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Elias Brees was the son of John Brees & Hannah Gildersleeve
Deborah Bennett was the daughter of Abraham Bennett & Jerusha Wanzer

THE FAMILY OF ELIAS BREES & DEBORAH BENNETT:

Elias Brees & Deborah Bennett

Elias Brees married Deborah Bennett about 1805 in probably Tioga Co., NY and they had 10 children. The family is listed on the 1810 census of Tioga (later Chemung) Co., NY. Elias is listed as a veteran of the War of 1812, serving with Swartwood's Regt., NY Militia along with his brother Lewis. The family is on the 1820 & 1830 censuses of Elmira, Tioga Co., NY. Three of Elias' daughters married sons of Jacob Rorick. In May 1837 Elias & Deborah left New York to emigrate to Ohio with some of their children. The children who remained in New York were Abram Bennett, John & possibly Darius. The children who went to Ohio were William & Phoebe (Brees) Rorick (who had gone ahead of Elias in December 1836), Lewis, Estell & Hannah (Brees) Rorick, Solomon, Daniel, Jacob Wanzer & Nancy. Elias' brother Solomon Brees also went with them at this time. The group was in Ohio for about 6 months, but then some of them emigrated to Michigan in 1838, including Elias & Deborah. Deborah Bennett Brees died on September 8, 1838 in Canandaigua, Lenawee Co., MI and is buried there. I have not found Elias on the 1840 census at this time, but at some point he returned to Ohio, and some of his children settled in both Ohio & Michigan. Elias is listed at age 75 on the 1850 census of Royalton, Fulton Co., OH, living with his son Jacob & wife. He is listed as age 85 and still living with son Jacob & family on the 1860 census of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI. Elias Brees died on January 29, 1863 in Seneca Twp., Lenawee Co., MI. Elias and Deborah are both buried in the Canandaigua Cemetery, Medina, Lenawee, Michigan.
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The children of Elias Brees & Deborah Bennett:

Abram Bennett Breese

Abram Bennett Breese was born on Feb. 3, 1808 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. He is living with his parents on the 1810, 1820 & 1830 censuses of Elmira (became Horseheads in 1835), Chemung Co., NY. He is listed on all census records as A.B. or Abram Breese, but he was known as Bennett Brees and a history of Caton, Steuben Co., NY says that a Bennett Breese built the first gristmill there in 1832. Bennett married Lucy Ann Berry on Oct. 10, 1833 and they had 6 children. In May 1837 Bennett's parents and most of his other siblings emigrated to Ohio and Michigan, but Bennett & Lucy stayed in New York. The family is listed on the 1840 census of Caton, Steuben Co., NY. Lucy died on July 06, 1849, probably in Caton, Steuben Co., NY. Bennett remarried Nancy Harper Huchins on July 06, 1850 and they had 3 more children. Bennett & Nancy are listed on the 1850, 1860 & 1870 censuses of Caton, Steuben Co., NY. There is a Bennett Brees on the 1880 census of Caton Steuben, New York that is the right age, birthplace and parent birthplace to be him, but there is no wife and two daughters in the household who I have not accounted for. Abram Bennett Brees died on Sept. 25, 1880, probably in NY but I'm not sure.
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John Q. BreesJohn Q. Brees was born on Sept 12, 1809 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. His middle initial is only found on the 1870 census. John is living with his parents on the 1810, 1820 & 1830 censuses of Elmira (became Horseheads in 1835), Chemung Co., NY. John married Mary Ann Moore on May 12, 1832 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY and they had 11 children. In May 1837 John's parents and most of his other siblings emigrated to Ohio and Michigan, but John & Mary Ann stayed in Chemung Co., NY. The family is listed on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. They are listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. In 1880 their grandson Ernest Moody is living with them - they raised him after their daughter Minnie Brees Moody died July 16, 1877. Mary Ann Moore Brees died on April 11, 1890 and John Q. Brees died on March 05, 1897. They are both buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY.
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Phoebe Ann Breese Phoebe Ann Breese was born on October 27, 1811 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. She is living with her parents on the 1810 & 1820 censuses of Elmira (became Horseheads in 1835), Chemung Co., NY. Phebe married William Rorick on May 22, 1830 in Tioga Co., NY and they had 5 children. Two of William's brothers later married two of Phoebe's sisters. William & Phebe emigrated west to OH in December 1836. They were in Ohio about a year, and then emigrated with Phoebe's parents to Michigan in late 1837 or early 1838. A history of Lenawee Co., MI state that they settled in Seneca Twp., Lenawee Co., MI and that William stayed there for 35 years. The family is listed on the 1840 census of Lenawee Co., MI living near the Estell Rorick family. There is a William Rorick listed on the 1845 census of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI. The family is on the 1850 census of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI. Phebe Ann Brees Rorick Sept. 1, 1858 in Lenawee Co., MI. William remarried Elmira Wintermute in 1859, and they are listed in Seneca in 1870 & 1880. In 1870 there is a 14 year old son named John (born about 1856) living with them who is probably a son of Elmira's by a previous marriage but may be a son of William & Phebe. A history of Lenawee Co., MI writes that William was a successful businessman in Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI until he became a victim of ill health about 1875; at that time he moved to the village of Morenci, where he died, January 15, 1898.
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Lewis Brees

