The Higgins Family
in Somerville, Mass.

John Edward Higgins and Elizabeth McAteer

John Edward Higgins, the son of Alexander Higgins and his wife Mary, was born on Sunday, 5 March 1843 in County Antrim, Ireland. He immigrated on Friday, 19 May 1865 to New York City and became a naturalized citizen of the U. S. on Tuesday, 3 October 1876 in Boston. He worked as a teamster and owned a house at 12 Warwick Place in Somerville. He died at the age of 59 on Friday, 3 October 1902 in Somerville. The cause of death was phthisis. He was buried in Holy Cross cemetery, Malden.

John Edward Higgins (aged 25) married Elizabeth McAteer (aged 30) on Sunday, 4 October 1868 in Cambridge at St. Peter's (witnesses: Dennis Francis Mooney and Anne Murray).

Elizabeth McAteer, the daughter of James McAteer and Mary Ann McCauley, was born in July 1838 in Cushendall, County Antrim, Ireland and was baptized on Sunday, 15 July 1838 in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cushendall. She immigrated in about 1865 to the United States. She died at the age of 85 on Thursday, 14 February 1924 in Somerville. The cause of death was mitral senosis and regurgitation. She was buried in Holy Cross cemetery, Malden.

Their children were:

  1. [possibly] Mary Ann Higgins, born 26 February 1867 in Somerville, baptized 10 March 1867 at St. Peter's in Cambridge (godparents: Dennis Francis Mooney and Mary M. McCauley), died due to scarlet fever and endocarditis on Monday, 5 March 1877 in Somerville, buried in Malden. [Her parents names were listed as John and Elizabeth Higgins, but if John Edward Higgins and Elizabeth McAteer weren't married until 4 October 1868 then she may be the child of another John and Elizabeth, the mother's maiden name not being listed on either the birth or the death. However, Dennis Francis Mooney, who is listed as godfather, was a witness at the marriage of John Higgins and Elizabeth McAteer. Also, the godmother's name was McCauley, which was Elizabeth's mother's maiden name. This suggests that Mary Ann is, in fact, the daughter of John Edward Higgins and Elizabeth McAteer. The address given at time of death is [corner?] Medford & Broadway. All of the burials are listed as being in Malden, but she is not buried in the same lot with John and Elizabeth in Holy Cross.]

