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The Family of John & Honora (Fanning) Diskin


First Generation
1. John Diskin was born in 1810 in Roscommon, Ireland. He died in Fall River, MA. He was buried in Fall River, MA. 

In 1880 US Census John is retired and his wife is deceased. His father and mother were born in Ireland. Did they misspell his surname as Discan in the 1880 US Census for Fall River, MA?

John married Honora Fanning in Roscommon, Ireland. Honora was born in Roscommon, Ireland.

In the US Census for 1880 Honora is deceased.

John and Honora had the following children:
   2 F i. Mary Diskin was born in 1852 in England. She died on 21 Sep 1935 in Fall River, MA, USA. 
+ 3 M ii. Michael Diskin was born on 27 May 1853. He died on 5 Apr 1928. 
   4 M iii. James Diskin was born in 1858 in Ballinlough, Roscommon, Ireland. He died in USA. 

He married a widow and later left her. In 1880 US Census James is working in a cotton mill.

+ 5 F iv. Bridget A Diskin was born in Mar 1860. She died on 29 Mar 1923. 
+ 6 M v. John Diskin .
   7 F vi. Honora Diskin was born in 1865 in England. She died on 13 Aug 1924 in Fall River, MA, USA. 

In 1880 US Census Hannah/Honora is working in a cotton mill.

 

Second Generation
3. Michael Diskin (John) was born on 27 May 1853 in Ballinlough, Roscommon, Ireland. He died on 5 Apr 1928 in Fall River, MA, USA. 

Michael came to Fall River at age of 12. He later "sent for" his sisters and brothers.

Michael married Mary A Moran daughter of John K Moran and Margaret on 18 Apr 1893 in Fall River, MA. Mary was born on 19 Jul 1864 in Fall River, MA. She died on 9 Dec 1930 in Fall River, MA. She was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

They had the following children:
+ 8 F i. Mary Angela Diskin was born on 28 Jan 1894. She died on 11 Dec 1970. 
   9 M ii. John M Diskin was born in 1895 in Fall River, MA. He died in 1896 in Fall River, MA. He was buried in 1896 in St Patrick Cem, Fall River, MA. 
   10 M iii. James Francis Diskin was born on 16 Aug 1896 in Fall River, MA. He died on 10 Mar 1970 in Fall River, MA. He was buried in 1970 in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. James married Katherine F Lee on 18 Apr 1942. Katherine was born in 1900. She died in 1960. She was buried in 1960 in St Patrick Cem, Fall River, MA. 

James was an accountant for the state of MA.

   11 M iv. John Anthony Diskin was born on 17 Feb 1898 in Fall River, MA. He died on 19 May 1982 in Fall River, MA. He was buried in 1982 in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. John married Grace M Chappell on 23 Jul 1934. 
   12 F v. Marguerite Diskin was born in 1899 in Fall River, MA. She died in 1900 in Fall River, MA. She was buried in 1900 in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 
   13 F vi. Margaret Gertrude Diskin was born on 19 Jan 1903 in Fall River, MA. She died in 1993 in Fall River, MA. She was buried in 1993 in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

5. Bridget A. Diskin (John) was born in Mar 1860 in Ballinlough, Roscommon, Ireland. She died on 29 Mar 1923 in Fall River, MA, USA. She was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

Source: 1900 Fed Census, Fall River, MA. Bridget entered the US in 1875. She bore 7 children with 6 still alive during that census. Son John died in infancy. Was her middle name Ardelia? Was her birth date actually 1857?

Bridget married Patrick J Higgins son of John and Ann A. Higgins on 9 Aug 1886 in St Mary Church, Fall River, MA. Patrick was born on 14 Mar 1855 in Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland. He died on 29 Apr 1929 in Fall River, MA, USA. He was buried in Fall River, MA, USA. 

Patrick conducted a tailoring establishment and was a prominent citizen in the south end of Fall River. He came to the US in 1879(?]. His ship sailed from Liverpool to Boston, MA. He became a US citizen on 12 Nov 1889. At that time he resided at 5 King Philip Street, Fall River, MA. John Sales and Fred A Faneks of Fall River, MA were witnesses at his naturalization. In Jun 1900 he lived on King Philip Street, Fall River, MA. There is a high probability that he was a member of the Knights Of Pythias. The 1887 Fall River City Directory has him as a tailor at 158 South Main Street and living at 19 William Street. The1896 Fall River City Directory has him as a tailor at 1799 South Main Street and living at 692 or 696 King Philip Street.

Patrick and Bridget had the following children:
   14 M i. John Higgins was born on 24 Jan 1888. He died on 9 Mar 1888. 
   15 F ii. Mary Josephine Higgins was born in May 1889 in Fall River, MA. She died on 1 May 1968 in Fall River, MA. She was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

Mary was an elementary school teacher and later a principal of the Laurel Lake School in the Fall River, MA school system. She never married.

