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Notes for Solomon Moore Brees

The Family of Elias Brees & Deborah Bennett

1820 BREES ELIAS Tioga County NY 300 Elmira Federal Population Schedule NY 1820 Federal Census Index NY320143739
1 older male (Elias, age 45)
2 younger males (Bennett, age 14, John, age 11)
2 young males (Lewis, age 6, Solomon, age 1)
1 older female (Deborah, age 31)
2 young females (Phoebe, age 13, Hannah, age 3)

1830 BREES ELIAS Tioga County NY 231 Elmira Federal Population Schedule NY 1830 Federal Census Index NY558208681
2 males under 5 (Darius, age 5, Jacob, age 3)
2 males 5-10 (Daniel, age 8, Solomon, age 10)
1 males 10-15 (Lewis, age 15)
2 males 20-30 (Abram, age 24, John, age 21)
1 male 50-60 (Elias, age 55)
1 female under 5 (Nancy, age 1)
1 female 10-15 (Hannah, age 13)
1 female 30-40 (Deborah, age 40)

May 1837 - emigrated from New York. Spent 6 months in Ohio and then emigrated to Michigan.


February 10, 1841 - Solomon married Kezia L. Carpenter, probably in Michigan

1850 Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI ancestry image #5
Household #847
Solomon Breece, age 33, farmer, b. NY
Kezia, age 34, b. NY
Abraham B, age 7, b. MI

1860 Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI page 236
Census taken August 1860
Household #1880/1932
Jacob Breese, age 35, farmer, $2000 real estate, $600 personal estate, b. NY
Sarah, age 32, b. NY
Horace, age 10, b. OH
Ida, age 7, b. OH
Gillette(?), age 3, b. MI
Bule (?) male, age 1, b. MI
Elias, age 85, b. NY
Louise Nichols, age 20, domestic, b. MI
Household # 1881/1993
Solomon Breese, age 44, farmer, $2000 real estate, $400 personal estate, b. NY
Keziah, age 44, b. NY
Abram, age 17, farm labor, b. MI
Sarah Carpenter, age 10, b. IN
Alice Carpenter, age 46, b. NY

1870 Madison, Lenawee Co., MI
Household #61/60
Lerow (Snow?) Carpenter, age 61, farmer, b. NY
Anna, age 60, keeping house, b. NY
Samuel, age 28, works on farm, b. OH
Mary, age 25, b. OH
Cassy (female), age 21, b. OH
Harriet, age 22, b. OH
Samuel, age 91, b. NY
Mary, age 80, b. NY
Kesiah Breese, age 44, (should be 54) b. NY
Bennett, age 28, works on farm, b. MI

1870 Seneca Twp, Lenawee Co., MI
Household #72/69
Solomon Brees, age 55, farmer, b. NY
Lucian Baldwin, male, age 39, farmer, b. MA
Celesta, age 29, keeping house, b. NY
Adelbert, age 8, at school, b. OH
John, age 4, b. MI
Ruth, age 1, b. MI
Mary Colier, age 21, domestic servant, b. MA

1880 United States Census Seneca, Lenawee, Michigan Page Number 465D
Solomon BREES Self Widowed Male W 64 NY Farmer NJ NY (his wife Keziah did not die until 1902)
Living near Lucian Baldwin household and Jacob Rorick household

1880 United States Census Spencer, Allen, Ohio Page Number 445A
Abram B. BREECE Self M Male W 38 MI Laborer NY NY
Harriet BREECE Wife M Female W 43 OH Keeping House VA PA
Bessie BREECE Dau S Female W 4 MI At Home MI OH
Perry BREECE Son S Male W 2 MI At Home MI OH
Cazia L. BREECE Mother M Female W 65 NY NY NY

1900 - Solomon is where???

