Michael WHELAN and Mary BATES
April 19, 2002:
My name is Jim Whelan and I too and trying to research my Whelan genealogy
in Canada. I am in Florida, USA - which makes it difficult. I have a friend
who was researching his roots in the Toronto area and he would send me bits
and pieces of info. from the Archives when he would run across them. My
information is limited
Some of the information about some of the Whelan's on your Website sounds
very familiar to "my" Whelan's.
I apoligize - I do not have a lot to go on.
My ggg grandfather, Michael Whelan was married to Mary Bates and according
to the 1851 census were both born about 1800 in Ireland. According to that
census, Michael was a butcher - and that is about all the information we
have. We do not know where in Ireland they were from.
Their son, C. B. Whelan, (Charles Bates Whelan) - born about 1830, was born
in St John, Quebec (now St. Jean Baptiste). He married Mary Farrar of the
american stoneware / pottery merchants Farrars from Vermont, USA.
Charles died in 1874 in Pembroke, Ontario and was a watchmaker by trade.
His wife Mary died in 1922 - but we do not have any verification of that. I
have often wondered why Charles, as a watchmaker, would move from the "big
city" - to seemingly the middle of nowhere at the time. I had presumed that
he had other Whelan family in the area but no confirmation of that either.
From the sound of the notes on your website - there were certainly other
Whelan's in the Ottawa area.
Any help or comments would be appreciated.
From Taylor Kennedy:
I read your email and may be able to help a bit.
It appears that Michael and Mary resided in Quebec, and if this is
the case, I would be helpless as the Ontario Archives do not have records
for Quebec. I beleive they can be obtained at the National Archives in
Ottawa. However, if they ended up coming into Ontario, then I'm sure I can
help out, as I visit the Ontario Archives once a week if I'm not working, so
any look ups, I be happy to search for you. Pembroke is in the County of
Renfrew and I'll be looking through those records for another related
family. Any additional information as to location of the 1851 census might
be a good start to narrow down the regions. If Michael and Mary died in
Ontario, chances are good I can retreive a death register for them. We have
access up to 1929 for those.
So let me know. Take care
You could also try posting a query to the Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogy group which includes
the town of Pembroke where Charles died.
April 29, 2002:
Hello there Jim
Well it took about 3 mins. once I got to the cemetery today and found the
tombstone of your grandparents and Aunt. It's a gray stone that stands about
4 feet high and 30 inches across. I took 3 pictures of it, but I won't have
the pictures until I develop my film. Your pictures are #1,#2 . on the roll
of 24. Here's the inscription and here's a map that shows the
EXACT........... location, in case you are ever up in Toronto again. I get
those pics. to you as soon as I develop, OK.
Take care for now
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM FARRAR WHELAN
BORN ST. JOHN'S QUEBEC
OCTOBER 20, 1861
DIED IN TORONTO AUGUST 11, 1923
"HE RESTS FROM HIS LABORS"
AND HIS WIFE
HARRIETT McDOWELL WHELAN
BORN IN NORWOOD, ONTARIO
DECEMBER 5, 1861
DIED IN BUFFALO JANUARY 16, 1946
"HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED SLEEP"
ALSO HELEN MARGUERITE
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
AGED 16 MONTHS
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