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Three men were wounded and Lieutenant Buskirk was
killed. After a bloody encounter of about ten minutes the
Indians retreated. They were pursued until dark but were
not overtaken. The following day a large party of Rangers
returned to the field, and found twenty-two Indian packs,
which showed that twenty-two Indians had fought that


number of Rangers. Eight Indians were wounded and
died before they reached their towns. Hugh Brady said he
"had a shot at the bare back of one, but was not sure that
he fell."

On March 7, 1792, he was appointed ensign in a rifle
company commanded by Captain John Crawford. William
Clarke, of Kentucky, was the first lieutenant. He was on
the recruiting service, and received only three dollars a
month. Poor pay and inferior clothing induced him to
join the headquarters of the army at Legionville, twenty
miles from Pittsburg. On Christmas day, 1792, he per-
formed his first military duty. He commanded a picket
guard. At guard mounting, the officer of the day. Major
Mills, saw that the young ensign was inexperienced,
and when he visited his guard at twelve o^'clock, he took
pains to instruct him. He had Baron Steuben's tactics, and
an old sergeant to coach him, so he was prepared to receive
the rounds when they approached at night. The Major
complimented him, and inspired him with confidence, which
served him well in after years.

In speaking of the privations of army life, he said "Dur-
ing the winter of 1794-95 we lived poorly. Our beef
came to us on the hoof, and we had little or nothing to
fatten them with. Having no salt to cure, it was slaugh-
tered, and hung up under a shed, where by exposure, it
became perfectly weather beaten, and as tough as an old
hide. Of course it made a miserable soup. At the same
time our men received only half rations of flour, and were
working like beavers to complete our quarters. Thus we
lived until February, when a brigade of pack horses ar-
rived loaded with salt and flour, and with them came a
drove of hogs. From this time forward we considered our-
selves living on the fat of the land. An early spring fol-
lowed and with it came ducks, geese and trout to improve
our living. The Indians soon after came in with flags to
sue for peace. The treaty was opened at Greenville on the
4th of July, 1795, on which day I arrived at that place. I
had been ordered there as a witness in the case of Captain
Preston, who was tried for disobeying orders."

He remained with the army at Fort Wayne for some
months, and while there received letters from his brothers

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urging him to come home, as he had not seen them for ten
years. He was anxious to visit the haunts of his boyhood,
and his family had grown from children into men and
women and longed to see their distinguished brother. He
resigned his 'commission and on November 20, 1795, left
Fort Wayne, and spent the winter following in Lexington,
Ky. In March, 1796, he rode to Marysville, thence by
quartermaster's boat to Wheeling, Va. The journey was
three weeks in length. He went to the home of his brother
Captain Samuel Brady, whose death had occurred on the
preceding Christmas. On the 20th of July he reached tiie
scenes of his youth, and went first to see his sister Mary,
Mrs. William Gray. Ten years had changed him from a
boy of seventeen to a man of twenty-seven, and when he
inquired of his sister if her husband were in, she replied,
'T presume you will find him at the store", and returned
to the parlor. He was leaving the house, when he heard
steps behind him, and found his sister Hannah rushing into
his arms, exclaiming, "My brother Hugh". She had seen
him last, when she was only eight years old, but knew him
from his resemblance to his twin sister Jane. Some months
he passed in Sunbury and vicinity, when in the winter of
1798-99 he was appointed captain in Adams' army, which
in less than two years was disbanded.

His brother William owned a tract of wild land on the
Mahoning river, about fifty miles from Pittsburg, and
urged his aid in improving his uncultivated acres. In the
spring of 1802 they settled on the waste, and that summer
built a grist and saw mill. Their bread stuffs had to be
carried thirty miles on horseback, and their meat killed with
their rifles. Life was a perplexing problem.

In 1805 he married and took his wife to their home oni
the settlement, where his two children, Sarah and Preston,
were born. The society was not what he desired for his
family, advantages there were none, and his financial condi-
tion did not look encouraging. In 1810 he removed to
Northumberland, and in 181 2 was again called into service,
and was in the employ of the government until his death.

