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John Brees was born about 1713 in Holland. He was the son of John Brees and unnknown spouse.
Dorothy Riggs was born in 1711 in Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., NJ. She was the daughter of Edward Riggs & Alphia Stoughton.

THE FAMILY OF JOHN BREES & DOROTHY RIGGS

John Brees & Dorothy RiggsJohn Brees emigrated to America from Holland in 1735, and he married Dorothy Riggs in 1736 or 1737. I'm not sure if they married in New York or New Jersey. In 1737 John Brees signed a remonstrance against the conduct of the sheriff of the county of New York in regard to the election of a representative of the City & County of New York, and praying the governor to remove the sheriff from office. (Doc'y Hist. N.Y., Vol. III, page 484.), but Dorothy's family had been in America since the 1600's and were living in New Jersey. John & Dorothy settled in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. They had 9 children there, born between 1738 to 1758, and they lived there until their deaths. They attended church at the Presbyterian Meeting House in Basking Ridge, NJ, and most of their church records (baptisms, burials etc) are listed at that church, which has caused some confusion about where they lived and where their children were born. John Brees died on March 04, 1803 and Dorothy died on November 23, 1803. Both died in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ and are reported to be buried in the graveyard at the Presbyterian Meeting House, Basking Ridge, NJ although no stones exist for them now. The last name of their descendants has been spelled both BREES and BREESE, but early records indicate that it was originally spelled BREES.
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The Children of John Brees & Dorothy Riggs

John Brees IIJohn Brees II was born on November 08, 1738 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. John married Hannah Gildersleeve on January 30, 1769 in Morristown, Morris Co., NJ and they had 11 children. The First Church Morristown, NJ Combined Registers lists the last name as BREIS, and Hannah's sister Susan married John's brother Azariah the next month in February 1769. At the time of their marriage, John was listed as being from Somerset Co., NJ and Hannah was listed as being from Morris Co., NJ. John served in the Revolutionary War Capt. William Bond's company, in the 4th Battalion, 2nd establishment, NJ line. He was in the expediton commanded by Major General Sullivan against the Six Nations, and passed over the ground where Horseheads, NY now stands on Sept. 1, 1779. His colonel was Ephriam Martin. John & Hannah moved to the Chemung valley in June, 1787, and in 1789 they settled on a farm in the area that would later become Chemung Co., NY in 1798 and the town of Horseheads in 1835. They are listed on the 1810 & 1820 census of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY; their youngest son John Brees lived with them after he married in 1817 and he eventually inherited the family farm by paying off the other heirs. John Brees II died on March 24, 1829 in Elmira (later Horseheads), Chemung Co., NY. Hannah Gildersleeve Brees died on January 15, 1844 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. The last name on both John & Hannah's tombstones and on his memorial is spelled BREES.
The Family of John Brees II & Hannah Gildersleeve
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Memorial to John Brees
Mary BreesMary Brees was born in 1740 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. Mary married Benjamin Hinds (Haines?)about 1775 and they had at least two daughters, born in 1776 & 1778. There are tax records for Benjamin Hinds in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ in 1785, 1789 & 1794 that may be this family. There are some trees on Ancestry.com that indicate that Mary was married second to Ralph Dayton, but I do not have a marriage date.
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Azariah BreesAzariah Brees was born on November 14, 1743 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. Azariah married Susan Gildersleeve on February 15, 1769 in Morristown, Morris Co., NJ and they had at least two children. Azariah's brother John had married Susan's sister Hannah less than a month before their marriage. The First Church Morristown lists marriage record with spelling of surname as BREIS. Basking Ridge Church records and some Bernards County tax records use the spelling BREESE. One instance (1818 tax record) is found in Bernards Co., NJ with the spelling BREECE. Azariah signed his will "Azariah Brees" and this is most likely the true spelling. Susan Gildersleeve Brees died on November 25, 1815 in Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey. Azariah Brees died on November 27, 1820 in Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey.
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Esther BreesEsther Brees was born about 1745 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. She married James Hanville/Handville. They had at least 6 children, and they lived in Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., NJ. They are listed on records there in 1818. James died on May 1, 1830. Esther Brees Hanville/Handville died sometime after 1818, probably in Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., NJ.
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Anna Brees

Anna Brees was born about 1750 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. Anna married Noah Hammond about 1768 in NJ, and they had 11 children, born between 1769 to 1800. The family lived in Hardiston, Sussex Co., NJ and they are listed on tax records there in 1793. Anna Brees Hammond died sometime after June 1819, probably in NJ.
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Henry Brees

