The Bliss home in England.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
John Blysse (1550-1636) of
m. Alice Smith (1565-1625). They settled
in Preston Parva, Belstone, England . This
was but a hamlet, about 5 miles south of Daventry, which was considered a
market town. John was a blacksmith, along with his two sons, Thomas and George. Northamptonshire,
Thomas married Dorothy Wheatley, Nov. 22 1614 at
Holy Cross Church in Daventry, . Thomas and Dorothy Bliss had seven children,
all born in Northamptonshire, England England. Somewhere c. 1630-1632, a Dorothy Bliss died
and another record shows Thomas Bliss married to an Abigail Southam in 1633, in
. Here the confusion
multiplies. Thomas and his children emigrated to the colonies c. 1638. There is never any sign of a wife named
Abigail in the colonies. Also, the Dorothy Bliss who died c. 1630 is not
identified as the wife of Thomas, or anyone else. Furthermore, a Dorothy Bliss
did die in Rehoboth MA around 1645. There was another Thomas Bliss living in
the colonies at the same time. He is the
Thomas Bliss who moved on to CT and, over time, the records for the two men
became entwined. Daventry, England
For the purposes of this blog, Thomas Bliss of Rehoboth MA and his wife Dorothy Wheatley, will receive the focus. It is based on the premise that Thomas and Dorothy were in Rehoboth and that this Thomas did not marry a woman named Abigail. Dorothy’s parents were Frank Wheatley and Mary Fiennes of Tingsboro,
. Somerset, England
Mary Fiennes has long been a thorn in the investigative side of family researchers and genealogists. It is claimed she is the illegitimate daughter of Gregory Fiennes, 10th Baron Dacre. He was a 2nd cousin of Anne Boleyn and a 5x gt. grandson of King Edward III (Plantagenet), through John of Gaunt. He was also, twice, a 6x gt. grandson of King Edward III, also through John of Gaunt, but different lines. He married Anne Sackville, a formidable woman with an imperious and dominating disposition. Anne was also a 1st cousin to Anne Boleyn and served as a maid-of-honor to Queen Elizabeth I. She and Gregory had but one child, a daughter, who died as a young child. When Gregory died in 1594, his Will made no mention of an illegitimate daughter. His titles and estates went to his sister Margaret, indicating that he had no issue to inherit. I have read dozens of reports on this by reliable researchers and some not so reliable. The bottom line for some is that Mary Fiennes couldn’t possibly be his daughter, legitimate or otherwise, because she wasn’t mentioned in his will or acknowledged in any other way. Because of this, many insist she is from another family line. Because there is no written record is definitely important, but that doesn’t mean Gregory was not Mary’s father.
Let me offer a possible scenario. In a day and age when really large families were the norm, there was only one child in this marriage. If his wife, Anne, was that formidable, it’s easy to speculate that he had a dalliance elsewhere. If Mary was the result of that event, then it would put Gregory in a difficult position. He wouldn’t want his wife to discover this. But let’s say she did and there was hell to pay. Perhaps he settled some money on Mary’s mother and then to keep his wife under control (remember she had Queen Elizabeth’s ear) he promised to never acknowledge the child. The mother could have given the child her maiden name and none would be the wiser, but Mary used the Fiennes name. Anne Sackville Fiennes died a little more than a year after Gregory. Perhaps after that, Mary’s mother felt there was nothing to fear in allowing the child to use her father’s name. After all, she hadn’t inherited anything and wasn’t claiming anything.
The point of all this is – we’ll never know unless someone unearths information about the woman who was Mary’s mother. We don’t even know where she came from. She could have been a servant at home or at court. She could have been just about anybody, so where to look is a giant hay stack.
While I am on this particular topic, I am compelled to relate how absolutely astounded I am at the complete and utter rudeness of some people when they are answering questions on forums and elsewhere. These are not your dual and triple degreed history divas, but people who seem to think they have all the answers. When family researchers, seeking information to help them with their confusion on an issue ask questions, they don’t deserve the high handed, snotty/snooty replies they get. The problem being that the replies are often from people who want to sound like experts but end up looking like dopes. For instance, on one forum, a woman wrote about Mary Fiennes wondering if there was any new information about her connection to Gregory Fiennes. One reply was she should be doing her own research and not expect someone else to do it for her and another was – “it was 400 years ago, who cares?” Really?? There’s no excuse for this kind of behavior. Generally speaking, over the years I have found the most wonderful and helpful people while doing research. Everyone has been generous with their help and their knowledge. These other types are simply dorks. My rant for the day!!
