Following is an update of the children of Jeremiah BRESEE and Melinda HAWKINS based on new information from several researchers(incuding Bruce Davis, Patricia Couchman, Rik Vigeland from this forum) and further census and other work. I encourage input from others as obtaining more source documentation is always welcome.
Some changes from my 2003 message: Jeremiah's wife's surname is believed to be HAWKINS. Harmon and Esther have been removed as children. A pension application of John J. BRESEE (son of Jeremiah) transcribed by Bruce Davis mentions several siblings as I've noted).
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Pat Guthrie Gilbert
JEREMIAH BRESEEwas born Abt. 1776 in Gt. Barrington, Berkshire Co. MA, and died 26 Dec 1826 in Schoharie Co. NY.He married MELINDA HAWKINSbefore 1800.She was born 30 Jan 1783 in CT, and died 02 Aug 1865 in Musgrove Cem. Scotland Co. MO.
Children of JEREMIAH BRESEE and MELINDA HAWKINS are:
i. DAVID BRESEE, b. 05 Jun 1800, NY; d. 09 Dec 1849, Lockport, Will Co. IL; m. HARRIET BROOKS, 26 Apr 1826, Lutheran Church, Summit, Schoharie Co. NY. (Exact birth and death date for David not yet proven;possibly a twin to Nancy. Resides 3 houses from his mother Melinda in 1830)
ii. NANCY BRESEE, b. 12 Jun 1800, NY; d. 16 Mar 1876, Davenport, Delaware Co. NY. She m. Henry TEN EYCH. (1830 they live next to her mother Melinda). Nancy and family stayed in Davenport area. Birth and death dates are from Davenport Cemetery inscriptions)
iii. HENRY BRESEE, b. Abt. 1802, ,, NY. ( Name given by other researchers but no census or other data located to date)
iv. HAWKINS BRESEE, b. Abt. 1804, ,, NY; d. Aft. 1833; m. LUCY PIERCE, Abt. 1828, Delaware Co. NY. (Hawkins was Davenport Constable 1827, 1831 and 1832 but I cannot locate him in census after 1830. He is likely named for his mother‘s maiden name)
v. ALMIRA (or Almyra) BRESEE, b. Abt. 1808; d. Aft. 1860.m. Caleb CRANDALL (Resides in Scotland Co. MO 1860 census. Almira is named as a sister in her brother John J.’s pension application which also says Almyra had a son named Jeremiah)
vi. JOHN J. BRESEE, b. Abt. 1809, Davenport, Delaware Co. NY; d. Aft. 1887 likely in MO.(1887 he filed a Civil War pension application in Douglas Co. MO. John’s mother Melinda lived with him in 1850 in IL. Later John moved to MO)
vii. NELSON BRESEE, b. 18 Jun 1811, ,, NY; d. 18 Oct 1890, , CA. m. 1) Lydia LEVALLY and 2) Mary BRIGGS. (Resided in NY, IL and CA. Nelson is named as being 2 years younger by his brother John J. in his pension application)
viii. PHINEAS PHILLIPS BRESEE, b. Abt. 1813, Schoharie Co. NY; d. Abt. 1896, Los Angeles, CA m. Susan BROWN abt 1835 in Delaware Co. NY (Resided in NY, IA and CA. Phineas is named as a younger brother in John J.’s pension application)
ix. RUTH BRESEE, b. 07 May 1815, NY; d. 27 Jun 1891; m. DAVID STRAIN, 18 Mar 1831, NY; b. Abt. 1813, NY. (Ruth’s brother John J.’s pension application confirmed she was a sister who married David STRAIN. They lived in Worcester, Otsego Co. NY. Ruth’s death certificate confirmed her parents were Jeremiah BRESEE and Melinda HAWKINS)