Dennis Phelan1,2,3,4

M, b. circa 1825, d. 10 April 1872
Relationship2nd great-grandfather of Taryn Lynn Phelan
ChartsDennis Phelan Descendancy Indented Chart
Daniel Bergin Descendancy Chart
     Dennis Phelan was born circa 1825 in Ireland. Several sources, including the 1850 and 1870 US Censuses, as well as a naturalization record and the birth records of several of his children, provided Dennis' age.5,6,7,8,9,10 He was also known to have been born circa 1830 in Ireland. Other sources, including the 1860 and 1900 US Censuses, a marriage record, and a naturalization record also provided information which showed his age, indicating that he was born later than 1825. Given these discrepanices, it is likely that he was born between 1825-1830.11,12,13,14,15,16
     It appeared that Dennis began living in Waterbury since he emigrated from Ireland. The 1850 US Census in Waterbury did not note a specific address or neighborhood. When his son, Daniel, was born, it listed the father's address as Waterbury. When he registered for the Civil War Draft, it was written that he lived in the Abrigador section of Waterbury (which today would be lower Baldwin Street area) with his wife. As more children were born, the address of their parents on their birth certificates were simply Waterbury. But, by 1868, the Waterbury City Directory showed that Dennis and his family lived at 84 Baldwin Street. After the death of his wife in 1869, he remarried in 1871 and he remained on Baldwin Street until his death a year later.17,15,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25
     Dennis Phelan, age 26, appeared as Dennis Phalon on the 1850 Federal Census of at Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, enumerated 26 July 1850.1
     Dennis Phelan married first Sarah Bergin, daughter of Daniel Bergin and Mary Daly, between 3 December 1854 and September 1855 at Connecticut. ( In the ledger in Waterbury entitled Marriages in Waterbury, Oct 1851-Nov 1854 located in the Bureau of Vital Statistics, there was no marriage record of this couple. The book for the years 1855-1866 is missing, so a civil record of their marriage has not been located.)26,27,28
     Dennis Phelan, age 30, appeared as head of household, along with Sarah Bergin, age , on the 1860 Federal Census of at Waterbury, Connecticut, enumerated 6 June 1860. Their children John J. and Mary were listed as living with them.29
     A ledger indicated that Dennis Phalen was registered to fight in the Civil War. It was entitled: Schedule I: Consolidated List of all Persons Subject to Do Military Duty in the Second Congressional District, consisting of the Counties of New Haven and Middlesex, State of Connecticut, enumerated during the month of May 1863, under direction of Benjamin S. Pardee, Provost Marshall. He was listed as living in the 27th district, Waterbury, on Abrigador St. He was classified as a 33 year old white male who was a laborer, married, and hailed from Ireland. It also noted that he had had no prior military experience.
     He was also found in another ledger entitled: Schedule II: Consolidated List of All Persons of Class II, subject to do military duty in the Second Congressional District, consisting of the Counties of New Haven and Middlesex State of Connecticut, enumerated during the month of May, 1863, under direction of Benjamin S. Pardee, Provost Marshall. Dennis Phalen, age 36, White, a wire drawer from Ireland with no prior military experience.30
     Sarah died on 24 December 1869 at Waterbury, Connecticut, from bowel inflammation leaving Dennis a widower.31,32,33
     Dennis, age 45, appears as Dennis Phalen, head of household in the census of 5 July 1870 in Waterbury, Connecticut, with John J. Phelan, Daniel Phelan, Patrick Phelan, Mary Ann Phelan and Daniel J. Bergin, his children. A housekeeper and two boarders were also enumerated on the census.34
     Dennis Phelan married second Mary Costigan, daughter of Patrick Costigan and Mary Costigan, on 24 September 1870 at The Immaculate Conception Church, Waterbury, Connecticut; The couple was married by the Reverend Robert J. Sullivan (Catholic Curator). The register also has a heading called Date of Intention with the date also being 24 September 1870. Witnesses were Thomas Boylan and Julia Kiernan.
     The church record was originally written in Latin:
     Sep 24 in mat. conf. Dionysius Phelan et Mariam Costigan. test. Thomas Boylan et Julia Kiernan.
     Robt J. Sullivan.35,36,37,38,39,40,41
     Dennis died on 10 April 1872 at Waterbury, Connecticut, of pneumonia.4

Family 1

Sarah Bergin b. 1834, d. 24 Dec 1869
Children

Family 2

Mary Costigan b. c 1834, d. 10 Dec 1892

Census Records

DateLocationMemo
1850Waterbury, New Haven, ConnecticutDennis Phelan, age 26, appeared as Dennis Phalon on the 1850 Federal Census of at Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, enumerated 26 July 1850.1
1860Waterbury, ConnecticutDennis Phelan, age 30, appeared as head of household, along with Sarah Bergin, age , on the 1860 Federal Census of at Waterbury, Connecticut, enumerated 6 June 1860. Their children John J. and Mary were listed as living with them.29
1870Waterbury, ConnecticutDennis, age 45, appears as Dennis Phalen, head of household in the census of 5 July 1870 in Waterbury, Connecticut, with John J. Phelan, Daniel Phelan, Patrick Phelan, Mary Ann Phelan and Daniel J. Bergin, his children. A housekeeper and two boarders were also enumerated on the census.34

