Samuel Brady

Samuel Brady

Born 1756

Captain Samuel Brady was a frontier scout and the subject of many legends in the history of western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio. He is best known for jumping across a gorge over the Cuyahoga River to escape pursuing Indians in what is present day Kent, Ohio. This jump is still remembered as "Brady's leap".… Read More

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Born in 1756.
1760 4 Years Old Samuel's father John Brady was trained as a surveyor. On 18 April 1760 at the time of the war against the French and the Indians in the west John Brady received his first commission as Ensign in the 1st Battalion, colonial troops. … Read More
1763 7 Years Old …  John Brady was commissioned as a Captain on July 19, 1763 in the Second Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiments, commanded by Governor John Penn, which Regiments fought in Pontiac’s War. … Read More


1775 19 Years Old …  Samuel and James Brady enlisted in the Continental Army as privates on August 3, 1775. … Read More


Washington laid siege to Boston and, through the brilliant placement of his cannons on the hills overlooking the city and its harbor, forced the British Army to withdraw from Boston on March 17, 1776. … Read More
General Howe began his push to take Philadelphia itself in 1777. … Read More
The Indians killed the family of a Peter Smith on June 10, 1778. … Read More
His father was Capt. John Brady, who was born in 1733 near Newark, Delaware and who died April 11, 1779 near Muncy, Pennsylvania in an Indian attack.
1780 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Samuel Brady gained his lasting notoriety for his leap over the Cuyahoga River around 1780 in what is now Kent, Ohio. … Read More
His mother was Mary Quigley Brady, who was born, on August 16, 1735, in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and died October 20, 1783 in Muncy, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
1784 28 Years Old On September 10, 1784, about a year after the death of her mother, Mary married Captain William Gray and moved to Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
1785 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Captain Samuel Brady married Drusilla Van Swearingen in about 1785 in Pennsylvania. … Read More


1794 38 Years Old General Wayne then moved his army into what is today Ohio and erected Fort Recovery as his headquarters for the campaign. On August 20, 1794, Wayne attacked the Indian forces in present-day Maumee, Ohio (south of what is today Toledo, Ohio). … Read More
1795 39 Years Old Captain Samuel Brady died of pleurisy on December 25, 1795 in Short Creek, (now) West Virginia, about west of West Liberty, West Virginia. … Read More
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