Whitehead

WHITEHEAD
  - Family Genealogy and Memorial -
 
Abt.1840 – 2017

Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
from England and Ireland

Somerville, Massachusetts


Subpages (2): Connors Dix


Any WHITEHEAD / LIGHTBURN descendants to this Somerville, Massachusetts family PLEASE read the following and contact me at email

At the start of my research for my HUGHES FAMILY GENEALOGY, it was brought my attention that an old family rumor was in the air that my father, Francis James Hughes, was adopted.  The first thing that I did was obtain his birth certificate in Boston, MA as he was born in Dorchester, MA.  I received it and it stated his parents as James Hughes and Ethel (Clark) Hughes, who were always known to be his parents.  At that time, I put this subject to rest. 

However, several months to a year later, after speaking with other related family members who knew my grandparents asked me if I knew that my father was adopted?  Well, this of course reopened my investigation into this – it got my curiosity going again!  As my father was born in Dorchester, MA and my grandparents lived in Lawrence, MA, I contacted the Suffolk County Probate Court in Boston, MA and the Essex County Probate Court in Salem, MA.  I submitted a copy of my license, my birth certificate, my father’s birth and death certificates and a letter as requested. 

About a year later I received the adoption record from the Essex County Probate Court that a FRANCIS WHITEHEAD, born 06-Oct-1936 (my father's birth date) was adopted on 12-July-1937 by James and Ethel Hughes at the St. Mary’s Infant Asylum (known today as St. Mary’s Women and Infant Center) of Dorchester, MA.  The mother’s name on the adoption record was a Mary Whitehead of Somerville, MA with a witness signature of a George J. Whitehead.  Further information provided by the St. Mary’s Women and Infant Center, which was hand written in a record log book, showed that this Mary Whitehead was 16 years of age at the time of Francis’ birth.  As the 1930 US Census became available, I came across a Whitehead household in Somerville, MA with a “head of household” being a George J. Whitehead and a 11 year old daughter, Mary Whitehead!  I also came across in the SSDI of a Mary Whitehead of Somerville, MA born 17 Dec 1919-died 24 Apr 1987, age 67 which is the same person!  Also found in my research was an obituary of a Helen F. Whitehead of Somerville, MA who passed in 2002.  By reading the names of her parents, brothers and sisters who pre-deceased Helen, combined with the names indicated in the 1930 US Census of the Whitehead Family household in Somerville, MA – what do you get!!!  Everything matched up!!!

What I want to say is that I do not want to “intrude” into the Whitehead Family if they are not willing or have interest.  However; I do wish to obtain/request some information in regards to a health/medical background related to Mary Whitehead as well as what her/their heritage was/is and etc.  There was only one sibling left, of nine to Mary Whitehead, in which I did have the pleasure to speak with on the phone a few years back in 2005.  This woman, Evelyn C. (Whitehead) White, passed away at the age of 84 on 11 Jan 2008 and I now seek to sit down and talk or email with someone related to this Whitehead Family and learn more about Mary Whitehead, my biological grandmother, as I do have many other questions in regards to this families genealogy.  Some questions include:

1.    Only two out of five sisters of Mary Whitehead married.  Only one, Catherine (Whitehead) Graham, had children!  Why was this?  Did it have to do with anything medically?  NOTE:  Sisters of Mary passed at the following ages:  Mary-67 (never married); Catherine-84 (married); Margaret-62 (twin to Mary, never married); Helen-81 (never married) and Evelyn-84 (married, no children).

2.    Two out of four brothers 
of Mary Whitehead (George and Joseph) married.  George Whitehead Jr, had one child!  Why was this?  Did it have to do with anything medically?  NOTE:  Brothers to Mary passed at the following ages:  Joseph-55 ; George, Jr-77 (married); Robert-43 (never married) and Francis-16 (never married).

3.    George J. Whitehead Sr. sister, Mary E. Whitehead, never married.  Why was this?  Did it have to do with anything medically?

4.    And the $1,000,000,000 Question:  Who was or could have been my father's biological father (born Francis Whitehead)?  (A relationship that 16 year old Mary A. Whitehead would have had around in early 1936 (January 1936?) as my father was born 06 Oct 1936).


The family genealogy for WHITEHEAD ancestors/descendants from Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts below is incomplete.  Information was gathered from Ancestry.com, Familysearch.com, the Lawrence, MA Public Library, the Lawrence, MA City Clerk’s Office, the Massachusetts Registry, Essex County Probate Court, Salem, MA, Bellevue Cemetery Office in Lawrence, MA, the Boston, MA Public Library, St. Mary’s Women and Infant Center in Dorchester, MA, the Somerville, MA Public Library, Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA, Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford, MA, St. Paul’s Cemetery in Arlington, MA, Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, The Boston Globe, The Somerville Journal, Findagrave.com and genealogy members from various message boards.  I’m currently looking for the following information.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions and/or information to provide to this families genealogy.  Thanks.

