Posted By:William B Allen
Subject:Re: Bryants of Jasper florida
Post Date:October 01, 2010 at 05:40:57
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Forum:Hamilton County, FL Genealogy Forum
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Hello Myra, (and Frank from a few months ago)

I really appreciate your reply's. I have heard about these folks and will research them more now. One more question if you don't mind. My grandmother was named Juanita Melviney Brady born supposedly March 3,1920 in jasper. Its a huge family argument about who her parents were. I wrote a bit of information here on my blog.

The story is that Juanita was not Sarah Missouri and John Brady's real daughter. I believe she is but the only record I can find is her on the 1935 Florida state census when she was 15. I am looking for any document before 1935.

Within my extended family there is debate about Juanitaís origins. Here are the competing stories.

Story # 1. Walter Lee Brady and Missouri Bryant (Bryan) are her parents. This is the official story, but we have little proof if this is true or not. Here are my thoughts on this.

We don't have a birth certificate for Juanita yet and no sign of her on the 1920 Census. Now Juanita was born supposedly March 1920 and the 1920 census was taken in January. On that census if Missouri was her mother, then she was about to have her. But the census doesn't mention if a mother is with child, so we will never know.
Juanita Tanner shows up on the 1935 Florida Census for the first time. On that census the following people are listed:

J.A Phillips 50, Missouri Phillips 52, Annie Brady 29, Frank Brady 26, Council Brady 23, Juanta Brady 15 and Corine Farabee 4.

I want to point the fact that the first 3 children of Missouriís were 3 years apart each. There is an eight year difference between Juanita and Council. Itís not impossible, but suspicious.

Story # 2. James A Phillips brought Juanita from another state were she was born to an Indian woman. Crazy, but is the most popular family story.

- William Bernard Allen