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Presley


Published by the Presley/Preslar/Pressly Family Research Association


VOLUME IV      NO. 1                                          June 1988                                        Page one




CALIFORNIA DEATH INDEX

(Ed. Note: Lorlei K. Metke, address withheld - has compiled the following list from the California Death Index (1905-1929) in the Sonoma Co. Recorder's Office. There are probably few American families who have not had someone who has migrated to the "land, of promise", California.)

NAME (SPOUSE)

AGE

DATE

COUNTY

BRESLER

M.F.
Mabel

16
34

21 Sept. 1919
28 Mar. 1912

Fresno
Los Angeles


BRESSLER

Charles H.
Emilie
Emma M.
Flora B.
Florence M.
Francis M. (F.B.)
George W. (E.)
Gladys K.
Henry
James
James H. (B.)
John C. (I.)
Keziah
Lowell E. (E.)
Marcus (L.)
Martha J.
Mathilda (L.)
Nettie
Rhoda (H.I.)
Roy C.
Samuel
Vera
Washington L

64
52
53
57
2 hrs
61
63
20
85
60
73
68
80
58
69
73
78
38
73
23
65
8
78

13 June 1929
30 Nov. 1911
7 Jan. 1918
4 Mar. 1917
9 Feb. 1927
17 Dec. 1915
7 Oct. 1922
26 Sept. 1914
28 Nov. 1919
10 Dec. 1919
17 Dec. 1922
21 Apr. 1924
1 Aug. 1911
25 June 1928
31 Aug. 1927
23 Jan. 1920
21 Aug. 1920
20 Apr. 1911
12 Jan. 1928
12 Feb. 1920
27 Nov. 1926
11 July 1908
9 May 1910

Los Angeles
San Francisco
Napa
Los Angeles
San Luis Obispo
Los Angeles
Santa Clara
Fresno
Tehama
Santa Barbara
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Orange
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Tehama
San Diego
Los Angeles
Sacramento
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Tehama
Fresno


PRESLAR

Agnes
Lillie J. (H.A.)

48
66

12 Mar. 1910
21 Oct. 1928

Santa Barbara
Sacramento


PRESLER

Dean (R.A.)

41

13 May 1927

San Francisco

(continued on page forty-eight)

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THE PRESLEY/PRESLAR/PRESSLY NEWSLETTER is a quarterly publication of the Presley Preslar/Pressly Family Research Association and is distributed to members and selected genealogical libraries. President & Editor is Edwin C. Dunn, (address withheld).. Vice-President. is Betty Bostick, (address withheld). Treasurer is E.L. Singleton, (address withheld).

Queries and items for publication should be sent to the Editor and will be inluded in the newsletter at no cost as space permits. Back issues of the news letter may be ordered from the Editor at one dollar each (only 3 issues were in volume one).

Applications, checks, and renewals for membership should be sent to the Secretary, Anne P. Greer, (address withheld).. Applications should be accompanied by family group sheets for the Presley (etc.) family line. Dues are $10 per year; associate membership (spouses) dues $5 per year, payable on July 1st. New members receive all back issues for the current membership year. Dues received after March 1st will be applied to the following year beginning July 1st.

Inquiries concerning material in the Association archives should be addressed to the Research Director, James E. Anderson, (address withheld). and should be accompanied by a large self-addressed, stamped envelope.





FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK


Summer is nearly over, and for most of you it has been one of record-breaking heat and drought. Here in New Mexico it has actually been cooler and wetter than normal with several big flash floods. Nevertheless, even cooler days are approaching, and thoughts more easily turn from picnics and vacations to genealogical research.

The questionaires which many of you returned with your membership renewals will be very useful to your officers in leading your organization in the most helpful direction. What the majority of you seemed to say was that you wanted more research and information, a larger newsletter, and you were willing to pay for it.

With that in mind, we're going to work toward those goals. We'll look at the possibility of our hiring more researchers, and we're going to ask members to do some research for us. If you live in a county where Presleys/Preslars, etc. live or have lived, how about researching that family for us even if that family is not your personal family line? Some of your time could greatly aid someone else living far away, and two articles based on such efforts by members Lorlei Metke and Betty Bunting are included in this issue.

Jim Anderson, our Research Director, has begun to extract data from the 1900 census, a formidable project but one which should add a great deal of data to our files. To get all the information to you, we're going to begin by adding a couple of pages to this issue of the newsletter. Costs of printing and postage have gone up this year, but we're going to be very careful about raising dues and only do so




Click photo for larger version

- From Pee Dee Queue, Jan., 1988

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when costs and the accumulation of material seem to justify a raise.

In the meantime, a number of you have neglected to renew your membership for 1988-89. PLEASE return your check for dues as soon as possible. We'll be revising our mailing lists, and if you haven't renewed your membership, your name will be dropped after this issue. It's a necessary evil, but oh, how we hate to lose old friends! DON'T FORGET!!


CALIFORNIA DEATH INDEX (Continued) :

NAME (SPOUSE)

AGE

DATE

COUNTY

PRESSLER

Bessie L. (C.R.)
Conrad (A.M.)
Eugene C.
Henry C. (M.M. )
John
Marey E.
Nicholas
Robert M.

32
48
33
52
65
76
27
82

4 Apr. 1921
25 Oct. 1918
17 Sept. 1907
6 Apr. 1928
20 Nov. 1911
28 Mar. 1915
14 May 1914
19 Dec. 1921

Los Angeles
Contra Costa
San Francisco
Los Angeles
San Bernardino
Los Angeles
Santa Clara
Los Angeles

PRESLEY

Annie M.
Anthony W.
Benjamin H.
Blanche R. (G.C.)
Charles
Clara
Clara
Cleve (A.)
Emily C.
Estella
Flora C.
Franklin
Hanna (F.)
Helen P.
Hugh
Hugh G.
Jack (M.T.)
Jacob
James
James A.
Jermiah
Jolal L. (S.M.)
Joseph W. (N. )
Mamie
Marget C.
Maud
May
Myrtle
Philmon W.
Ponola W.
Robert L.
Rose L. (B.B.)
Sarah A.
Thomas (S.)
Thomas W. (G.)
Virginia F.
William H.

64
84
16 days
27
52
33
55
27
65
2 days
4 months
80
66
4 months
74
22
58
50
63
1
83
34
44
34
76
55
30
1 month
3
75
2
24
69
85
44
11
50

24 Sept. 1913
25 May 1918
19 Oct. 1916
27 May 1921
25 June 1915
24 Aug. 1907
5 Sept. 1929
1 May 1923
10 Nov. 1915
25 Mar. 1911
25 Aug. 1918
19 Oct. 1915
15 Oct. 1916
15 June 1923
22 Nov. 1911
26 Jan. 1906
14 Apr. 1922
24 Feb. 1924
2 Feb. 1912
1 June 1925
17 June 1912
14 June 1918
26 Aug. 1922
20 May 1914
25 Jan. 1911
22 June 1916
10 Sept. 1906
19 Apr. 1922
3 Nov. 1917
10 June 1925
11 Sept. 1924
22 June 1920
15 Feb. 1912
8 Mar. 1928
11 June 1927
29 Dec. 1928
23 June 1914

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Tulare
Los Angeles
Orange
San Francisco
San Francisco
Siskiyou
San Joaquin
Los Angeles
Tulare
Los Angeles
Santa Barbara
Tulare
Sonoma
Shasta
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Siskiyou
Butte
San Mateo
Riverside
Alameda
San Francisco
Tulare
Alameda
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Imperial
Los Angeles
Stanislaus
Alameda
Sonoma
Los Angeles
San Bernardino
San Francisco
Sonoma

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PRESSLEY

Emma W.
Harriett E.
Harvey W.
Harvey w.
John
Julia B.
Lawrence A. (E. )
Mary E. (J.B.)
W.H.

68
52
23
78
75
74
50
59
85

5 Sept. 1909
19 Nov. 1909
30 May 1912
3 Mar. 1928
28 Apr. 1923
30 Dec. 1907
4 Feb. 1924
9 Dec. 1919
28 Aug. 1906

Sonoma
Shasta
Shasta
Alameda
San Joaquin
Sonoma
Sonoma
Fresno
Sonoma

PRESSLY

Betty
Cathryn
Viola

26
4
51

9 Feb. 1922
28 Mar. 1921
27 Oct. 1919

Los Angeles
Butte
San Joaquin

PRIESTLEY

A.G.
Alfred W.
Charles W.
Harriet
Helen
Imogene A.
James W.
Jennie (J.)
John
Joseph G. (I. )
Margery

45
37
68
2 months
53
70
57
34
63
66
14 Days

26 Oct. 1925
15 Jan. 1920
26 Sept. 1913
11 Jan. 1914
6 Dec. 1909
4 Mar. 1920
28 Dec. 1907
23 Apr. 1918
16 Feb. 1917
9 Nov. 1923
3 July 1915

Los Angeles
Santa Cruz
Los Angeles
Alameda
San Francisco
Los Angeles
San Joaquin
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Alameda
Tulare

PRIESTLY

Bernice E. (J.J.)
Floyd W. (B.)
Frank
Frank C.
George
John
Joseph
Joseph H. (A.M. )

28
28
46
50
73
50
74
72

2 Mar. 1920
5 Nov. 1918
1 Sept. 1914
17 Aug. 1910
14 Oct. 1909
24 Mar. 1907
20 May 1907
9 Nov. 1925

San Joaquin
San Joaquin
Lake
Los Angeles
Monterey
Alameda
Sacramento
Ventura

CURRENT FAMILY NEWS

Miss Anne Lyle Pressler & Mr. Les Thomas Csorba III were united in Marriage on Jan. 16, 1988 at Second Baptist Church by the bride's pastor, Dr. H. Edwin Young, and the groom's pastor, Rev. Jay Wolf of First Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va. The bride is the daughter of Judge & Mrs. Herman Paul Pressler III of Houston, and granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Herbert Avery Jr. of Winnetka, 111. and Mr. & Mrs. Herman Paul Pressler Jr. of Houston. The groom is the son of Mr. Laszlo Csorba of Vancouver, B.C., and the late Mrs. Csilla Kovacs Csorba. He is the grandson of Mrs. Lilike Kovacs of Edmonton, Alberta, & the late Mr. Steven Kovacs, and Mrs. Erno Josza of Ersci, Hungary, & the late Mr. Laszlo Csorba.

The bride is a graduate of RandoIph-Macon Woman's College, where she received a B.A. in economics. The groom is a political science graduate of the University J of California, Davis, where he served as executive council member and student body president. He is currently executive director of Accuracy in Academia, Inc., a research fellow with the Jefferson Educational Foundation and a freelance writer, speaker and columnist.

- From Houston Chronicle, 17 Jan. 1988

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1850 Census

                       GEORGIA

CARROLL COUNTY 
41  543/ -     Elijah Pressley     60 M W Farmer  2000  SC
               Lucy "              58 F W               VA
               Ma(?)lan Bridges    15 F W               GA
               Francis "           13 F W               GA
               Jas. M. "           13 M W               GA
               Julia "             11 F W               GA
               Wm. H. "             9 M W               GA
               Shelton "            8 M W               GA
               Jno. P. "            5 M W               GA
               Euphana "            3 F W               GA
               Florence "           1 F W               GA
               Jas. M. Sr. "       36 M W               GA
 
CHEROKEE COUNTY 
465 871/873    William Prisly      58 M W Farmer        SC
               Jane "              58 F W               NC
               Margaret "          13 F W               GA

537 1931/1938 Jourdan Prestley     25 M W               GA

ELBERT COUNTY 
421   851/857  C. Presley          58 M W Teacher 1000  GA
               M. "                56 F W               GA
 
FAYETTE COUNTY 
65   984/994   Thomas H. Pressley  45 M W Farmer  300   SC
               Elizabeth "         45 F W               SC
               Emaline "           21 F W               GA
               Elizabeth "         17 F W               GA
               Thomas M. "         15 M W               GA 
               James W. "          12 M W               GA   
               Mary "               9 F W               GA
               Nancy "              7 F W               GA
               Rebecca "            3 F W               GA
               Mary McLean         49 F W               SC
               Rachael "           15 F W               SC

GWINNETT COUNTY 
171  617/617   Jonathan Presley    60 M W Farmer        NC
               Ellen "             66 F W          Ireland
               William D. "        19 M W Blacksmith    GA
               Amanda "            17 F W               GA
 
HABERSHAM COUNTY 
295   28/28   Sarah Pressley       80 F W Inmate        NC    
                living with Thos. H. Westmoreland  

319  47/47    Peter Pressly        42 M W Farmer        NC
              Charles "            17 M W               -
              R. S. "              12 F W               -
              S. "                  9 F W               -
              A. "                  7 M W               -

321  83/83    John Pressly         48 M W Farmer  400   NC
              I. "                 44 F W               NC
              J. "                 24 M W               -
              C. "                 15 F W               -
              J.M. "               13 M W               -
              E. "                  9 F W               -
              C."                  17 F W               -

322  84/84    Easter Pressley      21 F W               GA

HALL COUNTY 
408  88/88    Isrel Pressly        50 M W Miller        NC
              S(?) "               50 F W               GA
              J. "                 31 F W               -
              M.A. "               11 M W               -
              J.C. "                9 M W               -
              E. "                  7 F W               -
              R(?) "                5 F W               -
              J.S (?)               2 M W               -

410 1126/1126 Charlotty Pressly    17 F W               GA
                living with A.H. Todd 

HENRY COUNTY 
199 166/166   John Presley         25 M W None          GA
              Margaret "           23 F W               GA
              C. "                  2 M W               GA

224 510/510   C.M.P. Prisley       23 M W Farmer        NC
                living with J.W. & S. Grant 

MURRAY COUNTY 
154    -      William Presley      57 M W Laborer       SC
              Elizabeth "          53 F W               SC
              Floyd "              14 M W               GA
              Amanda "             12 F W               GA
 
STEWART COUNTY 
99   824/832  Francis Presley      28 M W Farmer 1200   GA
              Mary "               23 F W               GA
              Will "                4 M W               GA
              Silas N. "            2 M W               GA

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PUTNAM COUNTY 
293  267/267   James M. Presley     39 M W Farmer       GA
               Nancy A. "           38 F W              GA
               John P. "            11 M W              GA
               Catherine F. "       10 F W              GA
               Obedience C. "        5 F W              GA
               Sarah L. "            4 F W              GA
               Alex "                2 M W              GA
               Stephen Marchman(?)  75 F W              NC

