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Bess (Lytle) Brady

Bess (Lytle) Brady was born in April 5, 1889, in McLuney, Perry County, Ohio, the daughter of John Thomas and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Miner) Lytle. The family lived near Lizzie’s parents, Thomas and Maletha (Ogburn) Miner.

When Bess was a young girl, the Lytles moved to Cambria County, PA, where John found work in the coal mines there. In about 1899, the Lytles made their permanent home in the small borough of Lilly on Railroad Street, so named because it ran alongside the railroad track of the busy Pennsylvania Railroad.

Bess, like her father, was a gifted painter.

On Nov. 30, 1904, her sister Edna gave birth to a daughter named Pearl. Edna was young and unwed, so John and Lizzie raised the little girl as their own.

On April 13, 1906, Bess gave birth to a boy, John Sherwood Lytle, who they nicknamed "Pete." Bess was only 16 and unmarried, so John and Lizzie also took in the boy Pete as their own as well.

On March 7, 1916, Bess’s father died of tuberculosis at the age of 57. 

Around 1918 Bess married Jacob V. Brady, a native of Lilly and a veteran of World War I. They had these children: Jacob V. "Jake" Lytle Jr., Clarence L. "EI" Lytle, Elizabeth "Betty" Airhart, Anna Mae Fletcher, and Richard S. "Dick" Lytle.

By 1930 the Bradys made their permanent home at 815 Braddock Road in Forest Hills, Allegheny County, PA.

Pete later married a woman named Mary Sue and had a daughter, Mary Ann. They resided in Linesville, PA, where Pete worked for the department of forestry and waters. Pete died on July 25, 1978 in Greenville, PA. He was 72. It is not known what kind of relationship he had with Bess.

On March 23, 1964, Jacob died at home of heart disease. He was 81. 

Bess died less than two years later on Jan. 30, 1966. They are buried at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroeville, Allegheny County, PA. 

Son Richard S. "Dick" Brady (1925-2010) was born on June 30, 1925. He died at the age of 84 on Valentine's Day 2010.

Copyright © 2004 Craig Adams and Mark A. Miner

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