John Breed, Jr. (1700 - 1781)

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Birthplace: Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Occupation: Military captain, church deacon
Managed by: Glen Lofton Bedgood
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About John Breed, Jr.

Deacon John Breed died in Stonington, Jan.24, 1781. Both he and Mary are buried in the old Breed cemetery (Deac. John on inscription). Rep. from state 1735-41 and 1746. Selectman 1736, 1740, 1764. Both on list of adm. to Congregational Church, Stonington Aug.2, 1741.

John Breed, 4th from Allen Breed, the second John of Stonington, known first as Junior and later as Captain - the hero of our sketch - was born January. 26, 1700 and baptized in the First Congregational Church of which his father had been a staunch member for ten years. Captain John Breed lived to perform a service for his country so patriotic that it is a privilege to relate it here, to be recorded with similar data of more than family tradition. He married October 11, 1728 Mary Prentice, daughter of Samuel and Esther (Hammond) Prentice, and of their eleven children three were sons: John 3rd, born Sept. 5, 1729 (married Silence Grant); Nathan, born Dec. 13, 1731 (married Lucy Babcock); Amos, born Dec. 23, 1744 (married Lucy Randall).

Capt. John and Mary (Prentice) Breed were amoung the members of the First Church who united with Mr. Eells in organizing a new society, a necessity arising from the need of a church at East of town, Jan. 4, 1733. They had "owned and covenant" May 11, 1729, and on Aug. 2, 1741 "Capt. John Breed and wife were admitted to full communion." All their children were baptized. Capt. John Breed served as Representatives from Stonington in 1735, 1741 and 1746, and was Selectman in 1736, 1740 and 1764.

It was in the twilight of his years that the young and stalwart men were answering to the call to arms. For Stonington was bonbarded by the British in 1775 and it was with dismay that citizens learned that one half of their force on defence duty had been ordered to New London. On Oct. 14, 1776, the Committee of Correspondence of Stonington "and sundry of the inhabitants thereof" petitioned the General Assembly at New Haven in a Memorial to return cannon, calling the British "those sons of tyranny and despotism sent by that more than savage tyrant George the 3rd." Among the 105 signers of this Memorial were John Breed Jr. and so many familiar familys names as to claim the interest of every descendant of Capt. John and Mary Breed.

Many by the name of Breed have been recorded as Connecticut soldiers, sailors and patriots in the Rebolutionary War. One of the most ardent and certainly the oldest patriot in Stonington was our brave and faithful Capt. John Breed, who, with 76 or more summers behind him, and with sons, grandsons, nephews and cousins marching to the front, remaining at home, bravely protecting his family, his invalid son Amos and his family and the stores of ammunition and supplies hidden within his old mansion home; for it was here where he fired upon the redcoats through port holes near his roof. It is easier to believe than to prove that his son Amos loaded the muskats and Amos' mother, his wife and his children all contributed their share in defending this old home. Alas! that no one now remains who can tell us the thrilling tales about that family circle incident to those exciting times in Stonington!

With the Revolution over and peace prevailing once again, the vastWilderness of the west attracted the younger and rainisg generation from all parts of Connecticut. Amos Breed had died in 1785 at the age of forty, only four years after his old father had passed away...

-------------------- First Generation of Breed.

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Capt. John Breed, Jr.'s Timeline

1700
January 26, 1700
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
March 31, 1700
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
March 31, 1700
Stonington,New London,Connecticut
1725
October 14, 1725
Age 25
Stonington,New London,Connecticut
1727
August 3, 1727
Age 27
Stonington, New London Co., CT
1729
September 5, 1729
Age 29
Stonington, New London, Connecticut
1731
December 13, 1731
Age 31
Stonington, New London Co., CT, USA
1735
December 28, 1735
Age 35
North Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States
1744
December 23, 1744
Age 44
Stonington, New London, CT, USA
1781
January 24, 1781
Age 80
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, United States