Our BRADY family ancestry is now definitely traced back from my great grandfather Ebenezer Brady (1817-1879) to his great grandfather, my Scotch-Irish fourth great grandfather Hugh Brady (c.1709-c.1778). Hugh Brady emigrated from Ireland to the American colonies shortly after 1730, by tradition embarking from Londonderry with his wife Hannah in company with several other families. They landed in Delaware where their first son John was born in 1732, and in a few years Hugh and Hannah settled with their growing family in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, where they were early members of the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church.
My own contributions to the discovery of more information about our Brady family history began in 1997 when this web page was first created, and our Ebenezer Brady's specific family connection to Hugh was still somewhat tentative. This effort began with the accumulated family research that had already been carried out by my second cousin Chris Hansen and my late cousin Edgar T. (Tom) Brady who did their research before the existence of the Web and its many genealogical resources. My two cousins' work, contributions and advice while I was doing my family research were indispensable and are gratefully acknowledged.
In 1997 I took a liesurely road trip back across the country from the east coast that traced my Brady family's migration route from Cumberland County near Shippensburg, PA (1787 to Westmoreland County) to Indiana County, PA (by 1817), to Belmont (1837), Monroe (before 1850), and Noble (after 1860) Counties in Ohio, and then to Guthrie County, Iowa (about 1870). Several days each were spent in Shippensburg and Indiana, Pennsylvania at the local library and historical societies. The trip included visits to cemeteries and county court houses to gather new information. Upon returning home I put up the first short version of this genealogical web page summarizing our Brady family lineage back to Hugh Brady.
My family research over the seventeen years since that first visit to Pennsylvania has significantly benefitted from the many contacts with other Hugh Brady descendants made possible by the ancestral information I posted on this web page which I have endeavored to update. I still welcome contact from anyone having questions or additional information to contribute.
Here is a summary of my direct line back to my great grandfather Ebenezer and thence to his great grandfather Hugh.
My family's connection to Hugh was clearly confirmed in 2009 by a yDNA comparison, and the weight of the accumulated genealogical evidence which has now been found indisputably supports our original conclusion in 1997 that my great grandfather Ebenezer Brady was descended from the family of the Scotch-Irish immigrant Hugh Brady through his father (and Hugh's grandson) John Brady, son of Ebenezer Brady, the sixth of the seven sons of Hugh Brady. The previously established research on the Hugh Brady family (with five of Hugh's many Brady grandsons having been named John) did not discover any of the descendants of this particular Hugh grandson John Brady who was nevertheless explicitly mentioned in his father Ebenezer's 1804 will. (Cf. Brady Annals Vol 1, pub. by William Y. Brady as a series of 12 monographs between 1923 and 1955.)
When I began my serious Brady family research in 1997, starting from my two cousins' study we had only the newly deduced link of my great grandfather Ebenezer to his father John Brady, the year 1834 for John's death inferred from Ebenezer's 1879 obituary, the likelihood that Daniel Brady in Monroe County, Ohio was Ebenezer's brother and that Mary Brady (born in 1795) was John's wife and the mother of Ebenezer and Daniel. Everything that we learned subsequently, starting with what I learned on my 1997 trip, has clearly substantiated our original conclusions, fleshed out the family, and filled in many missing details.
A careful study over the years of the official records, the family pictures and letters, contacts with some descendants of my great grandfather's siblings finally led to the our undeniable conclusion that John and Mary Brady's family consisted of their oldest child, Margaret Brady Brown (1814-1898), three sons, Ebenezer (1817-1879), Daniel (1827-1886), and John Irwin Brady (1831-1865) plus five unnamed Brady daughters all born between the years 1817 and 1830.
A breakthrough occurred in 2012 when contact was made with a Brown family descendant, and among the Brown family documents was a transcription of a complete John and Mary Brady family list. The original list had apparently been penned by Margaret Brady Brown and was later found tucked inside a Brown family Bible. Everything we had concluded about the family composition was corroborated by the list, and the five unnamed sisters were listed by name with each of their birthdates. There were exactly nine children in the family, with Margaret born in December 1814 as the eldest, and John Irwin Brady, born in November 1831 the youngest. Ebenezer, the oldest son, had the name of his grandfather, and Jane, the second daughter had the name of her grandmother Jane Irvine Brady. The transcription of the family list also gave John Brady's date of birth as 23 October 1774 and listed his wife Mary's birth as occurring in November 1795.
