Biography of Captain Samuel Brady
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

"CAPTAIN SAMUEL BRADY. - The name of Captain Samuel Brady was, for many years, a terror to the untutored savage. He was peculiarly fitted to carry out the task which be had undertaken. His father and a favorite brother, within the space of one year, had fallen by the hands of their Indian foes, and he vowed to avenge their death. He was tall, muscular and athletic, with the agility of a tiger and a physical endurance far beyond that usually allotted to man, Added to this, he was possessed of a courage that never quailed in the hour of danger. His grandfather, Hugh Brady, emigrated to the State of Delaware from the North of Ireland about the year 1732, where his oldest son, John, father of Captain Samuel, was born in the following year. Some time between 1733 and 1738 he came into the valley, and settled on the banks of Canodoguinet creek, in what is now Hopewell township, on a farm subsequently owned by James Hemphill. John, in 1755, at the age of twenty two, married Mary Quigley, and removed to Shippensburg. Some time prior to 1768 he removed, with his family, to Standing Stone (now Huntingdon). He had six sons: Samuel, James (who was killed in 1778), John, William P., Hugh and Robert, and four daughters: Mary, Jennie, Hannah and Liberty. John Brady removed from Standing Stone to a point on the west branch of the Susquebanna, ten miles above the town of Northumberland. He was killed by an Indian on April 11, 1779, within half a mile of his home. In 1784 Captain Samuel Brady married a Miss Swearingen, of Washington county, where He resided until about 1790, when be removed to Virginia. He died, as above stated, on the 25th of December, 1795, at his home about two miles west of West Liberty, Ohio county, Virginia, leaving a widow and two sons, and leaving behind him a record for heroism, of which but few in our country could boast."


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891


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