+ 16 M iii. James Joseph Higgins was born on 9 Dec 1890. He died on 16 Feb 1977. 
   17 M iv. John P Higgins was born in Jul 1893 in Fall River, MA. He died on 26 Apr 1965 in Fall River, MA. He was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. John married Alberta Mary Bryan in North Attleboro, MA. Alberta was born in 1903 in , Canada. She died in 1982 in North Attleboro, MA, USA. She was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

John was the Superintendent Of Industry at the Walpole State Prison in Norfolk County, MA. Prior to that he was a construction engineer for Stone & Webster Power Company in MA. He was a sergeant in the 302 Infantry Division in Europe during World War I. He had no children.

   18 F v. Honora C Higgins was born in Jan 1895 in Fall River, MA. She died on 23 May 1980 in Fall River, MA. She was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

Hannah was a graduate of the Rhode Island Normal School in 1917 and an elementary school teacher in the Fall River School System for forty-one years. With her sister Margaret, she owned and operated a children's apparel store the "Tot Shop" on South Main Street in the south end of Fall River for several years. During the late 1940"s she was chairman of the South End Merchants Association. She graduated B M C Durfee High School, Fall River, MA in 1913. She began teaching in the Tiverton, RI school system in 1917 and the Fall River, MA system in 1917. She taught at the Healy, the Connell and the Dwelly schools. She never married.

+ 19 M vi. William Michael Higgins Sr was born on 22 Sep 1896. He died on 21 Dec 1971. 
+ 20 F vii. Margaret A Higgins was born in Mar 1900. She died on 23 Jul 1973. 


6. John Diskin (John) was born in Ballinlough, Roscommon, Ireland. 

The residence of daughter Louise Tyrell is/was 257 Tecumseh St, Fall River, MA

John had the following children:
21 F i. Louise Diskin. Louise married ___ Tyrell.


Third Generation
8. Mary Angela Diskin (Michael, John) was born on 28 Jan 1894 in Fall River, MA. She died on 11 Dec 1970 in Portsmouth, RI. She was buried in 1970 in St Patrick Cem, Fall River, MA. 

Mary Angela was a school teacher.

Mary married Max Welton Johnson son of H. Johnson and ___ Farmer. Max was born on 5 Dec 1894 in Thompson, GA. He died on 26 Jun 1970 in Portsmouth, RI. He was buried in St Patrick Cem, Fall River, MA. 

They had the following children:
   22 M i. Max Welton Johnson Jr was born on 2 Nov 1921 in Thompson, GA. Max married Cecilia M Walsh on 15 Aug 1946. 
   23 M ii. Robert F Johnson was born on 2 Oct 1923 in Macon, GA. Robert married Phyllis Hunt in 1953. 
   24 M iii. Daniel D Johnson was born on 13 Dec 1925 in Macon, GA. Daniel married Virginia Warren in Feb 1953. 
   25 M iv. Richard M Johnson was born on 18 Feb 1927 in Macon, GA. Richard married Shirley Pope in Aug 1954. 
   26 M v. Father Edward Desmond Johnson was born on 11 Apr 1929 in Macon, GA. 


16. James Joseph Higgins (Bridget A Diskin, John) was born on 9 Dec 1890 in Fall River, MA. He was christened in St Patrick Church, Fall River, MA. He died on 16 Feb 1977 in Lexington, MA. He was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

"The Post Office was part and parcel of my father who began his career as a sub when a young man and retired as postmaster after forty years of service.
"His involvement in whatever he did was "his best." i.e., taking a six week leave of absence as Grand Knight to direct a Knights Of Columbus fund raiser production or his later interest in the Serra Club, a lay organization for the support of vocations.
"At one time, my father got into raising Bantam and White Crested Black Polish chickens for show and this kept his interest for several years. His relaxation or hobby was reading," Eleanor Higgins McGill.
Prior to marriage he resided at 701 King Philip Street, Fall River, MA. For a short while after marriage he lived and sold autos in New Bedford, MA. For most of his married life he lived at 20 Rosedale Street, Fall River, MA. He was a graduate of Durfee High, Fall River, MA.
As a US Army lieutenant in WW I, he was stationed at Gen. Pershing's headquarters where he was in charge of Army post offices in France. He:
-was a First Lieutenant, Army Service Corps
-was authorized two gold war service chevrons
-left US on 14 Mar 1918; returned to US 24 Mar 1919
-was assigned to 15th Co, 4th Bn Depot Brig; 19th Co, 5th Bn Depot Brig: Hdq 82 Inf Brig: Hdq 148th M G Bn Casual Co and #1 G Hdq Postal Express Services
-honorably discharged from the military service in the US Army at Camp Dix on 8 Jul 1919
He was nominated for postmaster by President Harry S Truman. He and Catherine went to Niagara Falls, NY on their honeymoon.

