Wednesday, November 30, 2005





I found this site on LaGrange while looking up some Civil War info and thought it was worth coming back to and to remind me! I would like to take a ride up to there and look around, I think it's a couple of hours from me. We have an Orin Brees in our tree who was killed at LaGrange on 18NOV1862. Donna Allen told me that she thinks he was a cousin to Watson and they all enlisted on the same day, Watson, Orin, and 2 of Watson's brothers, I can't think which ones on the top of my head, but I am thinking Noah and Albert. I wish I could find my notes! Anyways, the 4 of them all enlisted on 4AUG1862...Co E Unit 103 Illinois Infantry.

Here's a page taken from the Breese book:

Watson enlisted at Canton, Illinois, on 4AUG1862 into Captain Franklin C Post's Company E of the 103 Illinois Volunteer Infantry. During this time, it was not uncommon for a leading citizen to appoint himself as a military leader and recruit men to serve under him. It is probable that a bonus of some sort was involved as there is a record of $25.00 bonus money being received with $75.00 still owed. Actvities of the 103rd Illinois during the Civil War have not yet been researched, but there is a notation of marching in the rain between Jackson, Tn and Holly Springs, Miss. in November 1862 and the 103rd was involved in the siege of Vicksburg in June and early July, 1863. However, it's possible that Watson didn't participate in this seige as the records indicate he may have been in the hospital at LaGrange or Memphis, Tn with pneumonia. He was wounded during the battle of Missionary Ridge near Chatanooga, Tn on 25NOV1863 by a musket ball (probably a Minnie ball as both sides used these). The ball entered the lower jaw, left side, fracturing it, then passing through and downward under the skin and emerging an inch above the clavicle on the right side. A slight leg wound is also noted. Listed as being in the hospital at Bridgeport, which is probably Bridgeport, Al, Cumberland US Army General Hospital, Nashville, TN and he was probably in several others prior to furlough on 16JAN1864. Treated again in September, October, November 1864 at Camp Butler General Hospital, Ill. Was discharged 18NOV1864 at Camp Butler.


Lucy Stone is my husbands great grandmother. She married Delbert Brees. I was going to post Stone family info, but in looking into my notes, I don't have much. I don't know if I've lost it, or if I just haven't researched it that much yet. Back when I was starting out, I really focused on Breese so I may have overlooked Stone. So anyways, I know a few things about the Stone Family that we are related to, and I saw this thread on Ancestry that is about our Stone family. I put it here so I can quickly refer back to it till I get my facts straightened, but this is our Stones. Just click the link! Lucy's parents are Dudley Stone and Sarah A Combs from Estill Cnty Ky...that much I know!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


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1) August 6, 1862, 103 Il Vol Inf Canton Fulton Co
2) November 25, 1863 Injured at Missionary Ridge, TN
3) 5ft 11in tall, dark hair, dark eyes
4) Farmer and meat butcher
5) 1869, Homesteaded in Riley Co Ks
6) Built a dugout home (it's still there, I've seen it and have pictures!)
7) About 1870 lost 3 children to measles outbreak
8) Married Katie Hudson, 23 year old widow (After Sarah passed on in 1899) I've heard that Katie Hudson took alot of family things and left.

I have pictures of Watson and Sarah and also a picture of Watson in his military uniform if anyone would like copies.

This info was taken out of the Watson and Sarah Brees book that I got at a Breese reunion. A cousin, Donna Allen put it together and it's full of interesting family facts, all the family trees and copies of alot of different documents. There is a Brees reunion held every couple of years in Kansas, near the original homestead. A Breese newsletter is also put out on occassion. If you would like info on the reunion or newsletter just let me know!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

A Great Book

Pioneers of the Bluestem Prairie

This book has biographies on the families who first settled in Riley Co Ks. I have some copied pages of the book that I requested from the historical society on BREESE, DUGAN and STONE.


I copied this off of Genforum, this is our line of Dugans and I just wanted to get it straight eventually so I'm putting it here till I get back to Dugans. Remember, Sarah Dugan m Watson Clark Breese and then we have a few more Dugans.

Sutton Fowler Dugan (probably son of James Dugan and Hannah Fowler), born 1813, October 3, near Covington, KY, died 1895 Feb. 17, May Day, Riley Co., KS. Married Mary Ann Walker (daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah Walker) born in Ohio 1815 Aug. 12. Died 1905 July 4.

