JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
Cornelius Newkirk Breeze
Cornelius Newkirk Breeze was born in Orange County, Indiana, on
February 20, 1826 and died August 30, 1885. He was married to Margaret
Lucinda Underwood February 21, 1856. She was born in Jackson county
February 12, 1836 and died September 17, 1898. Her father was a Methodist
circuit rider preacher. They were the parents of nine and the oldest died at
birth. The eight remaining children were: Roselda Jeanette, John David,
Reuben Lemuel, Sarah Lucinda, Mary Isabelle, Ann Rebecca, Aretha Alice,
and Edgar Austin. The family moved to Texas after the death of
Cornelius and Edgar became a Texas ranger. Cornelius' father, grandfather, and
two uncles came to America from Ireland before 1800 and lived in New York
and Pennsylvania. Cornelius served in the Mexican War and stood five
feet ten inches tall. Sometime before the Civil War he came to
Jefferson county and settled about a half mile east of Harmony church in
Farrington township. He ran a blacksmith shop there. Cornelius served
in the Union Army during the Civil War as a sergeant and later became
First Lieutenant in Co. G, 60th Volunteer Infantry Regiment. On one
occasion while he was stationed at Decatur, Alabama. he had been to
Cornith to get a new uniform. On his way back the train was wrecked by
rebels and he lost his new uniform and was wounded in the hand.
Reinforcements quickly arrived and the men escaped alive. After he was
discharged he moved his family to the Walnut Hill area where he spent
the rest of his life.
- Donald L. Breeze
Some ommisions may have occured to protect living individuals.
"Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois"
Jefferson County Historical Society
Printed by Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX
Page 98, 99
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer