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James Ewing were elected Brigadier Generals of the Asso-
ciators of the Province. And now comes in order of time,
August, 1776, the incident at Derr's trading house, when re-
turning in haste from Sunbury (laid out in June, 1772, just
below the site of Fort Augusta) he entered a canoe and
ihoved swiftly over to Derr's, to find the Indians in high



carnival over a barrel of rum, with which Derr was standing
treat. In the midst of their drunken orgies he kicked over
a barrel. To this interference some attribute Captain
Brady's sad fate, as the Indian appointed to be sober that
day said, in effect, "He would rue the spilling of that rum
someday."

Soon after this occurrence Capt. Brady moved to Muncy,
having erecting in the spring of 1776 the semi-fortified resi-
dence which afterwards went by the name of Fort Brady.
The day of associators was soon over with nine months and
one year's service. It became imperative to raise regular
regiments, enlisted for the war, if the independence of the
States was to be maintained. Accordingly Col. William
Cook's Regiment, the Twelfth, was directed to be raised in
the counties of Northampton and Northumberland. Among
tlie last acts of the Convention which formed the first Con-
stitution of this Commonwealth, September 28,1776, was
the election of the field officers of this Regiment. Col.
William Cook, whose grandson, Jacob Cook, is with us
to-day, Lieutenant Colonel Neigal Gray, then of North-
ampton county, but who after the war owned and died upon
the place now known as Kelly's Mills, in Union county, and
Major James Crawford, who died in Wayne township,
Lycoming county, of which he was a Justice of the Peace
in 18 14, were elected. John Brady was commissioned one
of its Captains, October 14, 1776, and on the i8th of De-
cember, in mid-winter, it left Sunbury in boats for the battle
fields of New Jersey. The regiment went immediately into
active service. Being composed of good riflemen it was
assigned to the same duties our "Bucktails" were in the late
war, on picket, on the skirmish line, to commence the fight-
ing, and to go through it. At Boundbrook, at Bonum-
town, at Piscataway, it left its dead, and the green mounds
that decked the purple heaths of New Jersey left their sor-
row in many a home in the West Branch Valley.

When General Washington crossed the Delaware into
Pennsylvania to await the development of General Howe's
plans, he detached Captain Hawkins Boone, of the Twelfth
to Morgan's Rifle Command, to assist in the capture of
Burgoyne, and two at least (that I know of) of his wounded
soldiers returned to this valley to tell that Timothy Murphy,



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a West Branch rifleman had shot Gen. Fraser at Saratoga
and how they, with Major James Parr, of Northumberland,
and Lieutenant Colonel Richard Butler, of Westmoreland,
stormed Breymand's camp, led by the lion-hearted Arnold.
Within a few short months (July 26, 1779) after Capt.
Brady's death, Capt. Boone bravely died in defence of this
valley at Fort Freeland.

In due time Howe made his appearance at the Head of the
Elk, and General Washington moved his army to the banks
of the Brandywine to confront him. The Twelfth, with
the Third, the Ninth and the Sixth, was in Coniway's Bri-
gade, General Sterling's Division, in the right wing com-
manded by General Sullivan on the eventful nth of Sep-
tember (battle of Brandywine). General Wayne, with the
two other brigades of Pennsylvania, was left at Chadd's
ford to oppose Knyphausen while Sullivan's right wing was
hurried on to Bermingham Meeting House to attack the
English left under Cornwallis. Wheni the Twelfth Penn-
sylvania arrived on double quick upon the ground, "the
cannon balls were ploughing up the ground, the trees crack-
ing over their heads, the branches riven by the artillery, and
the leaves were falling as in Autumn by the grape shot."
Capt. Brady had two sons in the fight; Samuel, the eldest,
was First Lieutenant (commissioned July 17, 1776,) in
Capt. John Doyle's company, then attached to the First
Pennsylvania, Col. James Chambers, and was with General
Wayne at Chadd's Ford. John, (subsequently, 1795, Sher-
iff of Northumberland county) then a youth of fifteen years,
who had gone to the army to ride the horses home, was with
his father with a big rifle by his side.