They had the following children:

1) James born 1834 14 Jan, Randolph Co., Indiana. Died 1914 26 April, May Day , Riley Co. KS. Married Martha Guilliams. They had the following children:
1a) Edith Dugan, b. ca. 1862, IA
1b) Sutton Fowler Dugan II, b. 1864 14 Jan, IA
1c) William Guilliam, b. ca. 1866, IA This is, I believe, your William G.
1d) Aaron b. 1869 April 17, KS; d. 1931 Mar. 9
1e) Mary Ann, b. ca. 1874, KS
1f) Melissa, b. ca. 1877, MO

2) Sarah Ann, b. 1836-7 Indiana, died 1899 Mar. 4, May Day, Riley Co., KS. married Watson Clark Brees in Canton, Fulton Co., IL 1855.

3) Ebenezer, b. 1839 Mar 5, d. 1839 Sept.

4) Susana b. 1840 April 3, d. 1840 April 6

5) Joseph W., born 1841, 3 April, Huntsville, IN. Died 27 July 1930, St. George, KS. Married Alice Carley (daughter of Leman Carley and Harriet L. Cate) on 1865 Oct. 8, Indian Grove, Audubon Co.,IA. He was a Civil War vet known as "Blind Dugan" due to eye injuries sustained during the war.
They had the following children:
5a) Celaski Dugan, born 1866 Nov. 18, died 19 Feb. 1933, Manhattan, Riley County, KS.
5b) George Lester, born 1868 or 1869, April 28 or 29.
5c) Mary Ann, born1871 Feb. 14, died 1960, Yakima, WA. I believe this is your Mary Ann.
5d) John, born 1873 Mar. 28. died 1954 in the fall, Manhattan, Riley Co., KS
5e)Wm. Augustus, born 1875 Mar. 5, died 1955, Aug., Kansas City.
5f) Elfie Rosalie (a twin), born 1877 or 1878 15 Aug, died ca. 1896 in childbirth
5g) Effie Rosetta ( a twin) born 1877 or 1878 August 15, died 1962 June 1 in Martinez, CA, buried Manhattan KS
5h) Harriet Louisa, born 1880 3 Jan, Mayetta, KS, died 22 May 1958, Manhattan, Riley Co., KS
5i)Laura, born 28 December 1884. Died in infancy.
And three more who died in infancy: Edna, Edgar, Stephen.

6) Lucy D., born 1843-44 in Indiana, died 2 October 1892, May Day, Riley Co, KS
7) Eliza, b. 1846 in Ohio
8) Robert G., born 28 Feb. 1849, Ohio, Died 9 April 1907, May Day, KS,
9) Isaac, b. 1851-52 Indiana, died Kansas City
10) John F., born 2 Nov. 1853, Randolph Co., IN, died 25 Aug. 1943, Manhattan, KS.
11) William Harper, born 2 April 1855, died 19 Oct. 1941, St. George, Pottawatomi Co., KS.

BREESE...with or without and "E"???

We spell ours with an E on the end, so in alot of my typing, I automatically attach an E. In my research I've found it both ways and have just learned to search one time with an E and one time without. We asked my husband grandpa Reuben Vern Breese "RV" years ago why the name sometimes was spelled differently. He said that his name was spelled BREES on his birth cert but he legally changed it to BREESE because he was a well known boxer back then and had alot of articles written about him and he thought it looked better to add the "E" on the end. That's just one explanation!


1) Dudley Clark Brees b March 26, 1896, Alert, Riley Co. Ks
d June 9, 1972, Manhattan, Riley Co. Kansas

2) Ida Mae Breese b August 5, 1897, Alert, Riley Co. Ks
d August 20, 1974 Leonardville, Riley Co. Ks

3) Clarence Frances Breese b May 3, 1899 Alert, Riley Co. Ks

4) Lilvan Viola Breese b November 13, 1903 Alert, Riley Co. Ks
d Feb 8, 1977 Wamego, Pottawatomie Co Ks.

