A Sketch of John Brees from the
"History of Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins and Schuyler Counties",
published in Philadelphia in Everts and Ensign, 1879
John Brees (1791 1882)
Among the very earliest settlers of the first ones of his town may be mentioned the Brees family. They are of Dutch origin their ancestors having come from Holland previous to the revolution and settled New Jersey. John Sr., the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in New Jersey, and married Hannah Gildersleeve, a native of the same place by whom ten children were born. Two of these, Sarah and John, were born were born in Horseheads. Mr. Brees settled in the Chemung Valley, within a few miles of the present village of Horseheads, in June, 1787, and in 1789 on the farm, which now includes a portion of the village of Horseheads, where he spent remaining days. He died March 24, 1829, and his wife died Jan. 15, 1844.
The subject of this sketch was born April 29, 1791, upon the farm at Horseheads. He remained with his parent till their death, and then came in possession of the "Old Home" by paying off the heirs. He was married to Miss Mary Ann Trucedale, a native of Orange, Co., N. Y., Jan. 14, 1817; Miss Trucedale was born Aug. 12, 1797. By this happy alliance eleven children were born, namely Caroline, Lemoyne, Josiah, Sarah, Esther, John , Hannah, Catherine, Angeline, Horace, Mary Ann, all of whom are now living in this state and in Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Breese celebrated their golden wedding Jan. 14, 1867, at which were present ten children, nineteen grandchildren, on brother, one sister, and host of friends who were young men and women when this aged couple were married, all of whom brought valuable gifts, kind wishes, and pleasant words. They continued to live together until March 3, 1874, when Mrs. Breese died. She was a kind and affectionate wife, and a devoted mother. For more than forty she was worthy member of the Baptist Church at Horseheads. Mr. Brees has been a member also for many years, and by word and deed has done his part in building up good schools and churches. In politics a Democrat. He never held any official position, preferring the quiet of home to any official honors. His occupation has always been that of farming. His now well and hearty, an man of more than eighty-seven summers, and whose mind is as good as ever. .
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