NOTES:
  1. Underlined names will link you to that person’s obituary.
  2. (NEW): Underlined cemetery listing will link you to that person's findagrave.com profile (most with headstone photo's).

Biological GG-Grandfather of My Father - Francis J. Hughes:
ROBERT John WHITEHEAD, Sr.  b.Abt.1840, County Cork, Ireland-d.?, age ?
Biological GG-Grandmother of My Father - Francis J. Hughes:
+ FANNIE (Fairbrother) WHITEHEAD  b.Abt.1840, County Cork, Ireland-d.?, age ?

Son of Robert J. Whitehead and Fannie Fairbrother / Biological G-Grandfather of My Father - Francis J. Hughes:
2 ROBERT John WHITEHEAD, Jr.  b.Mar 1861, County Cork, Ireland-d.06 Dec 1912, age 51, St. Paul's Cemetery, Arlington, Massachusetts
Biological G-Grandmother of My Father - Francis J. Hughes:
+ ELLEN (Curtin) WHITEHEAD  b.Mar 1868, County Cork, Ireland-d.27 Apr 1939, age 71, St. Paul's Cemetery, Arlington, Massachusetts
(Married 1889)

Daughter of Robert J. Whitehead and Ellen Curtin:
3 MARY Ellen [Mamie] WHITEHEAD  b.27 Apr 1895, Somerville, Massachusetts-d.01 May 1985, age 90, St. Paul’s Cemetery, Arlington, Massachusetts

Biological Grandfather of My Father - Francis J. Hughes and Son of Robert J. Whitehead and Ellen Curtin:
3 GEORGE Joseph WHITEHEAD, Sr.  b.04 May 1890, Somerville, Massachusetts-d.03 Mar 1955, age 64, Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, Massachusetts
Biological Grandmother of My Father - Francis J. Hughes and daughter of Frank Connors and Maria Brennan:
CATHERINE M. [Kate] (Connors) WHITEHEAD  b.27 Nov 1885-d.22 Apr 1936, age 51, St. Paul’s Cemetery, Arlington, Massachusetts.  [see CONNORS Family Genealogy page]
(George J. Whitehead’s 1st Wife; Married 23 June 1915)

Daughter of George Whitehead and Catherine Connors:
Biological Mother of My Father - Francis J. Hughes:
4 MARY Agnes WHITEHEAD  b.17 Dec 1919, Somerville, Massachusetts (twin to Margaret)-d.24 Apr 1987, age 67, Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts
Biological Father of My Father - Francis J. Hughes:
+ (_________) (_________)  b.?-d.?, age ?, ?
   

Adopting Father of Francis J. Hughes and Son of Robert Hughes and Barbara Melvin:
- JAMES Joseph [Jimmy] HUGHES  b.14 Apr 1895-d.22 Jan 1958, age 62, (MAS PFC US Army WWI PH), St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence, Massachusetts. [see HUGHES Family Genealogy page]
James J. Hughes, age 62 in 1957 (picture courtesy of M.Hughes)
Adopting Mother of Francis J. Hughes and Daughter of Jacob Clark and Amanda Callahan:
- ETHEL G. (Clark) HUGHES  b.14 Jan 1903-d.26 Nov 1975, age 72, St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence, Massachusetts [see CLARK Family Genealogy page]
(Married July 17, 1926 in Lawrence, Massachusetts)
Ethel G. (Clark) Hughes, age 54 in 1957 (picture courtesy of M.Hughes)
   
My Father; Adopted Son of James Hughes and Ethel Clark/Biological Mother - Mary A. Whitehead:
5 FRANCIS James [Buddy] HUGHES  b.06 Oct 1936, Dorchester, Massachusetts as FRANCIS WHITEHEAD (adopted 12 July 1937)-d.08 Mar 1987, age 50, (MAS SSGT US Air Force Vietnam), Bellevue Cemetery Veteran’s Lot, Lawrence, Massachusetts. [see HUGHES Family Genealogy page]
Francis J. Hughes, age 17 in 1954 (picture courtesy of M.Hughes)
My Mother; Daughter of Rene Pelletier and Eva Beliveau:
+ ANN MARIE Alice (Pelletier) HUGHES  b.24 Feb 1939, Lawrence, Massachusetts-d.19 Jun 2010, age 71, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Andover, Massachusetts. [see PELLETIER Family Genealogy page]
Ann Marie (Pelletier) Hughes (picture courtesy of M.Hughes)
(Married June 01, 1957 in North Andover, Massachusetts)

Ann Marie (Pelletier) & Francis Hughes – 1957 (Picture courtesy of M.Hughes)

6 Living Male- Hughes, Destin, Florida
+ Living Female- (Hadlock) Hughes, Wilmington, Massachusetts
(Married April 26, 1980 in North Andover, Massachusetts)
 
