Who We Are and What We Do

Welcome to Brady’s Faithful Reproductions where history is a way of life. 

Follow us and enjoy the history we share, be it original clothing or artifacts, sewing instructions, resources, or items we offer for sale.  To engage us to speak, display, or demonstrate contact us at thistledewbooks @ yahoo.com or mpbrady30 @ aol.com.   

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See also:  thehistoricfoodie.wordpress.com for all things 18th century.




Southeastern Primitive Rendezvous, 2022

We enjoyed this event immensely. The first three days were hot and humid, but the third night rain moved in and it was much cooler the remainder of the time we were there. We met people who share our interests, spoke with visitors on public days, and look forward to participating again. We ate quite well, despite our bread molding in short order in the heat and humidity.

Presentation for Montevallo University’s Upward Bound Students.

I was given two hours to present an overall view of 18th century life for these students. It was incredibly difficult to condense everything into this two-hour time slot, but that’s about as long as the students were able to concentrate anyway. I discussed historic foods and cooking techniques, herbal medicine, gardening, common wild plant foods, laundry, etc. etc. Students were allowed time to ask questions and I enjoyed a brief discussion on 18th century gardening with one of them whose family farm provides a wide array of vegetables.

Independence Day Program 2022

Martin and I set up displays and shared information with the public at the Prattaugan Museum on July 4, 2022. To say it was hot is an understatement. We enjoyed visiting with friends from DAR and SAR and somehow agreed to volunteer at the museum before the day was out. We closed out the day with our friends, Rick and Donna Wells, with BBQ and lots of ice cold tea.

This family gave permission for me to use their image.
Martin sharing his thoughts with the camp officer.

Training with the Mississippi SAR

Martin gave his black powder safety class for the Mississippi SAR over this past weekend. He was accompanied by Joe Barker, David Jones, Michael Araiza, and David Michael Martin Jr from Alabama SAR. Buddy Irving attended and is a member of both societies. We are appreciative of the Miss. group for sending the photos. We can’t thank our hosts, Bryant and Sarah Boswell, enough for their hospitality and warm friendship. We filled the available space and were made to feel quite at home and welcome. The time, travel to PA, and expense for Martin to obtain his certification for teaching this class was definitely worth it.


We can do your family research!

Victoria Brady has been a genealogist for 30+ years and has written books on her family and on her husband, Martin Brady’s, family.  She has completed the DAR genealogy courses and attended countless workshops over the years. 

She has done genealogy for people to satisfy their curiosity as well as to prepare the documentation to join various lineage societies.

*As with all such service providers, results are not guaranteed.  You determine when to end the search, however, a minimum of one hour is required, and services are provided in one-hour increments.  Hourly rate $35. Paypal accepted.  Email requests to thistledewbooks @ yahoo.com.

We can research any historical topic!

We have over 30 years-experience researching any number of historic topics and have had articles published in newsletters, magazines, and books.  Whether you want to know what kind of socks were worn in 1700, what your ancestors ate, or need help finding a source for an article you are writing, we are available to help. 

A Veteran Came Home After 78 Years

We had the honor of attending the repatriation for WWII PFC William “Bill” Morrison yesterday at the state Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort. Color Guard members from the Gen. John Archer Elmore chapter, Joe Barker and Martin Brady, prospective member, Michael Araiza, and Mr. Price from Florida paid their respects on behalf of the SAR during the ceremony.

Army PFC, Bill Morrison, 29, of Birmingham was assigned to Co. G, 2nd Btn, 110th Infantry Regt Division in November 1944. He was engaged with German Forces in the Raffelsbrand sector of the Hurtgen Forest in Germany and reported KIA on November 8, 1944. The body was unrecoverable and remained so even after searches in 1946 and 1950. He was declared unrecoverable in 1951.

In 2019 remains were located in the Ardennes American Cemetery where they had rested since 1950 and after extensive DNA testing were confirmed to be that of PFC Bill Morrison.

PFC Morrison was the son of Henry and Maggie Morrison of Jefferson Co., AL. He had a brothers, PFC Joe Wallace Morrison buried in Tuscaloosa, and Columbus “Lum” Morrison buried in Fairhope. Lum registered for the draft, but it is uncertain whether he served. The closest remaining family member was his nephew, and a large gathering of family were present for the ceremony.

Thank you for your service good and faithful son, brother, and uncle.