UNION COUNTY 
265 880/800    W.S. Presly          30 M W Farmer       NC
               Calvina "            21 F W              GA
               Mary "                2 F W              GA
               Amos "             2/12 F W              GA

265 881/881   James Presly          33 M W Farmer       SC
              Mercilla "            22 F W              GA
              William "              5 M W              GA
              Andrew "               3 M W              GA
              Mary "                21 M W              GA

WALTON COUNTY 
13  172/172   Moses Presley         61 M W Farmer 1300  SC
              Malinda "             40 F W              GA
              Martha F. Green       25 F W              GA
              Margarth T. Strat ??  11 F W              GA
              James M. "             7 M W              GA
              Benajah H. Presly     21 M W              GA

                   SOUTH CAROLINA
ABBEVILLE COUNTY 
13  201/201   George W. Presly      42 M W M.D.  5000   SC
              Isabella "            34 F W              SC
              Joseph "              20 M W              SC
              Levihia An "          14 F W              SC
              Frances J. "           4 F W              SC
              Savannah "             9 F W              SC

75 1194/1194  William A. Pressly    34 M W Farmer 3000  SC
              Arabella I. "         26 F W              SC
              Raph A. "             12 M W              SC
              Mary L. "              8 F W              SC
              Rebecca L."            6 F W              SC
              William C. "           3 M W              SC
              James W. "          7/12 M W              SC
              Elizabeth "           60 F W              NC
              Thomas Gillespie      78 M W              SC

97 1502/1502  James Pressley        42 M W Asst.Refd.   SC
              Mary E. "             30 F W   Clergyman  SC
              Jane P. "             15 F W         400  SC
              Samuel "              12 M W              SC
              Nancy E. "             4 F W              SC
              David B. "             2 M W              SC    

ANDERSON COUNTY 
170  204/206   E.E. Pressley      41 M W Asst.Refd      SC
               E. "               39 F W     Clergyman  SC
               Cypriana "         17 F W          4000  SC
               Elizabeth "        14 F W                SC
               William "          11 M W                SC
               Marietta "          7 F W                SC
               Ensana "            1 F W                SC

194  537/541   John L. Pressley   57 M W Asst.Refd.     SC
               Martha J. "        30 F W     Clergyman  SC

202  660/664   David A. Pressley  41 M W         1000   SC
               Elizabeth "        34 F W                SC
               Ebenezer "         13 M W                SC
               Robert C. "        11 M W                SC
               James C. "          9 M W                SC
               Margaret E. "       3 F W                SC

226 1024/1028  John E. Pressley   23 M W Asst. Refd.    SC
               Martha L. "        24 F W      Clergyman SC

316 1095/      William Prestley   26 M W Carpenter      SC
               Ann H. "           35 F W                SC
               Micajah A. "        7 M W                SC
               Eliza E. "          4 F W                SC
               David B. "          1 M W                SC

CHARLESTON COUNTY 
240   -/ -    J.G. Pressley       16 M -   Cadet        SC
                   in military academy   
 
CHESTER COUNTY 
 55  850/850  Thomas Pressley     62 M W Farmer 1778    NC
              Sarah "             64 F W                VA
              Frances "           22 F W                SC
              S.D. Williams       12 F W                SC
              J.M. Lee             2 M W                SC

 55 851/851   Wm. A.Presley       29 M W Farmer  600    SC
              Mary "              20 F W                SC
              S.A. "            5/12 F W                SC

75 1175/1175  John Presly         58 M W Farmer         NC
              Ellenor "           53 F W                SC
              John S. "           23 M W                SC
              Richard H. "        21 M W                SC
              Ira "               18 M W                SC
              James S. "          16 M W                SC
              Nancy E. Sandifer    7 F W                SC

76 1201/1201  Thomas D. Presley   25 M W Foreman        SC

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73 1202/1202  Elias N. Presley  39 M W Farmer 300     SC    
              Catherine "       31 F W                SC
              James B. "         9 M W                SC
              Thomas C. "        8 M W                SC
              William J. "       6 M W                SC
              Catherine J. "     3 F W                SC
              Mary L. "          1 F W                SC

80 1265/1265  Munerva Presley    1 F W                SC
                living with Joseph & Aseneth Smith 

EDGEFIELD COUNTY 
  4    45/45  Sarah Presley     24 F W                SC
                Living With Nathaniel & Malinda Ramey

 23 335/355   Edwin Presly      43 M W Farmer 2000    SC
              Nancy "           39 F W                SC
              Sarah "           15 F W                SC
              Emma "            13 F W                SC
              Thomas N. "       10 M W                SC
              Rebecca "          8 F W                SC
              John B. "          5 M W                SC
              Rachael J. "       2 F W                SC
              Elizabeth "       64 F W                SC
              Mary White        49 F W                SC

 44 691/691   John Presley      50 M W Wheelright 300 SC
              Susan "           42 F W                SC
              Elizabeth "       20 F W                SC
              Sarah "           18 F W                SC
              John "            16 M W                SC
              Amanda "          14 F W                SC
              Matilda "         12 F W                SC
              Richard "         10 M W                SC

 64 979/979   Oliver Presley    21 M W Farmer         SC
                Living with C.H. & Mary Carroll

116  /1764    Evans Presley     60 M W Farmer         SC
              Caty "            70 F W                SC
 
HORRY COUNTY 
37(?) 490/490 James Prestly     60 M W Schoomakr      SC
              Ester "           45 F W                SC
              Wm. Smith         28 M W                SC
              Margaret A. "     23 F W                SC
              Rebecca E. "       4 F W                SC
              James P. "         2 M W                SC


PICKINS COUNTY 
377 - / 98   David Priesly      52 M W Farmer         SC
             Elizabeth "        52 F W                SC
             Elizabeth "        31 F W                SC
             Eliza "            18 F W                SC
             Laura C. "         16 F W                GA
             William B. "       15 M W                SC
             Harriet E. "        9 F W                SC
             Amanda "            9 F W                SC
             Harrison "          7 M W                SC
             James "             5 M W                SC
             Benjamin B. "       2 M W                SC
 
170  285/285   B.M. Presley     26 M W Farmer         SC
               Eliza F.(?) "    30 F W                SC
               Richard S. "      3 M W                SC
               Eliza A. "     6/12 F W                SC

473 321/321    Mary Presly      75 F W                SC
               Rebecca Devoe    22 F W                SC
               Viby (??) "      40 F W                SC
               ?illi? "         17 M W Laborer        SC
               Nancy "          15 F W                SC
               Wm. "            12 M W                SC

SPARTANBURG COUNTY 
254 2416/2416  T.K. Pursly      37 M W Minister       SC
               Elizabeth "      27 F W                SC
               J??? "           10 M W                SC
               Nancy "           9 F W                -
               Judson "          7 M W                -
               Matilda "         4 F W                -
               I.H. "         1/12 M W                -
               E. Lindsay       38 F W                -
               Jesse Vincit     24 M W                -

      1801     Ransom Pressley  43 M W Farmer         SC
               Isabella "       40 F W                -
               Thomas "          5 M W                -
               Margur?? "        2 F W                -

SUMTER COUNTY 
383   -/1182   M.J.F. Presley   16 F W   -            SC 
                  In some kind of school   

UNION COUNTY 
  8  111/111   David Presley     8 M W                SC
                 Living with Silas & Margt Tygard

 58     /852   John Presley     10 M W                SC
                 Living with Thomas & Nancy Tanner 

YORK COUNTY 
208  704/704   David Presley    68 M W Farmer  490    VA
               Rachel "         68 F W                MD
               Rebecca "        40 F W          York, SC
               Ellenor "        39 F W          York, SC
               Margaret E. "    33 F W          York, SC

210  739/739   Isabella Pressley 78 F W         York, SC
                 Living with John & Eliza Barron

254 1451/1451  Guyen (?) Pursley 50 M W Laborer York, SC
               Malinda "         37 F W         York, SC
               John "            13 M W         York, SC
               William "         12 M W         York, SC
               Martha "           8 F W         York, SC

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297 358/358 William B. Pursley
Martha H. "
James E. "
Robert "
John L. "
Calvin "
Martha M. "
Anna C. Lee
41
37
16
12
10
7
3
34
M
F
M
M
M
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F
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W
W
W
W
W
W
W
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870
York,SC
NC
York,SC
York,SC
York,SC
York,SC
York,SC
York,SC

WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY

138


150


150
329/329


492/492


500/500
Elizabeth Pressley
Living with Jennet Dick

Margaret A. Pressley
Living with Mary B. & McCutchen

John B. Pressley
Sarah "
Mary C. "
James "
Hugh W. "
William B. "
Harvey W. "
34


10


40
38
19
14
4
2
3/12
F


F


M
F
F
M
M
M
M
W


W


W
W
W
W
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W
W






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3000
SC


SC


SC
SC
SC
SC
SC
SC
SC


MILITARY RECORDS



Civil War Pension Records in the National Archives

(Continued from page 55, June 1988 issue)

PRESLEY

Albert C.

Alfred L.

Andrew J.


Arthur Lucius



Asa


Ashbel G. H.


Benjamin

Bricen H.


Bryant R.

Charles

Charles


Charles E.

Widow (Georgiana)
Co. D, 166th Ohio Inf.
Invalid
Co. G, 3rd Term. Inf.
Invalid
C-2452405
1925-1927, U.S. Marine Corp, Co. D, U.S. Field Arty.,
1922-1924, Co. D, U.S. Field Arty.
Invalid
C-2282898
Co. G, 10th Tenn. Cav.; Co. K, 5th VRC
Invalid
Widow (Betsey)
Co. D, 34th N.Y. Inf.; Co. D, 13th N.Y. Heavy Arty.,
Co. L, 6th N.Y. Heavy Arty.
Invalid
Co. K, 9th N.Y. Inf.
Invalid
Co. I, 5th Tenn. Cav.
Invalid
Widow (Mattie)
Unassigned, 22nd Ind. Inf.
Widow (Mary C.)
Co. B, 32nd Mo. Inf.
Mother (Harrold C.)
Co. E, 113rd Ohio Inf.
Invalid
Widow (Nellie)
Co. D, llth Mich. Inf.
Invalid



Oct. 17, 1887

July 14, 1991



June 16, 1928


Dec. 14, 1887
July 22, 1891


Aug. 24, 1891

Oct. 8, 1890

Aug. 1, 1882
Dec. 7, 1915

June 6, 1906

Apr. 22, 1865

Aug 17, 1887
Sept. 11, 1895

Oct 24, 1890



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Tenn.


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N.Y.

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Charles L.


Charles R.


Cresau McP.


Daniel

David A.


David A.


Enos R.

Francis M.

Frank

Frank H.


George C.

George W.


George W.


George W.

Gilbert

Greensberry


Harry H.


Henry

Henry A.



Hiram S.

Howard
Co. C, 67th Ohio Inf
Invalid
Widow (Jane A.)
Landsman
Invalid
Widow (Clara L.)
Co. C, 1st La. Cav. Scouts; Co. K, 2nd La. Cav.
Widow (Elizabeth)
Minor (Laura A. Adams et al)
Co. K, 52nd N.Y. Inf.
Invalid
Co. G, 5th Ill. Inf.
Invalid
Minor (Nora L.)
Co. A, 47th Mo. Inf.
Invalid
C-2555480
Co. L, 10th N.Y. Heavy Arty.; Co. K, 94th N.Y.
Invalid
Co. E, 10th N.Y. Heavy Arty.
Invalid
Co. H, 111th N.Y. Inf.
Invalid
Co. E, 31st Mich. Inf.
Invalid
C-2361626
Co. B, 111th VRC; Co. D, 20th Mich Inf.
Invalid
Co. L, 1st Miss. Inf.
Invalid
C-2413022
38th USV Inf.; Co. A, 3rd Term. Inf.
Invalid
C-2-396-014
Co. D, 1st Term. Light Arty.
Invalid
Widow (Rhoda)
Minor (Robinson P.)
Co. A, 8th Term. Cav.
Invalid
Widow (Mary Malissa)
Co. C, 33rd Mich. Inf.; Co. C, 31st Mich. Inf.
Invalid
C-2628591
Co. K, 23rd Ky. Inf.
Invalid
Co. G, 194th Pa. Inf.
Invalid
Widow (Maime F.)
XC-2697029
Co. L, 10th N.Y. Heavy Arty.; Co. G, 6th N.Y. Heavy Arty.
Invalid
Tenn. Vols.
Widow (Lon Verne Lawson)

July 14, 1866
May 6, 1922

Oct. 30, 1863/5
July 16, 1895

Nov. 16, 1883
Nov. 17, 1885

Dec. 31, 1890

Feb. 23, 1899
Apr. 7, 1922

-J Dec. 2, 1890


Feb. 17, 1891

Dec. 15, 1881



May 31, 1899


Feb. 3, 1891

Nov. 24, 1899


Mar. 11, 1901


May 16, 1879
Oct. 28, 1867
May 8, 1871

July 18, 1879
Oct. 8, 1920

Apr. 28, 1932


Mar. 9, 1891

June 26, 1908
Dec. 11, 1916


June 20, 1879

Oct. 21, 1925

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1188744

471
15379-J

310573
332658

976391

1219813
11875242

976392


416400

435343

485268

1228373


985450

1239798


1263973


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154027
196090

298770
1164387

1716965


1008659

1375182
1088656


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1238182

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925147

3220
10906-J

264297
264298




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1014365






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1291177


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1230003


1250973


527364
122615
155466

338725


A-9-16-32


933688

1150997
860082


215108



Ohio





La.

N.Y.

Ill.
Ill.

Ark.


N.Y.

Mich.



Mich.


Mich.

Miss.


Tenn.







Tenn.

Mich.


Ky.

Mo.
Ark.




Mo.

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Isaac

Isaac N.

Jacob

James


James



James


James C.


James R.
Co. K, 11th Tenn. Cav.; Co. D, 3rd Tenn. Mtd.Int.
Invalid
Co. H, 18th Ind. Inf.
Invalid
Co. I, 5th Tenn. Cav.
Widow (Sarah A.)
Co. C, 7th Tenn. Cav.
Widow (Winney Dickson)
Minor (gdn: J.P- Millner)
Alias: James Brown
Co. F, 12th Tenn. Cav.
Invalid
Widow (Nancy)
Ord. Sea., Montana, Franklin
Invalid

Co. G, 3rd Tenn. Inf.
Invalid
C-2452473
Co. A, 2nd Mo. Cav.
Minor (Mary Smith)

Sept. 5, 1890

Aug. 15, 1882

Nov. 25, 1864

June 24, 1880
Dec. 11, 1879


Sept. 26, 1896
June 12, 1905

May 31, 1918


Mar. 30, 1899


Apr. 17, 1917

907302

457434

73234

270775
255856


1181413
829859

58581
(58501?)

