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James Whelan was born at Aillbrack, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, IRELAND. He was born at the height of the Irish Potato Famine. Miltown Malbay, is a small village on the west coast of Ireland in County Clare. The Whelan's were probably from a townland known as Aillbrack, {later spelled Aylebrack or Islebrack}. {A townland is an area of perhaps 200 - 400 acres, not very large and hard to locate when you are there.} It has been reported that his father John Whelan, husband of Hana Lillis *Whelan, was a stone mason. It makes some sense, since there are more rocks than trees, etc. in that part of Ireland. James was in the Civil War and installed high line wire for the Union army at Iron Mountain and before he came to the Ten Mile Community in 1968 Route 1 Poplar Bluff, MO. He and his brother Patrick first bought property together and later on James bought all the property from, Stephen Rosen Pleasant Kearbey.

Birth:
19 Nov 1844 1
Aillbrack, Miltown Malbay-Lahinch, County Clare, IRELAND 1
Death:
28 Oct 1926 1
Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA 1
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James Whalen about 1880.
James Whalen about 1880.
James Whalen about 1880. (Original Portrait in possession of his Granddaughter Pauline Ruser *Alcorn.)
Headstone of James Whalen at Kearbey Chapel Cemetery, Butler Co, MO, USA
Headstone of James Whalen at Kearbey Chapel Cemetery, Butler Co, MO, USA
Headstone of James Whalen with American Flag at Kearbey Chapel Cemetry, Halloran Community, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA.
James Whalen Civil War Record #1338
James Whalen Civil War Record #1338
James Whalen Civil War Record #1338 http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/soldiers/details.asp?id=S331215&conflict=Civil%20War&txtName=Whalen,%20James&selConflict=Civil%20War&txtUnit=&rbBranch=all# from Missouri Digital Heritage website of Secretary of State Of Missouri's Office.
James Whalen about 1920
James Whalen about 1920
James Whalen about 1920.
James Whalen & 2nd wife, Henrietta M 'Yettie' Bornemann *Clark Whalen about 1920.
James Whalen & 2nd wife, Henrietta M 'Yettie' Bornemann *Clark Whalen about 1920.
James Whalen & 2nd wife, Henrietta M 'Yettie' Bornemann *Clark Whalen about 1920. Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA (Rural Poplar Bluff).
James Whalen Death Certificate #30989 Butler Co, MO, USA 28 Oct 1926
James Whalen Death Certificate #30989 Butler Co, MO, USA 28 Oct 1926
James Whalen Death Certificate #30989 Butler Co, MO, USA 28 Oct 1926 found on Missouri Secretary of State online death certificates database at http://www.sos.mo.gov/TIF2PDFConsumer/DispPDF.aspx?fTiff=/archives/DeptofHealth/Death/1926/1926_00032715.TIF&Fln=1434036.pdf.
Whalen Place in Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA
Whalen Place in Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA
Whalen Place in Halloran, Epps Twp, Butler County, Missouri. James home and later Marten's is in upper left corner.
James Whalen & Henrietta M 'Yettie' Bornemann *Clark Whalen Family about 1910.
James Whalen & Henrietta M 'Yettie' Bornemann *Clark Whalen Family about 1910.

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Full Name:
James Whalen 1
Also known as:
James Whelan, James Whalon 1
Birth:
19 Nov 1844 1
Aillbrack, Miltown Malbay-Lahinch, County Clare, IRELAND 1
Male 1
Death:
28 Oct 1926 1
Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA 1
Cause: Chronic Nephritis 1
Burial:
Burial Date: 29 Oct 1926 1
Burial Place: Kearbey Chapel Cemetery, Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA 1
Residence:
Place: Iron Mountain, St Francois Co, MO, USA 1
From: 1860 1
To: 1878 1
Residence:
Place: Aillbrack, Miltown Malbay/Lahinch, County Clare, IRELAND 1
From: 19 Nov 1844 1
To: 1860 1
Residence:
Place: Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA 1
From: 1878 1
To: 1926 1
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Birth:
Mother: Hana Lillis *Whelan 1
Father: John Whelan 1
Marriage:
Henrietta M 'Yettie' Bornemann *Clark Whalen 1
11 Dec 1882 1
Arcadia, Iron Co, MO, USA 1
Spouse Death Date: 11 Mar 1922 1
Marriage:
Eliza Eager 1
about 1870 1
Iron Mountain, St Francois Co, MO, USA 1
Spouse Death Date: 1880-1881 1
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Occupation:
Farmer 1
Religion:
Roman Catholic 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Irish 1
Employment:
Employer: Self Employed 1
Position: Farmer 1
Place: Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA 1
Start Date: 1878 1
End Date: 1926 1

