James Henigan
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James Anthony Henigan (1894 - 1964)

James Anthony Henigan aka Hennigan
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Father of , , and [private son (1930s - unknown)]
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Jan 2011
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James Henigan has Irish ancestors.



James Henigan served in the United States Army in World War I
Service started: April 1917
Unit(s): 79th division
Service ended: 5 Oct 1918

James was born in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia in 1894. He was the son of Anthony Henigan and Catherine Smith. He was baptized at Saint Anne's on Sep 23 1894' his godparents were this James Dolphin I think and Mary Foody[1]
After eighth grade, he left school and got a job as a clerk in a grocery store. Before his World War I draft registration, he was a chauffer(union truck driver) for Thomas B. Kane.
He served in the 315th infantry of the 79th division in World War I. His job was wagoner. He took care of the horses and wagons.

He was part of THE MEUSE-ARGONNE Offensive. The First Army suffered a loss of about 117,000 in killed and wounded. It captured 26,000 prisoners, 847 cannon, 3,000 machine guns, and large quantities of material.

The 315th was disbanded in June 1919.
After he returned from Europe, he continued in his job as a chauffer. By 1940, he no longer worked as a chauffer and had begun working as a truck driver for a department store. Working as a truck driver meant working overnight and sleeping during the day. Jim was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 169.
He met and married Mary Lawlor. They had four children, two boys and two girls. At home, he was a man of few words, some of them being "Hank, empty the coal bucket". Hank referred to whichever child was walking by at the time, including the girls. My father says Jim was a very quiet man and did not talk much.

Around 1945, the family moved from Fishtown to Germantown.

He passed away in 1964. [2]

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  1. baptism record at findmypast
  2. Entered by Maureen Henigan, Jan 9, 2013
  • United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6K4-8PK : accessed 17 May 2014), James A Henigan, 1917-1918; citing Philadelphia City no 28, Pennsylvania, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 001907648.
  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JJYT-MLQ : accessed 17 May 2014), James A Henigan and Lawler, 1923; citing license number 487610, City Hall.
  • United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHWH-4LL : accessed 17 May 2014), James A Henigan, Philadelphia (Districts 0751-1000), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0932, sheet 15A, family 234, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2115.
  • United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQZ5-TMM : accessed 17 May 2014), James A Henigan, Ward 31, Philadelphia, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 51-972, sheet 2B, family 41, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3717.
  • United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQFP-K5V : accessed 17 May 2014), James Anthony Henigan, 1942; citing ARC identifier 563728, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 2240382.
  • Phila city directory
  • United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VMRP-W43 : accessed 17 May 2014), null, Feb 1964; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  • as told to me by his son Joe
  • The official history of the 315th Infantry

To do

Edwin Powell sportswriter from Scranton in the same division. He was a sportwriter for the PHiladelphia Press. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-26641-35700-82?cc=1968530


Thanks to Maureen Henigan for starting this profile.

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