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John Breen
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Birth: Feb. 21, 1832
Ontario, Canada
Death: Jul. 22, 1903
San Juan Bautista
San Benito County
California, USA

Survivor of The Donner Party

Eldest son of Patrick and Margaret Bulger Breen.

Wife - Leah Margaret Smith, married 1852 in San Juan Bautista.

Children - Margaret Jane Lillie, Patrick Edward, John Joseph, Thomas Frank, Adelaide A., Mary Catherine, Isabelle, Alice Gertrude, Charlotte A., and Ellen A. BREEN.

John went to the diggings in 1849 and returned with $12,000 worth of gold, a fortune in those days. His father used it to purchase the Castro Adobe and other property. John's diligence as a youth of 16 thus laid the foundation of his family's later prosperity.

In 1856 Eliza W. Farnham published an account of the Donner Party, using John Breen as one of her informants. In 1877 he wrote a memoir for historian H. H. Bancroft and two years later he corresponded with C. F. McGlashan.

John Breen was a supervisor of Monterey County, and after San Benito County was created was supervisor from the San Juan precinct for years, occupying, from time to time, the position of chairman of the board.

A more honest and incorruptible man than John Breen never lived in San Benito County. He was a very unassuming man, spoke but little, and when he did speak he talked directly to the point. He did not decide without due deliberation and once his mind was made up nothing could move him. San Benito County owes much to John Breen, for due to his careful manipulation of its finances, coupled with a desire to advance its progress, it owes much of its present prosperity.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Patrick Breen (1790 - 1868)
  Margaret Bulger Breen (1808 - 1874)
 
 Spouse:
  Leah Margaret Smith Breen (1835 - 1920)
 
 Children:
  Margaret Jane Lillie Breen (1852 - 1915)*
  John Joseph Breen (1860 - 1885)*
  Catherine Breen Nyland (1865 - 1957)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Breen (1832 - 1903)
  Edward J Breen (1833 - 1890)*
  Patrick Breen (1837 - 1899)*
  Simon Preston Breen (1838 - 1899)*
  James Frederick Breen (1841 - 1899)*
  Peter Breen (1843 - 1870)*
  Margaret Isabella Breen McMahon (1845 - 1935)*
  William Michael Breen (1849 - 1874)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
San Juan Bautista Cemetery
San Juan Bautista
San Benito County
California, USA
 
Created by: Candice xo
Record added: Mar 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18373233
John Breen
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- quebecoise
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