|Mary O'Hearn Broderick Lennon|
|We recently were contacted by a descendent of Bridget Ahern Hogan's sister, Mary O'Hearn Broderick Lennon, and we believe there is a very good chance that Mary, pictured at left, is Bridget's twin. Our correspondent has also let us know that Mary and Bridget had two brothers, James and John O'Hearn, who settled in southwest Wisconsin along with Mary and her husband.
Mary O'Hearn, according to U.S. census records, immigrated to this country in 1850, but as yet no ships passengers list for her has been found. She was married in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio to Thomas Broderick, also an Irish immigrant, on September 25, 1852. Her name appears as a witness on the Holy Cross church record for her sister, Bridget Ahern, who married John Hogan at that church in Columbus on July 9, 1852.
|Another O'Hearn who married in Columbus that same year was James, who married his second wife, Margaret Devine, on May 25, 1852, so we can see that James, Mary, and Bridget O'Hearn all married In Columbus within a four month time span. James O'Hearn had married his first wife, Mary Fitzgerald, in Ireland in the early 1840s and the couple had had two children there. The family emigrated in 1850 and a year later Mary Fitzgerald O'Hearn died in childbirth with twins in Columbus and was buried there. Family tradition has it that Margaret Devine came over on the same ship as James O'Hearn and his first family.
This same James O'Hearn acquired land in Crawford County, Wisconsin, not far from where Mary O'Hearn Broderick and her husband Thomas settled, and for that reason we believe he is Mary and Bridget's brother "Jim" who is mentioned in Sen. Tom Hogan's letter.
Since Thomas Broderick and Mary O'Hearn married in the fall, it is likely that they stayed in Ohio at least through the winter and then made provisions in spring or thereafter to migrate to the inexpensive farmland that beckoned in Wisconsin. Mary's sister Bridget became pregnant with her first child, who she named Mary, around December of that year (1853), and that may have prevented her and John from joining the cluster of families, including her siblings, who headed west from Columbus. Or perhaps the families stayed together for a bit longer and then branched out in different directions from a later location.
Mary may also have been expecting. Little is known about her life during those early years in America. According to the 1860 federal census, Tom