Citations

  1. [S171] Dennis Phalon household, 1850 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED unknown cd3, sheet 24, dwelling 248, family 356.
  2. [S130] Dennis Phelan household, 1860 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED unknown cd3, sheet 28, dwelling 120, family 212, shows PHALAN.
  3. [S131] Dennis Phelan household, 1870 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury.
  4. [S875] Dennis Phalen, Dennis Phelan's Death Registration, Volume 1, DEATHS, Jan.1864-Dec.1873, Town of Waterbury, Page 100.
  5. [S171] Dennis Phalon household, 1850 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED unknown cd3, sheet 24, dwelling 248, family 356, shows age 26 and birthplace as Ireland.
  6. [S719] The District Court of New Haven Naturalization Index, ,Dennis Phelan: Age 31: Country, Ireland; Waterbury, Conn., County: New Haven; U.S. District Court, New Haven; Volume: 4 (Old Law); Page: 114; Nat. March 28, 1856, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut.
  7. [S703] Male Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index., This birth was recorded in an index entitled Births: 1858-1871, Town Of Waterbury, on page 133. The register listed the father's age as 40 (6 January 1864).
  8. [S704] Patrick Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index., This birth was recorded in an index entitled Births: 1858-1871, Town Of Waterbury, on page 169. It shows the age of the father as 40. (20 July 1865).
  9. [S131] Dennis Phelan household, 1870 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury.
  10. [S875] Dennis Phalen, Dennis Phelan's Death Registration, Volume 1, DEATHS, Jan.1864-Dec.1873, Town of Waterbury, Page 100; shows age 46 and birthplace as Ireland.
  11. [S1622] Mary Phelan entry, Birth Registration, shows her father as age 29 (20 September 1858).
  12. [S130] Dennis Phelan household, 1860 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED unknown cd3, sheet 28, dwelling 120, family 212.
  13. [S1003] Ancestry.com Naturalization Index, Dennis Phelan: Age 31: Country, Ireland; Waterbury, Conn., County: New Haven; Superior Court, New Haven; Volume: 4; Page: 287; Nat. March 27, 1862, Provo, Utah, United States.
  14. [S740] Town of Waterbury: Dennis Phelan and Mary Costigan; 24 September 1870; Marriages: Jan. 1867 to Dec. 1873, Inc Town of Waterbury,Volume 2, Pages 105-106; by whom married-Reverend Patrick L. Sullivan (Catholic Curator). Shows his Dennis' age as 40 and birthplace as Ireland.
  15. [S702] Daniel Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index book., (5 November 1861).
  16. [S283] Frank A. Sinnott household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 428, sheet 10, dwelling 69, family 159.
  17. [S701] John Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index book., John's birth was recorded in an index entitled Births In Waterbury: 1852-1858, Page 127. It shows the residence of the parents as Waterbury. (19 June 1856).
  18. [S1216] "Dennis Phalen's Civil War Record", shows his address as the Abrigador St, Waterbury. This area is now known as Washington Hill (section) of Waterbury where the Phelans eventually established residency for years.
  19. [S703] Male Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index., This birth was recorded in an index entitled Births: 1858-1871, Town Of Waterbury, on page 133. It shows the parents' residence. (6 January 1864).
  20. [S704] Patrick Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index., This birth was recorded in an index entitled Births: 1858-1871, Town Of Waterbury, on page 169. It shows the residence of the parents. (20 July 1865).
  21. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Dennis Phelan, 1868-1869; Section P, Page 82; shows home as Baldwin, Abrigador (That area was known as the Abrigador).
  22. [S705] Mary Ann Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index., This birth was recorded in an index entitled Births: 1858-1871, Town Of Waterbury, on page 247. It shows the residence of the parents. (26 August 1868).
  23. [S740] Town of Waterbury: Dennis Phelan and Mary Costigan;24 September 1870; Marriages: Jan. 1867 to Dec. 1873, Inc Town of Waterbury,Volume 2, Pages 105-106; by whom married-Reverend Patrick L. Sullivan (Catholic Curator). Shows his residence as Waterbury, Conn.
  24. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Dennis Phelan, 1869-1870; Section P, Page 75; shows home as Baldwin, ab Pleasant.
  25. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, D. Phelan, 1871; Section P, Page 96.
  26. [S724] Sarah and Bridget Bergin, North America Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 2 December 1854; Microfilm serial: M237, Sarah Bergin and her sister, Bridget, arrived to the US on December 2, 1854. So, she could not have been married before that to Dennis, Microfilm Roll: M237_148as viewed on Ancestry.com.
  27. [S701] John Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index book., John was born in June 1856, so detract 9 months and that might be an estimate when they married (19 June 1856).
