Daniel Francis Phelan







Military Record

Daniel F. Phelan

Regiment Name:  3 Colorado Cavalry

Side:  Union

Company:  B

Soldier's Rank In:  Pvt.

Soldier's Rank Out:  Pvt.

The story of Daniel's military record use to haunt me ...  until a cousin once stated - "Daniel was only a private, if he hadn't followed orders he was subject to being shot ... then where would we be?"

The 3rd Colorado Cavalry

Photos & Memories from Daniel's gg-granddaughter BOBBIE OHLWILER

I do remember my mother saying that her great grandmother worried constantly about the twins as they would run off to the Indian 'camp' to play and the Indians were not friendly. They took one of their little brothers with them in their toy wagon and he fell out and broke his arm, their father was so angry with them that he gave the wagon to the next man who came by. They didn't learn their lesson as they took the same brother and followed the man - Grandpa Phelan followed them and when he caught up with them a long ways from home he took the little brother onto his horse and made the twins walk all the way home. She said her great grandmother said if you don't like someone - wish them a set of twins!

Daniel Francis Phelan

Daniel was born on July 8th,1837 in Lockport, NY to James and Hanna (Hurley) Phelan.  He married Annie Elizabeth Donahue, daughter of Owen and Bridget (Connell) Donahue on October 16th, 1864.

They had the following children:

Edward Francis Phelan

Eugene Thomas Phelan (1866 - 1928)*
James Crysanthus Phelan (1867 - 1961)*
John Faustinus Phelan (1870 - 1958)*
Minnie Frances Phelan (1873 - 1874)*

Rosela Elizabeth Phelan (1875 - 1964)
Lawrence Phelan (1877 - 1877)*
Grace E. Phelan Lockridge (1880 - 1965)*

Daniel died on May 4th, in 1921 and is buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County in California.

(information courtesy of Richard F. Oyler from

 Lenora J. Phelan and Her Irish Ancestors)






CW Reunion September 09, 1905

The Coconino Sun (Flagstaff, Ariz.)



I'd like to thank Dale Sheff who sent me this link through a Genealogy Just Ask, Facebook page.
It was there that I found the above article which changed my understanding and thinking on this event.


  1. Daniel Francis Phelan (1837 – 1921)
    2nd great-grandfather
    Eugene Thomas Phelan (1866 – 1928)
    son of Daniel Francis Phelan
    Eugene Frances Phelan (1891 – 1976)
    son of Eugene Thomas Phelan
    Ruth Genevieve Phelan (1926 – 2006)
    daughter of Eugene Frances Phelan
    Suzi Dewsnap
    You are the daughter of Ruth Genevieve Phelan

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