Elizabeth Breese

Sidney Breese, et al

3rd Gen Abigail Breese + Josiah Salisbury 3rd Gen

Josiah Salisbury
(of Boston MA)
[Samuel, Sidney]
+ Abigail "Abby" Breese 30 August 1810
(22 Oct 1780, Shrewsbury NJ)
(26 Sep 1866, New Haven CT)

Edward E. Salisbury
Elizabeth Martha Salisbury

["Family Memorials - A series of Genealogical and Biographical Monographs, on the families of ..., Breese, ...", Edward Elbridge Salisbury, 1885]
In her early life my mother manifested the same energy, fortitude and vivacity which distinguished her to the end. Her sprightliness of mind, which was accompanied with a certain natural pantomimic animation of manner, was doubtless inherited from her maternal Huguenot ancestry.

The homestead at Shrewsbury was, on one occasion, by her prompt and vigorous efforts, saved from being burnt up -- she, with her own hand, lifting buckets of water to the roof, which a servant brought from below, and emptying them on the flames. She would sometimes lie side by side with her deranged brother Samuel, while he held a pistol in his hand, in a paroxysm of excitement, in order to soothe and quiet him, as she alone had the power to do.

Her school-education was in Philadelphia, where she made her home with her half-aunt Hazard; and she appears to have broken loose from the necessary limitations of country-life by visits to her sisters, already established in homes of their own. A desire to improve her naturally strong mind and a thirst for knowledge were among her earliest developed characteristics; and there is evidence that her sprightliness of temperament and vivacity of manner made her, even in her youth, a more than usually welcome guest, as they helped to make her, in her mature years, and down to old age, a most agreeable hostess.

At one time, when she was visiting her sister Mrs Morse in Charlestown, Mass., she joined a coterie of young people who frequently met there for social intercourse, some of whom afterward became greatly distinguished; of this number were the late Hon. Samuel Hoar of Massachusetts, William Gotham, an eminent lawyer of the same State, Ebenezer Rockwood, also of the legal profession, who died young, and from whom the present Judge E. Rockwood Hoar takes his name, and Miss Lydia Gorham, afterwards Mrs. Col. John Phillips, grandmother of Rev. Dr. Phillips Brooks.

Here in Charlestown, too, or in the Boston society into which she was introduced from here, she first met her future husband. As a wife, she was devotedly affectionate, without, however, losing her independence, or that power which her nature gave her to strengthen, and to guide, by good counsels, the companion of her life; and her feelings, in the marriage-relation, were reciprocated by mingled deference and affection.

Her maternal sensibilities were uncommonly strong: early left a widow, to touch her children, in any way, was to touch the apple of her eye; and no sacrifice was too great which she thought to be needful to save them from the rough winds of common experience, or to secure to them innocent pleasures and affluence of fortune.

If she erred at all, it was in allowing her apprehensions of evil for them to lead her to a course of too great restraint upon their spontaneity of action, and to deprive them of the salutary lessons of accident, failure and hardship. But her controlling motives were most unselfish, and it should be recorded here, to the praise of her maternal love, as well as to the honor of her good judgement, that, having had given to her by my father's Will, as we have seen, the virtual disposal of his entire property -- a handsome estate for fifty-eight years ago -- she not only made over to each of her two children, on their coming of age, one-third of the whole, but more than quadrupled the whole, in the course of her widowhood, to leave as a legacy from herself to her children and grandchildren.

The absoluteness of her devotion to her children may perhaps have given her, sometimes, in general society, the appearance of coldness and sterness; and she could defend what she regarded as her rights, or rebuke what she viewed with disapproval in the conduct of others, unhesitatingly and decisively. "Tall, stately and reserved" was a description given of her, which some who knew her only slilghtly might think to be just; that was said, however, only from an exterior view; never was there a warmer or tenderer heart than hers. Nor was it only as a mother that this showed itself to be true; she had attached friends, of her youth as well as of her age; and many of her numerous nieces and nephews regarded her with grateful love and respect -- as the correspondence she left behind her proves -- and cherishes her memory.

She had also, a mind and a heart to appreciate the calls of charity, public and private, outside of the bounds of relationship. During the late civil war she was one of the most patriotic of her sex. Her fondness for reading, which has been alluded to as a trait of her youth, was one solace and support of many lonely hours in her declining years; while Christian hope, though not unfrequently smothered by a too great self-distrust, shed light, continually brightening upon the whole, on her downward path.

I have a photographic likeness of my mother, of about the year 1853, from a negative by Whipple of Boston, Mass., finished with Indian ink: also a cut profile of 1804, copied for me through the kindness of Mrs. Veitch, a daughter of the late Samuel Hazard, my mother's cousin, from an old album in her possession. This album contains, besides, similar likenesses of my grandmother Breese and of my aunt Susan Bayard (Breese) Snowden and her husband.