1223179


1098424

689968

268788

96355

200412
200413


930361
600910




1182750



Tenn.

Ind







Tenn.
Tenn.




Tenn.


Mo.

(to be continued)


LIST OF THE NAMES OF THE MEMBERS COMPOSING LAWYERS SPRING CHURCH, MAY 1, 1852

(Ed. Note: This list from the minutes of this Anson Co., N.C., church was obtained and share by Joanne Walters, address withheld.)


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Hosea Preslar
William Marsh
Abner Boggan
Moses More
Michael Horne
William Horne
William M. Rushing
Travis Liles
William Tice
Joshua Wright
Josiah K. Pond
Henry Horne
Lemuel Bennett
Debry Caudle
John Preslar
Elizabeth Ashcraft
Delila Little
Anna Preslar
Elizabeth Marsh
Mary Maner
Elizabeth More
Jane WilXins
Martha Boggan
Sirena PolK
Nancy Lilly
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
Rhody Preslar
Maryal Rushing
Martha Sinclair
Mary Beachum
Nancy Caudle
Elizabeth Horne
Jerancy Johnson
Lucy Preslar
Emme Megs
Lydia Stegall
Sarah Hildreth
Anna Wright
Martha Preslar
Sarah Kean
Rachel Jones
Sarah Marsh
Nancy Preslar
Jane Flowers
Mary Caudle
Eps - a black man
Newbern - a black man
Samuel - a black man
John - a black man
Elizabeth - a black woman
Molly - a black woman
Chaney - a black woman

Page 11

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977. Now, many of his most ardent fans would like the U.S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative stamp bearing his likeness. While approval must be made by the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, which consists of 14 U.S. citizens chosen by the Postmaster General and who must approve 25 to 30 new stamps from about 2000 stamp proposals received each year.

The pressure to honor Elvis has been mounting steadily, but for impatient Presley followers the West German postal -authorities a few weeks ago issued a series of stamps honoring four deceased rock stars, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jim Morrison, & John Lennon.

-Parade magazine, June 12, 1988


ELIAS HARDIN PRESSLEY

(Ed. Note: This 1969 news release from the University of Arizona concerning her father was shared with us by our Secretary, Anne P. Greer.)

TUCSON Dr. Elias Hardin Pressley, 77, a member of the University of Arizona faculty for 50 years, died July 11 in Columbia, S.C., where he was visiting relatives.

Dr. Pressley, professor of plant breeding and department head emeritus, was known throughout the world for originating a fiber testing machine, sometimes referred to as the "Pressley Breaker." It is still used in all the major cotton-producing countries.

The machine was perfected in 1941, and as it came into general use by cotton breeders and technicians, the strength standard for cotton planters became known as the "Pressley Index".

A UA faculty member since July 18, 1919, Dr. Pressley had previously taught in South Carolina schools including Clemson College, where he received his bachelor of science degree in 1914. The University of Wisconsin awarded him the master of science degree in 1915, and he returned to Clemson for an honorary doctorate in 1954.

He was the author of numerous articles concerning the development of laboratory equipment and fiber studies. These were published as bulletins and as technical papers in various periodicals.

"Dr. Pressley's passing represents a great loss to Arizona," said Dr. Harold E. Myers, dean of the UA College of Agriculture. "The impact of his contributions on the state, particularly the cotton industry, defy measurement. His accomplishments are matched only by his modesty. He was one of the finest human beings we have ever known."

Dr. Pressley, born Dec. 10, 1891 in Chester, S.C., lived at 3660 E. Third St. His wife, Kate Yarborough Pressley, died in 1967, and a daughter, Kathryn, in 1965. Survivors are a daughter, Anne Pressley Greer, wife of Col. Henry B. Greer, and four grandchildren: Jason, William, Cathryn and Mary Anne.

Page 12

WITHERSPOON AND PRESSLEY

The Witherspoon family arrived in Williamsburg Co., South Carolina, in three separate migrations between 1732 and 1736. They were intimately associated with the Pressley family both in Ireland and in South Carolina, and therefore, a brief look at this early Witherspoon family may be helpful to Pressley researchers. John Witherspoon (1670-1737) was born in Scotland and married in 1693 to Janet Witherspoon (1670-1734), his first cousin. They early lived at Begardie, near Glascow, until in 1695 they moved to Knockbracken in Drumbo parish in County Down, Ireland. When they and their children and their families came to America, Janet died at sea in 1734. Their children were:
1) Janet Witherspoon (1695-1761), married in Ireland to John Fleming (1696-1750), They had 8 children, and in John Fleming's will three sons and three daughters were named, including Elizabeth who married John Blakely (will 1747) and Isabella (1716- ) who married JOHN PRESSLEY.
2) David Witherspoon (1697-1759), married in 1723 in Ireland to ANN PRESSLEY (1705-1772). They had 7 children, including Sarah (1724-1759) who married firstly to DAVID PRESSLEY and secondly to WILLIAM PRESSLEY, the latter mentioned in the will of David Witherspoon
3) James Witherspoon (1700-1768), married in 1723 to Elizabeth McQuoid (1705- 1777). Nine children were born to this couple, including Robert (1728-1788) who wrote in 1780 a history of the Witherspoon family and an account of their adventures in coming to S.C. in 1734, which should interest any researcher of the Pressleys in Williamsburg Co.
4) Elizabeth Witherspoon (1703-1750), married in 1725 to William James (1701- 1750). They had 8 children.
5) Robert Witherspoon (1705-1758), married firstly in 1732 to Mary Stuart (1709- 1735), and secondly in 1736 in Ireland to Esther(Hester) Jane Scott (1716-1756). They had 11 children.
6) Mary Witherspoon (1707-1765), married firstly in 1724 to David Wilson (1700- 1750), had 7 children, and married secondly in 1755 to Archibald McKee (1705- ).
7) Gavin Witherspoon (1712-1774), married firstly in 1735 to Janet Wilson (1714- 1736), and secondly in 1738 to Jean James (1710-1774). They had seven children.

The Pressleys came to South Carolina at about the same time as the Wither-spoons, and indeed, may have been on the same ship. William Pressley and David Pressley were among those who formed the Williamsburg Presbyterian Congregation in 1736, and in 1737 William Pressley and John Pressley were listed as petit jurors in Prince Frederick's parish (Williamsburg Twp.). When claims to half-acre town lots in Williamsburg were confirmed in 1789, John Pressley was named as an original grantee in 1737. In 1742 William Pressley and John Pressley signed a petition protesting what they considered illegal grants of land by the governor in the township. In 1745 William Pressley was said to own one slave, and in 1747 William Pressley was executor for the estate of John Blakeley (see above).

Finally, as noted in the Mar. 1988 Newsletter, p. 42, David Presley's nuncupative will was recorded in 1749 in which his unnamed wife received his entire estate, and in 1750 John Pressly's will was recorded, which named his wife Margaret, his son William, his daughters Susannah, Sarah, Jane McCullough, & Eleanor Thompson, and his brother William.

The Pressley name appears in the records of Williamsburg Co. up until short; after the Civil War when the family migrated to California, and more is known aboi this 19th century family. However, additional research is needed before a satisfactory pedigree can be drawn for the 18th century Pressley family.

