Monday, March 21, 2016

52 Ancestors No. 52: The Broderick-Knapp Family Photographs

My first cousin (2x removed) Mary Amelia "Geraldine" Broderick was born on the 4th of December 1908 in Canard River, Ontario the daughter of Leo William Broderick (1879-1920) and Claire (Gignac) Broderick (1882-1973). Leo Broderick was engaged in farming at the time of her birth (Source: Ontario, Canada, Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1747-1967) . Her father Leo would later become a detective in Windsor Ontario

Geraldine's Parents
 Leo William Broderick (1879-1920) 
and Claire (Gignac) Broderick (1882-1973)

Mary Amelia "Geraldine" Broderick (1908-1974)
Photo (c 1925); Source: Detroit Border Crossings 1905-1963

I located a border crossing card for her that said she worked at the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit in the mid to late 1920's

The Book-Cadillac Hotel in the 1920s
Source: The Burton Collection; Detroit Public Library


I found pictures of Geraldine in the Border Cities Star at the Annual Haverhill Club Holiday Dance. She is with her sister Madge Broderick and future brother-in-law Johnny E. Murray.

At 24 years of age, Geraldine married Thomas C. Knapp at the Immaculate Conception church in Windsor, Ontario

As far as I know, Geraldine and Thomas Knapp had only one daughter pictured below.

Geraldine (Broderick) Knapp and daughter "Gerry" (c1940)

 In 1946, when her sister Margaret (Broderick) Hogan died, her obituary stated that Geraldine was living in Nomoka, Indiana.

Windsor Daily Star - Nov 11, 1946

When Geraldine's mother Claire (Gignac) Broderick died in August 1973, her obituary stated that Geraldine was then living in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Mary Amelia "Geraldine" (Broderick) died aged 65 years at Lighthouse Point, Broward, Florida, USA and her husband Thomas Cassius Knapp died there in 2003 at 95 years of age. (Source: Social Security info)

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