1900 census Spencer, Allen Co., Ohio
Household #39/40
Abram B. Brees, head, Dec 1842, age 57, md 25 yrs, MI/NY/NY
Harriet, wife, July 1836, age 63, md 25 yrs, 2 births, 2 surviving, OH/VA/PA
Bessie, daughter, Nov 1875, age 24, MI/MI/OH
Perry S., son, March 1878, age 22, MI/MI/OH
Keziah L., mother, Aug 1816, age 83, md 58 yrs, 1 birth, 1 surviving child, NY/-/NY

Keziah died in 1902, prob in Allen Co., OH

Solomon died in 1907 in Lenawee Co., MI

----- Original Message -----
From: Jeanette Messenger
To: Kari Northup
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: Elias Brees page on my website

I've printed out all the info on Elias and descendants and the notes for Solomon. will check it all over and get back to you.
Can add right now that Kezia died May 16, 1902 in Spencerville, Ohio and is buried in the Spencerville cemetery.
She and Solomon were apparently not divorced, but definitely were separated. Family legend has it that he was very irresponsible

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis Carpenter"
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 10:35 AM
Subject: Solomon M. Brees

Hi Kari,
I found your website, nice job. I have some corrections for the Notes for Solomon M. Brees, in 1860 census it was Alice Carpenter, age 46, b. NY, in his household, and not Kize. In 1900 census, Harriet, wife of Abram B. Brees, says she is mother of 2, 2 living, and mother Keziah says she was married 58 years. Solomon was counted in 1900, the name is spelled BREECE, in Seneca Twp., Lenawee Co., MI, he is listed by himself, and again claimed to be widowed. In 1870 Keziah is in the same household as my third great grandparents, Samuel and Mary (Rickey) Carpenter, Ebenezer Snow Carpenter was their son, Keziah must be related, I think she was a niece.
Thanks for sharing,
Dennis Carpenter

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Carpenter
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 5:29 AM
Subject: Brees obituaries

Hi Kari,
I thought you may be interested in these obituaries I found in Google books.

Dennis Carpenter


Signs of times, and doctrinan advocate and monitor, 1902, Vol. 70, p.
Kezia L. Brees died at the residence of her son, A. B. Brees, May 16th, 1902, aged 85 years, 9 months and 12 days. She was born August 4th, 1816, in Chemung Co., N. Y., whence she emigrated to the territory of Michigan, with her father's family, and other relatives, about 1831. She was married to Solomon M. Brees, Feb. 10th, 1841. When about sixteen years old she experienced a hope in Christ, and joined the Baptist church, to which faith she has unwaveringly held ever since, and when the division occured she remained steadfast in the original faith of the Baptists, needing no improvements in methods or means of salvation upon the merit of Christ, and redemption by his blood. She always appreciated sound doctrine and order in the church, and endeavoured to set an example of humility and love, yet faithful and forgiving. She died with no malice toward those whom she had thought were inconsiderate and ???sh. Her last words breathed the sentiment of peaceful regard for all on earth.
Elder Jacob Gander spoke comfortingly at her funeral.


Signs of times, and doctrinan advocate and monitor, 1908, Vol. 76, p. 93 My father, Solomon Moore Brees, died at his residence near Canandaigua, Mich., August 21st, 1907, aged 90 years, 9 months and 25 days. He was born near Horseheads, N. Y., Oct. 26th, 1816, moved to Michigan about 1832, I think, and on Feb. 10th, 1841, married Kezia L. Carpenter, who proceeded him to the grave (in 1902) at the age of 85 years, 9 months and 12 days. I am their only child. My father was ambitious to a fault, and through hard labor and exposure grew decrepit as he grew old. I had the humble priviledge of caring for him the last three years of his life, and feel the only regret is that I could not more tenderly provide for him. He was regarded as honest in dealing, frugal in habits and strong in prejudice, yet often gave freely in cases of need or pleasure.
I have no personal knowledge of his making a profession of faith in Christ.
Spencerville, Ohio, Jan. 6, 1908.