Nancy Breese

about 1816–
New York, United States

The Life Summary of Nancy

When Nancy Breese was born about 1816, in New York, United States, her father, Silas Gildersleeve Breese, was 32 and her mother, Mary Bennett, was 32. She married George Harrison Taylor in 1836. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States in 1850 and Horseheads, Chemung, New York, United States in 1860.

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Family Time Line

George Harrison Taylor
Nancy Breese
Marriage: 1836
Silas Breese Taylor
Mary A Taylor
James M. Taylor
Julia A. Taylor
Walter Taylor
Olive Taylor
Franklin Taylor
Mary M. Taylor
Matilda E Taylor
Edwin Chapin Taylor

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+5 More Children

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+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819
Age 3
With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
Age 11
During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
Age 47
Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for an irritating person, from Middle English breeze ‘gadfly’ (Old English brēosa).2 Americanized spelling of the Welsh patronymic ap Rhys ‘son of Rhys’ ( see Reese ).3 German: habitational name from any of numerous places called Breese or Breesen, in Mecklenburg, Wendland (near Hannover), Brandenburg, and Pomerania. In some cases the place name is derived from West Slavic brjaza ‘birch’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (5)

  • Nancy Taylor in household of G H Taylor, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Nancy Taylor in household of George H Taylor, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Nancy Breese in entry for E.c. Taylor, "Florida Deaths, 1877-1939"

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