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Notes for Harry Brees

The Family of Solomon Brees & Sarah Jane Thorn

1875 state census Havana, Steele Co., Minnesota
Solomon Brees, age 36, NY/NY/NY
Sarah, age 33, NY/NY/NY
Arthur, age 8, MN/NY/NY
Zelotus, age 5, MN/NY/NY
Harry, age 2, MN/NY/NY
Rubbie, age 0, MN/NY/NY

Thursday, May 9th, 1878 - from Solomon Brees' diary of emigration trip from Steele to Douglas Co., Minnesota: Wind high & cold. Left camp at 6:30 thru sand 8 inches deep until we passed the lake, then came out on Broad Prairie about 8 miles wide, timber an both sides, the Mississippi on the left, the road in the centre. It is not settled here, can be bought for $2.50 per acre ...... Splendid prairie as far ahead as we can see. Harry is walking 5 to 6 miles a day, says he is going to walk to Sauk Centre. Just now at 11 A.M. we are just 59 miles north west of St. Paul and 16 miles from St. Cloud." At the time Harry was age 5, didn't turn 6 until August of 1878.

1880 census Orange, Douglas Co., MN
Household #47\50
Solomon E. Breese, Farmer, age 41, NY\NY\NY
Sarah J., wife, age 38, NY\NY\NY
Arthur, son, age 13, MN\NY\NY
Zelotus, son, age 10, MN\NY\NY
Harry J., son, age 8, MN\NY\NY
Ruby M., daughter, age 5, MN\NY\NY
Rufus W., son, age 3, NY\NY\NY
Living next door to Solomon's brother Squire Breese and family.

1885 state census Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota
S. E. Brees, age 46, b. NY
Sarah J., age 43, b. NY
Arthur, age 18, b. MN
Yelotus, age 15, b. MN
Harry , age 12, b. MN
Rubie, age 10, b. MN
Rufus W., age 8, b. NY
Claude, age 3, b. MN

Abt. 1894 - Harry married Jaffrey Craig

1895 state census Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota
Harry Brees, age 22, male, b. MN, in state 22 yrs, 8 months: in district 17 yrs, 1 month, farmer
Jeffery Brees, age 20, female, ,b. MN
On page before Harry's parents, Solomon & Sarah Jane Thorn Brees

1900 census Orange Twp., Douglas Co., MN Page 2B & 3 A
Household #41
Solomen Brees, head, May 1839, age 61, married 35 years, NY\NY\NY, farmer
Sarah J., wife, Feb 1842, age 58, married 35 years, 9 births, 8 surviving, NY\NY\NY
Arthur P., Jan 1867, age 33, MN\NY\NY, farmer
Zelotus F., son, July 1869, age 32, MN\NY\NY, farmer
Rufus W., son, May 1877, age 23, NY\NY\NY, farmer
Claude L., son, May 1882, age 18, MN\NY\NY, at school
Clyde E., son, May 1886, age 14, MN\NY\NY, at school
Percy E., son, July 1888, age 11, MN\NY\NY, at school
Household #42
Charles Cannon, head, Nov 1875, age 24, md 4 yrs, MN/OH/OH, day laborer
Ruby M., wife, Sept 1875, age 24, md 4 yrs, 2 births, 2 surviving, MN\NY\NY
Fern, April 1877, daughter, age 3, MN/MN/MN
Floyd, son, Oct 1879, age 4 months, MN/MN/MN
Household #43
Harry Brees, head, Aug 1872, age 27, md 6 yrs, MN/NY/NY, farm laborer
Jeffry, wife, Nov 1873, age 26, md 6 yrs, 2 births, 1 surviving, MN/Scotland/MN
Myrtle,daughter, Sept 1895, daughter, age 4 , MN/MN/MN

1910 census Orange, Douglas Co., MN
Household #62
Harry J. Breese, head, age 37, md 16 yrs, MN/NY/PA, farmer
Jeffrey, wife, age 36, md 16 yrs, 6 births, 4 surviving, MN/Scotland/WI
Myrtle J., daughter, age 14, MN/MN/MN
Mildred M., daughter, age 6, MN/MN/MN
Melvin R., son, age 4, MN/MN/MN
Marion A., daughter, age 1, MN/MN/MN

1920 census Orange, Douglas Co., MN
Household #47
Harry Breese, head, age 47, MN/NY/PA, farmer
Jeffrey, wife, age 45, MN/Scotland/WI
Mildred, daughter, age 15, MN/MN/MN
Melvin, son, age 13, MN/MN/MN
Marion, daughter, age 11, MN/MN/MN
Marvin, son, age 8, MN/MN/MN

Obit Solomon Brees, who died on April 08, 1921 Grey Eagle, Todd County paper
Death of Solomon E. Brees
Solomon E. Brees, a respected citizen of the community, and, since 1902 a resident of Birchdale Township, passed away at his farm home on last Friday morning. Mr. Brees had suffered for a number of years from asthma and while in failing health for some time was nevertheless able to be about and visit with his friends in the village until recently.
Solomon E. Brees was born near Horse Heads, Chemung Co., N.Y., on May 4, 1839, his death occuring at 11 o'clock p.m. Friday. He was united in marriage at Erie, Penn., on Oct. 5, 1865 to Sarah J. Thorne who survives him. To this union there were nine children born being Arthur P. Brees, who has made his residence in the family home; Zelotus F. Brees of Libby, Mont.; Harry J. Brees, now residing at Osakis, Minn.; Mrs. Ruby M. Arnold of Los Angeles, Cal.; Claude L. and Clyde E. Brees of Grey Eagle,; Percy Brees of Choteau, Mont.; and a son Roy, who died at the age of 8 months and 27 days. Mr. and Mrs. Brees moved from N.Y. to Owatonna in the Spring of 1866 and during the year 1876 they returned to New York, and in 1878 settled in Douglas County, Minnesota, where they resided for some 23 years coming to Todd County and locating at their present home in 1902. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Downing, pastor of the United Brethren Church of Grey Eagle. Interment was made at English Grove, Minnesota. The deceased during his long residence in Minnesota gained a wide acquaintance, and was one of those men who helped to develop the State and his beautiful rural home was the result of many days of labor and brought comfort to the members of his family and was shared by a devoted companion. The Gazette joins in extending sympathy to the bereaved ones.
We wish to thank our many friends who so kindly assisted us during our late bereavement. Mrs. Sarah J. Brees and family.

1930 census Orange, Douglas Co., MN Page: 1B
Brees, Harry J, head, Age: 57 Birthplace: Minnesota
Brees, Jeffrey, wife, Age: 56
Brees, Melvin, son, age: 23
Brees, Marvin, son, Age: 18
Brees, Merland , son, Age: 8

Farmed at English Grove, near Osakis MN.

Buried Villard, MN cemetery.