A couple new items helping to tell the Brady family story. Hope you enjoy them.
I’ve been exchanging email with Daniel C. “Danny” Queenin, a third cousin, for about a year now. Danny is connected to our shared Brady line through his grandmother Lillian Agnes Queenin (née Brady). Her father, Francis Edwin “Frank” Brady, is one of Michael John Brady’s (our first Brady in the U.S.) sons.
Lillian was born in New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, in 1893 and married Raymond Joseph Queenin, Sr., another Connecticut native in 1920. Raymond Joseph Queenin, Sr. has an interesting story, having been severely wounded in France during World War I and later serving the U.S. State Department for many years.
Lilian and Raymond had four children together: Joseph Patrick, who died at only two days old and is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Britain, Raymond Joseph, Jr., Francis Edwin (Danny’s father) and Margaret Louise.
In 1932 while the family was living in the Washington, DC area, Lillian suffered a brain aneurysm, possibly caused by a car accident several months prior. She did not survive and died at the young age of 38 years old. Her body was returned home to New Britain where she was buried alongside her son.
I’d like to thank Danny for sharing Lillian’s story with me and for providing me with a few photos of Lillian that I’d like to share with you all. I particularly am drawn to the smile Lillian is giving her son Frank in the first photo.
Lillian Agnes Queenin (née Brady) with son Francis Edwin “Frank” Queenin, circa 1925
Francis Edwin “Frank” Queenin, Lillian Agnes Queenin (née Brady) and Raymond Joseph “Ray” Queenin, Jr., circa 1926
As I’ve mentioned many times before, one of my main goals in to trace Michael John Brady, our first direct line ancestor in the U.S., back to his homeland in Ireland. Tom Thaphagen and I have speculated that Michael may have lived in the Dublin area at some point before emigrating. This may still prove to be true, but some new information may ultimately contradict that hypothesis.
I recently received an email from Maureen Roberts from Perth, Western Australia. She was writing because we were a DNA match on FamilyTreeDNA, one of the sites were I have my DNA data stored.
Maureen and I share 52 centimorgans of autosomal DNA across 18 segments. Autosomal DNA is the mix of DNA inherited from one’s parents. We inherit half our DNA from each parent and roughly a quarter of our DNA from each of our grandparents, etc. This allows of autosomal DNA to identify genetic relationships. The 52 centimorgans of shared DNA is indicative of third cousins x1 removed, although there are other relations within whose normal range our result could fall. In any case we most certainly a common ancestor within the last 3 to 5 generations.
Interestingly, Maureen’s 2x great grandfather was James Denis Brady of Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland who was a farmer with a piggery. Sometime before 1967, James immigrated to Mullewa, Western Australia, Australia and purchased a farm in the area. He married Bridget Ann Cummins, an immigrant from Sixmilebridge, Clare, Ireland, in 1867 and they had six children together. James died in 1912 at the age of 81 and Bridget died in 1919 at the age of 78. The Nenagh area was particularly hard hit by the great famine between 1845 and 1849 and it is possible, if not likely, that James left Ireland sometime around 1850. Today, there are numerous Brady descendants in Australia all tracing their lineage back to James and Bridget.
If the third cousins x1 removed relationship indicated by the DNA is accurate; James and Michael should be brothers. Maureen informs me that James’ parents were John Denis Brady and Ellen O’Grady. I do not have any information on the names of Michael’s parents. If Michael followed traditional Irish naming patterns his father should be named Francis Edwin. Obviously, this is not a match with the information we have for James’ father. There is at least some indication Michael was not following the Irish naming traditions to the letter as the third son should be named after the father and Michael named his third son John Michael, switching the first name, middle name order. Perhaps the relationship is forth cousins or, though I think it is very unlikely, the connection could be through a relative from another line and not the Bradys.
Another interesting thought occurs to me. If James and Michael were brothers, how did James end up a farmer and Michael a boot/shoe maker? It appears Michael was very skilled as he worked as a shoe maker from at least 1850, working in shoe factories before owning his own custom boot/shoe store for many years. Could he have been apprenticed back in Ireland and could he have ended up working in Dublin, 100 miles from Nenagh?
Brockport republic 1875-Mar-25
Hopefully, additional research and other DNA matches will provide more insight on this relationship. I have recently taken a Y-DNA test. The Y chromosome passes almost unchanged from father to son allowing paternal line tracking/matching. Perhaps, the results of this test will allow a conclusive relationship between James and Michael to be established.
Many thanks to Maureen for reaching out to me regarding our shared DNA and for providing some photos which she has graciously agreed to share with us.
James Denis Brady about 80 years old, circa 1911
Bridget Ann Brady (née Cummins) and James Denis Brady with two granddaughters, circa 1911
Brady Horse Harvester on the farm at Bootenal, Greenough, Western Australia
Hope you enjoyed the latest updates. If you would like more information about anyone mentioned here or included in my tree let me know and I can share all the material I’ve been able to collect.
I’m always interested in collecting more information to pay tribute to our ancestors. Feel free to share facts, stories, photos or anything you would like to see made part of someone’s story. I am especially partial to photographs including “unknowns.” I have had some success in identifying them and in the process have added an image to some of our otherwise faceless ancestors.