A Bliss home in Rehoboth, MA
Descent from Mary Fiennes and Frank Wheatley:
Mary Fiennes m. Frank Wheatley
Thomas Bliss m. Dorothy Wheatley
Jonathan Bliss m. Miriam Harmon
Martha Bliss m. Nathaniel Toogood
Anne Toogood m. John Finney
Nathaniel Finney m. Hannah Wood
Anne Finney m.
George Buck m. Phebe Palmer
Catherine Buck m. Edward Cole
Rebecca Cole m. Alexander Chambers
Alvina Chambers m. Patrick John Broderick My grandparents
The Antiquary, Vol. 17, p. 48-49
School, Henry P. Maskell, London. 1904
Genealogy of the Wheatley or Wheatleigh Family; A History of the Family in
and America, Hannibal Wheatley, 1902
Saturday, December 27, 2014
I have long been curious about the Russell family who arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony around 1640. John Russell, Sr. and his wife Elizabeth (nee unknown) settled in the area that had been formerly called
. In May 1640, the residents of Charlestown Village applied for and received
additional lands to the west, thus accommodating the growing agricultural needs
of the community. It is said that this village changed it’s name to Charlestown Village Woburn, in honor of . The
curious thing is that Woburn,
England Woburn, England is the family seat of the
Russell family, the Dukes of Bedford.
The first Earl of Bedford,
John Russell, 1547, was given the former Cistercian Monks’ Abbey for his home,
now called Woburn Abbey, by King Henry VIII.
From all the sources I have read, I can find no connection between John
Russell, immigrant, and the Russell family, Dukes of Bedford. The relatively close, geographical locations
of the two families suggests that there may have been a familial connection but
it is not recorded and, if so, is lost to the mists of time.
(First Burial Ground, Woburn, MA)
Over time, the name has seen many variations of spellings, such as: du Rozel, Rossel, Rossell, Rowsell, Rozel, Rusell, Rusels, Russel, Russell, Russells. If you are looking into the Russell family, be sure to include all spellings in your research.
Records show that John Russell married again on May 13 1645 in
to Elizabeth Baker. They had at least one child, Mary Russell, b.
1645/46 in Woburn
MA . This would suggest that she was born in
the area that would become known as Charlestown, MA ,
when the community changed its name. Woburn
Mary Russell m. Timothy Brooks, the s/o Henry Brooks and an unknown wife. They moved to
Swansea MA with the
Baptists and then on to . Timothy became a minister and
moved to NJ about 1687, where he kept his own congregation. He was known as a
sweet and loving man. He and Mary had 12 children. Mary died in 1680 so she
didn’t make the move to NJ with her family. Cohansey
(Coles River, Swansea, MA)
Their daughter, Rebecca Brooks, was born about 1679. She married Melatiah Martin, s/o John and Joanna Esten Martin. He was an ordained Deacon in the Second Baptist Church of Swansea, MA. They had 8 children. Descent is through their daughter Keziah Martin and her husband, William Wood.
a.) Keziah Martin (1697-1753) m. 1716 William Wood (1693-?)
b.) Hannah Wood (1720-1756) m. 1740 Nathaniel Finney (1720-1809)
c.) Anne Finney (1747-1804) m. 1766
(1744-1804) Benjamin Tower
(1777-1822) m. 1792 Edward Buck (1763-1826) Phebe
e.) George Buck (1798-1878) m. 1820 Phebe Palmer (1801-1881)
f.) Catherine Buck (1824-1904) m. 1841 Edward Cole (1815-1897)
g.) Rebecca Cole (1854-1944) m. 1878 Alexander Chambers (1855-1887)
h.) Alvina Chambers (1880-1970) m. 1901 Patrick John Broderick (1879-1944), my maternal grandparents
(Palmers River, Rehoboth, MA)
Another stumbling block for this region is there are so many cemeteries. Most of them are small, family plots that had been associated with a home or farm. Many are overgrown and the stones are difficult to read. I’ve provided a link to the
web site for any
who are interested. Bristol County
An Account of Some of the Descendants of John Russell, The Emigrant, Gurdon
LLD, 1910 Russell, MD
A History of
Woburn, , Samuel Sewall, MA, 1868 Middlesex County, Mass.
