Margaret Breen1

#519, (circa 1828 - 9 April 1892)
RelationshipGrandmother of Anna Margaret Donovan
Father*____ Breen2 (s 1800 - )
photograph by Vincent W Hartnett, Jr


Alexander Campion b. c 1826, d. 1874
Children 1.John A Campion1 (1850 - 1913)
 2.Michael James Campion11 (1853 - 1857)
 3.Elizabeth Helen Campion (1857 - 1860)
 4.Margaret Alice Campion+5 (1860 - 1947)
 5.Elizabeth Ellen Campion12 (c 1864 - )
 6.Mary Bridget Campion (1866 - 1895)
 7.Maria Anne Campion12 (1871 - 1897)
On the parents of Margaret Breen: The first son and first daughter of Alexander and Margaret were named John and Elizabeth, the names of Alexander’s parents. It would be customary, in some places in Ireland, to name the first son and second daughter for the father's parents, and the first daughter and second son for the mother's parents. If this case is a variation of the custom, then the names of Margaret’s parents might be Michael and Margaret.2 
Margaret Breen was also known as Brean (variant.)2 
Her married name was Campion. 
Birth*circa 1828She was born circa 1828 at IrelandG; (census data 1881 (age 51) and 1891 (age 60); headstone data d. 1892 age 65.)3 
Marriage*before March 1850She married Alexander Campion, son of John Francis Campion and Elizabeth _____, before March 1850 at Prince Edward IslandG.4,5 
September 1849She and Alexander Campion traveled in September 1849 from PEI aboard the schooner Euphemia to Boston, Massachusetts.6
1861She and Alexander Campion appeared on the census of 1861 at Souris, Lot 45, Prince Edward IslandG.7
18 April 1881She appeared on the census of 18 April 1881 at Lot 45, Kings Co., Prince Edward IslandG.8 
1891She appeared on the census of 1891 at Lot 45, Kings Co., Prince Edward IslandG.9 
Death*9 April 1892She died on 9 April 1892 at Souris, Kings Co., Prince Edward IslandG.10,11 
Burial*12 April 1892She was buried on 12 April 1892 at St. Mary's Church Cemetery, Souris, Prince Edward Island.10,11 
ChartsAncestors of Anna Margaret Donovan


  1. [S1429] New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949, online Death Record of John A Campion, son of Alexander Campion and Margaret Breen, 1913, q.v.
  2. [S520] VWH.
  3. [S842] Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915, online, index and images, Mary B Campion, d. 17 Jun 1895, at home, age 27y, 11m, 19d; cause pulmonary phthisis; single, b. PEI, father Alexander Campion b. Souris PEI, mother Margaret Breen b. Ireland . V 456, p 239; film number 961517; digital folder 4225012, image 229/790.
  4. [S520] VWH.
  5. [S33] Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885, Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Queens Co., Prince Edward Island. Online
  6. [S241] Boston Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1943, online, original records National Archives, 7 Sep 1849, schooner "Euphemia" arr. Boston from P.E.I; "Burthen 56 tons"; Alex. Campion (24), Margaret Campion (23) [wife or sister of Alex.], Bridget Campion (16) [poss. sister of Alex.], Johanna (18) [poss. sister of Alex.], Elizabeth (48) [poss. mother or Alex.], George (15) [poss. brother of Alex.]; all farmer, of P.E.I.; intend to become inhabitants of U.S.
    Total of 38 pax on board incl. McNeil, Henderson, McCoit, McDonald, Hayes, Dooley and Ryan.
    Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1917-1943; Microfilm Serial: T938; Microfilm Roll: 31 Boston, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1954 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2006.
    Original data: Boston, Massachusetts. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891. Micropublication M277. RG036. 115 rolls. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  7. [S70] 1861 Prince Edward Island Census. Alexander (21-45), merchant; Margaret (21-45); m (5-16) [John]; f (16-21) [?], f (<5) [Elizabeth Ellen or (prob.) Margaret Alice]; five total persons, 3 single persons; one death in family in past year, one birth in family in past year [Margaret Alice]; all Roman Catholic. One horse, 2 neat cattle and 3 hogs. In the past year they had produced 200 barrels of cured herring or alewives, 80 quintals of cured codfish/hake and 40 gallons of fish oil; one boat.
    Neighbors John McKinnon, shoemaker; Donald Steel, blacksmith; James and Sarah Kennison, mariner; Donald and Susannah Desmond, shoemaker; James and Teresa McLaughlan, shoe maker; Roderick and Mary McDonald, mariner.
    Note: based on the occupations, this is probably in Souris proper.
  8. [S42] 1881 Canada Census. Margaret (51), widow, b. Ireland; neighbor Michael and Mary Ann Hogan / Ronald and Flora McDonald.
  9. [S69] 1891 Canada Census. Margaret Campion (60), b. Ireland, widow; Mary (22) tailoress and Annie (18) both born PEI.
  10. [S856] Prince Edward Island Death Card Index, 1721-1905: file card images, Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Queens Co., Prince Edward Island. Online
  11. [S147] St. Mary's Church Cemetery (Souris), Field visit, Collection of Vincent W and Donna F Hartnett, Birchrunville, Pennsylvania.
  12. [S42] 1881 Canada Census.