Biography of William D. Breese
Allen County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM D. BREESE, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born in Butler County, Ohio, April 30, 1822; son of Griffith and Mary (Mowen) Breese, former a native of Wales. latter of Franklin County, Penn. His paternal grandfather was John Breese, a native of Wales. who came to America in 1798, settling in Champaign County, Ohio, in an early day, and whose children were Susan, Griffith, Robert. Mary and John (all new deceased). Our subject's maternal grandfather was Lewis Mowen, a native of Pennsylvania. William D. Breese came with his parents in 1832 to this county, where the latter entered laud in Shawnee Township, a part of which is now occupied by our subject, and which with the assistance of their sons, they cleared and improved. Here the father died in 1848, at the age of fifty eight, and the mother in March. 1853, at the age of sixty two. They had a family of six children: Nancy, George, John (killed while moving a house), William P., David M. and Griffith (who died in the army October, 1862). Our subject was reared in Shawnee Township. this county, from ten years of age, and has always resided on the old homestead. He was married March 15, 1859, to Ellen, daughter of Solomon and Ruth (Carter) Yoakum. who settled in Shawnee Township, this county, in 1842, and to this union was born one son, G. Alva (who was married January 20, 1881, to Iva, daughter of Jehu and Mary (Clark) John, of Elida, Ohio, by whom he has three children: Clifford E., Julius C. and Vida M. Mrs. Breese died in February, 1861, at the age of twenty eight years; at the time of her death she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Breese has served the township as justice of the peace one term. was township treasurer for several years and also township clerk. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Republican.

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