Achilles Brees (1825 - 1893)
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Achilles’s parents were Silas Brees (5 May 1784-5 Oct. 1855) and Mary Bennett (18 Mar. 1784-14 Mar. 1850) [1, 2].
Achilles was born in New York in 1825 [3, 8].
Achilles’s first wife was Amanda, also born in
New York . Achilles and
Amanda are listed on page 277 of the 1850 New York census (Elmira,
Chemung County). He is
listed as a farmer, age 25; Amanda was 23. A 20-year old laborer born in
Pennsylvania, Clark Bartlett resided with them. At the time, his father Silas (age 62) and two of his
children Mary (age 22) and William (age 13) lived next door. Achilles’ mother, Mary Bennett died earlier in the year on
14 March 1850  and was not in this census.
On January 25, 1858, John S. died .
Amanda died young, and is buried next to Achilles
at Hilltop Cemetery in Breesport, New York. The inscription on her stone
says: “MOTHER, AMANDA BREES 1828-1860 .
On January 10, 1862, Ira B. died .
Achilles’ second wife was Katherine Stocum (5 May 1838-20 October 1925 ). She was the daughter of John
Stocum and Mary Decker . Katherine
is buried next to Achilles at Hilltop Cemetery in Breesport, New York
[3, 11]. The inscription on
her stone states: “MOTHER, KATHERINE BREES, 1838-1925 .
In 1866, their son Ulysses B. Brees was born. His wife was Minnie, and he died
27 December 1944 .
and Business Directory of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, N.Y. for 1868-9,
page 151, lists Achilles as a farmer in Breesport.
In 1871, Harvey T. was born.
In 1872 twins Nettie (died 26 February 1946) and
Nellie were born. Nettie
married Frank Hilliker (1873-1932 ), then Henry Maricle . Nellie married John Bryant
In 1877, Florence
E. Brees was born . She
married Roy Harrison Noble
(1888-1949)  and died May 24, 1953 .
Orin (later of Columbus, Nebraska) and Ernest R.
(later at 903 S. Main St., Horseheads ) were two other sons [12,
13]. Ernest married Jennie Lind Payne .
Achilles died October 4, 1893.
The October 4, 1893 Elmira Star Gazette (page 8)
states: “Archillas (sic) Breese is very low, has the
effects of apoplexy.” Apoplexy
is a sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and
voluntary motion caused by rupture or obstruction, as in a clot, of an
artery of the brain.
The October 7, 1893 Elmira Star Gazette (page 8)
states: “The funeral for
Achillas (sic) Breese occurred
Friday at 2 o’clock, at the house.
A wife and eight children mourn his loss.”
He is buried at Hilltop Cemetery in a family plot. There is a central obelisk,
surrounded by eight stones. The
rear row, from left to right, are Katherine Brees, Harvey T. Brees,
1871-1931, Grandmother Mary Stocum, 1809-1885, and Grandfather John
Stocum, 1804-1880. Front
row, left to right, Achilles, Ira B. Brees, John S. Brees and Amanda
Achilles’s stone has three chain links on it with
the letters FLT in each of the three links. Friendship, love, and truth,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The
IOOF is one of the oldest of fraternities, it's history dating back to
earliest times when it becomes lost in the fogs of antiquity and legend.
The American or Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded in
Baltimore, Md., on April 26, 1819, when Washington Lodge No. 1 was
organized with five members. It received its charter from the Manchester
Unity of Odd Fellows in England. Today, Odd Fellow Lodges may be found
everywhere and the membership runs into millions. Odd Fellowship became
the 1st national fraternity to include both men and women when it
adopted the beautiful Rebekah Degree on September 20, 1851. This degree
is based on the teachings found in the Holy Bible, and was written by
the Honorable Schuyler Colfax who was Vice President of the United
States during the period 1868-1873. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs were also
the first fraternal organization to establish homes for our senior
members and for orphaned children. Odd Fellows are also known as
"The Three Link Fraternity" which stands for Friendship, Love
and Truth . Achilles is listed as the Vice Grand for I.O.O.F. Lodge, No.
419 in Breesport .
Michael Shoemaker Book
 The Breese Family, 20 Pages
 Visit to Hilltop Cemetery, Breesport, Chemung County, New York
 Discussions with Joann (Whitford) Russell, granddaughter of Florence E. Brees
 http://www.nauticom.net/users/kiwi/ioof.html This web page is maintained by a member of Hampton Lodge #1004. The information is believed to be true, and is intended for informational purposes only.
 Our County and Its People, a History of the Valley and County of Chemung from the Closing Years of the Eighteenth Century by Ausburn Towner, D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1892, page 491
 Mortality Schedule from the 1850 Federal Census of Chemung County. Mary died from dropsy heart, a condition that had persisted for a year.
 1850 Elmira census
 Visit to Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung County, New York
 Obituary of Florence Brees Noble, Elmira Star Gazette, May 25, 1951, page 11.
 Death certificate of Catherine Breese
 Obituary of Mrs. Catherine Breese, Elmira Star Gazette, 25 October 1925
 Obituary of Ulysses B. Breese, Elmira Star Gazette, 28 October 1944, page 21
 Obituary of Jennie Lind Payne Breese, Elmira Star Gazette
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