Henry Brees was born on August 29, 1753 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. Henry married Ruth Pierson on January 7, 1774 in Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., NJ and they had 12 children. Henry was a Revolutionary War Veteran. In the fall of 1775 at Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., NJ he entered as a volunteer in a Company of Militia commanded by Caption Platt Bailey, in which Lt. William Cummings was Ensign and Peter Van Deventer orderly sergeant, for term of one year. He continued in like service from 1776 until September 1778 under Captions Kilpatrick, Parker and Moffatt of the New York militia. He was with detachments of his said Company, which was "much employed in pursuit of deserters". He entered Wagon service in September 1778 under Wagon Master General Mifflin, with Henry Southard in command. In testimony for his pension application in 1832 Henry stated "I furnished himself with a wagon and four horses and was engaged in this for 16 months until February or March 1780" He further stated that his wagon service was under Jonathan Pennington and the John P. Brees of Elmira, Tioga County, New York can testify on service (Henry’s brother). Afterwards he served "in militia service 1780-1781-1783." "I was under frequent calls for short periods but so often renewed as to make in almost constant services. He could not state the names of his captains as the as the militia were generally called out in portions from various companies and organized under different officers after arriving at the place of rendezvous. Generally he was under command of Major William Davidson in the regiment commanded by Col. William Frelinghuysen. In the various services he was engaged for more than three years, exclusive of his 16 month in the wagon service. He was not engaged in any battles. He was paid 160.00 dollars (arrears of $120; semi annual payment of $40). "I furnished himself with a wagon and four horses and was engaged in this for 16 months until February or March 1780" He further stated that his wagon service was under Jonathan Pennington and the John P. Brees of Elmira, Tioga County, New York can testify on service (Henry’s son). Afterwards he served "in militia service 1780-1781-1783." "I was under frequent calls for short periods but so often renewed as to make in almost constant services. He could not state the names of his captains as the as the militia were generally called out in portions from various companies and organized under different officers after arriving at the place of rendezvous. Generally he was under command of Major William Davidson in the regiment commanded by Col. William Frelinghuysen. In the various services he was engaged for more than three years, exclusive of his 16 month in the wagon service. He was not engaged in any battles. He was paid 160.00 dollars (arrears of $120; semi annual payment of $40). Henry & Ruth moved to Breesport, NY in 1789. (Not listed on pension record). In 1809 they moved to Genoa, in Cayuga Co, NY, and in 1817 they moved to Tioga City, NY. When Henry applied for pension Sept 4, 1832 at age 78 he listed his residence as Elmira, NY at that time. Ruth died March 27, 1833 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. Henry Brees died on July 3, 1835 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY.
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Sarah BreesSarah Brees was born in 1754 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. Sarah married Jeremiah Hayden. There is a Jeremiah Hayden listed on tax records of Bedminster, Somerset Co., NJ who may be this family. I have not found any record of children for Jeremiah & Sarah. Sarah Brees Hayden died sometime after 1754, but I don't know when or where.
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Stephen BreesStephen Carpenter Brees was born in 1755 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. He was a Revolutionary War soldier. Stephen married Nancy Bailey (last name also spelled Bales, Bayles or Baily) about 1777 in NJ. They had 10 children, 9 of whom were daughters. Stephen settled in Barnards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. He is listed on tax records for Bernards Township from 1782 to 1803, and he is on the 1830 census of Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ living near his son Bailey and married daughter Lucinda (Peter) Rickey. Stephen Brees died on October 28, 1833 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. Nancy died on June 19, 1840. An old Brees chart I have has a note by Stephen's name that says "Bailey - Illinois" but there is no city or county named Bailey in Illinois, and I have not found records to indicate that Stephen ever left New Jersey. Stephen's only son Bailey Brees did emigrate to Illinois after his parent's death. He purchased land there in 1843 and he is listed on the 1850 census of Wyoming Twp., Lee Co., IL, so that may explain the note on the chart.
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Samuel BreesSamuel Brees was born on April 17, 1758 in Bernards Township, Somerset Co., NJ. Samuel enlisted in the Revolutionary War in 1776 and served on the New Jersey line. Samuel married Hannah Pierson on February 23, 1780 in Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., NJ and they had 9 children. The family emigrated from New Jersey to Wyoming Co., Pennsylvania in 1789. Hannah died on April 09, 1817 in Wyoming, Luzerne, PA. Samuel applied for a pension on Sept 4, 1832 at age 74 in Luzerne City, PA. He was a resident of Kingston Township, PA at this time.Samuel Brees died on July 21, 1835 in Kingston Twp., Wyoming, Luzerne, PA. Steuben Jenkins book lists year of death as 1837.
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