Abram Breese
Abram Breese

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

ABRAM BREESE. The grandfather of Abram Breese was a native of Holland, and came to America and settled in Greenbush at a very early day. He was a farmer by occupation. He had a family of three sons, viz., Anthony, Garret T., and John. Garret T. was born in Greenbush, Sept. 6, 1768, and married Mary Cole, Jan. 17, 1790. Mrs. Mary C. Breese was born July 10, 1768, in Greenbush. They had five sons, who lived to be men, viz., James, Henry, Anthony, Garret, and Abram, all of whom are now dead except the youngest, Abram, who was born Feb. 20, 1805. Garret T. was a successful farmer, and reared his family to industry. He was a Whig in politics. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian Church, and were highly respected by their neighbors. He died in the fall of 1840, and was buried at Greenbush, and his wife, Oct. 9, 1844.

Abram Breese has followed the occupation of a farmer, and as such has ranked as one of the best in the town. He has a fine farm of two hundred and thirty acres of good land in a splendid state of cultivation. Upon his farm may be seen good buildings, which have been remodeled by him.

He married Sophia, daughter of Ira Armstrong, of Bennington, July 4, 1833. She was born in Bennington, April 13, 1815. Of this union three children were born, viz., Catherine H., Sarah J., and Henry G.; the latter was born Jan. 3, 1848, in Hoosick. Catherine lived to be a married lady, and died, leaving one son, Harry B. Kenyon. Sarah J. died while a small child.

Mrs. Sophia A. Breese was a lady very much respected by her neighbors, and a wife deeply devoted to the interest of her family. She died April 6, 1878.

Mr. Breese was a Democrat until 1856, when he joined the Republican party. He was never an aspirant for political honors. He was a member of the State militia for seven years, and has held the various positions from private to captain of the company. He is a worthy member of the Presbyterian Church, and contributes of his means to its support. He is now in his seventy-fourth year, hale and hearty, and resides upon the old farm, surrounded by his son and his family.

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