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Notes for Ward Brees

The Family of Solomon Brees & Sarah Jane Thorn

Name on birth certificate Rufus Ward Brees. The family returned to New York in 1876 with 4 of their children, but didn't farm; Ward was born there. Returned to Minnesota in 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

1895 state census Orange, Douglas Co., Minnesota
Solomon Brees, age 56, b. NY, in state 28 yrs, 5 months; in district 17 yrs, 2 months, Farmer
Sarrah, age 53, b. NY
Arthur, age 28, b. MN, in state 28 yrs, 5 months; in district 17 yrs, 2 months, Farmer
Zelotus, age 26, b. MN, in state 26 yrs, 11 months; in district 17 yrs, 2 months, Farmer
Ruby, age 22, b. MN
Ruphus, age 18, b. NY
Claud, age 14, b. MN
Clide, age 9, b. MN
Percy, age 7, b. MN

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 Villard, Pope Co., MN
Household #14
Rufus W. Brees, head, age 32, md 5 yrs, NY/NY/MI, Harness maker, shop
Cleo E., wife, age 23, md 5 yrs, MN/MN/MN

Separated from Dot Clark shortly after marriage.

September 9, 1918, Teton Co., Montana
WWI Draft Registration card
Rufus Ward Brees
Medium hieght, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair
Permanent address: Choteau, Montana
age 41, born May 30 1877
Occupation: Elevator man, Farmer's Elevator Co., Moro, Oregon
Nearest relative: Sarah Brees (mother), Grey Eagle, Montana
Signed, Rufus Ward Brees

1920 census Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., MN sheet 4A
Household #63
Solmon E. Breese, head, age 80, farmer, NY\NY\NY
Sarah J., wife, age 77, NY\NY\NY
Arthur, son, age 52, farm laborer, MN\NY\NY
Rufus W., son, age 43, cook at Hotel, MN\NY\NY
Claude, son, age 37, house carpenter, MN\NY\NY

Not listed in his father's obit in 1921 - error???

1930 census Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., MN
Household #43/44
Arthur P. Brees, head, age 63, MN/NY/NY, farmer
Rufus W. Brees, brother, age 53, NY/NY/NY, farm labor
Claude L. Brees, brother, age 47, MN/NY/NY

Buried English Grove Cemetery, Osakis, Douglas Co., MN

Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002 Record
about Rufus Ward Brees
Name: Rufus Ward Brees
Birth Date: 30 May 1877
Death Date: 1 Jun 1956
Death County: Todd
Mother's Maiden Name: Thorn
State File Number: 017371
Certificate Number: 017371
Certificate Year: 1956
Record Number: 1306125