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ward Morse Gale and Katharine Norcross Gale
was born one child:

1874, at Long Mont, Col.; m. July 9, 1893,
Laura Atkinson, b. Mar. 1878, at Greeley, Col.
To Frederick Barclay Norcross and Laura At-
kinson Norcross were born four children:
i. FRED. B. NORCROSS, b. May 23, 1894.
ii. JAMES W. NORCROSS, b. Oct. 12, 1895.
Iii. KATIE NORCROSS, b. July 12, 1896, d.

Mar., 1897.
iv. HAROLD B. NORCROSS, b. Sept. 4, 1898.
1878, at Greeley, Col.; m. Oct. 8, 1901, Harriett
Shane. To Robert Barclay Norcross and Har-
riet Shane Norcross was born one child:

31, 1902.
V. JOSEPH B. NORCROSS, b. July 22, 1889, at
Greeley, Col.
V. CHARLES BARCLAY, b. Feb. 1, 1852, at Brownsville,
Penna.; m. Oct. 19, 1882, Ellen C. Cooper, of Cooper's
Point, N. J.
To Charles Barclay and Ellen C. Cooper Barclay was
born one child:
i. WALTER C. BARCLAY, b. Sept. 10, 1883.
Ti. JAMES C. BARCLAY, b. Dec. 10, 1856, at Brownsville,

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Penna.; m. Oct. 24, 1887, Anna L, Power, of Browns'

To James C. Barclay and Anna L. Power Barclay was
born one child:

i. EMILIE POWER BARCLAY, b. Dec. 20, 1889.
vii. EDGAR BARC'LAY, b. Oct. 2, 1859, d. May 3, 1899.
viii. CARRIE BARCLAY, b. July 16, 1861, d. Sept. 27, 1891.

LIII. Thomas Jefferson Cooper^ (Mary Brady Cooper'*,
William Penn Brady^, Mary Quigley Brady-, James Quig-
ley^) was born April 2, 1829, in Bucks Co., Penna., died
August 31, 1898, at Punxsutawney, Penna.; married Aug-
ust 16, 1854, Elizabeth Ann Beisel, born June 4, 1836, at
Clearfield, Penna., and resides at Punxsutawney. He was
one of the most widely known of the old settlers of Mahon-
ing Valley. He was a lineal descendant of the first Earl of
Shaftsbury. In 1833 '"'^ removed with his parents to Jeffer-
son Co., Penna., and some years later to Punxsutawney,
where his father engaged in mercantile pursuits. He at-
tended Duff's Business College, at Pittsburg, Penna., having
previously taught school. After his graduation he received a
position as bookkeeper in Pittsburg. He was eminently fit-
ted by nature and culture for a prominent position in the
world. Upon the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Com-
pany C, 2nd battalion, Pennsylvania Volunteers, for six
months, as a sergeant. At the expiration of that time he en-
listed in Company B, 206th Regiment, as a sergeant and ser-
ved during the remainder of the strife. After the close of
the war he returned to Punxsutawney. He studied law and
read medicine. As justice of the peace and notary public
he served the populace of his city. He was endowed with
an unusual degree of brain power, and his mental capacity,
united with his intelligent conversational ability, made him
a favorite in all walks of life. He claimed and held a place
which is hard to fill, his clear insight and thoughtful con-
sideration of plans and business interests when the city was
organized and laid out, being of inestimable value to the
patentees of the borough, and to the comfort and pleasure
of future generations.

Isisiae :

i. CORA ADA COOPER, b. Apr. 26, 1857, d. June 4, 1857.

ii. MOLLIE BRADY COOPER, b. Oct. 19, 1859; m. Dec.