They had scarcely time to obey the stentorian order of
Col. Cook, "fall into line!" when the British made their ap-
pearance. The Twelfth fired sure, and fast and man}'' an
officer leaped forward in death after the sharp crack of its
rifles. As the fight grew furious and the charge of gleam-
ing bayonets came on, other troops that had not time to form
reeled before "the burnished rows of steel." But the
Twelfth stood firm, and Lieutenant William Boyd (of
Northumberland) fell dead by his Captain. Little John
was wounded and Captain Brady fell with a wound through



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his mouth. The day ended with disaster to our arms, and
the Twelfth sullenl}^ quit the field nearly cut to pieces.

The wound only loosened some of the Captain's teeth, but
being disabled by a severe attack of pleurisy, caused by his
exposures, which he never got entirely well of, he was sent
home. On the invasion of Wyoming Valley, in 1778, he
retired with his family to Sunbury, and it was there, on the
8th of August, 1778, his son James was sent to his parents,
cruelly wounded and scalped by the Indians, to die. The
circumstances of his death are very minutely detailed in a
letter from Col. Hartley, to be found in the Pennsylvania
Archives, vol. 6, O. S. page 689 ; also in Meginness' history,
page 222 &c. I will only add Gen. Hugh Brady's recollec-
tions of his brother. "James Brady was a remarkable man.
His person was fine, he lacked but a quarter of an inch of
six feet, and his mind was as well finished as his person. 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. He was wounded and
scalped on Saturday and carried on a bier to Sunbury, where
he died oni the Thursday following, after reviving sufficient-
ly to relate everything that happened."

On the I St of September, 1778, Captain Brady returned
to the army. Meanwhile, under an arrangement of the
army, which took place about the ist of July, the field
officers had been mustered out and the companies and their
officers distributed into the Third and Sixth Pennsylvania
Regiments. Captain Brady was therefore sent home by
General Washington's order, with Captain Boone. Lieuten-
ants Samuel and John Dougherty, to assist Col. Hartley in
protecting the frontiers. He joined Col. Hartley at Muncy
on the 1 8th of September, and accompanied him on the
expedition to Tioga. Col. Hartley, in a letter to Congress
(dated October 8th, 1778, Penna. Archives, vol 7, page 5)
describes the hardships of this march. "We waded or
swam Lycoming creek upwards of twenty times, met great
rains and prodigious swamps, mountain defiles and rocks
impeded our course, and we had to open and clear the way
as we passed. We carried two boxes of spare ammunition
and twelve days provision. I cannot help observing the
difficulties in crossing the Alps or passing up the Kennel)ec



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could not have been greater than our men experienced for
the time." On their return, after they left Wyalusing, the
enemy made a heavy attack upon his rear and the rear guard
gave way. "At the critical moment Captains Boons and
Brady, and Lieutenant King, with a few brave fellows,
landed from the canoes and renewed the action. We ad-
A'^anced on the enemy on all sides, and the Indians, after a
brave resistance, conceiving themselves surrounded, fled
with the utmost haste, leaving ten dead."

During the whole of the fall of 1778 the savages ravaged
the settlements, and Captain Brady was kept busy. He was
one of those whom Colonel Hunter wrote on the 13th of
December, who told him, "They would rather die fighting
than leave their homes again." With the opening spring
of 1779 these inroads were renewed, and in such force that
William Maclay wrote, "He believed the whole force of the
Six Nations was being poured down upon the West
Branch Valley."

Amid these scenes of terror and confusion Captain Brady
stood manfully at his post, and died by it, at a time when
his services could ill be spared. On the fatal nth of April,
1779, in the golden light of morning, its sunlight reflected
by the myriad rain drops lying oni the bushes and the trees,
with the songs of birds among the branches, in all the hope
and glory of coming spring, going forth to the duties of the
hour, the sharp summons came, and in the twinkling of an
eye Captain John Brady stood before his God.

"The car of victor>% the plume, the wreath,
Defend not from the bolt of fate the brave ;"

But—

"Glory lights the soldier's tomb,
And beauty weeps the brave."

