Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

John Kissane



John Kissane was born December 25, 1810 in Ireland. His parents were John Kissane and ? Lisset Kissane. He married Mary Mahoney and she was born in Ireland in 1823. Mary's parents were James and Bridget Mary Fitzgibbens Mahoney.


John and Mary's children were:

  1. Patrick J. Kissane was born in 1853/1855 in Ireland. He married Jane Sheridan on March 8, 1886 in Tuscola County, Michigan.

  2. Edward Kissane was born July 1, 1857 in Ireland. He married Anna Sophia Otto on October 6, 1894 in Carrollton, Saginaw County, Michigan..

  3. Bridget Kissane was born in 1860 in Ireland.

  4. James Kissane was born November 10, 1861 in Ireland. He worked in many lumber mills many years, later he moved to Hibbing, Minnesota, where he was employed by the police  department for about 10 years. In 1929, he returned to Saginaw, Michigan. He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral in Saginaw, Michigan. He died April 1, 1952 and is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Lakefield Township.

  5. Nora Kissane was born July 1862 in Ireland. She married Frank Baker in 1887.

  6. John Kissane was born February 2, 1864 in Ireland. He married Elizabeth McNamara on November 30, 1905 in Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan

  7. Michael Kissane was born February 19, 1866 in Tarbet, Kerry, Ireland or March 15, 1868. He died on May 7, 1901 and is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lakefield Township.

  8. Margaret B. “Maggie” was born March 17, 1871  or February 11, 1871 in Tarbert Not, Kerry, Ireland. She married James Owen Street on November 20, 1894 in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  9. Another unknown child


John, Mary and their children came to the United States in 1873. They lived in Zilwaukee, Saginaw County, Michigan, then moved to a small farm out Bay Road in Saginaw County. In 1877, the family moved to the Thumb (Sheridan, Huron County, Michigan) where they survived the great Tuscola-Huron-Sanilac County fire which swept 60 miles in two hours destroying everything.


The Kissane's moved to Lakefield Township around 1881. John owned and operated a 40 acre farm in Section 21 on the south side of Lakefield Road between Fenmore and Meridian Roads. In 1896, their neighbors were their sons, Mike and Edward Kissane; their daughter and son-in-law, Frank and Nora Baker; William Bierd; Jeanette Parker; Charles Bow; Orin Bow; Edward Miller; Frank Glinke and Carl Mason. By 1900, John and Mary are living with their son, Michael, on Lakefield Road in Lakefield Township.


John died on June 22, 1902 in Lakefield Township. Mary died on October 3, 1907. They are both buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.




SOURCES: 1880, 1900 United States Census; Michael Kissane's birth and death record; Margaret Kissane Street's birth record; John Kissane Sr.'s death record; Find- A-Grave Website; John Kissane Jr.'s newspaper article; James Kissane's obiturary.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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