  2. Alexander Martin Higgins, born on Friday, 21 May 1869 in Somerville, baptized 23 May at St. Peter's in Cambridge (godparents: Patrick McGahhey and Anne Murray), died of arteriosclerosis and gangrene of the left leg resulting from diabetes mellitis of ten years duration on Saturday, 21 October 1944 in Melrose, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, buried 24 October at Oak Grovew Cemetery in Medford. In 1905 he was living at 32 Morton St. in Medford.
    He married Abbie Catherine Murphy on Tuesday, 23 June 1891 at St. Ann's in Somerville. At the time he worked as a plumber and gas fitter, but he later was a policeman in Medford. In 1896 they lived at 504 Broadway in Somerville and at 512 Broadway in 1898.
    Their children were:
    • John Joseph Higgins, born on Thursday, 26 May 1892 in Somerville, baptized 5 June at St. Ann's in Somerville (godparents: John Joseph Fannon and Sabina Marian Morgan).
    • Alexander Martin Higgins, Jr., born 21 December 1894 in Somerville, baptized 30 December at St. Ann's in Somerville (godparents: Michael J. Lewis and Ellen Veronica Sullivan), died due to pulmonary tuberculosis on Thursday, 7 May 1925 in Medford, buried in Holy Cross cemetery in Malden. He worked as an electrician and lived at 32 Morton Ave. in Medford. He married Edna Pearl D'Entremont (aged 20), born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Murray D'Entremont and Mary "Cassie" Newell, before Justice of the Peace Walter A. Ladd on 4 January 1917 in Somerville. She was a salesgirl and lived a few houses away at 42 Morton Ave.
    • Mary Elizabeth Higgins, baptized 17 January 1897 at St. Ann's in Somerville (godparents: John Irving and Catherine F. Hayes).
    • James Patrick "Jigger" Higgins, born in Medford 22 November 1901, died in Medford on Saturday, 4 July 1992, buried Tuesday, 7 July 1992 in Oak Grove cemetery in Medford. He worked as a toll booth collector and later a bus driver for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. He married his brother's widow, Edna Pearl (D'Entremont) Higgins on Wednesday, 17 September 1930 in Milton, Massachusetts.
    • Leo Francis Higgins, born about 15 December 1903, died 22 June 1934 of pulmonary tuberculosis after two years in the psychopathic hospital in Boston, buried 25 June at Oak Grove cemetery in Medford. He had worked as a painter since 1924 and was living at 34 Morton St. in Medford when he married Mary Elizabeth "Mae" McCormack (age 18) on Thursday the 11th of February 1926 at St. Augustine's church in Boston. She had been born in South Boston to Dudley McCormack and Bridget Foley.
    • Marion Higgins who may have worked for the Mystic Valley Gas Company in Malden.
    • Mildred A. Higgins, who worked as a typist and may have married a man named Burbage.
  3. Margaret E. Higgins, born on Thursday, 4 May 1871 in Somerville, baptized 7 May at St. Peter's in Cambridge (godparents: Alexander Higgins and Mary McCauley), died due to cholera infantum on Tuesday, 23 July 1872 in Somerville, buried in Malden.
  4. Susan J. Higgins, born on Monday, 7 October 1872 in Somerville, baptized 13 October at St. Joseph's in Somerville (godparents: James Higgins and Mary McIntyre), died due to scarlet fever and nephritis on Monday, 1 January 1877 in Somerville, buried in Holy Cross cemetery in Malden.