James married Catherine Eleanor Logan daughter of Patrick Logan and Maria Felicia Sweeney on 15 Jun 1925 in St Patrick Ch, Fall River, MA. Catherine was born on 30 Dec 1898 in Fall River, MA. She was christened in St Patrick Church, Fall River, MA. She died on 9 Aug 1964 in Fall River, MA. She was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

"My parents had varied interests during their lifetime.
"Mother liked to figure skate as a young woman; into competition tennis. She had a beautiful contralto voice and was involved in music as far back as I can remember - standing in the aisle at Holy Name Church directing the children at mass on Sunday or in the choir.
"She had a long interest in scouting, as a leader before her marriage and as the leader of a girls group at St Vincent's Orphanage in Fall River, MA. Seeing the need there, my mother established an early version of "big sisters" at the orphanage with women from the Catholic Club taking an interest in the children.
"Prior to her marriage, she was employed by the B M C Durfee Trust Company in Fall River, MA.
"My mother was able to make bird calls to the extent that they would answer her," Eleanor Higgins McGill.
Catherine resided at 154 Oliver Street, Fall River, MA prior to her marriage. Rt Rev James E Cassidy officiated at her wedding. The new couple lived for a while in New Bedford, MA. Catherine died at home at 20 Rosedale St, Fall River, MA. 

James and Catherine had the following children:
+ 27 F i. Eleanor Marie Higgins RN was born on 24 Jan 1927. 
+ 28 F ii. Catherine Patricia Higgins was born on 18 Jun 1929. 
+ 29 F iii. Mary Ellen Higgins was born on 26 Apr 1938. 

19. William Michael Higgins Sr (Bridget A Diskin, John) was born on 22 Sep 1896 in Fall River, MA. He died on 21 Dec 1971 in Fall River, MA. He was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

William was a buyer/manager in the retail shoe business for Cherry & Webb's in Fall River, MA.

William married (1) Marie Rose Fitzpatrick daughter of Henry A Fitzpatrick and Catherine V. Murphy. Marie was born on 28 Jun 1899 in Fall River, MA. She died on 29 Apr 1947 in Fall River, MA. She was buried in 1947 in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

They had the following children:
   30 M i. William Michael Higgins Atty was born in Aug in Fall River, MA. He is deceased. William married Barbara McKenna in 1949. 
+ 31 M ii. Harold Joseph Higgins was born on 19 Aug 1930. 

William married (2) Anne E Delaney on 5 Oct 1948. Anne died on 22 Mar 1993 in Fall River, MA. She was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 


20. Margaret A Higgins (Bridget A Diskin, John) was born in Mar 1900 in Fall River, MA. She died on 23 Jul 1973 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

Margaret was a Bridgewater State College graduate and an elementary school teacher in Assonet, MA for over thirty years. She lived for 32 years at 616 King Philip Street, Fall River, MA; on Mill Street in Assonet, MA. She died in Florida. 

Margaret married John W Porter . John was born in 1890. He died on 3 Aug 1956 in , MA. He was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 

John was a 41 year employee of the Eastern Mass. Railway Co.. He retired as a bus inspector. He started work for the company on 16 Jul 1913 as a street car conductor. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart School and the old Herrick Institute in Fall River, MA. The 1880 US Census for New Bedford, MA has a John W Porter. Is he this John's father? 

John and Margaret had the following children:
+ 32 M i. John Porter Jr was born in 1923. 


Fourth Generation
27. Eleanor Marie Higgins RN (James Joseph Higgins, Bridget A Diskin, John) was born on 24 Jan 1927 in St Luke Hosp, New Bedford, MA. She was christened in Feb 1927. 

Eleanor attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and Academy of the Sacred Hearts in Fall River, MA, graduating in 1944. She graduated from the Union Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. She attended Boston University School of Nursing and the University of Rhode Island. For most of her married life she has been a homemaker. She was honored with the Good Samaritan Award of Catholic Family Services of Portsmouth, VA in May 1988. She was one of the founders of the Chesapeake, Va CROP WALK FOR HUNGER and is involved in a number of other community activities. Her parents resided at 73 Carroll St, New Bedford, MA when she was born. Eleanor has written one to four newsletters per year to family and friends since 1972. Copies of these letters have been saved and are in a three ring binder at each of the homes of her four children.

Eleanor married Francis Joseph McGill Jr son of Francis Joseph McGill SR and Bridget Agnes Veronica Connor on 27 Jun 1959 in Holy Name Ch, Fall River, MA. Francis was born on 8 Mar 1929 in Glenwood Ave, Pawtucket, RI. He was christened in 1929 in St Raymond Church, Providence, RI. 

