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Published by the Presley/Preslar/Pressly Family Research Association
VOLUME IV NO. 2 December 1988 Page twenty
A FATHER'S PLEA
BRESLAU (also Breslauer, Breslaur, Bresler, Bressler, Bresslau, Bresselau) -- Ashkenazic name taken from the city of Breslau, Prussia. The Jewish Encyclopedia (12 vols., New York, 1901-06) has biograohies from Germany. 17th-19th cent.; also Holland and
England. The "genealogy" file at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem has a Breslau family tree from Germany. Also, sae family history in Eine Hebraische Handschrift aus ftarendorf by Bernhard Brilling (1962). The Archives of the Leo Baeck Institute in New York has a Breslau family
tree beginning 1711.
- From Finding Our Fathers. A Guidebook to Jewish
Genealogy by Dan Rottenburg. New York, 1977.
(Ed. Note: The following is a translation of a letter written in German to George Bressler (or one of his family members) in Lock Haven, Perm. It is shared with us by Elizabeth B. Bunting of Malvern, Penn., and is most timely presented as the world remembers the events of fifty years ago.)
Dear (Most Honored) Mr. Bressler
In the unhappiest hour of my life, I have found your address and I am asking you very obligingly as your cousin and relative of the name Bressler, with this letter, appealing to your generosity and asking for help. Because of the happenings in Austria I have, as a Jew, lost my job at the Mercunbank in Vienna where I have worked without interruption for 22 years. Only because of my honesty, diligence and versatility I have become head of the exchange bureau. This has been the only position of my life. As a Jew that has lost his livelihood, I will have to leave this country, and only with your help and mercy I could start a new life in U.S.A. by getting an affidavity.
Most Honored Mr. Bressler, I promise you, you would not give your great kindness to an unworthy one and I shall promise you I will remember your benevolence. It will be the job of my life to show my savior my gratefullness and i also promise you to never become a burden to you. I am only 38 years of age and am not afraid of any kind of work. My wife is 33 years of age and is a perfect kindergarten teacher and also a first class cook and will be most happy to perform any kind of work. This letter is the only hope of my life and is also the destiny of my innocent 4 year old child.
I believe, in the name of humanity, that my most sincere pleading to my namesake will reach the best person, and with your merciful action will bring us back
(continued on page twenty-two)
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
I have good news. Sylvia Castles of Columbia, S.C., is systematically searching the records of South Carolina for Pressly, etc., beginning with the colonial land grants. As editor of the Columbia Journal, the newsletter of the Columbia Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society, she is familiar with the problems often encountered by out-of-state researchers and with the idiosyncrasies of South Carolina record-keeping. As she completes groups of records, she will forward data to us, and we will publish what we can and keep you fully informed about what is in our archive, and is thus available to you, the members,
In Malvern, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth B. Bunting informs me that she is at work organizing, compiling, and typing the records she has been collecting for many years on her Bressler family and its many oranches. She has done considerable research
"How did the pioneer ever cross the freeways in those wagons?"
- From The Albuquerque Tribune, June 13, 1988
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"You better be quiet or Granddad will leave you out of the family history he's writing."
- From Greensboro News & Record, August 25, 1987
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in that state and will continue to work with us in researching the records of Pennsylvania. Many midwestern families have Pennsylvania roots.
Ruth Hustead, our researcher in Washington, D.C., is continuing her research into the military records at the National Archives. She has just compiled a list of veterans from the Old War Series and the Indian War Series (watch future newsletters) , and she will next go to a compilation of Civil War military service records.
Finally, we will be trying to engage a researcher (in addition to our Research Director) at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to research for us the records of various counties across the U.S. which we feel will be of particular interest to our members. We will initially select those counties which we feel may have been pivotal in tracing various Presley/Pressly families. It is our hope that each quarterly newsletter can perhaps feature a different geographical area or county.
It is our sincere hope that 1989 will be the beginning of an all new phase- of growth for our Association. With your help and support we are going to try to make it so. In this holiday season the officers of your Association wish each of you a Merry, Merry Christmas and express our hope that all your New Year wishes come true.
A FATHER'S PLEA (Continued):
to a new Life., Your most honored Mr. Bressler, don't let us plead in vain, save a desperate family. I beg you from the bottom of my heart, do everything you can do and alsO among your relatives and friends, but help!
The dear Lord may bless you and your family for the greatest humanitarian deed that you are doing for us.
Honored Mr. Bressler, because of the desperate situation, and the fact that three lives are at stake, please have mercy and reply by return mail with the required affidavit for myself, my wife, and my child.
Thanking you from the bottom of my heart for your great generosity, I am your, truly
Vienna VII, Bandgasse 34
Wilhelm Bressler, bonn September 21, 1900
Gertrude Bressler, wife born May 3, 1905
Liese Renata Bressler, child, born October 4, 1934
All registered in Vienna.
Throughout the Third Reich on the night of 9-10 November 1938 the Nazis rampaged against Jewish homes, businesses, synagogues, hospitals, orphanages, and homes for the elderly. Known as Rn stal Inacht, or Crystal Night, because of the broken glass, the destruction, torching, and killing and beating of Jews heralded the Nazis' intentions and led to the dawn of the holocaust. On that night in Vienna, twenty-one synagogues and 68 other Jewish sites were entirely or heavily damaged, and nomes were ransacked. Eventually, by 1945, six million Dews were murdered by the Nazis in Europe.
- Information from A1buquerque Journal, 6 Nov. 1988
CURRENT FAMILY NEWS
Mr. Joe Alton Preslar, 74, of Charlotte died June 21, 1988, at home after a long illness. Burial will be in Sharon Memorial Park. Mr. Preslar, a Peachland native, was a retired CSX Transportation brakeman. He also worked for the Chariot^ Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years.
Survivors are his son, Joseph Preslar Jr.; daughters, Mrs. Dollie Rush of Rar_ Mrs. Betty Duke, Mrs. Mary Shrader; brothers, Roy Preslar, Edwin Preslar; sisters, Mrs. Martha Turner of Buies Creek, Mrs. Gilf Parker of Polkton, Mrs. Virginia Reynolds of Asheville, Mrs. Elsie Walters, Mrs. Alice Pritchard; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.
- The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, June 23, 198?
(Ed Note: Data from the 1850 census is presented as follows: Page, dwelling number/family number, name, age, sex, color, occupation, value of real estate, birthplace.)
