Dennis Whelen married Ann, dau of John Townsend, of Westtown, and he not
being a Friend, she was disowned 8-8-1738, on account of her marriage.
In 1741 she was received again into membership, and at the Goshen MM 2-16-1744,
"Dennis Whelan with the approbation of Uwchlan Preparative Meeting,
Requesteth to be joyned in society with us, who is also Received, as his
Conversation Proves agreeable with our Principles."
He was a tavern keeper at various places, and was in West Nantmeal for several years after 1747, but about 1764 occupied the Red Lion, in Uwchlan. This last property he continued to own, though others were the landlords, until his death. He married a second wife Sarah Thompson 11-8-1749, and his death occurred in 1782.
His children were Mary, b 1-28-1740; John b 6-19-1742 d. 2-2-1794 m. Martha Eldridge; Catharine b 9-23-1744 m. William Clayton; Phebe b. 8-21-1746. m Richard Evans; Ann b 8-13-1750; Israel b 12-13-1752 m Mary Downing ; Isaac b. 8-3-1754; Sarah b 11-20-1756 m. ? Lewis; Townsend, a physician ca 1790, unmarried; Dennis.
The children of John and Martha Eldridge Whelen were Dennis b 5-5-1764 m Mary Downing; James b 3-21-1767;Joseph b. 9-21-1769; Ann b 9-19-1773, m William Cox; Sarah b 5-16-1776; Phebe 12-8-1778; Ann b 3-26-1782.
Dennis Whelen, son of John, we believe to have been the founder of the Chester and Delaware Federalist, afterwards the Village Record. His wife was probably the daughter of John Downing, but there seems to be some confusion in the records.