History behind the Brady Stewart Collection – Brady Stewart’s Parents/Alice Brady Stewart


Alice Brady Family Tree

On February 24th, 1881, Homer Stewart and Alice Brady were married in Cincinnati Ohio.  The groom’s parents were John Henderson and Emily Clark Stewart of Pittsburgh.  The bride’s parents were John Dunlop and Eliza Beares Brady of Cincinnati Ohio.  A photo of Alice Brady is on the right – 1886

The roots of both families were deep and distinguished in the state of Pennsylvania.  Our Brady family tree sprouted from Hugh and Hannah Brady in the early 1700s.  During the 1700s, the Brady’s personified the American spirit and fight for independence by serving in the state militia and continental army.

Captain John and Mary Quigley Brady                                                                                                                                                    Excerpts from the History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania – edited by John F. Meginness; ©1892

Capt. John Brady, second son of Hugh and Hanna Brady, came of Irish parentage, and was born in Delaware in 1733. He taught school in New Jersey for a few terms before his parents emigrated to the Province of Pennsylvania and settled near Shippensburg, Cumberland County, sometime in 1750. He learned surveying and followed it before the Indian troubles became, serious. In 1755 he married Miss Mary Quigley, of Cumberland County. John and Mary (Quigley) Brady had thirteen children, eight sons and five daughters. Two sons and one daughter died in infancy.

On the breaking out of the French and Indian war John Brady offered his services as a soldier, and July 19, 1763, he was commissioned a captain of the Second, Battalion of the regiment commanded by Governor John Penn, and took part in the Bouquet expedition. For this service he came in with the officers for a grant of land, which he selected west of the present borough of Lewisburg. In the spring of 1776 he erected a stockade fort and soon afterwards took his family to it.

John Brady was commissioned captain in the Continental Army, October 14, 1776, and on the 18th of December it left Sunbury to join the Army in New Jersey. When Washington moved his army to the banks of the Brandywine to intercept Howe, Brady was present with his company and took part in the engagement. He also had two sons in this battle. Samuel was first lieutenant in Capt. John Doyle’s company, having been commissioned July 17, 1776. John, his fourth son, born March 18, 1762, and then only fifteen years old, was there also.

Death of Captain John Brady                                                                                                                                                             Excerpts from the History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania – edited by John F. Meginness; ©1892

Nothing of unusual interest occurred in the vicinity of. Fort Muncy until the 11th of April, 1779, when Capt. John Brady was waylaid and shot by three Indians about one mile east of the fort. Brady had made himself particularly obnoxious to the Indians on account of his activity in opposing them. He took an active part in Colonel Hartley’s expedition and attracted the attention of the Indians by his bravery. Having been ordered to remain at home from the Continental Army to assist in guarding the frontier, he was active as a ranger and the savages thirsted for his blood.

When within a short distance of his home, instead of following the road taken by the wagon and guard, Brady proposed that they take another road which was shorter. They did so and traveled together until they came to a small stream now known as Wolf run. “Here,” Brady observed, “It would be a good place for Indians to hide,” when instantly three rifles cracked and Brady fell from his horse dead.

 Captain Samuel Brady (first son of Captain John and Mary Quigley Brady)                                                 Excerpts from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Brady)

 Samuel Brady was a frontier scout, distinguished soldier and the subject of many legends in the history of western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.  In 1775, Samuel and his brother James joined the Continental Army. The first major battle of the Revolutionary War was the Battle of Boston. When the American Revolution broke out, Captain John Brady took his sons Samuel and James with him to fight in the trenches with General George Washington in Boston.  Samuel fought in the battles of New York, Trenton, Princeton, Germantown and survived Valley Forge.

In the spring of 1778, General Washington deployed Samuel Brady and other Pennsylvanians to the Pennsylvania and Ohio frontiers, their home territory, with which they would have both familiarity with the territory and a passion to defend it.

Samuel’s legend as an Indian Fighter started after the brutal slayings of his younger brother James and his father John within a month of each other (1779).  After hearing of his father’s death he raised his hand and vowed, “Aided by Him who formed yonder sun and heaven, I will avenge the murder of my father, nor while I live will I ever be at peace with the Indians of any tribe.”