26 367/381 Evan Presley 41 M W Farmer 2000 SC
Isabella M. " 18 F W NC
Int(?)tte M. " 22 F W GA
Columbus W. " 26 M W Stud.of Medicine SC
Wm.C.H. Nelson 24 M W Potter AL
30 423/437 Mary Presley 9 F W AL
Living with A.C. & Sarah Thomason
78 1045/1062 William Prestly 59 M W Farmer 300 SC
Elizabeth Bias 58 F W GA
Eliza Presley 40 F W GA
Claborne " 22 M W GA
Elizabeth M. " 15 F W GA
Frances E. Bias 14 F W GA
Emaline Presley 13 F W GA
William T. Bias 13 M W GA
Mary S. " 11 F W GA
267 61/61 A.J. Presley 35 M W Farmer NC
S.A. " 30 F W SC
Henry " 16 M W SC
John " 13 M W SC
Perry " 5 M W AL
R.B. " 1/12 M W AL
189 164/164 Elias Presly 55 M W Farmer 500 SC
Mary " 51 F W GA
Martha " 20 F W AL
Sarah " 18 F W AL
Louisa " 8 F W AL
189 169/169 James Presley 20 M W Farmer AL
living with A. J. & Nancy Dunnam
193 230/230 John Presley 35 M W Farmer SC
Nancy " 25 F W AL
William " 10 M W AL
Sarah " 8 F W AL
Sa(?)n " 2 F W AL
193 241/241 Allen Presley 58 M W Farmer 800 SC
Sarah " 52 F W SC
Hosey " 18 M W AL
Elizabeth " 20 F W AL
James " 10 M W AL
Thomas " 8 M W AL
194 244/244 Robert Allen Presley 38 M W Farmer SC
Nancy " 26 F W SC
Robert " 12 M W AL
Caroline " 11 F W AL
Sarah " 9 F W AL
Sarine " 8 F W AL
John " 5 M W AL
Stephen " 3 M W AL
Josephine " 2 F W AL
194 245/246 Wm Presley 27 M W Farmer AL
Sienlie (?) " 23 F W AL
194 251/251 Anthny Presley 61 M W Farmer SC
Sarah " 52 M W SC
Harriet " 18 F W AL
Isabel " 16 F W AL
Delilah " 14 F W AL
Elizabeth " 12 F W AL
Mary " 10 F W AL
230 768/768 H.S. Presley 29 M W Farmer 100 AL
Lavisa (?) " 25 F W AL
Ann " 6 F W AL
Mary " 4 F W AL
Martha " 2 F W AL
Elias " 17 M W AL
230 818/818 Evan Presley 27 M W AL
Mary " 28 F W AL
Sarah " 8 F W AL
James " 6 M W AL
Anthony " 4 M W AL
Nancy " 2 F W AL
239 899/899 Elias Presley 57 M W Farmer 500 SC
Mary " 51 F W SC
Mary " 24 F W AL
Sarah " 16 F W AL
Louisa " 14 F W AL
273 160/460 Calvin Presley 44 M W SC
Jane " 44 F W SC
Susan J. " 21 F W GA
Sarah L. " 19 F W GA
Soel(?) " 16 M W GA
Evan A. " 14 M W AL
John L. " 12 M W AL
Emily " 9 F W AL
William H. " 6 M W AL
Robert F. 3 M W AL
Jane Turner 77 F W SC
276 162/162 Landrum Presly 23 M W Farmer GA
Martha " 16 F W GA
376 1564/1564 Augustus Presley 30 M W Att. at law GA
living with Alfred & Martha Ferguson
379 1612/1612 Charles E. Presley 1 M W AL
living with William A. & Mary P. Adams
41 563/563 Highley Pressley 43 M W NC
Eliza J. " 21 F W TN
Sarah A. " 15 F W TN
James A. " 13 M W TN
May B. " 11 F W AL
49 674/674 William Presley 24 M W Farmer TN
Eliza J. " 18 F W TN
343 194/194 Martha Presley 37 F W SC
Elizabeth " 17 F W AL
Martha " 15 F W AL
Wm. " 13 M W AL
De Kalb " 11 M W AL
Bryan " 9 M W AL
Margaret " 7 F W AL
Julius " 4 M W AL
380 715/715 Wiley W. Jones 27 M W Farmer 500 AL
Mary " 18 F W AL
Mahala Presly 30 F W AL
Wm. H. Jones 2 M W AL
380 716/716 Holden Presley 28 M W Farmer 125 AL
Martha E. " 19 F W AL
Catherine " 2 F W AL
Elbert " 4 M W AL
380 717/717 Floyd Presley 50 M W Farmer 150 SC
Ellender " 45 F W SC
James " 21 F W AL
Martha " 13 F W AL
Bryant L. " 16 M W AL
Wm. " 24 M W AL
Elizabeth " 17 F W AL
380 718/718 John Presley 32 M W Farmer 120 AL
Anne J. " 23 F W AL
Nancey " 8 F W AL
Susan M " 6 F W AL
Wm.P. " 4 M W AL
Malissa " 2 F W AL
380 721/721 Pinkney W. Presley 25 M W Farmer AL
Amanda " 19 F W AL
Sarah E. " 1 F W AL
54 46/46 Elijah Presley 39 M W Farmer NC
Cassey " 35 F W NC
Mary E. " 12 F W AL
Nancy " 6 F W AL
Jessey G. " 2 M W AL
188 11/11 William Presley 32 M W Farmer 300 LA
Mary " 33 F W SC
John " 5 M W AL
James M. " 4 M W AL
Margaret E. " 2 F W AL
James Byers 16 M W AL
188 12/12 Lydia Presley 60 F W NC
Elizabeth " 12 F W NC
28 387/387 John Presley 23 M W Farmer GA
Matilda " 32 F W GA
Marion " 22 M W GA
William " 20 M W GA
Levely " 1 M W AL
James " 1 M W AL
414 899/924 Robert L. Presley 45 M W Farmer SC
Perry (?) " 44 F W GA
Robert " 17 M W GA
Nancy " 15 F W GA
Elizabeth " 13 F W GA
Percy E. " 11 F W GA
John R. " 10 M W GA
Clemmentine " 8 F W GA
Jane " 6 F W AL
Sarah " 2 F W AL
415 918/939 Eamaline Pressly 15 F W GA
Living with Joseph & Matilda Baker
18 251/251 John Presley 75 M W 480 SC
Margaret J. " 54 F W NC
William S. " 16 M W SC
George W. " 14 M W SC
Charlotte " 12 F W SC
Mi(?)ton N. " 10 M W SC
205 - Caleb Bresler 60 M W Laborer Germany
living with Anthony & Eliza Forney
199 821/817 William Presley 50 M W Laborer MD
Ellen " 27 F W MD
226 2022/2091 Jas. S. Pressley 32 M W None MO
231 2135/2205 Jno. G. Presley 35 M W Laborer PA
226 230/230 Robert Presley 24 M W Miner NY
95 335/335 David Presley 49 M W Farmer 1500 NC
Mahala " 40 F W KY
Anthony " 17 M W MO
Franklin " 15 M W MO
Elias " 13 M W MO
Almenis " 12 F W MO
Raosom " 10 M W MO
Ellen " 8 F W MO
Elizabeth " 6 F W MO
Melvina " 1 F W OR
Barbara Smith 21 F W OR
Rhoda " 1 F W OR
13 ---/201 Michael Presley 22 M W Laborer Ireland
248 35/37 Wm. Presley 22 M W Milman N. Brunswick
203 96/99 Kenneth Presley 51 M W Blacksmith N.Scotia
Jane " 48 F W NH
William " 27 M W Seaman NH
Elizabeth " 25 F W NH
Mary " 22 F W NH
Alexander " 20 M W Laborer NH
Sarah J. " 15 F W ME
James " 13 M W ME
Joseph K. " 11 M W ME
Greenleif " 8 M W ME
Rebecca " 6 F W ME
S.B." 3/12 F W ME
228 99/129 Sarah Presley 59 F W NS
John W. " 17 M W NS
228 --/133 James A. Presley 29 M W Spar Maker NB
Helen M. " 23 F W NB
George W. " 4 M W ME
Augustus M. " 2 M W ME
Eliza A. Johnson 1 F W ME
- 256/281 Hiram Presley 36 M W Laborer NH
Emaline " 26 F W NH
Charles " 8 M W NH
111 96/98 Willard Presley 16 M W NH
138 324/326 George W. Presley 28 M W Farmer NH
Catharine " 28 F W NH
Solomon " 4 M W NH
Camilla C. " 2 F W NH
---- " 2/12 M W NH
Webster Dow 21 M W NH
- 315/358 Nathl. Presley 64 M W Farmer 3000 NH
Martha " 62 F W NH
Eliza " 31 F W NH
Carlos " 20 M W Farmer NH
60 -/84 Mr. Prisley 35 M W Weaver Germany
Mrs. " 31 F W Germany
Adaladia " 1 F W CT
NEW HAVEN COUNTY
338 2673/2806 Mary Pristley 5 F W CT
in a orphanage
399 2095/2059 Sarah Presley 21 F W - NH
2 17/24 Wm. Presley 50 M W Laborer NS
Margaret " 10 F W NS
Sarah " 60 F W NS
Nathl. Humphrey 30 M W Laborer MA
Mary " 27 F W NJ
Wm. " 2 M W MA
192 131/282 Sarah Presley 29 F W ME
211 642/1378 Mich. Presley 20 M W Painter MA
282 800/1363 David T. Bressller 50 M W Mechanic MA
Mary K. " 46 F W ??
