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Hi Everyone, my name is Joanne, I've just joined today. My Maternal Grandmother's family is from Granard, this is where her father, James Arthur Patrick Higgins was born, and his Parents, Hugh Higgins and Sarah Thompson, or so we've been told. It would be nice to be in touch with any relatives, or others doing research on our family. Looking forward to hearing from anyone. Cheers. Jo.

Jojo

Wednesday 3rd February 2021, 12:53AM

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  • Jo:

    The subscription site Roots Ireland has a January 15 1878 baptismal record for James Higgins father Hugh Higgins and mother Sara Thompson. Church was Granard. Also siblings William 1868 Eleanor 1870 Elizabeth 1873.

    I can search for the civil birth records and the marriage record later when I have access to my PC.

    Roger McDonnell

     

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 3rd February 2021, 03:27PM
  • Jo:

    I found the civil birth records for the four children mentioned above and links are below. Civil records can be found at the free site www.irishgenealogy.ie   NOTE: It appears that Roots Ireland mistrancribed the date of baptism for James as January 15 1878. The civil birth record shows January 15 1879. I then looked at the Granard parish register and he was baptized on January 19 1879.  Still have not located a marriage record.

    second record is for William   https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_return...

    fourth record for Ellen   https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_return...

    eighth record for Eliza   https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_return...

    first record for James    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_return...

    I located an 1888 death record for Hugh Higgins (fifth record)   https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/deaths_retur...

    I could not find a death record for Sarah Higgins.

    Roger

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 3rd February 2021, 06:46PM
  • Roger, thank you so much for taking the time to do this for me, your help has been invaluable, I really appreciate it.   My family has nothing left of James Arthur Higgins or his wife Mary, one of their sons took over the lease of the family home in Melbourne, and when they moved out, they threw everything away, even photos.  I'm wondering if Sarah remarried after Hugh died, maybe that's why I can't find a death record for her either. I'll keep investigating, and once again, thank you so much. And hopefully, I'll make it over to Ireland one day myself. Cheers, Jo.

    Jojo

    Thursday 4th February 2021, 01:52AM
  • Jo:

    I checked for a marriage record for a Sara Higgins or a Sara Thompson in the Granard registration district and did not find a good lead.

    Roger

     

     

     

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 4th February 2021, 01:47PM
  • James Arthur Patrick Higgins was my grandfather too. My name is John Arthur Patrick Higgins. Paul is my father. Sarah Higgins (Thompson) died in St Arnaud, Victoria. It appears when her husband Hugh died she came to Australia with James as I think she had a daughter already here. I have an extract of her death certificate and one for granddad and his wife Mary née Bentley too. I have this on another pc and can send them to you. 

    uqjhiggi

    Sunday 3rd October 2021, 10:51AM
  • Hello John, so glad to hear from you, if you're from the Paul I'm thinking of, is your mother Marjorie? My mother Monica is the daughter of Paul's sister, Mona, I would love to find out more from you if possible, could you contact me please via my email, it's deejay17@live.com.au, thank you, I very much look forward to hearing from you, Jo

    Jojo

    Monday 4th October 2021, 01:29AM
  • Jo, I'll be in touch., 

    John

     

    uqjhiggi

    Tuesday 5th October 2021, 01:46AM
  • Thanks John, much appreciated

    Jojo

    Tuesday 5th October 2021, 10:45PM