The days of Heathenism are long since past, and we no
longer lay our dead beneath the cypress shade, to sleep the
sleep that knows no morning. The eye of faith reveals to
us ■ a more glorious destiny, and the firm belief of a reunion
in the Heavenly home sweeps the shadows from our hearts
and fills our souls with hopes that zvill be realized beyond



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the tomb. "Spring shall yet visit these mouldering graves."
Know we not

"The time draws on
When not a single spot of burial earth,
Whether on land or in the spacious sea.
But must give up its long committed dust.

Inviolate."

Yes, when the Arch Angel's trump shall sound, Biddle
will come, and Conner will come, from their sea-weerl
shrouds and their coral coffins, far down in the deep green
waters of the Atlantic, and Captain John Brady will leap
exultant from his silent grave, with the immortal light of
God upon his countenance.

To the valley his loss was well nigh irreparable. Death
came to its defender, and "Hell followed" hard after. In
May Buffalo Valley was overrun, and the people left; on the
8th of July Smith's Mills, at the mouth of White Deer
creek, were burned, and on the 17th Muncy Valley was
swept with the desom of destruction', Starrett's Mills and all
the principal houses in Muncy township burned with Forts
Muncy, Brady and Freeland, and Sunbury became the fron-
tier. But why picture the sadness and sorrow which, on
this happy day, cannot be realized? Time has long since
assuaged it all. The broken hearted widow has long since
clasped hands with her brave husband in a better world,
where there are no "garments rolled in blood," and their
children and their grand children and their great grand
children have joined them beyond the flood.

After the death of her husband Mrs. Brady removed with
her family to her father's place, in Cumberland county,
where she arrived in May, 1779. She remained until
October of that year, and then removed to Buffalo Valley, to
what is now known as the Frederick place, three miles west
of Lewisburg, where she died on the 20th of October, 1783,
at the early age of forty-eight years. Over her remains in
the beautiful cemetery at Lewisburg, in the same grave with
those of the youthful hero of Brandy wine (John Brady,
who died on the loth of December, 1809, at the same age —
forty-eight), is a marble slab with the appropriate inscrip-
tion, "All tears are wiped from her eyes."



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Toi Captain 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 Rangers, be forgotten. In private life, in public
office, at the Bar, in the Senate of Pennsylvania, in the
House of Representatives of the United States, in the ranks
of battle. Captain John Brady's sons and grandsons and
great grandsons have flung far forward into the future the
light of their family fame.

Of General Hugh Brady, of whom General Winfield
Scott said, "God never made a better man nor a better sol-
dier," I must speak : No character in all history, since the
days of General Wayne — (and I am proud to see honoring
the occasion with his presence, a worthy descendant of the
heroic General — Captain William Wayne, of Paoli, and on
the part of the people of this Valley, I am sure, I can ex-
tend him a most cordial welcome) — has impressed me like
him — a kind, true-hearted man ; an accomplished gentleman ;
ani educated, lion-hearted officer. At Chippewa, where, as
his nephew, Samuel Brady (second son of Sheriff John
Brady, who was an Ensign in the Twenty-second Infantiy,
Colonel Brady's regiment), wrote: "There was blood, car-
nage and destruction of men, and out of the whole regiment
of men, only Major Arrowsmith, Ensign Brady and
thirty privates could march into camp;" Colonel
Brady was severely wounded within fifteen minutes
after the action commenced, and had to be lifted
upon his horse, yet he commanded until the dreadful drama
had nearly closed. But the crowning glory of his career
was that he was a Christian Soldier. Shortly before his
death at Detroit, in April 1851, he was thrown from a car-
riage and severely injured ; and when the physician told him
that he could not recover, with that calm self-possession, so
indicative of true courage, he said : "Let the drums beat ;
my knapsack is slung." As the General sank under his
injuries he became partially unconscious, and his mind
wandered back to the scenes of his early life. He was again
an officer in high command, marshaling his army on the
battle-field; then a subaltern, obeying the orders of his



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superiors ; agnin a school boy, conning- over his lesson ; and
finally, a child at his mother's knee; until, as the night of
death closed around him forever, he murmured —

Now I lay me down to sleep;
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

Many of my hearers will recollect Capt. John Brady's
grandson, William Perry Brady, so long Sergeant-at-Arms
of the Pennsylvania Senate. He was with a Centre county
company at Lake Erie, when Commodore Perry, not having
a sufficient number of marines to man his vessels, called for
volunteers. William P. Brady was the first man to step
out, and helped gain the brilliant victory which sent a thrill
of joy throughout our country and placed an immortal
chaplet upon the brow of Perry.