His military record was brilliant. He entered the U. S.
army March 7, 1792, as ensign; was with General Wayne
on his western expedition, after the defeat of St. Clair;


commissioned lieutenant February lo, 1794, and captain
January 8, 1799. After an absence of a few years from the
service, he was restored to it by President Jefferson in 1808.
He was commissioned colonel of the 22d foot June 6, 1812,
and commanded his troops at the battle of Chippewa.
He displayed great courage, and General Scott says in his
report : "Old Brady showed himself in a sheet of fire."
Equal bravery he displayed at the battle of Niagara Falls,
where he received a wound. On the reduction of the army,
he was retained in service^ as colonel of the 22d foot. After
1835 he was in command of the department, of which De-
troit, Mich., was the headquarters. While at that place he
contributed to the pacification of the frontier troubles, at
the time of the Canadian dangers. By the army he was con-
sidered one of its fathers. He received two brevets : As
brigadier general July 6, 1822, and as major general, for
faithful service May 30, 1848.

At the battle of Chippewa he was "wounded in the groin,
by a ball striking his sword scabbard, which disabled him."
That sv;ord was on the buffet in his reception room for
years, and beside it another sword, with scabbard of solid
gold, inlaid with rubies, diamonds and pearls, presented
him by the state of Pennsylvania, in token of his gallant ser-
vice to his country.

Like his brothers, he was tall, almost six feet in height,
erect, handsome and distinguished looking, with keenly
beautiful, penetrating eyes that flashed fire. He was genial
and hospitable, his dining table often surrounded by men
such as the Rev. George Duffield D. D., Judge McLean,
Millard Filmore and Scott, Worth and Macoms of the
army. His military tactics were perfect, his services be-
yond recompense. His unbounded generosity and thoughtful
solicitude for thoise beneath him in rank, made him one of
the most popular men of his day.

His tender care for his mother was beautiful, and his ad-
miration for his brothers and sisters, and his pleasure in
their successful achievements made him beloved by his
family circle.

General Hugh Brady was an illustrious man, of forcible
character. General Scott said of him "God never made a
better man or better soldier." He was a devout christian.



an honorable patriot. He was devoted to his mihtary career
until his death. His life was a series of loving servi-
ces for his home land. He was driving a pair of
spirited horses that became entangled in wires that
were dropped for repairs from a telegraph pole. They
ran away with him, fatally injuring him as they threw him
from his carriage. His pastor. Dr. Duffield, was with him
during his last hours, and said to him: "General, you are
very ill; my friend, very ill." The General opened his
eyes, and pressing Dr. Duffield's hand, replied, "Yes, yes
sir. I know it. I know it." "But, General, you are badly
hurt and very ill." "Oh yes," he faintly replied, "yes, I
know it." A pressure, a silence, a few sobs, v/hen Dr. Duf-
field said, "But General, you are very ill. I am sorry to
tell you, you are just about to die." Instantly raising him-
self, straight as in health, his eyes flashed under his band-
ag-ed forehead, and he firmly uttered the words, "Let the
drum beat, my knapsack is slung, I am ready to die."
"Thus parted two old friends, belonging to two of the
oldest Scotch-Irish families in the Cumberland Valley,
Presbyterian in all their branches, the one a leading divine
of the northwestern frontier of our country, the other the
commander of the Northwestern Military Department of
the UnitedStates, distinguished and honored." In an ac-
count of his life. General Hugh Brady says, "But what a
wonderful generation this has been, the most wonderful
since the days of our Saviour". This descendant of the
early pioneeer settler, this lion-hearted officer of the Revo-
lution, was as fine a gentleman as a soldier, and well de-
served the lines from the poem of D. Bethune, Esq., written
after his death :

"And manly eyes may vveep to-day,

"As sinks the patriot to his rest,

"The nation held no truer heart

"Than that which beat in Brady's breast."

