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Breed, William H.


Posted By: mjv (email)
Date: 8/7/2020 at 13:19:35

William H. Breed, farmer and stock-raiser, resides on section 5, Oregon Township, where he owns sixty acres of land in a high state of cultivation. He is a native of Connecticut, born April 3, 1824, and is the son of William and Sabra (Holmes) Breed, both of whom are of Connecticut. The family sprang from one Allen Breed, who settled in Connecticut in an early day, coming from England, and therefore, on the fatherís side, the family is of English descent. William Breed and Sarah Holmes were married in Connecticut and there remained about five years, then emigrating to Chenango County, N. Y., where they remained sixteen years. They then moved to Broome County, N. Y., where the mother died in 1863, and in 1865 the family came to Iowa and settled on the farm now occupied by the subject of our sketch, where the father died in 1878. They reared a family of eight children, six of whom are now living: Mary, wife of Thomas R. Gates; William H., the subject of this sketch; Fally, wife of Edwin Taylor, of this township; Henry, also of this county; Allen, of Dallas County, Iowa; Pulaski M., of Bradford County, Pa. The deceased were Hannah and Almeda. William and Sarah Breed were highly respected wherever known; they were kind and affectionate in their disposition, and their death was greatly mourned by children and friends.

William H. Breed, the subject of this sketch, was reared on a farm, and was married in Broome County, N. Y., Nov. 13, 1848, to Caroline M. Glidden, daughter of James and Sarah (Saxon) Glidden. She was born in Vermont Dec. 7, 1827. He father died in Pennsylvania, and her mother in Louisa County, Iowa. By this union there were two children: Charles A., born March 6, 1850, married Mary L. West in 1871, and died July 14, 1886, aged thirty-six years; his widow is yet living, and with his parents, deeply mourns his death; George A., born Sept. 28, 1857, married Lorena M. Wood; they have one child, Pearl I., born July 14, 1885.

Politically, Mr. Breed is a Democrat, but in local affairs he usually votes for the best man, regardless of party. He has been honored by his fellow-townsmen with several of the township offices, which he has filled with credit to himself and his constituents. He is a man who enjoys the respect of his friends and neighbors in a high degree. Mr. and Mrs. Breed are members of the Baptist Church; their two children were also members of that Church. Mr. and Mrs. Glidden, the parents of Mrs. Breed, had a family of six children.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, Iowa (1887). Excerpt from Biographical Sketch of William H. Breed, pages 598, 601.


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