A search at the free irishgenealogy.ie website from the years 1880 to 1902 did not turn up a death record for Susan’s husband, James Brady.
His death may not have been reported to the district registrar by Susan, another family member, a friend of James’s, or a physician. Or he may have died in another district or even another county.
As you had mentioned the 1901 census shows that James’s wife Susan is a widow. She is in the household of 72 year old Michael Brady. They are shown to be the “Residents of a house 25 in Oghil (Drumlish, Longford).”
Susan is listed as Michael Brady’s “Sister in Law.” In the household with Michael and Susan is Susan’s daughter, 19 year old Mary Anne Brady. Mary Anne is shown to be Michael’s “Niece.”
Michael’s age of 72 years old may not be accurate, as ages in the 1901 and 1911 census enumerations were not always correct. If Michael had actually been 72 in 1901 he would have been born circa 1829. Your records show that James Brady Jr. was born 22 June 1857, which means Michael would have been 27 years older than his brother.
But your records also show that James Brady’s father James was born in 1831, which means the older James Brady would have been born two years after his own son Michael. That doesn’t make any sense.
I think the Michael Brady in the 1901 census may have been the brother of James Brady Sr., not the brother of Susan’s husband, James Brady Jr.
I didn’t find Michael Brady in the 1911 census which means he had died between 1901 and 1911. I found his death record at the irishgenealogy.ie website which shows he died in “Ohill” (Oghil) on 3 October 1901 at the age of 80. The 1901 census was taken on 31 March, which means that Michael aged another 8 years between March and 3 October 1901. This shows that you cannot always go by ages in census records or ages in death records either. It is possible that no one in Michael’s family knew when he was born.
At the time of death Michael was a bachelor and had been a farmer. The cause of death was, “Bronchitis 7 days. No Medical attendant.” The person who was present at his death and who reported the death to the registrar was his niece, Mary A. Murphy of Ohill. I suspect that Mary A. Murphy is James and Susan’s daughter who had married a fellow named Murphy between 1901 and 1911.
Michael’s death record was recorded in the Longford Registration District by the Registrar, Matthew D. Gray. The death was recorded on 8 November 1901. Michael’s death is the last entry in the attached register at Number 137.
I next looked for the marriage record of James and Susan Brady’s daughter Mary Anne, and a groom with the last name of Murphy at the irishgenealogy.ie website.
I found their marriage record showing that John Murphy and Mary Anne Brady were married in what looks like the Roman Catholic Chapel of Ennbegs/Eanbegs on 23 April 1901. At the time of marriage John Murphy was a bachelor and Mary Anne a spinster. Both were of “full age” when they married. John’s occupation was Farmer. His residence at the time of marriage looks like “Eanbegs.” His father is Andrew Murphy, also a farmer.
No occupation is recorded for Mary Anne. Her residence at the time of marriage was Ohill. Her father is James Brady, a farmer. The name of the Parish Priest who married the couple looks like Thomas Conefrey. The witnesses to the marriage were Edward Murphy and Mary Anne Quinn. The marriage record is attached to this reply.
The IreAtlas Townland Data Base shows the actual name of the town of Ennbegs or Eanbegs was Enybegs, located in the Civil Parish of Killoe. See:
Oghil and Drumlish were also situated in the Killoe Civil Parish. See the IreAtlas’s alphabetical listing of towns in the Killoe Civil parish at: https://is.gd/gYW0i7
Oghil in the Irish language is spelled “Eóchaill,” and means “yew wood.”
The Enybegs Catholic Church is called St. Mary’s, which according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage/Buildings of Ireland website, was constructed circa 1828. For more information about St. Mary’s as well as a slide presentation of the church, go to the Buildings of Ireland link at: https://is.gd/7kzYPP
For a Buildings of Ireland map of St. Mary’s in Enybegs, see the attachment.