22, 1887, Dr. Charles Gustav Ernst, b. Aug. 18, 1859,

at Punxsutawney, Penna., d. June 15, 1902, at Punx-


sutawney. He attended Wajmesburg College, Colum-
bus Medical University, and Belleview Medical Col-
lege, New York City, graduating from the two latter
institutions. In 1891 he went to Europe and si>ent
nearly two years in the leading hospitals of Berlin,
Vienna, Prague, London and Paris, taking special
courses and attending clinics. In 1893 he returned
and established an office in Punxsutawney, and began
the practice of medicine, with a large following of
patients', to whom he gave his undivided attention
and devoted interest. As a physician he was skilled
and successful and eminently popular. He was ap-
pointed special pension examiner during the second
term of the administration of President Cleveland,
which position he held ior many years. In August,
1901, be was installed Grand Chancellor of the order
of Knights of Pythias of Pennsylvania, of which fra-
ternity he was a faithful member and labored zeal-
ously for its cause. He was a man of superior tal-
ents, an accomplished public speaker, a thorough
German scholar, a genial companion and friend, and
almost without a peer in the rudiments and practice
of medicine. He loved bis life work, and inspired the
confidence of his patients, as only those who give it
their affectionate consideration can do. His early
death and end of his earthly usefulness was deeply
lamented. His widow resides at Punxsutawney and
has valuable relics of Captain John Brady, her great-
great-grandfatber. Through her kindness they are
mentioned in tbe sketch of his life.
To Dr. Charles Gustav Ernst and Mollie Brady Cooper
Ernst were born four children:
i. Child, d. in infancy.

ii. Child, d. in infancy.

iii. MOLLIE COOPER ERNST, b. Aug. 24, 1890.

iv. CHARLES GUSTAV ERNST, b. Apr. 25, 1894.
x.i. JAMES LINN McKEE COOPER, b. Oct. 12, 1861, d.

Nov. 17, 1862.
iv. THOMAS HENRY BEIS-EL COOPER, b. Apr. 8, 1874,
d. Mar. 10, 1875.

LIV. Sarah Wallis Brady^ (Samuel Preston Brady*,
General Hugh Brady^, Mary Quigley Brady^, James Quig-
ley^) was born September i8, 1834, at Chicago, 111., then
Fort Dearborn, died October 19, 1873, at Detroit, Mich. ;mar-
ried September 15, 1857, William H. Croul, born at Lyons,
N. Y., died February 18, 1875, at Detroit, Mich., where he
spent the greater part of his life. He was a manufacturer
of eminent attainments, and devoted his attention to the
furtherance of his business enterprises. He and his wife at-
tended the Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian church, to which
they were liberal contributors. They were genial, warm


hearted in their attachments, and thoroughly aHve to the
interests and demands of the generation in which they Hved.


i. ELIZABETH BRADY CROUL, b. Sept. 16, 1858; m.
Oct. 20, 1880, Henry T. Thurber, b. at Monroe, Mich.,
was graduated from the University of Michigan in
1874. He was a prominent lawyer, and held the
oflBce of private secretary to Grover Cleveland during
his term as President of the United States from 1893
to 1897. He and his family resided at Detroit, Mich.,
where he d. Mar. 17, 1904.
To Henry T. Thurber and Elizabeth Brady Croul Thur-
ber were born five children:


19, 1883.

iii. HENRY THOMAS' THURBER, b. Jan. 13, 1890.
iv. ELIZABETH THURBER, b. May 7, 1893.
y. CLEVELAND THURBER, b. Apr. 12, 1896.
ii. HARRIET ELWOOD CROUL, b. Mar. 20, 1860, d. Apr.

22, 1883.
iii. SARAH ISABELLE CROUL, b. Aug. 17, 1863; m. Oct.
4, 1882, George R. Bradbeer, reside at Detroit, Mich.
To George R. Bradbeer and Sarah Isabelle Croul Brad
beer were born three children:
i. EARL CROUL BRADBEER, b. July 28, 1883.
ii. BRADY BRADBEER, b. June 15, 1888.
6, 1889.
\y. MARY NOBLE CROUL, b. Feb. 9, 1865; m. Sept. 25,
1889, George L. Canfield, b. Oct. 12, 1866, a lawyer:
reside at Detroit, Mich.
To George L. Canfield and Mary Noble Croul Canfield
were born two children:

i. ADELAIDE CANFIELD, b. Sept. 7, 1890.
ii. WILLIAM CROUL CANFIELD, b. Dec. 21, 1891.

