Biography of James T. Brady
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James T. Brady, one of the pioneers and well-known characters of Ontwa Township, was born March 1, 1802, in the parish of Drumlane, county of Cavin and province of Ulster, Ireland. His father, Michael Brady, who was born in 1774, died in 1806, when James was four years old, and his mother, Katharine (Leddy) Brady, who was a little younger than her husband, died in 1832. The subject of our sketch ‘and his sister Rose came to America in the year 1818, landing in Quebec. In Canada, James followed various callings. While working at Quebec, sorting timber for the British Government, he was one day seized by a press gang, and, although making a desperate resistance, in which he received several bayonet wounds, was carried away and taken on board of an English war vessel, commanded by a certain Capt. Bours. He was given $40 in money and a suit of marine’s clothes, and then told that the vessel was about to start on a seven years’ cruise. He resolved to escape or die in the attempt. One evening he managed to elude the guards of the vessel, lowered himself by a rope into the river, and the tide being in his favor, managed to reach the wharf. Resolving to leave so dangerous a locality, he went to Wayne County, N. Y. For a time he and his sister, who also went to Wayne County, worked for the father of Joe Smith, the Mormon Prophet, with whom they became well acquainted. In 1824, young Brady became acquainted with Miss Mary Ann Jones, to whom he was married December 3, 1828, by the Rev. William Powell, in the town of Wolcott. In the spring of 1832, he removed to Rochester, N. Y., and in November of the same year to Albion, Orleans County, where he remained until the fall of 1835, when he came to Michigan. After making a stay of a little more than a year at Lodi Plains, about forty miles west of Detroit, he settled in Ontwa, Cass County, in the fall of 1836, and there resided until 1870, when he removed to Elkh art, Ind. Upon the 3d of December, 1878, Mr. and Mrs. Brady celebrated their golden wedding, all of their living children and many of their old friends being present. Mr. Brady died at his home in Elkhart, December 19, 1881, and his remains were buried at the cemetery in Adamsville. He was a man who was universally respected. In politics lie was a life-long Democrat, and voted at fifteen Presidential elections. In religious views he was liberal, and tolerant of the opinions of others.

The family of Mr. and Mrs. Brady consisted of four sons and three daughters, as follows: William J. Brady, born in Wayne County, N. Y., April 28. 1830, died August 1, 1878, in Elko, Nev.; Thomas C. Brady, born August 29, 1832, in Monroe County, N. V., died in Steptor Valley, Nev., December 23, 1878; John M. Brady, born June 14, 1835, in Orleans County, N. Y., now resident upon the old homestead in Ontwa, married in 1869 to Miss Dora McNeil; Noah S. Brady, born March 17, 1839, in Ontwa, where he has since resided, married 1866, to Miss Maria E. McNeil; Marion E. Brady, born September 22, 1843, in Cuss County, married in 1866 to Andrew J. Moody, and now resides in Mason; Mary J. Brady, born May 7, 1846, in Cass County, died October 12, 1850; Ophelia J. Brady, born May 30, 1852, in Cass County, married August 5, 1879, to Clarence Knickerbocker, of Elkhart, where she now resides.

Mrs. Mary Ann (Jones) Brady, widow of James T. Brady, still resides at the house in Elkhart, Ind., and retains her faculties in a remarkable degree of perfection. She was born June 13, 1809, in Newton, Gloucester County, N. J., and emigrated in 1824 with her parents to Wayne. County, N. Y., where she met and married James T. Brady, the subject of this sketch.

History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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