Historic and Architectural Resources of
Island Historical Preservation Commission
Monday, November 24, 2014
Richard Bowen’s ancestry is still a highly contested issue. So far, it appears his father might have been Thomas Bowen of Kettle Hill in
researchers, far better than I, also claim Richard’s father to be James Bowen.
I have tried to puzzle through all the arguments and find myself no closer to
any solution. But I do have an opinion.
The Welsh, in accordance with the times, had no surnames. They used a
patronymic system which indicated you were the son or daughter of the male
adult in the family. They used the
prefixes, ab, ap, verch, and ferch,
most commonly, to designate the names of the children in a family.
Thus, a man named Rhys (Rice) would have a son, let’s say John ap Rhys and a daughter, Joan verch Rhys. Eventually, John’s name became Price and the daughter married and changed her name to her husband’s. Another example is ap Harry, which years later became the surname Perry. A name such as ap Richard became Pritchard. In the same way, ab was used to show a son. The National hero of
is Owain Glyndwyr. Many a male child was named Owain or Owen in honor of this
man. So a male child of Owen would be ab Owen or eventually, Bowen. There are
many variations on the spellings of the surnames that evolved. If you are
looking for a Welsh surname, check every possible form of the spelling. They
can differ remarkably, even within the same family branch.
This most likely resulted in a large number of people with the surname Bowen who may or may not have been related to each other. They also tended to use the same given names over and over, causing generational and lateral blurring. When there were five sons in a family and they all married and used the same given names for their sons, John, Richard, James, Thomas, William, etc., it all becomes really difficult to determine which John Bowen was the son of which one of the brothers.
Therefore, at this point, I will grant that Richard Bowen was born in
that he immigrated to the colonies and that his father is unknown to me. He was
b. about 1590 in Wales,
perhaps Glamorganshire, and d. Feb. 4 1675 in .
His first wife is unknown, although many claim it was Anne Bourne who was from Rehoboth, MA Swansea, Wales.
However this marriage and an elaborate ancestry which was all 19th
century fabrication has been debunked, by TAG Vol. 76 p. 263 (2001). It is
believed that all of his children were by his first wife. His 2nd
wife was Elizabeth (nee unknown) March, widow of George Marsh. Some have said
her maiden name was Rey or Key. Richard and his first wife and children were
briefly reported to have been in Weymouth
before striking out for Rehoboth.
He was present on Jun 21 1644, in Rehoboth, when woodland divisions were granted to 58 men, but no actual date of immigration has been found.
His children were:
Sarah (1623-bef 1673) m. Robert Fuller
Thomas (1625-1663) m. Elizabeth Brewster
Ruth (1627-1688) m. Leverich Kendrick
2 Obadiah (1627-1710) m. Mary Clifton
2 Obadiah Bowen (1623-1710) m. 1651 Mary
Clifton – 15 children
3 Obadiah (1651-1699) m. 1677 Abigail Bullock
Mary (1653-1678) m. Isaac Allen
Sarah (1654-1703) m. 1672 John Savage
Jacob (1656 -?)
*Samuel (1659-1728) m. 1684
Joseph (1662-1727 m. 1683
Thomas (1664-1743) m. 1689 Thankful Mason
*Hannah (1665-1715) m. 1685 Timothy Brooks
Sarah (1668-?) m. 1686 James Abell
Isaac (1674-1706) m. 1698 Hanna
*Samuel and his family moved to
*Hannah married Rev. Timothy Brooks who moved with some of his congregation to Cohansey, NJ .
