Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

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William Hickie

Margaret Lawless and William Hickie, wedding photo, 1927.
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William Hickie,
born 29 Dec 1888 in Co.Kerry.
He emigrated to US in 1913 or earlier.
Think he went on the steamship Cedric through Ellis Island.
Stayed at first with his brother Michael in NYC.
Stayed at some point at his sister Josephine's house in Rockaway, NY.
Was in the US Coast Guard 1916-20.

He mar 22 Dec 1927 (or poss. 1928 or 1929) in New York City to Margaret Lawless [Peg, born 13 Dec 1891].
Margaret was born 13 Dec 1891 [GROI], or poss. 21st, in Ardagh, Ardagh par (not far from Edgeworthstown), Co.Longford, see birth cert, dau of James Lawless, farmer, of Lisanedan (unidentified), Ardagh, Co.Longford, by his wife Anne McDonnell (or Ann).
She emigrated to US 1907 (age 16) to join her sisters. She went on steamship Carmania through Ellis Island.
She lived with sisters in NYC. She was educ Wadleigh High School.
She got nurses training at Misericordia Hospital, NYC, obtained nursing degree by 1914. She got Registered Nurse Certificate from state of NY in 1917.

She joined army as nurse. (US joined WWI in Apr 1917.) She served at a military hospital in NY for several months.
In July 1918 she was sent to France with a group of nurses from Louisville, Kentucky.
Sent to Base Hospital 59, at Rimaucourt, NE France.
Later sent to Bordeaux. She only saw a few months of the war, which ended Nov 1918.
After end of war, she got a chance to visit her parents in Ireland (had not seen them since 1907). Her mother died days after she left.

She returned to US July 1919, still army nurse.
Nurse at Otisville, NY. Nurse at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. Discharged from army service 1920.
Chief Nurse, hospital, North Platte, Nebraska.
Chief Operating Room Nurse, US Army Hospital, Tampico, Mexico.
Returned to NYC, worked in doctor's office, Manhattan, for a few years.
Hired as social worker by city of NY. Worked in NYPD Dental Clinic. Then worked in Juvenile Aid Bureau.
She was age 36 at marriage in 1927.

William and Margaret after their marriage 1927 lived at 211 W 33rd St, NYC.
She continued to work in Juvenile Aid Bureau after mar.
He sold office furniture for a NYC department store (poss. Macy's).
He made notes on family tree 1930s.
In c.1937 he set up his own office furniture business at 211 W 33rd St.
After a fall on duty c.1938 she had to retire. She received disability pension from 1939.
He died 3 Dec 1939 in New York City, age 50 yrs, of heart attack.
He was bur December 6, 1939, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY, at back of Wren Mausoleum.

Margaret closed business, moved 1940 to apartment, 440 E 78th St, NYC, lived there until 1972.
As an army veteran she was member of American Legion for 50 yrs, 1940-90.
She moved 1972 to Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lived in retirement home in Scottsdale.
She died 22 May 1992 in Scottsdale, age 100 yrs.
She was bur St.Francis Cemetery, 48th St and Oak, Phoenix, Arizona.
William and Margaret had issue:

  1. David Hickie,
    researched family tree,
    partner of Jeanne Haley and had issue:

    1. David Hickie, mar Theresa Clark and had issue:
      1. Shannon Hickie.
      2. Connor Hickie.

    mar Anne Knapp and had issue:

    1. Christopher Hickie, mar Tacie Clark and had issue:
      1. Lydia Hickie.
      2. Ruby Hickie.
      3. Naomi Hickie.
    2. Matthew Hickie, mar Lisa Tooker and had issue:
      1. Kendall Hickie.
      2. Kyle Hickie.
      3. Ryan Hickie.
    3. Brian Hickie, mar Stacey Dolan and had issue:
      1. Keira Hickie.
      2. Garret Hickie.
      3. Kailey Hickie.

William Hickie, in his US Coast Guard uniform, 1917.

William Hickie, in his US Coast Guard uniform, 1918 or 1920.
His cap bears the name of the major battleship, the USS New Mexico (launched 1917, the first ship of the New Mexico class battleships, she became the flagship of the Pacific Fleet 1919).

William Hickie, California, 1921.
With female friend.

William Hickie, in a Stutz Bearcat, c.1926-27.
With female friend.

Margaret Lawless.

Margaret Lawless (2nd row, 2nd from RHS) in group of nurses leaving US for France, 1918.

Margaret Lawless, 1918, close-up of above.

Margaret Lawless (on RHS), 1919, after WWI.
She and her friends seem to be putting on pilot's uniforms for fun.

Margaret Lawless, with male friend, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, 1919-20.

William Hickie, wedding photo, 1927.

William Hickie, "1929" (looks like 1927).

Margaret Lawless, 100th birthday, 21st Dec 1991, Scottsdale, Arizona.
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