LV. George Nexsen Brady^ (Samuel Preston Brady*,
General Hugh Brady^, Mary Quigley Brady^, James Quig-
ley^) was born August 25, 1837, at Detroit, Mich. ; married,
December 2y, 1865, Augusta McClelland, born July 14,
1 84 1, daughter of Hon. Robert McClelland, who was Sec-
retary of the Interior under President Pierce. George Nex-
sen Brady was in partnership with his brother in the Build-
ing and Mining Supply trade at Detroit, but is now retired
from active business. He resides within a hundred yards
of the house in which he was born. With his family he is
an adherent of the Christ Episcopal church and a liberal sup-
porter of the same. In his possession is the sword presented


to his grandfather, General Hugh Brady, by the state of
Pennsylvania, which has descended to the oldest son in
each generation. It is now deposited in a case in the Detroit
Museum of Art. He has also General Hugh Brady's com-
mission as ensign in the army, bearing the signature of Gen-
eral George Washington.

lasue :

i. ROBERT McClelland BRADY, b. May 3, 1868; m.
Oct. 26, 1897, Mary Belle Holland, b. July 16, 1868.
daughter of Charles Edward Holland and Mary Eliza-
beth Cardell Holland,
ii. MARY AUGUSTA BRADY, b. Oct. 30, 1870; m. Oct.
9, 1895, Captain Robert M. Berry, U. S. Navy, sta-
tioned at Pensacola, Fla., in command of the "Ken-
tucky" of the Asiatic squadron.

LVI. Preston Brady^ (Samuel Preston Brady^, General
Hugh Brady ^, Mary Quigley Brady-, James Quigley^) was
born November 8, 1844 at Detroit, Mich.; married first,
January 2, 1868, Emily Medbery, of Milwaukee, Wis., who
died in 1884, without issue; married secondly, October 23,
i889,Margaret H. RadcHff, of St. Catherins, Ontario. He
received his education partly at public and largely at private
schools, studying Latin and Greek at the Polytechnic Insti-
tute, and taking a preparatory course for college under
private tutorage. At nineteen years of age he decided to
take up a commercial life, gave up his studies and entered
the business house of his father, who retired in 1863. His
brother, George Nexsen Brady, preceded him in the busi-
ness, and at twenty-three years of age, he was admitted as
a partner. After the death of his father, he with his brother,
comprised the firm until 1872, when his brother retired,
leaving him to continue the business. The house has been
a reliable Building and Mining Supply establishment for
seventy-two years, and in its present location for fifty-five
years has furthered the interests of the Lake Superior min-
ing trade, and leading the forwarding business connected
with the vessel interests, has a wide and unsurpassed reputa-
tion. Mr. Preston Brady's business integrity is unlimited.
He resides at Detroit. The sword presented to his grand-
father, General Hugh Brady, by General Anthony Wayne,
is in his possession, and valued highly because of its priceless
worth to his illustrious ancestor.



i. GEORGE PRESTON BRADY, b. July 31, 1890.

LVII. Samuel Brady^ (Samuel Preston Brady*, General
Hugh Brady ^, Mary Quigley Brady 2, James Quigley^) was
born September 25, 1846 at Detroit, Mich; married first,
October 3, 1872, Jennie DeForest Howard, born September
12, 1852 at Detroit, Mich., died October 8, 1903, daughter
of the late Hon. Jacob M. Howard, U. S. Senator from
Michigan, and Catherine A. Shaw Howard.

Samuel Brady received his early education at Detroit, at-
tended the Rensellar Polytechnic Institute at Troy N. Y.,
from 1865-67, and in the autumn of 1867 went to Frieburg,
Saxony, and studied mine engineering at the Royal Saxon
School of Mines. He remained there until the spring of 1871.
Since that time he has been engaged in the practice of his
profession, and has been at Rockland, Mich., with the Michi-
gan Copper Mining Company as superintendent for six
years. He is thoroughly familiar with his line of business,
and is an expert in his profession, and successful in his en-
terprises. Although not a resident of Detroit, he still con-
siders it his home, and is a member of the Jefferson Avenue
Presbyterian church of that city. He is cultured and pro-
gressive, actively engaged and deeply interested in all the
pursuits of life. His brilliant mind is brought into play
daily, and his achievements are the result of experience
and study.