His wife died eighteen years before him. She was a
clever, aristocratic woman, and modestly shared the honor
bestowed upon her celebrated husband, who was until hei"
death, her devoted lover. They are buried in Elmwood
Cemetery, at Detroit, Mich.



i. SARAH WALLIS BRADY, b. June 19, 1807, d. Apr. 12,
1828; m. Mar. 1, 1827, C!ol. Electus Backus, U. S. A.
No issue.

23. ii. SAMUEL PRESTON BRADY, b. June 22, 1809; m. Eliz-

abeth Mary Nexsen.

24. iii. MARY LAITHY BRADY, b. Nov. 11, 1811; m. Col. Elec-

tus Backus, U. S. A.
iv. ELIZABETH HALL BRADY, b. Oct. 31, 1814, d. Feb. 4,

1825. No issue.
Y. JANE BRADY, b. Mar. 10, 1817, d. June 18, 1848. No

vi. CASSANDRA BRADY, b. Aug. 18, 1819, d. Mar. 24, 1864.
No issue.

VIII. Jane Brady^ (Mary Quigley Brady^, James Quig-
ley^) twin sister of General Hugh Brady, and eighth child
of Captain John Brady and Mary Quigley Brady, was born
July 27, 1768, at Standing Stone, Penna., died February 2^,
1845, ^t Northumberland, Penna.

"Aunt Jenny" was a woman of unusual intelligence and
ability. She did not have the advantage of an early educa^
tion, but she showed, a love for good literature, and in later
years, when she was deaf, she selected choice books, and
improved her mind in every possible way. When she was
young she was gay and fond of sports, played ball with her
brothers and greatly enjoyed their amusements and society.
She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Her death
was the result of an accident. She was on her way to visit
a poor sick woman, when she fell and dislocated her hip
and did not recover from the injuries she sustained. She
was unmarried.

IX. Robert Quigley Brady^ (Mary Quigley Brady^,
James Quigley^) ninth child of Captain John Brady and
Mary Quigley Brady, vv^as born; Septanber 12, 1770. died
prior to 18 14 in Jefferson Co., Penna. ;married Mary Cooke,
daughter of Colonel William Cooke of the Revolution and
sister of the wife of William Penn Brady. She survived
her husband and died at Sunbury, Penna. He was at one
time in partnership with his brother, General Hugh Brady,
in Indiana Co., Penna. The only record concerning him in
the courts of that county, is an account filed by his admin-
istrator in 1814. His estate was small, and was probably
taken by the widow, as no mention is made of his children.
He lived in Indiana county from 1806- 1809.



i. JOHN BRADY, resided at Achison, Ohio.
ii. Son.

X. Hannah Brady^ (Mary Quigley Brady-, James Quig-
ley^) eleventh child of Captain John Brady and Mary
Quigley Brady, was born Dcember 3, 1774, died November
26, 1835, at Sunbury, Penna. ; married Robert Gray, a
nephew of Captain William Gray. No issue.

XI. Liberty Brady^ ( Mary Quigley Brady^, James
Quigley^) thirteenth and youngest child of Captain John
Brady and Mary Quigley Brady, was born August 9, 1778,
died July 25, 185 1, at Sunbury, Penna.; married WilHam
Dewart, of Sunbury.

At the age of five years she lost her mother, but found a
devoted sister in Mrs. William Gray, with whom she made
her home until her marriage. She is buried at Sunbury.


i. WILLIAM DEWART, a rector of tlie Episcopal church,
and its maia founder at Sunbury.

XII. Van Swearingen Brady^ (Captain Samuel Brady^,
Mary Quigley Brady^, James Quigley^) son of Captain
Samuel Brady and Drusilla Van Swearingen Brady, was
born September 13, 1786, at Chartiers Creek, Washington
Co., Penna., died 1859; married 1810, Elizabeth Ivess,
daughter of Captain William Ivess, of Ohio Co., W. Va.,
at which place he lived until 181 3, v/hen he removed to
Manchester, Adams Co., Ohio, and died there. He was
a remarkably handsome man, six feet in height, with an ath-
letic build, broad shoulders, and like his Brady ancestors, as
straight as an arrow, undaunted in courageous achieve-
ments, and qualified to fill any position in life. He was
affable and cordial in manner and conversation, and uni-
versally beloved. He is buried at Manchester.


i. SAMUEL BRADY, m. Matilda Parker and had one child,
Mary F. Brady, who lived at Napoleon, Ohio. He d.
in 1855.

ii. PRISCILLA BRADY, m. Jacob Pence, d. between 1880-
1890 without issue.

iii. HUGH BENONA BRADY, d. 1852, unmarried.

iv. SARAH ANN BRADY, d. 1853, unmarried.