And where were the great-grand children of Captain John
Brady when the Secessionists undertook to overturn this
government, ordained of God and sealed with the blood of
their ancestors? I recall one, Captain Evan Rice Evans
Brady, who, upon the soil of his native State, within sight
of the ancestral home of the Brady's on South Mountain, fell
in the storm of battle. Four generation of the Brady's
fought for this country, yet he was the first to fall in action :

"God-fearing, God-obeying; his fair brow
Lies low among his country's martyrs now ;
Weep ye who can,
I mourn not such a man."

He fell fighting the battle of freedom, fell in the great
struggle for the preservation of the Union, purchased by the
blood of a noble ancestry. "He fell in a war for law. for
order, for the obligation of solemn contracts, for the sanctity
of oaths, for religion, for morality, for social quiet, for all
that secures the transmission of healthy political institutions
from age to age, for all that is venerable in history, for all
'that is lovely, pure, peaceable and of good report,' among
men for all that truly made the United States a power or-
dained of God ;" and he and those who fell at Gettysburg,
at Malvern, at Shiloh, at Petersburg, or starved to death in



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Libby and at Andersonville, were as truly martyrs as the
early Christians, or the Huguenots, who

""Kissed the flames that drank their blood,.
And chased their s6uls to Heaven."

From far and near, all over this grand valley, the most
beautiful to us the sun in his course through the Heaven
looks down upon, we have come to dedicate this monument
to the memory of its pioneer and defender — Captain John
Brady.

At thy feet, then, oh! Mountains of Muncy! thy solemn
Red Men fled before the mystic sound of coming civiliza-
tion ; before the tramp and tread of States ; we dedicate this
granite land-mark to Brady, the pioneer the Corypheus here,
of title by improvement and pre-emption; a system which
began by the rock at Pl}Tnoute, and will continue until the
last echo of the woodman's axe dies away amid the surges
•of the Pacific.

In thy bosom, oh ! Valley of the West Branch ! we dedicate
this memorial to the eagle-eyed sentinel, who one hundred
years ago peered through the dusky twilight for thy foes.
Here, oni these heights, in this holy bivouac of the dead, let
it forever stand sentry of his compatriot slain of Antietam,
of Fredericksburg, of the Wilderness, of Atlanta, of the
mourned battle-fields of the war for the Union, whose last
"All's well !" is still echoing gloriously through the Republic.

By thy bright waters, oh! Noble Susquehanna! which
mirror in thy winding course so many, many scenes of do-
mestic peace and comfort; so many scenes of Eden-like
beauty, rescued from primeval wildness, only listening, in
thy quiet course to the sea, "To the laughter from the village
and the town, and the church bells ever jangling as the
weary day goes down;" surrounded by these venerable
fathers who have lingered in life's journey to see this happy
day; surrounded by the youth and beauty of this grand old
home of brave sons and patriotic daughters, under the aus-
pices of the Grand Army of the Republic — the "Cincinnati"
of the war for the Union — in solemn joy we dedicate this
monument to our benefactor. And as we gaze upon it. let
us resolve, that as this Government came down to us from
the Past, it shall go from us into the Future — a blessing to
our posterity, and the hope of the world's freedom.



INDEX OF HEADS OF FA/VIILIE5 TO THE
FOURTH GENERATION.



Name. Page.

Adams, Henry 256

Sarah Jane Gilbert 255

Ahl, Dr. David 41

" Mary Ellen Gilmore 41 ^ —

" Mary Louise 42

" James Gilmore 42

" Eleanor Gilmore 42

" John Gilmore 42

" Jane Belle 42

" David Wilson 42

'' Arminell C. Reilly 42

Ang-eil, James 123

Lydia Robinson 123

Annis, John F 120

Cordelia Robinson Doty 120

Ashbrook, Letcher Lee 210

Sue Britton Brady 210

Backus, Andrew 94

Col. Electus ^80, 191

Sarah Wallis Brady 180

Mary Laithy Brady 180, 190

Bannister, Clayton Jay ^37

" Frances Jewett ^37

Barclay, Joseph B -^9

" ' Jane Elizabeth Cooper 219

Barnev, William ^^^

" ' Flelen Barclay 220

Asa Newell ^^

Abi^al Hall ^^



Name. Page.

