Re: Braddys Ferry (historical) Meigs Co., TN
The BRADDYs Ferry is misprinted by GNIS. It wasfirst called PINBROOK Ferry and then later operated by Farley BRADY. Here is part of an email I received on the subject some time ago.
William Farley Brady was born on May 7, 1795, and died on November 9,
1889 at his home near Spring City. The house he built is still standing
on the farm about a mile south of town. The Brady Cemetery is on the
Farley married Betsy Smith on December 29, 1822. She died in 1840 or
1841 and was buried in a cemetery near the Tennessee River. Farley
operated Pinbook Ferry at that time. The house they lived in was torn
down and the cemetery moved in 1941 when the TVA closed the ferry and
built Watts Bar Dam. I remember going to the river with my father in
1923 when a Mr. McElwee was operating the ferry.
In 1841 or 1842, Farley married Sarah Smith, the widow of Andrew
Smith. She was born February 17, 1815, and died February 6, 1858. Sarah
is buried beside Farley in the Brady Cemetery.
Farley had a total of 13 children - eight by his first wife, Betsy,
and five by his second wife, Sarah.As you can see from this article, the ferry was called Pinbook Ferry
for a time. I had forgotten that, which may be part of the reason I have
not found much information on it. My father told me before he died that
the Bradys operated a ferry known as Brady's Ferry.