14 June 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Willis Breese Humfrey (1836-1864)

Willis Brees Humfrey
Davids Island NY
Feb 1 1864
In defense of his
Willis B.
Son of
C.C. & Sarah
AE 27 y & 9 m.

Willis Brees Humfrey was born in Erin, NY and worked as a farmer. He enlisted into the Civil War as a Private on November 28, 1861 at the age of 25 years. He served with Company C, 89th Infantry Regiment NY. He was wounded on September 17, 1862 in Antietam, Maryland and December 13, 1862 in Fredericksburg, VA. He died at DeCamp Hospital on Davids Island, NY. Records also state he died at Folly Island (South Carolina) and Long Island NY.


  • Ancestry.com. New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Willis Brees Humfrey gravestone, Breesport Baptist Cemetery, Breesport (Chemung County), New York; photographed by the author 02 Jun 2011.


  1. I am glad to have found your blog listed in the new blogs for June at GeneaBlogger! I have roots in the Southern Tier, and I grew up in Vestal, Broome, NY. There are many ancestors, especially in Binghamton, Windsor, and Maine, NY, for whom I have never been able to go to the cemetery to locate the gravestones. My great Aunt Helen (Newton) Beers had started our family history research, which I now continue.

    I will be featuring your blog on my Follow Friday post. I hope you'll visit.

  2. Thank you Debra for featuring me! That's very nice! Send me an email about which cemeteries your ancestors are in for those towns and then I can add them to my list for this summer! I don't have any in particular in Broome County that I will be visiting and it would be great to help someone out while I'm there. :)