Barr!, Alvali 90, 114

" Hetty Robinson 90, 114

" Milton Ford 116

" Catharine Johnson 116

" WilHam Milton 117

" Robinsoni Lincoln . 117

" Oliver Edwin 117

" Edwin Thomas 118

" Robinson Alex 118

Becker, Waldo 65

" Mary Kellogg Bollinger 65

Bell, David 236

" Mary Quigley 236

" William Arthur 239

" Jane Ewalt Irwin 239

Berry, Capt. Robert M 224

" Mary Augusta Brady 224

Bingham, Jane 23, 24

Blaine, Polly 86, 88

" Alex. T 86, 91

" Rosanna McCord 86, 91

" Ephraim W. M 92, 131

Alex. W 92, 133

" Joseph F 92

" Margaret McCord 92, 124

Nancy B 92, 128

" Mary 92, 131

'* William A 92, 132

" James ". 92, 132

" Alex. W 133

" Emma Eliza 132

" Isabel A 133

Block, Louis 64

" Cora Josephine Bollinger 64

Bollinger, Albert Lester 63

" Emily Diana Wills 63

" James 63

" Mary Elizabeth Oilman 63

Boyd, John Yeomans 46

" Eleanor Gilmore Herr 46

" James 47



Name. Page.

Boyd, Andrew Jackson Herr 47

*' Eleanor Gilmore 47

" Louisa Yeomans 47

Brown, John Miller 279

" Harriett Anni Sharp 279

" John C 280

" Eleanor Ouigley 280

" John Ouigley 283

Bradbeer, Sarah Isabelle Croul 223

Brady, Captain John 144

" Mary Ouigley 144

*' Captain Samuel ' 155, 156

" Drusilla Van Swearingen 155, 156

" James 155, 168

" William 155

" John 155, 170

*' Jane McCall 155, 170

" Mary 155, 172

*' William Penn 155, 174

Jane Cooke 155, 174

General Hugh 155, 175

" Sarah Wallis 155, 175

" Jane , .... 155, 180

Robert Ouigley 155, 180

Mary Cooke 155, 180

Agnes 155

"' Hannah 155

" Joseph 155

" Liberty . 155. 181

" Van Swearingen 167, 181

Elizal^eth Ivess 167, 181

" John 167, 182

Nancy Ridgely 167, 182

Tames 172

*' Tohn 172

Samuel 172, 184

" W^illiam Perry 172, 185

Rachel Mussina 172, 185

Jasper Ewing 172, 186

Margaret Maria Morton 172, 186

" Hannah 172, 187



Name. Page.

Brady, James McCall 172

" Jane I75

Nancy 175

" Colonel Hugh 175, 188

Sarah Smith Evans 175, 188

" Mary 175, 188

James 175, 189

James 175, 189

" Samuel Preston 180, 189

" Elizabelle Hall 180

" Jane 180

" Cassandra 180

" John 181

'' Samuel 181

Matilda Parker 181

" Hugh 181

Sarah Ann 181

" John 182

William Ivess 182, 192

" Dr. Robert 182

" Helen Hampton 182

" John 182

" William Perry 183, 194

" Samuel 203

" Lyons Mussina 205

" James Dunlop 207

" Joseph Pritts 208

" Jasper Ewing 209

Rev. Cyrus Townsend 209

George Keyports 210

" William Perry 212

Capt. Evan Rice Evans 218

George Nexsen 223

" Preston 224

" Samuel 225

Wallis 22z^

" William Henry 226

Henrietta Margaret Murray 210

" Dr. Mifflin Broadhead 211

Lucy Denise Tracy 212

" Augusta McClelland 223



Name. P^^^e.