John E. " 19 M W ??
Sarah F. " 12 F W MA
Ellen M. " 8 F W MA
Charles H. " 6 M W MA
314 71/112 Moses E. Presley 28 M W Driver NH
Sarah " 24 F W MA
Joseph E. " 1 M W MA
41 125/125 Barton Presley 28 M W Merchant Germany
Mary E. " 26 F W MO
Charles North 21 M W Segar Maker MO
Henry Schindler 17 M W Segar Maker Germany
From Marlene Webb - Sept. 1988 Newsletter, p.7: My great grandfather was overlooked in the Union County, South Carolina, listing from the 1850 Census:
p. 12. Aadam Presley 37 M W
Nancy " 32 F W
Leander " 11 M W
Mary " 10 F W
David " 9 M W
Tally " 7 M W
Alexander " 6 M W
Benjamin " 4 M W
Levi " 2 M W
Eliza " 7/12 F W
Adam was the son of Charles & Elishia (Jenkins) Pressley. Also in the census was John Presley, age 10, living with Thomas & Nancy Danner (not Tanner). John, who died ca. 1855, was the son of Lewis Presley, brother of Adam, who moved to Miss. in 1847, and John was living with his Danner Grandparents.
Civil War Pension Records in the National Archives
(Continued from page 10, Sept. 1988 issue)
Co. F, 16th Ky. Inf.
Co. B, 7th Mich. Inf.
Alias: John Murphy
Co. L, 198th Pa. Inf.
Co. A, 4th Tenn. Inf.
Co. A, 8th Tenn. Cav.
Co. D, 3rd Tenn. Inf.
Co. H, 28th US Inf.
Sept. 6, 1869
Nov. 1, 1888
Jan. 17, 1867
Sept. 4, 1865
Feb. 27, 1884
July 23, 1890
Dec. 7, 1900
Mar. 4, 1874
May 22, 1926
Oct. 17, 1928
Co. K, 5th Term. Mtd. Inf.
Co. A, 2nd Texas Inf.
Co. E, 65th 111. Inf.
Co. K, 1st Mich. Cav.; 6th Mich. Cav
Widow (Cora A.)
Co. F, 27th Mich. Inf.
Co. G, 2nd Ark. Inf.
Aug. 26, 1891
Dec. 18, 1922
Aug. 31, 1927
Feb. 12, 1891
May 17, 1906
Nov. 10, 1879
Dec. 6, 1928
July 16, 1890
Apr. 1, 1899
Co. D, 143rd 111. Inf.
Widow (Sarah E.)
Co. B, 32nd Mo. Inf.
Minor(gdn: Jonathan A. Holcomb)
Co. B, 1st N.Y. Cav.
Mother (Sarah A.)
3rd Tenn. Inf.; Co. G, 4th U.S. Cav.
Co. A, 8th Tenn. Cav.
Minor(gdn: L. Williams)
Co. K, 60th U.S.C. Inf.
Nov. 13, 1885
May 6, 1908
June 9, 1863
June 1, 1874
Mar. 2, 1865
Mar. 7, 1921
Dec. 7, 1867
Jan. 15, 1894
Co. R, N.H. HA
Co. G, 3rd Mo. S.M. Cav.
Co. C, 35th Ky. Inf.(widow: Sarah A.)
Minor (gdn: John Williams)
Co. D, 6th Ill. Cav.
Widow (Sarah E.)
Co. C, 1st Texas Cav,,
Co. K, 10th Tenn. Cav.
Widow (Mary J.)
6th Mich. Cav.
U.S. Marine Corp, 1920-1925
Co. B, 10th N.Y. HA
Co. I(?), 3rd Tenn. Cav.,- Co. E,
2nd N.C. Mtd. Inf.
July 8, 1890
Jan. 10, 1865
Apr. 18, 1873
Mar. 25, 1876
May 20, 1867
July 6, 1914
May 25, 1921
Sept. 2, 1867
Mar. 5, 1892
Jan. 22, 1915
June 15, 1863
Mar. 4, 1910
Sept. 26, 1930
Jan. 28, 1884
Mar. 29, 1883
May 13, 1908
Co. E, 1st Tenn. Cav.
Minor(gdn: Margaret Morris)
Co. G, 2nd U.S. Vol. Inf.
Widow (Bettie A.)
Co. G, 3rd Mich. Cav.
Widow (Mary E.)
Co. A, 23rd U.S. Inf.
Co. G, 3rd Ark. Cav,
Co. B, 3rd Texas Inf.
Aliass William Shannon
Co. I, 16th Ohio Inf.; Co. C, 4th Ohio Cav.;
Co. L, 6th Ind.
Cav.? Co. A, 2nd Texas Cav.
Co. B, 18th U.S. Inf.
Co. I & B, 2nd W. Va. Cav.
Co. C, 110th N.Y. Inf.
Widow (Ellen E.)
May 2, 1883
Sept. 27, 1890
Mar. 28, 1904
June 30, 1890
Jan. 21, 1908
Nov. 28, 1905
July 20, 1898
Aug. 9, 1917
July 13, 1885
Oct. 8, 1923
May 13, 1880
Jan. 16, 1880
June 23, 1911
Co. G, 3rd Tenn. Inf.; Co. I, 38th U.S. Vol. Inf.
Widow (Sallie A.)
Unsd. 35th & Co. L, 39th U.S. Vol. Inf.
Co. C, 2nd Prov. En. Mo. M.L.
Widow (Sarah C.)
Mar. 19, 1901
May 19, 1919
May 17, 1901
Feb. 16, 1928
Feb. 5, 1900
Co. G, 32nd USV Inf.
Mother (Alice P.)
Co. A, 4th Tenn. Inf.
Co. I, 1st Texas Inf.
Pvt., Tenn. Vols., Mex. War
Widow (Harriet H.)
Co. G, 56th Ill.. Inf.
Widow (Mary A.)
Minor (Effey J.)
Died Mar. 13, 1901
Co. C, Maine Garr. Art.; Co. K,
1st Maine Heav. Art.; Co. K, 18th Maine Inf.
Widow (Mary A.)
Co. E, 6th Tenn. Inf.
Widow (Malindea L.)
