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John Q. Brees was born on September 12, 1809 in Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. He was the son of Elias Brees & Deborah Bennett
Mary Ann Moore was born on May 6, 1810 in Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Elisha Moore & Esther Hopper.

THE FAMILY OF JOHN Q. BREES & MARY ANN MOORE:

John Q. Brees & Mary Ann Moore

John Q. Brees married Mary Ann Moore on May 12, 1832 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY and they had 11 children. I have seen his last name spelled both Brees and Breese, and the only place I have found his middle initial is on the 1870 census.. The family is listed on the 1840, 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 died on March 05, 1897. They are both buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung Co., New York.
Notes for John Q. Brees
Notes for Mary Ann Moore
Photos of John Brees & Mary Ann Moore
Letters from John Brees & Mary Ann Moore
Probable ID's for John Brees Family photos circa 1865! Please look and see if you have comments, corrections, etc.
Probable ID's for John Brees Family photos circa 1870! Please look and see if you have comments, corrections, etc.
More Unidentified Brees photos! From family of John & Mary Ann Moore. All ID's welcome!

The children of John Q. Brees& Mary Ann Moore:

Alvina BreesAlvina Randall Brees was born February 03, 1833 in Chemung Co., NY. There is a female the right age group to be Alvina, age 7, in the household of John Brees 2nd on the 1840 census of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. She is listed as Alvira, age 17, on the 1850 census of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. Alvina married Simeon Case on February 09, 1853 and they had 3 children. Sometime between 1854 to 1857 they moved to Minnesota, and the family is on the 1860 census of Owatonna, Steele Co., MN. Simeon Case served in the Union Army in the Civil War, enlisting on October 1, 1861 as a private in Company E 4th Minnesota Infantry, commanded by Captain E. LeGro. Simeon was transferred to the Invalid Corps, Co K, 23rd Regt V R C, by reason of chronic diarrhea & loss of right thumb, and he was discharged from military service on October 1, 1864 at Fort Snelling, MN. Simeon returned home to Steele Co., MN, and Alvina's brother Solomon & his family joined them there in 1866. Simeon & Alvina are listed with their family on the 1870 censuses of Owatonna, Steele Co., MN. They moved between 1870 to 1880 from Steele to Benton Co,. MN, and they are listed on the 1880 census of Langola, Benton, Minnesota. Simeon died on April 13, 1895 in Graham, Benton Co., MN. Sometime between 1895 to1900 Alvina moved from Minnesota to Washington, and she is listed as widowed on the 1900 census Delaware Precinct, 4th Ward Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Alvina R. Brees Case died on October 10, 1902 in Spokane, Spokane Co, WA . Children of Alvina Brees & Simeon Case are: Amelia (1854), Frank (1857) & Jennie (1865).
Notes for Alvina R. Brees Case
Case Children: Amelia Case Russell with husband Will; Jennie & Frank Case; Jennie & Frank Case #2
Squire BreesSquire Whitaker Brees was born on March 30, 1835 in Chemung Co., NY. There is a male the right age group to be Squire, age 5, in the household of John Brees 2nd on the 1840 census of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. He is listed with his parents on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. Squire married Ellen M. Rutan on March 12, 1861, and they had 7 children. According to birthplaces I have for their children, they lived in Factoryville, New York (1862), Otokee, Ohio (1864) Horseheads, New York (1867)n and then Otokee, Ohio again (1869). The family is listed on the 1870 census of Seneca Twp., Lenawee, Co., Michigan, along with several of Squire's Brees uncles and cousins. Continuing with birthplaces of Squire's children; they were in Piketown, Ohio (1871), and East Saginaw, Michigan (1874). They moved from Michigan to Minnesota about 1874, and they are listed on the 1875 state census of Owatonna, Steele Co., Minnesota. They moved from Steele to Douglas County, Minnesota in 1878 with Squire's brother Solomon Brees & his family; Solomon kept a diary on this trip that is posted on this site. Squire and his family are listed on the 1880 & 1885 censuses of Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota. Their youngest child was born in1882 in Hudson Township, Minnesota, and the family moved to Todd Co., Minnesota in 1886. (Solomon & family also moved to Todd Co., Minnesota in 1891). They are listed on the 1895 state census of Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota, and on the 1900 & 1905 censuses of Birchdale (PO Grey Eagle), Todd Co., Minnesota. There is a land patent for Squire W. Brees dated June 1, 1903 for land in Birchdale Twp, Todd Co., Minnesota. Squire Brees died on May 27, 1906 in Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota. Ellen Rutan Brees died on September 12, 1919, also in Todd Co., Minnesota. They are buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota. Thanks to Flo LaDuke Richards for this photo of Squire and Ellen, taken about 1886. Children of Squire Brees & Ellen Rutan are: Philena (1862), Sylvester "Vet" (1864), Inman (1867), Mary Jane (1869), Luther (1871), Kitty (1874) & Fred (1882).
The Family of Squire Brees & Ellen Rutan
Notes for Squire Whitaker Brees
Elias BreesElias Brees was born May 02, 1837 in Chemung Co., NY. There is a male the right age group to be Elias, age 3, in the household of John Brees 2nd on the 1840 census of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. Elias Brees died on December 14, 1840 in Chemung Co., NY. He was age 3 when he died.
