HARKINS FAMILY
   M. J. FORD BIOGRAPHY from HC BRADSBY

M.J. Ford, miner and constable, Inkerman, was born March 31, 1862, in the house where he now resides, and is a son of Patrick and Margaret (Glynn) Ford, natives of County Galway, Ireland, who settled in this county in 1837, and reared a family of six children, of whom our subject is the youngest.  At the age of eight years he commenced work as a slate-picker, but in 1874, when twelve years old, he went to school, continuing until 1878.  He then commenced the study of medicine, and graduated in 1881, but the profession was not agreeing with him, he traveled to Colorado, where he engaged in mining.  In 1882 he went to Mexico, where he followed the same line of business, and in the latter part of 1883 he returned to Inkerman, where he was employed by the Pennsylvania Coal Company in his present position as a miner. 
On December 25, 1888, he was united in marriage with Miss Alice, daughter of James and Ann (Cassidy) Harkins, natives of Pennsylvania and of Irish descent. This union has been blessed with three children: Michael and Frank (twins), born October 4, 1889, and Sarah, born February 19, 1891.  In religion Mr. Ford is a Roman Catholic.  He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, of which he is county secretary, and is president of Division No. 10.  He is also a member and treasurer of the Father Mathew Cadets.  In politics he is a Democrat, and is now serving as constable of the township.
                   Hannah Harkins

Hannah Harkins was born  in 1833 in Summit Hill, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Hannah's parents were Patrick Harkins and Mary O'Boyle according to Hannah's death certificate. Patrick and Mary were both born in Ireland. Hannah is my greatgreatgrandmother, mother of Thomas Francis Devlin.Hannah died August 4, 1922 at the home of her daughter Josephine Devlin Pascoe in Pittston, PA. Hannah was buried August 7, 1922 at St. John's Cemetery in Pittston, PA

History of Summit Hill, Carbon County, PA

Hannah married Thomas Francis Devlin      October 15, 1852. Hannah and Thomas resided in Jenkins Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Children of Hannah and Thomas were: 

Children of Thomas Devlin and Hannah Harkins:
• James Devlin, born 1859 in Pennsylvania; died in PA. James lived in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, PA near Dushore.
• Thomas Francis Devlin, born 1863 in Jenkins Twp., PA; died in Pittston, PA.
• George Devlin, born 1865 in Jenkins Twp., PA.
• Josephine Devlin, born 1869 in Jenkins Twp., PA. Josephine married Joseph Pascoe and resided in Pittston, PA.
• Belinda Devlin, born 1875 in Jenkins Twp., PA.

Hannah had at least one brother, James. James married Ann Cassidy. .

           History of Harkins Surname

The surname ÓhEarcáin and Ua-hEarcáin (Ní hEarcáin = feminine form) were transliterated into English as Harkin, Harkins or Harkan and the surname plural Uí hEarcáin was transliterated as Harkins. All spellings denote descendant of Earc (or Erc) a “Sept” of Cenél nDallán.

A “Sept” refers to the same extended family as opposed to Clann (which is a grouping of different families led by a warrior leader).

As descendants of Erc or Earc, the ÓhEarcáin sept are one of the most ancient Airchinnech family of Cluain Catha (Clonca) in northwest Ireland. The family is mentioned in the life of Saint Patrick.

The name is first found in Inishowen, Donegal, where members of the family were erenaghs of Clonska, a parish near Malin Head.
      Family of James Harkins

In the 1880 census for Luzerne County, James Harkins and his wife Ann Cassidy Harkins, are found living next to Thomas Devlin and Hannah Harkins Devlin. Thomas and James were both engineers with the railroad.

James is listed as being 44 years old and Ann is 38 in 1880. James and Ann were both born in Pennsylvania. Their parents were born in Ireland.

James and Ann had the following children:

Alice 16 years
Hannah 13 year
Elizabeth 11
Frank 7 years
Boyd 5 years
Ellen 2 years

Alice married M. J. Ford.  Mr. Ford was a pallbearer at Hannah's funeral in 1922 along with Boyd Harkins, son of Hannah's brother James and her sons Thomas and George and grandsons Joseph and George.


In the 1870 census James and Ann Harkins were living in the 8th Ward of Scranton. At that time the children were Alice, Hannah and Elizabeth. The census lists the youngest as a male, Elias, one year old. However, since Elizabeth was 11 in 1880, she would have been the one year old. Perhaps her name was given as Eliza and it was misunderstood.


                       Boyd Harkins

In 1920, Boyd Harkins is found living in Scranton, PA on West Locust Street with his wife, Louise.

                      Frank Harkins

Frank is believed to have died in a mine accident in 1888 when he was 15 years old. The fatal mine accident report for that year reflects the following:

7/9/1888   FRANK HARKINS
door boy , Age 15 , Shaft 14, Jenkins Twp
Family of Michael J. and Alice Harkins Ford  Inkerman, Luzerne County, PA
In the 1900 census, MJ and Alice (Allie) are found in Inkerman with the following children:

Michael, 9
Frank, 9
Sarah, 8
Thomas, 6
Joseph, 3
Mary, 1