SOURCES: The History and Genealogy of the Witherspoon Family (1400-1972).
Joseph Bailey Witherspoon. Ft. Worth, Texas, 1973.
History of Williamsburg. William Willis Boddie. Spartanburg, S.C.
1980 (orig. publ. Columbia, S.C., 1923)

Page 13

BOOK REVIEW

Leaving a Trail: Crabtess, Bales, Jackson, Presley, comp. by Norma Jean Crabtree, address withheld 1987. Paperback, 123 pages plus index, size 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. Price $11.00 postpaid from the author.

This book contains information on the following families which settled in southwestern Virginia: Crabtree, Bales, Coombs, Hart, Mill, Yeary, Thomapson, Jackson, Presley, Stinson, Wilson, Stiltner, and Hatfield. The Presley line is concerned with the descendants of James Presley (b. 1783) of Russell Co., Va., primarily through his oldest son, William Presley (1809-1893). Readers of this newsletter will remember the information on this family which was published on page 59 of the June 1987 issue.

The author has done an excellent job in collecting data on the descendants of William Presley and is to be congratulated on sharing this material and inviting additions and corrections. What the book lacks, at least with regard to the Presley line is an extension of the family ancestry. The data which follows in this issue suggests a possible lineage could be found in Rockbridge Co., Va.

Those researchers who are trying to trace the ancestry of John and Moses Presley, the Revolutionary War soldiers of Henry Co., Ga., reportedly raised in S.C. and born in the mid-1700's in Virginia, will appreciate the difficulties of , tracing a family lineage on what was the early Virginia frontier, and they will take note of the possible, indeed probable, relationship to the family in this book.

We thank Norma Jean Crabtree for this contribution to Presley family history and the donation of a copy of her book to our Association library.


THE PRESLEY/PRESLAR/PRESSLY PRESS

Rockbridqe Co. [Va.] Marriages, 1778-1850. Dorthie & Edwin C. Kirkpatrick. Iberian Publ. Co., Athens, Ga., 1985.

p. 174. Presley, William & Esther Cowan; 13 Sept. 1780; bond or license date only Pressley, William H. & Martha L. Miller; 1 June 1837; dau. of William; min.-Samuel Houston, Presbyterian

p. 175. Pursley, Jesse & Nancy May; 1825; min.-Tobias Riley, Methodist Pursley, William J. & Martha Deacon; 25 Nov. 1846; dau. of William; min.- William W. Trimble, Presbyterian

p. 384. Presley, Eleanor & Jonathan Skean; 12 June 1780; bond or license date only Presley, Mary & John Davis; 24 Jan. 1788; dau. of William & Mary; min.- William Graham, Presbyterian Presly, Agnes & John Moore; 19 Nov. 1781; bond or license date only p.

385. Priestly, Elizabeth & William Skean; 7 Sept. 1780; dau. of William; min.-William Graham, Presbyterian

A History of Rockbridqe Co., Va. Oren F. Morton. Baltimore, 1980.

p. 368. Taxpayers of 1778: Pressley, William Sr. - 2 Pressley, William Jr.

p. 375. Taxpayers of 1782: Pressly, William 2 tith., 4 horses, 12 cattle
Pressly, William 1 horse, 3 cattle

p. 462. New Monmouth Membership, 1790. Names of persons who had taken seats in the Old Monmouth meeting house, Sept. 5, 1790. [incl.] William Priestly

p. 523. Miscellaneous Data [taken from wills, deeds, marriage lists, and other miscellaneous sources].
Pressly - 1. Mary m. John Davies, 1788.
2. William - d. 1801 - m. Mary ___-[Children:] William (has William, Samuel), James, Eliner, Nancy, Patsy.
3. William m. Sarah Beach, 1787.

Page 14

QUERIES

Lynn Wilson
address withheld

I would like information on: Ann Presley, b. 1705 Ireland, d. 1772 (Williamsburg Co.?), S.C., m. 1723 Ireland to David Witherspoon. I would like to confirm these dates, discover who her parents were and where in Ireland they came from. I notice that Ann and David's daughter, Sarah Witherspoon, ml David Pressly, and m2 William Pressley. I assume these were cousins (sons of Ann's brother?). Beyond this I know nothing else. Can you help me?
(Ed. Note: See article, "Witherspoon and Pressley", in this issue.)

Becky Presley
address withheld

I am seeking information on the following Presleys: John Presley, b. 1850 in Mississippi, d. ? Van Buren/ Baxter Co., Ark., married Mollie Mathis. The father of above John also named John Presley, b. 1799 N.C., m. Marinda Mann, b. 1817, d. 22 June 1863 Ark. Could this John be the son of either Richard or Thomas Presley, b. 1760-70 in Anson
Note: This was my query and most of this info I have found to be incorrect. What we have found to be true is this: John W. Presley b. in 1851 in AR(?)and died between Jan 1876 and Jan 1882. He married Mollie Mathis b. between July 2 and November 21, 1851 and died between Jan 1889 and Dec 21, 1898. John W. Presley's father was John Presley b. approximately 1825 and died between 1853 and Oct 11, 1857. He married Elizabeth "Eliza" _____ who was born in 1825 in AR and died ???.

Betty Bostick
address withheld

Seeking a Tidwell-Presley connection that resulted in Presley Tidwell, born ca 1740 in Virginia (Prince William or Orange Co.?). He died in Fairfield Co., S.C., ca 1795. His eldest son was John; no information on other children.


... AND REPLIES

To Mary Ann Rohde                  The census records below provide a partial solution to 
                                   your query concerning Alonjo Presley:
 
1900 census,	Denton Co., Texas:
Alonzo Presley            W      M    husb.    born Oct. 1851 Ga.
Eliza	"                 W      F    wife          June 1859 Ga.
May	"                 W      F    dau.          May 1880 Ga.
Addie	"                 W      F    dau.          May 1883 Ga.
Aquilla	"                 W      M    son	    Dec. 1886 Ga.
Erma	"                 W      F    dau.          Oct. 1896 Texas

1880 census, Fayette Co., Ga.:
p. 59. 253/253 Burket Rentfrow     W    M    66    Farmer  b. N.C.   fa. b. N.C.   mo. b. N.C.
               Nancy    "          W    F    58    wife	       Ga.          Md.           Ga.
               Allen    "          W    M    21    son	       Ga.          N.C.          Ga.
               Alonza Presley      W    M    30    son-in-law  Ga.          Ga.           Ga.
               Eliza E.  "         W    F    20    wife	       Ga.          Ga.           Ga.
               Walter   "          W    M     4    son	       Ga.          Ga.           Ga.
               ---                 W    F   1/12   dau.        Ga.          Ga.           Ga.



1860 census, Fayette Co., Ga.:
p. 20  137/137   Nancy Presly      36    F   Domestic    b. Ga.
                 Alanzo A. "        8    M                  Ga.
                 John J.            6    M                  Ga.
                 Leander "          4    M                  Ga.




Page 15

Barbara Potter
address withheld

Thanks for cracking my line in my very first issue. This is how I know:
I have Nancy Presley Baker's death certificate, and on it her parents are identified as Robert Presley, b. N.C., & Percy James, b. Ga. I also have a list of early Georgia Prestley marriages. Listed there is the marriage of Robert Prestly & Pearsey James on 7/7/1825 in Walton Co., Ga.
On the census record you printed in the June newsletter the wife you listed as Perry/Penny could be Percy especially since there is an 11 yr. old girl with the same name! The ages are right and the discrepancy between N. & S. Carolina isn't too bad when the informant lived in Portland, Oregon where the death took place.
Is there anyone else asking about this line? I will now write to Talladega Co., Ga., for a marriage license for Nancy and her husband.


