Anna Phelan (1845-1906)

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Anna Phelan Barrett Barbour Callaghan
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Mount Elliott Cemetery
Born: 20 May 1846 Toronto, Canada
Died: 9 Oct 1906 Detroit, Michigan
Father: John Patrick Phelan
Mother: Catherine Newman
Siblings: Anna Phelan
Spouse: (1) George Barrett
Married: 1860 Canada
Children: Ann Barrett
William Barrett
Mary Barrett
George Barrett
Joanna Barrett
James Barrett
Spouse: (2) Amos Barbour
Married: 15 Nov 1874 Michigan
Children: Catherine Laura Barbour
John Barbour
Spouse: (3) Terrence Callaghan
Married: 16 Apr 1882 Speaker, Michigan
Children: Callaghan child
Callaghan child

Anna Phelan was born May 20, 1846 in Toronto of Irish parents, John P. Phelan and Catherine Newman.

About 1859 she married George Barrett in Canada, started a family and emigrated to the US. They are listed in the 1870 census, living in Detroit, Michigan. Their children are Ann Barrett, William Barrett, Mary Barrett, George Barrett and Joanna Barrett. They moved to Sanilac County, Michigan, where her husband George died in early 1874.

In November, 1874, Annie married Amos Barbour and they had two children, Catherine Laura Barbour and John Barbour. Her second husband Amos Barbour died in April 1879. Anne Barbour is listed in the 1880 census living with her children Catherine and John, from Amos Barbour and George Barrett, Jr. from her marriage to George Barrett in Sanilac County, Michigan. In 1882, Annie marries for the third time, to Terrence Callaghan at Speaker, Sanilac County, Michigan. She brings with her, the two youngest children; John and Catherine Barbour.

Annie and her husband Terrence Callaghan live on the farm in Sanilac County until Annie's death in 1906. In 1900, they take in their grandsons, Martin Terrence Bertram and Amos J. Bertram (the sons of Catherine and her husband John Bertram) upon the untimely death of the boys' father in a railroad accident in Vanderbilt, Michigan. The two boys are listed living with Annie and Terrence in the 1900 census.

Anne Callaghan's death in Detroit Oct 1906 was from a protracted bout with jaundice. She had a very active life. Her 40 acre farm in Flynn Twp, Sanilac County, is listed on the 1876, 1894, 1906, and 1930 plat maps of the Township in Section 26.

Annie Phelan Callaghan is buried in the Phelan family mausoleum, Mount Elliott Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.

Obituaries

Brown City Banner, 12 Oct 1906:

----- To Her Reward ------
Mrs. Terrance Callaghan, who for the past 36 years has resided with her husband and family half a mile west of Omard in Flynn township and who was loved and respected by the entire community, which knew her as a kind and devoted mother and a friend to all, departed this life, at Harper hospital in Detroit, on Monday, Oct 8, where she had been taken on the previous Saturday by request of Judge James Phelan of the Recorders court of that city, who when he learned of her critical illness from an acute attack of jaundice, insisted that she be taken to Detroit.
Mrs. Callaghan was taken ill about six weeks ago and despite the fact that the best medical skill was procured, the patient rapidly grew worse and was taken to Detroit as above stated, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Cassie Rupp and her physician Dr. J.W. Weed. The deceased was born in Toronto, Ont, May 20, 1846. She was twice married.
She is survived by her husband and three children by her first husband, Mrs. Albert House of Vanderbilt, Mich, Mrs. Cassie Rupp of Lansing and John Barber at home.


From The Detroit Journal, 10 Oct 1906:

There was no session in Judge Phelan's court Monday. Mrs. Anna Callaghan, aged 59, a sister of the judge, died in Harpers hospital early in the morning. The judge , who is wrapped up in his family, is grief stricken. Saturday, he had his sister removed from Brown City, Mich, to Harper hospital, never leaving her bedside until the last. It is only a little over a year that Judge Phelan lost his mother and the present bereavement, therefore, is a hard blow to him.
The funeral of Mrs. Anna Callaghan, sister of Judge James Phelan of the Recorder's court, who died at Harper hospital Monday was held from the judge's residence at No. 206 Wabash Ave, at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning from St. Vincent's church half an hour later. The services both at the home and the church were attended by hundreds of sorrowing friends of the deceased and the bereaved brother and sister. The casket was almost hidden from view by the beautiful floral tributes which spoke eloquently of the esteem in which the deceased was held.
Judge Phelan and his sister Miss Josie Phelan, are now the only surviving members of a Family of 10 children.

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