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Born in 1805, Susan Hyde married Larkin Moultrie of North Carolina in 1823. By 1830 she was a widow with young son Joseph - who would later become a judge in Santa Clara County. Later that same year, Susan Hyde Moultrie married the Reverend John Eusebius Braly. In 1847, the Braly family migrated overland to California and in 1850 settled in San Jose with their seven children near Lawrence Station and Alviso. Susan Braly assisted her husband in establishing Presbyterian mission churches. She was an accomplished musician and led the singing for many years. Braly is pictured in a widow's veil over a lace cap. Her V-shaped neckline is accented with a cameo pin or brooch which features a likeness of her late husband. Covered buttons decorate the center front and sloping shoulder lines lead to flaring sleeves. (Description taken from "Pioneer Women of Santa Clara County: Selections from The Permanent Collection," by Helen Keusel and Milita Rios-Samaniego, San Jose Historical Museum, 1991)
Women Pioneers--California (LCSH) Nineteenth century (LCSH) Portrait photographs Braly, Susan