1909: Emigrated to the US from Londonderry Ireland on the SS Caledonia, which left Ireland on 15 May 1909 and arrived New York on 23 May 1909. Based on his report on his citizenship application, we checked back on the Ellis Island site for the Caledonia, and we were able to find Grandfather Michael. They had spelled his name "Bresland," making it just different enough that it did not show up when you did a search for Michael Breslin. Michael is recorded on the Ellis Island site as arriving May 23, 1909 at the Port of NY on the SS Caledonia sailing from Londonderry. His nearest relative in Ireland is his father, "William Bresland, Frosses, Ireland." Michael is joining his aunt, "Mrs Cavanaugh, 31 Ash St., Saratoga Springs, NY." For nearest relative and address, the manifest listed "William Bresland, Frosses, Ireland."
1911: Certificate of Arrival - Naturalization records show that Michael Breslin requested a Certificate of Arrival on 22 May 1911; he stated he was 22 years old, Occupation: Motorman; Color: White; Complexion Fair, Height 5 feet, 11 inches, Weight 155 pounds, Color of hair: Brown, Color of eyes Blue, Distinctive marks: None. He declared he was born in County Donegal, Ireland on 21Nov1888. His residence in 1911 was 1641 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, New York. [NB: James P. Duffy & family - Michael's future brother-in-law and family lived at 1641 Pacific St. at the time of the 1910 Census, but Michael was not listed there in 1910]. He emigrated to the US from Londonderry Ireland on the SS Caledonia, which left Ireland on 15 May 1909 and arrived New York on 23 May 1909. (Petition for Naturalization #33654, 13Jul1917; Declaration of Intention #194515, 22May1911; Certificate of Naturalization #891662, 17May1918).
1913: Michael Breslin, age 24, 273 Albany Ave, Bklyn NY and Agnes Duffy, Age 22, 101 Rogers Ave, Bklyn NY were married 13 Jun1913 at St. Theresa's R.C. Church in Brooklyn NY.
1914: Son, Edward Joseph Breslin, born 27 Aug 1914, 176 Utica Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
1915: Son, William Michael Breslin, born 21 Oct 1915, Brooklyn NY.
1917: Michael Breslin, 229 Troy Ave, Brooklyn, registered for the WW1 Draft on 5Jun1917, #168 at Precinct #152, Kings NY. DOB: Nov 21, 1888. He reported he had filed citizenship papers, was born in Donegal Ireland, worked as a Motorman for the BRT Bergen St., had a wife and 2 boys; he was of medium height and had blue eyes and dark hair.
1918: He was naturalized on 17 May 1918. His wife's name was Agnes, 29 years old and born in Brooklyn, New York. Their residence was 229 Troy Ave, Brooklyn, NY. They had two children, Edward, age 3, born 27 Aug 1914, and William, age 2, born 21 Aug 1915. Michael was able to speak English and write his own name. Witnesses were Michael Agustuses Green, a conductor, residing at 234 Schanectady Ave, Brooklyn and Patrick Thornton, Motorman, residing at 747 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, New York.
May 2, 1920, Son, John Francis Breslin born to Michael and Agnes, who are residing at 727 Prospect Pl. Bklyn, NY.
1921: December 14, 1921, Charles M. Breslin born to Michael and Agnes, who are residing at 1878 Pacific St., Bklyn NY.
1926: November 16, 1926, daughter, Agnes, born, Brooklyn, NY.
1933: January 7, 1933, wife, Agnes dies of pneumonia at Unity Hospital, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY.
1942: March 5, 1942, Michael Breslin dies.
Bureau of Records, Department of Health, Borough of Brooklyn Certificate of Death. Certificate No. 4915. Time Stamped: 1942 March 7, AM 10:11. Name of Deceased Michel Breslin. Social Security Number: 051-05-6736. Usual residence: State New York, County Kings, Brooklyn, 149 Sterling St. Widowed. Husband of: Agnes. Date of Birth of Decedent: Nov 21, 1888. Age 53 yrs. 3 mos. 14 days.
Occupation: Motorman, Retired; Birthplace: Ireland. U.S. Citizen, Not a veteran, Name of Father: William Breslin. Birthplace of Father: Ireland. Maiden Name of Mother: Anna McDevitt. Birthplace of Mother: Ireland. Signature of informant: Anna Padian, Sister, 149 Sterling St. Place of Death: Borough Brooklyn, 149 Sterling St. Length of stay at place of death immediately prior to death: 1 month. Date and Hour of Death: March 5 1942, 5:10 A.M. Sex Male; Color or Race White; Approximate Age 54. I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from December 29, 1941, to March 5, 1942 and last saw him alive on March 1, 1942. Principal cause of death: Carcinoma of Stomach, inoperable with metastases. Date of Onset: 6 months + ; Operation date 9/10/41, Exploratory Laparotomy. Signature: Abraham Adriopez, M.D. 102 Linden Blvd, March 6, 1942. Place of Burial: St. John's Cemetery. Date of Burial March 9, 1942. Funeral Director Howard & Howard. Address: 5815 Ave N, Permit Number 3485.
Copy on File with James H. Breslin, Grandson.