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This week, my photo comes from the Green Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I took this photo before I got more serious about my photography, (and this was a quick stop in the cemetery) so unfortunately, I did not take a photo of the date marker. But, I plan on going back, hopefully in 2014.
George William Breck, according to the information on Find-a-Grave, was born in 1863 and died in 1903.
I found his death notice, which shows he died in New York:
From what I found via Ancestry, he married Katherine Putnam Head in 1903. The 1920 census shows them living in Queens, New York. The record shows they have two children, Katherine, aged 14, and John, aged 12. It also shows they share their house with two servants, Fosea Pilastre and Nancy Hobbs. Interestingly, the record shows their two children were born in Italy — so it makes me wonder what made them travel there, and how they wound up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. However, George’s occupation is shown as “Artist,” and his own family origins as France — so perhaps that’s an explanation.
If I go back a bit further to the 1915 census, they are living in Queens, with Katherine and John, but also another daughter, Elizabeth H, aged 5 in 1915. The fact that she doesn’t show on the 1920 census makes me think that she passed away. The two servants are shown as “Fosca” Pilastri and Anna Glover.
Going further backwards, the 1910 census shows the couple living in Manhattan, New York, with youngest daughter Elizabeth a newborn. They have 3 servants listed: “Fosca Pikester”, Angeline Bowne and Angela Ginder. So, apparently, Fosca was with the family for quite some time.
— But I’m still wondering why this memorial is in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Perhaps it was erected by his wife or daughter? And also interesting, Fosca is listed on the plaque on the other side of this memorial (photo courtesy of Find-a-Grave):