Thomas Brady

Thomas Brady was married to Jemima Culver and he died in Seneca County, Ohio in 1836. Both were natives of Canada. They had at least two sons, George and William. Maybe a son Hiram Brady and a daughter Nancy.

Most of this information on Thomas is from George Brady's biography in the "Portrait and Biographical Album of Mecosta County, Michigan". The "William Brady $100,000.00" letter states that George had a brother William.

I believe they had a son Hiram Brady and maybe a daughter Nancy. I found George in the 1850 census of Fulton Co, Ohio living with a Hiram Brady, Jemima Osmer, William and Nancy Brown. Jemima maybe Jemima Culver. The previous family listed is Isaiah Culver. George had an Uncle Isaac that lived in Mecosta Co., Michigan.

Maybe George Brady?

This maybe a photo of the parents of Archie Brady's wife. If it was mislabeled it maybe George Brady and family.
If it is George these are my guesses as to who is in the photo.
Back Standing: Center George's wife Alvira Davis
Front: Seated George Brady and his mother Jemima Culver.

The above photograph was sent to me by Andi (Brady) Foti, a grand daughter of Archie Brady (son of Eugene). It maybe a photo of George Brady and his family, but we are not sure. On the back of the original is "Grandfather & Grandmother" Elias Elizabeth & Sam. Hopefully we will find other photos of George and Alvira, so we can prove it.

George was born February 18, 1823 in Virginia. The son of Thomas and Jemima (Culver) Brady, both natives of Canada. The family moved to Seneca County, Ohio where Thomas Brady died in 1839. On the death of his father the maintenance of the family fell on George and soon after they moved to Sandusky County, Ohio. In 1847 they moved to Fulton County, Ohio where he worked as a carpenter. There he met and married Alvira Davis, daughter of John and Permelia (Hadley) Davis. Their first child, Eugene was born in Fulton County in 1854. In 1856 the family moved to Croton Township, Newaygo County, Michigan. Two years later they made their final move, to Aetna Township, Mecosta County, Michigan. There they had an 120 acre farm. 40 acres he received through the Homestead Act. It is believed he suggested the name Mecosta after the Potawatomi Chief. He also helped organize and name Aetna Township where he lived. Brady Lake in Aetna Township was named after him.

Eugene Brady's first license to preach bears the date of 1891, and was issued by the Holiness Church of God. He later joined forces with the Free Methodist and continued a minister in that organization. With my mother, Tirzah (Culp) Brady, who also had a license to preach and who always accompanied my father in his work throughout the state, father drove through the upper section of Michigan, establishing what he called "Centers", which later became flourishing churches. He preached for many years at the Brady Lake church. He was noted for his fire and spirit of delivery and he became one of the most popular preachers of that time and section.

Misc Items

Brady Lake, Brady Lake Dr, and Green Sunday School

Photographs in the State Archive of Michigan

Brady and Culp Photographs - Burton Collection

Brady Photographs from Floyd and Alice Brady's album

Photograph of Isabell (Brady) Lindsey a daughter of George Brady

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