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Robert W. Brahan , 1811 - 1885, TX.
Posted by: Shirley Grammer Date: August 04, 2001 at 15:58:28
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I have several articles from the San Antonio Express News on the death of Robert Weakly Brahan. This is the first I will share. Will post others later if there is interest.

APRIL 1885


The announcement of the death of Maj. Robert Brahan, which occurred at the residence of his son-in-law, Col. Ed Cunningham, about 8 O'Clock yesterday morning, will be received with universal regret in this community where he was so well known and beloved by all classes of our people. The immediate cause of his death was paralysis of the heart, and came quite unexpected to his aged wife and relatives, for he had a few moments, previous to his demise, dressed himself with the intention of coming downtown when overtaken by the great leveler of all mankind. It was a sad blow for his loving family and devoted friends, even though he had spent a long life of usefulness and good doing.
Major Brahan was born and raised in Tennessee, well educated as a physician, principally from the residence of General Jackson at the Hermitage, his father having been a noted surgeon in the United States Army under General Jackson, and for whom he retained a life-long and warm friendship. The family afterwards moved to Alabama and the major came to Texas in 1852, being then 41 years of age and has resided nearly ever since on the Cibolo where he first settled, with the exception of the past three or four years when he took up his residence with his son-in-law in this city. While engaged in the avocation of a farmer and planter, the old gentleman continued to practice his profession for his friends and neighbors as a pleasure and not for profit. His house was always open for his friends, the hospitality of which was as unbounded and free as the air, and his purse was ever ready to relieve the sufferings of the poor and distressed. In summing up the many good qualities of his head and heart, it may be said that he was one of nature's noblemen, a southern gentleman of the old school, who scorned a mean or dishonest act and lived a life of honor and usefulness.
Of the family who are left behind to mourn for him, there are his beloved wife, two sons and three daughters - Haywood and Clay Brahan, Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Terrell and Mrs. Robert Houston. The latter daughter resides at Floresville in Wilson County.
The major, though apparently in good health, frequently expressed himself to friends that he could not live much longer, and only a day or two ago, while in conversation with Mr. Barney Oppenheimer, said he felt his end was near, and having been an active Mason for nearly forty years, he declared that his remains should be buried by that order. He was also a warm friend of this paper under the present management, remaining a subscriber from the first issue, over nine years ago, until his death. His visits to our counting room were as regular as clock-work on the beginning of each quarter. When here last on the first of April, the kindly old gentleman expressed a belief that he would not live to make the next call. His prediction has proved only too true, for he has been called upon to cross over the valley of the shadow of death to that unknown land where the lives of just men are made perfect.
Having passed the allotted age of man, he has gone down to the grave like a good man, beloved by his own and honored by all men.
Peace to his ashes and comfort be to those who mourn.


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