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Peter Rainsford Brady
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1825
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: May 2, 1902
Pima County
Arizona, USA

Peter Rainsford Brady
Member of the 1897 - 1898
Arizona Territorial Legislature.

Father: Peter Brady
1792 1856

Mother: Ann Rainsford
1800 1846

Married 1st: Juana Redondo Mendibles

Married 2nd: Maria Antonia Ochoa

History of Arizona,
Thomas Edwin Farish, Vol. 2 1915, pg. 283

Peter Rainsford Brady came on his paternal side from good old Irish stock. His mother, Anna Rainsford was from Virginia. He was born in Georgetown, District of Columbia, August 4, 1825; received his education in part at Georgetown College, later entering the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland from which he was graduated 1844. After cruising around the Mediterranean Sea in the U.S. vessel Plymouth he resigned from the navy and left his home October 26, 1846 for San Antonio Texas where he enlisted as a Lieutenant in the Texas Rangers and served with distinction in the Mexican War. After the war Mr. Brady joined a surveying party under Colonel Andrew B. Gray, who made a survey from Marshall, Texas to El Paso, thence across the country to Tubac and from the latter point made branch surveys, one to Port Lobos on the Gulf of California and the other to Fort Yuma and San Diego. Mr. Brady served as a captain on this expedition and was prominent in many Indian fights. When the work was completed, the company disbanded at San Francisco.

Mr. Brady was of an adventurous spirit and in his younger life preferred the wilderness to civilization. In 1854 he came to Arizona and settled in Tucson. After the organization of the Territory he held several public offices and was sheriff for two terms. He was married in 1859 to Juanita Mendibles and had four children, all boys. She died in 1871 and he married Miss Maria Ontonia Ochoa of Florence Arizona by whom he had three boys and one girl. He settled in Florence in 1872 and made it his home for twenty seven years. He engaged in farming, mining and stock raising and in 1881 he received $60,000 for his half interest in the Vekol Mine.

He was a Candidate for Delegate to Congress in 1871, against Richard C. McCormick, who was declared elected by a small majority.

"In 1894," says his daughter, Miss Margaret A. Brady, "my father was appointed as Special Agent for the Interior Department in the U.S. Private Court of Land Claims, and he obtained valuable information in behalf of the Government in the Peralta-Reavis land fraud. His notes are very humorous relative to the ridiculous claims of Reavis and his wife. I can say that it was greatly due to my father's information that the Government was able to identify the fraud."

In 1898 he served for the last time in the Upper House of the Territorial Legislature. In 1899 Mr. Brady moved with his family from Florence to Tucson where he lived up to the time of his death, May 2, 1902 at the age of 77. All his children are still living and have their residences in Arizona. His second wife died August 14, 1910.

Peter Rainsford Brady also left a mark in Texas along the way to Arizona. Placenames related to him remain (Brady Creek, city of Brady), though he had moved on to Arizona by the time of the city's founding. Brady does happen to be the town closest to the geographic center of Texas.

An article on Peter Rainsford Brady can be found in the Handbook of Texas Online (Texas State Historical Society) at the following link:
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  Peter Brady (1792 - 1856)
  Anne Rainsford Brady (1788 - 1846)
  Juana Mendivil Brady (1840 - 1871)*
  Maria Antonia Ochoa Brady (1862 - 1910)*
  Henry Whittier Brady (1866 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Holy Hope Cemetery & Mausoleum
Pima County
Arizona, USA
Created by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore...
Record added: Dec 24, 2010
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Peter Rainsford Brady
Added by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore III
Peter Rainsford Brady
Added by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore III
Peter Rainsford Brady
Added by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore III
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- Luella Hinrichsen
 Added: Jul. 8, 2011
We have never met, yet you have inspired us & changed our lives. Rest in peace! Love Always; 2 of your great great grandchildren.
- M & A Corn
 Added: May. 2, 2011

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