  5. James Patrick Higgins, born on Friday, 6 February 1874 in Somerville, baptized 8 February at St. Joseph's in Somerville (godparents: Francis Bradley and Joanna Casey), died due to tuberculosis of the lungs on Sunday, 18 March 1917 in Somerville, buried on Wednesday, 21 March 1917 in Holy Cross cemetery in Malden. He married Malvina Virginia Delorie on Sunday, 3 April 1904 in Cambridge. See James Patrick Higgins and Malvina Virginia Delorie for their children.
  6. Catharine Higgins, born on Friday, 4 February 1876 in Somerville, baptized 13 February at St. Joseph's in Somerville (godparents: John McLaughlin and Sara McGeary), died due to pneumonia and consumption on Monday, 21 May 1877 in Somerville, buried in Malden.
  7. John Henry Higgins, born on Wednesday, 10 October 1877 in Somerville, baptized 21 October at St. Joseph's in Somerville (godparents: Patrick Gray and Mary Wilson), died due to uremia, chronic nephritis and arteriosclerosis on Thursday, 7 November 1963 in Somerville, buried in Holy Cross cemetery in Malden. He worked as a plumber's helper in his brother Alexander's shop at 520 Medford St. in Somerville in 1899 and married Annie Veronica Keena on Wednesday, 23 November 1910 in New York City. She had been born in New York City about July 1881 to Patrick Kuna [sp?] and Bridgett McCormack, died 17 August 1937 in Boston of postoperative pulmonary embolism and was buried 19 August in Holy Cross cemetery in Malden.
    Their child was:
    • Rose Higgins, born on Monday, 27 October 1913 in Somerville. In 1991 she was still living in the house at 62 Warwick Street [renumbered from 12 Warwick Place] in Somerville that had been the home of her grandparents.
  8. Daniel Joseph Higgins, born on Thursday, 20 May 1880 at 13 Warwick St. in Somerville, baptized 23 May at St. Joseph's in Somerville (godparents: Patrick Myers and Mary Fuller), died due to bronchial pneumonia and neuritis on Tuesday, 31 August 1915 at the Washingtonian Home in Boston, buried in Holy Cross cemetery in Malden. At the time of death he was employed as a cable splicer. In 1899 he was living at 12 Warwick place and working as a conductor. Then in 1913 he worked as a printer.
    Daniel married Dora Mary Frost (aged 31) 16 September 1914 at St. Joseph's in Somerville. At the time of their marriage they were both living at 12 Warwick Place. She had been born in Boston to Frank Frost and Alice Dufresne.
    Their children were:
    • Elizabeth A. Higgins, born in Somerville 20 September 1915, died 18 December 1915 at 13 warwick Place in Somerville of broncho pneumonia, buried 20 December at Holy Cross cemetery in Malden.
    • [possibly] Lillian Higgins. There is mention of a Lillian Higgins who had been born to Dora, but the only Lillian found so far is the one whose birth is registered as the daughter of Leo Francis Higgins.
  9. William Thomas Higgins, born a twin 10 January 1883, baptized the same day at St. Ann's in Somerville (godparents: Francis Campbell and Margaret Murray), died due to dysentery on Saturday, 23 June 1883 in Somerville, buried in Malden.
  10. Charles Francis Higgins, born a twin 10 January 1883, baptized the same day at St. Ann's in Somerville (godparents: Charles McIntire and Nancy Grey).

