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Notes for Philander Brees

The Family of John Brees & Mary Ann Moore

1850 census Elmira, Chemung Co., NY page 280
Household 1170/1257
John Breese, male, age 41, b. NY, Farmer
Mary,female, age 40, b. NY
Alvira, female, age 17, b. NY
Squire, male, age 15, b. NY
Solomon, male, age 11, b. NY
Amelia, female, age 9, b. NY
Philena, female, age 7, b. NY
Philander, male, age 5, b. NY
Fanny C., female, age 2, b. NY
Luther D., male, age 3/12, b. NY
Hannah Moore, female, age 27, b. NY

1860 census Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY
Household #836
John Breese, male, age 50, b. NY, Farmer
Mary, female, age 50, b. NY
Squire, male, age 25, b. NY, farm laborer
Solomon, male, age 21, b. NY, farm laborer
Amelia, female, age 19, b. NY, Milliner
Philena, female, age 17, b. NY
Philander, male, age 14, b. NY
Fanny C., female, age 12, b. NY
Judson, male, age 8, b. NY
Minnie A., female, age 5, b. NY

1870 census Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY - household #588-590
Landen G. Breese, age 24, wife Julia age 23.

1880 United States Census Breesport, Chemung, New York Page Number 495B
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Philando BREESE Self M Male W 35 NY Laborer NY NY
Julia BREESE Wife M Female W 33 NY Keeping House NY NY
Nettie R. BREESE Dau S Female W 9 NY NY NY
Jessy A. BREESE Dau S Female W 7 NY NY NY
Carrie L. BREESE Dau S Female W 3 NY NY NY
Ada B. BREESE Dau S Female W 6M NY NY NY

1900 census Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY
Philander Breese, head, Sept 1845, age 54, NY/NY/NY, Day laborer
Julia, wife, July 1847, age 52, NY/NY/NY
Lena, daughter, Aug 1877, age 22, NY/NY/NY
Flossie, daughter, Oct 1885, age 14, NY/NY/NY
James Shoots, son-in-law. March 1878, age 22, NY/NY/NY, md 1 yr, Printer
Bell, daughter, Dec 1879, age 20, NY/NY/NY, md 1 yr, 1 birth, 1 surviving
Harry Logan, boarder, widowed, May 1865, age 35, NY/NY/NY, Laborer brick yard
Harry, grandson, March 1893, age 7, NY/NY/NY

1902 - listed as Philander (Horse Head, New York)
"Compendium of History and Biography of Northern Minnesota"
Published 1902 Geo. A. Ogle & Co. Chicago, Illinois.
Name: Solomon E. BREES
Birth: May 4, 1839 at Chemung County, New York. (about a mile and a half east of Horse Head)
Parents: John and Mary (Moore) Brees, natives of New York. John Brees’s father Elias Brees was also born in New York of Dutch descent. His ancestors came to America from Holland at the beginning of the 18th century. One of the family was in the Revolutionary war and later represented the Empire state in the senate. John and Mary (Moore) Brees had 8 children: Alvina (Simeon Case of Rice, Minnesota), Squire (farmer at Gray Eagle, Minnesota), Solomon E. (our subject), Amelia (James C. Rutan of Wilmington, Delaware), Philena (Joel M. Jansen), Philander (Horse Head, New York), Fanny (James Ormiston of New York), Judson A. (Sparrowbush, Orange County, NY).
Spouse: Solomon E. Brees married October 5, 1865 to Sarah J. Thorn, daughter of Lawrence and Hannah (Van Winkle) Thorn of New York and Pennsylvania. Lawrence and Hannah Thorn have 6 children: William George, Fayette, Edwin, Sarah J., and Marietta.
Children of Solomon E. Brees and Sarah: (9 born, 8 living) Arthur (farming in Douglas Co.), Zelotus F. (also farming), Harry J. (operates a ditching machine in Douglas Co. and has one child named Myrtle J.), Ruby M. (wife of Charles Cannon of Alexandria, they have 2 children, Fern Altheda and Floyd Stanton), Rufus Ward, Claude L., Clyde E., Percy E.
Other: Farmer on Section 29 of Orange Township in Douglas County. Has also served as assessor and town clerk.

1910 Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY page 104A
Household #166/174
Philander Breese, head, age 64, md 40 yrs, NY/NY/NY, painter house & wagon
Julia W., wife, age 63, md 40 yrs, 5 births, 4 surviving, NY/US/US
Flossie, daughter, age 24, single, NY/NY/NY, school teacher public school

Philander Breese died July 19, 1917 in Horseheads, Chemung, New York
Obituary Philander G. Breese
Philander G. Breese died at the home of his sister, Mrs. James M. Ormiston of 33 Sayre street, Horseheads, Thursday at 11:30 a.m., aged seventy-four years. His death came unexpectedly after an hour's illness. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. J. B. Baldwin of Horseheads, Mrs. George N. Spencer of Rochester, Mrs. James D. Shootes of Cuba, N. Y., and Miss Flossy E. Breese of Hudson; also two brothers, Solomon Breese of Gray Eagle, Minn., and Judson Breese of Port Jervis, and a sister, Mrs. James M. Ormiston. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of the daughter, Mrs. J. B. Baldwin in Horseheads. The Rev. Cyrus Christian will officiate and burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery.

Obit of daughter Flossie Breese
Miss Flossie Breese of 8 Terrace Court, N. E., Washington D. C., died Tuesday, September 9, 1952 following a brief illness. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. James Shoots of Cuba; nephew Harl Loven of Canandigua; niece Mrs. Marvin Christian of Elmira; several other nieces and nephews. (note - Lois Brees corresponded with Mrs. James Shoots)

Miss Breese was the daughter of the later Mr. and Mrs. Philander Breese of Horseheads, who formerly occupied the house on Hulett Street, now owned by Mrs. Teresa Cooper. For several years she was a teacher in the Horseheads grade school and later taught in a girls school at Hudson.

In recent years Miss Breese had held an executive position with the Internal Revenue Department.

Miss Breese had always retained her membership in the Horseheads Baptist church, which she joined when a young girl.

The funeral service was held at the Shields funeral home on Friday, 2 pm, the Rev. Robert McNeill officiating, with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.