James T. Brady


Submitted by: Vanessa Burzynski, Aug. 16, 2008

James T. Brady Obituary - Limestone Co., Thornton Cemetery
The Kosse Cyclone, Kosse, TX
December 3, 1908

Died at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 20, 1908 at the family residence eight miles northwest of Kosse, Mr. Jas. T. Brady, aged 68 years, six months and 15 days.

The death of the venerable and beloved gentleman, while not expected was nevertheless a severe blow to his many warm friends and the family he loved so well. He had been suffering from a heart weakness for several weeks and his condition grew worse until death relieved him of further suffering and removed him from this life. His remains were tenderly laid to rest in Thornton Cemetery Sunday afternoon following his death in the presence of a great concourse of grief-stricken relatives and friends, Reverend Crowder, pastor of Kosse Baptist Church officiated.

Deceased was born on Bear Island in Ireland May 5, 1840 coming to the United States when but seven years of age. He located at Charleston, South Carolina, where he lived until the Civil War broke out when he joined the Confederate forces. Enlisting in the Navy, he entered service on the first gunboat commissioned by the South, The Lady Davis, and was in the fight at Fort Sumpter. Later he went on the historic Merrimac, and fought in the famous sea-fight in which the Yankee gunboat Cumberland and others were sunk on March 8, 1862. Next day occurred the great Monitor-Merrimac fight, which history credits as one of the most brilliant Navy battles during the Civil War. In recent years when Mr. Brady attended the Confederate reunions, he was recognized as one of the few surviving heroes of the Confederate Navy and was accorded many honors because of his continuous and active service throughout the war.

Mr. Brady came to Texas in 1870, marring Miss Caroline Shipp two years later; nine children blessing their union of whom seven survive their father and mother. This good woman died many years ago, and Mr. Brady was again married in 1898 to Mrs. Martha Ainsworth, two children blessing this union. Thos surviving are John I., James K., Annie, Lillie, Lee, Jo, Maudell, Patrick and Eunice. All of his children and devoted wife were with him to comfort his last moments on earth.

In private life Mr. Brady was one of the most unassuming and reserved characters, an honorable and justice loving citizen, and he was appreciated most by those who knew him best. His life was an open book, and he so lived that all who knew him honored, loved and respected him. He had lived a consistent member of the Baptist church for thirty-six years.

The bereaved relatives are most universally sympathized within this their greatest of all afflictions.

James T. Brady, Ordinary Seaman
Served on CSS Virginia; Gunboat Lady Davis
Thornton, Limestone County
Thornton City Cemetery (SE section of old area)
James Brady Tombstone