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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

William Perry Brady Biography

William Perry Brady was a grandson of Capt. John Brady, of the Revolution, killed by the Indians near Muncy Hill, April 11, 1779, and son of John Brady (sheriff of Northumberland County), who, when only a youth of fifteen years, was wounded as he fought by his father's side in the battle of Brandywine. William P. Brady resided at Aaronsburg, working at his trade, cabinet-making, when the war broke out, in 1812. He volunteered in Capt. George Records' company, and one of the volunteers on board of Perry's fleet, and honored by the State with a medal for his services at Perry's victory, Sept. 10, 1813, on Lake Erie. While Capt. Records' company was at Lake Erie, Commodore Perry, not having a sufficient number of marines, called for volunteers, and those indicated on the roll of 1813 volunteered. William P. Brady was the first who volunteered. Before Perry sailed Gen. Hugh Brady came to Erie, and through his influence W. P. Brady was made a purser's steward. He was attached to one of the smaller vessels, which had to be abandoned, and he was the last man to leave his gun. His shirt-sleeves were shot away. He took great pride in that shirt, and often showed it to his friends in after-years. In 1846 he was elected assistant sergeant-at-arms of the Pennsylvania Senate, which place he retained. until his death at Harrisburg, April 4, 1864, aged sixty-nine years, one month, and nineteen days. He; was widely known for his genial disposition and great •` conversational powers. His wife was Rachel, daughter of Lyons Mussina, of Aaronsburg. She died Dec. 8, 1849, and is buried beside her husband at Salona, Clinton Co., leaving children,-Lyons M. Brady, etc.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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