Bradv, Robert McClelland 224

" ' Emily Medbery 224

Margaret H. Radcliff 224

" Jennie DeForest Howard 225

Anna Herbel Gamble 225

" Samuel Howard 225

Hugh 225

Alice L. Darnell 226

John 193

" Joseph Vance ^95

John Si^eer ^95

Bridgens. Jane McCall Brady 206

Bruner, Rev. Martin ^74

Mary Gray I74

Burnett. Margaret Faber Brady 213

Dr. Swan Moses 213

Campbell, John ^3

Thomas P 1^7

tanfield, Mary Noble Croul 223

Case. Mary Rose Blaine 132

Chalfant, John Weakley 34

Ellen Ouigley McCrea 34

" Mary Liberty 35

Isabella 35

Henry 35

Eleanor McCrea 35

Annie 35

Clark, Sarah Helen Brown 283

Craig. Elizabeth Brady 218

Crawford, William 92, 128

Nancy Blaine 92, 12^

" Tenninigs Price ^^3

Anna Sarah Williams 123

Alex Blaine ^^9

Thomas Childs ^^9

William Allison ^30

" Benj. Franklin ^3^

Croul. Sarah Wallis ^^^

Cochran, Dr. Alex J ^

• '" " Dr. Wm. Robinson -



Name. Page.

Cooper, James Erwiii i88

" Mary Brady i88

" Thomas Jefferson 221

Coons, Kate L. Stoughton 216

Coyle, John , 109

Samuel McCord 109

" William Scott 109

" David Linn no

Cudworth, Frank Barrows 44

Mary Elizabeth Gilmore 44

DeClark, Frank A 62

" Emma Belle Wills 62

Delin, Charles King 256

" Ellen 256

Dewart, William 181

" Liberty Brady 155, 181

Dibblee, Ethel Roidgers 272

Dickson, Isabel A 92, 133

Diven, Mary Elizabeth 107

" James 89, 107

" isabella McCord 89, 107

William Bleakley 108

Doty, Nancy Robinson 90, 118

Duxbury, Jane Brady 208

Ege, Michael Peter , 69

" George Arthur 70

Elliott, Elizabeth Bell Brown 282

Engle, Mary Ann Linn 103

Ernst, Mollie Brady Cooper 221

Ewalt, Harris 238

" Jane Ouigley 238

" Anna Harris .239

Finckel, Qiarlotte Brady 211

" Franke Hermann 211

Flemin'g, Eliza McCormick Robinson 113

Floyd. Clara Fannie Whiting 116

Forrest. Kate Lyndall .217

Fross. Emma Blaine 132

Frey, George Henry 260

" Jane Quigley Ward 260

" Isaac Ward. , 261



Name. p^^j.

Frey, George Harrison 26r

" Frederick Hamilton 261

" Robert Rodgers 262

Furey, Clara Geddes 217

Geddes, Thomas 92

Lacy McCord 92

Gilbert, Daniel 255

" Eleanor Quigley 255

Gillespie, Rev. John 242

" Anna Mason Quigley 242

" Rev. George Elliott 243

" Thomas Flartford 243

Gilmore, James 39 •

" Eleanor McKinney 39

Mary Ellen 41

" David McKinney 43

" Sara Grizelda Kyle 43

" Sarah Eleanor 44

" James Kyle 44

" Eleanore Lynn Orris 44

" Thomas McKinney 44

" Richard Rodgers 44

Mary Elizabeth 44

Alice Belle 44

" Nancy Jane 45

Lydia Bell 47

Gordon, George Whitfield 115

" Julia Aurelia Hubbard 115

Graham, John Gleason 67

Lydia Wills 6y

Gray, Captain William 172

Mars' Brady 155, 172

Robert 155, 181

Hannah Brady 155, 181

Willis E 127

Anna Josephine Mills 127

Greene, David 272

" Emma Rodgers 272

Greer, Michael 33

" Liberty McKinney 33



Name. Page.

Grier, Gen. David Perkins * 82

'' Anna McKinney 82

Smith McKinney 83

John Perkins. . 83

" William Reynolds 83

Margaret 84

Robert Cooper 84

David Perkins 84

" Annie McKinney 84

Guyn, Edward Charles 70

" Isabelle Wallace Smith , 70

Hall, Augustus Ephraim 102

Nancy Blaine McCord , loi

" William Augustus 102


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