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John Bernard BRADY was born in 1820 in Ireland.  Little has been recorded about his life, save for a few short years after he immigrated and moved to San Antonio, Texas.  He appears as a 30 year old single man whose occupation was Clerk on the 1850 Bexar County Census.  It was there he met and married Susan D. HINFEY.  Following is a t
ranscription of the marriage record on file in the Bexar County Courthouse, San Antonio, TX Vol. B. Page 241 of Marriage Applications.

State of Texas, County of Bexar: To any person authorized by Law to Celebrate the rites of matrimony, Be it known that the undersigned Clerk of the County Court of said County, by virtue of the power __ invested by Law do hereby License any person legally Authorized to Join in the Bonds of Matrimony Bernard Brady and Susan Hinfee Both of Said County and State and of Lawful Age.  And of this License and your proceedings had ___ make return to the Clerks office of said County according to Law within the next sixty days.  Witness my hand and the Seal of the County Court of Said County in the City of San Antonio, the third day of May, A.D. 1851.  Sam S. Smith, Clerk County Court, Bexar County.

 The State of Texas, County of Bexar: The undersigned Parish Priest of San Antonio de Bexar, do hereby certify that I have this 4th day of May, A.D. 1851 by virtue of that marriage License herewith attached, bound  in the bonds of matrimony Bernard Brady and Susana Hinfia in presence of James Henderson and Patrick ___.

Filed May 6th 1851   (Signed) Sam S Smith ClkCCBCo


April 2, 1856, Bernard obtained his citizenship when he met all the criteria and took the requisite oath required by the Naturalizaiton Laws.    This is recorded in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas: Civil Minutes, Volume D, page 119 Thursday July 24th A.D. 1856.

Bexar Co. TX Index to Naturalization papers give Bernard's age as 39.   While his age is not shown on the record in the Dist. Minutes when he was granted citizenship, I believe this to be the year he was 39.  This places his birth as 1817 rather than 1820 as  calculated from the 1850 Federal Census. The 1860 Federal Census indicates he was 42 making his birth year 1818. Any and all of these dates are "suspect" based on who was giving the information.

Bernard and Susan are shown on the 1860 Bexar County Census with their five children.  Bernard is listed as a Corn Merchant and other records state he was a grocer working for Daniel Murphy.  Bernard died in Oct 1865 in San Antonio, Bexar, TX.

 Transcription of Inventory & Appraisement of Community property, Estate of Bernard Brady Filed 5 Dec 1866 Peyton Smythe CCBCo by R. D. Bun__   Depy Approved ___ Dec 28/66 Jno Row_heim___. C.J.B.C.  Recorded December 30th 1866 in Book A of Inventories on pages 113 and 114 Peyton Smythe, Clk B. Co.

 State of Texas, County of Bexar Comes Susan Brady And Presents to the Court an inventory of the Community property belonging to herself and her deceased husband Bernard Brady (to wit) 1st 5 lots in Alamo City in San Antonio $4,000.00

 State of Texas, County of Bexar Personally appeared before me the undersigned authority Susan Brady who upon faith declares the above contains a true list of all the community property of herself and her deceased husband Barnard Brady.  (signed) Susan Brady
Sworn to and subscribed before me the 5th day of Dec'r A.D. 1866  (signed) Peyton Smythe, Clk, B.Co.

 State of Texas, County of Bexar Personally appeared before me the undersigned authority, Thos Johnson & Wm Henifey, appraisers of the Comunity property belonging to Susan Brady and her deceased husband B Brady, who says upon Oath that the above appraisement comes prises a full and complete valuation of the same sworn to and subscribed be fore me the 5th day of December 1866. (Signed) Thos Johnson / William Hinfey  (signed) Peyton Smythe, Clk B.Co.

 The oldest child born to Bernard and Susan was Mary Elizabeth BRADY.  She was born 14 Feb 1852, in San Antonio, TX and was married 24 Dec 1870, in Fort Davis, Jeff Davis, TX to William Fairfax YOUNG, a clerk,  who was born in Aug 1836, New Orleans, Orleans, LA.  He died 20 May 1901, in Tucson, Pima, AZ, and Mary died 03 Aug 1935, Marfa, Presidio, TX

Ellen Jane BRADY was the second child born to Bernard and Susan on 23 Nov 1852, in San Antonio.  She married first in Aug 1869, Samuel Chandler HOPKINS, born 08 Apr 1845, Belleville, St.Clair, IL, son of David W. Hopkins  and Julia Cynthia Merritt.  Ellen and S.C. had two daughters, Julia Fay Hopkins, who married John Joseph "Jack" SCANNELL,  and Sarah Ellen Hopkins, who married first William CARAWAY, and second unknownbefore they divorced.  On 12 Apr 1877, Ellen married John Daniel DAVIS, born in 1845, in Fort Davis, TX.  Children born to this union were Maria DAVIS, Lila DAVIS, John D. DAVIS Jr., Susan Charlotte "Lottie" DAVIS, and Llewelynn Edward DAVIS.   This marriage ended and circumstances led to the reunion of Ellen and S.C. Hopkins, where they discovered they still had strong feelings for one another.  This led to their remarriage on 21 Dec 1896 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sherman, TX.  Their daughter Laura Marie Merritt Hopkins was born on 27 August 1900 in Indianapolis, IN.   S.C. was a carpenter and a also served as a civilian clerk in the U.S. Army.  He died 23 Dec 1925, after breaking his hip.  Ellen died 27 Dec 1937, Marfa, Presidio, TX  of Pneumonia,  and is buried in the Marfa Cemetery Marfa, Presidio, TX.   Contributing cause of death was Chronic Myocarditis. Ellen's will was dated 02 Nov 1936.  Probate records are in Book 8, pages 454-8, 469, 494-8, 508-9, Presidio County Court.  Daughter Julia Fay waived the right to execute the estate and asked that her son, J. P. Scannell, who was living in Culberson County at the time, be appointed.

Bernard Thomas BRADY was the first son of Bernard and Susan.  He was born 13 Oct 1855, in San Antonio, and died before 1896.

 Edward J. BRADY  was the second son of Bernard and Susan and was born 23 Mar 1860, in San Antonio and was Baptized two days later in St. Mary's Catholic Church there.  He married  Rebecca ROBBINS on 12 Dec 1892, in Victoria, TX.

 Susan A (Philomena) BRADY  was born to Bernard and Susan in 1857 (or 1864 according to conflicting records).  She married John B. SHIELDS in Fort Davis, Jeff Davis, TX and died before 1887.  She was originally buried South of the Church in Fort Davis, TX  but was reinterred in Feb 1946 in Marfa, TX when the street was to be opened in that location.

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