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Elizabeth Thrash Brady
Digitally Recreated by
Robert Martin Brady
In Loving memory of my Grandparents
The following materials were gathered and compiled by me, Elizabeth Thrash Brady, over a period of several years for the use of my immediate family and the family of my husband, Rev. Troy Robert Brady.
Genealogy became a hobby of mine in the early 1940's, after I discovered some history on the Crislip family in America. It was in a book belonging to an old lady in Lewis County, West Virginia. I copied the facts as given, but failed to record the name of the author or the publishing turn. I believe it was, A History of the Crislip Family.
From the early 1940's until the middle of the 1950's I gathered information from family Bibles, county and state histories, genealogical and historical sources, and from many of the older members of all branches of both of our families. Most of these older people have since died.
During my college and teaching years I was too busy to give time to this hobby, and too far away from the locality of our "roots" to pursue this interest. Not much was added to my records during these years, except to keep the records up to date on the descendants of Marion James and Lillie Henderson Thrash, and of Walter Parley and Bergia Knaggs Brady.
During the summer of 1977 my husband became as interested in genealogy as I had been for years. We had a three month drought here in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and since there was much less lawn and garden work to do we decided to pursue the search for our roots in a more scientific way. Between August 9th and October the 29th of that year we searched the court houses, family charts and libraries in two Pennsylvania, nine West Virginia and eight Virginia counties.
We feel our search has been quite rewarding and very fascinating. We now know so much more about our forebears than previously. Each court house seemed to lead to another so we have continued our search over the years. As opportunity presents we will persist in our efforts to learn as much as possible about our "beginnings."
Requests for part of my research materials have come from many sources. I am always glad to be of help, for it is a real delight to visit by mail with relatives who have been complete strangers to me. I have always done this with no remuneration, except the expense of xeroxing and mailing the information, but since I have spent hundreds of hours in research and work, and at no small expense, I do ask that I be given credit for gathering and compiling any information received from me.
Now, at the advanced age of almost eighty seven years, I plan to publish my work in book form as a gift to my two sons and eight grandchildren and other descendants of Marion and Lillie Thrash and Walter and Bergia Brady. I realize that all errors have not been eliminated and that the same information is given more than once, in a little different form in the manuscript. I must acknowledge the many, many hours of tedious editing my good friend and neighbor, Hilda Calley, has devoted to checking this work I deeply appreciate her eagle eyes and the time she has spent on this task She found several typographical errors that would have been missed had I not had her assistance.
In spite of our careful editing, some mistakes will slip through Errors in dates may be due to my sources of information, as well as inaccurate recording on my pan I apologize for any of the latter.
Brady - 2 I wish to give credit to my son, Howard Landis Brady, for the many hour of work he has devoted to preparing the pictures to be added to this record. I have purposely given rather long legends to these. A genealogy is not intended for entertainment, but as a source of information. The printed captions supply a little of this information. They will be the primary source of this knowledge for most of those who receive this book. It was Howard who insisted that it be put in book form. He will use his knowledge, skill and technology to accomplish the end result. Now, the last week of June, 1994, I expect to complete my work on this endeavor, before turning it over to Howard for publication.
Beginning with Roman numeral, "I" is the earliest progenitor I have been able to confirm in each branch of the family. Succeeding generations continue with II, III, IV, V., with the children listed in Arabic numbers.
Elizabeth Thrash Brady These two pictures tell a story! The first one was taken in 1942, just after I began recording some of the records for this book. The other in 1991, a span of forty-nine years, when I was eighty-four years old and just about to compile it.
Elizabeth Thrash Brady
The limbs that move, the eyes that see, These are not entirely me;
Dead men and women helped to shape The mold which I do not escape;
The words I speak, my written line, These are not uniquely mine, For in my heart and in my will Old ancestors are warring still, Celts, Romans, Saxon, and all the dead From whose rich blood my veins are fed, In aspect, gesture, voices, tone, Flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone;
In fields they tilled, I plow the sod, I walk the mountain paths they trod;
And round my daily steps arise The good and bad of the centuries.