FINANCIAL REPORT

Withheld


MORE ABOUT ALVIN

With regard to the article on Alvin Preslar of Union Co., N.C., in the March 1988 issue, the question arose as to the relationship of James W. Doster to Esther Preslar, the wife of Alvin Preslar. Daphine D. Doster, (addres withheld) has reprinted The Doster Genealogy originally published in 1945 by Wadsworth Doster. This book reported that Thomas Doster emigrated in 1717 from Wurtemberg, Germany, to Frederick Co., Virginia, and his son, James, settled in Mecklenburg (now Union) Co., N.C. Daphine Doster writes that the book reveals that James W. Doster was a physician, born 1810 Buford Twp., Mecklenburg Co., N.C., who went with his parents and brothers to Dale Co., Alabama, married Dr. Mary (Polly) Doster, his first cousin once removed, and returned to Union Co., N.C., where he died in 1877, leaving five children. So, it appears that James W. Doster was probably Esther Preslar's physician

Page 16

A DAY'S RESEARCH IN CECIL COUNTY, MARYLAND

(Ed. Note: Andrew Preslar, who was born in 1701 in Germany and who finally sett in Anson Co., N.C., in 1751, was married in New York City to Ann Wells in April 1723. Between June 1725 and Feb. 1732/33 the births of their five children wen recorded in St. Stephen's parish in Cecil Co., Md. It has been assumed to some extent that Andrew's father, Valentine, and his brothers, John & Peter, were alf in Cecil Co. at this time. It is not known when the family left Cecil Co., but : in Aug. 1745 Andrew purchased land in Brunswick Co., Va., and was said then to k "of Amelia Co."

Elizabeth Bunting of Malvern, Pa., recently visited Cecil Co., Md., and while the results of her research were disappointing, perhaps they tell us that the Preslars were in Cecil Co. only a short time and we need to look elsewhore. Nevi thelessr her account of her day in Cecil Co. should interest researchers of this family.)

June 20, 1988
I've spent the day in Cecil Co., Md., trying to run down records etc. on th Presler/Preslar/Bressler etc. I didn't get anything more than an understanding o the area. The court records (land and probate) have no references to the name at all. I also checked the "Miscellaneous Records" of the Orphans Court on the cham that Valentine had died either intestate or such that required administration. There was zilch!

At the Cecil Co. Historical Society in Elkton (county seat) they tried to find anything and everything. Their "Rent Rolls of Cecil Co., Md." cover 1658-1707 only; after that the records are missing. "Accounts of Cecil Co., Md.", 1717 1776, had no references to the family. The historian told me that large numbers of people from the upper Chesapeake area migrated south to the Mecklenburg Co., N.C., area some signed the Mecklenburg agreement prior to the Declaration of Independence. He pulled out records of the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, Mecklenburg Co. organized 1760 known as the 2nd organized church in that area. Burials there show:
Rev. James Presley D.D. of Due West, S.C., 1835-1872
Wife Jane Presley, no dates
Dr. Win. A. Presley, 6 Aug. 1813 - 25 Dec. 1874

Thus striking out so far, I took myself down to St. Stephens Church. It was established by an Act of the Assembly in 1692. The first Vestry met 10 Jan. 1693 in the Court House at Ordinary Point. The first Vestry House was dedicated to the honor of St. Stephen 25 Mar. 1706 and rebuilt in 1737, 1823, and 1873 (This from the road marker). Reading what early grave markers I could, gave me the knowledge that the early 18th century parishioners were Scotch, Irish, mariners (Captains), and traders. The only other nearby church was Bohemia Mission, a Roman Catholic mission. Of course, Maryland was primarily Roman Catholic under the Calverts and Carrolls. The area around St. Stephens is very Southern-like large farms called plantations, growing corn and soybeans. It's very near water and very rural. Earle-j ville and Cecilton, the closest towns are segregated. I think there is probably great investment in land and a good deal of wealth. In the graveyard I picked up names such as Biddle, DuPont, etc., all names connoting money in the East.

I can't give you anything factual and definitive, but at least you know what isn't available today.
Betty Bunting

Page 17

WE WERE ON THE MONOCADY!

Nothing can beat the excitement of making a major new discovery while browsing through a volume that one anticipates will have no particular interest. Such was the case when this Editor glanced at a new book in the local library: Pioneers of Old Monocacy. The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, 1721-1743 by Grace L. Tracey & John P. Dern, Baltimore, 1987. There it was on page 371: John Presler, Peter Presler, and John Valentine Presler were among the 197 persons who signed a petition in October 1742 which was sent to the Governor and the Assembly of Maryland requesting the creation of All Saints' Parish through the division of Prince George's Parish (A second petition of the same date sought the creation of Frederick Co. from Prince George's County.).

There were on this petition 23 names of Germans who supposedly were not members of the Anglican Church. Their motives may have been to help their neighbors and/or to derive more local control of church taxes which were levied on all residents of the colony regardless of religion. Subsequent to the submission of these petitions All Saints' Parish was formed in Nov. 1742 and Frederick County was finally J!M?I created in 1748. The petition is referred to in Proceedings of the Assembly, 1740-1742, Archives of Maryland, 42:278, and the original is in the Maryland Diocesan Archives at the Maryland Historical Society (Ibid., pp. 349-350).

Between 1721 and 1731 the English had been moving from adjacent areas into the southern and eastern parts of what was to become Frederick Co., Maryland. After 1731 Germans began to move into the area from Pennsylvania. Most of these had arrived at Philadelphia beginning in the 1720's and had gradually pushed westwards across the Susquehanna River and into Maryland, but some of them (eg. the Preslers) had arrived in 1710 in New York and later found their way south to Pennsylvania ' and to Maryland.

While the English settled on land beside the rivers, the Germans settled on smaller acreages in and near the hills which reminded them of the rolling country of their native Palatinate in Germany. They settled along the Monocacy Road which paralleled the Monocacy River between the Pennsylvania line and its junction with the Potomac River (Ibid., pp. 130-131).

Religion was the thing which bound these Germans together in this strange and unfamiliar frontier country. However, it was some years before permanent and organized congregations were established. The community was served by itinerant Lutheran, Reformed, and Moravian ministers who visited the area. The Lutherans probably became organized by 1742, and the Reformed Church by 1748 (Ibid., pp. 130-151).

As to the Preslers, this one document indicates they were in the Monocacy area of Prince George's County in 1742. By 1748 when it became Frederick Co., or shortly thereafter, they were probably enroute to North Carolina. John Preslar received a grant of land in Anson Co., N.C., in April 1749; Peter Preslar purchased land in Anson Co. in Oct. 1750; and finally Andrew Preslar who had been in Cecil Co., Maryland, received a grant of land in Anson Co. in Oct. 1751, after a known period of residence in Virginia.

Were John and Peter Preslar in Virginia also between 1742 and 1749, or did they remain in Maryland? Where were John, Peter, and John Valentine between 1721 when Valentine was last noted in the New York records and 1742 when he was seen to be in Maryland? Was he in New York or Maryland, or did he remain somewhere in Pennsylvania for a time during his migration southward? Does the family surname appear in the records of the itinerant Lutheran ministers, such as John Casper Stover, or does it appear in the records of the Frederick Lutheran Church or the Frederick Reformed Church, or even in the records of the All Saints' Parish Church?

