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Breese Genealogy

Breese Family
Sidney Breese Descendants

Arthur3, Samuel2, Sydney1
Samuel2, Sydney1

Sydney Breese
b:1 1709, Shrewsbury, England
d:1 9 Jun 1767, NYC
m:1 14 Feb 1733-4
father:1 Reverend Sydney Breese
Elizabeth Pinkerman
(Elizabeth Penkethman)
b:2 1710, NY
d:2 14 Oct 1779, NY
father:1 Captain Penkethman
mother:1 daughter Camden

Sidney Breese was on the point of mounting his horse to join the rebellion of the Jacobites in 1720 when the news of some reverse to the adherents of the Pretender saved him from committing so rash an act. He later entered the English Navy and served as Purser of H.M.S. Centaur for several years.

After surrendering his commission, Sidney opened a store for rich goods like laces and brocades. "As honest as Sidney Breese, whose 'word is as good as his bond,'" became proverbial. After a run of bad luck in business, Sidney's creditors insisted upon his continuing in his business. He yielded to their wishes and after the lapse of a few years gave a dinner-party, inviting all those to whom he was indebted; and, as each guest turned his plate up, he found beneath a check for the full amount due him, with accrued interest to date. This agreeable surprise resulted in a most convivial, jolly dinner, and was often spoken of, in terms of the greatest enthusiasm, by those who survived him.

In 1763 he was "Master of the Port of New York."

He was also noted for his genial disposition and hospitality, as well as for his musical taste and voice: he sang a good song, and his society was much courted, especially by British officers, among whom he was naturally thrown.

He was fond of a good glass of wine, and sent to England for his bottles, called Magnums, with 'Sidney Breese, 1765,' stamped in the glass. He later felt the undesirableness of such a gay life as he led, and would not permit his son to be even taught to sing.

Besides his home in the city, Sidney had a country-house at Shrewsbury in New Jersey, which was enlarged and altered by his son. In 1862 the house retained the marks of old-fashioned respectability in its large hall, wainscotings, Dutch tiles around the fire-place in the dining room, etc.

A portrait of Sidney Breese by an unknown artist existed in 1885.

He died of "gout in his head and stomach," at the age of 58 years, and was buried in Trinity churchyard. In Harper's New Monthly Magazine for November, 1876, pp. 868-9, will be found a woodcut of his headstone with its inscription and a brief notice written by Mrs Martha J. Lamb. "one of the wittiest, most eccentric, as well as one of the handsomest men of his time."

Sidney's wife, Elizabeth, was, according to tradition, a natural daughter of Lord Camden, born in England. She is believed to have made a runaway match. A portrait of her existing in Oneida NY in 1885 showed a stately lady, richly dressed, with sprightly countenance and determined mien. She was a handsome woman with great energy and self-reliance, a very decided Whig, a warm supporter of this country and its institutions." 3

1. Charles Breese
b:3 21 Dec 1734
d:3 abt 1755, lost at sea
2. Samuel Breese
b:1 23 May 1737
d:1 16 April 1800, Shrewsbury NJ
3. Elizabeth Breese


Samuel2, Sydney1
Samuel Breese
b:1 23 May 1737
d:1 16 April 1800, Shrewsbury NJ
m2:1 7 Jan 1768, Washington Co PA
father:1 Sydney Breese
mother:1 Elizabeth Pinkerman
Elizabeth Anderson
father:1 Garland Anderson

Samuel Breese first married Rebecca Finley, 14 Nov 1765. Their daughter Elizabeth Ann married Jedediah Morse. Their child, and Samuel Breese's grandson, was Samuel Finley Breese Morse, the inventor of the telegraph. 3

1. Samuel Sydney Breese
b:3 26 Sep 1768, Philadelphia PA
d:3 15 Oct 1848, Sconondoa, Oneida Co, NY

Samuel married Helena, daughter of Major John Burrows, an officer in the American Army during the Revolution, of Middletown Point NJ, 29 Dec 1801.

A beautiful brook flowed across Samuel's estate on the side of the house, beyond a neatly kept garden, with bark-paths between borders and beds of rather wild-groowing flowers and small fruits. A grove of native forest-trees further away, was reached by a rustic bridge.

From an Obituary in the New York Observer
Samuel Sidney Breese was educated under the care of the Rev. Dr. Woodhull of Monmouth NJ, whose school stood upon the ground where the battle of Monmouth was fought. He soon after entered upon the study of the law in the office and under the direction of Judge Boudinot of Newark NJ. [In 1789 he received the honorary degree of Bachelor of Arts from Yale College.]

After being admitted to the bar he practiced his profession a short time at Shrewsbury NJ, but soon after removed to Cazenovia NY, wand was one of the first settlers of that place, being then occupied as a clerk of the Holland Land Company. [He was also the first Clerk of what is now Madison, Chenango, Chemung and Tioga counties.]

...In 1813 he gave up the practice of the law and moved to the farm which he occupied till his death.

He ...represented his district in the Legislature, and was a delegate in the former Convention to form a new Constitution.

...He was also a man of the most incorrupitble and approved integrity in all business transactions. He was an indulgent husband and father, an affectionate and firm friend, and as we trust a sincere Christian. ... All his hopes centered in Jesus Christ. 3

2. Arthur Breese
b:1 16 Sep 1770, Philadelphia PA
d:1 14 Aug 1825, Utica NY
4. John Breese
b:3 16 Jul 1772
d:3 24 Sep 1776
4. Susan Bayard Breese
b:3 15 Nov 1774
d:3 8 Jun 1848

Susan Bayard married Rev. Samuel Finley Snowden of Princeton NJ in 1794. Samuel Snowden was the second son of Isaac Snowden, for a long time Treasurer of the City and County of Philadelphia, a man of large wealth, who had his town-residence in Philadelphia, and his country-seat at Princeton NJ. It was said of him by Commodore Stockton that he "surpassed all the Princetonians in his munificence and splendor. He drove his four in hand in princely style."

