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Sarah Jane "Jennie" Thorn Brees
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Birth: Feb. 19, 1842
Steuben County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1922
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA

Sarah Jane "Jennie" Thorn was born February 19, 1842 in Corning, Steuben Co., New York. She was the daughter of Lawrence Thorn & Hannah Van Winkle. Sarah Jane is listed with her parents at age 8 on the 1850 census of Painted Post, Steuben Co., NY. Her mother died by the time she was age 12, and her father remarried Martha Clark in 1854. Sarah Jane is listed at age 13 with her father & stepmother on the 1855 state census of Scio, NY. I have not found the family in 1860 at this time, but Sarah Jane joined the Erie Methodist church in August of that year, and was listed as living in Erie, Pennsylvania. Sarah Jane married Solomon E. Brees on October 06, 1865 in Erie, Erie Co., PA, and they had 9 children. At first they farmed in New York (near Elmira? Horseheads?), but they moved to Steele Co., Minnesota in the spring of 1866, and are listed on the 1870 census of Havana, Steele Co., MN. Then they had a claim near Owatonna, MN about 1874 - that claim was given up very soon. The family returned to New York in 1876 with 4 of their children, but didn't farm. In 1878, they returned to Minnesota to farm near Osakis, Douglas Co, MN. (Cornelia Lunde Brees referred to this farm as English Grove.) The family is listed on the 1880 & 1900 censuses of Orange, Douglas Co., MN. About 1901 they moved to the farm outside Grey Eagle, MN. The family is listed on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., MN. Solomon died on April 08, 1921 in Grey Eagle, Todd Co., MN, and Sarah Jane died on January 06, 1922 in Osakis, Douglas Co., MN. They are both buried at the English Grove Cemetery, Osakis, Douglas Co., MN. Their farm in Todd Co., MN was later worked by their son Arthur Brees. 
Family links: 
  Lawrence Thorn (1808 - 1884)
  Solomon E Brees (1839 - 1921)*
  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)*
  George Francis Thorn (1837 - 1914)*
  Fayette Thorn (1839 - 1925)*
  Sarah Jane Thorn Brees (1842 - 1922)
  Francis Edwin Thorne (1843 - 1930)*
  Marietta Thorn Foust (1847 - 1927)*
  Elisabeth Thorn (1855 - 1874)*
  Charles Thorn (1857 - 1873)*
  John L. Thorn (1860 - 1881)*
  Susan Thorn (1862 - 1873)*
  Hattie Thorn Lewis (1865 - 1945)*
  Robert Thorn (1868 - 1868)*
*Calculated relationship
English Grove Cemetery
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Kari Northup
Record added: Nov 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100538493
Sarah Jane Jennie <i>Thorn</i> Brees
Added by: Kari Northup
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