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.