Both Samuel Bowen and Timothy Brooks died there. Hannah Bowen Brooks is said to
have died in Cohansey, NJ . Bowentown, NJ
3 Obadiah and Abigail Bullock Bowen
If the Bowen origins are clouded in the distant past records, then so too are the records of the Bullocks. Abigail’s father is recorded as Richard Bullock of Rehoboth MA, but there ends any certainty. It appears there were several contemporaries by the name of Richard Bullock. The greatest amount of energy has been directed to connecting Richard Bullock to Elizabeth Ingraham, a descendant of Sir Arthur Ingraham. I believe this is driven by Sir Arthur’s connection to Royalty. So far I have found no evidence that will support this. What I have found is vastly inconsistent dates, which makes everything fall apart. So, again on this family name I take the stand of not knowing what is correct so will refrain from offering something that would most likely prove to be incorrect.
Children of Obadiah and Abigail Bullock Bowen:
4 James (1680-1738) m. 1703
Hezekiah (1682-1751) m. 1706 Elizabeth Randall
Mary (1684-?) m. 1710 John Bush
Abigail (1688-1710) m.1701 Benjamin Fiske
Daniel (1689-1737) m. 1716 Priscilla Vinton
Aaron (1691-1774) m. 1717 Experience Whitaker
Sarah (1693-?) m. Martyn Luther
Nathan (1698-1776) m. Mary Boden
The Garnzey family seems to have originated in
. Yet after many attempts to
get a straight forward idea of when the family arrived in the colonies has only
resulted in a head spinning event. From birthdates that had a range of 50 years
(for just one person) to one woman living to be 123 years old and another who
married both her husband and her son, I have given up on finding anything that
is remotely worth reporting on the ancestry of Elizabeth Garnzry. Somersetshire, England
4 The children of James and Elizabeth Garnzey Bowen:
Lydiah (1704-1747) m. 1724 Squire Wheeler
(c.1705-1755) m. 1726 Jonathan Cole
Obadiah (1706-?) m. c 1731 Barbara Martin
Tabitha (1710-?) m. c, 1731 Daniel
Mary (1713-?) m. 1733 Thomas Wilbur
5. Elizabeth Bowen and Jonathan Cole
6. Abigail Martin and Jonathan Cole
7. Margaret Wade and Ebenezer Cole
8. Catherine Buck and Edward Cole
9. Rebecca Cole and Alexander Chambers
10. Alvina Chambers and Patrick John Broderick
A History of Rehoboth, Rev. George Tilton, 1918
Find a Grave
Historical Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Ellery Bicknell Crane,
Worcester Historical Museum
The Visitation of the
in the Year 1623 county of Somerset
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I have encountered many unusual medical terms explaining ‘cause of death.’ Some of them I could figure out but others, I just wasn’t sure of. Obviously many of the same conditions exist today but with all of the modern scientific approaches to medicines they been granted more appropriate and understandable names. I thought it might be helpful for others who are doing their family research for me to list some of the ‘curious’ ones I have come across. They had heart disease, still born babies. blue babies, TB, diphtheria and even suicides. What I didn’t find much of was measles, scarlet fever or cancer. When I find the death record of an ancestor, it is usually on a page with 25-30 other names. I have chosen some of the more unusual ones from death records in
Boston in the 1875-1885 era.
Apoplexy – This appears to be what we today call a stroke.
Cholera Infantum – Infants seemed to be the most effected by this with uncontrollable diarrhea and then collapse. This seemed to be associated with hot weather and large cities.
Compression of Brain – This is apparently when the brain swells after an injury
Congestion of liver – Probably what we know as cirrhosis of the liver
Consumption of Bowels – tuberculosis of the intestinal tract
Inanition – the quality of being empty. I would guess starving, maybe due to not being able to keep food down.
Marasmas – generally a wasting away due to a feeble condition, not really attributed to any specific cause. Saw this recorded for quite a few babies
Mitral Regurgitation – the mitral heart value doesn’t close completely, allowing blood to flow back into the heart, causing the heart to work less efficiently
Paralysing Heart – pretty much what it sounds like – a heart that no longer has any function
Parturition Septicaemia – infection during child birth
Pericarditis – inflammation of the sac around the heat due to either a virus or bacteria, with chest pain
Phthisis Pulmanitis – A wasting away of the lungs, better known as consumption or tuberculosis
Supperating glands – swollen glands that begin to discharge fluids or pus
Teething – the closest I can find on this is that teething caused severe diarrhea which, in turn, caused debilitation
Traumatic peritonitis – traumatic meaning injury, inflammation of the lining of the abdomen usually caused by bacteria or fungi
Tuberculosis – in general, this disease could effect any organ, where the symptoms might vary but the result would still be the same.