4th Gen Edward Elbridge Salisbury 4th Gen
+ Abigail Salisbury Phillips
+ Evelyn MacCurdy

[Abigail, Samuel, Sidney]
Edward Elbridge Salisbury
(6 April 1814, Boston MA)
(5 Feb 1901, New Haven CT)
+ Abigail Salisbury Phillips 27 Apr 1836

+ Evelyn MacCurdy 23 Nov 1872

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The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans]
SALISBURY, Edward Elbridge, orientalist, was born in Boston, Mass., April 6, 1814; son of Josiah and Abby (Breese) Salisbury; grandson of Samuel and Elizabeth (Sewall) Salisbury and of Samuel and Elizabeth (Anderson) Breese, and a descendant of John Salisbury of Boston, Mass., about 1689, and his second wife, Bridget Williams; also of Sidney Breese, who was in New York as early as 173334, and his wife, Elizabeth Penkethman.

He was graduated from Yale, A.B., 1832, A.M., 1835; attended Yale Divinity school, 183235, and studied Oriental languages under Silvestre de Sacy, Garcin de Tassy and Franz Bopp, 183639.

He was married, first, April 27, 1836, to Abigail Salisbury, daughter of Edward and Mary (Salisbury) Phillips of Boston, Mass.; and secondly, Nov. 23, 1872, to Evelyn, daughter of Judge Charles Johnson and Sarah Ann (Lord) McCurdy of Lyme, Conn.

He was professor of Arabic and Sanskrit languages and literature at Yale, 184154, which chair had been created for him, and in 1854 he divided the chair with William Dwight Whitney, retaining the professorship of Arabic language and literature. He was corresponding secretary of the American Oriental society and its president in 1863; was elected a member of the Asiatic society of Paris in 1838; corresponding member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences and Belles Lettres at Constantinople in 1855, and of the German Oriental society in 1859. The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by Yale in 1869, and by Harvard in 1886. He presented Yale with his unequalled Sanskrit library in 1870. He conducted the Journal of the American Oriental society for several years, and contributed many articles. He is the author of: Account of the Diodati Family (printed privately, 1875); Principles of Domestic Taste, a lecture delivered before the Yale School of the Fine Arts (1877); Family Memorials (1885); and Family-Histories and Genealogies (1892), the latter in collaboration with his wife, Evelyn MacCurdy Salisbury.

He died in New Haven, Conn., Feb. 5, 1901.

4th Gen Elizabeth Martha Salisbury 4th Gen
+ Rev. Theodore Dwight Woolsey

[Abigail, Samuel, Sidney]
Rev. Theodore Dwight Woolsey
(31 Oct 1801, NYC)
(1 Jul 1889, New Haven CT)
+ Elizabeth Martha Salisbury 5 Sep 1833

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The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans]
WOOLSEY, Theodore Dwight, educator, was born in New York city, Oct. 31, 1801; son of William Walton and Elizabeth (Dwight) Woolsey, and nephew of Timothy Dwight (q.v.), president of Yale; grandson of Benjamin and Ann (Muirson) Woolsey, and of Maj. Timothy and Mary (Edwards) Dwight, and a descendant of President Jonathan Edwards, Col. William Smith (chief-justice of New York, d. 1705); the Rev. Thomas Hooker, and other prominent colonists.

He was graduated at Yale, A.B., 1820, A.M., 1823, studied law in Philadelphia, 1820-21, and theology at Princeton, 1821-23. He was a tutor at Yale, 1823-25; was licensed to preach in 1825, and studied abroad, 1827-30.

He was married, Sept. 5, 1833, to Elizabeth Martha, daughter of Josiah and Abigail (Breese) Salisbary of Boston, Mass., and secondly, Sept. 6, 1854, to Sarah Sears, daughter of Gilman and Mary (Briggs) Prichard.

He was professor of Greek language and literature at Yale, 1831-61, and was president of Yale Oct. 21, 1846, to Oct. 11, 1871, when he resigned. He was lecturer on international law, 1873-77, and was a fellow of Yale, 1871-85. He was a member of the American company of revisers of the New Testament; was president of the Oriental society, and a regent of the Smithsonian Institution. He received from Wesleyan university the honorary degree of LL.D. in 1845, and from Harvard, that of D.D. in 1847, and LL.D. in 1886. The name, Theodore D. Woolsey (1801-1889), in "Class C, Educators," received 21 votes for a place in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, October, 1800.

Besides editing many Greek dramas, he wrote: Introduction to the Study of International Law (1860); Essays on Divorce and Divorce Legislation (1869); Religion of the Present and of the Future (1871); Political Science (2 vols., 1877) Communism and Socialism in their History and Theory (1880), and Helpful Thoughts for Young Men (1882).

He died in New Haven, Conn., July 1, 1889.

5th Gen Theodore Salisbury Woolsey + Annie Gardiner 5th Gen

[Samuel, Elizabeth, Samuel, Sidney]
Theodore Salisbury Woolsey
(22 Oct 1852, New Haven, CT)
+ Annie Gardiner

Theodore Salisbury Woolsey, Jr.
Heathcote Muirson Woolsey

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Woolsey, Theodore Salisbury. Professor of international law, Yale, 1878-1911. Graduated from Yale, 1872 (A. M., 1877); Yale Law School, 1876; LL. D., Brown University, 1903. Instructor of public law, Yale, 1877. Editor: "Woolsey's International Law," "Pomeroy's International Law." Author: "America's Foreign Policy." Also many articles in magazines and journals.

Elizabeth Penkethman
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