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Son of Hugh Brady, Pioneer

Ebenezer Brady one of the seven sons of Hugh Brady and Hannah (McCormick) Brady, was born in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, about 1750 and died at his home in Fairfield Township, Westmoreland County, in September, 1804. His wife was Jane Irvine, parentage unknown, whose death occurred in 1800. Both are presumably buried in the Old Fairfield Cemetery between New Florence and Ligonier.

Early records of the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church show that Ebenezer was one of its members and a contributor to the pastor's salary and to the building fund in 1781 He was a taxable in Cumberland County from 1778 to 1785 on lands varying from 37 to 199 acres. He was named as an executor of the will of his brother Hugh who died in 1787, but did not serve because of his removal in 1786 to Westmorland County.

Ebenezer Brady's first home in Westmoreland County was in Wheatfield Township, near what is now Jacksonville, Indiana County. He later moved south across the Conemaugh and settled along Tubmill Creek. Here Ebenezer acquired considerable land as shown by deeds on record at the Court House in Greensburg. About a year before his death he purchased a 200 acre tract on the Little Mahoning Creek in Indiana County and it was to this farm that his oldest son. Hugh, moved with some of the minor children.

Ebenezer served in the Revolution as a private. (See Penn'a Archives Vol. 4, p. 280; also Vol. VI, pages 66, 134, 399, 400, 414 and 642.) He and his brother-in-law, Archibald Hanna were among the thirteen whose names were honored by the Westmoreland County S.A.R., Nathaniel Green Chapter, when that organization held its memorial services in Old Fairfield Cemetery on May 30, 1932.


Know all men that I Ebenezer Brady of Fairfield Township County of Westmoreland State of Pennsylvania viewing my dissolution approaching but being in perfect soundness of mind and memory do make and ordain this instrument of writing to be my last will and testament having wrote it with my own hand. I hereby dispose of my property among my children in the following manner having purchased two hundred acres of land on Little Mahoning from Isaac Mason which will have to he conveyed to my executors to be by them divided in the manner following.

One hundred acres I leave to my son Hugh to be laid off to the best advantage for division. If my son John shouId choose to set up his trade my executors is hereby empowered to survey him thirty acres of land to set up his trade but if he chooses to move he is not to sell it to any person but one of his brothers.

I having gave my son Hugh one hundred and thirty acres of land adjoining Samuel Shannon by an instrument of write not yet recorded which title is to he destroyed by my son Hugh before he is entitled to the hundred acres of land I have here in left him then that hundred acres of land leave to my son William which if my executors see they can sell they can do so and put the money to interest or purchase land for at their own choosing. The remainder of this tract of land I bought on Mahoning I leave to my son Ebenezer. lf any of my sons should die without issue young then their land herein left them shall be divided among their brothers I allow the land I gave to Samuel Shannon as a full compensation of his share of my estate. I allow all my children to move out together and to live with my son Hugh till married or they choose to leave him with the consent of my executors my livestock household furniture and what money is owing to me after my lawful debts is paid which is not great. Leave a young sorrel mare to my daughter Mary and if she has any colts while my daughters live together them colts is to be given unto her other sisters till each has one. All my household furniture except farming utensils I leave to my oldest daughters unmarried yet the one to be used for the use of the family while they live together.

I leave to my son Hugh one bay mare one cow John one cow my four daughters one cow each their increase is to be kept on the place for their use after deducting their part for the support of the family if they still live together. One hundred pounds I allow to be divided amongst my four unmarried daughters to be paid them in property or money when legally in the power of my executors. Any surplus money not here mentioned I allow my executors to make my two youngest sons good English schools with and if any.remainder then when they come of age to give it to them then.

I here by utterly disannul will or instruments of writing by me formerly made and do make and ordain this instrument to be my last will and testament and do hereby appoint my son Hugh to be my whole Executor of this my 1st will and in testimony hereof I have here unto set My hand and seal the year of our Lord 1803, the fifth day of November. Signed sealed acknowledged in the presence of

James Galbraithe
James Updegraff
(Filed, September 18, 1804.)

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Bureau of Archives and History Pennsylvania State Archives RG-12 Records of the DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS W-10 "Report of John Moore, Esq, Deputy Surveyor to the Governor of the courses and distances of that part of the road from Frankstown to Bedford which James and Ebenezer Brady undertook to improve. Received March 18th, 1803, James Trimble, Dy Secy," [undated], No. 10, 15 x 1/4 x 70 1/2, ink and pencil on paper (1 item)

Volume 163 page 58 The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Women Born in Iowa and Descended from Men of Irish Nativity Mrs. Luella May Stearns. DAR ID Number: 162188 Born in Castalia, Iowa. Wife of Orson A. Stearns. Descendant of Ebenezer Brady and William McCaughey, as follows: 1. Salisbury Sherman (1834-1910) m. 1860 Mary Jane Brady (b. 1832). 2. Ebenezer Brady (1793-1851) m. 1822 Eliza Jackson McCaughey (1800-51). 3. Ebenezer Brady m. 1783 Jane Irvine (1762-99); Joseph McCaughey m. 1799 Jennetta McCaughey (1775-1848). 4. William (Billy) McCaughey m. 1760 Margaret Jackson (d. 1839) (parents of Jennetta). Ebenezer Brady (1751-1800) served as private under Capts. Brady and Stranis, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania militia. He was born in Cumberland County; died in Mahoning (now Indiana) County, Pa. William McCaughey (1745-1827) enlisted as private, 1776, in Capt. Thomas Church's company, Col. Anthony Wayne's 4th Pennsylvania regiment, and was at the battle of Trenton. He was born in Ireland; died in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio.