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Squire Whitaker Brees was born on March 30, 1835 in Chemung Co., NY. He was the son of John Brees III & Mary Ann Moore.
Ellen M. Rutan was born on March 12, 1843 in NY. She was the daughter of Peter Rutan & Jane Sherman

THE FAMILY OF SQUIRE BREES & ELLEN RUTAN:

Squire Brees & Ellen Rutan

Squire Whitaker Brees 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.
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Photos of Squire Brees & Ellen Rutan
1878 Diary of Solomon E. Brees - includes scans of actual pages and transcript. Squire is mentioned several times in this diary.

The Children of Squire Brees & Ellen Rutan:

1) Linnie BreesPhilena Edith "Linnie" Brees was born on January 30, 1862 in Factoryville, New York. Linnie's parents had a child born in Otokee, Ohio in 1864, another born in Horseheads, New York in 1867, and another that was also born in Otokee, Ohio in 1869. Linnie is listed at age 8 with her parents on the 1870 census of Seneca Twp., Lenawee, Co., Michigan, along with several of Squire's Brees uncles and cousins. Linnie's parents had a child in Piketown, Ohio in 1871, and another in East Saginaw, Michigan in 1874. The family moved from Michigan to Minnesota about 1874, and Linnie, age 13, is listed with her parents on the 1875 state census of Owatonna, Steele Co., Minnesota. In 1878 they moved to Douglas County, Minnesota with her uncle Solomon Brees & his family (See Solomon's Diary). Linnie is listed at age 18 with her parents on the 1880 census of Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota. Linnie marred James E. Allen on January 18, 1881 and they had 8 children. Based on birthplaces of their children, they lived in Minnesota through June 1887, but moved to Washington state by December 1891. The family is listed on the 1900 census of Stevens Precinct, Spokane Co., Washington, and on the 1910 census of Graves, Spokane Co., Washington. They are listed on the 1920 census of West Cheney, Spokane Co., Washington, and on the 1930 census of Graves, Spokane Co., Washington. James' occupation is listed as Farm Labor in 1900, as Farmer in 1910 & 1920, and as a Janitor, High School in 1930. Philena "Linnie" Brees Allen died on April 02, 1936 in Spokane Co., Washington. James is listed as widowed on the 1940 census of Graves, Spokane, Washington, living with two of his sons. James Allen died on February 10, 1943 in Spokane Co., Washington. James & Linnie are buried in Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, Spokane Co., Washington. Children of James Allen & Philena Brees are: Florence (1882), Nellie (1883), Frances (1884), Sylvester Edward (1886), Mildred (1891), Georgia (1897), William (1900) and Leland (1903) Allen.
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2) Sylvester BreesSylvester S. "Vet" Brees was born on May 01, 1864 in Otokee, Ohio. Sylvester's parents had a child born in Horseheads, New York in 1867, and another that was also born in Otokee, Ohio in 1869. Sylvester is listed at age 6 with his parents on the 1870 census of Seneca Twp., Lenawee, Co., Michigan, along with several of Squire's Brees uncles and cousins. Sylvester's parents had a child in Piketown, Ohio in 1871, and another in East Saginaw, Michigan in 1874. The familiy moved from Michigan to Minnesota about 1874, and S. L., age 11, is listed with his parents on the 1875 state census of Owatonna, Steele Co., Minnesota. In 1878 they moved to Douglas County, Minnesota with his uncle Solomon Brees & his family (See Solomon's Diary). Sylvester is listed at age 16 with his parents on the 1880 census of Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota. Sylvester never married. He built a house on an island in the middle of Big Birch lake in Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota, and he had several pets including two bears. He is listed at age 31 witih his parents on the 1895 state census of Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota. I have not found him on the 1900 census at this time, but he is listed on the 1905, 1910 & 1920 censuses of Grey Eagle Twp, Todd Co., Minnesota. He is listed on the 1930 census of Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., Minnesota living near the household of his married brother Fred. Sylvester S. Brees died on September 02, 1935 in Todd Co., Minnesota. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota.
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3) Inman BreesInman Brees was born on July 05, 1867 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., New York. Inman's parents had a child born in Otokee, Ohio in 1869. Inman is listed at age 3 with his parents on the 1870 census of Seneca Twp., Lenawee, Co., Michigan, along with several of Squire's Brees uncles and cousins. Inman's parents had a child in Piketown, Ohio in 1871, and another in East Saginaw, Michigan in 1874. The family moved from Michigan to Minnesota about 1874, and I. M., age 7, is listed with his parents on the 1875 state census of Owatonna, Steele Co., Minnesota. In 1878 they moved to Douglas County, MN with his uncle Solomon Brees & his family (See Solomon's Diary). Inman is listed with his parents on the 1880 & 1885 censuses of Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota. Inman is listed on the 1895 & 1900 censuses Grey Eagle Twp., Todd Co., Minnesota; in 1895 he is listed with his parents, and in 1900 he is in the household of his married sister Kitty Brees Dix, and next to the household of his married sister Mary Brees Watts. Inman married Edna B. Call on January 29, 1905 and they had one daughter, Grace, born in 1907. The family is listed on the 1910 census of Lake Hattie Twp., Hubbard Co., Minnesota. They are listed on the 1920, 1930 & 1940 censuses of Round Prairie Twp, Todd Co., Minnesota. Inman Brees died on January 29, 1945 in Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota. He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Grey Eagle, Minnesota. Edna moved to Washington after Inman died, and she died on March 04, 1969 in Otis Orchards, Spokane Co., Washington. Edna is buried at The Pines Cemetery, Opportunity, Washington.
