Mary Ann was affectionately known as "Dump" in her younger years and as "Black Granny" the last few years of her life. It is believed that she was part Cherokee Indian and that's where the nickname "Black Granny" came from. She married William Brazil shortly after the Civil War in 1866. And soon after their marriage they decided Texas would be a better place to live. In 1869 Mary Ann walked a great deal of the way between Texas and Tennessee. It took 11 weeks. She wore out two pairs of hand made shoes on this trek. They settled in Springtown. Life was good but lonely for Mary Ann. She missed her family. In every letter home she begged them to write to her and encouraged them to come to this new country. Her sister Jane married John Chilcutt and eventually made their home in Springtown.
Mary Ann and William had 5 children: Kindred, Cora, Emerson, Minnie Ola, and John (Emerson died in infancy). William owned and operated a grocery store and saloon in Springtown for several years.