Solomon E. BreesSolomon E. Brees was born on May 04, 1839 in Chemung Co., NY. There is a male the right age group to be Solomon, age 1, in the household of John Brees 2nd on the 1840 census of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. Solomon is listed with his parents on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. Solomon E. Brees & Sarah Jane Thorn were married October 06, 1865 in Erie, Erie Co., PA. They had 9 children, 8 of whom lived to adulthood. At first they farmed in Chemung Co., New York, but they moved to Steele Co., MN in the spring of 1866, The family is listed on the 1870 census of Havana, Steele Co., MN. Then they had a claim near Owatonna, MN in 1874 - that claim was given up very soon. The family returned to New York in 1876 with 4 children, but didn't farm; son Ward was born there. In 1878, after Ward was born, they returned to Steele Co., MN. Solomon kept a diary of the journey from Owatonna, Steele Co., MN to Douglas Co., MN. The diary begins on April 29, 1878 and ends on May 16, 1878. Solomon & Sarah Jane & family made this trip along with Solomon's brother Squire Brees & family and also two of the children of Solomon's sister, Alvina Brees Case. They settled on a farm near Osakis, Douglas Co, MN. (Cornelia Lunde Brees referred to this farm as English Grove.) This photo of Solomon and Sarah Jane was taken at English Grove. The family is listed on the 1880 & 1900 censuses of Orange, Douglas Co., MN. In 1901 they moved to the farm outside Grey Eagle, MN. The family is listed on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., MN. Solomon died on April 08, 1921 in Grey Eagle, Todd Co., MN, and Sarah Jane died on January 06, 1922 in Osakis, Douglas Co., MN. They are both buried at the English Grove Cemetery, Osakis, Douglas Co., MN. Their farm in Todd Co., MN was later worked by Arthur Brees. Children of Solomon Brees & Sarah Jane Thorn are: Arthur (1867), Fay (1869), Harry (1872), Rubie (1874), Ward (1877), Roy (1880), Claude (1882), Clyde (1886) & Percy (1888).
The Family of Solomon E. Brees & Sarah Jane Thorn
Brees Photos
Diary of Solomon Brees of 1878 move
Notes for Solomon E. Brees
Notes for Sarah Jane Thorn
Amelia BreesAmelia M. Brees was born on June 05, 1841 in Chemung Co., NY. She is listed with her parents on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. Amelia married James C. Rutan on November 13, 1861 and they had 7 children. James was the brother of Ellen Rutan who had married Amelia's brother Squire on March 12, 1861. James served in the Union Army of the Civil War, enlisting in Company A, 179th regiment of the New York Volunteers in 1864. The family is listed on the 1870 census of Ward 3, Elmira, Chemung Co., NY with Amelia's name listed as being Antonette. They are listed on the 1880 census of Elmira, Chemung Co, NY.Sometime between 1892 to 1900 the family moved from New York to Pennsylvania to live with one of their sons. They are listed on the 1900 & 1910 census of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA. James' occupation is listed as Carpenter on the 1870, 1880 & 1900 censuses. Amelia Brees Rutan died on February 26, 1911 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her husband James died the next day on February 27, 1911. A newspaper article printed at the time stated that a double funeral was held, and that they were both buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung Co., New York. There is a Civil War pension record for James C. Rutan of A179 NY Inf. that is on file that needs to be researched. Children of Amelia Brees & James Rutan are: Ida (1863), Fred (1864), Edwin (1868), Jennie (1871), Martin (1874), Edwin (1876) & Flora (1879).
Scan from another descendant of Photo of James C. & Amelia Brees Rutan
Photo of sisters Alvina, Fannie & Amelia Brees
Notes for Amelia Brees Rutan
Philena BreesPhilena M. Brees was born on Abt. July 19, 1843 in Chemung Co., NY. She is listed with her parents on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. Philena married Joel Jansen on November 9, 1865, probably in Chemung Co., NY, and they had 4 children. The family is listed on the 1870 & 1880 census of Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. In 1870 they are living next door to Philena's married sister Fanny Ormiston & her husband's family. On later census records Philena's name is listed as Lena. Of their children, their daughter Maud married Eugene Atkins, who was the superintendent of the poor of Chemung County. Their daughter Winifred married Bela C. Tifft of Horseheads, who was agent for the Wells-Fargo Express Company. Joel Jansen was keeper of the county-house from 1882 to 1888, but he resigned the position on account of the death of his wife on January 8, 1888. Philena Brees Jansen died on January 05, 1888 in Chemung Co., NY. Joel was solicitor insurance for Chemung County outside of Elmira till March 1, I891, when he was reappointed keeper of the poor-house. Joel Jansen died on January 18, 1898. Joel & Philena are both buried in the Hilltop Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung, New York. Children of Philena Brees & Joel Jansen are: Maud (1869), Winifred (1872), Ernest (1875) & Bessie (1878).
Notes for Philena Brees Jansen
Photo of husband Joel Jansen
Xerox photo Joel & Philena Brees Jansen
Xerox photo of Joel Jansen & Children
Philander BreesePhilander G. Breese was born on September 01, 1845 in Chemung Co., NY. He is listed with his parents on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. Philander married Julia Ann Whitney about 1870 and they had at least 5 children. The family is listed on the 1870, 1880, 1900 & 1910 censuses of Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. In 1900 Julia is listed as having 8 births with 4 children surviving, and in 1910 she is listed as having 5 births with 4 surviving children at that time. Julia died on July 16, 1910 and Philander Brees died on July 19, 1917 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY .He died unexpectedly after an hour's illness at the home of his sister, Fanny Brees Ormiston. Philander and Julia are both buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. Photo shown is believed to be Philander Breese, was with a group of photo of John & Mary Ann Brees' family and I do think it is him. Children of Philander Brees & Julia Ann Whitney are: Nettie (1871), Jessie (1873), Carrie (1877), Ada (1879) & Flossie (1885).
Notes for Philander G. Breese
Obit of Philander Breese
Obit of daughter, Flossie Breese
Fanny BreesFanny C. Brees was born on September 17, 1847 in Chemung Co., NY. She is listed with her parents on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. Fanny married James Ormiston in 1869, probably in Chemung Co., NY, and they had 4 children. The family is on the 1870,1880, 1900 & 1910 censuses of Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. In 1870 they are living with James' parents, and next door to Fanny's married sister Philena Jansen & family. In both 1900 & 1910 Fanny is listed as having 4 births and 1 surviving child at that time. Fanny Brees Ormiston died on October 25, 1918, probably in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. Children of Fanny Brees & James Ormiston are: William (1870) & Luella (1874).
Notes for Fanny C. Brees Ormiston
Luther BreesLuther D. Brees was born on September 03, 1850 in Chemung Co., NY. He is listed at age 3 months with his parents on the 1850 census of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. He died as an infant. Luther Brees died on September 20, 1852, in Chemung Co., NY. He was 2 years old when he died.
Judson Brees

