William Wallace Brady and Harriett Rebecca Bryan
William Wallace (Bill) Brady was born November 25, 1831 in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. He was the eighth child of James Young Brady and Sarah Ricketts. He had six brothers, Andrew Jackson m. Catherine Long, John m. Catherine Lee, James Cook m. Elizabeth Patterson, Oliver m. Margaret Long, George W. and Silas Wright m. Lucinda Hastings & Mary Casper, three sisters, Mary Jane m. John Chambers, Julia Ann m. Dr. Thomas A Stewart and Evaline Barton m. Samuel T. Means. He moved to Illinois and then to Decatur, Texas in 1855. In his early years he was a carpenter and built a house for his father before leaving Pennsylvania. In Decatur he was elected County Clerk and later County Judge of Wise County. The above photographs were scanned from the book Pioneer History of Wise County by Cates. There are many complimentary things said about Judge Brady and his wife on pages 234, 235 and 236. He died January 30, 1889 and is buried at Sand Hill Cemetery near Decatur.
Harriett Rebecca (Hattie) Bryan was born in 1840 in McMinn County, Tennessee, possibly the first child of James C. Bryan and Sarah Gulledge. She had at least two sisters, Mary and Lucy and two brothers, Robert and William G. The family moved to Decatur where she married William Wallace Brady on September 7, 1859. They had nine children, Emma Frances m. John Robert Davenport, William Walter (my grandfather) m. Charlotte Ann Marr, James Allen m. Ludie Tharp, Henry Elmore m. Anna Mae Rucker, Sarah Angeline m. Robert Hill, Eva Ricketts m. William Bertram Hill, Bertha Gulledge m. John Hargrove, Mary Bryan died shortly after birth and Arthur Houston m. Eula Jarrell. Hattie died September 16, 1879 and is buried in Sand Hill Cemetery near Decatur.
Desc. of James Brady & Rebecca Young
Descendants of Capt. Edward Ricketts, Sr & Margaret Powell
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