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and with her children and his prisoner, he started for the
nearest settlement. Jenny Stupes had a little dog, which
followed her, and by means of which the Indians who be-
longed to the party that captured her, could trail her and
her rescuer.

After the load firec| into the Indian's body, but three were
left for his rifle. He did not want to lose one by killing
the dog, yet it had to be killed or the little band of fugitives
might be found. Finally the dog came near, and he
used his tomahawk in putting it out of the way. At last


Fort Pitt was reached, and Jenny, her two children, and the
captured squaw, landed in safety within its walls.

He was anxious to see the Indian he had shot and he
went to the spot the next day, in company with a body of
men from Fort Mcintosh. They searched for the warrior,
and were about to leave in despair, when a pet Indian who
had come with them, called them to a glade, where they
found his grave. His comrades had carefully buried him,
but laid branches of trees beside him, and stuck bushes into>
the ground, which instead of concealing him, withered and
disclosed the spot. He lay about two feet under the sod,
with all his accoutrements of war around him, his savage
jewelry on his arms and breast. Stripped of his raiment
and jewels, his ammunition taken from him, he was alone
and unadorned in his narrow bed. Captain Samuel Brady
had achieved such fame and had successfully met and con-
quered so many Indian outbreaks in the past few months,
that when he and his men arrived at Pittsburg, with the
scalp of the dead chief, they were received with military

He was a "gentle and taciturn man, of handsome, lithe,
graceful figure, warmly attached to his friends, never boast-
ful or given to harsh expressions in regard to persons or
subjects." "Contrary to the family habit, he was a swarthy
man, with long black hair, and bright blue Irish eyes like
his mother." His eyes were beautiful, and in conversation
he moved his head less than them. His manner was quiet
but full of gentlemanly courtesy. He was beloved by the
children, and lying in front of the blazing logs he recounted
his adventures, and they in childish wonder and admiration,
gathered around him. until he rolled himself in his blanket
and went to sleep. He preferred this, and usually came in
by the back gate "just to see how Polly and the children
were getting along." Polly was his sister and expected him
to disappear as mysteriously as he came. He was well
versed in the Bible, and at times when induced to stay over
night, he would suggest to the boys, William and Jackson
Gray, that they get a Bible and read "varse about". A
chapter anywhere was found, and with no book, he re-
peated his part correctly. His favorite position during
these readings was stretched on the floor, with his big, earn-


est eyes fixed on the fire. He was full of true, wholesome


He was not afraid to speak the truth, even though it
meant death. After peace was declared, he killed three
Indians, and a reward of three hundred dollars was offered
for him. Sometime later, he was sitting in a tavern in West
Virginia, when two Virginians rode up, and told the keeper
they wanted horse feed and dinner. He was rolling his-
rifle on his knees, and they laid their pistols on a table near,
while they conversed with the landlord. He told them the
young Captain was popular and lived in that region. They
promised him part of the reward if he would assist in his.
capture. The landlord said it was useless as no one could
take Sam Brady alive. They vowed they could. The man
opposite said/T am Sam Brady". The>' looked at him, meas-
ured his strength, and gave up the attempt. After dimier
they turned to the table to take up their pistols, but the
Captain of the Rangers said "no", and not even the landlord
persuaded him to change his mind. He afterward presented
them to their sons. At the trial at Pittsburg, he laid the
scalps on the bar, and said, "There they are, I killed them."
Women and men were there to fight for him if necessary,
but their services were not needed.

His success as a scout, and the public recognition and
applause of his daring enterprises, met with approbation
with some, and envy with others. A number of his brother
officers censured the commandant for giving him such fre-
quent opportunities for preferment and distinction. The
jealousy waxed greater, until an open complaint was made,
and a demand sent to headquarters, that others should be-
allowed to share with him the dangers and honors of the
service. He was soon acquainted with the facts, and in a
few weeks an opportunity was presented, which tested the
efficiency of the arrangement.

.The Indians made inroads into the Sewickly settlement,
committing the most barbarous depredations. A party of
soldiers was sent to subdue them, under command of offi-
cers, his name omitted. The day after they started, he begged
the commander to give him a few men, "just to catch the
Indians," but he was refused. With true Scotch-Irish per-
severance however, he tried his luck a second time with bet-


ter results, and was put in command of five men. With
these he added his pet Indian, who served as his mascot, and
struck the Indian trail. Instead of moving in the same
direction as the first detachment had done, he crossed the
Allegheny at Pittsburg and went up the stream. He sup-
posed the Indians had come down the river in canoes, until
they reached the settleinent, and examined the mouths of all
the creeks flowing into it. At the mouth of the Big Mahon-
ing, six miles above Kittanning, the canoes were drawn up
to the western bank. He moved down the river and as soon
as it was dark, he made a raft and crossed to the Kittan-
ning side. He then went up the creek, and found the In-
dians had crossed too, as their canoes were drawn to its
upper bank. He subdued their atrocities at that place.