Captain Samuel Brady spent the rest of the Revolution defending settlers on the Pennsylvania frontier, where he gained near legendary status as an Indian fighter and a spy on Indian activities in areas few whites would dare tread.  Samuel Brady gained his lasting notoriety for his leap over the Cuyahoga River around 1780 in what is now Kent, Ohio.  After following a band of Indians into the Ohio country, a failed ambush attempt resulted in the band chasing Brady near the Cuyahoga River. To avoid capture, Brady leaped across a 22-foot wide gorge of the river.   

John Brady Jr. (fourth son of Captain John and Mary Quigley Brady)                                                               Excerpts from the History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania – edited by John F. Meginness; ©1892

John, his fourth son, born March 18, 1761, and then only fifteen years old, joined the Continental Army with his father and older brother Samuel. He had gone to the army to ride some horses home, but noticing that a Battle of Brandywine was imminent, insisted on remaining and taking part. He secured a gun and joined the company. The Twelfth regiment was in the thickest of the fight, and Lieutenant Boyd, of Northumberland, was killed by Captain Brady’s side. His son John was slightly wounded.

John returned to the family farm/fort in order to work on and protect the family farm.  Since the Brady family farm was on frontier, Indian attacks were common throughout the region.  After his mother’s death, John married Jane McCall and along with his sisters took care of the younger Brady children. John settled in Northumberland County PA and became Sheriff in 1795.

Jasper Ewing Brady (Son of John and Jane McCall Brady)                                                                                             Excerpts from the BradyHeritage.org website & Jasper Ewing Brady’s photo is COURTESY OF THE BRADY FAMILY ASSOCIATION

Jasper Brady was born on March 4th, 1797 and was the nephew of the infamous Captain Sam Brady.  As a boy, he learned the trade of hatter in Northumberland County and after traveling from place to place he settled in Franklin County where he abandoned his trade and taught school several years, meanwhile studying law.  He was admitted to practice at Chambersburg in 1826 or 1827 and was successful.  In 1843, he was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly and re-elected in 1844.  In 1846, Jasper was elected to Congress as a Whig and served until 1848.  While in Congress, he became great friends with Abraham Lincoln.

In September 1849, Jasper moved to Pittsburgh and practiced law successfully for 12 years.  He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and filled the office of Clerk of the Session of the Second Presbyterian Church in the city for a number of years.  In 1861, he was appointed to a responsible position in the paymaster department in Washington.  After the establishment of peach and the reorganization of the department in 1869, Jasper retired from public service and continued to reside in Washington until he passed away in 1871.  His remarkable family of eight children attained distinction in many lines of work.

James Dunlop Brady (1830-1904) Eliza Beares Brady (1831-1896)                                                                         Information obtained from The Brady Family Association.  Photo is COURTESY OF THE BRADY FAMILY ASSOCIATION

 Alice Brady was one of 10 children from the marriage of James and Eliza Brady.  Out of the ten children, only 4 lived to an adult age. James met and married Eliza Beares Brady in Philadelphia PA.   James and family moved to Pittsburgh in 1871 to work for F.H. Eaton Company (sewing machine business).  It was during this time that Alice and Homer Stewart met and later married in 1881.  James was a businessman and eventually established his own livestock business in Pittsburgh PA and Cincinnati Ohio.

Homer, Alice and family visited the Brady family in Cincinnati on numerous occasions.  After the death of his brother and best friend Clark Stewart, Brady Stewart visited the Brady’s’ in Cincinnati Ohio and took many family-oriented photographs.  At this time, we have digitized a number of transportation-oriented images of that trip with many more to come soon.

The Brady Family Heritage Association  http://www.bradyheritage.org/Our Mission
The Brady Family Heritage Association is dedicated to identifying the descendants of Hugh & Hannah Brady, and to the preservation of the family’s rich tradition of honor and service to our country. The sense of duty to public service runs very boldly through all of the lines of descent from Hugh and Hannah. We are dedicated to making sure that the younger generations are aware of the sacrifices their ancestors made and their part in the history of the Untied States of America.The jewel of the Association is of course, the Brady Homestead. Under the Victorian clapboard siding, beats a heart of a rough hewn log cabin built by the hands of our ancestors in 1740. She has survived, unlike the others of her day, the constant burning down of pioneers homes. That is a rather amazing fact, due to the Bradys being the prolific Indian fighters that they were.

