When Silas Gildersleeve Breese was born on 5 May 1784, in Basking Ridge, Bernards Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States, his father, John Breese Jr, was 45 and his mother, Hannah Priscilla Gildersleeve Breese, was 33. He married Mary Bennett about 1804, in Horseheads, Horseheads, Chemung, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 5 October 1855, in Horseheads, Horseheads, Chemung, New York, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Horseheads, Chemung, New York, United States.
English (Montgomeryshire; also Norfolk): nickname for an irritating person, from Middle English brese ‘gadfly’ (Old English brēosa). See also Breeze , compare Breece .
German: habitational name from any of numerous places called Breese or Breesen, in Mecklenburg, Wendland (near Hanover), Brandenburg, and Pomerania. In some cases the placename is derived from a Slavic word meaning ‘birch’ (brěza in Old Slavic).