Daniel Phelan (1837-1921)on the far right his wife Annie Elizabeth Donohue (1836-1904) in the center is their daughter Rosalia or Grace. The man is unidentified. The picture was taken about 1902 in Seligman, Arizona.
Information courtesy ofJim Grivich
by Jim Grivish
James Phelan, immigrated from Ireland about 1835. After helping construct the Erie Canal in New York, the family worked its way across this great country building the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad along the southern route, living in a railroad car. You can tell the order of the children in the family by what state they were born in as their railcar home moved West as the railroad expanded.
Jim's grandmother was born on an Indian reservation in Arizona, with Jim's mother being born here in Los Angeles. Jim's great aunt Annie used to regale the family with tales of how she met Wyatt Earp in the wild west! The picture above was taken just after the turn of the century in Seligman, AZ. (could the man pictured have been Wyatt??)