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To daughter Mary Brady 10 pounds. To heirs of son
John, if any, i dollar, when demanded. To dear and loving
son Robert, all the balance of my estate. ^,^,,, ^^^

ALEX. McLaughlin,





i SAMUEL QUIGLEY, d. May 28, 1753.

ii. JOHN QUIGLEY, d. June 6, 1753.

iii. MARTHA QUIGLEY, d. June 12, 1753.

iv AGNES QUIGLEY, d. Aug. 26, 1756.

a. v'. MARY QUIGLEY, b. Aug. 16, 1735; m. Captain John

Brady. ^ ,

b. vi. ROBERT QUIGLEY, b. 1744; m. Mary Jacob.




"Hug-h Brady, Most Reverend Lord Bishop of Meath
was the fourth son of Sir Dennis O'Grady or Brady, of
Fassaghmore, County Clare, Ireland, knight and chief of
his name, and was directly descended from a long line of
ancestors, including several kings of the province of Mun-
ster, and other McBradys who were monarchs of Ireland,
their genealogy having been traced back to King Milesius,
by Sir William Betham, who was Ulster King of Arms,
Dublin, In course of time the O and the Mc were dropped
and the name became plain Brady. Hugh Brady, above
mentioned, was the first Protestant Bishop of Meath
county, Ireland, whose descendants have continued to con-
form to the Protestant religion. One branch of the family
was represented in England by Sir A. Brady, baronet, Lon-
don, and by his brother. Captain Edward Brady, who mar-
ried Mary Ann Sharp, a descendant of James Sharp, Arch-
bishop of St. Andrews, Scotland, who was murdered near
Edinburg, May 3, 1679, General Alexander Brady Sharp,
of Carlisle, Penna., a representative of the Sharp branch,
made a study of the family genealogy. Another branch of
the Brady family in Pennsylvania is that of Captain John
Brady. His father, Hugh Brady, the propositus, an Ennis-
killiner, who with Hannah, his wife, had seven sons and
two daughters, are reported to have settled along the Cono-
doguinet creek, and have come from Delaware at an early
date. This may be a mistake however, but we have no
definite proof. All the sons and daughters married and
had issue. Samuel married Jane Simonton, and had six
children, two sons and four daughters, John married
Mary Quigley and had thirteen children. Joseph married
Mary Carnahan and had two sons and four daughters. He


was a soldier oi the Revolution. William married Fer-
guson, who emigrated to North Carolina after the Revo-
lutionary War, and from thence to Kentucky. Hugh
married Jane Young and had five sons and four daughters,
two of whom, Hannah and Rel^ecca, married Samuel and
Hugh McCune in the Cumberland Valley. Ebenezer mar-
ried Jane Irvine, and had four sons and four daughters.
James married Rebecca Young and had four sons and three
daughters. Mary married Samuel Hanna, and had two
sons and two daughters. Margaret married Archibald
Hanna and they also had four children, two' sons and two


(Rt. Hon. Sir Magiere Brady, Bart, P. C. Vice Chan-
cellor of the Queen's University, and a Commissioner of
National Education, at one time Lord Chancellor of Ire-
land, 2nd son of Francis Tempest Brady, Esq., of Willow
Park, Co. Dublin).

Arms — Az. A Saltire eng.

Or. btw. 4 Martlets Ar.

On a chief Gu. 3 dishes, each holding

a boar's head couped of the 2nd.
Crest — A Martlet Or. charged on the

breast with a trefoil slipped Vert.
Motto — Vincit Pericula Virtus.

(Virtue Conquers Peril.) — Burke.
Symbolism :

Or. (Gold) Generosity.

Ar. (Silver) Peace and Purity.

Gu. (Red) Military Fortitude.

Az. (Blue) Truth and Loyalty.

Vert. (Green) Hope.
The boar's head was a mark of hospitality.
The Saltire cross was the symbol of resolution.
Being engrailed shows a grant of land given at some time.
The Martlet was the mark of the 4th son in a family, and
having no feet to stand on, meant he was dependent on his
own exertion for support.

The trefoil signifies perpetuity. — -Wade.




a. Mary Ouigley daughter of James Ouigley and Jean-
ette Quigley was born August i6, 1735 in Hopewell town-
ship, Cumberland Co., Penna., died October 20, 1783, mar-
ried 1755, Captain John Brady, born 1733, died April 11,


No family of pioneers was more conspicuous in the early
history and settlement of the country than the Bradys.
Hugh Brady and Hannah Brady came to the Scotch-Irish
Covenanter community, along the Conodoguinet creek about
1750. Tradition points to the fact that they lived in Dela-
ware, and removed to Pennsylvania at the solicitation -of
friends who were prosperous and found the land good and
available. They were near neighbors of the Ouigley family,
and were members of the Middle Spring Presbyterian
church. John Brady, the second son of Hugh Brady and
Hannah Brady was born near Newark, Delaware, where
he received a good education and taught school.
He came with his parents to Pennsylvania, and
soon won the love of Mary Quigley. At twenty-
two, the age of his marriage, he was six feet
in height, well formed, with black hair, hazel eyes and a dark
complexion. Fearless, impulsive and generous, he was one
whom friends loved and enemies hated. Soon after his
marriage, the breaking out of the French and Indian War
caused him tO' enlist in the service and defend his country
from the merciless invaders. On July 19, 1763, he was
commissioned captain. Second battalion of the Pennsylvania
Regiments, commanded by Governor John Perm, Lieutenant
Colonels Asher Clayton and Tobias Frances. In 1764 he


received his commission of captain in the Second Pennsyl-
vania battahon, in Colonel Bouquet's expedition west of the
Ohio, in which campaign he participated, and took part in
the land grant to the officers in that service during the year
1766. He was actively engaged against the Indians who
made desperate slaughter in Bedford and Cumberland coun-
ties, and killed many of the settlers. When his regiment
reached Bedford, the officers drew a written agreement,
wherein they asked the proprietaries for sufficient land on
which to erect a compact and defensible town, and give each
a commodious plantation on which to build a dwelling.
Captain John Brady was one of the officers who signed this
petition. In 1768, "urged by the restless, mysterious impulse
that moulds the destiny of the pioneer of civilization," he
removed his family to Standing Stone, now Huntingdon,
Penna. The following year he again changed his loca-
tion tO' a site opposite the present town of Lewistown,
Penna. At that period titles to uncultivated lands could be
secured by erecting a house, and by cutting a few trees by
way of improvement. In this manner he took up a vast
tract of land on the West Branch of the Susquehanna, later
known as Smoketown, and had he lived longer, he would
have been one of the wealthiest men in the state. Owing
to the dishonesty of those connected with the management
of his affairs, his family was deprived of any benefit from
his exertions. In 1776 he took his wife and children and
belongings to Muncy Manor, where he built a semi-fortified
log house, known later as "Brady's Fort". It was a private
affair and was not classed among the provincial fortifica-
tions. The spot on which it stood is now in the borough
of Muncy, and a slight elevation in a field is pointed to as
the exact plot of ground. After Northumberland county
was formed, Captain John Brady was appointed foreman of
the first grand jury, and served in many such capacities

Not slow to respond to the call to arms in defense of
home and the independence of the nation, he marched to the
front in some of the bloodiest engagements of the War of
the Revolution. He fought with Washington at Brandy-
wine, where his two sons Samuel and John were with him,
and he was wounded in the mouth. The loss of some teeth


was the result, but he was disabled by an attack of pleurisy
and was sent home.

In 1775 Colonel Plunkett made his famous expedition
to the Wyoming Valley, and he was one of his ablest assist-
ants. The Connecticut settlers claimed under their charter,
the territory of the province of Pennsylvania as far south
as the 41st degree of latitude, which ran a mile north of
Lewisburg, and determined to enforce their rights. In
1772 a party of them reached the present town of Milton,
but were driven back by Colonel Plunkett. The settlers
were not subdued and the contest was waged many years.
They advanced to the Muncy Valley and made a settlement
where the town was later located. In order to punish the
intruders for their presumption in occupying this part of
the West Branch region, blood was shed and continued loss
of life.

He was a surveyor of land in Cumberland, Buffalo and
White Deer Valleys, and in the possession of his descendant
Mrs. Charles Gustav Ernst, nee Mollie Brady Cooper of
Punxsutawney, Penna., is a surveyor's guide book, entitled
"Tables of Difference of Latitude and Departure", for
navigators, land surveyors, etc., "compiled at the instance
of a committee of the Dublin Society, by John Hood, Land
Surveyor. Published in Dublin in 1772." She has also
an account book, which has on the inside of the leather
cover, the words printed in ink, "John Brady, his book,
Cumberland County, 1765." It shows a report of surveys
from 1765 to 1767, with the name of the owner of land
surveyed, quantity of land surveyed, in whose name, num-
ber in the office, date of application and date of survey, re-
ceipted bills, lists of names of early settlers, and quotations
of pathos and humor, such as "The man can never please
who has but one sort of wit."

