Biography of J. W. Brady
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J. W. BRADY. This successful tiller of the soil is a Georgian by birth, and first saw the light of day June 19, 1843, his parents being Hiram J. and Charity (Cook) Brady, a notice of whom is given in the sketch of James P. Brady.
J. W. Brady was given the advantages of the common schools of his native State, and on his father’s farm obtained a practical knowledge of agriculture. In April, 1861, he enlisted in the Second Georgia Infantry, in which he held the office of sergeant, and with which he served until the surrender, being with Gen. Longstreet. He was at Wilderness, Richmond, Gettysburg, Spottsylvania and all the engagements in Virginia, and was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg by a gunshot in the right shoulder, and was on the sick list for about two months. He was almost constantly under fire for eleven months, but at all times showed the utmost courage and faithfulness to the Southern cause. At the time he was wounded he was captured by the enemy, but he soon managed to effect his escape and returned to his command at Staunton, Virginia He was in the second battle of Bull Run and in most all the other engagements of Virginia, with the exception of the first Bull Run fight. At the close of the war he returned to his home in Georgia on horseback. He commenced farming there, which occupation he followed up to 1870, when he came to Marion County, Arkansas, and took up a homestead claim on Sugar Orchard Creek, later purchased property and is now the owner of 540 acres of fine farming land, located in section 25. He is the owner of some valuable mineral land, and has bought and sold desirable property of this kind. He has also given some four years of his time to the saw mill business on Sugar Orchard Creek, about six miles north of Powell, but does not follow this business at present, the most of his attention being given to farming and stock-raising. He has always supported the principles of Democracy, and for the past six years has ably filled the office of deputy county surveyor. He is one of the substantial and public-spirited men of the county, and is a decided acquisition to the section in which he resides.
He was married in Georgia to Miss Nancy E. Morgan, a native of North Carolina, and a daughter of Moses Morgan, and he and his wife are the parents of these children: Martha, wife of M. F. Richardson, of this county; E. J., who is a farmer of this county; Mary E., wife of Richard Richardson; Harriet, Eliza, Amanda and James A. Mr. and Mrs. Brady are members of the Baptist Church, and they have a beautiful home two miles north of Powell.