Some Ancestors of

Jack and Lee



Page Started 12 May 2014



Research Procedure:
01--Received full name, YOB, and POB from Cheryl Direen-Wendell.
02--Found our John in
1930 census living with his mother, Viola, in Troy, NY (used Ancestry.com).
03--Found Viola and husband John in January
1920 census living in a boarding house in Troy, NY (used Ancestry.com).
04--
Found DOB and DOD for our John in U.S. Soc. Sec. Death Index; living in Haskell, Passaic Co., NJ (used Ancestry.com).
05--Found our John's grave in Paterson, Passaic Co., NJ (used FindAGrave.com)--learned his wife's name: Angelina D'Argenzio.
06--Found two John Breens in the 1910 census, one in Glens Falls, Warren Co., NY, the other in NY City (used Ancestry.com).
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An Outline of the Known Family So Far





25.00--Mr. Breen, b. unk. date in Ireland; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. Ms. unk. (b. unk. date in Ireland; d. unk.; bd.unk.); at least one ch.

26.00--John Breen, b. ca. 1892 in NY/Ireland/Ireland; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. Viola (nee unk.; b. ca. 1897 in NY/NY/NY; at least one ch.
[listed as John Breen, 28, lodger, collar cutter in a shirt factory, b. NY/Ireland/Ireland, in the Jan 1920 census of Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY]
[John is not listed as living at home in the 2 Apr 1930 census of Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY, and is assumed to be working/living elsewhere or possibly legally separated]

[listed as Viola Breen, 23, lodger, b. NY/NY/NY, in the Jan 1920 census of Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY]
[listed as Viola Breen, 32, md. (but husband John is not listed), novelty store saleslady, in the 2 Apr 1930 census of Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY]

[
John M. Gwin Note: I am leaning toward the John G. Breen listed as age 18 and living in Glens Falls, Warren Co., NY, in the 1910 census, as our 26.00 John Breen, not only since Glens Falls is only about 20 miles from Troy but because in 1910 he is working as a cutter in a shirt factory.]

27.00--John Gordon Breen, b. 22 Apr 1920 in Troy, NY; d. 24 Mar 2008 in Haskell, Passaic Co., NJ; bd. Cedar Lawn Cem., Paterson, Passaic Co., NJ--Find A Grave Memorial# 25541505--Inscription: "87y"--note by Rich H (memorial creator): "h/o Angelina (D'Argenzio) Breen"; m. Angelina D'Argenzio (b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.); unk. ch.
[listed as John Breen, 10, public school student, in the 2 Apr 1930 census of Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY]

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current about John Breen

Name: John Breen
Last Residence: 07420  Haskell, Passaic, New Jersey
BORN: 22 Apr 1920
Died: 24 Mar 2008
State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)





Some Pertinent Census Data Summarized by Ancestry.com
[John M. Gwin Note:  It is not yet clear to me which of these two John Breens is the generation 26.00 father of our John Gordon in the 1910 census.  Perhaps Lee will recognize some of the names of the siblings in one or the other family.]


Name: John Breen
Age: 18
YOB: abt 1892
POB: New York
Home in
1910:
Manhattan Ward 22, New York, New York
Race: White
Gender: Male
R2HOH: Son
MarStat: Single
Father: Thomas Breen
FPOB: New York
Mother: Anna Breen
MPOB: Ireland
House-
hold:
Name Age
Thomas Breen 42
Anna Breen 47
William Breen 19
John Breen 18
Thomas Breen 17
Henry Breen 15
David Breen 12
Edward Breen 9

Name: John G Breen
Age: 18
YOB: abt 1892
POB: New York
Home in
1910:
Glens Falls Ward 1, Warren, New York
R2HOH: Son
[Head] 
MarStat: Single
FPOB: New Hampshire
MPOB: New York
House-
hold:
Name Age
John H Breen 45
Mary A Breen 43
John G Breen 18
Bernard Breen 15
Mary L Breen 12
Helen Breen 11
Leonard Breen 9
Earnest Breen 7
Francis J Breen 6
Pauline Breen 4
Evereston Breen 2
Daniel L Breen 0y7m
Name: Viola Breen
Age: 23
YOB: abt 1897
POB: New York
Home in
January
1920:
Troy Ward 4, Rensselaer, New York
Race: White
Gender: Female
R2HOH: Lodger
MarStat: Married
FPOB: New York
MPOB: New York
House-
hold:
Name Age
Edward Dreher 31
Edna F Dreher 32
Barbara Dreher 8
Marjorie Dreher 5[5y9m] 
Charles Freeman 38
Florence Freeman 26
Charles Freeman 0[0y10m] 
John Breen  (b. NY/Ireland/Ireland), collar cutter in a shirt factory
28
Viola Breen 23
Edward Doran 33
Dorothy Doran 28
George Settle 22
Eva Settle 27
Name: John Breen
Gender: Male
YOB: abt 1920
POB: New York
Race: White
Home on
2 April
1930:
Troy, Rensselaer, New York
MarStat: Single
R2HOH: Son
FPOB: New York
Mother: Viola L. Breen
MPOB: New York
House-
hold:
Name Age
Viola L Breen, novelty shop saleslady, listed as md., but husband is not lvg. at home 32
John Breen 10









Some Good Communication



Begin forwarded message:

From: Cheryl Direen-Wendell bannnananut5260 at yahoo dot com
Date: May 11, 2014 12:52:39 PM MDT
To: John Gwin <jmcdgwin@zianet.com>
Subject: Re: Hello...

 Hi John!
                I just talked to Lee, and she said it was a tough year. Now he's seeing his real Father. He gets to see Him first, before we do.
                    (When I went to church today, someone said Jack this last week.)

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013 11:14 AM, Cheryl Direen-Wendell wrote:
 Hi John!
                    Lee gave me the information about Jack that we talked about.
                      (Lee is Jack's wife, and Jack is the one who doesn't know his father)
                        It looks as if I might be the go-between; she said she wants me to be.
                    If you remember, I sent an email to you in August (18th) and asked you if you would help her like you did for Paul.
                      Here's what she gave me:
                                        Full name-John Gordon Breen
                                        Birthplace-Troy, NY
                                         Year of Birth-1920
                                                                           Have fun!  8>)

                                                                                               Cheryl