Born in Loughborough to parents Henry and Bridget Brady, he married Mary Ann Winterbottom on 11th June 1871 and by 1881 the family, including three daughters and two sons, were living at No. 6, Buckhorn Square, off Craddock Street, when he was working for the firm as a labourer. The family moved to Stratford Cottages, Shakespeare Street, soon after they were built in 1886, reportedly living at No. 33 in 1888, No. 35 in 1889, and 1891 and finally No. 36 in 1893. By 1891, he had stopped being a labourer and had moved into the firm’s offices, working initially as a clerk before being appointed the firm’s cashier. Around 1895, they moved to No.42, Broad Street, before moving next door to No. 41, around 1898. Still at No. 41 in 1901, their 23-year-old son, John, was working as an iron moulder. Although there is no proof that he was working for Messenger & Co., Ltd., in the 1911 census, still living at home, he was still working as an iron moulder for a firm of “hot water engineers”, presumably Messenger & Co., Ltd. By 1903 they had moved to No. 26, Burleigh Road, where they remained for the next 25 years. No. 26, is an end of terrace property on the north-east side of the road. Built in 1902, it forms part of a group of houses known as Coronation Villas; presumably named in commemoration of the coronation of Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 9th August 1902. Today, it sits on the corner of the extended Chestnut Avenue; however, when the house was built Burleigh Road was cul-de-sac and No. 26 was at the end of the row, with an orchard on the far side of what was to become Chestnut Avenue. A lane, a continuation of Radmore Jitty originally ran alongside the house towards the original extent of Chestnut Avenue, dividing the end of the road from the orchard.
John, junior, died in 1920, aged 42 and his father almost ten years later, on 11th June 1930, aged 81, leaving an estate valued at £1,931 4s. 9d. His two daughters Margaret Ellen Clarke (a widow) and Theresa Preston, wife of George Henry Preston acted as executors; his wife having died, aged 63, in 1914.
- Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1888. ↑
- Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1889. ↑
- 1891 Census Return. ↑
- Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1893. ↑
- A Century of Progress – a History of Messenger & Company, Limited. 1858-1958 (Unpublished). ↑
- Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1895. ↑
- Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1898. ↑
- Census Return. ↑
- 1911 Census Return. ↑
- Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1903. ↑
- Probate Records. ↑