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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #37

The grave of Al Brady was marked last week—70 years after he was gunned down by FBI agents in Bangor, Maine.

What were the full names (first, middle and last) of his parents?

NevadaGenealogist

mother: Zelia Clara Portwood
father: Lee Roy Brady

Clara m. 2nd to Herman P. Richert [27 Mar 1913]
3rd to John Biddle

sources: 14 Oct 1937 Hammond [IN] times.
1900, 1910 Newton Co IN census
Indiana marriage index

Doogles McQuig

Daniel Leroy Brady and Zelia Clara Portwood.

I used fbi.gov for the backgrounder, then Indiana marriage records for the name detail.

Doogles McQuig

I should add ... the one twist in identifying the target here was the FBI mention that Al's mom remarried a man name Biddle, in Indianapolis.

deb

http://www.mthopebgr.com/plotdetail.asp?ID=10146&Search=brady
Details for BRADY, ALFRED JAMES
Name: BRADY, ALFRED JAMES
Died: 10/12/1937
Born In: BROOK, IN
Died In: BANGOR, ME
Age (years): 26
Age (month(s): 11
Age (day(s)): 17
Family: SON DANIEL LEROY & ZELIA CLARA (PORTWOOD) BRADY
Buried In: MT HOPE CEMETERY
Lot Number: 2119PG
Tomb? No
Burial Date: 10/15/1937
Funeral Director: W&H
Cremation? No
Armed Forces? No

deb

Looks like the cemetery may have it wrong..... looking further.
Deb

Chris

Yup, they were Daniel Leroy Brady and Zelia Clara Portwood, as recorded here and in their marriage record.

Relying on census records alone would make this one a little harder, as each was enumerated under two completely different names.

deb

The marriage record & the cemetery record match - Daniel Leroy Brady.
The 1910 census shows Lee R Brady.
The 1900 census shows Daniel R Brady.

Deb

Chris

And some sources give his father's name as "Roy," common for someone named Leroy. His wife is called both "Zelia" and "Clara" in the censuses.

NevadaGenealogist

I can see I jumped too quick at the Lee R. and Roy being Lee Roy. Right guy incomplete name. The Oct 14th 1937, Hammond [IN] newspaper had an interesting article. Some excerpts: "The desparado's [Al Brady) father was killed in an explosion near Brook Ind."
"His mother [Clara] married again, but her husband [Herman P. Richert?] was sent to prison and she divorced him."
"Her third husband was John Biddle. They lived on a farm near North Salem, then moved after their barn burned."
They moved to a small farm outside of Danville Ind. In Oct 1924 the body of Biddle was found lying in the barn shot through the chest with a shotgun, which lay nearby. Suicide was the coroner's verdict.
Wouldn't it be hard to shoot oneself with a shotgun? I think of them as being especially long barreled? I guess it just strikes me as odd?

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