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Brady Family in Roanoke & surrounding area
Posted by: James Brady (ID *****9082) Date: February 27, 2003 at 16:00:48
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I am searching for information on John Abner (Abram,Abner, Alexander, or J A Brady (all the same person) whose wife's name was Mary. I found much of this information very early on in my research, but can't seem to get beyond this.

Abram is listed in the 1850 census as age 51 with the occupation of a miller in Surry County, N C. He is listed with his wife (age 45) and children, John (age 19 a blacksmith who married Malinda Ayers and settled around Pulaski County, Va), Elizabeth (age 16 who married Minzy Walls in 1851 and lived for a while in Carroll Co, Va), Mary Ann (age 14 who had two children Daniel Washington who was my grandfather and James Franklin), Eliza J (age 13), Emily (age 10 who had a son named Charles), Nathan (age 8 who married Nancy Dobbins around 1870 in Surry County), Martha Virginia (age 5 who married a Joseph Marshall and lived in Carroll Co, Va apparently all her adult life), and Lydia (age 2). In addition there was an older daughter Tabitha who by 1850 had married a Kinchen Walls.

Abner died in 1858 as the result of falling into a well. It is my guess that he, his wife, Mary Ann, Emily, Martha, and Lydia had moved from Surry Co, NC to Carroll Co, Va sometime in the mid 1850s. The only information I have on the accident is that it was at the Crockett Hotel in Hillsville. He had apparently gone to draw water and accidentally fell in, but he was not found for several days later when the water began to taste and smell.

I don't know where Nathan was in 1860. I found a Nathan Brady born in Pulaski Co, Va in 1842 which would be the correct age, but I don't think this is the same Nathan, because in 1870 I found a Nathan Brady in Pulaski at the right age but with a different family. I am not able to find any record of this family prior to 1850.

It does seem that both John A Brady (son) and Nathan Brady both lived around Roanok and Pulaski the remainder of their lives. Both had children, Henrietta, Mary, Herbert, Arthur, and Martha are some of the names. I have been able to find Herbert in the 1930 census in Roanoke, Virginia with the occupation of a telegrapher. His son Julian Kyle lived there as well as was working for a railroad. This will hopefully lead to a connection.

I have read the book about the Bradys of Moore and Chatham Counties. A lot of the information contained in the book could relate to this family of Bradys but I just can't seem to make the right connections. For instance, Abner was a miller by trade...Bradley Brady in Moore county had a grist mill. My grandfather and my uncle had grist mills in Carroll Co, Va. Were grist millers common trades?

One Bradley Brady was found in the Surry County about the time of John Abner's family. This Bradley married a Mary Johnson in Surry. They have family that live near my family of Bradys, but we have never been able to make a connection. A descendant of this line has a remarkable resemblance to my dad and uncle in many many ways. This leads me to believe the Bradley Brady who according to the marriage license dated in 1869 is a son of Isaac and Elizabeth Elizabeth that married Mary Johnson and the John Abner Brady family are related. I don't have an age for Bradley, so I am not sure how old he was. Could they have been cousins, brothers, uncle and nephew?

The Bradys in Moore county were musically talented...Bradley from Moore played a fiddle I think. I am not sure about John Abner, but my grandfather played a fiddle; he gave the fiddle to my cousin Eugene when he learned to play. There is a Tabitha Brady mentioned as the wife or mother of an Owen Brady in Moore Co. Abner and Mary's oldest daughter was named Tabitha.

I have been told my Brady heritage thru marriage relates back to the Cherokee Indians. The Moore Bradys seemed to have married into some of the Cherokee tribe. I have not been able to verify any of this, although 2 researchers have made this comment. Was it because one said it and the other repeated it...probably.

All this seems to fit into my puzzle but the right piece is still missing. I have also found several Nathan Bradys who could be related to the Abner I am looking for, but I can't quite make the connection. Does anyone have any record of an Abner, Abram, Alexander or A A Brady born around 1798-1800 who seems to have disappeared from the family tree? The Abners, Abrams, and Alexanders I have found just don't fit.

If anyone has information, I would most happy to fill in the Abner Brady family information that I have.

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