Aug. 11, 1925
June 30, 1880
Apr. 28, 1893
Sept. 25, 1924
Feb. 23, 1888
Mar. 28, 1900
May 5, 1865
Apr. 10, 1901
May 3, 1928
Ma(?) 30, 1865
Oct. 21, 1916
Nov. 8, 1882
July 3, 1909
U.S. Marine Corp, 1929-1931
Co. C, 25th Ind. Inf.
Co. K, 9th Tenn. Cav.; Co. D, 11th Tenn. Cav.
Co. B, 42nd Pa. Inf. (13th Res.)
Co. G, 3rd Ark. Inf.
Co. A, 8th Tenn. Cav.
Widow (no name)
Minor (gdn: W.S. Kyle)
15th Recruit Co. Gen. Sn. USA;
148th Co. U.S. Coast Arty. Corp
Apr. 30, 1931
Mar. 15, 1881
Feb. 5, 1890
Nov. 14, 1900
July 23, 1890
Apr. 16, 1866
May 12, 1870
Apr. 12, 1911
(to be continued)
A BRIEF AND VERY INCOMPLETE SURVEY OF COLONIAL FAMILIES
Several readers have indicated unfamiliarity with the various Presley/ Preslar/Pressly/Bressler families in colonial America and with some of the previously published or available references on these families. While the Newsletter is filled with unsolved genealogical puzzles, there were some major families and their branches, familiarity with which can enable a reader to understand better some of the material presented herein.
If you've pondered as to why our Association is concerned with all these families which came from different countries and were obviously unrelated, the answer is simple. You can't necessarily tell that an individual in the county records is of English, Irish, or German origin. As we have repeatedly seen, people changed their names, county clerks changed the spelling, and more often than not it's impossible to tell to what family a person belongs until the lineage is proven through research.
The earliest Presleys in America arrived in the 1600's. The most well-known of these were the Presleys of Northumberland Co., Virginia, every male member of which was prominent in public life from 1647 to 1749. Unfortunately, the male line became extinct, although many descendants through the female lines are now living.
References: Keach, Mrs. O.A., "The Preslys of Northumberland," Va. Mag, of Hist. & Bioq., XXXIV (1926): 92-93, 187-192, 287-292? XXXV (1927): 87-88. Reprinted in Genealogies of Va. Families (Va. Mag, of Hist. & Bioq.), Vol. X, p. 871-876.
Keach, Mrs. O.A., "The Presly Family of Northumberland County." reprinted in Genealogies of Va. Families (Tyler's Quarterly), Vol. III, p. 71-76.
Fulcher, Richard C., The Presley Saga, Vol. IV, 1976.
In 1710 John Valentine & Anna Christina Pressler and family arrived in New York with the large group of Palatine immigrants who had fled Germany to England with the hope of settling in the New World. Valentine's son, Anthony, settled in Ulster Co., New York, and his descendants were in the Northeast and later in the Midwest. His other three sons, Andrew, John, and Peter, migrated south through Maryland and Virginia to Anson Co., North Carolina, around 1750. From there their descendants spread throughout the South. There was much anglicization of the surname spelling to Presley.
References°. Dunn, Edwin C., Some Genealogical Notes on the Preslar/Presley Family of Anson Co., N.C_., 1985.
Fulcher, Richard C., The Presley Saga, Vol. I, 1977.
Andrea, Leonardo, "Preslar-Presly," 1961 (microfilmed manuscript at South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, S.C.)
In South Carolina in 1734 William Pressley, David Pressley, and John Pressley are believed to have arrived in Williamsburg Co. from Ireland William's descendants are known to have lived in that county until after the Civil War when they moved to California. While previously written histories have linked this Williamsburg Co. family to the families which settled in Abbeville Co. (96 District), S.C., we have presented evidence that David Pressley and family arrived from Ireland and was given land in S.C. in 1767, and John Pressley arrived from Ireland in 1773.
References: Pressly, William L., The Pressly Family, n.d. (1978-84), LDS microfilm #1035515 item 10.
Andrea, Leonardo, "Preslar-Presley," 1961 (microfilmed manuscript at South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, S.C.).
Fulcher, Richard C., The Presley Saga, Vol. Ill, 1978.
In 1749 Johannes Bressler arrived in Pennsylvania. In the same year three brothers, Hans Georg Simon, Georg, and Nicklas Bressler also arrived in Pennsylvania from Germany. A collection of family group sheets on the family of Johannes Bressler has been placed in our archive by Betty Bunting, and she is currently preparing family group sheets on the other family (her own antecedents and relatives). Many branches of these families spread into the Midwest.
References: "Genealogical Data Collected & Compiled by Ivy Nickle, Swanton, Ohio —
Bressler Family", IDS microfilm #6018429.
Kintner, Herman F., "Georg Bressler", 1985, LDS microfilm #1035766 item
Bressler, Harry F., "Translation of Notes in 1716 Bressler Family Bible' 1969, LDS microfilm #963338 item 3.
Another Presley family which was in South Carolina around the time of the Revolutionary War was located in Edgefield District. This family is known to have originated in Virginia and to have had several branches which moved into Georgia, including John and Moses Presley, Revolutionary War soldiers of Henry Co., Ga. It is not known when or from where this family arrived in Virginia, and a great deal more research is needed on this family in Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.
References: Fulcher, Richard C., The Presley Saga, Vol. II, 1978.
Another Virginia family was in Rockbridge Co., Va., in the 1780's. James Presley (b. 1783) settled in Russell Co., Va., and his descendants have been traced in that area. More research on the earlier generations of this family also needs to be done.
References: Crabtree, Norma Jean, Leaving a Trail; Crabtree, Bales, Jackson, Presley
Having noted these families, it must hastily be stated that there undoubtedly were other families not yet identified by our research. We do know that other Presleys, etc., came to America in the 1600's and 1700's, but we presently know nothing about their descendants, if there were any.
We are also just beginning to learn something about the families of those Presleys/Presslers, etc., who came to the United States in the 1800's. These are probably more numerous than the colonial families. Our continued research will undoubtedly add to our knowledge of all these families.
I am searching for the parents of George Washington Presley, b. 7 Jan. 1871 Ala., d. 15 Feb. 1344 Memphis,
Shelby Co., Tenn., bur. Arkabutla, Tate Co., Miss., m. 4 Nov. 1888 Cullman, Cullman Co., Ala., to Sarah W.
Matthews. His siblings are believed to be: Robert Presley, b. 1855 Ga.; John Presley, b. 1859 Ga.; Detova Presley, b. 1862 Ga.; James Presley, b. 1867 Ala. He was living in Cullman Co., Ala., in 1880 with brother Robert.
Marlene Di Giovanni
I would like information on Mary Ann Presly who m. a
Thomas Shannon. This Thomas was the brother of my great
grandfather, David Whitehead Shannon, and I am stopped
their parents, John & Keziah (Rogers) Shannon. Thomas Shannon was b. ca. 1821, prob. in Nicholas Co., Ky., d.
4 Nov. 1863 Licking Co., Ohio. I don't know what happened to Mary Ann; she may have remarried. I have been unable to find their marriage, but it probably was in Ohio somewhere, since the Shannons came to Ohio by 1830.
THE PRESLEY/PRESLAR/PRESSLY PRESS
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index. Ed. by P. William Filby. Gale Research Co., Detroit, 1981 (3 vols.); 1982-1987 annual supplements (6 vols.).
