Edward Breen, Donner Party

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Edward Breen

Birthplace: St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Death: Died in San Juan Bautista, San Benito Co., CA
Immediate Family:

Son of Patrick Breen and Margaret Breen, Donner Party
Husband of Catherine Breen and Mary Jane Breen
Father of Eugene Breen; James Edward Breen; William Breen; J. Edwin Breen and Harry Joseph Breen
Brother of John Breen, Donner Party; Patrick Breen, Donner Party; Simon Breen, Donner Party; James F. Breen, Donner Party; Patrick Breen, Donner Party and 2 others

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About Edward Breen, Donner Party

Survived, age 13.

Not long after leaving Fort Bridger on the Plaines, Edward was out riding with one of the Reed girls when his horse fell. Edward was knocked out and his leg was broken. His parents sent back to the fort for assistance, but when the "surgeon" arrived, he recommended amputation. Edward refused, the leg was set, and by the time the emigrants reached the Humboldt, Edward was riding again.

Edward, like Simon, was rescued by the First Relief. He became a prominent rancher and farmer in San Benito County, owning huge amounts of land in that county and elsewhere. He stood over 6' 1", was well-proportioned, and a noted horseman. Edward’s son Harry J. Breen was an avid family historian who collected and preserved numerous documents.


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Edward Breen, Donner Party's Timeline

September 4, 1833
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Age 25
Age 37
Age 48
Age 50
Age 52
August 30, 1890
Age 56
San Juan Bautista, San Benito Co., CA