Joseph Francis Phelan1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

M, b. 7 April 1892, d. 27 September 1958
Joseph "Papa Joe" Phelan
(Photo courtesy of Moira Phelan Grenier)
FatherJohn J. Phelan1,2,3,9,11,10 b. 19 Jun 1856, d. 16 Dec 1903
MotherMary E. Hennessey1,2,12,13,3,9,11,10 b. 7 Jun 1857, d. 5 Feb 1919
RelationshipGrandfather of Taryn Lynn Phelan
ChartsDennis Phelan Descendancy Indented Chart
John Dwyer Descendancy Indented Chart
Daniel Bergin Descendancy Chart
John Hennessey Descendancy Chart
Dawson Descendancy Chart
           Joseph Francis Phelan was born on 7 April 1892 at 434 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut..14,15,16,4,17,18,19,20,21,9
     Joseph Francis Phelan appears as Joseph Phelan, age 8, in the census of 15 June 1900 at 398 Baldwin Street (rear), Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of John J. Phelan as his son.2 Joseph Francis Phelan resided in 1900 at 398 Baldwin Street with his parents and siblings: Dennis, John, Sarah, William, Dan, and George. Mary Phelan, a possible cousin, was also living with the family although it states that she was a daughter.2 and resided in September 1913 at 332 Baldwin Street.3,22,23
     Joseph Francis Phelan married Helen Marie Dwyer, daughter of John Dwyer and Anna Dawson, on 11 September 1913 at St. Francis Church, Waterbury, Connecticut. They were married by the Reverend Father Curtin who celebrated the nuptial mass. The attending couple were George Phelan, a brother of the groom, and Miss Anna Dwyer, a sister of the bride. As both were well known in that section of the city, the church was crowded with friends and relatives. They left on a trip to Washington and other places of interest.3,11,24,25,26,5,27,28,29,30,31,32 Joseph Francis Phelan was an informant to the death of John Joseph Phelan, his son, on on 8 September 1914 at 23 South Street, Waterbury, Connecticut; from exhaustion due to nephritic and marasmus. Thomas E. Parker, M.D.
P.S. Bergin, Undertaker33,34 and resided on 9 September 1914 at 23 South Street.35,36
     Joseph Francis Phelan filled out a military census form 26 February 1917 Waterbury, Connecticut. The Connecticut “Military Census” was taken in 1917–1918 at the direction of the General Assembly with an eye to assessing manpower available for war and other resources in the state. The census included surveys on agriculture, factories, and even automobiles, but the forms included here are questionnaires filled out by men ages 16 and over. The census was much more than a simple name count, and these questionnaires asked for details in a number of areas: name, post office address, trade or profession, agemarital status, number of dependents, citizenship,military service, and physical disability.They also asked men to report on various skills, including whether they could ride a horse or drive a team, ride a motorcycle, operate a wireless, handle a steam engine or a boat, or swim well. This form showed that Joseph was 25 years old, measured at 5'7'' tall, and weighed 140 lbs. His occupation was described as a supernumary policeman. He knew how to ride and handle a team of horses. He could not drive an automobile or motorcycle, understand telegraphy or operate electrical machinery among other things. He was able to handle a (power/sail) boat and was also a good swimmer.37
     Joseph Francis Phelan filled out a military census form an unknown date an unknown place . The Connecticut “Military Census” was taken in 1917–1918 at the direction of the General Assembly with an eye to assessing manpower available for war and other resources in the state. The census included surveys on agriculture, factories, and even automobiles, but the forms included here are questionnaires filled out by men ages 16 and over. The census was much more than a simple name count, and these questionnaires asked for details in a number of areas: name, post office address, trade or profession, agemarital status, number of dependents, citizenship,military service, and physical disability.They also asked men to report on various skills, including whether they could ride a horse or drive a team, ride a motorcycle, operate a wireless, handle a steam engine or a boat, or swim well. (an unknown value.)
     Due to a need for men to serve during World War I, the United States instituted a draft. The first registration was for men between the ages of 21 and 31. As a result, this registration included men born between June 5, 1886 and June 5, 1896. Joseph Francis Phelan filled out a draft card on 5 June 1917 at Waterbury, Connecticut. He was of medium height, medium build, blue eyes and white hair. It also noted that he had a bruised kidney.4 He and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in 1917 at 23 South Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with their son, Joseph.4,38 Joseph Francis Phelan and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in 1918 at 23 South Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.39
     Joseph Francis Phelan, age 28, appears as head of household in the census of 5 January 1920 in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, with Helen Marie Dwyer, Joseph Francis Phelan Jr., Anna Dawson, Anna Frances Dwyer and Francis Joseph Phelan.5
     Joseph Francis Phelan and Helen Marie Dwyer resided on 5 January 1920 at 622 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with their children Joseph and Francis and Helen's mother and sister, both Anna Dwyers.5 Joseph Francis Phelan and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in 1924 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.40,41 Papa Joe was an occasional drinker. He made moonshine in his basement during Prohibition and the house smelled of alcohol.10

