WILL OF THOMAS PRESLEY OF ANSON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
Dated March 6, 1808
Sons: Richard Presley, Thomas Presley
Daughters: Susana Helms, Sarah Helms, Elisabeth Helms, Anna Helms, Rebecah Pool, Jean Presley,
Mary Thomas, Nancy Pool
(Note: I found this in my files. It's stamped North Carolina State Library but I'm not sure what book it came from, but I think it must be a family book about the Hargett's.)
PRESLEY: AN ALLIED FAMILY
Presley is a German name, spelled Preslar, Presslar and Pressler in the lists of Palatines and other Germans who arrived in Philadelphia in the middle of the eighteenth century. Shortly thereafter people of the name were to be found in the Province of North Carolina where intermarriages "between them and some of our Hargett forefathers took place.
The first of the name about whom we have certain knowledge was Thomas Presley who was born about 1739, probably in Germany. A farmer who lived in Anson County, North Carolina, he died sometime after March 6, 1808, the date upon which he signed his will, a document on record in Anson County. His wife Sarah, whose surname is not known to us, survived him. In his will he bequeathed to her his 125-acre farm and all his other possessions, with the proviso that upon her death the property should be divided among their four youngest daughters, namely, Rebecca Poole, Jean Presley, Mary Thomas and Nancy Poole, other provision having already been made for two older daughters, Elizabeth Helms and Anna Helms. Provision was also made in the will for two sons: Richard Presley, evidently the oldest of the children, and Thomas Presley. Sarah Presley, the widow, and Richard Presley, the son, were named executrix and executor, respectively, of the will."
Richard Presley, son of Thomas and Sarah Presley, was born on March 15, 1?60. His wife Mary was born on May 22 of the same year, the daughter of Tillman Helms (born sometime around 1720 or 1725) and his wife Rachel Craig. Tillman Helms had come to Anson County (that is to say, to that part of Anson which later became Mecklenburg County and still later Union County) sometime between 1747 and 1749, whit his brother George Helms. Tillman Helsm owned large tract of lat in Anson County and was one of the founders of High Hills Baptist Church near the present-day town of Monroe in Union County. (This information about Thomas Presley and his family came from Jessie Ramsey (Mrs. William) Stell of Russellville , Alabama, who is directly descended from him.)
Among the children of Richard Presley (born 1760) and his wife Mary (Helms) (born also in 1760) was Sarah Presley (born March 16, 1789) who became the wife of William Hargett (1789-1857). The first-born of their children Presley Hargett (1808-1863), the diarist, became the father of Shepheard Thomas Hargett (1833-1869), the grandfather of the present writer. (Presley Hargett common place book.)