Saturday, January 13, 2018

Help Me Find a Soldier

Well I haven’t been posting here much lately but I’ll try to be more active in 2018.  In working on my tree and scanning a number of family photos, I’ve discovered some that include non-family members who are at least partially identified.  I’d love see copies get into the hands of ancestors of those pictured and intend to use this forum to assist in finding a connection.  The first photo posted is a carte postale of Charles Francis Riley Jr (1st cousin 2x removed to me) who served in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), 26th Infantry Division “Yankee Division”, 102d Regiment, Company F, during World War I.  Sergeant Major Riley is standing on the right and, according to the hand written notes on the reverse of the card, the other two members shown are Prison Sergeant Bruck and Supply Sergeant Ray Baer (possibly “Roy”).  The photo was taken in St Nazaire, France in 1919-Jan.  If you can help track down the families of these soldiers please let me know.  I also have a much higher resolution scan of the photo available.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Jordan Family Picnic Photos

My mother's paternal side of the family were the relatives I most grew up with.  There was an annual family picnic that could easily bring together 70 to 100 relatives for a day at the Fireman's Picnic Grounds along the bank of the Salmon River in East Hampton, Connecticut.  Most of the attendees were directly related to the children of Michael Francis Jordan Jr and Sabina Cecilia Jordan (née Hynes).  There were activities, good food, and good company.  The lead organizer for many years was Thomas Michael Jordan Sr.  My uncle, Gerard George Ringstad, would be pressed into service to photo-document the ensuing madness.  They were great times and I hope we can resurrect the practice soon.   Here is one of Uncle Gerry's photos of the Jordan siblings and spouses.  I'm hoping for some help in identifying them.

Jordan Family Picnic circa 1979

1 Joseph Francis Jordan
2 Helen M Jordan
3 William John Freeburn Sr
4 William Joseph Jordan
5 Cora Marie Jordan (née Bouvier)
6 Ann Rita Lanoue (née Jordan)
7 Elizabeth Jordan (née Miller)
8 Sabina Hines Freeburn (née Jordan)
9 Kathleen Anita Minery (née Jordan)
10 Elizabeth Marie Fucci (née Jordan)
11 Joseph Charles Minery
12 Clayton Joseph Lanoue
13 Raymond Gregory Jordan
14 John Eudes Jordan Sr
15 Francis Michael Jordan
16 Fortuanto "Fred" Fucci

Monday, September 26, 2016

J.M. Brady Hartford Estate

During recent research on my great-grandfather, John Micheal Brady, I came across this advertisement in a 1924 edition of the Hartford Courant: 

John Micheal Brady's home was located on Holcomb Street in Hartford, Connecticut.  Further research revealed a plat map, showing the home and associated lot was listed in Catherine S. Brady's (nee Moffitt) name (Catherine was John's wife), while all the remaining lots on the block belong to John.  John was a fairly successful real estate developer and was responsible for a number of large developments in New Britain, Hartford, Wethersfield and Clinton.  

I was surprised to see this advertisement for I was familiar with the house.  I served twenty-six years with he Hartford Fire Department and for six years worked at Engine Company 14, which was the first due engine for this neighborhood.   It is a beautiful house that sits directly across the street from the Oak Hill School for the Blind, one of the first institutions in the country to serve blind individuals.  The 4,078 square foot single family home was built in 1890 and still stands majestically on the crest of Oak Hill.

135 Holcomb Street, Hartford, CT - 2016
I've recently been in touch with a cousin, who's mother was John's grand-daughter and remembers visiting John's home as a child.  She remembers the family playing music together.  I believe this would have been the house she visited as it appears John lived here from about 1920 to the early 1930s.  

My daughter, Rachel, came up with the idea of searching for the house on real estate sites and we found twenty photos of the house at You can view them by clicking the photo box overlaid on the image of the house.  You'll have a chance to see a home that has been loving maintained (or restored), as well as appreciate the socioeconomic standing of John at this stage of his life.  I can image John and Catherine and their seven children enjoying this home.

My Brady Connection

First a little background about my Brady connection.  Michael John Brady is the first of my Brady linage in the U.S. arriving about 1849 and settling in Brockport, New York.  He was a shoemaker who eventually opened his own shop on Main Street in Brockport.  He died in 1889.  I am the 2nd great grandson of Michael John Brady, through his son, John Michael Brady, his grandson Harold Benedict Brady Sr and his great grandson Harold Benedict Brady Jr.  Harold Benedict Brady Sr married Eileen Mary McEvoy, my grandmother, in 1933 and my father Harold Benedict Brady Jr was born about 1½ years later in 1934 Just discovered that they were married in 1934 and my father, Harold Benedict Brady Jr, was born less than nine months latter that same year.  By 1935, Harold Sr and Eileen are not living together and they are legally divorced in 1947.  I was led to believe the split was very bitter an as a result Harold Jr, my father, had a very limited relationship with his father and the Brady side of the family.  I did meet John Michael Brady’s daughter, my great aunt, Ethel Beatrice Herlth / Cohen (née Brady) and her second husband Edward Cohen once and they were very kind and pleasant to us kids.  From my parents few mentions of Harold Sr, I believe he was very charismatic, smart and talented.  I know he worked in real estate throughout his life and was told he was an accomplished musician (saxophone player) and talented mechanic, who I believe worked at his brother’s (Joseph Francis Brady) Cabot Street garage.  Harold Sr ultimately suffered from a severe case of alcoholism and had at least one run in with the law where he was accused of being the ring leader in the robbery of a commercial laundry (Still trying to pin down the outcome of that case).  Harold Sr died in 1954, when Harold Jr was only 19 and five years before his first grandchild was born.

Regarding alcohol, I have uncovered newspaper articles indicating that John Michael Brady and all his sons were arrested, accused or charged with alcohol related offenses.  Based on that small, non-scientific sample there may be something to the argument of a genetic predisposition for alcohol abuse.  It also seems that they all were talented, charismatic individuals with a bit of an outspoken or, perhaps, bad boy quality.

My goal will be to uncover more of the story of my Brady ancestors, find my Brady cousins and to ultimately trace Michael John Brady back to his birthplace in Ireland.

John Michael Brady
Harold Benedict Brady Sr.
Harold Benedict Brady Jr.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Welcome to my genealogy blog!

My name is Scott Brady.  I recently retired and started work on creating a family tree.  I’m hoping to use this blog to share stories of my genealogical research into my family.  I am currently concentrating my research on the Brady and Jordan line, but am also interested in the Bouvier, Samson, McEvoy and Hazel lines of my family and the Coco and D’Amico lines of my wife’s family.  I’m easily distracted into pursuing information on the lives of distant cousins as every story is interesting and deserves to be told and remembered.  I hope you enjoy these posts.  Please feel free to comment, offer suggestions or make corrections to my work.  Thanks for stopping by!