Lewis Brees was born on April 28, 1814 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. He is living with his parents on the 1820 & 1830 censuses of Elmira (became Horseheads in 1835), Chemung Co., NY. Lewis married Elizabeth Meade on February 07, 1835 and they had 13 children. I'm not sure if Elizabeth is related to Mary Meade who married Lewis' brother Darius in 1842. Lewis & Elizabeth emigrated to OH in May 1837 with Lewis' parents and most of his other siblings. Most of their children were born in OH, although they did have two born in MI; one in 1842 and the other in 1854. They are listed on the 1850 census of Royalton, Fulton Co., OH and on the 1860 census of Dover, Fulton Co., OH. Lewis served in the Civil War, and was a member of Company D, 10th Ohio Cavalry. The family emigrated to MI sometime before 1870, and they are listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Seneca, Lenawee, MI. His occupation in Ohio was listed as Farmer, but in Michigan he is listed as the proprietor of a sawmill. Elizabeth died in 1882 and Lewis remarried Amarilla Fuller Thompson on Nov. 10, 1884. Lewis Brees died on October 13, 1889 in MI or OH. On his grave marker in Chesterfield Cemetery (Rose Cemetery) SW of Lyons, OH, last name is spelled Brees (no e on end). He lived about 1 mile south of that Cemetery. His wife Amarilla died in Nov. 1889 in Morenci, Lenawee Co., MI and is buried there in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
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Hannah M. BreesHannah M. Brees was born on January 1, 1818 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. She is living with her parents on the 1820 & 1830 censuses of Elmira (became Horseheads in 1835), Chemung Co., NY. Hannah married Estell Rorick on February 7, 1836 in Horseheads, NY, and they had 5 children. Two of Estell's brothers married two of Hannah's sisters. Estell & Hannah emigrated to Ohio in May 1837 with their parents & most of their siblings. They were in Ohio about 6 months, and then emigrated to Lenawee Co., Michigan in late 1837 or early 1838. They are listed on the 1840 census of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI, the 1850 census of Dover, Lenawee, Co., MI, and the 1860, 1870 & 1880 censuses of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI. Estell Rorick died in 1880 in Seneca, Lenawee Co., Michigan. Hannah M. Brees Rorick died on October 30, 1896 in Lenawee Co., Michigan.
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Solomon Moore Brees

Solomon Moore Brees October 26, 1819 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. He is living with his parents on the 1820 & 1830 censuses of Elmira (became Horseheads in 1835), Chemung Co., NY. Solomon emigrated to OH in May 1837 with his parents and most of his other siblings; at that time he was age 17. The family was in Ohio about 6 months, and then emigrated to Lenawee Co., Michigan in late 1837 or early 1838, and Solomon's mother Deborah died there in September of 1838. I have not found the family on the 1840 census at this time. Solomon married Kezia L. Carpenter on February 10, 1841, probably in Michigan, and they had one son, Abraham Bennett, born in 1842. The family is on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI. They are on the 1870 census of Seneca, but Solomon is listed in the household of Lucian Baldwin, and Keziah & Abram are listed in the household of Snow Carpenter in Madison, Lenawee Co., MI. Abram married and emigrated to Ohio sometime between 1870 to 1880 and his mother Keziah went with him. She is listed with Abram & his family on the 1880 & 1900 censuses of Spencer, Allen, OH, and she died May 16, 1902 at Abram's home in Spencerville, OH. Solomon is listed on the 1880 census of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI as widowed and he is living near the households of Lucian Baldwin and Jacob Rorick. I have not found Solomon in 1900 at this time, but he died on August 21, 1907 at his home near Canandaigua, Lenawee, Michigan. Solomon is buried in the Canandaigua Cemetery, Medina, Lenawee, Michigan. NFL Quarterback Drew Brees is a descendant of the line of Solomon M. & Keziah (Carpenter) Brees through their son Abraham Bennett Brees.
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Daniel Brees