V. DRUSILLA BRADY, m. Benjamin Pence and had four


daughters; Susan, m. Guthrie; Bettie, m.

S'ibral; Maria, unmarried; Lucinda, m. William Ro-

buclc and resides at Mianchester, Ohio,
vi. JOHN BRADY, m. Mrs. Nancy Lytle and had two

children, Theodosia and Winfield.
25. vii. WILLIAM IVESS BRADY, b. May 12, 1817; m. 1839,

Sarah Stephens,
viii. DR. ROBERT BRADY, m. Helen Hampton and lived at

Catlettsburg, Ky., until his death in 1856. No issue.
ix. ELIZABETH BRADY, m. Van Swearingen and had two

sons, Van and John.

XIII. John Brady^ (Captain Samuel Brady^, Mary
Quigley Brady^, James Ouigley^) son of Captain Samuel
Brady and Drusilla Van Swearingen Brady, was born May^
24, 1790, near Wellsburg, Ohio Co., W. Va., died January
12, 1872, and is buried in the cemetery at West Liberty,
W. Va., where one monument marks his grave and
that of his distinguished father; married January 10, 1813,
Nancy Ridgely, of Ohio Co., W. Va., who died April 3,
1839. He was gifted in intellectual ability and held many
positions of trust in his native state. He was esteemed an
honorable politician, and served six terms in the legislature.
His exemplary life and mental endowments drew to him a
vast circle of admiring friends, who' cherished his memory.
He inherited the noblest traits of character, which gave
him prominence as a man of thought and action. In the
eightieth year of his age he wrote to General A. B. Sharp,
of Carlisle, Penna., "Now sir, you ask me to give some
account of myself. I was left an orphan at some little over
five years, without any relative to pity or encourag-e me in
the country, left in the wilds of West Virginia. My mother,
brother and I had to hoe our own row. I scuffled until I
became a pretty good looking young man, when I married
a nice little woman, lived happily with her until she died.
Never expected to be anything but a tiller of the soil, but
to my astonishment in 1825 I was appointed a member of
the county court of my county, which position I held for
thirty-one years. In the meantime I was appointed commis-
sioner of the revenue for the county, the two offices not
being incompatible. I held that office for three years. I
was carrying on my little farm, was busy at my plow, went
to my dinner, picked up the late paper, and to my utter
astonishment I saw that at a large and respectable meeting


convened in the court house, John Brady, Esq., was unani-
mously nominated as the candidate for a seat in the house
of delegates. I did not accept the nommation until the Sat-
urday previous to the election. There were four candidates
and two to be elected. When the poll was counted, I was
fifty votes ahead of tiie foremost of the other three. I was
three times elected, until I utterly refused to be a candidate.
I was also high sheriff of my county. I have been a very
temperate man both in eating and drinking. I am in my
eightieth year, and I know nothing of the feelings of a
drunken man. If this little sketch of my life will be of any
use you can use it. It is true to the letter, but I give it
to you with reluctance."


i. ELIZABETH BRADY, b. Jan. 12, 1815, d. at seventy-six
years of age; m. Sept. 24, 1838, John M. Gallaher.
They had no children but adopted a daughter, who is
Mrs. Lizzie VanKirk, of Merrittstown, Penna.

26. ii. WILLIAM PERRY BRADY, b. June 9, 1817; m. Anna

Mary Vance,
iii. HORATIO BRADY, b. Feb. 22, 1821, d. Sept. 19, 1825.
iv. SAMUEL FRANKLIN BRADY, b. Aug. 19, 1826, d. Oct.

