Mary Josephine Hannon
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Mary Josephine "Josie" Hannon (October 31, 1865 – August 8, 1964) was the wife of Boston Mayor John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald. Their eldest daughter of Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald was the wife of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr. and mother of World War II casualty Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr., President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Senator Robert Francis Kennedy, and longtime Senator Edward Moore Kennedy. As of February 2014, she is the only person who has lived to see a grandchild become president of the United States.
Mary Josephine Hannon was born on Halloween Day 1865 in Acton, Massachusetts to Irish immigrants Michael Hannon (1832–1900) and Mary Ann Fitzgerald (1834–1904), both from County Limerick. She was the sixth of nine children, only six of whom survived past childhood. One brother, Edmund (1859–1865), died of fever at the age of six, while Josie's mother was pregnant with her; eldest brother John (1855–1861) died of a lung inflammation. Two brothers, Michael Jr. (1860–1881) and James (1863–1889), died early of alcoholism, while her youngest brother, John Edmund (1877–1951), had his leg crushed by a train at age thirteen. The youngest girl, Lizzie (1869–1873), drowned with her best friend while Josie was supposed to be caring for them, an event that would mark her and her two surviving sisters, Ellen Augusta (1857–1928) and Emily (1867–1931), for the rest of their lives.
On September 18, 1889, she married her second cousin John Francis Fitzgerald. He was a son of Thomas Fitzgerald and Rosanna Cox. They were married until his death on October 2, 1950, Josie died on August 8, 1964. Her death came 9 months after the assassination of her grandson President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
|Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald||July 22, 1890||January 22, 1995||104 years||Married on October 7, 1914, to Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr.; had nine children: Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr., John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Rose Marie Kennedy, Kathleen Agnes Kennedy, Eunice Mary Kennedy, Patricia Helen Kennedy, Robert Francis Kennedy, Jean Ann Kennedy, and Edward Moore Kennedy.|
|Mary Agnes Fitzgerald||November 1, 1892||September 17, 1936||43 years||Married on April 29, 1929, to Joseph F. Gargan, Sr.; had three children: Joseph F. Gargan, Jr. and two younger daughters, Mary Jo Gargan and Ann Gargan.|
|Thomas Acton Fitzgerald||April 19, 1895||September 1968||73 years||Married on September 7, 1921, to Marion D. Reardon (died February 7, 1925); had one daughter: Marion Eunice Fitzgerald. Married again on October 11, 1930, to Margaret Bernice Fitzpatrick; had two children: Barbara Ann Fitzgerald and Thomas Acton Fitzgerald, Jr..|
|John Francis Fitzgerald, Jr.||December 7, 1897||April 1979||81 years||Married on April 28, 1928, to Catherine O'Hearn; had three sons: John Francis Fitzgerald III, Robert P. Fitzgerald, and Fred Fitzgerald.|
|Eunice Fitzgerald||January 26, 1900||September 25, 1923||23 years||Never married or had children|
|Frederick Hannon Fitzgerald||December 3, 1904||February 1935||30 years||Married on October 26, 1929, to Rosalind Miller; had one son: Frederick Hannon Fitzgerald, Jr..|