Tubercular Meningitis – An inflammation of the membranes of the brain, in this case caused by tuberculosis.
Typhoid – an infectious disease introduced with food or water causing inflammation of mucous membranes, in this case the bowels, and enlargement of the spleen and glands
Merriam Webster Dictionary
Monday, October 6, 2014
Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick have moved from East Boston to
and are found there in 1892, living at Lynn, MA 17 Sea St. The
census reports have said they had 8 children but only three of them survived.
Their oldest surviving son and child is Patrick John (Jack) Broderick, my
grandfather. He was raised in the Catholic Church of the day and attended
parochial school in Lynn.
When he was old enough, he became a Baggage Master on the B. R.B. and L.
railroad, better known as the Narrow Gauge.
Matthew’s younger sister, Catherine Broderick O’Brien, died in 1898 from renal failure. She was living at
17 Hudson St., which today, is in the
heart of Chinatown in Boston.
She was called a washerwoman. Of her
children, all is that is known is Catherine, the oldest, was living with her
mother at the time of her mother’s death. She was a waitress. She married
Hermann Dittrich, who was a cook, in Jan. 1899. Sadly, Catherine O’Brien
Dittrich died before 1900. No death record can be found for her and nothing
more is known of a brother, Martin O’Brien.
1900 – Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick are living at
17 Sea St. in .
The census states that they adopted Michael O’Brien, age 12, s/o Catherine Broderick O’Brien, widow,
deceased, Matthew’s sister. Lynn, MA
Patrick Joseph Broderick, s/o Lawrence (deceased) and Catherine Jordan Broderick, married Anna L. Murray, from
on Nov. 29 1900, in . Hyde Park, MA
1901 – Patrick H. Burke s/o Patrick and Mary Broderick Burke, married Mary Agnes McGuire, from Steeltown PA, in
on Jun 27 1901. Hyde Park,
Patrick John Broderick, s/o Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick, married Alvina May Chambers from
MA, on Nov 1, 1901, in . Winthrop,
Michael H. Burke, s/o Patrick and Mary Broderick Burke, married Catherine Finnerty on Nov 20 1901 in
Hyde Park, MA
1902 – Mary Thelma Burke, d/o Patrick and Mary Agnes McGuire Burke, b. Feb 2 1902 in
. Hyde Park, MA
Marion Alberta Broderick, d/ Patrick John (Jack) and Alvina Chambers Broderick, b. Feb 28, 1902, in
. Winthrop, MA
1903 – Mary Elizabeth Broderick, d/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Feb 25, 1903 in Hyde Park, MA
John Edward Burke, s/o Michael and Catherine Finnerty Burke, b. Mar 9 1903 in
. Hyde Park, MA
Mary Ellen Broderick, d/o Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick, married Lawrence (Larry) Keating in
Oct. 29 1903. Lynn, MA
1904 – Margaret Ethel Burke, d/o Patrick H. and Mary Agnes McGuire Burke, b. Jan. 1904, in
. Hyde Park, MA
Mary Agnes Keating, d/o
Lawrence and Mary Ellen Broderick
Keating, b. Dec. 1904, in Lynn,
1905 – Mary Agnes Keating, d/o
and Mary Ellen Broderick Keating, d. May 16 1905, in .
Death certificate says COD was tubercular meningitis. Lynn, MA
Margaret Ethel Burke, d/o Patrick H. and Mary Agnes McGuire Burke, d. Aug 21 1905, in
. COD was fermental diarrhea. Hyde Park, MA
Raymond Eugene Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Oct 24 1905, in
Hyde Park, MA
1906 – Thomas Henry Burke, s/o Michael and Catherine Finnerty Burke, b. Jan 2, 1906 in Hyde, Park, MA.
