|Mary O'Hearn Broderick Lennon, page 3|
|Thomas and Mary Broderick had two more daughters that we know of: Ellen, called Nellie, born about 1865, and Delia, the youngest, born about 1867. The age range of the girls we know of leaves gaps for the four "missing" children, but who they were and what happened to them remains a mystery.
Another mystery is the cause and date of death of Mary's first husband, Thomas Broderick. He is buried in the lot next to daughter Delia in St. James Cemetery, Rising Sun, but the tombstone is not intact enough to gather information about his date of death. Given the date of Mary's second marriage (1868), Delia, born around 1867, must have been very young at the time of her father's death.
Mary O'Hearn was married for the second time on November 22, 1868 at St. James Catholic Church in Rising Sun, Wisconsin. Her husband, Patrick Lennon, was a widower who had been left to care for a very young family by the death of his first wife, Ellen Keating Lennon, in 1862. Ellen reportedly died in childbirth along with the child she was bearing and left behind five children, the youngest not quite two years old. Ellen's two sisters in Fort Dodge, Iowa took in the younger children to help Patrick with the challenge of raising a family alone.
Together Patrick Lennon and Mary O'Hearn Lennon had two more children: Patrick "Pat" Lennon, Jr. was born about 1869-70 and his sister Margaret "Maggie" Lennon, our informant's great grandmother, was born in 1871. Although Mary moved to Patrick Lennon's farm after her marriage, census records indicate that her daughters stayed behind in Vernon county, either living with their uncle John or hiring themselves out in a domestic capacity to other families. Patrick's children from Fort Dodge visited in the summers and beds were shuffled to accommodate all the children.
Mary Lennon was a strong advocate of education and, unlike many new immigrants to this country, could read and write English. She encouraged all of her girls to become teachers. Mary and Nellie may have taught at one time and family records support that Delia Broderick and Maggie Lennon were teachers.
In 1888, soon after leaving Crawford county, Delia sent a letter home to her brother Pat from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in which she mentioned being homesick and missing everyone. She taught near Durbin, Dakota during the 1888-89 school year. That may have been her only job far away from home since she died October ll, 1889 at the age of 22, according to her tombstone.
Delia probably went to Durban, Dakota to find employment as a teacher. Her sisters Mary and Nellie were also there, and after Delia's death, they migrated in a westerly direction with each census report and can be found in various census records in Dakota, in Spokane, Washington, and in Grays Harbor, Washington. As they made their way in the world, they engaged in a variety of occupations, and the census records suggest that they almost always lived together. Both remained single. At various times they ran a boarding house, altered women's clothes for a shop, worked at a bakery, and partnered in a restaurant.