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James Whalen 1844 - 1926

Aillbrack, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, IR - Butler Co, MO, US

James Whelan 
was born at Aillbrack, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, IRELAND. He was born at the height of the Irish Potato Famine. Miltown Malbay, is a small village on the west coast of Ireland in County Clare. The Whelan's were probably from a townland known as Aillbrack, {later spelled Aylebrack or Islebrack}. {A townland is an area of perhaps 200 - 400 acres, not very large and hard to locate when you are there.} It has been reported that his father John Whelan, husband of
Hana Lillis *Whelan, was a stone mason. It makes some sense, since there are more rocks than trees, etc. in that part of Ireland.

Aylebrack, lies between Miltown Malbay and Lahinch. Kilfarboy is the parish that the Whelan's lived in, in the Barony of Corcomroe. St. Joseph's Church in Miltown Malbay, is an impressive sight. It is where James was probably baptized. The cemetery at the old Kilfarboy
Church 2 miles out in the country contains the graves of many of the Whelan family.

Edmund Lenihan in his book [IT:In The Tracks of the West Clare Railway,:IT] 1990, published by the Mercier Press, 4 Bridge Street, Cork, Ireland gives us an idea of the lands that James would have known as a young boy in Ireland. Mr. Lenihan was tracing the route of the West Clare Railway a railroad no longer in existance.
"Having once got a taste for these hilly little roads, one will be delighted to continue on past Moy Castle, through Toor and [UL:Aillbrack:UL] to the graveyard of Kilfarboy, which is quite the
most extraordinary of is kind in west Clare. From even a short distance away it appears to be a village of miniature houses, but a closer look shows that these are vaults. To the right of the entrance gate, in a little enclosure, is an impressive monument to Michael Sexton, the famous bonesetter, who died in 1908. In the graveyard proper are some exquisitely carved grave-slabs, both within the ruined church and outside, and in the south-eastern corner is a well sacred to St. Joseph, at which rounds are still made on 19 March. At one time St. Laichtin was venerated here but like other local saints he
fell from favour with the passing of local traditions.
This holy place also claimed the bones of two of the best-known Clare poets of the eighteenth century, Micheal O Coimin and Aindrias
Mac Cruitin. Though they were of different religions their craft brought them together and they remained on good terms throughout their
lives. Mac Cruitin, the last of the hereditary bards fo the chiefs of Corcomroe, died in 1749 and is buried in the church in an unmarked
grave. O Coimin, whose son Edmond later inherited Millford House in the neighbouring townland of Carrowkeel, died in 1760 and was also
buried there. Miltown is a mere two miles from here, though the road is narrow and care should be taken at the many blind corners."
Michael Stephen Jackson, Mary Akins Jackson, Mathias Creighton Jackson and Martina Lucy Jackson with John "Jack" Whelan visited this
graveyard in July 1994. It is as Mr. Lenihan describes it. This is where the Whelan's and other relatives of ours are buried.
James was in the Civil War and installed high line wire for the Union army at Iron Mountain and before he came to the Ten Mile Community in
1968 Route 1 Poplar Bluff, MO. He and his brother Patrick first bought property together and later on James bought all the property
from, Stephen Rosen Pleasant Kearbey, the upper west part of the farm and later the lower east part of the farm from Henry White a gentleman
known as African White, whose wife was from South Africa. James' first wife was Elisa Hagers (later found to be Eager in 1996 from records found at Catholic Church in Ironton,
Missouri), She is buried in Ronald "Dago" Scott's field across Ten Mile Creek from the Whalen property. 
They had 3 children; 

1. Mary C Whalen *Carrico
born 24 FEB 1872 in Iron Mountain, St Francois Co, Missouri, was christened 25 FEB 1872 in Iron Mountain, St Francois Co, Missouri, and died 23 DEC 1896 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri. She married Augustine William CARRICO 4 FEB 1895 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri, son of William Alexander CARRICO and Martha J BREWER *Carrico. He was born 7 MAR 1869 in Missouri, and died 19 DEC 1896 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri. He was buried DEC 1896 in Sacred Heart Cem, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO.