     Joseph Francis Phelan, age 37, appears as head of household in the census of 5 June 1930 in 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with Helen Marie Dwyer, Anna Dawson, Anna Frances Dwyer, Joseph Francis Phelan Jr., Francis Joseph Phelan and Ralph Thomas Phelan.6
     Joseph Francis Phelan and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in September 1934 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.30,31 Joseph Francis Phelan resided in 1937 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.42 He was an informant to the death of William F. Phelan, his brother, on 19 March 1937 at St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, Connecticut; of carcinoma of the right lung and a secondary cause of terminal bronchopneumonia.42
     He was a former quarterback for the Rover AC Football Team.11
     Joseph Francis Phelan, age 47, appears as head of household in the census of 2 April 1940 in 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, with Helen Marie Dwyer, Joseph Francis Phelan Jr., Francis Joseph Phelan, Ralph Thomas Phelan and Anna Frances Dwyer; The census showed that he owned his own home which had a value of $3,5007 and a pitcher for the Waterbury Police Department Baseball Team.11 Joseph Francis Phelan and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in 1942 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.8 Joseph Francis Phelan filled out a draft card on 27 April 1942 at Waterbury, Connecticut. The Fourth Registration, often referred to as the old man's registration, was conducted on 27 April 1942 and registered men who were born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897-men who were between 45 and 64 years old-who were not already in the military. He was described as having a ruddy complexion weighing 192 lbs and measuring 5 ft 8 in tall. He had blue eyes and grey hair. The registrar's signature on the document was that of his own wife, Helen M. Phelan.8 He was an informant to the death of Dennis John Phelan; of cancer of the tongue and the glands of the neck and throat. He was at the cancer home for 7 months until his death.43 Joseph Francis Phelan was an informant to the death of Helen Marie Dwyer; of spleno-myelogenous leukemia.30 Joe, George, and Margaret Bergin were extremely close.44 Joseph Francis Phelan resided in 1946 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with his son, Ralph.45 Ada Fehrs, wife of Joe's second cousin, Hy Fehrs, said that every Sunday, George and Joe Phelan would go to the Bergin's house (Margaret?? on Rose Street?) and play cards.46
     Joseph Francis Phelan married Loretta Leonard at Waterbury, Connecticut.11,10,9,47 According to Winnie Bergin Fehrs, second cousin to Joe, he was wonderful and handsome. The Bergins and the Phelans were very close.48 Joseph Francis Phelan resided in 1957 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.49 Moira Grenier said that Papa Joe was a teddy bear and she always got anything she asked for. She used to sleep over and help Loretta paint her nails. On Saturday nights, they'd eat fried spam.50 He resided in 1958 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.9 Moira Phelan Grenier said that Papa Joe died on a Saturday night. He got up from his seat and had a heart attack. Loretta was a mess and the next day, she went to the house with her father and she was fed walnuts while her father helped her with the arrangements.50 He died on 27 September 1958 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, at age 66 of a coronary occlusion due to luekemia, anemia and arteriosclerosis heart disease.9,11 He was buried on 1 October 1958 at Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury, Connecticut. Alongside his wife, Helen, second wife, Loretta, and Loretta's sister and father.11,9,51

Family 1

Helen Marie Dwyer b. 27 Dec 1888, d. 24 Sep 1943
Children

Family 2

Loretta Leonard b. 25 Aug 1896, d. 11 Jan 1969

Census Records

DateLocationMemo
1900398 Baldwin Street (rear), Waterbury, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan appears as Joseph Phelan, age 8, in the census of 15 June 1900 at 398 Baldwin Street (rear), Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of John J. Phelan as his son.2
1920Waterbury, New Haven, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan, age 28, appears as head of household in the census of 5 January 1920 in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, with Helen Marie Dwyer, Joseph Francis Phelan Jr., Anna Dawson, Anna Frances Dwyer and Francis Joseph Phelan.5
1930700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan, age 37, appears as head of household in the census of 5 June 1930 in 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with Helen Marie Dwyer, Anna Dawson, Anna Frances Dwyer, Joseph Francis Phelan Jr., Francis Joseph Phelan and Ralph Thomas Phelan.6
1940700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, New Haven County, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan, age 47, appears as head of household in the census of 2 April 1940 in 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, with Helen Marie Dwyer, Joseph Francis Phelan Jr., Francis Joseph Phelan, Ralph Thomas Phelan and Anna Frances Dwyer; The census showed that he owned his own home which had a value of $3,500.7

