Sunday, March 15, 2009

Patrick Whelan Cemetery Record

Patrick Whelan, the brother of my ancestor Timothy, was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, IL, along with several members of his family. In fact, I count 26 names listed as buried in this 3 grave plot. Many of them were children and infants. I have seen other plot cards from Calvary with 10 or more people in a 3 grave plot. But I guess 26 was the limit. The staff typed "NO ROOM FOR FUTURE INTERMENTS" on the card in 2 places.

This plot was used by the family for over 100 years. The first burial was Mary Whelan on 11/30/1861. The last burial was Mary Whalen on 11/21/1964.

Other points of interest:
1. The surname Whelan is spelled 3 ways on this card: Whalan, Whalen, and Whelan.

2. Other surnames on the card are Martin, Landy, Reardon, and Maloney. The first 3 surnames include known in-laws of Patrick Whelan.

3. There are 6 Mary Whelans buried in this plot.

I'm looking forward to finding obituaries and/or death certificates for some of those buried here.


Anonymous said...

Pat Whelan bought that grave for 14 yro Mary in 1861 - who did she belong to? Born IRE or IL?

So you have King's Co and a KILK reference in Pat's docs?

My Whelans are from King's Co. too. Anne abt 1840 in East India to Denis & __________ Whelan; Anne married Tom Nugent in 1861 Tullamore. Moved to OH then Chicago.

Kathy Brady-Blake said...

I'd like to know more about that Mary Whelan too. She isn't Patrick's daughter, so she could be his sister, or cousin.

Yes, Patrick reported both Kilkenny and Kings counties as his place of origin. He wasn't the most reliable source! I'm hoping to find additional evidence about his place of origin, perhaps through his siblings.