2. John Whalen 
born 16 NOV 1873 in Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri, was christened 9 JAN 1874 in Butler Co, Missouri, and died 1874 in Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri. John died as an infant and is also buried in the Kirk Cemetery in Scott's Field along the banks of Ten Mile Creek.

3. Bridget Agnes Whalen *Livingston 
was born 10 DEC 1874 in Iron Mountain, St Francois Co, Missouri, was christened 7 APR 1875 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri, and died 23 APR 1913 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri. he is buried in Kearbey Chapel Cemetery. She married Otis Jacob 'Jake' LIVINGSTON 12 AUG 1895 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri, son of Blake Kyle LIVINGSTON and Linda Emoline MCDANIEL *Livingston. He was born 7 JUL 1869 in Indiana, and died MAR 1933 in Butler Co, Missouri. He was buried MAR 1933 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri.

The 1876 Census of Butler County, Missouri gives us a look at James and Eliza's possessions. Taken by Assessor Daniel Epps in Township 23 Range 3, James was 33 years old, his wife Eliza, just 20 years old. His daughters were Mary age 5 and Brigget age 2. On their farm the had 2 horses, 1 mule, 10 cattle, and 12 hogs. They produced 21 bushels of wheat, 300 bushels of corn, and 6 bushels of oats.

James carried the U.S. Mail from 1902 until 1905 
from Poplar Bluff, MO to the Halloran Post Office. He carried mail from Kerens (in 1968 it was known as the Stringtown community) to Ten Mile Creek on the Halloran Place in 1914.
According to Martin Henry Whalen his son, he had 3 sisters and 3 brothers that came to the USA, and one brother who stayed in Ireland.
His 1st sister {Later we found out that her name was Honorah married Tom O'Day and they had children named Tom, Jim, John, Pat and one girl named Anna or Annie who married a Dewire
or DeGuire {This would be a Mr. Charles Wilkerson or Wilkinson on further research}. She was supposed to have had two daughters. The O'days lived at Iron Mountain or Ironton, MO.
A second sister married a man by the name of Murphy and their son, Martin Murphy married Kate Halloran. Martin Murphy was born on Dec. 26, 1857 and died on Sept 18, 1889. He is buried in the old Halloran Family cemetery on the Old Halloran Place property. [In 1968 the property was owned by Mr. Leslie Berry].
Martin Henry Whalen could not remember the name of one sister that came to the USA, and didn't know the name of a brother that stayed in Ireland.
One of the three brothers mentioned by Martin Henry Whalen was a Martin Whalen, who came from Ireland and lived in St. Louis, MO, and was at one time President of the Stock Yards in E. St. Louis. He had no children. {Further research into whether or not Martin Whalen was President of the Stock Yards in E.St.Louis, did not seem to be correct, he may have been a plumber in E.St.Louis. There is no positive proof to his identity in E.St.Louis}.
A second brother named was Michael Whalen, who came from Ireland to the USA and lived in St. Louis, MO. He fell on ice and broke his neck and died there was no children. {An incident in which a Michael Whalen of E.St.Louis, fell down stairs and broke his neck was found in the E.St.Louis Journal of 1901 and seems to be perhaps the story that Martin Henry Whalen was relating, it will be found in another area.
The third brother was Patrick Whalen, he came to the USA first and then went back to Ireland for the other brothers & sisters. He was supposed to have had two children, Tom Whalen who was a policeman in St.Louis,MO. [IT:{A Thomas P. Whalen who resided at r. 3115 Meramec and also at 7112 Pen. may have been that Tom Whalen.}:IT] Patrick was also supposed to have a daughter named Mamie Whalen. [IT:{She may have been living at 1148 11th street in St.Louis and was possibly a stenographer.}:IT]
Martin Henry Whalen also remembered that a Hanlon Family would come and visit at Ten Mile from St. Louis, MO. They were related but
he didn't remember how they were related. His sister Bridget Whalen *Livingston used to work for them.

