Finding aid for the John Breck Family Papers, Joint Manuscript and Microfilm Edition

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Breck, John Family
Title: John Breck Family Papers, Joint Manuscript and Microfilm Edition
Dates: 1782-1993
Extent: 0.90 linear feet (2 containers, 1 oversize folder, and 2 rolls of microfilm)
Abstract: The John Breck family, natives of Massachusetts, purchased land in the Western Reserve from the Connecticut Land Company. By 1803, John Breck was sole owner of the family's land in what is now Brecksville, Ohio. He married Clarissa Allen and they had six children. Seth Paine and Alfred Wolcott surveyed the Breck family land in 1811. Paine and his family became Brecksville's first settlers. The first family member to live in Brecksville was John Breck's nephew, the Reverend Joseph Hunt Breck, who later settled in Newburgh, Ohio. John Breck's sons John Adams, Theodore, and Edward, came to Brecksville in 1830. Theodore Breck was a merchant in Brecksville, served as a Cuyahoga County commissioner, and represented the Brecksville area in the Ohio state legislature. Edward M. Breck setled in Huntsburg, Geauga County, Ohio, and in later years returned to Brecksville. His son, Edward King Breck, married Mary Louisa Oakes of Brecksville, and they had two children. Their son, Theodore Breck attended Oberlin College and Amherst College and received a medical degree from Wooster College. He served in World War I, was on the staff of Glenville Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, was a member of the Early Settlers Club, and president of the Brecksville Centennial in 1911. The collection consists of Consists of letters, diaries, poems, writings, newspaper clippings, obituaries, historical notes, receipts, accounts, contracts, deeds, land surveys, wills, powers of attorney, legal documents, certificates, and photographs.
MS Number MS 4675
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English