  28. [S1006] The inscription states "Sarah, wife of Dennis Phelan" Tombstone, Old Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Hamilton Avenue, Waterbury, Connecticut.
  29. [S130] Dennis Phalon household, 1860 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED unknown cd3, sheet 28, dwelling 120, family 212.
  30. [S1216] "Dennis Phalen's Civil War Record."
  31. [S1388] Sarah Phalon, The U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885, New Haven, Connecticut, Census Year: 1870, nonpopulation schedule2, page no. 4, family number 714, shows cause of death: Inflammation bowels.
  32. [S490] International Genealogical Index (IGI) Sarah Phelan; Connecticut Death and Burials, 1772-1934; Death: 24 December 1869 (Birth Est: 1833); Indexing Project: B03467-4; System Origin: Connecticut-EAsy; Source Film: 3183.
  33. [S1006] Shows "Sarah, wife of Dennis Phelan, died Dec. 24, 1869, AE. 36 years"" Tombstone, Old Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Hamilton Avenue, Waterbury, Connecticut.
  34. [S131] Dennis Phelan household, 1870 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury.
  35. [S740] Town of Waterbury: Dennis Phelan and Mary Costigan;24 September 1870; Marriages: Jan. 1867 to Dec. 1873, Inc Town of Waterbury,Volume 2, Pages 105-106; by whom married-Reverend Patrick L. Sullivan (Catholic Curator). This was the second marriage for Dennis and the first for Mary.
  36. [S1262] Marriages in the Immaculate Conception Church: entry for Denis Phelan and Mary Costigan, 24 September 1870 Archdiocese of Hartford Chancery, 134 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut.
  37. [S129] Mary Phelan household, 1880 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 39, page 20, dwelling 145, family 201, the box for WIDOWED was checked off.
  38. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Mary Phelan, wid. of Dennis Phelan, 1883; Section P, Page 183.
  39. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Mary Phelan, widow of Dennis, 1882; Section P, Page 161.
  40. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Mary Phelan, widow of Dennis, 1885; Section P, Page 184.
  41. [S879] Mary Costigan Phalen, Mary Phelan's Death Registration, Volume 3, DEATHS, Jan.1887-Dec.1898, Town of Waterbury, Pages 284-285; shows widow of Dennis.
  42. [S701] John Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index book., John's birth was recorded in an index entitled Births In Waterbury: 1852-1858, Page 127. It shows his father as Dennis Phelan (19 June 1856).
  43. [S1242] Unknown volume, John Phelan's Baptismal Record: shows father as " Dionysio Phelan", 22 June 1856, Archdiocese of Hartford Chancery.
  44. [S130] Dennis Phelan household, 1860 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED unknown cd3, sheet 28, dwelling 120, family 212.
  45. [S37] John J. Phelan's Death Certificate, Deaths in the Town of Waterbury, Volume 5, January 1903- December 1906, Page 48.
  46. [S1622] Mary Phelan entry, Birth Registration, shows her father as Dennis Phelan (20 September 1858).
  47. [S1243] Mary Phelan's Baptismal Record: shows Dionitis Phelan as father, 27 September 1858, Archdiocese of Hartford Chancery.
  48. [S1006] States "Mary, their child" referring to Dennis and Sarah Phelan Tombstone, Old Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Hamilton Avenue, Waterbury, Connecticut.
  49. [S131] Dennis Phelan household, 1870 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury.
  50. [S2] Daniel Phelan's Death Certificate.
  51. [S1566] Male Phalan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index., shows his father as Dennis Phalan (sic) (30 October 1862).
  52. [S703] Male Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index., This birth was recorded in an index entitled Births: 1858-1871, Town Of Waterbury, on page 133. The register listed the father's name as Dennis Phelan (6 January 1864).
  53. [S704] Patrick Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index., This birth was recorded in an index entitled Births: 1858-1871, Town Of Waterbury, on page 169. It shows the father's name as Denis Phelan. (20 July 1865).
  54. [S1259] Patrick Phelan's Baptismal Record: shows father as Dionysis Phelan, 31 August 1865, Archdiocese of Hartford Chancery.
  55. [S36] Patrick Phelan's Death Certificate, 492.
  56. [S705] Mary Ann Phelan entry, Birth Registration Birth Registrations were how births were recorded in Waterbury. Birth Certificates did not exist for this year and were recorded in an index., This birth was recorded in an index entitled Births: 1858-1871, Town Of Waterbury, on page 247. It shows the father as Denis Phelan. (26 August 1868).
  57. [S1258] Mary Ann Phelan's Baptismal Record: shows father as Dionysis Phelan, 27 September 1868, Archdiocese of Hartford Chancery.
  58. [S831] Mary Synott, Mary Synott's Death Registration, Deaths in the Town of Waterbury, 1911-1914, Book 7, Page 163; shows father as Dennis Phelan.
  59. [S1395] Mary Synott's Death Certificate, shows father as Dennis Phelan.
  60. [S886] The Waterbury Democrat, 19 July 1913, Page 2, Mrs. Mary A. Synnott; shows her as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Phalen.