Raymond Eugene Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, d. Aug 15, 1906, in
COD on death certificate states
meningitis and whooping cough. Hyde Park, MA
Ruth Eileen Broderick, d/o Patrick John (Jack) and Alvina Chambers Broderick, b. Sep 5 1906, in
Joseph Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Oct 5 1906 in
. Hyde Park, MA
1908 – Agnes May Burke, d/o Patrick and Agnes McGuire Burke, b. May 15 1908 in
1909 – Lawrence Broderick, s/o Lawrence and Catherine Jordan Broderick, married Catherine Lehane on Jan 20 1909, in
. Hyde Park, MA
Lillian Adelaide Keating, d/o Larry and Mary Ellen Broderick Keating, b. Apr 10, 1909, in
Edward Joseph Burke, s/o Michael and Catherine Finnerty Burke, b. Jun 24 1909, in
Anna Broderick, d/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. 1909, in
. Hyde Park, MA
1910 – Mary Broderick, d/o
and Catherine Lehane Broderick, b. Jan 2 1910, in Hyde Park, MA
John Aloysius Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Jul 27 1910, in
Hyde Park, MA
At the beginning of this decade, when Patrick John (Jack) Broderick married Alvina Chambers, it set into motion circumstances that would last for nearly 100 years. To a devout Irish Catholic family, Jack Broderick did the unthinkable and unforgivable act of marrying outside the Catholic faith. Alvina Chambers was a Baptist and – according to the church of the day – it was a sin for him to marry her. His mother Bridget Sheehan Broderick disowned him. The family church in
MA, possibly St. Joseph’s, saw fit to excommunicate him
and condemn his soul to hell from the pulpit, one Sunday morning. To the best
of anyone’s knowledge he neither saw nor spoke to his mother ever again. While
she lived, no other member of the family was known to contact him. Bridget
Sheehan Broderick died in 1912 and the family began to mend itself. However,
bitterness toward the church remained a big part of my grandfather’s life. His
children could have Catholic friends but they must never set foot in a Catholic
church. My mother was the second of his three children. We had many long talks
about the family and what she remembered. It is my belief that she never knew
she had Broderick, Burke and O’Brien cousins. Perhaps they just didn’t keep in
touch, since Lynn and Winthrop were a fair distance from Hyde
Park. However, I also believe that my grandfather put all his Hyde Park relatives in a closet and shut the door, since
it’s fairly certain he never mentioned them. His father, sister and her family
all became frequent visitors to Jack’s home but it’s fairly certain that his
younger brother Lawrence never reconciled with him. My mother knew very little
about him, only that he lived in Lynn.
I’m not sure she ever met him. It wasn’t until the 1990’s when I spent some
time at the MA Archives that I discovered my grandfather was not the oldest child
in his family. This self-inflicted brick wall of my gt. grandmother’s,
beginning in 1901, was finally torn down.
Broderick Graves in Winthrop MA
As always, I would be delighted to hear from anyone who is connected to any of the people mentioned in the Broderick blogs.
Census records 1900 and 1910
Birth and Death Records and Certificates
American Medicine, Vol. 7, p. 738, 1904
And an apology – it was noted after the fact that my sources didn’t get attached to my previous blog on the Brodericks. They were:
Census records 1900
Birth and Death Records and Certificates
Friday, September 26, 2014
At the end of the 1870’s, major changes had happened to the family.
Lawrence had lost his life in a foolish
dispute fueled by alcohol and had been buried in Mount Calvary Cem., in .
His wife Catherine Jordan Broderick was left with three small children, ages 4,
2 and 6 months. This must have been a difficult time for her as I’m sure there
was no insurance payment to help smooth the way. However, the 1880 census shows that the
Broderick matriarch had immigrated and was now living with her dead son’s
family. Unfortunately, this census doesn’t give the year of immigration so
there is no way to be sure which of the many Catherine Brodericks, who entered
the country, she is. It also shows that living in this household is a Catherine
Fitzgerald who was 69 and a town pauper. Perhaps she received some stipend from
the town to care for this woman. Catherine Jordan Broderick was employed at a
hair factory, which doesn’t sound like a pleasant place to be. Hyde Park, MA
1880 – Catherine Boyle Broderick is living with her daughter-in-law, Catherine
Jordan Broderick and her children, in . Hyde Park, MA
Matthew and Bridget Broderick were living at
Everett St. in . He was a railroad worker. East Boston,
Catherine Broderick and Michael O’Brien were living at
164 Everett St.,
East Boston, MA. Michael was a laborer.
Mary Broderick and Patrick O’Brien were living in
He was a stone mason.