JAMES BRADY JR’S BAPTISM
A transcription at the Find My Past (FMP) website shows that James Brady was baptized in the Killoe Catholic Parish on 22 June 1857. This is the date of birth you have for him. The transcription further shows that James’s parents were James Brady and Maria Kennedy. First names in the transcription are in the Latin. For example, James is either “Jacobum” for the son and “Jacobi” for the father. Mary is “Maria.” You can view the FMP transcription at: https://is.gd/QLFgy5
Attached to the FMP transcription is a link that takes you to a copy of the original baptism record for James held by the National Library of Ireland. The copy of the baptism is attached to this reply, and shows that James’s godparents were Michaele (Michael) Brady and Anna Brady. The godfather Michael Brady may be the Michael Brady in the 1901 census.
I next looked for, but didn’t find the baptism transcriptions for any more children of Michael Brady and Maria Kennedy at the FMP website.
I also looked for the marriage transcription for Michael Brady and Mary Kennedy at the FMP website, but didn’t find it. I looked for their marriage in the Killoe Catholic Parish, as well as surrounding Catholic parishes in County Longford as well as Catholic parishes in nearby County Leitrim.
1878 MARRIAGE OF JAMES BRADY AND SUSAN MURTAGH
Based on your information that James Brady and Susan Murtagh were married on 20 February 1878, I found their civil registration marriage record at irishgenealogy.ie.
They were married in the Roman Catholic Chapel at Columbkille, Longford. Both were of “full age” at the time of the marriage. James’s occupation was famer. No occupation is recorded for Susan. James’s residence at the time of marriage was “Ohill.” His father is James Brady, a farmer.
I could not clearly make out the name of the town where Susan was living at the time of the marriage. It looks like Cuneren or Cuneress. I’ll have more information later about what the name of this town may be.
The marriage record further shows that Susan’s father is Pat Murtagh, a farmer. The priest who married James and Susan was Farrell Sheridan, C.C. The initials C.C. stand for “Catholic Curate.” The witnesses to the marriage were Bartly Quinn and Maria “Murtha.” The marriage was recorded in the Granard Registration District on 28 February 1878 by a registrar whose name looks like Arch Nicholls. The marriage record is attached to this reply.
Since marriages traditionally took place in the bride’s parish, St. Columbkill’s Chapel was likely the parish church for Susan Murtagh and her family. The church is located in Aughnacliffe, which according to a Google Map, is 8.5 miles northeast of Oghil: https://is.gd/x8XMSn
For a Google Street View of St. Colmcille’s Church and cemetery, see: https://is.gd/y0Ghs9
The Buildings of Ireland website dates the church back to the year 1834. For more information and a slide presentation of the exterior and interior views of the church, go to: https://is.gd/Mxlran
The town where Susan Murtagh was living at the time of marriage could have been Corrinagh, Longford, which is 3.8 miles northwest of St. Colmcille’s Church in Aughnacliffe: https://is.gd/zPJly0
The IreAtlas shows that Corrinagh was in the Civil Parish of Columbkille: https://is.gd/rplFqd
Your information shows Susan Murtagh was born around 1856. I looked for her baptism transcription at the FMP website but didn’t find it.
MARY ANNE BRADY’S 1881 BIRTH RECORD
Mary Anne was born in Ohill on 4 November 1881. Her father is James Brady, a farmer living in Ohill. Her mother is Susan Brady, formerly Murtagh. James Brady the father reported the birth to the Registrar, Arch Nicholls, who recorded the birth in the Longford Registration District on 15 November 1881. Mary Anne’s birth is the last entry in the register at Number 468. See the attachment.
JAMES BRADY SR’S BAPTISM RECORD
Earlier in this reply you saw the 1857 Killoe Catholic Parish baptism for James Brady Jr. There will not be a civil registration birth record for him or a civil marriage record for his parents.
Civil registration began in Ireland on 1 April 1845. But at that time, only Protestant and civil marriages were recorded by the Irish government. Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths for all religious denominations commenced in Ireland in 1864.
Your information shows the Brady family had been related to the Canovan family.
