Tom Brady Family History

Overview

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr, better known as the footballer Tom Brady, was born on August 3rd, 1977 to Thomas and Galynn Brady in San Mateo, California.  He was the youngest of their four children, but their only boy.  Growing up, Tom was a natural in sports, excelling in both football and baseball.  Football won out – his hero as a boy was Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers – and he played college football at the University of Michigan.

At that time Brady was rated as a quarterback but not highly rated.  He was not selected until the sixth round of the NFL Draft in 2000 by the New England Patriots.  But he blossomed with the Patriots under coach Bill Belichick and their record of success became the greatest in NFL history, winning six Super Bowls.  Perhaps even more remarkable was the fact that he left the Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 and, reunited with his tight end Rob Gronkowski, won his seventh Super Bowl at the age of forty-three.

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From the Potato Famine to the Super Bowl

At the time of the Famine in Ireland, around 1850, John Brady left Cavan for Boston where he found work as a general laborer.  He married Bridget Bailey there, also a refugee from the Famine, and they had two sons Henry and Phllip.  Sometime before the Civil War, the Brady family left Boston for the West Coast.  The impetus seems to have come from John’s wife Bridget, her sister Ann and Ann’s husband Lawrence Meegan who had been offered a job in San Francisco as a harness maker.

The Meegans and Bradys lived together in the Mission district of San Francisco, probably closer together after Lawrence Meegan and John’s wife Bridget both died in the 1860’s.  Lawrence’s son Pete Meegan became a baseball pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1885, but died young in 1905 at the age of forty-two.  John’s son Philip Brady was a San Francisco firefighter for twenty seven years and was there to respond to the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake. His son was a former police sergeant who was working as a newspaper reporter when he was shot and killed in Oakland in 1922.

Philip’s youngest son Harry married Margaret Buckley in San Francisco in 1935.  Her brother Michael, captured in North Africa in 1941, was to be the first American prisoner of war in World War Two.  Harry and Margaret raised seven children, including Thomas – the father of Super Bowl hero Tom Brady – who was born in 1944.

Thomas Brady Sr married Galynn Johnson, a TWA flight attendant from Minnesota, in 1969 and they settled in the San Francisco suburb of San Mateo.  They are the parents of four children and ten grandchildren.  Thomas ran his own insurance business in San Francisco.  When the children were young they would spend summer vacations at Galynn’s hometown of Browerville, Minnesota where her family had a dairy farm.

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Tom Brady’s’ Family Tree
  • John Brady from Cavan m. Bridget Bailey from Ireland in Boston
  • – Henry Brady (b. 1857)
  • – Philip Brady (b. 1860)
  • Philip Brady m. Ellen Donoghue (1865-1949) in San Fransisco in 1895
  • – Philip Brady (1896-1922)
  • – Harold Brady (b. 1898)
  • – Helen Brady (b. 1904)
  • – Harry Brady (1905-1984)
  • Harry Brady m. Margaret Buckley (1910-2005) in San Francisco in 1935
  • – three sons (Philip, Thomas, and Harry)
  • – and four daughters (Barbara, Mary, Kathleen, and Margaret)
  • Thomas Edward Brady (b. 1944) m. Galynn Johnson from Minnesota (b. 1944) in 1969
  • – Maureen Brady (b. 1972)
  • – Julie Brady (b. 1974) m. Kevin Youkilis
  • – Nancy Brady (b. 1975) m. Steven Bonelli
  • – Tom Brady (b. 1977) m. Giselle Bundchen in 2009

 

 

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