Mary Broderick O’Brien d. Aug. 10, 1880, from dysentery. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cem.,
She left behind her husband and 6 sons. Hyde Park, MA
At the end of the year, 1880, of the five Broderick siblings who had immigrated, only three were still living, the oldest, Michael, and the two youngest, Matthew and Catherine Broderick O’Brien. Nothing much has been found about Michael.
1881 – Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick were living on
St., East Boston, MA
Patrick J. O’Brien, son of Catherine Broderick and Michael O’Brien was b. in April 1881.
Mary Ellen Broderick, daughter of Matthew and Bridgeet Sheehan Broderick was b. May 10, 1881, in
Matthew Broderick, son of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick d. Aug. 13 1881 from dysentery, in
East Boston. He was buried in Mt. Calvary
Cem., . Hyde Park, MA
Michael Broderick purchased a cemetery plot in
Calvary, and had his brother, Lawrence, moved to
the new location. Dec. 22 1881 Hyde Park, MA
Part of downtown Hyde Park, MA
1884 – Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick were living at
653 Saratoga St., East Boston, MA.
Catherine Broderick, daughter of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick was b. Sep 22 1884 and she d. Sep. 24, 1884 from pulmonary collapse. She was buried in Mt. Calvary Cem.,
. Hyde Park, MA
1885 - Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick were living at
621 Saratoga St.,
East Boston, MA
Catherine Boyle Broderick d. Jul 10 1885, at age 67, from pericarditis, in
. She was
buried with her son Lawrence in Hyde
Park, MA Cem. Mt.
Calvary . Hyde Park, MA
Katie, daughter of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick was b. Dec. 27, 1885 and d. Dec 28 1885 of cyanosis, in
She was buried with her sister
and brother in Mt. Calvary Cem., East Boston MA . Hyde
1886 – Martin O’Brien was b. Dec 14 1886 in
. Boston, MA
Joseph Broderick b. Jan 3 1887 at 621 Saratoga St.,
East Boston, MA.
He was the son of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick.
1888 – Michael O’Brien b. Jun 17 1888 in
He was the son of Michael and Catherine Broderick O’Brien. Charlestown, MA
Michael O’Brien (Sr.) d. Sep 11, 1888 of peritonitis. He was living at
1204 Tremont St., Boston MA
at the time of his death.
East Boston, MA Piers Park
At this point all known facts for this decade come to an end. Since there is no 1890 Federal census to refer to, the movements of the family are unknown until 1892 when we find Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick living at
St. in and they remained there until
1899. We do know that Matthew continued
to work for the railroad and became an engineer in charge of laying out the
tracks for the B. R. B. & L. ( Lynn,
MA Boston, Revere Beach
and Lynn) railroad as it made a loop through Winthrop. It is also known that my
grandfather Patrick John Broderick, who used the name Jack, attended a
parochial school associated with St. Joseph’s
Church in . Sometime after his brother Lynn, MA Lawrence was b. in 1887, they moved from East Boston to Lynn.
Overhead view of Lynn, MA
At the end of the 1890’s comes the personal brick wall established by my gt. grandmother Bridget Sheehan Broderick. It has taken the better part of 30 years to unfold the information presented in this and the first blog, on this family.
Suffice it to say, the turn of the century brought out hard feelings that lasted for many years.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
My Irish immigrant family has long been an enigma. Not only are there brick walls created by time, distance and availability of records, but there are personal brick walls as well. Over the last 10 – 15 years, little by little, some of the personal brick walls have been chipped away. I use the word “personal” for want of a better way to describe something that was caused by an earlier member of the family for religious reasons. But I get ahead of myself. I’ll start with what is known and hope that it might generate new and different avenues of research.
In or near Loughrea,
were several families of Brodericks. There is currently no information, that
I’ve been able to find, as to whether or not they were related. They all had
the same given names, which only adds to the confusion. However, it is believed
that a Patrick Broderick married Hanora Martin and that one of their offspring
was a son, another Patrick Broderick. This Patrick married Catherine Boyle,
daughter of Joseph and Catherine Boyle. Nothing has been discovered yet about
this Boyle family. It is uncertain if they came from Galway,
Patrick and Catherine had 9 children, according to baptism records. Five of those children immigrated to the
but apparently not all at the same time. One of their children died young but there
seems to be no information on the remaining children - John, Bridget and James.
