Michigan Family Trails announced that the DFP was available online from 1837 to September 2015. http://freep.newspapers.com/ I signed up immediately for the monthly subscription option for $7.95 and within minutes I had found many articles on my Detroit Moynahan ancestors.
A surprise came when I came across an article on Page 11 from the DFP on Tuesday, October 12, 1915 about my great great grandfather Martin Broderick.
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I had written about my great great grandfather Martin Broderick (1831-1915) three times before:
- Martin Broderick (1831-1915)
- 52 Ancestors # 34: Mary (Hussey) Broderick
- 52 Ancestors No.17: The Broderick "Crayon Portraits"
I had only ONE picture of him (a crayon portrait) and an obituary from the Essex Free Press (Oct 15,1915)
The Detroit Free Press had a photo I had never seen before and extra information about Martin's life that was not known to me previously.
|Source: Detroit Free Press, Page 11|
Tuesday, October 11, 1915
- "Life in the country did not suit the young Broderick, and after three years of pioneer life he became a sailor. He sailed the lakes for some years until the call for volunteers to fight against the Fenians went out."
- "For his services in the raid Mr Broderick was given a grant of land and a medal. The latter was, he considered, his most valuable possession, and until three days before his death, he was seen on the streets with the trophy pinned to his breast."
- "Mrs Broderick died two years ago, This bereavement caused the husband much sorrow, as he expected soon to celebrate their golden wedding."
- "A keen politician since the day he was given the franchise. Mr Broderick followed the fortunes of the Conservative party until his death."