5) Ruth Delberta Breese b October 14, 1909 Alert, Riley Co. Ks
d March 19, 1996 Shawnee Mission, Ks

6) Ruby Fern Breese b March 10, 1913 Leonardville, Riley Co. Kansas

7) Reuben Vern Breese b March 10, 1913 Leonardville, Riley Co. Kansas
d 1997 San Diego, Ca

8) Donald Justin Breese b March 28 1916 Leonardville, Riley Co. Ks

9) Quentin Terrance Breese b July 8, 1918 Leonardville, Riley Co. Ks
d August 21, 1962 San Diego, San Diego Co, Ca

Other BREESE decendents...

I have alot of info on all the children from Watson and Sarah but at the moment I am going to try and focus my efforts on our direct line..Watson and Delbert and try to learn more about the DUGANS and STONES. If you see a name in our lines that you would like more info on, just make a comment and I will post the info I have.


Delbert is my husbands great grandfather. He was born 8/5/1875 in Alert, Riley Co. Kansas and died Jan 1963 in Riley Co. Ks. He married LUCY ANN STONE on March 6, 1895 in Clay Center, Clay Co. Kansas. She was born March 03, 1877 in Leonardville, Riley Co. Kansas and died December 25, 1963 in Riley Co. Kansas.

(Delbert is the son of Watson Clark Breese and Sarah DUGAN)

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Children of Watson BREES(E) and Sarah DUGAN

1) Albert Valentine Brees b 9/9/1856 Copperas Creek, Fulton Co Ill d 10/29/1947,
Council Grove, Morris Co Ks.

2) Joseph Brees b 1858

3) Sylvester Brees b 1860

4) Martha Brees b 1862

5) Eliza Jane Brees b 7/1/1864 Copperas Creek, Fulton Co. Ill d 8/18/1852,
San Diego, San Diego Co, CA

6) Mary Ann Brees b 2/21/1866 Banner, Fulton Co, Ill d 12/03/1947,
Clayton, New Mexico

7) William Brees b 1868

8) Matthew Windfield Brees b 1/9/1871 Alert, Riley Co. Ks d 10/10/1963
Herington, Dickerson Co. Ks

9) Ida May Brees b 4/21/1873 Leonardville, Riley Co. Ks d 3/25/1930
Riley Co Ks.

10) Delbert Festus Brees b 8/5/1875 Alert, Riley Co Ks. d Jan 1963
Riley Co Ks

11) Unknown Brees b 1877

12) Zennie Brees b 1879

Recommended Reading:

Parents of Watson Clark Breese

I don't have alot of information on Watson's parents and have gotten stuck. Here's what I have so far: Watson's parents are Samuel BREESE b 1798 Pa and Jane PRICKETT b 1808 NJ. Samuel and Jane were married Sept 14, 1828 in Hamilton, Butler Oh.
Their children:
Watson Clark Breese b 1831 Sullivan Co In
Noah W. Breese b 1839 Sullivan Co In
Albert F. Breese b 1841 Sullivan Co In
Thomas J. Breese b 1845 Sullivan Co In

Samuel Breese's father is John Breese b 1765 in NJ
Wife unknow
Valentine b 1791
John Jr
Samuel b 1798
Mary Ann
Unknown Daugther
All the children were born in Pa and resided in Butler Co Oh in the early 1800's where Valentine, John Jr, Samuel and Phebe were married.
I need more info on John Breese but just haven't been able to find anything else out!

I haven't been able to find anything on Jane Prickett, her parents or siblings, nothing!

Recommended Reading:

Watson Clark Breese

Watson Clark Breese was born June 27, 1831 in Sullivan Co. Indiana and died March 21, 1911 in Riley Co, Ks. He married Sarah Ann Dugan Apr 14, 1855 in Canton, Fulton Co. Illinois (daughter of Sutton DUGAN and Mary WALKER. She was born April 29, 1836 in Randolph Co. Indiana and died March 4, 1899 in Riley Co Kansas.

Recommended Reading:


I am going to attempt to get this all straight! BREESE is my husbands family, on his paternal side. He is related through WATSON CLARK BREES(E), his gg grandfather.

I started tracing his family tree a few years back and we have had the good fortune to meet many of his family members through genealogy that we otherwise wouldn't have had the chance to meet. I haven't done much over the last couple of years but also want to start on his maternal side HARRIS.
I also will start on my family, which will be a little more tricky. I was adopted, so I want to do both families. My family names are GREER, GOEDKER, HOULE, DEMBROSKY.
Eventually, I'll link to another site with those names as I gather more info.