Issue :

i. SAMUEL HOWARD BRADY, b. Oct. 26, 1874; m. June

16, 1903, Florence Jobanna Burk, of Detroit, Mich.

ii. HUGH BRADY, b. Mar. 5, 1877; m. Dec. 31, 1903, Mar-
garet Griffin, of Windsor, Ontario.

iii. KATHERINE HOWARD BRADY, b. Dec. 6, 1884, d.
May 21, 1887.


17, 1887, d. Mar .26, 1905.

V. JACOB MERRITT BRADY, b. Oct. 5, 1889.
Samuel Brady married secondly Apr. 27, 1905, Anna Herbel Gam-
ble, born Nov. 25, 1866, at St. Louis, Mo., daughter of Abraham
Herbel and Anna Dorothea Herbel.

LVni. Wallis Brady^ (Samuel Preston Brady^ General
Hugh Brady^ Mary Quigley Brady^, James Quigley^) was
born February 16, 1850, at Detroit, Mich., died April 27,
1899, at Los Angeles, Cal. ; married Sarah J. Hill, bprn


February 15, 1850, at Detroit, Mich., died September 27,
1890, at Detroit.


i. HATTIE CROUL BRADY, b. Oct. 27, 1872, at Detroit,
Midi., d. Dec. 29, 1900, at Los Angeles, C'al.

LIX. William Henry Brady^ (Samuel Preston Brady*,
General Hugh Brady^, Mary Quigley Brady-, James Quig-
ley^) was bom June 11, 1858, at Detroit, Mich., died No-
vember 20, 1900, at Detroit; married Alice L. Darnell who
died at Detroit October, 1901.

LX. Mary Electus Backus^, (Mary Laithy Brady^, Gen-
eral Hugh Brady^, Mary Quigley Brady-, James Quigley^)
was born December 8, 1837, at Detroit, Mich., died March
10, 1867, at Detroit; married on Governor's Island, January
5, 1856, James N. Ward, captain 3rd Infantry, U. S. A.,
who died December 6, 1858, at St. Anthony, Minn. Cap-
tain Ward and his wife are buried in the lot with General
Hugh Brady, in Elmwood cemetery at Detroit, Mich.


1. ELECTUS' BACKUS WARD, b. Dec. 25, 1856, in a
commanding officer's house on Governor's Island,
N. Y. Harbor, his father having married the com-
manding officer's daughter, d. Apr. 25, 1891, at Rich-
mond, Va.; m. Dec. 26, 1876, Mary Louise Armor, b.
Feb. 12, 1861, at Dayton, Ohio, d. Apr. 16, 1904, daugh-
ter of Dr. Samuel G. Armor, president and dean of
the faculty of the Long Island College Hospital at
Brooklyn, N. Y. Electus Backus Ward lived for a
time in Georgia, then went to Detroit, Mich., educated
by a private tutor, and completed his studies in Eu-
rope. He took a course in medicine but on account
of ill health discontinued hisi practice and spent a
number of years in travel.

To Electus Backus Ward and Mary Louise Armor Ward
were born three children:
i. HUGH ARMOR WARD, h. Oct. 16, 1877, was edu-
cated in various private schools in this country
and Europe, particularly in Virginia and Brook-
lyn, N. Y. He took a complete course in mechan-
ical engineering, in the Pratt Institute of Tech-
nology at Brooklyn, resides in that city; is a
director in several corporations, one of which is
the New York Brazing Company; iS' a member of
the Baptist church, in politics a Republican;
m. Oct. 16, 1902, in St. Margaret's church,
Westminster Abbey, Sara Gilfry, daughter of
H. H. Gilfry, Parliamentarian of the U. S. Sen-


ate at Washington, D. C, a resident of Port-
land, Ore.
Vo Hugh Armor Ward and Sara Galfry Ward was
born one child:

i. HUGH ARMOR WARD, b. Jan. 26, 1904.

ii. ELECTUS BACKUS WARD, b. Feb. 26, 1879,
was educated in privute schools in America, and
in European Institutions, is interested in various
business enterprises, and is manager of the New
York Brazing Company. He is a Republican in
politics, a member of the Congregational church,
resides in New York City; m. Dec. 5, 1900,
Maud Spencer, daughter of the Hon. Thomas
Wellington Spencer, of Utica, N. Y.

iii. Son, d. at two years of age.


