IT SAID HE WAS GOING TO BEDFORD. I AM NOT SURE IF THIS IS A PERSONS NAME OR A LOCATION NEAR NY.I KNOW THIS IS A LONG SHOT BUT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY I CANNOT LOCATE ANY ACCOUNT OF THE FAMILY AFTER 1893.

    May 12, 2013

    • Peggy M.

      John, there is a Bedford in NY, so I'm going to try that. Given Irish naming patterns, I'll assume Dennis was the younger son. Also, I'm going to use databases which allow for mangled spellings. I could not find my Maternal Grandma and her family in the 1910 census until I used soundex, and saw the family had been written down as 'Biley"; the name was 'Riley"

      May 12, 2013

    • Peggy M.

      PS--a distant cousin found my Paternal Great Great GF not as 'James McAteer or McIntyre, but "James Walus Watier".

      May 12, 2013

  • Joanne

    Hi, Hubert - There is a Bedford, New York, in northeastern Westchester County (suburb of NY about an hour's drive or train ride away). It would have been very rural farming country in 1893. Here is a link to the town's historical society's website:

    http://bedfordhistoricalsociety.org/

    There is also a New Bedford in Massachusetts, which was at one time a big ship building/fishing /whaling town, with a large Portuguese population. Joanne

    May 12, 2013

  • Peggy M.

    Hubert, I will do what I can ( I'm a freelance writer, just submitted an article--want to see if they want more rewriters. Do you have the names of his wife and children--and did he follow a profession/trade.? My great grandfather, John Regan, was a bookbinder.

    May 12, 2013

  • HUBERT O.

    My Grand Uncle was John Whelan. I think it was him who landed at Ellis Island in 1893 with his family. He never made contact with his home family again. If you have any information or queries please feel free to contact me.

    May 4, 2013

  • Anne

    My grandmother was a Whelan. She was from Graigh na managh in Kilkenny. Not exactly sure when she came here, but she was married in NJ in 1888. I don't have a lot of information about her, but would love to help find John Whelan.

    May 1, 2013

  • patty

    Sure! I'd love to help! If I get the particulars I'll start right away! Gee, I wish someone was looking for our family! How sweet!

    May 1, 2013

  • Joanne

    Where in Ireland is the family from? I read Queen's County in the note he wrote and thought he was talking about Queens, here in NYC. Agree with Charlie that some additional information would be helpful.

    May 1, 2013

  • charlie

    It would be helpful to see what info is currently available on the person in question? is there a gedcom file available? a tree on ancestry? etc would need some base to start from

    May 1, 2013

    • Bridget

      Hi Charlie, I have posted a series of files to the tab "More" and select "Files" however they are more of a background nature. I will however inquire after a family tree, etc.

      May 1, 2013

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