For me the inclusion of this manuscript in The Breakey Collection is probably the most meaningful, first as a recorder of the Breakey family of Lismagonway, my personal lineage, and secondly as the Editor of The Breakey Collection. It is the culmination of many years of research.
When I introduced The Breakey Collection on the Internet, it had to begin with the untold years of research by countless others, the results of their work, and the documentation that had been entrusted to me. It also provided a chronological approach to the search at hand. However, as my own lineage got ‘put on the back burner, those intervening years brought new supporting evidence for my own personal family history, as well as the entire Breakey lineage.
From the perspective of historian for my personal family history, it pleases me, of course, to be able to record the family’s travels from Ireland to America.
However, as Editor of the Breakey Collection and far surpassing the importance of my family lineage, I feel this manuscript provides a documented and objective view of the origin of the Breakey family in Ireland at the beginning of the 18th century.
Reverend Andrew Breakey of Killyleagh was undoubtedly an honorable man, one not in need of assumed prestige of ‘class.’ When, in the funeral sermon for Andrew Breakey given by Dr. Murphy, it is stated that Rev. Andrew descended from a Breakey who went from Scotland over to Holland, and entered into the service of William, Prince of Orange, later settling as farmers in Ballybay, Ireland after the disbanding of the army, it was without apology for his [Reverend Andrew Breakey’s] humble origins.
After many years of research, and in my mind, this comment provides direction for the generations of Breakey researchers to come: “Look northeast of Ireland, to Scotland, for the origins of the Irish family of Breakey.”