Adoniram Judson Brees was born on June 21, 1852 in Chemung Co., NY. He was named for Adoniram Judson, who was a famous missionary, and was usually called Judson. He is listed with his parents on the 1860 censuses of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY, and on the 1870 census of Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. Judson married Nora Hunt about 1879 and they had two daughters; they are living with his parents on the 1880 census of Horseheads. Judson is listed twice on the 1891 City Directory of Corning, Steuben Co., NY, with his occupation given as Brakeman & also as a F. B. C. Co. employee. They are on the 1900 census of Corning, Steuben Co., NY. At that time Nora was listed as having 1 birth with 1 surviving child, but that is not correct as she had a daughter in 1879 and another in 1881. Judson & Nora are listed on the 1910 census of Deerpark Twp., Port Jarvis City, Orange Co., NY under the name Adinoram J. Breese; at that time Judson's occupation was dealer in Butter & Eggs and Nora was listed as having 2 births with 1 surviving child. Lois Brees had a note that he lived at one time in Athens, PA, but I did not find him there in any of the census years. Adoniram Judson Brees died on June 24, 1918 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. Nora remarried Willard/William Peterson about 1919.Willard & Nora are listed on the 1920 census of Erwin, Steuben Co., NY, and on the 1930 census of Painted Post, Steuben Co., NY. Nora died on April 25, 1938, probably in Steuben Co., NY. Judson & Nora are buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. Children of Judson Brees & Nora Hunt are: Lula (1879) & Mable (1881).
Notes for Adoniram Judson Brees
Photo of John & Mary Ann Brees with children Judson & Minnie
Tombstone Adoniram Judson & Nora Hunt Brees

Minnie BreesMinnie A. Brees was born on August 01, 1855 in Chemung Co., NY. She is listed at age 5 with her parents on the 1860 censuses of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY, and at age 15 on the 1870 census of Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. Minnie married James Moody about 1876 and they had one son named Ernest born in 1877. Minnie Brees Moody died on July 16, 1877 in Chemung Co, NY and she is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. She died at age 21, possibly in childbirth. I don't know when or where James Moody died, but Ernest was raised by Minnie's parents, John & Mary Ann Brees.
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