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San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Patrick and Margaret Breen

 
 
Patrick and Margaret Breen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 17, 2013
1. Patrick and Margaret Breen Marker
Inscription.
In Memoriam
Patrick and Margaret Breen
These pioneers left county Carlow, Ireland, in 1828. By 1845 they were owners of a farm in Iowa Territory.

Heading westward again, they joined the Donnor (sic) Party, whose heroic struggles to survive the winter of 1846 in the snows of the Sierra Nevada is widely known.

In February 1848 the indomitable Breen family became the first English-speaking settlers in this valley. Patrick Breen died at San Juan Bautista in 1866, Margaret in 1874. They are buried on the hill above this marker.
 
Erected 1968 by San Juan Bautista Historical Socieity.
 
Location. 36° 50.752′ N, 121° 32.699′ W. Marker is in San Juan Bautista, California, in San Benito County. Marker is on Monterey Street west of Church Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is located at the San Juan Bautista-Campo Santo Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Monterey Street, San Juan Bautista CA 95045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Campo Santo (a few steps from this marker); San Juan Bautista WW II Veterans (a few steps from this marker); Marentis House
Patrick and Margaret Breen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 17, 2013
2. Patrick and Margaret Breen Marker
(about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jim Jack’s Cabin (approx. ¼ mile away); Fremont Peak (approx. 0.3 miles away); Safety Follows Wisdom (approx. 0.3 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775 – 1776 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Native Daughters Adobe (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan Bautista.
 
Also see . . .  Patrick Breen - Spartacus Edudational. Patrick Breen was born in Ireland in about 1806. He moved to the United States and settled in Iowa. In 1846 Breen, his wife Margaret, and their seven children joined the Donner Party. (Submitted on January 20, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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The Graves of Patrick and Margaret Breen and other family members image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 17, 2013
3. The Graves of Patrick and Margaret Breen and other family members
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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