When General Wayne reached Pittsburg in 1792 he
requested Captain Samuel Brady, who lived in Ohio Co., W.
Va., to come to him, and on his arrival gave him command
of all the spies in the employ of the government at that time.
He ordered his sixty or seventy men so judiciously, that the
frontier was free from depredations. Rev. Cyrus Town-
send Brady, D. D., says, "He was a singular mixture of the
Puritan and cavalier. He could pray like an old Cove-
nanter, and fight with all the dash and spirit of Prince-
Rupert. Pennsylvania owes him a debt of gratitude which
should never be forgotten." Tradition tells us Cooper used
him as his hero in the Leather Stocking Tales.

His wife was the daughter of Captain Van Swearingen.
After marriage, they lived at Chartier's Creek, Washington
Co., Penna., then in Ohio Co., W. Va., near Wellsburg, and
in 1793 removed to Short Creek, two miles west of West
Liberty, W. Va., where he resided until his death. His life
in years was short, in deeds beyond the reckoning of man.
No man was a better fighter. No undertaking was too great
for him, nor peril too blinding. Captain Samuel Brady of
the Rangers was as tender as a woman, and few men have
been as sincerely beloved, and as deeply mourned when death
claimed him.


12. i. VAN SWEARINGEN BRADY, b. Sept. 13, 1786; m. EUz-

abeth Ivess.

13. ii. JOHN BRADY, b. May 24, 1790; m. Nancy Ridgely.


III. James Brady^ (Mary Quigley Brady^, James Quig-
ley^) second son of Captain John Brady and Mary Quigley
Brady, was born 1758, near Shippensburg, Cumberland Co.,
Penna., died August 13, 1778.

Like his brother he was a strong, healthy child, and in
his boyhood learned to shoulder his musket, and follow In-
dian trails. With the gift of one born to command, he de-
veloped a powerful physique, which gave promise of great
personal magnetism and ability, but destiny decreed other-
wise. At the age of eighteen, he was a sergeant, and accom-
panied his father and brother on several occasions, when
they joined the troops under General Washington. His
mind was brilliant, and his dash and spirit indicated his
good humored superiority; his agility and bravery in all
daring expeditions and exploits made him popular with his

He was six feet, one inch in height, and had red hair.
General Hugh Brady paid him a glowing tribute, when he
said, "My brother, James, was a remarkable man. Nature
had done much for him. His mind was as well finished as
his body. I have ever placed him by the side of Jonathan,
son of Saul, for beauty of person and nobleness of soul, and
like him, he fell by the hands of the Philistines."

At that time, the men wore long hair, plaited and tied
in a queue at the back of the head. James had his hair
arranged in the prevailing fashion, and the color and fine
suit were admired by his friends. He was captain of the
militia, and one day the "Young Captain of the Susque-
hanna," with others, was having his hair "done up" by Mrs.
Buckalow. He was lively and full of nonsense, and she said
to him, "Ah, Jim, I fear the Indians will get this red scalp of
yours yet." "If they do", he replied, "it will make a bright
light on a dark night". In less than a week he fell a prey to
the tomahawk, and the savages held his scalp as a trophy.

On the 8th of August, 1778, a corporal and four men of
Colonel Hartley's regiment, with three militiamen were or-
dered to guard fourteen reapers and cradlers who were
assisting Peter Smith, near the mouth of Loyalsock creek,
at Turkey Run, across the river from Williamsport.

It was necessary in those perilous days, to appoint sen-
tries to protect the settlers while they harvested. When no