Frank was born on the second floor of a two family tenement house. The address was 255 Glenwood Avenue in the South Woodlawn Section of Pawtucket, RI. Later, when his parents purchased the house, they moved downstairs to 253 Glenwood. Frank attended St Raymond Parochial Grammar School, Providence; St Raphael Academy, Pawtucket and the University Of Rhode Island (Industrial Management). He was a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 33 in Providence. He was present, as a boy scout, for the burning of the mortgage for the RI State House in the late 1930s. When he was nine years of age he had an Evening Bulletin newspaper route (30 customers) in Providence. He was in the third grade in grammar school. He was peddling them on the afternoon of the "38" hurricane that claimed 600 lives . He was able to deliver about half of them before he had to quit because of the winds, the downed trees and downed live powerlines. He had a Pawtucket Times newspaper route in Pawtucket (100 customers) when he was in the seventh and eighth grade of grammar school. He still found time to blow the bugle in the St Raymond School band and serve as an altar boy at St Raymond's Church on North Main Street in Providence. He was on the school track and basketball team. On Sunday afternoons the neighborhood kids would attend the movies at the Hope Theater on Hope Street in Providence. The ticket cost nine cents. He and Billy Martindale were walking home from the theater one Sunday afternoon. Billy's father (a veteran of WWI) picked them up in his car. He said that the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor. When he was in high school he worked part time at Riverside and then Swanpoint cemeteries. He worked at the New England Bakery until they found out that he was fifteen years of age. The management questioned him as to why there was only a four month gap between his and his sister Marie's birthdays. He worked for short periods at the Pawtucket Mfg Co, Royal Electric Co, Miller Electric Co, General Cable Co. and Fram Corp. all in Pawtucket. 
   He served a four year apprenticeship, as an aviation metalsmith, at Quonset Point, Naval Air Station, RI; was employed over forty years at Naval Aviation Depot Quonset Point, RI and Naval Aviation Depot Norfolk, VA; retired as a supervisor in the Production Engineering Department at Naval Aviation Depot Norfolk in 1993. He was first an intelligence and reconnaisance scout and then an rifleman in a rifle company in Korea, during that war (1952). He served with the 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in Korea. He received the Combat Infantry Badge.
   When first married he and wife Eleanor lived in a second floor tenement on Chestnut Avenue in Cranston. They purchased their first home for eleven thousand dollars on Brandon Road in the Friendly Community area of Cranston. They sold the Brandon Road Dutch Colonial style home when Frank was transferred to Virginia. "Frank's hobby is genealogy," said Eleanor.

Francis and Eleanor had the following children:
   33 F i. Jane Marie McGill.  Jane married (1) Emitt David Fuller; and married (2) Stephen Miller MD. 
   34 F ii. Elizabeth Agnes McGill RN. Elizabeth married Douglas R Johnson MD 
   35 F iii. Andrea Catherine McGill. Andrea married Hans Paul Reddinger 
   36 M iv. James Francis McGill 


28. Catherine Patricia Higgins (James Joseph Higgins, Bridget A Diskin, John) born 1929. Catherine married Robert Joseph Osterman 

Robert and Catherine had four children:
   37 M i. Peter Logan Osterman .
   38 M ii. James Timothy Osterman 
   39 F iii. Amy Ryan Osterman 
   40 M iv. Robert Joseph Osterman Jr 


29. Mary Ellen Higgins (James Joseph Higgins, Bridget A Diskin, John) born 1938. Mary married Denis William Fermental 

Denis and Mary had two children:
   41 F i. Catherine Elizabeth Fermental 
   42 F ii. Mary Margaret Fermental 

31. Harold Joseph Higgins (William Michael Higgins, Bridget A Diskin, John) was born in 1930. Harold married Mary Alice Brazil. She is deceased.

Harold and Mary had five children:
   43 M i. Patrick Joseph Higgins 
   44 M ii. James Michael Higgins 
   45 M iii. William Steven Higgins 
   46 M iv. Jeffrey Edward Higgins 
   47 F v. Donna Marie Higgins 


32. John Porter Jr (Margaret A Higgins, Bridget A Diskin, John) was born in 1923. He is deceased. 

John, a graduate of Notre Dame University, was the pilot of a B26 Marauder bomber in the Ninth Air Force over Germany during WWII. After the war he worked as a construction engineer in South Bend, IN and southeast US.

John married Rosemarie Baker 

John and Rosemarie had the following four children:
   48 F i. Rosemarie Porter 
   49 F ii. Susan Porter 
   50 M iii. John Porter III 
   51 M iv. Joseph Porter