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Solomon E Brees
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Birth: May 4, 1839
Chemung County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 8, 1921
Grey Eagle
Todd County
Minnesota, USA

Source: “Compendium of History and Biography of Northern Minnesota “
Published 1902 Geo. A. Ogle & Co. Chicago, Illinois.
“Containing Biographical Sketches of Hundreds of Prominent Old Settlers and Representative Citizens of NORTHERN MINNESOTA with a review of their life work, their identity with the growth and development of the region; . . . “
Page: 408
Name: Solomon E. BREES
Birth: May 4, 1839 at Chemung County, New York. (about a mile and a half east of Horse Head)
Parents: John and Mary (Moore) Brees, natives of New York. John Brees’s father Elias Brees was also born in New York of Dutch descent. His ancestors came to America from Holland at the beginning of the 18th century. One of the family was in the Revolutionary war and later represented the Empire state in the senate. John and Mary (Moore) Brees had 8 children: Alvina (Simeon Case of Rice, Minnesota), Squire (farmer at Gray Eagle, Minnesota), Solomon E. (our subject), Amelia (James C. Rutan of Wilmington, Delaware), Philena (Joel M. Jansen), Philander (Horse Head, New York), Fanny (James Ormiston of New York), Judson A. (Sparrowbush, Orange County, NY).
Spouse: Solomon E. Brees married October 5, 1865 to Sarah J. Thorn, daughter of Lawrence and Hannah (Van Winkle) Thorn of New York and Pennsylvania. Lawrence and Hannah Thorn have 6 children: William George, Fayette, Edwin, Sarah J., and Marietta.
Children of Solomon E. Brees and Sarah: (9 born, 8 living) Arthur (farming in Douglas Co.), Zelotus F. (also farming), Harry J. (operates a ditching machine in Douglas Co. and has one child named Myrtle J.), Ruby M. (wife of Charles Cannon of Alexandria, they have 2 children, Fern Altheda and Floyd Stanton), Rufus Ward, Claude L., Clyde E., Percy E.
Other: Farmer on Section 29 of Orange Township in Douglas County. Has also served as assessor and town clerk.

Complete text:
Solomon E. Brees, an old settler and influential farmer of Douglas County, Minnesota, has a pleasant home in Section 29 of Orange township, and has successfully followed farming there for many years. He was born in Chemung County, New York, May 4, 1839.
The parents of our subject, John and Mary (Moore) Brees, were natives of New York. The Paternal grandfather, Elias Brees, was also born in New York and was of Dutch descent. His ancestors came to America from Holland at the beginning of the 18th century, and were prominent people in colonial days. One of the family was an officer of the Revolutionary war and later one represented the Empire state (NY) in the senate. The family as far back as record serves, were tillers of the soil and owned and occupied farms in the east, the father of our subject being one of the first of the family to try his fortunes in that capacity in the west. The grandfather had a farm in Chemung county, New York. About a mile and a half east of Horse Head, the same county. John Brees, second, owned a farm of one hundred and three acres, and on this place our subject (Solomon E. Brees) was born. He was one of 8 children as follows: Alvina became the wife of Simeon Case, of Rice, Minnesota; Squire, farming at Grey Eagle, Minnesota; Solomon E., our subject; Amelia married James C. Rutan, of Wilmington, Delaware; PHilena became the wife of Joel M. Jansen, this couple are now deceased. Philander, residing in the village of Horse Head, New York; Fanny married James Ormiston of New York; and Judson A. a railroad man, residing at Sparrowbush, Orange county, New York.
In his youth and early manhood, Solomon E. Brees was in delicate health and he remained at his father's home until he reached the age of 26 years.
On account of lung trouble he left his home in 1866 and came to Minnesota, settling in Owatonna, Steele County, where he purchased a farm and resided 11 years. He traded this property in 1877 for one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 29 and one hundred and sixty in section 32 of Orange Township, Douglas County, and since that date has made his home thereon. He first built a one-room house and later enlarged it and remodeled his residence and now has a comfortable dwelling with all necessary other buildings for farm use. Mr. Brees selected a prairie farm, but within two years of his settling thereon, he planted some six hundred tamarack trees, and also maples, box elders, willows, and other varieties, and his home is now surrounded by beautiful groves, which greatly enhance the value of the estate. An abundant supply of water is obtained from a depth of 31 feet, and one well alone furnishes a barrel of the purest water every five minutes. Mr. Brees follows diversified farming and has a small herd of good cattle and six work horses. He has met with success in his work in Minnesota and can justly review with pride his labors there.
Mr. Brees was drafted for the army during the Civil War, but upon examination at Elmira, where he reported, it was found that he was deficient in chest measurement and was not accepted. The climate of Minnesota has proved most beneficial to his health and today he is a hale and vigorous man. He was married in New York. October 5, 1865 to Sarah J. Thorn, daughter of Lawrence and Hannah (Van Winkle) Thorn. The father was a mason by trade and resided all his life in New York and Pennsylvania states. Mrs. Brees has five brothers and sisters, namely: William George; Fayette, who was in the war of the Rebellion and lost a limb at the battle of Bull Run; Edwin, also a soldier in the war of the Rebellion; Sarah J. and Marietta.
Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Brees, eight of whom are now living and are al follows: Arthur, farming in Douglas County; Zealots F. also engaged in farming; Harry J., married, operates a ditching machine throughout Douglas County, has one child named Myrtle J.; Ruby M., wife of Charles Cannon of Alexandria, they have two bright children: Fern Althea and Floyd Stanton; Rufus Ward, residing at home; Claude L., attending school; and Clyde E. and Percy E. also attending school. Mrs. Brees is highly esteemed in the community in which he lives and has served as an assessor for eight years and town clerk five years. He has held other offices of trust and is the present efficient school clerk and is heartily interested in educational work.
Family links: 
  John Breese (1809 - 1897)
  Mary Ann Moore Brees (1810 - 1890)
  Sarah Jane Thorn Brees (1842 - 1922)
  Arthur Philetus Brees (1867 - 1961)*
  Rufus Ward Brees (1877 - 1956)*
  Roy Brees (1880 - 1881)*
  Claude Lester Brees (1882 - 1934)*
  Clyde Emerson Brees (1886 - 1965)*
  Percy E Brees (1888 - 1951)*
  Alvina Breese Case (1833 - 1902)*
  Squire Whitaker Brees (1835 - 1906)*
  Solomon E Brees (1839 - 1921)
  Amelia Brees Rutan (1841 - 1911)*
  Philena M. Breese Jansen (1843 - 1888)*
  Philander Breese (1845 - 1917)*
  Fanny C. Breese Ormiston (1847 - 1918)*
  Adoniram Judson Breese (1852 - 1918)*
  Minnie A. Breese Moody (1855 - 1877)*
*Calculated relationship
English Grove Cemetery
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 45.77291, -95.18553
Created by: Kari Northup
Record added: Nov 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100538350
Solomon E Brees
Added by: Kari Northup
Solomon E Brees
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