commissioned officer was present, it was the custom for the
company to choose a leader, whom they called "Captain",
and to obey him in every respect. James Brady, on account
of his shrewdness and lack of cowardice was selected to com-
mand this party. They reached the farm on Friday and
the greater part of the work was completed that day. That
night four of the reapers returned to Fort Muncy. In the
morning the remainder began their duties again. The four
cradlers were near the house, the reapers at some distance.
The rifles belonging to the men were around a tree, but
Brady thought it imprudent and put his apart from the
others. At daybreak, the fog was so great, the^^ could
scarcely see about them, and an hour after sunrise were
surprised by a band of Indians who took them unawares,
under cover of the fog. The sentty, panic-stricken, fled,
followed by the reapers. Brady ran for his rifle, but was
pursued by three Indians, who fired at him before he reached
it. He fell over a sheaf of grain and escaped the first shot,
but within a few rods of his rifle received a wound in the
arm. He succeeded in getting his gun however, and killed
the first Indian. He picked up another gun and shot a
second, when the remainder closed in upon him. He was
active and in the full vigor of manhood, and for a few
minutes he fought desperately, when a thrust from a spear
pinned him to the ground, and in an instant he was robbed
of his scalp. It was scarcely off his head, when a little In-
dian was told to strike a tomahawk into his bleeding temples
four times. The savages then hurriedly fled, after killing a
sentry and militiaman. Unconscious, he lay for some time,
but when he partially recovered, he crawled to the cabin of
Jerome Vanness, who did the cooking for them,
heard the firing, and concealed himself, but at the
approach of Brady went immediately to him and
rendered him all possible assistance. They found the
Indians were Mingoes, and thirty in number. Brady begged
Vanness to fly, as they might return, but he refused, and
with the aid of soldiers who came from Fort Muncy, he
made his commander comfortable. Vanness had dressed
his frightful wounds, and after drinking quantities of water
he asked for his gim, and with it beside him, went to sleep.
When the relief party rode up, Brady supposed his enemies


had come back, staggered to his feet, grasped his rifle, and
prepared to defend himself. With tenderest care he was taken
to a canoe, and rowed as rapidly as possible down the river
to Sunbury, then Fort Augusta, forty miles away, where
his mother was, and whither he had requested to be con-
veyed to see her.

On the way he thirsted continually and became delirious.
It was nearly midnight when they reached the town, and
they did not intend to arouse Mrs. Brady, but she had fears
that something had happened to her son and met them at
the river. The spot where they landed is pointed out at
Sunbury as a place of interest. The young captain was a
fearful looking spectre of his former self, and the meeting
was heart-breaking.

He lived four days in delirium, and on the fifth his
reason returned and he described the horrible occurrence
with the most minute details. He made a brave fight for
life, but death was inevitable. He was buried near
Fort Augusta, and for more than a century his grave
was unknown. After careful research and investigation
the exact spot Vv^as located, near a saw mill, owned by Ezra
Canfield, and a short distance from Loyalsock creek, where
Bull Run flows into the river.

IV. John Brady^ (Mary Ouigley Brady-, James Quig-
ley^) fourth son of Captain John Brady and Mary Quigley
Brady, was born March i8, 1761 near Shippensburg, Cum-
berland Co., Penna., died December 10, 1809, at Mil-
ton, Penna., married at Shippensburg, January 26, 1785.
Jane McCall, born March 8, 1767, died March 4, 1829.

The heroism and patriotic spirit of the early settlers were
transmitted to their children, and John Brady inherited an
abundant share of pluck and Scotch-Irish determination to
conquer. Born in the Cumberland Valley when the Indians
counted the scalps on their belts with gruesome satisfaction ;
when the lives of men were short and full of danger; with
ancestors who had read their Bibles by the camp fires of
Cromwell's army ; with a father's example to stimulate, and
a mother's counsel to guide, he lived for the furtherance of
the best interests of his country, and enjoyed the esteem and
grateful applause of his friends. When seven years of age he
went with his parents and their children to Standing Stone,


the small Indian town, whSch sheltered this illustrious
family for a year. Along the Juniata river and the West
Branch of the Susquehanna, he spent the years when mas-
sacre and torture were every-day occurrences, and the hair-
breadth escapes of his father and brother Samuel only
intensified his boyish eagerness to drive from his country
the fiery redskins.

He was tall like his brother, six feet, one inch in height,
not heavy but muscular, and as straight as an arrow. His
power of endurance was wonderful, and his intellectual
ability was great, his shrewd insight into human nature
enabling him to serve the government in political as well
as savage warfare.

No perilous expedition undertaken by his father was con-
sidered too dangerous for him to share. When Captain
John Brady and his son Samuel w.e ordered to Brandy wine,
John the younger, was allowed the privilege of going with
them to return with the horses. He was directed by his
father to go home, but the boy of fifteen could not resist a
shot at the British, and great was his father's surprise on
the morning of the battle to see him in the ranks, with a
huge rifle by his side. During the retreat he was wounded
and escaped capture through the kindness of his colonel,
William Cooke. A few scars reminded him through life of
his first endeavor to uphold the hands of those who fought
for liberty. He lost his rifle in the battle, for which he
received pay. His father was slightly injured, and Ensign
Boyd who told him of the anticipated struggle, was killed.
He was most tenderly beloved by his mother.