Residence Records

YearLocationDetails
1900398 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan resided in 1900 at 398 Baldwin Street with his parents and siblings: Dennis, John, Sarah, William, Dan, and George. Mary Phelan, a possible cousin, was also living with the family although it states that she was a daughter.2
September 1913332 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticutand resided in September 1913 at 332 Baldwin Street3,22,23
9 September 191423 South Street, Waterbury, Connecticutand resided on 9 September 1914 at 23 South Street.35,36
191723 South Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutHe and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in 1917 at 23 South Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with their son, Joseph.4,38
191823 South Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in 1918 at 23 South Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.39
5 January 1920622 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan and Helen Marie Dwyer resided on 5 January 1920 at 622 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with their children Joseph and Francis and Helen's mother and sister, both Anna Dwyers.5
1924700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in 1924 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.40,41
September 1934700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in September 1934 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.30,31
1937700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan resided in 1937 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.42
1942700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutHe and Helen Marie Dwyer resided in 1942 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.8
1946700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutJoseph Francis Phelan resided in 1946 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with his son, Ralph.45
1957700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutHe resided in 1957 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.49
1958700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutHe resided in 1958 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.9

Citations

  1. [S45] Joseph Francis Phelan entry, Birth Certificate (7 April 1892).
  2. [S283] John J. Phelan household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, waterbury, ED 432, sheet 25, dwelling 263, family 468.
  3. [S6] Joseph and Helen Phelan's Marriage Certificate.
  4. [S161] "WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918", Joseph Francis Phelan, 1917.
  5. [S285] Joseph Phelan household, 1920 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 464, sheet 6A, dwelling 41, family 110.
  6. [S286] Joseph F. Phelan household, 1930 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-250, sheet 6B, dwelling 47, family 123.
  7. [S1281] Joseph F. household, 1940 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-24, sheet 1A, number of household , 9.
  8. [S162] "WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942", Joseph Francis Phelan, 1942.
  9. [S49] Joseph Phelan's Death Certificate.
  10. [S1] Interview, Ralph Phelan.
  11. [S65] The Waterbury Republican-American, Sept 29, 1958.
  12. [S68] The Waterbury Republican-American, February 6, 1919, shows survivors.
  13. [S730] The Waterbury Democrat, February 5, 1919, Page 7, shows survivors.
  14. [S283] John J. Phelan household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 432, sheet 25, dwelling 263, family 468, shows age 8.
  15. [S22] Joseph F. Phelan Jr. entry, Birth Certificate (28 May, 1916).
  16. [S33] Francis Phelan entry, Birth Certificate (16 December, 1917).
  17. [S285] Joseph Phelan household, 1920 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 464, sheet 6A, dwelling 41, family 110, shows age 28 and birthplace as Connecticut.
  18. [S1532] Ralph Phelan entry, Birth Certificate, shows the father's age as 33 and birth place as Waterbury, Conn. (Received for record on the 17 October 1924).
  19. [S286] Joseph F. Phelan household, 1930 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-250, sheet 6B, dwelling 47, family 123, says age 37.
  20. [S1281] Joseph F. household, 1940 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-24, sheet 1A, number of household , 9, shows Joe as age 47 and birthplace as Connecticut.
  21. [S162] "WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942", Joseph Francis Phelan, 1942; shows April 6th instead of 7th.
  22. [S673] The Waterbury Republican-American, 12 September 1913, shows the groom's residence.
  23. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Joseph F. Phelan, 1913; shows residence as 332 Baldwin Street.