James Patrick Higgins and Malvina Virginia Delorie

James Patrick Higgins, Patrolman on the Somerville police force, the son of John Edward Higgins and Elizabeth MacIntyre, was born on Friday, 6 February 1874 in Somerville, baptized 8 February (godparents: Francis Bradley and Joanna Casey) and confirmed 13 May 1884 at at St. Joseph's in Somerville. He died at the age of 43 on Sunday, 18 March 1917 in Somerville. The cause of death was tuberculosis of the lungs. He was buried on Wednesday, 21 March 1917 in Holy Cross cemetery, Malden.
James Patrick Higgins (aged 30) married Malvina Virginia Delorie (aged about 21) on Sunday, 3 April 1904 in Cambridge. In 1905 they lived at 118 Heath St. in Somerville, three houses away from his uncle, John McIntyre. In 1907-8 they lived at 22 Kinston St. and then 92 Holland St. in 1911-12. In 1913 they settled at 18 Jay Street in a house that was said to have been left to Malvina by an uncle.
After the death of her husband in 1917, Malvina V. Higgins married Patrick J. Hagan on 29 December 1929. Malvina Virginia Delorie, the daughter of Edward Delorey and Mary Geautreau, was born in 1882 in Georgetown, Prince Edward's Island. She immigrated in 1900 to the United States and went to work as a servant with the William F. Stark family at 38 Linnaen St. in Cambridge. In 1900, before she joined them, the Starks employed another Canadian girl, Natalie Landry (aged 20) as servant. The DesLauriers and the Landrys were related by marriage. It's possible that is how Malvina came to be with the Starks. They had a summer place on Kezar Lake in Center Lovell, Maine. When Mary Elizabeth Higgins was a little girl she would go with her mother to the summer place in Maine and help with a candy and gift store that they had there. She also learned to make welsh rarebit from a cook at one of the other houses on the lake.
Malvina died at the age of about 68 on Friday, 21 December 1951 in Somerville, her second husband, Patrick Hagan, having pre-deceased her earlier that month. The cause of death was bronchial pneumonia, and cerebral hemorrhage. She was buried in Oak Grove cemetery, Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Their children are:
  1. John Edward "Jack" Higgins, Officer in the Massachusetts State Constabulary, born on Tuesday, 7 February 1905 in Somerville, baptized 26 February at St. Ann's in Somerville (godparents: Daniel Higgins and Minnie Delorey), died due to fractured skull from a motorcycle accident suffered in the line of duty on Saturday, 14 April 1928 in Southboro, Massachusetts, buried on Tuesday, 17 April 1928 in Oak Grove cemetery in Medford. At the age of 15 he had his own shoeshine stand. He never married.
    John had been supposed to appear in court on Friday, the 13th, but he hadn't wanted to go because it was a bad luck day. The next day he was killed. His name is inscribed on line 13, panel 27W of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C.
  2. Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Higgins, born on Wednesday, 5 December 1906 in Somerville, baptized 16 December at St. John the Evangelist in North Cambridge (godparents: John H. Higgins and Sarah Delorie).
    Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Higgins married Robert Joseph Ahern on Thursday, 28 November 1929 in the church of St. John the Evangelist in North Cambridge. Betty hadn't been too sure about marrying Bob. When she was going out with him, she thought he looked sort of dumb with his hair parted in the middle and he was too attached to his mother. Her mother told her to give him a try, saying "Looks aren't everything, and besides, if he's good to his Mother, he'll be good to his wife." On their honeymoon, Betty and Bob went to New York and visited the family of Cornelius "Con" Lane who were cousins to the Aherns.
    See Family of Robert Joseph Ahern and Mary Elizabeth Higgins for their children.
  3. James Joseph "Jim" Higgins, born on Thursday, 5 March 1908 in Somerville (godparents: Peter and Margaret Vautour), died 24 October 1978, supposedly of coronary artery disease in his apartment at 15 Lambert St. in Cambridge. Jim was a tinkerer who was always inventing things. When he was a boy he had a crystal in a dish in his 3rd floor bedroom. He would impress his sisters by moving a copper wire around on the crystal to pick up faint radio signals. He later got a job with the AmRad (American Radio?) Company off Teele St. in Somerville, and married Ruth Veronica McKenzie on Friday, 28 June 1940 at St. Joseph's in Somerville. She died 1 April 1989 in Somerville. During WWII he served in the Navy from 1 December 1942 to 18 January 1946 and was a petty officer 3rd class, at one point stationed in Pensacola, Florida. After he got out of the service he became was an Officer on the Somerville police force. When he was walking a beat in the neighborhood, he often stopped in at the home of his cousin, Rose Higgins, for some refreshment.
  4. Agnes Malvina Higgins, born on Saturday, 26 March 1910 in Somerville. She died of pulmonary tuberculosis on Sunday, 14 July 1935 in the Middlesex County Sanitorium in Waltham and was buried on Wednesday, 17 July 1935 in Oak Grove cemetery in Medford. She never married.
  5. Helen Theresa Higgins, born on Thursday, 1 February 1912 in Somerville. She married Earle Ravenal Bishop (aged about 22) on Sunday, 30 June 1935 in Cambridge. Earle was born in Beaufort, South Carolina.
    Earle worked as a milkman for Swenson's Greenfield Farm at 162 Marrett Rd. in Lexington and drove a milk truck making deliveries in Somerville. When he was courting Helen he always used to leave her Mother an extra bottle of cream. It may have helped smooth the way and after they were married they lived in a small house next to Swenson's. Earl used to load up the truck in the wee hours next door at the dairy and then stop at the house before he left to drop of some milk and maybe grab a cup of coffee. One morning, while the milk truck was parked out front it got rear ended by a Heinz Pickle truck. Pickles and milk don't mix too well and soon after that Earle left the milkman business when a friend got him a job with a company in Somerville. They had lived on Marrett Road for five years but soon after moved to 132 Cherry Street in Cambridge. When the company started laying people off, Earle was let go and couldn't find work for a while. At one point he took a job in New Hampshire cutting trees but the pay was slow in coming and the rent money ran out. The landlady wouldn't wait and had Helen and the kids evicted. They moved to Maryland after that.
    Earle died in May 1987 in Brandywine, Prince George's County, Maryland. Helen died February 6, 2001 in Dowell, Maryland.
    Their children are:
    • Nancy Marie Bishop, born 24 April 1936 at Central Hospital in Somerville.
    • Louise Agnes Bishop, born 26 November 1937 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton.
    • Jean Helen Bishop, born 10 May 1940 at Cambridge City Hospital.
    • Diane Bishop, born in Maryland.

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