Silas Gildersleeve Breese

11 May 1783–5 October 1855 (Age 72)
Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Silas Gildersleeve

When Silas Gildersleeve Breese was born on 11 May 1783, in Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States, his father, John Breese Jr, was 45 and his mother, Hannah Priscilla Gildersleeve, was 32. He married Mary Bennett about 1804, in Horseheads, Horseheads, Chemung, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 5 October 1855, in Horseheads, Horseheads, Chemung, New York, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Horseheads, Chemung, New York, United States.

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Silas Gildersleeve Breese
Mary Bennett
Marriage: about 1804
Minard Brees
William Brees
Nancy Brees
Ira Brees
Nancy Breese
Zopher G Brees
Lewis Breese
William Rockwell Breese
Mary Brees
Ira L. Breese
Ulyses Breese
Achilles Breese
Mary Matilda Breese

Spouse and Children

about 1804
Horseheads, Horseheads, Chemung, New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1787 · New Jersey Plan

Age 4

Also referred to as the Small State Plan, the New Jersey Plan was an important piece of legislation that William Paterson presented during the Constitutional Convention. The plan was created because states with smaller populations were concerned about their representation in the United States government. The New Jersey plan proposed, among other things, that each state would have one equal vote. This was in contrast to the Virginia Plan, which suggested that appointment for Congress should be proportional to state population. The Connecticut Compromise merged the two plans, allowing for two "houses" of congress: one with proportional representation, and the other with equal power from each state (as the New Jersey Plan had suggested).
1797 · Albany is Named Capital of New York

Age 14

Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Albany is the oldest continuous settlement of the original 13 colonies.

Age 19

Post office est Sept 18, 1802

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 (3)

  • Silas Breese, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Ancestry Family Trees
  • Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968

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