  24. [S284] John Dwyer, 1910 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 484, sheet 11B, dwelling 74, family 149, says married for 22 years.
  25. [S673] The Waterbury Republican-American, 12 September 1913.
  26. [S161] "WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918", Joseph Francis Phelan, 1917; shows Joseph Phelan as married.
  27. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, 1925.
  28. [S286] Joseph F. Phelan household, 1930 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-250, sheet 6B, dwelling 47, family 123, says married 21 years.
  29. [S1281] Joseph F. household, 1940 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-24, sheet 1A, number of household , 9, shows that Helen is his wife.
  30. [S50] Helen Phelan's Death Certificate.
  31. [S91] The Waterbury Republican, 25 September, 1943.
  32. [S674] The Waterbury Republican-American, 28 September 1943.
  33. [S1563] John Joseph Phelan, Death Registration.
  34. [S10] John Phelan's Death Certificate.
  35. [S10] John Phelan's Death Certificate, shows place of death as 23 South Street. Joseph Phelan (father) was the informant to the death and his address is listed as 23 South Street.
  36. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Joseph F. Phelan, 1914; shows residence as 23 South Street.
  37. [S1380] "Connecticut Military Census of 1917", Joseph Francis Phelan.
  38. [S1380] "Connecticut Military Census of 1917", Joseph Francis Phelan-shows post office address as 23 South Street, Waterbury, Conn.
  39. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Joseph F. Phelan, 1918; Book Section P, Page 465.
  40. [S1532] Ralph Phelan entry, Birth Certificate, shows the residence of the father as 700 Baldwin St. (Waterbury, Connecticut) (Received for record on the 17 October 1924).
  41. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Joseph F. Phelan (Helen M), 1924; Section P, Page 425.
  42. [S40] William Phelan's Death Certificate.
  43. [S41] Dennis Phelan's Death Certificate, Volume 39.
  44. [S158] Phone conversation, Ada Fehrs, 11 June, 2007.
  45. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Joseph F. Phelan, 1946; Section P, Page 752.
  46. [S98] Interview, Ada Fehrs, 1992.
  47. [S51] Loretta Phelan's Death Certificate.
  48. [S97] Interview, Winifred Fehrs, 1992.
  49. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Joseph F. Phelan, 1957; Section P, Page 544.
  50. [S723] Telephone Conversation, Moira Phelan Grenier, Spring 2007.
  51. [S109] Personal knowledge.
  52. [S9] John J. Phelan entry, Birth Certificate (18 June 1914).
  53. [S746] John Joseph Phelan's Certificate of Baptism: shows father, 24 June 1914, Saint Francis Xavier Church.
  54. [S1563] John Joseph Phelan, Death Registration, shows father as Joseph Phelan.
  55. [S10] John Phelan's Death Certificate, shows father as John Dwyer.
  56. [S749] Joseph Francis Phelan's Certificate of Baptism: shows father, 28 May 1916, Saint Francis Xavier Church.
  57. [S1450] Marriage Register, St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, Connecticut: entry for Joseph Phelan and Ann McNamara, 24 October 1942. Saint Francis Xavier Church, 625 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, shows his father as Joseph Phelan.
  58. [S24] The Waterbury Republican, Jun 17, 1964.
  59. [S23] Joseph Phelan Jr's Death Certificate.
  60. [S103] Moira Grenier, "Moira Grenier's Family Group Sheet."
  61. [S747] Francis Joseph Phelan's Certificate of Baptism: shows father, 23 December 1917, Saint Francis Xavier Church.
  62. [S286] Joseph F. Phelan household, 1930 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-250, sheet 6B, dwelling 47|\123.
  63. [S1281] Joseph F. household, 1940 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-24, sheet 1A, number of household , 9, shows Francis Phelan as son of Joseph F. Phelan.
  64. [S1451] Marriage Register, St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, Connecticut: entry for Francis Phalen and Alice Carmody, 14 September 1940. Saint Francis Xavier Church, 625 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, shows father as Joseph Phelan.
  65. [S69] The Waterbury Republican, May 23, 1968.
  66. [S1532] Ralph Phelan entry, Birth Certificate, shows father as Joseph Phelan (Received for record on the 17 October 1924).
  67. [S748] Ralph Thomas Phelan's Certificate of Baptism: shows father, 26 October 1924, Saint Francis Xavier Church.
  68. [S1405] Social Security Applications, 1936-2007, Ralph Thomas Phelan; shows father as Joseph Phelan.
  69. [S11] Ralph and Jacklyn Phelan's Marriage Certificate.
  70. [S1281] Joseph F. household, 1940 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-24, sheet 1A, number of household , 9, shows Ralph Phelan as son of Joseph F. Phelan.
  71. [S13] Ralph T. Phelan's Death Certificate.
  72. [S12] The Waterbury Republican American.