(Kildarry, Co., Donegal, reg. Ulster's Office.)

Arms — Gu, An Orle Ar.

Over all a Bend Erm.
Crest — An Estoile Ar.

Ar. (Silver) Peace and Purity.
Gu. (Red) Military Bravery.
A Bend represented the sword scarf of a

The bearing of Ermine was a mark of great

An Orle or border was given as a distinction

of honor.
The Estoile or star was an emblem of the
goodness of God.

The name O'Quigley means "tall heroes."



b Robert, son of James Quigley and Jeanette Quigley,was
born 1744, in Hopewell township, Cumberland Co., Penna.,.
near Quigley's Bridge, along the Conodoguinet Creek, died
September i, 181 5; married Mary Jacob, born 1745, died
July 9, 1 82 1, whose ancestors lived in Wales. Their de-
scendants were Quakers. Her father came to America with
the Penns.

He took his wife to his father's home, and father and son
worked together to make the fertile fields a source of income,
as well as a garden of loveliness. From infancy the son was
the companion of his father. Born fourteen years after his
parents settled on this wild tract of land, he early learned to
wield the axe, fell the forest trees, and follow his father with
the plow. In the summertime he harvested the grain,
ranked the wood in stacks for winter use, cleared the land
of brush and stubble, and built fences, bridges, and laid out
roads. Through the short winter days he studied, and with
the few books at his command, gained a knowledge of
history and Bible truths, committing large portions of
scripture. His boyhood days were days of peril, and the
dark skin of the savage gleamed from every hiding place.
Year after year he heard of blood-thirsty advances in
the valley, hundreds falling beneath the blow of the toma-
hawk, and learned with infant lips to raise the cry of danger,
and with the eye of infancy to pick the trail of the savage.
Almost as soon as he could shoulder a musket, he was
taught its use, as well as its necessity, and struggled with
the Indian problem, and fought the dusky braves from child-
hood until they were under subjection to the white man.


His brother John, who was some years his senior died in
1753, leaving Robert the sole protector of his mother during
the absence of his father when serving his country in the
Colonial War, after his appointment as ensign in 1756.

The valley was teeming with life and activity. For
twenty five years the Scotch Irish had settled within its
bounds and with the true hearted thrift and industry of a
thousand families, the waste places were filled, and the fields
planted with grain. The barren was made fruitful,-and the
uncultivated tract was changed into a region of beauty. At
intervals, the Indians who were driven from their native
haunts, returned to their old hunting grounds and fishing
streams, with intent tO' kill, and blood stains along the paths
and mountains passes were indicative of the fulfillment of
their desires. Not far from the Quigley home was a fort,
where the women and children gathered, when the rumor of
an attack drove the men to a neighboring hill which com-
manded a view of the valley for miles around. Friends
were slaughtered and houses made desolate, yet the Quigley
family and homestead were spared. The log house which
sheltered parents and children for so many years was
unharmed. Although along the Co'nodoguinet Creek, where
the Indians pushed their canoes and fished, they were only
the friendly braves who ventured on shore, and offered terms
of peace to the family. Yet always on the alert, Robert
Quigley put his hand on his musket many times a day, and
ne\'er left it unloaded, lest he be surprised. The art oi
cunning w^as so well learned by the savage, that the white
man was ever on guard.

Robert Quigley was born with the love of country deeply
implanted within his bosom, and was commissioned July 31,
1777, lieutenant of the Seventh Company, First Battalion,
Cumberland Cotmty Militia. His encounters with the
Indians and practice in the shooting of game made him a
skilled marksman, and during the Revolutionary War many
a redcoat fell beneath his unfaltering aim and steady nerve.
He fought for freedom, and helped to sever his land and
the countrymen from the galling yoke which bound them.

