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Gilligan Family History

"Bea" and John Gilligan - December 1945

Below is a brief Family History Report of our branch of a Gilligan family.

1 Patrick Gilligan
Spouse: Maria ?
Only known child: 1.1 Thomas F. Gilligan (1850-1887)
Birth: 1850, Ireland,
Death: 14 Apr 1887, Fall River, Bristol Co., MA
Thomas' cause of death was TB.
Spouse: Mary Mullen
Birth: 1852, MA or RI
Death: 27 Jul 1887, Fall River, MA
Father: Peter Mullen
Mother: Ellen or Mary
Marr: 24 Aug 1876, St. Patrick's Church, Fall River, MA
Children: William (1877-1932)
Mary (1882-)
Sarah J. (1886-1887)


1.1.1 William Gilligan
Birth: Jun 1877, Fall River, MA
Death: 23 Mar 1932, Fall River, MA
Burial: 1932, St. Patrick's Cemetery,Fall River,MA
Occ: mill worker
At the age of 22, William was living at 278 Griffin Street, Fall River, MA with his uncle, James Mullen.
Spouse: Honora Gill
Birth: 1880, Haslingden, Lancashire,England
Death: 25 Nov 1939, Fall River, MA
Father: John Gill (1849-1917)
Mother: Mary Gallagher (ca1847-1880)
Marr: 7 Jan 1904, Fall River, MA1
Children: John (1904-1965)
Mary E. (1907-)
Nora (1909-)
Winnie (Rose) (1913-ca 1949) John Gilligan
Birth: 2 Nov 1904, Fall River, MA
Death: 7 Feb 1965, Boston, MA
Burial: 10 Feb 1965, Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA
Occ: rigger, painter
At John's christening, Fr. M.J. O'Reilly officiated. Godparents were John H. Blyther and Rosanna Reilly.
Spouse: Mary "Bea" Beatrice Robichaud
Birth: 5 Feb 1910, Cambridge, MA
Death: 1975, Kansas
Father: Charles Robichaud (-<1945)
Mother: Louise Doucette
Marr: 25 Jul 1942, Allston, MA

--------------- Mary E. Gilligan
Birth: 20 Jan 1907
Fr. J. H. Tobin officiated at the christening. James and Winifred Kuszay (mother's sister) were godparents.
Spouse: Henry F. Welch
Birth: abt 1902, Fall River, MA
Father: John Welch
Mother: Catherine Grogan
Marr: 18 Jun 1929, Fall River, MA

--------------- Nora Gilligan
Birth: 5 Oct 1909, Fall River, Bristol Co., MA

--------------- Winnie (Rose) Gilligan
Birth: 19 Nov 1913, Fall River, MA
Occ: redrawer
Residence of both Rose and Anthony was Providence, RI. They were married by Charles W. Thompson, Justice of the Peace.
Spouse: Anthony Swackey
Birth: abt 1914
Father: John Swackey
Mother: Eleanor Gombrowski
Marr: 3 Apr 1937, Seekonk, Bristol Co., MA


1.1.2 Mary Gilligan
Birth: 14 Feb 1882, Fall River, MA
Fr. James Kelly officiated at Mary's christening. Godparents were Patrick Leorrigan and Mary A. Finnegan.
Mary, at the age of 18, was living at the residence of John Mullen as a boarder. Address: 414 Fifth Street, Fall River.
In 1918, Mary, now widowed, was living at 316 Peckham Street, Fall River.
Spouse: Michael J. Maloney
Birth: 1878, Fall River, MA
Death: 28 Apr 1918, Fall River, MA
Father: John Maloney
Mother: Annie Kierns
Marr: 1901, Fall River, MA


1.1.3 Sarah J. Gilligan
Birth: 3 Jul 1886, Westport, Bristol, MA
Death: 7 Jul 1887, Fall River, MA
Sarah died of cholera.


From the
Boston Weekly Journal
Dated July 26,1887
"Fall River, MA - The death rate of the city has increased alarmingly during the past seven weeks, principally among children whose parents belong to the poorer classes. Eighty-eight cases of cholera infantum have resulted fatally since June 1,none of the victims being over a year old. The greatest mortality has occurred in Ward Six, where the sewerage system is not perfect. The Board of Health does not attribute the spread of mortality to this cause, however, but to neglect in care and the crowded condition in tenement houses. Nearly twice as many deaths have taken place among the French as among any other nationality."
My thanks to Marilyn Labbe for contributing this piece.

Many thanks also go to Connie of the Fall River Historical Society for supplying me with information from the city directories and always patiently answering my many e-mails and to the kind soul who looked up William and Annie's marriage at the Massachusetts Archives - a huge discovery at the time.

Great-grandchildren of Thomas and Mary Gilligan - ca 1946

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