Children of James WHELAN (1844 - 1926) and Henrietta M BORNEMANN *Clark Whalen are:

i. Patrick William WHALEN 
was born 21 AUG 1883 in Halloran, Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri, and died 31 OCT 1926 in Halloran, Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri. He was buried NOV 1926 in Kearbey Chapel, Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri. He married Daisy MANN *Whalen ABT 1907 in Butler Co, Missouri, daughter of James Livingston Clarkson and Amy Ann Mann *Clarkson. She was born 15 DEC 1889 in Missouri, and died 6 DEC 1974 in Tulsa, Tulsa Co, Oklahoma. She was buried 8 DEC 1974 in Tulsa, Tulsa Co, OK, USA.

ii. Katherine Ellen WHALEN *Huskey 
was born 2 SEP 1885 in Halloran, Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri, was christened 21 DEC 1885 in Sacred Heart CC, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO, and died 22 SEP 1910 in Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri. She was buried 24 SEP 1910 in Kearbey Chapel, Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri. She married James Martin HUSKEY MAR 1906 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri, son of John HUSKEY and Martha TURNER *Huskey. He was born 2 JAN 1888 in Missouri, and died 11 JAN 1914 in Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri. He was buried 13 JAN 1914 in Kearbey Chapel, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co,MO.

iii. Martin Henry WHALEN 
was born 14 SEP 1887 in Halloran, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, and died 12 JUN 1970 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri. He was buried 15 JUN 1970 in Kearbey Chapel, Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri. He married Gertrude Johanna 'Jennie' BESCHEINEN *Whalen 12 DEC 1914 in Sacred Heart CC, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO, daughter of Henry Joseph Hubert BESCHEINEN and Mary Josepha LOCK *Bescheinen Hoffman. She was born 29 JAN 1895 in Loose Creek, Linn Twp, Osage Co, Missouri, was christened 3 FEB 1895 in Imm. Conc.CC, Loose Creek, Osage Co, Missouri, and died 31 JAN 1983 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri. She was buried 2 FEB 1983 in Kearbey Chapel, Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri.

iv. Margaret Carlina WHALEN *Ruser was born 24 FEB 1890 in Halloran, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, and died 12 JAN 1963 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri. She was buried JAN 1963 in Memorial Gardens, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO. She married John Dee Witt RUSER 3 DEC 1913 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri, son of August Friedrich RUSER and Anna Rosa BARBIERE *Ruser. He was born 18 FEB 1891 in Rushville, Ten Mile, Butler Co, Missouri, and died 15 APR 1977 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri. He was buried 17 DEC 1977 in Memorial Gardens, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO.

v. George Albert WHALEN was born 2 JAN 1896 in Halloran, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, was christened 17 AUG 1896 in Sacred Heart CC, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO, and died 10 FEB 1954 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri. He was buried FEB 1954 in Kearbey Chapel, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co,MO. He married Bessie Mae KEARBEY *Whalen 8 APR 1918 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri, daughter of John Wesley "Wes" KEARBEY and Ellen JACKSON *Kearbey. She was born 4 AUG 1896 in Epps Twp, Butler Co, Missouri, and died 18 FEB 1984 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, Missouri. She was buried 20 FEB 1984 in Kearbey Chapel, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co,MO.

vi. Rosie Augusta WHALEN was born 6 APR 1893 in Halloran, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, was christened 7 AUG 1893 in Sacred Heart CC, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO, and died NOV 1893 in Halloran, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO. She is buried in the Kirk Cemetery on Ronald 'Dago' Scott's Farm on the banks of Ten Mile Creek in Epps Township, Butler County, Missouri.

11 vii. Agnes Elizabeth WHALEN was born 22 MAR 1894 in Halloran, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, was christened 7 MAY 1894 in Sacred Heart CC, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO, and died in Halloran, Ten Mile, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO. She is buried in the Kirk Cemetery on Ronald 'Dago' Scott's Farm on the banks of Ten Mile Creek in Epps Township, Butler County, Missouri.