We are also dedicated to the education of the general public, who seems to take this period in our nation’s history for granted. The children of today are not instilled with the strong love of country and the value of honor and hard work that was prevalent in our ancestors. The Homestead is an opportunity to take them back into time to see how people lived and worked in the 1700’s, so that they may better appreciate what was done in the past and understand what the application of these ideals could mean to their future.

Photographic Images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com.  All images in the blog and web site are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

New Historical Photographs of Pittsburgh added to the Brady Stewart Collection Website – Vol. 2


William Swindell & Brothers/Swindell-Dressler Corporation

Brady Stewart’s business relationship with William Swindell & Brothers started in 1925.  Brady Stewart was contracted to photograph engineering designs and steel furnaces at Swindell’s offices and on location at area steel mills. The business relationship for photographic services continued for another 45 years (1970).  We added 26 Swindell Dressler images to the Collection.

History of William Swindell/Swindell-Dressler Corporation

The following information was obtained from the Swindell Dressler International Company’s website.  Swindell Dressler is based in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania . We were founded by Phillip Dressler in 1915 as American Dressler Tunnel Kilns, Inc. The first whiteware tunnel kiln – developed by Dressler – was built for Universal Rundle in 1915. The first oil-fired refractory tunnel kiln was built by Dressler for Norton Company in 1919.

In 1930, American Dressler Tunnel Kilns, Inc., merged with William Swindell and Brothers to form Swindell-Dressler Corporation. The Swindell brothers designed, built, and repaired metallurgical furnaces for the steel and aluminum industries. The new company offered extensive heat-treating capabilities to heavy industry worldwide.

Pullman Incorporated of Chicago purchased Swindell-Dressler in 1959. The company expanded into the fields of heavy engineering and construction. By 1970, Swindell-Dressler was called Pullman Swindell. By 1980, Pullman Swindell had designed and built a variety of plants in countries such as Poland , Saudi Arabia , Iraq , Iran , Indonesia , Colombia , Venezuela , Mexico , Canada , and the USA .

In 1980, Wheelabrator-Frye acquired Pullman, Inc. Pullman Swindell was teamed with The Rust Engineering Company, the sixth largest engineering firm in the USA . The Swindell furnace group was sold. The original ceramic group, under the name Swindell-Dressler, moved to our present location just outside Pittsburgh in Coraopolis , Pennsylvania in the mid-1980’s. Swindell Dressler’s facilities include sales, administrative, and engineering offices, as well as development laboratories and assembly shops.

In 1991, Swindell Dressler International Company (SDIC) was purchased by private investors from Pittsburgh . The revitalized company has expanded into worldwide markets as well as continuing to provide services to American markets. With satellite offices in Melbourne , Australia and Mexico City , Mexico , SDIC can ride the wave of development in the global marketplace.

Additional Photographs added to the Website

1) Two Images of Tasa Coal’s Marion Steam Shovel.  Zelienople, PA:  The images show views of a Tasa Coal Company’s Marion Power Shovel in 1956.  The Tasa Coal Co. operated its Mine No. 8 in this area. It was a strip mine operation due to the thinness of the area coal seams.

2) Four images of office and home furnishings from the 1950s and 1960s.  Two images are from a Unistrut Products Company photo assignment;  Office and home furnishings of the Future on the showroom floor – 1953.  And two images are from a photo assignment for a local Ad Agency.  The new office cubicles of the 1960s.

3) Two images of Forbes Avenue businesses in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh – 1962.

4) One image of the Duquesne Steel Plant on the Monongahela River – 1960; one image of the Pittsburgh Skyline from one of the Mt Washington Overlooks; One image of the Twentieth Century Club Building in the Oakland Section of Pittsburgh – 1965; One image of an aerial view of the IDL Building in Monroeville PA – 1970;  and One image of Pittsburgh Coke and Chemical barges on the Ohio River – 1959

Photographic Images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com

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