John Brady (1774-1834) lived during the early 1800's in Westmoreland and Indiana Counties, Pennsylvania along with other nearby relatives named "John Brady" who were also descended from Hugh. The first of John's and his wife Mary's nine children, Margaret Brady Brown (1814-1898), was born in Westmoreland County, PA. Sometime during the years 1815-1816 John and Mary Brady moved with their baby daughter Margaret to Mahoning Township in adjacent Indiana County, PA where John purchased an existing tanyard. ("The job sure stinks, but the pay don't!") In 1817 John and Mary also bought some property from John's first cousin William P. Brady, a surveyor and owner of a large tract of land in Mahoning Township.
John and Mary's second child and their first son was my great grandfather Ebenezer Brady (1817-1879) who was born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania in January 1817. From 1818 to 1829 they had six more children, which included their second son Daniel Brady (1827-1886) and five more daughters.
In 1830 John Brady and his wife Mary sold their property in Indiana County, Pennsylvania soon after the U.S. census was taken. They then moved with their family of eight children back to Westmoreland County. A year later their third son and the youngest of their nine children, John Irwin Brady (1831-1865) was born there. His Westmoreland County place of birth, as already understood by his descendants, has thus now (2014) been confirmed by an obituary published in 1866 in the conference proceedings of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Interestingly, it was our evidence found just a few years ago that first connected Rev. John Irwin Brady to my great grandfather's family. A surviving picture of John Irwin Brady's son Ephraim ("E. G. Brady, Humphrey, Nebr") was found in an inherited shoe box full of old family pictures. The pictures had thankfully been saved from destruction by a Brady second cousin in Iowa who managed to dissuade her father from burning them. Likewise, an 1880s family letter (written by one of my grandfather's brothers) mentioning "Ephraim Brady" living in Nebraska was found among a collection of family letters from the late 1800s stored in an old trunk. (The trunk was obtained in Iowa in 2006 by yet another second cousin.) The determination of our family connection to the youngest sibling, John Irwin Brady, was later corroborated by the list of the entire family of his parents John and Mary Brady found in 2012 . John Irwin Brady, an ordained Methodist minister, served as a 1st Lieutenant (as a line officer, not as a chaplain) in the 97th [87th?] Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers. He was wounded during the Civil War at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, and later left the Union Army in 1864 because of illness he contracted. He died in April 1865 as the war ended, apparently of consumption. Sadly, he left a widow with two young sons, but the two sons do appear to have many Brady descendants.
In 1834 My 2nd great grandfather John Brady died in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His oldest son Ebenezer, then 17 years of age, went to work in a lumber mill to help support the family and met with a severe accident which left him recuperating for many months. Three years later (1837) John's widow Mary moved with her children from Pennsylvania to Belmont County, Ohio where the families of at least two brothers and a married sister of her late husband John already resided. The years 1830-1837 when the John and Mary Brady family lived in Westmoreland County are currently being researched.
Widow Mary Brady's date and place of death are still not known, but we think that she died before 1870, most likely while still living in Ohio. (She was last identified living with the family of her son Daniel in Monroe County, Ohio in 1860.)
We remain very interested in any information others might have about my 2nd great grandfather John BRADY(1774-1834) and his immediate family, his wife Mary's maiden name, their exact date of marriage in Westmoreland County, and information about the lives and families of their five other newly identified Brady daughters: Jane (1818- ), Sarah (Brady) Dillon (1821- ), Susannah (1824- ), Mary (Brady) Hendricks (1825- ), and Martha (Brady) Davis (1829- ). The marriages found for sisters Sarah, Mary, and Martha, occurred in Belmont County, and likewise some of their children have been identified. Nothing more has been learned so far about what became of my great grandfather Ebenezer's two sisters Jane and Susannah.
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