Will of James Whalon

I, James Whalon of the post office of Ten Mile County of Butler and State of Missouri, realizing the uncertainty of life, and the
certainty of death, do hereby, make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me made.
First:- I direct that all my just debts, including funeral expenses,
be paid out of my personal estate as soon as convenient, after my death.
Second:- I hereby give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Henrietta Whalon, all of my property, real, personal and mixed, owned by me at the time of my death, to keep and enjoy during her natural life, including the homestead on which we now reside on Ten Mile Creek, in Butler County, Missouri.
Third:- After the death of my beloved wife, the said Henrietta Whalon, if she should survive me, I wish my estate divided as follows:-
To the children of my beloved (deceased) daughter, Bridget Livingston, I give, devise and bequeath One Hundred Dollars, the same
to be divided equally among the eight children of my said deceased daughter:
To James Clark, my stepson, who is a son of my beloved wife, One Hundred Dollars, in cash;
To Patrick Whalon, my son One Hundred Dollars in cash; 
To Elmer Husky, my grand son, and only child of my deceased daughter, Kate Husky, One Hundred Dollars in cash;
To Margaret Ruser, my daughter, One Hundred Dollars in Cash;
To my son George Whalen, I give, devise and bequeath about sixty
acres of land off the east end of my home farm, east of the slough, which is to be the dividing line, said land in the southeast corner of
section ten and the Northeast corner of Section Fifteen, township twenty five north, Range four east, in Butler County, Missouri; to have and to hold unto the said George Whalon in fee simple, absolute, subject only to the life estate of my said beloved wife; 
To my son Martin Whalon, I give, devise and bequeath about eighty acres of land west of the slough above referred to, which is to be the
dividing line between the farms of my sons George and Martin Whalon; said eighty acres of land is the south half of section ten, Township
Twenty five north, Range four east, in Butler County, Missouri; to have and to hold unto my said son, Martin Whalon, in fee simple, absolute, subject only to the life estate of my said beloved wife;
All the rest, residue and remainder of my property, after the death of my beloved wife, I wish divided equally, share and share alike, among the following named heirs, - 
The children of my deceased daughter Bridget Livingston being regarded as one heir, to get one
fifth of the residue of my estate. 
To Patrick Whalen, my son, One fifth of the residue of my estate; 
To Elmer Husky, my grandson, and only child of my deceased daughter, one fifth of the residue of my estate; 
To Margaret Reuser, my daughter, one fifth of the residue of my estate;
The bequest of the homestead to my sons George Whalon and Martin Whalon being regarded by me as a sufficient share to each of them in my estate. I wish, as above stated, the residue of my estate, after the death of my said wife, divided amongst the five heirs, or their descendants, above referred to, so as to give each, as near as may be, an equal portion.
In witness whereof I have hereunto to signed my name this 8th day of May, A.D. 1914
James Whalon.
[IT:(Note) Mrs. Henrietta Whalon, wife, died after this will was made but before James Whalon died.:IT]
Signed, published and declared by the above named James Whalon to be his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his
request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto signed our names as witnesses thereto, this 8th day of May A.D. 1914
John C. Corrigan
W.W. Maze
D.C. Fagan
Filed Nov 1- 1926. D.B.Deem, Judge of Probate.
James' farm was located in the Halloran Community of Epps Township, in Butler County, Missouri. It was located at Township 25 North, Range 4 East, Section 10 and 15. He had a total of 124 acres of land. His neighbors included V. Tremble; John F. Sheridan/ C.C. Peterson, W.J.
Triffin; and Mary Etta Jackson *Rickman as well as J.E. Rickman, and J.W. Kirk. Ten Mile Creek runs through the middle of the Whalen Farm.
James doesn't show up in the records of Butler County, until the mid 1870's. However, he purchased his farm along with his brother,
Patrick from Stephen Rosen Pleasant Kearbey, age 39, a widower. In the 1870 Census, The Kearbey's neighbors included: Anthony Halloran, age
52 and Catherine O'Briene *Halloran, age 40, both natives of Ireland;
William and Mary E. Brown he of Kentucky she of Tennessee; William Guthery age 50 born in Kentucky his wife or daughter, Ann C. born in
Missouri, age 30. Emely A. Turner, age 45, born in North Carolina.
Earlier, (1880) neighbors included: John Kirk, age 35, born in Kentucky and Nancy Scott *Kirk, age 40, born in North Carolina. Henry and Jane White, he age 48 and a native of Ireland, she age 30 and born in South Aftrica of Scottish Father and English Mother. T.H. Sparkman,
age 27, born in Tennessee and his wife Nancy M.,age 25 who was born in Missouri, but whose parents were both born in Virginia. John Husky,
age 29, born in Tennessee and his wife, Martha A, age22, born in Missouri, but whose father was born in Illinois and her mother in Tennessee. Anthony Hallarn, age 66 and Catherine, age 54.
 

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