When sixteen years of age, he took charge of the family
and superintended the management of the farm, in the ab-
sence of his father and brother, whose services were in con-
stant demand by the government. Soon after the death of
his mother, the children scattered. In 1784 and 1785,
Samuel, Mary, and John married, and the younger mem-
bers of the family lived with them. John Brady settled at
Short Creek. In 1794 he was elected to the office of sheriff
of Northumberland county. In 1802 he was proprietor of
a hotel at Milton, Penna. He was buried at Lewisburg,
Penna. His wife, Jane McCall, was an intelligent, exem-
plary woman. Her influence was widely extended, and her


descendants are cultured and illustrious. She survived her
husband twnty years, and her remains were interred with
his in the old Lutheran burial ground. After some years
they were removed to the new cemetery. On the tomb-
stone is the inscription :

"John Brady son of John and Mary Brady departed this life

December lo, 1809, aged 48 years.

He was a good man and a just one.

Jane wife of John Brady departed this life

March 4, 1829, aged 62 years.

Her trust was in Him who is the Father of the

fatherless, and the husband of the widow."


14. i. MARY BRADY, b. Jan. 15, 1786; m. William Piatt.

ii. JAMES BRADY, b. Jan. 17, 1789, d. Nov. 26, 1790. in

iil. JOHN BRADY, b. Jan. 13, 1791, d. Sept. 4, 1837, unmar-

15. iv. SAMUEL BRADY, b. Feb. 22, 1793, d. Feb. 17, 1816, un-


16. V. WILLIAM PERRY BRADY, b. Feb. 16, 1795; m. Rachel


17. vi. JASPER EWING BRADY, b. Mar. 4, 1797; m. Margaret

Maria Morton.

18. vii. HANNAH BRADY, b. Apr. 2, 1799; m. William Piatt.

19. viii. JANE BRADY, b. Aug. 22, 1801; m. Rowland Stoughton.

ix. JAMESi McCALL BRADY, b. Nov. 10, 1803, d. Aug. 21,

1829, unmarried..
X. NANCY BRADY, b. Feb. 22, 1806; m. George Eckert. No

xi. CHARLOTTE BRADY, b. May 18, 1808; m. H. C. Piatt.

No issue.

V. Mary Brady^ (Mary Quigley Brady-, James Quig-
ley^) fifth child of Captain John Brady and Mary Quigley
Brady, was born April 22, 1^64, near Shippensburg, Cum-
berland Co., Penna., died December 13, 1850; married Sep-
tember 10, 1784, Captain William Gray, who died July 19,
1804, at Sunbury, Penna.

She was the oldest daughter and naturally the younger
members of the family were dependent upon her. After
the death of her father, she gave to her mother the tender
ministrations of a strong, affectionate character. xA.fter her
mother died, she married soon, and the bride and groom
took the younger brothers and sisters to their new home
at Sunbury, where they remained until they married. Gen-


eral Hugh Brady was the exception. He lived with Cap-
tain Samuel Brady, whose home was in Washington county.
Penna., until he was commissioned ensign in General
Wayne's army in 1792.

Captain William Gray received his commission June 28,
1778, and the Pension Record says: "He died July 19,
1804, before the passage of a law for the service only in the
Revolutionary War, therefore there is no statement of his
military services, other than that by his widow, Mary, when
she made her application for a pension dated July, 1838.
She stated that she was living in Sunbury, Penna.,
and was aged 74 years in April last, was the widow of Wil-
liam Gray, who was a captain in the Fourth Pennsylvania
Regiment of the Continental line, and served to the close
of the war, but gives no dates or further details of his ser-
vice or incidents connected therewith. His commission is
dated June 28, 1778, signed by John Jay, President of
Congress, and authorizes his rank as captain in Fourth
Regiment of Pennsylvania from June 3, 1777."

His death by drowning was a sorrow, from which his
wife nervier fully recovered. Owing to mismanagement oi
the executors of his estate, his widow was left in moderate
circumstances. After some years of hardship and priva-
tion, she was able to regain some of her property, refur-
nished her house and built an addition to it, which enabled
her to live more comfortably.

In girlhood she was handsome, had good features, blue
eyes, a well shaped nose, and perfectly poised head. She
was aristocratic in her ideas and dignified in appearance.
Her health until her death was excellent. At sixty years of
age she walked to Sunbury from Mahanoy City, a distance
of twenty-five miles, and was not exhausted. Her erect
carriage was noticed even in her old age. Some one re-
marked to her, "Oh, how straight you are." To which she
replied, "Did you ever know a Brady to stoop?"

To her children the visits of their Uncle Samuel Brady
were notable events in their lives. She allowed him to fol-
low his eccentric ideas in her home, and always heartily wel-
comed him to her fireside. He called her Polly, and showed
her the warmest afiFection.

