HAYWOOD W. BRAHAN DEAD
He passes away here surrounded by family.
RECORD AS SOLDIER AND CITIZEN.
Well known throughout Texas, prominent Mason—Remains to be taken to Seguin.
Major Haywood W. Brahan, a man who from his association with public affairs, has for a number of years been thoroughly well known in this section of the State, and who from his extremely social and friendly disposition has been exceedingly well liked by all whose privilege it was to know him, died at the Houston Infirmary in this city at 3:15 o’clock yesterday morning[, Oct. 20, 1897].
The deceased had lived for the past several years at Sugarland, in charge of Col. Cunningham’s interests there, but he had always regarded his home as being at Seguin, where his family has resided for a number of years, and where a little grass-covered mound in the grave yard marks the final resting place of this wife. His two daughters, Annie and Eugenia, came from Seguin a few days ago in answer to a summons to be at the death of their father. His sons were also with him when he died.
Major Brahan had been ailing for some time, and as Colonel Cunningham expressed it last night, he simply delayed an appeal to medical aid until it was too late. He had been at the Infirmary here for two or three weeks, and his death is ascribed to a complication of causes, chiefly fatal among which being inflammation of the kidneys.
During the forenoon yesterday the body was removed from the infirmary to the residence of Mrs. M. A. Upton, at 610 Austin street, where his daughters were given every consolation and comfort that kind and living hearts could bestow. Colonel Cunningham and others of Major Brahan’s friends and associates at Sugarland arrived in the evening and will escort the remains to Seguin, for which point they will leave at 9 o’clock this morning.
The body will also be escorted to its final resting place by the following delegation from Ruthven commanders No. 2, Knights Templars, of which the deceased was an honored member: T. W. Cronan, J. C. Kidd, W. N. Kidd, T. F. McGowan, W. K. Morrow, G. A. Gibbons and W. A. Reinhardt.
Haywood W. Brahan was born in Panola county, Mississippi, in 1840. He came with his father to Texas in 1854 and located in Bexar county, his father following the avocation of a farmer. In 1856 young Brahan went to Alabama and entered Florence college. He took a regular collegiate course and graduated from there in 1861, when he came back to Texas in time to join a Texas command in the Confederate service, for a few days after his return he enlisted with the Mustang Grays, afterwards Company F, Fourth Texas, Hood’s brigade. He remained with this command for the four years of the war and was wounded on several occasions, his last wound being received at the surrender of Lee, he being at that time in the front line that was holding the enemy in check at the time of the surrender. This wound prevented his returning home for several months after the cessation of hostilities.
After returning to Texas after the war he was married in December, 1866[sic], to a daughter of General Jefferson of Seguin. His wife died in 1877, leaving him four children as the issue of throw marriage, two sons and two daughters, all of whom are yet living and are grown.
In 1875 Major Brahan took up his residence at Seguin and engaged in commercial pursuits. In 1878 when Colonel Cunningham, who was married to a sister of Colonel Brahan, with Colonel Ellis, leased the State penitentiary, Major Brahan was placed in charge of the office department, which position he held for five years, and when the State resumed control of the penitentiary and created the position of financial agent, Major Brahan was the first appointee to that office, his appointment being underrate Governor Ireland. He remained in that position until 1887, when he resigned to take charge of Colonel Cunningham’s interest at Sugarland, where he remained up to the time of his last illness in many trusted positions.
Major Brahan has always taken an active interest in politics, and in 1890 was a candidate for comptroller before the democratic convention, but he failed of the nomination.
The deceased stood high as a Mason. In 1867 he joined Brahan lodge No. 2267, named after his father, at Lavernia, in Wilson county. He was worshipful master of that lodge from 1869 to 1872, when he was demoted and joined Guadalupe lodge No. 109 at Seguin. In May, 1876, the year after he joined, he became worshipful master of that lodge and was past grand master up to the time of his death.
He was made a Royal Arch Mason October 7, 1867, in Keystone chapter No. 56, at Seguin. He was demoted August 5, 1871, and became a charter member and the first high priest of John R. King chapter 104, at Lavernia in 1872. He was high priest to 1876. The next year the chapter demised and he affiliated with San Jacinto chapter No. 7 at Huntsville, on December 15, 1883, in which chapter he retained his membership till death.
He was excellent grand scribe of the Grand Royal Arch chapter of Texas in 1877 and previous to that time, and subsequently he had served on many important committees in that grand body.
He was also a member of Ruthven com[illegible], Knights Templars, at Houston.
[illegible] will be lamented not only by the Masons throughout Texas, but by all who knew the deceased, and their number is legion.
The news at Sugarland.
Sugarland, Texas, October 20.—The village of Sugarland is grief-stricken over the sad intelligence of the death of Major Haywood Brahan this morning, who died at the Stuart & Boyles infirmary after several days of very painful sickness. The major was one of Texas’ most loved men; he was a man who always had a good word for every one or none at all. We fail to find a single man that ever heard him say aught against any one.
The remains will be taken to Seguin, his old home, for interment. Major Brahan leaves two sons and two daughters, many friends and relatives to mourn his demise.—The Houston Post, Oct. 21, 1897; p. 6
Dates are very worn and faint; Mason
Sarah Matilda Jefferson Brahan
1843–1877 (m. 1867)