(Ed. Note; The following combined list includes the name of the immigrant, age, place, date, reference code number & page number. The names of the immigrants in these volumes are taken from various references, each designated here by a code number, and the list of abbreviated references follows the list of immigrants Some immigrants are listed several times, a result of their initially being found in several different references, each of which will have a different code number.)
Burgh, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1785. 9042 p3.
Georg Aadam, n.,a.; Philadelphia, Pa. 1765. 9041 p704.
Georg Simon, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1749. 7820 p218.
George, n.a.,- Philadelphia, Pa,, 1749. 7820 p 218.
George, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1749. 9041 p421.
Jerg Simon, n.a.? Philadelphia, Pa., 1749. 9041 p421.
Nicholas, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1764. 6441 p57. With wife.
Nicklas, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1749. 7820 p2l8.
Nicklas, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1749. 9041 p421.
Philip Jacob, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1764. 6441 p57.
A., 36; New Orleans, La., 1820. 7460 p 45.
Andreas, 9; New York (State), 1710. 6301 p564.
Anna Eliz., 14; New York (State), 1710. 6301 p563.
Anna Gertrude, 12; New York (State), 1710. 6301 p564.
Anthony, 5; New York (State), 1710. 6301 p564.
Christina, 36; New York (State),, 1710. 6301 p563.
Frank, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1864. 9291 p246.
Georg Adam, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1765. 7820 p369.
Maria Agnes, 6 mos.; New York (State), 1710. 6301 p564.
Valentin, 41; New York, N.Y., 1710. 7820 p443.
Valtin, 41; New York (State), 1710. 6301 p563.
Charles E., n.a.; St. Clair Co., 111., 1855. 1003 p5.
Friedrick, 22; New York, N.Y., 1847. 6890 p26.
George, n.a.; St. Clair Co., 111., 1848. 1003 p5.
Oswald, n.a.; Pennsylvania, 1778. 8650 p153.
Geo., n.a.; Pennsylvania, 1749. 1804 p303.
Geo. Simon, n.a.; Pennsylvania, 1749. 1804 p303.
Georg Adam, n.a.; Pennsylvania, 1765. 1804 p471.
Nickolas, n.a.; Pennsylvania, 1749. 1804 p303.
Valentin, n.a.; New York, N.Y., 1710-1714. 1811 p67
Andreas, 9; New York, 1710. 5015 p120.
Anna Eliz., 14; New York, 1710. 5015 p120.
Anna Gertrude, 12; New York, 1710. 5015 p120.
Anthony, 5; New York, 1710. 5015 p120
Christina, 36; New York, 1710. 5015 p120.
Maria Agnes, 6 mos.f New York, 1710. 5015 p120.
Valtin, 41; New York, 1710. 5015 p120
Joseph, n.a.; Indiana, 1861-1866. 3434 p16.
Heinrich, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1750. 9041 p441.
Henrich, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1750. 7820 p237.
Paul, n.a.; Texas, 1851. 2504 p117.
Valentine, 40; England and/or America, 1709. 9135 p84. With wife, son 6,
son 4, son 1, daughter 10, daughter 8.
Christian, n.a.; Quebec, 1850. 8656 p7.
Paul, n.a.; Galveston, Texas, 1851. 3886 p343.
George, n.a.; Pennsylvania, 1765. 2564 p99.
Henrich, n.a.; Pennsylvania, 1750. 1804 p320
Valentine, n.a.; England and/or America, 1709. 3983 p247. With wife
and 3 sons & 2 daughters.
Valentine, 40; England, 1709. 4772 p49. With wife,son 6, son 4, son 1,
daughter 10, daughter 8.
Valentine, 40; London, England, 1709. 5013 p78. With son 6, son 4, son 1
son 6 mos., dau. 10, dau. 8.
C.W.n.a.; Texas, 1849. 2504 p117.
Carl, n.a.; Texas, 1846. 2484 p129.
Carolina, 5; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
Catharina, 1 mo.; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
Christina, 11 mos.; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
Christina, 25; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
Franz, n.a.; Texas, 1849. 2504 pi 17.
Heinrich, 18; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
Johann, 33; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
John A., n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1878. 9305 p88.
Magdalena, 8; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
Phillip, 5; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
Solomea, 30; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
Valentine, 28; New York (State), 1874. 6920 p59.
Carl, n.a.; Galveston, Texas, 1846. 2534 p251.
Elisabeth, 50; Baltimore, Md., 1876. 6950 p37. Son Friedrich, 21.
Friedrich, 21. See Pressler, Elisabeth.
Simon, n.a.; Pennsylvania, 1765. 2564 p141.
Adolph Robert, n.a.; Indiana, 1923-1930. 3018 p15A.
Fairy Marie Meyer, n.a.; Indiana, 1941-1944. 3018 p15A.
Robert, n.a.; Indiana, 1918-1924. 3018 p49.
Guido Reinhardt, n.a.; Indiana, n.d. 3434 p124.
Frederick, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1864. 9305 p88.
Mary, n.a.; Charles Town, S.C., 1772. 7343 p127.
Fran, n.a.; Maryland, 1679. 8510 p371.
Henry, n.a.; Maryland, 1658. 8510 p371.
William, n.a.; Maryland, 1675. 8510 p371.
John, n.a.; Allegany (Allegheny) Co., Pa., 1856. 9697 p67.
William, n.a.; Tippecanoe Co., Ind., 1846. 3010 p102.
Mrs. John, n.a.; New Jersey, 1682. 9790 p6.
Mary, n.a.; South Carolina, 1772. 8980 p100.
Wm, n.a.; Virginia, 1705. 6223 p99.
William, n.a.; Indiana, 1846. 3434 p124.
Jane, n.a.; Virginia, n.d. 2772 p266.
Payle, n.a.; Virginia, n.d. 2772 p266.
Peter, n.a.; Virginia, n.d. 2772 p266.
Jane, n.a. See Presly, Wm.
Paule, n.a.; Virginia, 1649. 6220 p185.
Payle, n.a.; Virginia, 1649. 6220 p185.
Peter, n.a.; Virginia, 1649. 6220 p185.
Wm, n.a.; Virginia, 1649. 6220 p185. Wife Jane, n.a.
William Jr., n.a.; Barbados, 1680. 776 p13.
William Sr., n.a.; Barbados, 1680. 776 p13.
Agnes, 4; Charles Town, S.C., 1766-1767. 7343 p70.
David, n.a.; Charles Town, S.C., 1766-1767. 7343 p67.
David, 6; Charles Town, S.C., 1766-1767. 7343 p70.
John, n.a.; Charles Town, S.C., 1772. 7343 p126.
W.E., n.a.; Acapulco, Mexico, 1852. 7156 p4.
Margaret, n.a.; Maryland, 1678. 8510 p371.
Saml, n.a.; South Carolina, 1830. 69 p10.
Samuel, n.a.; South Carolina, n.d. 69 p25.
Samuel, n.a.; South Carolina, 1830. 69 p10.
John, n.a.; South Carolina, 1772. 8980 p96.
Ann, n.a.; South Carolina, 1734. 624 p11.
Antone, n.a.; Fairfield Co., Ohio, 1857. 1918 p32.
Charles, n.a.; Fairfield Co., Ohio, 1857. 1918 p32.
William Jr., n.a.; Barbados, 1679. 776 p104.
William Sr., n.a.; Barbados, 1679. 776 p104.
Richard, n.a.; Virginia, 1638. 6220 p98.
George, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1853. 9305 p88.