Four of them ended up in Hyde Park MA, a bastion of Irish immigrants. It seems
likely that they settled there because other relatives lived there also, but no
proof of this theory has been found. There were other Brodericks in Hyde Park, so anything is possible.
The eldest was Michael and he seems to have taken up residence in
Boston and was living in Cambridge when he died in
1909. No marriage information has been found and his death certificate stated
he was single.
Lawrence, Mary, Matthew and Catherine Broderick also immigrated, at different times, but settled in Hyde Park MAl. All four were settled there by 1870 and the following time line shows how the decade from 1870-1880 unfolded for them. Except where noted, all events take place in Hyde Park MA.
1870 – 1880
As 1870 began:
1870 – Lawrence Broderick living at Hyde Park MA with his cousin Michael
Jordan. Lawrence was a laborer in
1871 – A quiet year
1872 - Lawrence Broderick married Catherine Jordan, his cousin, Apr 30 1872
Mary Broderick married Patrick Burke, Aug 22 1872
1873 – John Edward Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Jun 1, 1873
1874 – Patrick H. Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Jun 13 1874
Mathew Broderick married Bridget Sheehan, Sep 3 1874
1875 – Patrick Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), b. Jun 22 1875
Michael Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Aug 5 1875
Patrick Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), d. Aug 7 1875 COD Cholera
Catherine Broderick (d/o Catherine Jordan and
Lawrence Broderick), b. 1875
Catherine Broderick married Michael O’Brien Oct 12 1875
1876 – Martin Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Aug 1876
Matthew Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), b. Sep 28 1876
1877 – Patrick Joseph Broderick (s/o Catherine Jordan and
Lawrence Broderick), b. Mar 18 1877
Edward Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick O’Brien), b. Sep 1877
Catherine O’Brien (d/o Catherine Broderick and Michael O’Brien), b. 1877
1878 – Another quiet year
1879 – Patrick John Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), b. Feb 23 1879, in
Thomas Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Dec 9 1879
Matthew Broderick was living on
Ave. in Dorchester MA at the time of his son’s birth and was
working for the Railroad.
Lawrence Broderick, at the time of his death, was also working for the Railroad.
Over the course of ten years, all four Broderick immigrants were married. Mary Broderick Burke gave birth to six boys. Matthew and Bridget Broderick had three boys, but the oldest son died. Catherine Broderick O’Brien had one daughter. Lawrence and Catherine Broderick had three children.
Lawrence Broderick met his untimely end, suddenly, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1879, in the evening,
went to a boot repair shop to check on his boots. An altercation ensued between
Lawrence and Mrs. Margaret Gibbons, the owner’s wife. Witnesses stated that
both parties had been drinking. Mrs. Gibbons apparently said something Mr.
Broderick took offense to and he slapped her. She retaliated by grabbing a shoe
knife and then lunging at him, stabbing him in the abdomen. She also lunged at
his nose, slicing it and the upper lip to the bone. Lawrence staggered out and was then carried
to his home at the corner of Central
Park Ave. and Winter St. He was attended by a
physician who stated that the wound would most likely be fatal. The Chief of
Police arrested Mrs. Gibbons who didn’t deny the attack and stated she wished
she had struck his heart.
The hearing that was held brought forth several conflicting stories. Mrs. Gibbons maintained that she was struck 2 or 3 times and that the knife was not hers. She claimed she acted in self defense. Broderick claimed he never struck her. Mrs. Gibbons couldn’t post bail so was held over in the
Dedham jail for Grand
Jury in September. Lawrence Broderick was still alive but in poor condition.
Lawrence Broderick died Tues., Aug 26, 1879. Mrs. Gibbons was still being held in the
jail and the Medical Examiner will hold an inquest.
The autopsy of Lawrence Broderick showed that his small intestine had been punctured by a knife and the resulting infection led to the man’s death.
Margaret Gibbons was acquitted of the charge of manslaughter in the Broderick case. In Sept 1880, Margaret Gibbons was found guilty of assault on a Mr. Kelly and was sentenced to two years in the house of corrections.
Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Worcester Daily Spy
Boston Daily Advertiser
Memorials of Hyde Park