Many questions remain to be answered about this family.

Page 18

CURRENT FAMILY NEWS

Graveside services for clarence 0. Preslar, age 61 of Donie [Texas] were held on March 22, in Lost Prairie Cemetery. Mr. Preslar passed away on March 20 at the Temple V.A. Hospital. He was born on Dec. 10, 1926 in Electra, Texas, son of the late Mary & John Preslar. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. ^ He is survived by two brothers, Jack Tisdale of Rogers, Ark., and James R. Tisdale of Riverside, Calf.; three sisters, Mattie Coslin of Donie, Ruby McGee of Lubbock, and Inez Wessell of San Bernardino, Calf.

- The Groesbeck, Texas, Journal, Mar. 24, 1988

Karl & Betsy Bostick Hime of Austin announce the birth of their daughter, Katherine Sue, born on Feb. 12 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston. She weighed 6 Ib. 18^ oz. and was welcomed home by 6 year old brother, Austin Harrison, and 4 year old sister, hailey Bond. She is the granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Edward Hime of Dallas, Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Harrison Bostick of Lake Limestone and San Antonio. [She is a 5th great granddaughter of Charles & Elisha (Jenkins) Pressley of Union Co., South Carolina.]

- The Groesbeck, Texas, Journal, Mar. 17, 1988

Emily and Tom Pressly were scheduled to return from Castle Townsend, Ireland, in late May-early June to meet their April 22nd-born grandson, Sean Christopher Smith, the son of Laura (Pressly) & Dr. Howard Smith of Columbia, Missouri. They were also to visit with Tracy (Bitter) & Dr. Tom Pressly who will move to Shreve-port in August. The Pressly's grandson, Alexander Charbonnet of San Antonio, was to spend the summer with them in Ireland, while Tom prepares for an autumn show in Dublin.

- The North San Antonio Times, May 26, 1988

Dorothy Mae Ocejo, born Feb. 16, 1926, passed away at her home in Grandview, ; Missouri, on July 30, 1988. She was a granddaughter of Samuel Parker Preslar (her family group data was in the June Newsletter). Mae suffered from diabetes, was j blind, and was often quite ill. Instead of being an invalid, she decided to forget herself, think of others, live as full a life as possible, and be of service to her God, family, and friends. She telephoned the lonely, the ill, and those in trouble, and was a comfort and cheer for them. She was a member of the Gregory Blvd. Church of Christ, and leaves two daughters, Nancy Pippin and Esther Scheerer, four grand-'u children, and four sisters. She was laid to rest Aug. 3, 1988, in Brooking Cemetery, Raytown, Missouri.

- Mary Landes, address withheld


NEW ARCHIVE ACQUISITIONS

Our Kith and Kin; A History of the Harris Family, 1754-1895. Mary Letitia Chalmers.
Charlotte, N.C., 1895, pp. 119-120, 138-142, concerned with Pressly line.
Barron Family History. Joseph E. Hart, Jr. York, S.C., 1972, 12 pp.
Leaving a_ Trail; Crabtree, Bales, Jackson, Presley. Norma Jean Crabtree. Dublin, Ind., 1987, vi, 123 pp., index.*
Peddycoart Family News, vol. 1, no. 2 (Aug. 1986) - vol. 2, no. 1 (Sept. 1987)*
The Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin, Monroe, N.C., vol. XXXIII, no. 1 (Summer 1986) to most recent issue.*
Uber 1200 Jahre Hochstadt. Gerd Pressler. Hochstadt, 1982, misc. pages concerned with Pressler surname.
Family group data, 37 sheets on descendants of Johannes Bressler (born 1717), Pennsylvania immigrant, contributed by Elizabeth Bunting.
Miscellaneous data on Pressel family of York Co.,- Pa., contributed by Elizabeth H 1 Bunting. Also, miscellaneous data on Bressler surname in York Co., Pa.
Miscellaneous data on Abraham Presler and Jonathan Presler families of New York, 5 pages, contributed by Elizabeth Bunting.
Pressler family history by Eugene C. Pressler, Jr., typescript, 4 pp.

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Bressler family Bible records, photocopy of family pages in German Bible dtd. 1716, and English translation, submitted by Elizabeth Bunting
Typed translation of letter, dated 1847, from Charles W. Pressler, Austin, Texas, to his family in Germany, 44 pp., contributed by Judge H. Paul Pressler III.
Census records: 1870 Texas, and 1900 Mississippi

* presently in the possession of the Editor


FAMILY GROUP DATA

(Ed. Note: The following family group data was submitted by Elizabeth A. Cromer, address withheld.)

John Presley/Presler, of New Paltz, Ulster Co., New York, d. prob. Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, m. Newey ___, b. 1776 (m2. 1826 Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, to Anthony Fenner).
Children:
1) Rebecca Presley (see below)
2) John Presley, b. 1799, m. 1823 Sarah___
3) Jeremiah Presley, b. 1805, d. 1883, m. 1828
4) Richard Presley
5) Dorothy Presley, b. 1806, d. 1843, m. 1827 Lyman Fenner
6) Girl
7) Boy
8) David Presley, b. 1810?
9) Elizabeth Presley, b. 1817, d. 1861, m. 1836
10) Fanny Presley, m. 1833

Rebecca Presley, b. 1800 New Paltz, Ulster Co., New York, d. Michigan, m. ca 1819 Abraham Bennett, b. 1796 Fishkill, Dutchess Co., New York, d. Cuyahoga Co., Ohio; lived Fishkill, N.Y., Willoughby, Ohio, 1829 or before, Mayfield, Ohio, 1835.
Children:
1) Jacob Bennett, b. 1820 Fishkill, Dutchess Co., New York, m. 1843 Mary Tromball, d. 30 Mar. 1861; m2. Leathy
2) Mary Bennett, married and moved to Detroit, Mich.
3) Polly Bennett, b. 1824 Fishkill, N.Y., d. 1911 Mayfield, Ohio, m. 1847 Richard Worts Jr.
4) Joseph M. Bennett, b. 22 Dec. 1829 Willoughby, Lake Co., Ohio, d. 30 Mar. 1908 Homier, Calhoun Co., Mich., m. 1 Oct. 1855 Wilson Mills, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, to Julia Ann Sherman, d. 3 Mar. 1911 Milford, Ind.
5) Daniel Bennett, b. 1830, m. Eliza A. ___
6) Samuel Bennett, b. 1833
7) Abram Bennett, b. 1839
8) Chloe Bennett, b. 1840 Mayfield, Ohio, d. Mich., m. John Brewer
9) Alice Bennett, b. 1843 Mayfield, Ohio, m. George Lilley
10) Rosilla Bennett, d. Mich., m. Edwin Covert; came to Mayfield, Ohio, 1839, to Willoughby, Ohio, 1838
11) Rachel Bennett, d. Mich., m. Jacob Sherman; came to Mayfield, Ohio from Fishkill, N.Y., 1835
12) Betsy A. Bennett, b. Mayfield, Ohio, d. Calf., m. John Johnson


"The man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious ancestors is like a potato the only good belonging to him is underground."

Sir Thomas Overbury, 1614
- The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, Val D. Greenwood, 1974.