Michael /Breen/

[ born 22 Jul 1830, died 12 Aug 1909 ]
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Of the four original immigrants, this family is the one most information is found on. Most probably because both Michael and Margaret (I648) lived to relatively ripe old ages, they had a large family, and they lived all their married lives in the same area. They had many descendants. Their grand daughter, Mrs. Lucille Fuchtman (I655) , continued to live in the area all her life, and retained many personal memories of Michael and Margaret and her aunts and uncles and the home place south of St. Francisville, IL. To Harry Dexheimer , "She has been a 'well' of information, and she has been an inspiration to many of us who continue to search and preserve this information on the story of our 'roots.' She is 'A TREASURE INDEED.'" -- Harry Dexheimer, 1991

Michael Breen was born the son of a farmer, b. 22 Jul 1830, in Pierces Town, County Wexford, Ireland. Supposedly he was placed in a seminary to study for the Priesthood as a lad, but he hauled off and punched a Priest in the nose and shortly thereafter departed both the seminary and the Roman Catholic faith. He reportedly then skipped out in the "Irish Navy" and went to sea. (As far as is known there was no such thing as an "Irish Navy" at that time, so try "Royal Navy.") Educated as a Seaman, he served some years in the Navy. Eventually he sailed in search of a more prosperous life in America. (Possibly he "jumped" ship?) A Michael Breen appears in the census in California in 1850.

It has not been determined if Michael came in the company of his siblings, Patrick (I001) , John (I547) , and Ann (I548) , or if they sailed separately. The evidence seems to indicate they came in two or more trips.

Michael traveled to the gold fields of California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Dutch Creek to seek his fortune. (A Michael Breen from Ireland was listed in the 1950 U.S. Census as a resident of Dutch Creek, El Dorado County, California, age 30 years. Since Michael would have been 20 years old in 1850, we can only speculate about the apparent discrepancy in age. Maybe a different M. Breen; miscommunication with the Census-taker; or? If a Michael Breen that shipped out on a Royal Navy vessal from some port in Ireland in the time period 1842-1849, and who was about the right age, can be found, we might have our boy!)

Michael's name does appear on "The Complete Muster Roll" of the USS Kennebec on July 1, 1865.

Michael had a fair degree of success in the gold mines, earning a nest egg to start him in the Mercantile business in New York City. His business partner had previously spent time in Lawrence County, IL, where he owned some land. Eventually, in 1854, the two of them traveled back to Lawrence County, IL, apparently to finalize a purchase of land from the partner, Mr. Henry Borchers. The sale/purchase was completed in August 1856. Sixty acres were exchanged for the sum of six hundred dollars. This became the first land of the Michael Breen Farm that Michael and Margaret and their family owned and farmed for nearly a hundred years. Michael himself farmed there until 1906.

Michael Breen married Ellen Cerney (sp?) probably about 1855 and they had (three or four) children. Very little is known of this first family except the and children all perished in the winter of 1859- 1860. The bodies were interred at St. Xavier Catholic Cemetery and the location are no longer marked. This information was passed on to me (Harry Dexheimer) by my mother who learned it from her grandmother, Margaret Breen. I have since found some confirmation from other family members and a reference to the first wife in a CIVIL WAR pension application. Also, one of the children, Elizabeth, was born to them 7 Feb 1855. This was discovered in Church records. The cause of the catastrophe was due to an epidemic of "Scarlot Rush," (common name, German Measles.)

Michael and Margaret Elnora Pitman were married 25 Aug 1861 at Lawrence County, IL. They most likely met as neighbors as her family lived on a farm across the road and just a short distance to the east of the Michael Breen Farm. Her father was William Pitman @X226-F@ and mother Sarah Crossman @X226-M@ . There they thrived, raising eight children.

Michael served in the WAR of the REBELLION as a Seaman in the U.S. Navy. He was born 22 Jul 1830 d. 12 Aug 1909, Lawrence County, Il, near St. Francisville. Margaret Elnora Pitman was born `6 Nov 1841, Lawrence County, IL, and lived there her entire life. She died 24 May 1928. Both are interred at the Allendale Cemetery, Allendale, IL. Margaret's Great-Grandfather was a Captain in the Revolutionary War. Her 2nd Great-Grandfather was a member of the "Boston Tea Party."