I suspects that James Brady Sr was the person who was related to the Canovan family, as up to this point in the research I hadn’t come across the Canovan surname, or alternate spellings of the surname in any of the church or civil records that I found.
What I did at this point was look for the Killoe Catholic Parish baptism for children named James Brady born in the 1820s or 1830s, to see if any of the baptisms show that his mother’s maiden name was Canovan or a similar spelling.
I found what I believe to be James’s FMP baptism transcription, showing that Jacobum Brady was baptized in the Killoe Catholic Parish on 4 November 1831. His father is Eugenii Brady. His mother is Catherine Canavan. Eugenii is the Latin for Eugene.
See the baptism transcription at: https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=IRE%2FPRS%2FBAP%2F0592491
Attached is a copy of the original baptism register entry for Jacobum in the Latin.
My translation of the baptism is below:
4 B Jacobum f Eugenii Brady et Catherina Canavan sp Pa
tricio Can? Et Catherina
My translation of the baptism is as follows:
The number 4 is for 4 November. The letter B stands for baptism. In the Latin it would be “Baptizondi.” The letter f stands for the Latin “filium,” meaning son or child. This is followed by the name of the father of the child. The Latin word et means “and,” followed by the name of the mother. The initials sp stand for “sponsors.” In Latin sponsors would be “Sponsoribus.” The sponsors are the godparents. The next two letters Pa are for a portion of the name of the godfather Patricio. The rest of his first name continues on the following line—tricio. His last name looks like it is abbreviated as “Can,” for Canavan. His name is followed by the name “Catherina,” who would be James’s godmother. No last name is recorded for her
I also found the FMP baptism transcriptions for three more children of Eugene Brady and Catherine Canavan. Their first names and years of baptism are:
Petrum (Peter), 1840
The Latin first names Eugenii and Eugenium refer to the name Eugene. This means the first-born child named Eugene had died.
The FMP baptism transcriptions for the three Brady children can be found at:
A copy of the baptism record for the first-born Eugene Brady in 1836 is attached, and shows that his godparents are Jacobo (James) Canavan and Brigida (Bridget) Brady.
A copy of the original 1837 baptism record for the second-born Eugene Brady is attached, and shows that his godparents are Patricio Canavan and Brigida Canavan
Also attached is a copy of the original 1840 baptism record for Petrum, or Peter Brady. I didn’t find his baptism for 3 July however, but did locate it for 3 June 1840. The FMP transcriber was off by a month for Peter’s baptism record, which is attached. There are no godparents recorded for Peter’s baptism.
I next looked for the Killoe FMP marriage transcription for Eugene Brady and Catherine Canavan but didn’t find it. I expanded the search to other Catholic parishes in Longford and surrounding counties, but again was not successful in locating the marriage record.
There will not be baptism records for James Brady Sr. or Catherine Canavan in the Killoe Catholic Parish. The National Library of Ireland website link shows that Killoe baptisms are available from 1 January 1836 to 18 December 1880, though there may be gaps in the baptism registers.
The National Library of Ireland website also shows that Killoe marriages are available from 1 January 1826 to 31 May 1883, though again, there may be gaps in the registers.
There are also Killoe Catholic Parish death records beginning 14 February 1827 and available to 25 June 1881. I looked for the 1837-1837 Killoe death for the child, Eugene Brady, but didn’t find it.
You may want to go through the Killoe death records to see what information you can find.
To see the availability of the Killoe Catholic Parish baptism, marriage, and death records, as well as a map of the Killoe Catholic Parish, go to the National Library of Ireland website link at: https://registers.nli.ie/parishes/0172
With Kind Regards,
National Archives of Ireland 1901 and 1911 Census
IreAtlas Townland Data Base
National Inventory of Architectural Heritage/Buildings of Ireland
Buildings of Ireland Map of St. Mary’s in Enybegs, Longford
Find My Past (FMP)
National Library of Ireland
Google Street Views