Richard, n.a.; New York (State), 1810. 8195 p98.
Abraham, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1868. 9305 p92.
Henry, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1848. 9305 p92.
James, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1865. 9305 p92.
John, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1873, 9305 p92.
Joseph Jr., n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1799. 9305 p92
Patrick, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1867. 9305 p92.
Samuel, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1868. 9305 p92.
Mrs., n.a.; St. John, New Brunswick, 1907. 7630 p8.
John, n.a.; St. John, New Brunswick, 1907. 7630 p8.
Joseph, 24; Virginia, 1683. 6179 p21.
L., n.a.; St. John, New Brunswick, 1907 7630 p8.
Miss M., n.a.; St. John, New Brunswick, 1907 7630 p8.
Thomas, n.a.; Iowa, 1886. 9596 p74.
Joseph, n.a.; Arkansas, 1903. 9280 p40.
Joseph, 24; Virginia, 1683. 9143 p344.
Conrad, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1851. 9305 p92.
Jacob, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1851. 9305 p92.
James, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1878. 9305 p92.
Richard,n.a.; Virginia, 1663-1679. 943 p152.
Samuel, 26; New York (State), 1812. 8195 p198.
Thomas,n.a. Iowa, 1884. 9596 p110.
William, 38; New York (State), 1812. 8195 p198.
Edward, n.a. New York, 1798. 8222 p45
Richard, n.a.; New York, 1824. 8222 p55.
John, 21; New York, 1862. 6200 p 79.
Richard, n.a.; New York, 1824. 714 p199.
Richard, n.a.; Indiana, n.d. 3434 p124.
John, n.a.; Barbados and/or Jamaica, 1702. 1217.4 p59.
David, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1846. 9305 p99
George, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1850. 9305 p99.
ames, n.a.; Barbados, 1679. 3283 p499.
Robert, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1808. 9305 p99.
William, n.a.; Philadelphia, Pa., 1857. 9305 p99.
Jonathan, n.a.; Canada, 1841. 5003 p.114.
Redmond, n.a.; Virginia, 1705. 6223 p100.
John, 23?; New Jersey, 1775, 8242 p245.
Thomas, n.a.; Allegany (Allegheny) Co., Pa., 1892. 9702 p127
John, n.a.; America, 1751. 1222 p218
John, n.a.; America, 1751. 1217.2
Ainsworth: Index to Naturalization Records, Chester Co., S.C.
Boddies (Witherspoon Colony)
Boyer: Ship Passenger Lists: N.Y. & N.J. (1600-1825)
Brandow: Omitted Chapters from Hotten's Original Lists
Bristol and America
Bulcher: St. Clair Co., 111., Naturalization Index, 1816-1905
Coldhanu Bonded Passengers to America
Coldham: English Convicts in Colonial America, Vol. 1
Egle: Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance
Ehle: Palatine Heads of Families
Fairfield Co., Ohio: Index to Naturalizations
Geue & Geue: A New Land Beckoned
Geue: New Homes in a New Land
Gillespie County Historical society: Pioneers in God's Hills
Giuseppi: Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants
Greer: Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666
Heiss: Naturalization Records, Tippecanoe Co., Indiana
Helpingstine: Declarations of Intent 1852-1951, & Naturalization Books
1855-1945, Knox Co., Ind.
Hotten: The Original Lists of Persons of Quality
An Index to Indiana Naturalization Records Found in Various Order Books
of the Ninety-two Local Courts Prior to 1907
Klueber: Auswanderer aus Anhalt und den Preussischen Regierungsbezirken
Knittle: The Board of Trade List of First Party of Palatines
Lists of Germans from the Palatinate Who Came to england in 1709
McKenzie: Upper Canada Naturalization Records (1820-50)
McWethy: List of Palatines in 1709
McWethy: List of the Palatines Remaining at New York, 1710
Myers: Declarations of Intentions & Naturalization Papers
Nicholson: Some Early Emigrants to America
Nimmo: New York Passenger Arrivals, 1849-1868
Nugenb: Cavaliers & Pioneers, Vol. 1
Nugent: Cavaliers & Pioneers, Vol. 3
O'Callaghan: List of the Palatines Remaining at New York, 1710
Palatines and Servants Imported on the King of Prussia
Prins: Dutch and German Ships: Passenger Lists 1846-1856
Pritzkau: Passenger Lists
Pritzkau: Passenger Lists
Rasmussen: San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists, Vol. 1
Revill: Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to
South Carolina, 1763-1773
Rieder & Rieder: New Orleans Ship Lists
Robinson: List of Second Cabin Passengers per RMS Empress of Ireland
Rupp: A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names
Scott, K.: British Aliens in the U.S. During the War of 1812
Scott: Resident aliens Enabled to Hold Land in New York State
Scott: Runaways, Excerpts from the Pennsylvania Gazette 1775-83
Skordas: The Early Settlers of Maryland
Smith, C.N.: Muster Rolls and Prisoner-of-War Lists
Smith, C.N.: Reconstructed Passenger Lists for 1850
Stephenson: Scotch-Irish Migration to S.C., 1772
Strassburger: Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vols. 1, 3
Tepper: Immigrants to the Middle Colonies
Tepper: New World Immigrants
United States: Index to Naturalization Records in Arkansas
United States: Index to Records of Aliens' Declarations
Warren, D.: Plymouth County, Iowa, Naturalization Records
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society: A List of Immigrants
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society: A List of Immigrants Who
Applied for Naturalization Papers
Williams: Bucks Co., Perm., and Some Early Settlers
UNION COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, KIN
Union Co., N.C., was created in 1842 from Anson and Mecklenburg Cos., and the Preslar/Presley families residing there after that date are thus descended from the family which had its roots in old Anson Co. However, researchers have had some diffi- ^^ culty in sorting out these families and tieing them to the earlier Anson Co. branches.
In the study of the Anson Co. family published by this editor in 1985, several family lines were not followed, because their lands apparently fell into Mecklenburg Co., or after 1842, into Union Co. These lines were those of: (#34) Richard Preslar, the son of Thomas, who resided in Mecklenburg Co. in 1800 & 1810; (#45) Peter Preslar, : who wrote his will in 1824 and is known to have had sons, (#68) John, (#69) Elijah, (#70) Valentine, possibly others; (#53) Elias Preslar, who was named in several Mecklenburg Co. deeds from 1833; and (#54) Levi Preslar, whose family has already been discussed in the March 1988 issue of the Newsletter.
We now begin a series of articles which will bring together some of the problems on which our correspondents are working, offer some of the genealogical data which our Research Director, Jim Anderson, has compiled, and perhaps provide some clues to further research in this area.
Part 1 - Problems
Stephen J. Presley, 14 Argonne Dr., Greenville, S.C. 29605 has provided the following information about his ancestor, Eli Presley:
My great, great grandfather was Eli Presley. My Uncle Jack, ie. Jackson Eli Presley,1 has his name, but my family's knowledge of him stops with his name. Yes, there is the story that he had a lot of land and lost much of it. I have heard four theories as to how he lost his land: 1) His son Russell was retarded and had to live in the county home for years, the county acquiring the land to pay for keeping his son; 2) He lost the land gambling on a rifle, borrowing money on his home to buy a gun; 3) Hard times caused him to lose his mortgage; 4) He lost money on Civil War bonds that he bought to help the Confederacy»
My Uncle Shuford showed me Eli's short gray-slate tombstone near the back of the Mill Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The lettering is hand-cut with a knife-like tool, covered with moss, and faintly reads: "Eli Presley, born Feb. 1817, died Jan. 18, 1896".