7 Living Female- Hughes, Wilmington, Massachusetts
 
6 Living Female- (Hughes) Andruchuk, Goffstown, New Hampshire
+ Living Male- Andruchuk, Goffstown, New Hampshire
(Married August 28, 1982 in North Andover, Massachusetts)
            
7 Living Female- Andruchuk, Manchester, New Hampshire
                    
7 Living Male- Andruchuk, Manchester, New Hampshire
 
6 Living Male- Hughes, 
Lawrence, Massachusetts
+ Living Female- (Hull) Hughes, Orlando, Florida
(Married May 06, 1995 in North Andover, Massachusetts)
                
7 Living Male- Hughes, Brookline, New Hampshire
        
7 Living Male- Hughes, 
Orlando, Florida
 
7 Living Male- Hughes, 
Orlando, Florida

Son of George Whitehead and Catherine Connors:
4 JOSEPH Robert WHITEHEAD  b.24 Jun 1915, Boston, Massachusetts-d.14 May 1971, age 55Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California
 Joseph R. Whitehead, Age 18, 1933 (picture courtesy from Ancestry.com Somerville High School Yearbook 1933)
CATHERINE Theresa (________) WHITEHEAD  b.30 May 1909, Massachusetts-d.04 May 1971, age 61, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California

Son of George Whitehead and Catherine Connors:
4 GEORGE Joseph WHITEHEAD, Jr.  b.07 Feb 1917, Somerville, Massachusetts-d.03 Mar 1987, age 70, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
MARYETTA C. [Etta] (Peters) WHITEHEAD  b.21 Jul 1918, Massachusetts-d.11 Oct 2012, age 94Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
 Maryetta (Peters) Whitehead, age 92 (picture courtesy of The Cambridge Chronicle)

Daughter of George Whitehead and Maryetta Peters:
5 Living Female- (Whitehead) McCusker, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Living Male- McCusker, Cambridge, Massachusetts

6 Living Male- McCusker, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Daughter of George Whitehead and Catherine Connors:
4 CATHERINE M. (Whitehead) GRAHAM  b.06 Sep 1918, Somerville, Massachusetts-d.22 May 2003, age 84, Alta Loma, San Bernardino, California
Son of Harvey Graham and Inez May Getchel:
+ HAROLD Woodson GRAHAM  b.02 Mar 1918, Caledonia, Vermont-d. 07 Jul 1974, age 56, Alta Loma, San Bernardino, California

Daughter of Catherine Whitehead and (______) Graham:
5 Living Female- (Graham) Frederick, California
+ Living Male- Frederick, California

Daughter of Catherine Whitehead and (______) Graham:
5 Living Female- (Graham) Myers, California
+ Living Male- Myers, California

Daughter of Catherine Whitehead and (______) Graham:
5 Living Female- (Graham) Dabney, California
+ Living Male- Dabney, California

Son of Catherine Whitehead and (______) Graham:
5 Living Male- Graham, California

Son of Catherine Whitehead and (______) Graham:
5 Living Male- Graham, California

Daughter of George Whitehead and Catherine Connors:
4 MARGARET C. [Peg] WHITEHEAD  b.17 Dec 1919, Somerville, Massachusetts (Twin to Mary)-d.09 Jul 1982, age 62, Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts

Daughter of George Whitehead and Catherine Connors:
4 HELEN Frances WHITEHEAD  b.15 Dec 1920, Somerville, Massachusetts-d.06 Mar 2002, age 81, Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts

Daughter of George Whitehead and Catherine Connors:
4 EVELYN C. (Whitehead) WHITE  b.21 Jul 1923, Somerville, Massachusetts-d.11 Jan 2008, age 84, Forest Hill Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts
Evelyn (Whitehead) White (picture courtesy fromboston.com)
Son of Albert T. White and Anna A. (____):
+ AUGUSTINE John WHITE  b.23 Nov 1892, Lynn, Massachusetts-d.09 Sept 1970, age 77, Forest Hill Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts

Son of George Whitehead and Catherine Connors:
4 ROBERT J. WHITEHEAD  b.1924, Somerville, Massachusetts-d.02 Mar 1968, age 43, Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts

Son of George Whitehead and Catherine Connors:
4 FRANCIS J. WHITEHEAD  b. Jun 1926, Somerville, Massachusetts-d.12 Apr 1943, age 16, Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, Massachusetts

George J. Whitehead’s 2nd Wife and daughter of Frederick Dix and Mary E. Willender:
MARY Elizabeth (Dix) (Lightburn) WHITEHEAD  b.16 Nov 1891, Boston, Massachusetts-d.04 Jan 1969, age 77, Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, Massachusetts.  [see DIX Family Genealogy page]



Last updated 11 Jun 2017
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