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
Their children were:
- [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.]
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).