Eli's family was listed in the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses. He married firstly to Polly (Mary) Braswell (daughter of Shadrad Braswell & Sarah Trull), born ca 1820, died 1873-5. By her he had sixteen children:
1) William Erwin (Irvin) Presley, b. ca. 1842 Union Co., m. 20 July 1865 Lydia Adeline Price. Children: Tom, Lum, Bud, Charlie, Ruthie.
2) Rhoda Malinda (Linda) Presley, b. 23 Mar. 1843 Union Co., d. 26 Oct. 1915, m. 16 Oct. 1875 George W. Sherrin. Children: Cull, Maggie, Conder, Delph, Hamp.
3) John Evan Presley, b. ca. 1845 Union Co., d. in Civil War, never married.
4) Esther Ellen Presley, b. 10 Nov. 1846 Union Co., d. 14 Feb. 1934, bur. Mill Cr.
Bapt. Ch. Cam., m. 30 Nov, 1875 John Farah Ellington Braswell, b. 25 Mar. 1837, d. 13 Jan. 1903,, Children: Estelle, Asberry, Ben, Lonnie. Esther married secondly, Joe Tomberlin.
5) James W, Presley, b. ca. 1849 Union Co., m. Sept, 1873 Sarah E. Griffin. Children ; John, Sam, Hattie, Flora, others.
6) Thomas C. Presley, b. 17 Feb. 1850 Union Co., do 29 Jan. 1916, m. 27 Aug. 1872
Frances Ann Griffin, b. 12 Mar. 1853, d. 21 Jan. 1926. Children: Eulen, Walker, Mallie, Metta, Odis.
7) Mary Minerva Presley, b. ca. 1851 Union Co., d. 17 Dec. 1917, m. 1870 William Sherrin. Children: James Raymond, John, Ellison, Henry, Mary Jane, Bretty, Jarvis, Bundy, Rosa, Ed.
8) Sarah M. Presley, b. ca. 1853, m. 9 Mar. 1873 William E. Wooten. Children: Henry, Minnie, Roxie, Walter, Leona, Homa.
9) Eliza (or Mary) Jane Presley, b. 1857, d. 1924, m. 21 Nov. 1869 Wade Hampton (Hamp) Braswell (son of James Milton Braswell & Obedience Price). Children: Charlie, Maylon, Ruf, John, Ben, Dewitt, Floyd, Lizzie, Minnie, Jim, Laura.
10) David A. Presley, b. ca. 1857, m. 22 Mar. 1888 Annie Summerlin.
11) Milton D. Presley, b. ca. 1859, ra. Elizabeth Mullis. Children: Lillie, Dora, Reese, Bert, others.
12) A. Wilson Presley, b. 1861 Union Co., d. 1936, m. Rena Medlin, b. 1871, d. 1919. Children: Dora, Martha, Mary Jane, Asbury, Beadie.
13) Russell (Russ) Presley, b. ca. 1862 Union Co., "idiotic", never married.
14) George Culpepper Presley (my great grandfather), b. 29 Mar. 1864 Union Co., d. 30 June 1935, bur. Midway Bapt. Ch., Wingate, N.C., of which he was a past deacon, ra. 27 Nov. 1884 Laura Ellen Sells, b. 31 Apr. 1862, d. 25 Mar. 1938 (dau. of John & M.J. Sells). Children: Thomas Frank, John Worley, Richmond Eli, Henry, Harvey Culpepper, Sanford Oscar, Samuel Houston, Joel Wriston (my grandfather).
15) John Evans Presley, b. ca. 1866 Union Co., m. Sophronia (Fronnie) Meggs (Meiggs). Children: Lester, Lonnie, Carrie, Bill, Blair, Beulah, May Belle, Lola.
16) Garrison H. Presley, b. 1870 Union Co., d. 1936, m. firstly, Frances Querry Helms, b. 6 Apr. 1870, d. 11 Dec. 1911. Children: Braxton. Garrison m. secondly, Mary Jane Estridge, b. 20 Jan. 1879, d. 2 Mar. 1953. Children: Odessa, Clyde, Tommy Lee, Maude, Reed, Hoyle, others(?). Garrison was the bellringer at Mill Cr. Church.
Eli Presley married secondly, 21 Aug. 1875 to Catherine Norcott Helms, b. ca. 1835 (dau.
of Jonathan & Lucy Norcott). A child by this marriage:
17) Millie J. Presley, b. ca. 1876, m. a Hargett.
In trying to identify Eli Presley's father, eleven years passed before my Uncle Shuford in 1987 found the answer in Anson Co. Deed Book: 2, p. 179:
This identure made this 25th day of September in the year of our Lord 1835 between John Presley of the State of No. Carolina and county of Anson and Eli Presley of the said county of the other part witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of ten dollars to him in hand paid the receipt and payment whereof the said John Presley doth acknowledge, hath given bargained and sold unto the said Eli Presley his son his heirs and assigns a certain tract of land lying and being in the county of Anson on Mill Creek. Beginning at a stake by a pine and two red oaks runs No 3 West 22 chains & 50 links to a stake by 3 red oaks then So 87 Wt 45 chains to a stake then So 3 E 22 chains & 50 links to a stake in said Helms line then with his line to the beginnin Containing one hundred acres of land be the same more or less. To have and to hold to him the said Eli Presley his heirs and assigns forever free and clear from him the said John Presley his heirs and assigns the said premises free and clear together with all houses lands and tenements with all ways woods waters mines minerals and hereditaments and appurtenances and the said John Presley doth hereby covenant & defend the said premises free and clear to the sole use of the said Eli Presley from all just claims or lawful demands whatsoever in as good &• lawful a manner as the most learned in the law can demise. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and date above written. his
John x Presley
witnesses: L.R. Norkitt T.C. Presley
In the presence of us) E. Price Sherod Sikes
Anson Co. October term 1835. Then this deed was duly proven in open court by E. Price & Ordered to be registered. W. Dismurks, clerk, by N.D. Boggan.
Jimmy Johnson Furr, 3020 Westerwood Dr., Charlotte, N.C. 28214 submitted a query in the Sept. 1987 Newsletter, p. 11, regarding the family of Milas R. Presley, b. 2 Fe 1820, d. 18 July 1864, bur. Presson Cem. in Union Co. His Civil War pension application is in the Association archive. He married 12 Apr. 1845 to Agnes Helms. Their children were listed as:
1) Elias P. Presley, b. 1846, m. Lydia ___.
2) Nancy C. Presley, b. 1848, m. firstly, John Williams; m. secondly Henry M. Price.
3) John Wesley Presley, b. 1850.
4) Mary E. Presley, b. 1852.
5) Rachel M. Presley, b. 1854, m. Cyrus L. Price.
6) Jacob Culpepper Presley, b. 1857 Isabel Clontz
7) Marion Presley, b. 1858, m. Ivey J. Griffin.
8) Mahala Caroline Presley, b. 1860.
James E. Anderson, our Research Director, has suggested that Milas R. Presley was also a son of John Presley, and therefore, a brother of Eli Presley. There are some interesting Union Co. deeds which support this possibility. A partition of the lands of John Presley, dec'd. , on 19 Sept. 1878 (Deed Bk. 11, p. 120) shows that 241 acres was divided into four lots of equal value, lot #1 going to J.W. Presley, lot #2 going » to C.N. Simpson, lot #3 going to E.A. Price, and lot #4 going to the heirs at law of Milas R. Presley, namely H.M. Price & wife Nancy C., C.L. Price & wife Rachel M., Mary E. Presley, J.W. Presley, J.C. Presley, and Caroline Presley.