NameMichael /Breen/
SexMale
BirthDate: 22 Jul 1830
Place: Pierces Town, County Wexford, Ireland
Child in Family: (F001)
OccupationRoyal Navy, gold miner, merchantile businessman, U.S. Navy, farmer.
DeathDate: 12 Aug 1909
Place: near St. Francisville, Lawrence County, Illinois, USA
BurialDate: Aug 1909
Place: Allendale Cemetery in Allendale, Illinois, USA
NoteOf the four original immigrants, this family is the one most information is found on. Most probably because both Michael and Margaret (I648) lived to relatively ripe old ages, they had a large family, and they lived all their married lives in the same area. They had many descendants. Their grand daughter, Mrs. Lucille Fuchtman (I655) , continued to live in the area all her life, and retained many personal memories of Michael and Margaret and her aunts and uncles and the home place south of St. Francisville, IL. To Harry Dexheimer , "She has been a 'well' of information, and she has been an inspiration to many of us who continue to search and preserve this information on the story of our 'roots.' She is 'A TREASURE INDEED.'" -- Harry Dexheimer, 1991
NoteMichael Breen was born the son of a farmer, b. 22 Jul 1830, in Pierces Town, County Wexford, Ireland. Supposedly he was placed in a seminary to study for the Priesthood as a lad, but he hauled off and punched a Priest in the nose and shortly thereafter departed both the seminary and the Roman Catholic faith. He reportedly then skipped out in the "Irish Navy" and went to sea. (As far as is known there was no such thing as an "Irish Navy" at that time, so try "Royal Navy.") Educated as a Seaman, he served some years in the Navy. Eventually he sailed in search of a more prosperous life in America. (Possibly he "jumped" ship?) A Michael Breen appears in the census in California in 1850.
NoteIt has not been determined if Michael came in the company of his siblings, Patrick (I001) , John (I547) , and Ann (I548) , or if they sailed separately. The evidence seems to indicate they came in two or more trips.
NoteMichael traveled to the gold fields of California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Dutch Creek to seek his fortune. (A Michael Breen from Ireland was listed in the 1950 U.S. Census as a resident of Dutch Creek, El Dorado County, California, age 30 years. Since Michael would have been 20 years old in 1850, we can only speculate about the apparent discrepancy in age. Maybe a different M. Breen; miscommunication with the Census-taker; or? If a Michael Breen that shipped out on a Royal Navy vessal from some port in Ireland in the time period 1842-1849, and who was about the right age, can be found, we might have our boy!)
NoteMichael's name does appear on "The Complete Muster Roll" of the USS Kennebec on July 1, 1865.
NoteMichael had a fair degree of success in the gold mines, earning a nest egg to start him in the Mercantile business in New York City. His business partner had previously spent time in Lawrence County, IL, where he owned some land. Eventually, in 1854, the two of them traveled back to Lawrence County, IL, apparently to finalize a purchase of land from the partner, Mr. Henry Borchers. The sale/purchase was completed in August 1856. Sixty acres were exchanged for the sum of six hundred dollars. This became the first land of the Michael Breen Farm that Michael and Margaret and their family owned and farmed for nearly a hundred years. Michael himself farmed there until 1906.
NoteMichael Breen married Ellen Cerney (sp?) probably about 1855 and they had (three or four) children. Very little is known of this first family except the and children all perished in the winter of 1859- 1860. The bodies were interred at St. Xavier Catholic Cemetery and the location are no longer marked. This information was passed on to me (Harry Dexheimer) by my mother who learned it from her grandmother, Margaret Breen. I have since found some confirmation from other family members and a reference to the first wife in a CIVIL WAR pension application. Also, one of the children, Elizabeth, was born to them 7 Feb 1855. This was discovered in Church records. The cause of the catastrophe was due to an epidemic of "Scarlot Rush," (common name, German Measles.)
NoteMichael and Margaret Elnora Pitman were married 25 Aug 1861 at Lawrence County, IL. They most likely met as neighbors as her family lived on a farm across the road and just a short distance to the east of the Michael Breen Farm. Her father was William Pitman @X226-F@ and mother Sarah Crossman @X226-M@ . There they thrived, raising eight children.
NoteMichael served in the WAR of the REBELLION as a Seaman in the U.S. Navy. He was born 22 Jul 1830 d. 12 Aug 1909, Lawrence County, Il, near St. Francisville. Margaret Elnora Pitman was born `6 Nov 1841, Lawrence County, IL, and lived there her entire life. She died 24 May 1928. Both are interred at the Allendale Cemetery, Allendale, IL. Margaret's Great-Grandfather was a Captain in the Revolutionary War. Her 2nd Great-Grandfather was a member of the "Boston Tea Party."