Wit sometimes gives us the privilege to play the fool

Keep him at least three paces distant who hates bread,
music, and the laugh of a child.

Call him saint who^ can forget his own sufferings in the
minute griefs of others.


Death at a distance we but slightly fear,
He brings his terrors as he draws more near.

Rememljer man as you pass by,

As thou art now, so once was I.

As I am now, so shalt thou be.

Prepare for death and follow me."

In the same volume is a poem on George III, we presume
original, and a letter.

Oh, George the third ,what do you mean,

Is wisdom from you fled.
Or have you got no eyes to see

That England's almost dead.

Why do you cause the foul north wind

Upon this garden to blow,
So that the flowers cannot spring,

It seems to blast them so.

Consider well before too late.

Consider while you're king.
Oh think, think that your empire's great.

While over us you sing.

But when you turn our cruel foe

As plainly doth appear.
Then we are forced to let you know

That you shall not reign here.

Nor shall your cursed ministry

Impose on us their laws.
And if they ask us to comply

We'll smash and break their jaws.

At Boston now they have begun

To show their cruel spright,
But well I know ere all was done

Many souls did take their flight.

And so shall many, many more

Ere we lose liberty.
Before freedom shall live no more

Both you and we shall die.


A letter written March 26, 1775 :
Honoured Grandfather —

Yesterday my dady handed me a letter with a black
seal, which caused me to' conclude that the contents were
on account of the death of a near friend, which proved true.
I did expect that it was you, my grandfather, as your health
has been much impaired sometime past. But when I read
the letter, I can't tell whether I was glad or sorry, but I
thank God you are not dead, and I hope my grandmother
is gone where the wicked cease from troubling and the
weary are at rest. I know Sir, that if a man of your years
and wisdom and experience does not know how to deport
himself under this afflicting dispensation of God's provi-
dence, it becomes one of my years to be silent in the matter.
I conclude with my best wishes for your prosperity, and
hope yet to see you in the land of the living.

Your loving grandson.

His writing is clear and distinct, even after the lapse of
more than a centur}^ His accounts were kept with accur-
acy and neatness. His brain power showed in his business
transactions as well as on the field of blood, when he hunted
the trail of the red man or struggled with the British, with
whom he put into play his strong arm and fought to kill.

In August 1776 he had an adventure with
the Indians at Derr's landing. Lewisburg was originally
called Derrstown, and on the run that empties in to the river
below the town, was a mill owned by Derr, who kept a
trading house, where the Indians were supplied with pow-
der, lead, tobacca and rum. Captain John Brady feared the
Indians would be tampered with by the British, and thought
it advisable to propose a treaty with the Muncy and Seneca
tribes, who were up the West Branch, and were unfriendly
with the Delawares on the North Branch. He and
two others were chosen to make the proposal. They
sought the chiefs of the tribes, who listened with apparent
approval, smoked the pipe of peace, promised to be present
at Fort Augusta on the appointed day, led the men out of
their camp, and shook hands with them in seeming friend-
ship. They assembled at the fort a hundred strong, and
dressed with all the adornments of war on their persons.
The people at the fort were too poor to make large presents


such as the Indians had received on former occasions, and
the treaty was not made. They left well satisfied however,
and in their canoes proceeded homeward. Later in the day
Captain John Brady imagined Derr's might be besieged, and
his home was near the landing and his family possibly in
danger. He crossed the North Branch, and on the bank of the
river near the trading house were the canoes of the Indians.
The squaws after some time, worked with oars to get the
canoes to his side of the stream, and when they landed, ran
to the thickets of sumac, which grew on his farm to the
height of a man's head. Not slow to suppose they were in
mischief, he rapidly went to where they were, and found
the squaws conveying rifles, tomahawks and knives into the
bushes and hiding them. He jumped into a canoe and
crossed to Derr's, where he found the Indians intoxicated.
A barrel of rum stood at the door, with the head out. He
emptied its contents, and said to Derr, "My God, Frederick
what have you done?" To which Derr replied, "Dey dells
me gif um no dreet town on de fort, so I dinks as I gif um
one here, als he go home in bease." One of the Indians told
him he would one day rue the spilling of the rum, and
he was on his gxiard, for he knew the revengeful spirit
of his enemy. They left Derr's the next day, after a night
of drunken rioting.