The heirs of lot #4 sold it on 1 Feb. 1879 to Henry M. Price, apparently the husband of Nancy C. Presley. The land of John Presley which was divided in 1878 was west of, and adjoining, the old Anson-Mecklenburg Co, line. His alleged son, Eliasf or his heirs, did not receive a share. John probably had been dead for a number of years prioj to the division of the land and Elias may have earlier sold his interest, or he may have been previously deeded his share by his father (the above 1835 deed, for example). In related deeds, dtd. 5 & 6 Apr. 1858, William Price & Delilah Price (Deed Bk. 5 p. 335) and J.N. Price & wife Dovey (Deed Bk. 5, p. 327) deeded their "undivided interest" in a 100 acre tract west of and adjoining the "old county line" to Milas R. Presle] Were these grandchildren of John Presley? In connection with these names it is interesting that the 1850 Union Co. census shows:
p. 77. 1127/1127 John Presley Sr. age 85
Nelson Price 22
Dovy " 24
Mary " 3
Edw. A. " 4/12
This John Presley has not at present been satisfactorily identified. The Editor's opinion is that he was probably a son (#68) of (#45) Peter Preslar (see Dunn, pp. 15-17] but additional evidence needs to be compiled.
Another unidentified Union Co. Presley family is that of Louise Presley Walden, 1706 Tom Boyd Rd., Monroe, N.C. 28110. Thomas R. Presley, b. 1825, d. 1916, nu 31 Jan. 1851 Mecklenburg Co., N.C., Agnes Helms, b. 1826 (dau. of William M. Helms & Rebecca Broom). Their children were:
1) William Pressley, b. 1852, d. 21 Mar. 1919, m. Isabella , b. 15 July 1853, d. 8 Aug. 1916.
2) Marion Thomas Pressley, b. 25 July 1857, d. 8 Nov. 1923, m. 11 Jan. 1874 Lucy Jane Griffin, b. 28 July 1856, d. 14 Mar. 1915.
3) Miles Pressley, b. 1859, d. 1 Apr. 1934, m. 11 May 1879 Nancy Jane French, b. 1861 d. 26 Sept. 1930.
4) Alsie Pressley, b. 1861, m. William McLean.
5) Lucinda (Cindy) Pressley, b. 19 Jan. 1868, d. 8 June 1941, m, 28 Jan. 1883 John A. Helms, b. 1860.
6) Rachel Pressley, b. 1869, d. 26 Mar. 1923, unmarried.
7) Mary Jane Pressley, b. 11 Nov. 1875, d. 12 Oct. 1954, m. 29 Dec. 1894 Robert W. Byrum, b. 7 Mar. 1874, d. 13 Sept. 1949.
As previously stated in these pages (June 1988 Newsletter), Thomas R. Presley was a son of Hannah Presley, b. 1800 in N.C., and had two sisters, Elizabeth, b. 1835, and Mary A., b. 1839 (1850 Union Co. census),, Hannah was listed as head of household in the 1840 Mecklenburg Co. census, indicating that her husband probably died between 1835 and 1840. Hannah died after 1870 (she was listed as Hannah Preslar in the 1860 & 1870 censuses)„
Jim Anderson has asked if Thomas1 father could have been a son of John also.
John died after 1850, so that this son may not have been mentioned in the distribution
of the estate of John. However, Thomas1 widow, Hannah, and family would have received
some mention, which was not the case.
CURRENT FAMILY NEWS
Rebecca Marcia Presley, daughter of Chester Hubert & Mary Lee (Simpson) Presley of Greenville, S.C., was married on 24 Sept. 1988 in Mobile, Ma., to Kevin Andrew Lowery, son of Mr. & Mrs. Wilton Lowery of Semmes, Ala.
- Stephen J. Presley, 14 Argonne Dr., Greenville, S.C.29605
Lisa Marie Presley, 20, daughter of the late Elvis Presley, and musician Danny Keogh, 23, recited wedding vows on Oct. 3rd during a private ceremony in Hollywood at the Church of Scientology with mother Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, family and a few friends in attendance.
- The Albuquerque Tribune, 6 Oct. 1988
FAMILY GROUP DATA
(Ed. Note: The following was submitted by Lorlei Keep Metke, address withheld.)
John Pressly, b. S.C., d. ca. 1837 prob. Rush Co., Ind., m. 4 Apr. 1816 Preble Co., Ohio, Elizabeth Weed (dau. Nathaniel & Elizabeth Weed), b. ca. 1796 Abbeville Co., S.C.
1) Margaret P. Presslyf b. prob. Preble Co., Ohio, m. 19 May 1843 John M. Summerville.
2) Nathaniel Weed Pressly (see below).
3) David Knox Pressly (see below).
4) Elizabeth A. Pressly, b. Abbeville Co., S.C.
5) Joseph L. Pressly, b. ca. 1826 Abbeville Co., S.C., m. 1 Dec. 1853 Hannah M. Cochran.
6) George William Pressly, b. ca. 1830 Abbeville Co., S.C., Nancy
7) John B. Pressly, b. ca. 1834 Abbeville Co., S.C., d. 16 July 1879, m. Rebecca ___.
Nathaniel Weed Pressly, b. ca. 1819 prob. Abbeville Co., S.C., m. 20 Feb. 1845 Nancy A. Foster, b. Ill.
1) Mary E. Pressly, b. Ind., m. ___ Stephenson.
2) Robert Theodore Pressly, b. 21 June 1848 Battleground, Tippecanoe
Co., Ind., d. 12 Apr. 1897, m. 15 Feb. 1871 Melissa Milton McGaw.
David Knox Pressly, b. 17 Nov. 1821 Abbeville Co., S.C.; d. 15 June 1881 Boone Co., Ind., bur. Salem Gem., Boone Co., Ind.; m. firstly, 16 Sept. 1845 Rush Co., Ind., Mary Ann Maze (dau. Samuel & Isabella (Stephenson) Maze), b. 28 May 1828 Union Co., Ind., d. 21 Apr. 1862 Boone Co., Ind., bur. Salem Cem., Boone Co., Ind.; m. secondly, 30 Sept. 1862 Boone Co., Ind., Jane Weed (widow of Nathaniel Weed, cousin of David Pressly).
1) John Thomas Pressly, b. 29 May 1847 Centre, Rush Co., Ind., d. 18 Apr. 1919, m. 12 Mar. 1867 Julia Ann Wiley.
2) Elizabeth Jane Pressly, b. 17 May 1850 Centre, Rush Co., Ind., d. 15 May 1852.
3) Frances Isabelle Pressly, b. 13 May 1853 Boone Co., Ind., d. 19 Sept. 1927, m. 31 Mar. 1870 Willard Clark Haynes.
4) Samuel Maze Pressly, b. 25 Apr. 1856 Boone Co., Ind., d. 2 June 1896, m. 12 Nov. 1879 Mary Colter, b. Ireland.
5) Rebecca Florence Pressly, b. 15 Dec. 1859 Northfield, Boone Co., Ind., d. 1 Jan. 1940, m. 12 Nov. 1879 Robert Simpson Crawford.