THE BRADY FAMILY IN AMERICA
William Sherman Brady, 1816 to 1889
Granville Bland Brady (I), and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Row) Brady
WALTER PARLEY BRADY AND SARAH BERGIA (KNAGGS) BRADY
Troy Robert and Elizabeth (Thrash) Brady
Zylpha Mary (Brady) Hinkle/Perdue
Granville Bland (II) and Helen (Crislip) Brady
Lula Blossom (Brady) and Theodore Thrash (Ted)
Elizabeth Rosalyn (Brady) and Arthur Sturdivant
(Walter Brady's second wife was Virginia (Laxton) Simmons) Lois Nelda Brady
BRADY GENEALOGICAL LINE
Deed to the Brady Rich Mountain Land
Troy Brady’s Poem “My Rich Mountain Home”
Troy Brady’s Oil Painting of Rich Mountain Home
Letter From Ireland
THE ROW FAMILY IN AMERICA
Andrew Jackson Row
KNAGGS FAMILY HISTORY
John Robert and Mary (Matthews) Knaggs
Sarah Bergia Knaggs
Sarah Bergia Knaggs and Walter Parley Brady
SQUIRES – MATHEWS / MATTHEWS – KNAGGS - BRADY
TRANSCRIBED FROM RESEARCH NOTES (Cemetery Searches)
Laurel Fork Cemetery - In case someone reading this is interested in finding this old graveyard
PHOTOGRAPHS: BRADY FAMILY
THE THRASH FAMILY IN AMERICA
THE THRUSH-THRASH LINE OF DESCENT
The Family Of John Thrash (III) By His Two Wives:
JOHN THRASH (III) AND RACHEL OMSTEOTT (OOMSTOTT)
LAST WILL of JOHN THRASH (III)
MICHAEL THRASH AND RACHEL ELMA CRISLIP (THRASH)
MICHIAL THRASH'S WILL
Michael Thrash letter and comments
MARION JAMES AND LILLIE JOSEPHINE HENDERSON THRASH
Gotthart Tenney and Edna (Merrill) Thrash
Ruby Lillian (Thrash) and Belt/Pomroy/Nicolais
James Wilbur Thrash
Theodore (Ted) and Blossom (Brady) Thrash
Percy Audley Thrash
(Virginia) Elizabeth Thrash and Troy Robert Brady
(Mary) Elma (Thrash) and Mills/Bornstein
(Araminta) Opal (Thrash) and Elmer/Romine
Beulah Josephine (Thrash) and Clinton/Cook
Frieda Ruth (Thrash) and Burchard/Beebe
Obituary of Lillie Henderson Thrash
Obituary of Marion James Thrash
(Addendum - The obituaries for Pop Troy and Mother Brady. RMB)
Jacob Christlieb, (I), was born in Germany in 1747
Christlieb “Roadside Marker” printed in newspaper
Jacob Crislip’s Will (I)
The Will of William Crislip, 1847
Tenmile Baptist Church
Will of John Wingfield
Ann (Buster) Wingfield Will
John G. Lobban, (1), born in Scotland June 7, 1734
Lillie (Henderson) Thrash’s Teacher’s Certificate
Elizabeth Lobban Deed
William Warder Henderson
THRASH FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS
The following information on the pioneer members of the Brady (and Row) families was drawn from several sources, including books, court house records, census reports and cemeteries. Much also was received by writing and talking to members of the "clan," since 1940, when I became interested in the study of our genealogy. All the older generation, from whom I secured facts, are now gone.
The various writers whom I consulted do not always agree as to details or the order of births in the different branches of the families. The most complete account was written by Captain A. B. Sharpe, and appeared in "The Herald," of Carlisle, Pa., on September 27, 1888. The entire article was reprinted in A History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. I'm very sorry that I forgot to record the author's name. He states: "No family of pioneers in the West Branch Valley was more conspicuous in our early history than the Bradys." Another good source for information on this family is, A History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania.
It is thought by many researchers that the Protestant branches of the Brady family in America all stem from Hugh Brady, who came from Ennis Killen in North Ireland to this country in 1730. Our son, Marion Brady and his wife, Joy, traveled in Ireland in 1987.
They made it an objective to visit Ennis Killen and the following street scene was among the pictures they took there.
One historian writes that Hugh Brady and his wife, Hannah, first settled in Delaware where John, the first child, was born in 1733. Another writes that it was on the Brady - 7 Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River that the family lived, before moving to Cumberland County, Pa., and not the state of Delaware. This writer claims that Samuel was the first child born and that he was born in Shippensburg, Pa., in 1733.
Hugh and Hannah Brady were the parents of nine children, seven sons and two daughters. A monument erected by one of the historical societies to honor this family gives the children in this order: John, Joseph, Samuel, Hugh, Ebenezer, William, James, Mary and Margaret. On the other side of the monument is inscribed: Hugh Brady--Hannah Brady--Pioneers. This memorial is in a cemetery near the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, a short distance from Shippensburg, Pa.
THE TWO SIDES OF THE MEMORIAL TO THE HUGH AND HANNAH BRADY FAMILY.
An article concerning the Brady family in, A History of Upshur County, West Virginia claims that the Upshot County Bradys are all descendants of Samuel Brady, the noted Indian scout of Revolutionary War fame. Comparisons of dates and locations of the different branches of the family has convinced me that this is an error.
From A History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, "The West Branch Valley," p. 21:
"The children of Samuel, eldest son of Hugh and Hannah Brady, and the descendants of his sons Ebenezer and James and of his daughters Mary and Margaret, married to Samuel and Archibald Hanna, early emigrated to Western Pennsylvania and are now scattered through the Western States, and many of them have attained prominence in Church and State.
"What a pity it is that no records have been kept so that the members of a family so large and so useful, and with so fine a record as this one, could show their relationship to each other.
"Little now is known in Pennsylvania about the families of Samuel, the eldest, and Hugh, the youngest sons of John Brady and scarcely anything East of the mountains relative to that of William P. Brady, his third son, who left Northumberland for Indiana County in 1806, who in his day was among the most prominent men in the State, and whose descendants have shown themselves worthy of him.
"The notion that most people have of Captain Samuel Brady is that of one
"His father and brother both perished at the hands of the savages. His father was the most prominent defender of the Northwestern frontier until he fell-and his eldest son was then called to take his place."
"He had been cradled among dangers from their inroads, and knew better than any one else how to repel them, and whilst the accounts of his many conflicts and hairbreadth escapes are all well authenticated, there is no evidence that he was ever a cruel foe. A cousin of his, a daughter of Hugh Brady the second, spoke of him as a gentle and taciturn man, of handsome, lithe, graceful figure, warmly attached to his friends, never boastful nor given to harsh expressions in regards to persons or subjects. He was but nineteen years of age when he volunteered to go to Boston at the outbreak of the war of the Revolution, and behaved so well there that he had a commission as First Lieutenant under Washington before he left the East. In 1779 he was brevetted Captain and ordered to join General Broadhead, who had command at Fort Pitt. He remained in the service until the army disbanded at the close of the Revolutionary war, and was distinguished for gallantry."