On March 3, 1776, he was commissiond first major of
the battalion commanded by Colonel Plunkett, and on Oc-
tober 14 ,1776, captain in the Twelfth regiment of the
Pennsylvania line, commanded by Colonel William Cooke,
whose two daughters became wives of two of Captain John
Brady's sons. In 1778, on the invasion of the Wyom-
ing Valley he went with his family to Sunbury, and Sep-
tember I, 1778, returned to the army. In the spring of
1779 he received orders to join Colonel Hartley on the
West Branch, and on the nth of April, 1779, was killed
by a concealed body of Indians. He had taken an active
part in efforts to subdue their atrocities, and his daring and
repeated endeavors, intensified their hatred and desire to
capture him, resulting so fatally on that spring time
morning. With a guard and wagon he went up the river
to Wallis' to procure supplies. His family was living at
the "Fort," at Muncy, during the winter and early spring,


and from his home to the provision house was only a few
hours ride. On their return trip, about three miles from
Fort Brady, at Wolf Run, they stopped to wait for the
wagon, which was coming another way. Peter Smith
whose family was massacred on the lOth of June, and on
whose farm young James Brady was mortally wounded,
was by his side. Captain John Brady said, "This would be a
good place for Indians to hide." Smith replied in the af-
firmative, when the report of three rifles was heard, and the
Captain fell without uttering a sound. He was shot with
two balls between the shoulders. Smith mounted the horse
of his commander and escaped to the woods unharmed, and
on to- the settlement. It was not known what Indians did
the shooting, but proof was evident that a party had fol-
lowd him with intent to kill. In their haste, they did not
scalp him, nor take his money, a gold watch, and his com-
mission, which he wore in a green bag suspended from his
neck, his dearest earthly possession. Thus perished one of
the most skilled and daring Indian fighters, as well as one
of the most esteemed and respected of men, on v/hose sterl-
ing qualities and sound judgment, the pioneers of the entire
settlement depended.

Carried to his home at Fort Brady, which he erected
and is now within the borough limits of Munc}', his heroic
little wife looked the second time upon the blood stained
form of one of her family, her son James having met the
same doom on the 8th of August of the preceding year.

Laid to rest on the hillside where few interments had been
made, his grave was well nigh forgotten, and weeds and
briars hid the lonely mound of earth, until the spot was
identified through the efforts of a granddaughter of Captain
John Brad}^, Mrs. Backus, wife of General Electus Backus,
U. S. A. Prior to 1830 at Halls, a heavy granite marker
was erected bearing the inscription

Captain John Brady,

Fell in defense of our forefathers.

At Wolf Run, April 11, 1779,

Aged 46 years.

An old comrade who was present at his burial, pointed.

NIA, OCTOBER 15, 1879


to the site, and requested that he be laid by his side. His
request was granted, and near by Captain. John Brady's
grave, is that of his friend Henry Lebo. The highway runs
by the cemetery, which is between Muncy and WilHamsport,
and is beautifully located, and is in a good state of preser-
vation, the dust of many pioneer settlers within its bosom.

A hundred years after his death, through a dollar sub-
scription fund, raised by Mr. J. M. M. Gernerd, a monu-
ment was placed in the cemetery at Muncy, and unveiled
October 15, 1879. The date 1779 is on the front of the
shaft, the name "John Brady" in the die, and the date of
erection 1879 in the sub-base. The cost was $1600.00,
and that of the slab in the burial lot at Halls $70.00, the
latter also due to the untiring energy of Mr. Gernerd, by
an autograph subscription at twenty-five cents a signature.

In closing his oration at the unveiling of the monument,
Hon. John Blair Linn, oi Bellefonte, Penna., said : "To Cap-
tain Brady's descendants, time fails me in paying a proper
tribute. When border tales, have lost their charm for the
evening hour; when oblivion blots from the historic page the
glorious record of Pennsylvania in the Revolution of 1776;
then and then only will Captain Samuel Brady of the Ran-
gers be forg'otten. In private life, in public office, at the
bar, in the Senate of Pennsylvania, in the House of Repre-
sentatives of the United States^ in the ranks of battle, Cap-
tain John Brady's sons and grandsons and great-grandsons
have flung far forward into the future the light of their
family fame."

