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Wilbert Harrell Ahern Pedigree

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Last Change: 28 December 2018

 

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Origin of the surname “Ahern:”

 

 

Generation

 

5  

 

4   (?) Ahern

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born in Ireland.  Died .

 

Note: Perhaps the John Ahern (b. abt 1837 in Ireland) or Michael Ahern (b. abt 1837 in Ireland), who, perhaps, were the twin sons of Elizabeth Ahern (b. abt 1800 in Ireland).  In 1860 they all resided in the same household in Rutland Township, LaSalle County, Illinois.  Rutland Township is close to (east of) Waltham Township in LaSalle County, Illinois.

 

2. Wife: Ellen M. Chapin

 

Born October 1837 in New York; daughter of Alvin (b. MA) and Mary (?) Chapin (b. VT).  Died .  Married (1st) (?) Ahern (b. Ireland); perhaps divorced about 1869 (since Ellen was referred to by her maiden name, Chapin, in 1870, while part of her father's household, and at the same time her 8-month-old son, Frank, had surname Ahern).  Ellen married (2nd) Ed M. Lennox (b. abt 1833 in Scotland), who was employed as a farmer, and apparently had 1 child, who died before 1900.

 

1850 US Census: Alvin Chapin, age 52 (b. MA) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Waltham Township, LaSalle County, Illinois.  His real estate was valued at $1,000.  The household also included his wife, Mary Chapin, age 54 (b. ?, perhaps PA or VT); son, Oscar Chapin, age 22 (b. NYS) and employed as a farmer; daughter, Clarissa Chapin, age 21 (b. NYS); son, John Chapin, age 17 (b. NYS) and employed as a farmer; daughter, Ellen Chapin, age 13 (b. NYS); and son, Alvin Chapin, age 10 (b. NYS).

 

1860 US Census: Alvin Chapin age 61 (b. VT) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Waltham Township, LaSalle County, Illinois.  His real estate was valued at $6,000, and his personal property was valued at $1,500.  The household also included his wife, Mary Chapin, age 63 (b. VT); son, John Chapin, age 27 (b. NYS); daughter, Ellen Chapin, age 23 (b. NYS); son, Alvin Chapin, age 20 (b. NYS); John Hunt?, age 23 (b. OH) and employed as a farm laborer; and James Larnall?, age 17 (b. Ireland) and employed as a farm laborer.

 

1870 US Census: Alvin Chapin, age 71 (b. MA) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Waltham Township, LaSalle County, Illinois.  His real estate was valued at $8,000 and his personal property was valued at $1,500.  The household also included his wife, Mary Chapin, age 73 (b. VT); daughter, Ellen Chapin, age 23 (b. NYS); James Dougherty, age 19 (b. TN) and employed as a farm laborer; and Frank Ahern, age 8 months (b. Sep 1869 in IL). (enumerated 17 Aug 1870)  Of interest, the households headed by Alvin Chapin, Jr., age 30 (b. NYS) and Oscar Chapin, age 42 (b. NYS) were enumerated next door.

 

1880 US Census: Ed M. Lennox, age 47 (b. Scotland; parents b. Scotland) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Union Township, Benton County, Indiana.  The household also included his wife, Ellen M. Lennox, age 41 (b. NYS; father b. MA; mother b. VT); step-son, Frank N. Ahern, age 11 (b. IL; father b. Ireland; mother b. NYS), in school and employed doing farm labor; and hired man, Jacob W. Lonylond, age 39 (b. NYS; father b. PA; mother b. Canada) and employed doing farm labor.

 

3. Child:

 

a. Frank N. Ahern: See generation 3, below.

 

3   Frank N. Ahern

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born October/September 1869 in Illinois.  Died .

 

1900 US Census: Frank Ahern, age 30 (b. Oct 1869 in IL; father b. IL; mother b. NYS) and employed as a clergyman, was heading a household in Marion Township, Mercer County, Missouri.  The household also included his wife, Anna Ahern, age 24 (b. Dec 1875 in TN; parents b. TN), who had had no children; and mother, Ellen M. Lennox, age 62 (b. Oct 1837 in NYS; father b. MA; mother b. VT) and divorced, who had had 2 children, 1 of whom was still alive.

 

1910 US Census: Frank N. Ahern, age 40 (b. IL; parents b. unknown) and employed as a Methodist clergyman, was heading a household at 312 Sheridan Avenue, in the City of Shenandoah, Grant Township, Page County, Iowa.  He had been married twice.  The household also included his wife of 10 years, Lena E. Ahern, age 26 (b. MO), who had been married once and had had 4 children, all still alive; son, Robert N. Ahern, age 7 (b. MO); son, Alvin A. Ahern, age 4 (b. IA); daughter, Anna L. Ahern, age 2 (b. IA); son, Benjiman T. Ahern, age 2 months (b. IA); and boarder, Eunice L. Medlock, age 12 (b. MO; father b. MO; mother b. IN).

 

1920 US Census: Frank Ahern, age 50 (b. IL; father b. NYS; mother b. KY) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household on Rock Bridge Road in Burdine Township, Texas County, Missouri.  The household also included his wife, Rena Ahern, age 35 (b. MO; parents b. MO); son, Albert Ahern, age 17 (b. MO) and single; son, Alvin Ahern, age 14 (b. IA); daughter, Anna Ahern, age 12 (b. IA); son, Dwaine Ahern, age 6 (b. IA); and daughter, Ellen Ahern, age 3 years and 10 months (b. IA).

 

2. Wife #1: Anna (?)

 

Born December 1875 in Tennessee.

 

3. Wife #2: Rena/Lena E. (?)

 

a. Biographical notes:

 

Born about 1885 in Missouri.  Died .

 

b. Children:

 

(1. Albert/Robert N. Ahern: Born about 1903 in Missouri.

 

(2. Alvin A. Ahern: See generation 2, below.

 

(3. Anna L. Ahern: Born about 1908 in Iowa.

 

(4. Benjamin T. Ahern: Born about 1910 in Iowa.

 

(5. Dwaine Ahern: Born about 1914 in Iowa.

 

(6. Ellen Ahern: Born abot 1916 in Iowa.

 

2   Dr. Alvin A. Ahern

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Perhaps born about 1906 in Iowa.  Died .  Employed as Methodist Minister and Professor of Theology.  Resided at Seattle, Washington; New York City, and Long Island.

 

1930 US Census: There was an Alvin A. Ahern, age 24 (b. IA; father b. IL; mother b. MO), single, and employed as a public school teacher, boarded in the household headed by Mary M. Bailey, age 62 (b. IA; father b. OH; mother b. MA) and widowed, in Bennington Township, Ottawa County, Kansas.

 

1940 US Census: There was an Alvin Ahern, age 34 (b. IA) and employed as head master and teacher, residing at the Home for Fundless and Female Gaurdian Society in Bronx County, New York.  He had completed 5 years of college.  His wife, Helen Ahern, age 30 (b. IA) and employed as a house mother, resided with him; she had completed 5 years of college.  In April 1935 they both resided in Manhattan, New York.

 

2. Wife: Helen (?)

 

Born about 1910 in Iowa.  Died .

 

3. Children: (order uncertain)

 

a. Wilbert “Bert” Harrell Ahern: See generation 1, below.

 

b. Frank Ahern: Married Merete (?).

 

c. William "Bill" Ahern: Married Sharon (?).

 

d. Robert "Bob" Ahern: Married Kathleen (?).

 

e. Helen Ahern: Married John (?).

 

1   Dr. Wilbert “Bert” Harrell Ahern:

 

Born Sunday, 12 July 1942 at Greenville, Bond County, Illinois.  Died Wednesday, 6 July 2000.  Married Janet Louise Turbyne, descendant 3.2 of generation 13 of the Ancestors of Louisa Mehitable (Drake) Cool in 1963.

 

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