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THE REVEREND JAMES HENRY BREAKER AND HIS DESCENDENTS
James Henry Breaker is the son of Lewis Frederick Breaker. He was born in Edgefield, South Carolina on April 28, 1820. James studied medicine in Conneticut, but eventually heeded the call to the ministry, and became a Baptist Preacher, helping his father in Key West starting the Baptist Church there. In 1847, he was appointed by the American Baptist home Mission Society as pastor of Key West, Florida.
James married several times, as during those days, women usually died before their husbands, succumbing to illness. (Charles Middleton Breaker also married several times, as his wives often died in childbirth).
James arrived in Key West with his new bride, Miss Abby Desiah Niles. She died Connecticut in 1850. James remarried Eliza Jane Spencer (born Nov. 8, 1835) on July 10, 1853 in Hillsborough County, Florida. They had a daughter named Eliza Jane born August 30, 1854 in St. Louis, Missouri, but died there, followed by her mother on Sept. 2 of the same year.
James then remarried again to Miss Angelina C. Johnson on January 23, 1856 in Putnam County, Florida.
James joined the Southern cause during "The war of Northern Agression," enlisting as Chaplain. He also served as a captain the Old Guards, mounted Rangers mustered in March 29, 1862.
James eventually moved to Missouri, where he pastored a church into the late 1800's. He died there in 1897. The "Baptist Witness" from November 3, 1897, gives his endearing obituary:
"One of the oldest Baptist preachers of America, either in age or in years of service, passed away when the Rev. James Henry Breaker died. He was 77 years old last April. For fifty-five years he preached the gospel and filled pulpits in the North, South, East, and West. He death came at 12:30 A.M., Sunday. It was caused by heart failure."
If he died at 77, and preached for 55 years, what did he do before he turned 22? Some say he was a sea captain of a ship named Ella.
The Rev. James Henry Breaker and Wife (unknown which one)
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