The John Brady and Mary Kane Family of South Bend, Indiana: An Analysis of this Irish Family's Migration from Ireland to South Bend Indiana and Beyond in South Bend St. Joseph and Sacred Heart Church Records, Census and other Resources

John Brady and Mary Kane appear to have been married in Laporte, Indiana on May 28, 1859. Laporte is a Town about 36 miles west of South Bend. They appear to have arrived in the South Bend area sometime before 1868 (when their son Joseph was baptized at Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame). They were members of St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana according to their 1876 Census and resided on Notre Dame Avenue in the City of South Bend in Ward 4 on June 2 when the 1880 census was conducted.

The objective of this compilation is to try to establish the earliest possible evidence of this family in the United States through all available resources.

This will most definitely be a work in progress and all findings I speculate on would have to be proven for accuracy with Ireland and U.S. marriage records, church baptismal records and death records among other genealogical resources. Please use this information with that caveat in mind so that nothing is assumed and no stones are left unturned to assure it's your family and the connection is accurate. Please contact me if you feel that you are descended from this family or another South Bend, Indiana Irish Family so that we can share information, see if there were common migration trails followed and delve further back into their origins in Ireland!

Regarding Surname Brady: There is an entry for a Maggie Brady? age ? (that is crossed out) looks like 4/30? Daughter born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland who is dead. This entry appears in district 162 of the 1880 South Bend, Indiana Census. She is listed with other deceased citizens with a notation that they should be entered and credited. I think she may have been born in 1879 and this a error in listing the month but I am not sure. Could it be a member of this Brady family such as Margaret Joannem that died within a year of birth?

Research Observations and Analysis:

Census, Church or other Record Date Born, Baptized, Married Father/ Husband Mother/ Wife Child Occupation; Misc.
Indiana Marriage Collection 1800-1941 Ancestry.com Database (Possible marriage record for John Brady and Mary Kane) May 28, 1859 Laporte, Indiana Brady, John Kane, Mary   Book R-D; Page 484
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Records October 31, 1868 Birth and November 8, 1858 Baptism Brady, Joanne of Hibernia Kane, Maria of Hibernia Joseph Gulielmus Joyce and Birg Haney Sp
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Records March 10, 1872 Birth and Baptism Brady, Joanne Kane, Maria Elizabeth Gulielmus Roach and Birgitta Roach Sp
St Joseph Church Census for the City of Lowell- Head of Families 1874 Brady, Jno      
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Baptismal Records April 24, 1875 Birth and May 9, 1875 Baptism Brady, Johanne Kane, Maria Annam Mariam (Ann Mary) Thomas Hoban and spouse
St Joseph Church Census- 1876 1876 Brady, Jno, age 40 Brady, Mary, age 40 Brady, Katie, age 15  
" "     Brady, Mary, age 14  
" "     Brady, Wlm, age 8  
" "     Brady, Joseph, age 7  
" "     Brady, Ellen, age 3  
" "     Brady, Elizabeth, age 3  
" "     Brady, Anna M?, 6 mos?  
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Baptismal Records July 16, 1879 Birth and July 20, 1879 Baptism Brady, Joannis Kane, Maria Margaritam Joannam Gulielmus Kane and Anna Kane sp
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Burial Records July 21, 1879 Burial Brady, Joannis Kane, Mariae Margaritam Joanam Joannis Brady and Edwardus Douly?
St Joseph Church Census for 1880 1880 Brady, John, age 42 Kane, Mary, age 33 Brady, Katharine, age 20  
" "     Brady, Mary, age 18  
" "     Brady, William, age 13  
" "     Brady, Joseph, age 12  
" "     Brady, Lizzie, age 8  
" "     Brady, Ellen, age 8  
" "     Brady, Anna Maria, age 4  
1880 US Census for City of South Bend, St Joseph County, IN Ward 4, District 162 June 2, 1880 Brady, John, 42 born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland Brady, Mary, age 30 wife born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland Brady, Kate, 20 yr old daughter born in Indiana John is a Moulder; Katie is a Servant
" "     Brady, Mary, 18 yr old daughter born in Indiana Servant
" "     Brady, Willie, 13 yr old son born in Penn. Singer Sewing Machine
" "     Brady, Joseph, 12 yr old son born in Indiana  
" "     Brady, Ellen, 9 yr old twin daughter born in Indiana  
" "     Brady, Lizzie, 9 yr old twin daughter born in Indiana  
" "     Brady, Ann M, 5 yr old daughter born in Indiana  
1900 US Census for Portage Township, City of South Bend, St Joseph County, IN District 0120 June 4 and 5, 1900; Residence at 1015 Jefferson Street Brady, John, Head age 66, born Feb 1834 Ireland; parents born in Ireland; 41 yrs this marriage Brady, Mary, Wife, age 64 born April 1836 in Ireland; parents born in Ireland; 41yrs this marriage; 7 kids, 7 living Brady, Mary, 34 yr old single daughter born March 1866 Indiana; John is a Laborer in a Factory. He arrived in US 1850, here 50 yrs, naturalized; Wife Mary arrived 1855 here 45 yrs; daughter Mary works in Shirt Factory
" "     Brady, Ellen, 28 yr old single daughter born March 1872 in Indiana Works Shirt Factory
" "     Brady, Lizzie, 28 yr old Single daughter born March 1874 in Indiana Works Shirt Factory
" "     Brady, Anna, 25 yr old Single Daughter born in Indiana  
South Bend City Directory for 1903 1903 Brady, John (Mary)   residence 1015 W Jefferson, Works Singer Mfg Co. (Anna Brady listed at same address)
South Bend City Directory for 1906 1906 Brady, John (Mary)   John is a Flagman for GT Ry; residence 1015 W Jefferson, South Bend, Mishawaka, IN; son Joseph Laborer and Daughter Elly who works at Davies Laundry also listed at this address.
South Bend City Directory for 1908 1908 Brady, John (Mary)   John was a watchman at Gt and W Ry Residence 1015 W Jefferson; Son Joseph, Laborer, Dtr's Mary and Ellen who work at Davies Laundry, and Elizabeth who works at Wilson Bros. are all listed at this residence
Indiana Deaths 1882-1920 (Possible death record for John Brady) January 27, 1909 Brady, John died at age 75 South Bend, Indiana     Book Ch45; page 9 Indiana Public Works Admin.