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4) Mary BreesMary Jane Brees was born on February 08, 1869 in Otokee, Ohio. She is listed at age 4 months with her parents on the 1870 census of Seneca Twp., Lenawee, Co., Michigan, along with several of Squire's Brees uncles and cousins. Mary's parents had a child in Piketown, Ohio in 1871, and another in East Saginaw, Michigan in 1874. The family moved from Michigan to Minnesota about 1874, and Mary J., age 5, is listed with her parents on the 1875 state census of Owatonna, Steele Co., Minnesota. In 1878 they moved to Douglas County, Minnesota with her uncle Solomon Brees & his family (See Solomon's Diary). Mary is listed with her parents on the 1880 & 1885 censuses of Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota. Mary married Edward E. Watts on December 01, 1892 in Minnesota and they had 4 children. The family is listed on the 1895 & 1900 censuses of Grey Eagle Twp., Todd Co., Minnesota. They moved from Todd County to Hubbard County, Minnesota between 1900 to 1910, and they are listed on the 1910, 1920 & 1930 censuses of Lake Hattie Twp., Hubbard Co., Minnesota. Edward died on December 01, 1932 in Hubbard Co., Minnesota. Mary Jane was married second to John Edward Bass in 1938. John's first wife Mary (Unknown) had died in 1936 and he had two grown sons from his first marriage. Mary Jane Brees Watts died on January 13, 1942 in Clearwater Co., Minnesota. She is buried with first husband Edward Watts in Becida Cemetery, Becida, Hubbard Co., Minnesota, although she is buried under the name Mary Jane Bass. John E. Bass died on November 14, 1943. He is buried with first wife Mary (Unknown) in McKinney Cemetery, Tolley, Renville Co., North Dakota. Mary Brees Watts Bass organized an annual Brees reunion for many years for the descendants of Squire & Solomon Brees. Children of Edward Watts & Mary Jane Brees were: Merton (1894), Earl (1895), Jesse (1896) and Elsie (1902) Watts.
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5) Luther BreesLuther Daniel Brees was born on November 23, 1871 in Piketown, Ohio. Inman's parents had a child born in East Saginaw, Michigan in 1874. The family moved from Michigan to Minnesota about 1874, and Luther, age 3, is listed with his parents on the 1875 state census of Owatonna, Steele Co., Minnesota. In 1878 they moved to Douglas County, Minnesota with his uncle Solomon Brees & his family (See Solomon's Diary). Luther is listed with his parents on the 1880 & 1885 censuses of Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota. He moved with his parents in 1886 from Orange to Todd Co., Minnesota, and he is listed with them on the 1895, 1900 & 1905 censuses of Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., Minnesota. His father died in 1906, and Luther is listed with his mother on the 1910 census Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., Minnesota. Luther never married. In 1916 his sister Kitty became widowed, and she and her daughter Leona came to live with Luther. They are listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Grey Eagle, Todd Co., MN. Luther Daniel Brees died on September 21, 1953 in Todd Co., Minnesota. He is buried in Lakeview cemetery, Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota.
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6) Kitty BreesKitty Alice Brees was born on January 07, 1874 in East Saginaw, Michigan. The family moved from Michigan to Minnesota shortly after Kitty's birth, and "Kitie A.", age 1, is listed with her parents on the 1875 state census of Owatonna, Steele Co., Minnesota. In 1878 they moved to Douglas County, Minnesota with her uncle Solomon Brees & his family (See Solomon's Diary). Kitty is listed with her parents on the 1880 & 1885 censuses of Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota. Kitty married Clark L. Dix on May 15, 1895 in MN, and they 2 children, one of whom died in infancy. The family is listed on the 1895, 1900 & 1910 censuses of Grey Eagle Twp., Todd Co., Minnesota. Clark died in on October 31, 1916 in Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota. After Clark's death, Kitty & Leona went to live with Kitty's brother Luther, who was a bachelor. They are listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Grey Eagle, Todd Co., Minnesota. Luther died on September 21, 1953 in Todd Co., Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Death Index, Kitty Alice Brees Dix died on July 01, 1958 in Hennepin Co., Minnesota. She is buried at Lakeview cemetery, Grey Eagle, Minnesota. Children of Clark Dix & Kitty Alice Brees are Leona (1907) & Lloyd (1914) Dix.
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7) Fred BreesFrederick Melvin "Fred" Brees was born on April 12, 1882 in Hudson Twp., Douglas Co., Minnesota. He is listed at age 3 with his parents on the 1885 state census of Orange, Douglas Co., MN. His parents moved to Todd Co., MN in 1886, and Fred is listed with them on the 1895, 1900 & 1905 censuses of Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., MN. His father died in 1906, and Fred is listed with his mother on the 1910 census of Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., MN. Fred married Elizabeth Little on May 15, 1914 in MN, and they had 2 daughters. The family is listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Birchdale Twp., Todd Co. Fredrick Melvin Brees died on January 10, 1951 in Todd Co., MN. He is buried at Lakeview cemetery, Grey Eagle, MN. Elizabeth died in October 1987 in Morrison Co., Minnesota. Her Social Security number was issued in California sometime before 1951, and her last residence is listed as St. Charles, Winona Co., Minnesota.
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