He and his wife were members and regtilar attendants
of the Middle Spring PresM'terian church, which his parents
were instrumental in organizing. Many members who were


compelled to ford the creek, were irregxilar in their attend-
ance, the stream at times being impassable, but not having
the inconveniaice of crossing the creek, he and his family
were rarely absent from worship.

They sat under the preaching of the Rev. John Blair who
succeeded Rev. Thotnas Craighead, Rev. Robert Cooper
from 1765 to 1805, and Rev. John Moody D. D. who began
his pastorate in 1805 and continued in charge of the con-
gregation for fifty years. Their neighbors and friends at-
tended the same church, and the Sabbath was a day of pleas-
ant reunion as well as a season of worship. In the early
days of the settlement, a peaceful frame of mind was not
enjoyed by the worshiper, for the fear of an Indian outbreak
was the prevailing thought in each heart, but gradually their
outrages subsided, and muskets were no longer stacked at the
church door, ncT did the anxious eyes of the family as they
returned to the home scan the horizon for a flame or a curl
of smoke, that might be the last of what was once their fire-
side, built by their hands.

Robert Ouigley was a strong character, upright and hon-
orable in business transactions, on whose judgment the set-
tlers depended, realizing that they could rely on his candor
and wise decisions. He was a man of few words, but they
were justly and agreeably uttered. Not harsh of speech, his
kindly manner drew all men unto him, and his gentleness
made him a favorite with children. Refined and courteous,
he considered the welfare of others his chief pleasure. He
laid for his children the foundations of sterling, influential
characters, and aided by his wife, he possessed a home in
which glowed the most devoted affection, and to which
friends and neighbors came with the greatest delight. Their
children were all born in the old homestead. "Gentle of
speech but absolute of rule" they taught their -sons and
daughters to respect and obey their wishes in all things.

Robert Quigley died six years before his wife.

His will is dated November 8, 1814 and probated Septem-
ber 23, 181 5, three weeks after his death. It reads as
follows :

"Joseph and John shall pay from their shares, funeral
expenses of self and wife. My wife Mary shall have one
feather bed, one bedstead, and clothing for bed, curtains


and warming pan, one chest of drawers, one small trunk she
had when married, table and chairs sufficient for use, cup-
board and furniture, and whole of kitchen furniture, two
milch cows, one horse and saddle, said articles to be at her
disposal. She shall have one room in the east end of the
house, with a chimney made in said room, to have privilege
of the kitchen and part of the cellar for her real use, to have
access to go and come in any part of the mansion farmhouse,
and to be kept in sufficient firewood. Joseph and John to
support their mother during life. If wife should leave house
or room, Joseph and John are to pay her yearly twenty-five
pounds, she having right to take movable property with her.
To son James 350 pounds, to four daughters Eleanor,
Jennet, Dinah and Mary 600 pounds equally divided between
them. The balance of estate to Joseph and John." The
balance of the estate was valuable, and the farm land yield-
ed a lucrative income. The property consisted of more than
the usual number o^f outbuildings, a log house of one and
a half-stories in height, which was one of the first dwellings
erected in the valley, and 400 acres of land. The original
house was replaced by a brick house in 1842 and has de-
scended from father to son, and is still in the possession of
the family. It did not stand on the exact site of the present
building, where the road from Newville to Newburg
branches into a road to Shippensburg and Middle Spring,
but nearer the creek. Near the mansion house was a
clover mill which stood on the bank of the Conodoguinet
Creek until i860, when it was torn down and not rebuilt. It
was erected by Robert Quigley, and at his death constituted
part of his estate. To this mill neighbors brought their
grain, and it became quite a business center.

FoT years the fording near the mill was the best place to
cross the creek. About the year 1826 or 1828 a covered
bridge was made to span the stream, which is still known as
Quigley's Bridge. Two miles north west, lies Newburg,
which was incorporated at an early date. In 1810, John,
son of Rev. Robert Cooper D. D., organized and established
a school at that place, known as Hopewell Academy. The
public road from Newville ran in front of the Quigley home,
over the bridge, on to Newburg, and the students coming
and going, and the continuous travel every day, made the


life of the family less monotonous than many of the settlers

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