Alton Fay Whelan

16 June 1873–28 September 1967 (Age 94)
Franklin, Oakland, Michigan, United States

The Life of Alton Fay

When Alton Fay Whelan was born on 16 June 1873, in Franklin, Oakland, Michigan, United States, his father, Ervin John Whelan, was 33 and his mother, Laura Billington, was 25. He married Nettie Edna Snook on 18 September 1902, in Lenawee Junction, Lenawee, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Franklin Township, Tipton, Lenawee, Michigan, United States for about 50 years and Tipton, Franklin Township, Tipton, Lenawee, Michigan Territory, United States in 1940. He died on 28 September 1967, at the age of 94, and was buried in Tipton, Lenawee, Michigan, United States.

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Alton Fay Whelan
Nettie Edna Snook
Marriage: 18 September 1902
Lyle W. Whelan
Donald Whelan

Spouse and Children

18 September 1902
Lenawee Junction, Lenawee, Michigan, United States



    Donald Whelan


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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 2

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 6

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 25

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

Irish (southern provinces): reduced and altered Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Faoláin ‘descendant of Faolán’, a personal name representing a diminutive of faol ‘wolf’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Alton F Whelan, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Alton Whelan in household of Irving J Whelan, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Alton Whelan in household of E J Whelan, "United States Census, 1880"

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