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Note: Notes by: Harry Dexheimer
Note: Michael Breen was born the son of a farmer 22 July 1830 in County Wexford, Ireland. He was educated as a seaman and served some years in the Irish Navy. He left Ireland inthe Winter of 1849-50. It has not been completely verified that the four siblings and their families came over together. Some say they came in two separate trips. The four that came were John, Ann, Patrick and Michael. It is known that Michael went to the gold fields of California at Dutch Creek in Eldorado County which is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He was infuential in causing my mother to be named Sierra Nevada. He had a fair degree of success in gold mining and in a short time traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y. and engaged in the mercantile business. While in Ney York, Michael became acquainted with Mr. Henry Borchers. Mr. Borchers had previously spent time in Lawrence County where he owned some land. Eventually Michael Breen and Mr. Henry Borchers returned to Lawrence County, IL. where Michael purchased sixty acres of land from Henry Borchers for $600 which became the first part of the Breen Farm which he farmed and resided on for aproximately forty years.
Note: Michael and Margaret Pitman met and were married 25 Aug, 1861 (The Pitman Farm home was located across the road and slightly east of the Breen Farm) Margaret, Michael and family thrived. There they raised eight children. (1)(I651) Charles Francis b. 12 Jun 1862, d. 28 Jan 1934, an Atty., Banker, Newspaper Publisher. He married Calista Tougaw b. 22 May 1862, d. 4 Jul 1952. They had two daughters, Mary Lucille b. 15 dec 1894 and Lucretia, deceased. (2)(I683) Marianne b. 31 Mar 1864, d. 6 Aug 1948, she married Douglas Buchanan and had one son, Charles Ross; (3)(I686) Sarah Emma, my grandmother, b. 20 Dec 1866, d. 21 Apr 1905, she married William Wiley Collins of Hazleton, Indiana and they had five children, Wendel J., Sierra Nevada, Lillie Olive, Blanche and Grace. Due to early demise of their mother, Sarah Emma, the two younger girls were adopted out, Grace to a Mr and Mrs Ross Gordon in Coles County and Blanche to the Hilliard family in Macon County. Blanche is living in New Mexico and Grace passed away in 1978. Wendell, Nevada and Lillie are also gone. (4)(I814) Margaret (Maggie) b. 26 Dec 1868, d. ?. She married Charles Rogers, they had a doughter, Marguerite and they lived in Oakland, CA. no record since 1963. (5)(I818) Calista (Kitty) b. 7 Nov 1872, d. 1 Aug 1942 at Indianapolis, IN. She married John Ireland 13 Mar 1894. They had three daughters and two of them were Griselle Fairfield of Indianapolis and Violet Heck of Terre Haute, IN. I have no record of the third. (6)(I826) Jennie b. 10 Mar 1875, d. 22 Feb 1956 in St. Francisville and is buried in the protestant cemetery there with her husband, Charles Lee Stephenson who operated a hardware store there until his demise. They had no children of their marriage. (7)(I829) James, b. 29 jan 1878, d. 26 Oct 1963, a farmer in Denison CO. He married Eva Bye #1, bore no children. (8)(I831) Ocea Anise, b. 17 Sep 1887, d. 20 Nov 1897 at age 10 of rheumatic heart disease, very quickly. She is buried by her mother and father in Allendale cemetery.
Note: A family separation caused by the War of the Rebellion. Michael decided he should lend his training as a Seaman to the Union Navy. He served aboard the Vermont, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Kennebec, and Ohio, mainly in the Mobile Bay area. He was 35 years old when he joined. He had a wife and three children. After the war they continued to farm on the original place, adding to the acreage as earnings permitted. In 1906 due to poor health they moved to the home on 8th and Johnson. They were hard working and moderately successful at farming. Michael passed away in 1909 at age 79. Margaret continued to live at the same home until her demise in 1928. Both Margaret and Michael are interred at the Allendale cemetery.
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Type: The Breens(S1)
Child in Family (F001)
ChildrenI001MalePatrick /Breen/c. 1815c. 1870
I547MaleJohn /Breen/c. 1825Apr 1870
I548FemaleAnn /Breen/3 Jul 182631 Jul 1899
I642MaleMichael /Breen/22 Jul 183012 Aug 1909
Spouse in Family (F232)
HusbandI642Michael /Breen/22 Jul 183012 Aug 1909
WifeI643Ellen /Cerney/?winter 1859-1860
ChildrenI644FemaleElizabeth /Breen/7 Feb 1855winter 1859-1860
I645? /Breen/?winter 1859-1860
I646? /Breen/?winter 1859-1860
I647? /Breen/?winter 1859-1860
Spouse in Family (F234)
HusbandI642Michael /Breen/22 Jul 183012 Aug 1909
WifeI648Margaret Elnora /Pitman/16 Nov 184124 May 1928
ChildrenI651MaleCharles Francis /Breen/12 Jun 186228 Jan 1934
I683FemaleMarianne /Breen/31 Mar 1864?
I686FemaleSarah Emma /Breen/20 Dec 186621 Apr 1905
I814FemaleMargaret /Breen/26 Dec 186824 May 1928
I818FemaleCalista /Breen/7 Nov 18721 Aug 1942
I826FemaleJennie /Breen/10 Mar 187522 Feb 1956
I829MaleJames /Breen/29 Jan 187826 Oct 1953
I831FemaleOcea Anise /Breen/17 Sep 188720 Nov 1897