Daniel Brees was born May 16, 1822 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. He is listed with his parents on the 1830 census of Elmira (became Horseheads in 1835), Chemung Co., NY. Daniel emigrated to OH in May 1837 with his parents and most of his other siblings; at that time he was about age 15. The family was in Ohio about 6 months, and then emigrated to Lenawee Co., Michigan in late 1837 or early 1838, and Daniel's mother Deborah died there in September of 1838. Daniel married Clarissa Dean in 1839 in Ohio and they had at least 7 children. I have not found them on the 1840 census at this time. The family is listed on the 1850 census of Chesterfield Twp., Fulton Co., OH. I have not found them on the 1860 census at this time. Clarissa died in April 30, 1864 in Fulton Co., OH. Daniel remarried Rhoda Tedrow Gunn on April 23, 1867 in Fulton Co., OH, and they had one son, Lewis, who was born in 1868. Rhoda also had two sons from a previous marriage to George Washington Gunn. The family is listed on the 1870 Dover Twp., Fulton Co., OH. Daniel Brees died on November 15, 1876 in Ottokee, Fulton Co., OH. He is buried in the Ottokee Cemetery, Dover Twp., Fulton Co., OH. Rhoda is listed as widowed with the children on the 1880 census of Dover Twp., Fulton Co., OH. She later remarried Jacob Schnall. After his death she married Capt. William Berg, and this marriage ended in divorce. Rhoda Tedrow Gunn Brees Schnall Berg died in 1903 in Anacortes, Skagit Co., WA. She is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Anacortes, Skagit Co., WA under the name Rhoda Berg.
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Darius BreesDarius Brees was born June 20, 1823 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. He is listed with his parents on the 1830 census of Elmira (became Horseheads in 1835), Chemung Co., NY. His parents emigrated to OH in 1836 when he was about age 13; I think he probably went with them, but I'm not sure. The family was in Ohio about 6 months, and then emigrated to Lenawee Co., Michigan in late 1837 or early 1838, and Darius' mother Deborah died there in September of 1838. I have not found the family on the 1840 census at this time. If Darius did emigrate with his parents, he returned to New York by 1842; possibly after his mother's death he came back to live with his brother John Brees who had remained in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. Darius married Mary Meade on April 28, 1842 in Elmira, NY and they had 5 children. I'm not sure if Mary is related to Elizabeth Meade, who had married Darius' brother Lewis in 1835. Mary died on March 07, 1850, and I think Darius moved to Ohio about that time based on birth places of his children. Darius is listed with his children 1850 census of Chesterfield Twp., Fulton Co., OH, living in the household of his married brother Daniel. Darius remarried Clarissa Edson on Jan. 1, 1851. Darius & Clarissa had 6 children that I know of. About 1853 the family moved to Michigan, based on birth places of their children. Land patents were issued to Darius on October 01, 1855 for land in Michigan. The family is listed on the 1860 census of Trowbridge, Allegan Co., MI. Clarissa & Darius separated about 1862 and the marriage was annulled on Oct. 24, 1865. Darius remarried Harriet Odell in 1865 in Michigan. They did not have any children that I know of. The family is listed on the 1870 census of Dover Twp., Fulton Co., OH. Darius & Harriet are listed as in-laws in the household of Almon & Emma Barnard on the 1880 census of Paw Paw, Van Buren, MI. Darius Brees died July 12, 1896 in Fairfield Village, Lenawee Co., MI. He is buried in Fairfield Cemetery, south of Adrian, Michigan. Clarissa Edson Brees remarried Hiram Allen about 1869, and they had one daughter. Clarissa was a witness at the marriage of her son Syvester A. Brees to Myrtle G. Wadsworth in 1883 in Jackson Co., MI.
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Jacob Wanzer BreesJacob Wanzer Brees was born about 1827 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. He is listed with his parents on the 1830 census of Elmira (became Horseheads in 1835), Chemung Co., NY. Jacob moved with his parents to Ohio in May 1837 when he was about age 10. The family was in Ohio about 6 months, and then emigrated to Lenawee Co., Michigan in late 1837 or early 1838, and Jacob's mother Deborah died there in September of 1838. I have not found the family on the 1840 census at this time. Jacob married Hannah Travis about 1849 and they had 2 or 3 children. The family is listed on the 1850 census of Royalton, Fulton Co., OH. Hannah died in 1853, and Jacob remarried Sarah Giletteabout 1856. Jacob & Sarah had 4 children. The family is listed on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI. They are on the 1880 census of Canandaigua, Lenawee Co., MI. Jacob Brees died sometime after 1880, probably in MI. He is buried in Packard Cemetery, Morencie, Lenawee Co., Michigan.
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Nancy BreesNancy Brees was born on January 18, 1829 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. There is a female the right age to be her in the household of Elias Brees on the 1830 census of Elmira, Tioga Co., NY. Her parents emigrated to Ohio in May 1837 when she was about age 8. The family was in Ohio about 6 months, and then emigrated to Lenawee Co., Michigan in late 1837 or early 1838, and Nancy's mother Deborah died there in September of 1838. I have not found the family on the 1840 census at this time. Nancy married Cosper Rorick on January 15, 1845. Two of Cosper's brothers married two of Nancy's sisters. Cosper & Nancy had 2 children. I have not found the family on the 1850 census at this time. They are listed on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI. Cosper died in 1874. I have not found Nancy on the 1880 census at this time, but she is listed as widowed and living in the household of her married son Leroy Rorick on the 1900 & 1910 censuses of Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI. On both the 1900 & 1910 census Nancy is listed as having 2 births with 2 surviving children. Nancy Brees Rorick died on August 26, 1912 in Lenawee Co., MI. She is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, Lenawee Co., MI.
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