She and her husband were members of the Presbyterian


church at Sunbury. In June, 1848, she was hving there.
She died at Lancaster and is buried at Sunbury.


i. ELIZABETH BRADY GRAY, b. Apr. 23, 1786 .
ii. MARY GRAY, b. Sept. 13, 1790, d. 1866; m. first Lieut.
Robert Galbreath Seely, U. S. A., who d. 1813.
To Lieut. Robert Galbreath Seely and Mary Gray Seely
was born one child:
1. HARRIETT JANE SEELY, b. Jan. 22, 1811, d.
Aug. 1901; m. George Totten of New York City.
To George Totten and Harriett Jane Seely Totten
were born three children:

iii. MARIE TOTTEN; m. Geo. Putnam Smith.
Mary Gray married secondly Rev. Martin Bruner b.
Apr. 22, 1790, d. Mar. 27, 1852, resided at Sunbury,

To Rev. Martin Bruner and Mary Gray Bruner were
born three childrea:

i. WILLIAM A. BRUNER, b, July 10, 1818, killed

during the battle of Fredericksburg, Md.
ii. CHARLES J. BRUNER, b. Nov. 17, 1820, d. Mar.
15, 1885; m. June 3, 1852, Louisa Weiser.
To Charles J. Bruner and Louisa Weiser Bruner
■were born six children:

i. MARY GRAY BRUNER, b. Apr. 18, 1853.

18, 1855, d. July 27, 1856.
iii. LOUISA BRUNER, b. Mar. 1, 1857, d. Nov.

7, 1861.

1858, d. 1860.
V. WILLIAM W. BRUNER, h. Feb. 23, 1861, d.
Dec. 7, 1901; m. and resided at Sunbury,
1863, d. Mar. 15, 1871.
iii. MARY E. BRUNER, b. May 6, 1823, d. Sept. 6,
iii. WILLIAM GRAY, b. Dec. 3, 1792.

iv. JACKSON GRAY, b. Sept. 30, 1796; m. Sept. 3, 1827,
Margaretta J. Carpenter.

VI. WilHam Penn Brady^ (Mary Quigley Brady^, James
Quigley^) sixth child of Captain John Brady and Mary
Quigley Brady, was born August 16. 1766, near Shippens-
burg, Cumberland Co., Penna., died November 16, 1843, ^t
Mahoning, Penna.; married October 2, 1791, Jane Cooke,
born November, 1771, died April 6, 1827, daughter of Col-
onel William Cooke, who commanded the company in
which Captain John Brady and his two sons served at the


battle of Brandywine. William Penn Brady was deputy
surveyor of Northumberland Co., Penna., for many years.
He removed to Indiana Co., Penna., in 1806 and resided at
Brady's Mill. Early historians tell us his name was Wil-
liam Perry Brady, but his direct descendants claim his mid-
dle name was not Perry but Penn. He was a prominent
man in the state, politically and influentially.


i. CAPTAIN JOHN BRADY, b. Aug. 25, 1792, d. 1852, cap-
tain of volunteers in the War of 1812 ; m. and descend-
ants resided near Lewisburg, Penna.
ii.WILLIAM BRADY, b. Mar. 10, 1794, d. in infancy,
iii. ROBERT BRADY, b. Dec. 22, 1795; d. Feb. 3, 1849;
20. iv. COL. HUGH BRADY, b. Jan. 2, 1798; m. Sarah Smith

21. , V. MARY BRADY, b. Mar., 1800; m. James Erwin Cooper.
22. vi. JAMES BRADY, b. July 25, 1802.

Vn. General Hugh Brady^ (Mary Quigley Brady^,
James Quigley^) twin brother of Jane Brady, and seventh
child of Captain John Brady and Mary Quigley Brady, was
bom July 27, 1768, at Standing Stone, Penna., died April 15,
185 1 at Detroit, Mich, married October 10, 1805, Sarah
Wallis, of Lycoming Co., Penina., born August 19, 1778,
died August 25, 1833 at Detroit. After he returned with.
his mother and family from her father's home
in Cumberland county, he apprenticed himself to a
tanner. Soon his mother died and he went to Washington
Co., Penna., with his brother Captain Samuel Brady. He
joined with parties in pursuit of the Indians on several
occasions, but had a personal encounter with them only
once. On May 22, 1791, the scouts discovered a trail,
about eight miles up the Indian Cross-cut. The next morn-
ing Lieutenant Buskirk, with twelve state Rangers, and
ten. citizens, met at the old Mingo town, and with Hugh
Brady started on the trail. About sunset they were fired
on by the savages, who were concealed in the bushes.

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