Susan was distinguished for personal beauty and great conversational powers. One of her nephews once spoke of her as the handsomest woman he ever saw; but her beauty became sadly marred by an incurable and painful malady. For more than twenty years before her death she was a great sufferer, "made perfect through sufferings." "Sensible and prudent" was the description given of her in her fifteenth year, by her uncle Hazard. A son of her said: "Had she been a man she would have been famous as an orator: she read beautifully." 3

5. Abby Breese
b:3 6 Aug 1794,
d:3 17 Dec 1870, Mt. Airy near Philadelphia PA
6. Samuel Bayard Breese
b:3 6 Aug 1794,
d:3 17 Dec 1870, Mt. Airy near Philadelphia PA

Samuel married first, Frances Hogan, daughter of Jacob and Fanny (Carpender) Stout, about 1825. He married secondly Emma, daughter of Thomas Lovett of NYC, on 21 Jun 1855.3

7. Jane Chevalier Breese
b:3 18 Nov 1782
d:3 Sep 1783


Arthur3, Samuel2, Sydney1
Arthur Breese
b:3 16 Sep 1770, Philadelphia PA
d:3 14 Aug 1825, Utica NY
m:3 4 Nov 1793, Poughkeepsie NY
father:1 Samuel Breese
mother:1 Elizabeth Anderson
Catharine Livingston
b:2 18 Aug 1775, probably at Poughkeepsie NY
d:3 1808, probably at Utica NY
father:1 Judge Henry Livingston Jr.
mother:1 Sarah Wells

Arthur Breese was a lawyer at Utica and was the clerk of the Supreme Court at Utica.1

After Catharine Livingston died, Arthur Breese married Ann Carpender, with whom he had six children.3

1. Rear Admiral Samuel Livingston Breese
b:3 6 Aug 1794,
d:3 17 Dec 1870, Mt. Airy near Philadelphia PA

Samuel married first, Frances Hogan, daughter of Jacob and Fanny (Carpender) Stout, about 1825. He married secondly Emma, daughter of Thomas Lovett of NYC, on 21 Jun 1855.3

1. Sarah Breese
b:3 6 Dec 1795
d:3 16 Jun 1879, Oswego NY
3. Elizabeth Breese
b:3 30 Jun 1797
d:3 aft 1885

Elizabeth married William Malcolm, son of Joshua and Ann (Ascough) Sands and Purser in the United States Navy, on 16 Sep 1816. 3

4. Catharine Walker Breese
b:3 9 Oct 1798
d:3 aft 1885

Catharine married Captain Samuel B. Griswold, an officer of the United States Army in the war of 1812-14 in 1820. 3

5. Justice Sidney Breese
b:3 15 Jul 1800, Whitesborough, N.Y
d:3 27 Jun 1878, Pinkneyville, Ill.

Sidney Breese was appointed US Attorney for the State opf Illinois by President Adams in 1826. He enlisted as a private in the Black Hawk war but was soon made Lieutenant-Colonel. He was made a Circuit Judge in 1835, elected US Senator 1842, made a Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois and, eventually, Chief Justice.

"The vigorous intellect and profound learning of Justice Breese have enriched this field [collision of corporate and private interests, rights of capital and labor] of our jurisprudence. He was a gentleman of the old school; decorous in manner, and a punctilious observer of the usages of refined society. As one of that galaxy of eminent men who constituted the 'pioneer-bar' of our State, he brought to its ranks superior culture and acquirements, an exquisite taste and disciplined mind.

"...The student of his judicial opinions will be impressed with his great mental endowments, his comprehensive grasp of legal principles, and his vigorous logic -- not infrequently adorned with the pleasing graces of literature. His standard of the professional ethics of the bar was high. Unworthy conduct in it's members was sure to meet with severe rebuke from him whenever opportunity was presdented."

He married Eliza, the daughter of William Morrison of Carlyle, Clinton Co, IL, 4 Sep 1823. They had five children, one of whom, Samuel, was Commandant in the United States Navy. 3

6. Susan Breese
b:3 20 Jun 1802
d:3 Apr 1864

Susan married first, in 1825, Jacob Stout of New York by his first wife. She married secondly in 1841 Rev. Dr. Pierre Alexis Proal, a widower with several children and the Rector of Trinity Church, Utica.

"In early life she was distinguished beyond all her acquaintances for vivacity of intellect and buoyancy of feeling, and, possessing a high social position and much personal beauty, she was long 'the observed of all observers.'"

To her first husband, long an invalid, "she devoted all her youthful energies with the most exemplary assiduity... and nothing can speak more conclusively in her praise than that" those who became her step-children by her second marriage "respected her as much as they could have respected an own mother." 3

7. Henry Livingston Breese
b:3 12 Mar 1804
d:3 2 Aug 1817, Boston MA
8. Arthur Breese
b:3 22 Dec 1805
d:3 Oct 1838
9. Mary Davenport
b:3 9 Jan 1808
d:3 aft 1885

Mary married Henry Leonard Davis of Waterford NY on 13 Sep 1830.

He married Eliza, the daughter of William Morrison of Carlyle, Clinton Co, IL, 4 Sep 1823. They had five children, one of whom, Samuel, was Commandant in the United States Navy. 3


1 Livingston Genealogy, Reuben Hyde Walworth, pub. Friends of Clermont, Inc., Moran Printing Co, Rhinebeck NY, March 1982.
2Genealogical Histories of Livingston and Allied Families, ed Ruth Lawrence, National Americana Society, New York, 1932.
3Family Memorials, Edward Elbridge Salisbury, 1885.

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