Captain John Brady was foremost in all expeditions
that went out from the West Branch settlement, and his
untimely death was a sore affliction. AVhen the inmates
of the fort heard the report of the rifles that ended his life,
they with his wife, ran to ask Smith, who was with
him, where he was, and his reply "In heaven or hell or
on his way to Tioga," showed his rapid flight, for he did
not wait to see whether he was killed or taken prisoner.
Some years later, his son General Hugh Brady was visiting
in Chambersburg, Penna., and an old citizen inquired if he
knew John Montour. He became very excited and said,
"Yes, he is the damned rascal who killed my father." Plistor-
ians differ as to the accuracy of the latter statement, but


whether John Montour's was the shot that killed him, enough
it is to know, that a foul hand and revengeful heart wrought
his doom. Not only had he been a soldier, but was useful
and influential in political life. His was a remarkable ca-
reer, and death claiming him in the prime of manhood,
robbed the earth of one of her strongest sons, and the nation
of one of her most loyal subjects, but in the lives and life
work of his children, was continued and completed the
blessings and benefits to mankind commenced so unselfishly
by him.

And now came the test of character which proved Mary
Quigley Brady a true woman, a consecrated mother, and
one of the bravest heroines of history. At the age of
twenty, the little Scotch-Irish maiden with large bright blue
eyes, linked her fortune with that of John Brady, big,
broadshouldered, and handsome, coming scarcely above his
heart in height, yet as fearless and noble as he. It was con-
sidered a good match. The Quigley and Brady families
were of the same faith, the same social standing, and each
in comfortable circumstances. Until 1768 she either lived
with her father or near him, and enjoyed the privileges of
her girlhood home as in days gone by. With true wifely
devotion she followed her husband's restless footsteps to the
West Branch Valley, and on the tract of land which was
given him for provincial services, she began her work of
training her sons and daughters for the duties of life, and
nobly she fulfilled her mission. Churches there were none,
hence the instruction given, was largely due to her zeal,
while the father cultivated the soil and protected the little
home won by him by military daring. Later, on their pro-
ductive land near Muncy, she encouraged her sons in the
tilling of the soil, but their souls longed for broader fields
of activity and usefulness, and the battle cry rather than the
reaper's song brought a responsive echo. "Her sons, beside
their fine mental endowments, were perfect specimens of
humanity, and the average height of the six boys when
grown to manhood was six feet."

When Captain John Brady joined Washington's army,
he took with him his sons Samuel and James, the first win-
ning an officer's commission soon after he was twenty years


of age, and James becoming a sergeant before he reached
the age of eighteen.

Day after day during those perilous times, Mary Quigley
Brady kept her younger sons employed on the farm, ever
on the alert against the surprises of the Indians. Her posi-
tion being wearing and dangerous, her husband was
given leave of absence while the army was in winter quar-
ters at Valley Forge.. In 1778 her son James was mortally
wounded by an Indian, dying four days after Liberty, her
youngest and thirteenth child was born. As independence
had just been declared, she called her Liberty, and was very
anxious lest the minister who christened the child, would
not know whether , from the name, it was a boy or girl.
He baptized it Liberty Brady, and happily applied the fem-
inine gender in his prayer for its welfare, and relieved the
mother's anxiety. As there were thirteen states, and this
the thirteenth child, the name was fitting and well chosen,
and has descended to each successive generation of the
Quigley family. After the death of her husband in 1779,
with her cup of sorrow filled to the brim ; turning from his
new made grave, beside which slumbered four children, she
fled with her nine remaining sons and daughters to the home
•of her parents in the Cumberland Valley, along the Conodo-
giiinet Creek. She spent the months from May until Octo-
ber with her father and mother, returning to the Buffalo
Valley with her family, and settled on the original tract of
land presented to her husband by the government. Many
men would shrink from such a perilous undertaking in
those days of bloodshed, knowing not in what bushes might
be hiding an Indian who hungered for a scalp to add to his
trophies; but her duty to her children led her through all
the dangers, and her cheerful courage never flinched, and
with her manly sons and helpful daughters took up the
burden of life again in her own home.

When she started from her father's house, her brother
Robert Quigley gave her a cow, which she led over the hills
to the Buffalo Valley, carrying Liberty, who was fourteen
months old, before her, on horseback. Her indomitable per-
severance enabled her to reach her destination in safety, but
the dif^culties and exposure of the journey were great, and

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