17, 1833.

27. V. MARY ANN BRADY, twin, b. Jan. 16, 1824; m. Professor

Joseph Culbertson Power.

28. vi. DRUSILLA BRADY, twin, b. Jan. 16, 1824; m. Joseph

Ulysses Rose.

XIV. Mary Brady ^ (John Brady^, Mary Quigley Brady-,
James Quigley^) was born January 15, 1786, died January 4,
1864; married April 4, 1805, William Piatt, born October ^
7, 1778, at Seven Mile Run, N. J., died April 7, 1857. His
ancestor, John Piatt of France, a Hugaienot. was driven
from his country on account of religious persecution, settled
in Holland and married Frances Van Wyck, He went with
a brother to the Isle of St. Thomas, and died there m 1760.
One of his sons, John Piatt, came to America and settled in
New Jersey. His son, William, became the husband of
Mary Brady. He was a prominent surveyor, and ran the
lines for many of the counties in Pennsylvania. He was
surveyor for Lycoming county in which are Brady and
Piatt townships, named for this family. He took an active
part in a number of public enterprises, and resided in Ly-


coming county. He is buried beside his wife in the grave-
yard at White Deer Church, Union Co., Penna.


i. JANE PIATT, b. Jan. 7, 1806, d. Aug. 27, 1851.
ii. MARY PIATT, b. Feb. 27, 1808, d. Apr. 27, 1809.
iii. FRANCES B. PIATT, b. Apr. 1, 1810, d. Oct. 4, 1902; m.
John Hammond of South Bend, Ind. No issue.

29. iv. JOHN BRADY PIATT, b. Mar. 20, 1812; b. Lydia Wet-


30. V. WILLIAM McKINNEY PIATT, b. July 8, 1814; m. Re-

becca Heston McClintock.
vi. CATHARINE PIATT, b. Aug. 20, 1816, d. Sept. 27, 1847.
vii. HANNAH M. PIATT, b. Sept. 12, 1818, d. Sept. 7, 1848.
viii. SAMUEL T. PIATT, b. Aug. 13, 1821.

31. ix. NANCY M. PIATT, b. May 13, 1824; m. Robert H


XV. Samuel Brady^ (John Brady^ Mary Quigley
Brady ^, James Quigley^) was born February 22, 1793, died
February 17, 18 16.

In a campaign against the Indians, at the commencement
of the War of 18 12, he served as a vokmteer under Gov-
ernor Edwards. They defeated the Indians in one battle.
Following this, he was commissioned ensign in the twenty-
second United States Regiment, under command of his
uncle, General Hugh Brady, and served also under General
Wilkinson. In 18 14 he was with General Brown's army
on the Niagara frontier. He participated in the battle of
Lundy's Lane, a second lieutenant in the company from
Fort Erie. He was the only platoon officer of his regiment
who was not killed or wounded.

After the declaration of peace. Lieutenant Brady made
arrangements with Captain John Culbertson to go on a
trading expedition to the Rocky Mountains, supposing he
would not be retained in the army, as its numbers were
reduced. He was retained, however,and not wishing to
break his engagement with his friend he resigned his posi-
tion. In preference to an acceptance of his resignation,
the government gave him an unlimited furlough.

His health failed and his physician ordered him to spend
the winter in the south. With a brother officer, Lieutenant-
Colonel Trimbell of Ohio, he went to New Orleans, and
died there, in the twenty-third year of his age. His disease








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was aggravated by field service in the Niagara campaign,
when he should have been in the hospital.

He was six feet five inches in height, and remarkably-
handsome, with an imposing military figure and command-
ing presence like the ancestor whose name he bore.

Colonel Trimble wrote of him: "In Lieutenant Brady's
death, the country has lost an intelligent and gallant officer,
and myself a firm and disinterested friend."