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Notes by: Harry Dexheimer

Michael Breen was born the son of a farmer 22 July 1830 in County Wexford, Ireland. He was educated as a seaman and served some years in the Irish Navy. He left Ireland inthe Winter of 1849-50. It has not been completely verified that the four siblings and their families came over together. Some say they came in two separate trips. The four that came were John, Ann, Patrick and Michael. It is known that Michael went to the gold fields of California at Dutch Creek in Eldorado County which is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He was infuential in causing my mother to be named Sierra Nevada. He had a fair degree of success in gold mining and in a short time traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y. and engaged in the mercantile business. While in Ney York, Michael became acquainted with Mr. Henry Borchers. Mr. Borchers had previously spent time in Lawrence County where he owned some land. Eventually Michael Breen and Mr. Henry Borchers returned to Lawrence County, IL. where Michael purchased sixty acres of land from Henry Borchers for $600 which became the first part of the Breen Farm which he farmed and resided on for aproximately forty years.

Michael and Margaret Pitman met and were married 25 Aug, 1861 (The Pitman Farm home was located across the road and slightly east of the Breen Farm) Margaret, Michael and family thrived. There they raised eight children. (1)(I651) Charles Francis b. 12 Jun 1862, d. 28 Jan 1934, an Atty., Banker, Newspaper Publisher. He married Calista Tougaw b. 22 May 1862, d. 4 Jul 1952. They had two daughters, Mary Lucille b. 15 dec 1894 and Lucretia, deceased. (2)(I683) Marianne b. 31 Mar 1864, d. 6 Aug 1948, she married Douglas Buchanan and had one son, Charles Ross; (3)(I686) Sarah Emma, my grandmother, b. 20 Dec 1866, d. 21 Apr 1905, she married William Wiley Collins of Hazleton, Indiana and they had five children, Wendel J., Sierra Nevada, Lillie Olive, Blanche and Grace. Due to early demise of their mother, Sarah Emma, the two younger girls were adopted out, Grace to a Mr and Mrs Ross Gordon in Coles County and Blanche to the Hilliard family in Macon County. Blanche is living in New Mexico and Grace passed away in 1978. Wendell, Nevada and Lillie are also gone. (4)(I814) Margaret (Maggie) b. 26 Dec 1868, d. ?. She married Charles Rogers, they had a doughter, Marguerite and they lived in Oakland, CA. no record since 1963. (5)(I818) Calista (Kitty) b. 7 Nov 1872, d. 1 Aug 1942 at Indianapolis, IN. She married John Ireland 13 Mar 1894. They had three daughters and two of them were Griselle Fairfield of Indianapolis and Violet Heck of Terre Haute, IN. I have no record of the third. (6)(I826) Jennie b. 10 Mar 1875, d. 22 Feb 1956 in St. Francisville and is buried in the protestant cemetery there with her husband, Charles Lee Stephenson who operated a hardware store there until his demise. They had no children of their marriage. (7)(I829) James, b. 29 jan 1878, d. 26 Oct 1963, a farmer in Denison CO. He married Eva Bye #1, bore no children. (8)(I831) Ocea Anise, b. 17 Sep 1887, d. 20 Nov 1897 at age 10 of rheumatic heart disease, very quickly. She is buried by her mother and father in Allendale cemetery.

A family separation caused by the War of the Rebellion. Michael decided he should lend his training as a Seaman to the Union Navy. He served aboard the Vermont, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Kennebec, and Ohio, mainly in the Mobile Bay area. He was 35 years old when he joined. He had a wife and three children. After the war they continued to farm on the original place, adding to the acreage as earnings permitted. In 1906 due to poor health they moved to the home on 8th and Johnson. They were hard working and moderately successful at farming. Michael passed away in 1909 at age 79. Margaret continued to live at the same home until her demise in 1928. Both Margaret and Michael are interred at the Allendale cemetery.


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