XVI. William Perry Brady^ (John Brady^ Mary Quig-
ley Brady-, James Quigley^) was born February i6, 1795,
died April 4, 1864, at Harrisburg ,Penna. ; married first
November 8, 18 14, Rachel Mussina, daughter of Lyons
Mussina, of Aaronsburg, Centre Co., Penna., born March
9, 1799, died December 8, 1849, and is buried beside her
husband at Salona, Clinton Co., Penna. ; married secondly
Mrs. Borden, of Bordentown, N. J., who went to Kansas
after his death.

He worked at his cabinetmaking trade at Aaronsburg
in early life. When the war broke out in 18 12, at seventeen
years of age he abandoned his trade and volunteered in
Captain George Record's company, and in 181 3 was one
of the volunteers on board O'f Commodore Perry's fleet. In
honor of his services on Lake Erie, the state presented him
with a gold medal. His regiment was stationed at Erie
when Perry was fitting out his fleet. As the Commodore
did not have the required number of marines, he called for
volunteers, and William Perry Brady was the first to enroll
his name and raised fifty-five men who were mustered into
service. Before they sailed General Hugh Brady came to
Erie, and used his influence to secure him an appointment
as purser's steward on board the vessel Trippe. He was
attached to one of the smaller vessels, which had to be aban-
doned. He was the last man to leave his gun, and his
shirt sleeves were torn away with fire from the enemy. In
later years he took great pride in showing the old shirt to
his friends, and in his share of victory gained on the loth
of September, 18 13.

After the return of the fleet to Erie, he with two of his
Centre county friends waited on the Commodore, and re-
ceived their discharges.

He again made his home at Aaronsburg, and in a short


time was married. He then removed to Mackeyville, Clin-
ton Co., Penna., previously known as Hamburg. In 1846
he was elected assistant sergeant-at-arms of the Senate of
Pennsylvania, which office he held until his death. He was
widely known, and his conversational ability and genial
disposition made him prominent and popular in social life,
and held in high repute among men. He died at Harris-
burg, after eighteen years of service for the state. His first
child was born at Aaronsburg, the others at Mackeyville.


_ 32.' i. SAMUEL BRADY, b. Aug. 31, 1815; m. Margaret Kerr
ii. BARBARA BRADY, b. Feb. 22, 1818.

33. iii. LYONS MUSSINA BRADY, b. May 9, 1821; m. Sarah

Thompson McKibben.

34. iv. JANE McCALL BRADY, b. July 20, 1823; m. Henry

V. LIBERTY DEWART BRADY, b. Oct. 5, 1829, d. young.
vi. JOHN JACOB BRADY, b. Feb. 26, 1832; m. Mary Best,
d. in Kansas, bad two children: Kate E., m. Samuel
Ralph; Samuel, d. young,
vli. CHARLOTTE P. BRADY, b. Aug. 3, 1835, d. young.

XVn. Jasper Ewing Brady^ (John Brady^, Mary Quig-
ley Brady-, James Ouigley^) was born March 4, 1797 at
Sunbury, Penna., died January 23, 1871 at Washington, D.
C. ; married December 16, 1828, ]\Iargaret Maria Morton,
born August 10, 1810, at Chambersburg, Penna., died Jan-
uary 6, 1895, at Washington, D. C.

He learned the trade of hatter, and after traveling from
place to place for a few years, settled in Franklin county,.
Penna. He taught school and studied law, and was ad-
mitted to the bar at Chambersburg in 1827, and practiced in
that town.

In 1843 he was elected to the assembly, and re-elected
the following year. During his first term, though he rep-
resented an anti-improvement county, he offered an amend-
ment to the bill to reduce the state tax providing for the
assessment of a three mill rate, which redeemed the credit
of the state. For three years he was treasurer of Franklin
county. In 1846 he was elected to Congress, beating Hon.
Samuel Hepburn. In 1848 he was defeated by Hon. James
X. McLanahan. He removed to Pittsburg in 1849 and
practiced law until 1861, when he accepted a position in


the paymaster's department at Washington, D. C, which re-
sponsible office he held until July, 1869. He then resumed
the practice of law at Washington.

His intelligence, culture, and force of character made
him a king among men. His wife was a strong type of
womanhood and universally beloved. They are buried in

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