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Published by the Presley/Preslar/Pressly Family Research Association

VOLUME XI      NO. 1                                          September 1995                                        Page One


There are still several members that need to renew. Hope you will take the opportunity to renew as soon as you read this letter. Remember if you still have a 95 in your number you do still haven't renewed.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed for this newsletter. I think you will enjoy it.

Some of the members have mentioned that they could not get in touch with anyone when they wanted some information, so I have provided my phone number for your convenience.

President: Sandra Kelly
Vice President: Patsy Cooley
Treasurer: E. L. Singleton
Secretary/Editor: Carol Hicks
Research Chairman: James E. Anderson

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Looking for info on family of Valentine (1790-1852)& Susan (Morton) (1791 -1858) Presley family. Children: Huldy Winchester, "Thursey" Winchester. Susan Coggin, Sanders. Andrew M. Milton H., and Pleasant Washington Presley.

Joy L. Burkholder

Who was Joshua Presley's first wife? Were they married in Monroe Co., TN? Joshua (Jehu, Jabe, J.B.) was the son of John and Rachel Sara (Yarberry) Presley. Joshua supposedly had twelve children by his first wife. I have found eight: Matthew, Polly, Jehugh, Amanual, Lizzie, Body, Samual, and Ida.

Annie Presley

Mrs. Ruby Pressley Norton, granddaughter of Joshua Presley, daughter of Wiley Blount Presley, died July 11, 1995: born: January 28, 1935. Stevens Mortuary Chapel, Knoxville, Tn. Bu. in Roseberry Cemetery. July 13, 1995. (From Annie Presley)

To Brenda Barfield:
Octavia Doll Mansel was born: 1876, ItawambaCo, MS supposedly in Saltillo. I do not have an 1860 census on White Mansell but he was in the 1870 Lee Co. MS census, listed as White Marshall with wife Martha (they ma. Jan. 22, 1870 in Lee Co). In the household listed above them is Martha's father Abner Tackett. White Mansel was born in Alabama. It could be he was there in 1860. In 1880 White Mansell is in Lee Co, MS Supervisor's Dist. # 2; 1900 he is in Lee Co., Richmond Precinct; 1910 in Pontotoc Co. MS. I would be very interested in the 1860 census when you find him in it. Thanks. Carol Hicks.

1830 Campbell Co., GA-p.10 Presley, Robt 10001/20001 1840 Campbell Co., GA-p.12 Presley, Robert 020001/212001 1840 Campbell Co., GA-p.12 Presley, William 1101001/110101

Ebenezer Presbyterian Church York Co., S.C. Org. 1785

Pressley, David A. Esq.
b. 10 Apr. 1807
d. 15 Aug 1841

1830 Census, Campbell Co., GA
P. 10 Presley, Robt 10001/20001

1840 Census, Campbell Co., GA
784th Dist. GM p. 12
Presley, Robert 020001/212001
Presley, William 1101001/110101

Authentic List of all land lottery grants made to veterans of the Revolutionary War by the State of Georgia.
Compiled by: Alex M. Hitz, Officer in charge- Surveyor-General Dept . by authority of Ben W. Fortson Jr. Sec. Of State.

Presley, John Henry Co. Lottery-1827, LL# 287, Dist. 7 Lee Co, Granted 11-7-1835

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Presley, Moses Henry Co., Lottery-1827, LL# 199, Dist. 33 Lee Co., Granted 12/31/1834

"Pension Roll-1835-Southern States"
Anderson Co., S.C. Pressley, David Pvt. S.C. Con't line -70 yrs of age rec'd pay 5-29-1811313 & 3-4-1831

Union County(S.C.) Equity Journal
Tuesday 9th June 1840
Willis Newman & wife vs William Pressley & Lewis Pressley. (No further entry made in the journal.)

Tuesday Morning 15th June 1841

Catharine Newman, Surviver vs Lewis Pressley & Wm Pressley-Bill for an account, Relief, Injunction, etc. By consent of the parties, the matters embraced in the Bill and answers referred to the arbitrament and award of Joseph Wofford, Esquire, John Davis, Esquire, Doct. C. Young, and Emanuel Alien.

Miss Hazel Pressley, age 67, of Canton, died April 12, 1995. Survivors include parents, Alien and Ruby Pressley, Canton; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Jimmy Turner, Gumming; brother and sister-in-law, W.A. and Kathryn Pressley, Jr., Canton; brother, Wallace Pressley, Canton. Funeral services will be held from Antioch Christian Church on April 14 at 2:00 p.m. Remains in state at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Ken May officiating. Interment, Big Springs Cemetery, Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton.

Mr. George Pressley, age 87 of 130 Braswell St. Dallas, GA, died on Tuesday, April 11, 1995. Funeral services will be held on Saturday April 15, 1995 at 1:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Earl Glover and others officiating. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Gardens. He is survived by one son, Windle Pressley of Dallas, GA; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Eppinger's Funeral Home. Mack Eppinger and Sons Funeral Service Inc., Cartersville is in charge of the arrangements.

Tri-County News
(Cobb, Douglas, and Paulding Cos .), GA

Grace Presley
Mrs. Grace Alice Childers Presley of Willas Rica died Oct. 18, 1993. She was 71.

Funeral services were Oct. 20 at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Rockmart. The Rev. Robert Ellsberry officiated. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Dwayne Hicks officiating. Mrs. Presley was a

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homemaker and member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Carl Holiday Presley of Villa Rica; daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Tom (Jerrie) Winelle Baldwin of Jonesboro, Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Virginia) Hiett of Heflin, Ala., Mr. and Mrs. Denford (Charlotte) Hicks of Dallas, Mr . and Mrs . Michael (Paula) Rabern of Stone Mountain; sons and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Doyce A. (Shirley) Presley of Lithia Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Carl A (Joyce) Presley of Douglasville; sisters, Mrs. Mattie Jackson of Rockmart, Mrs. Ailene Vanmeter of Dahlonega and Mrs. Odessa Bennet of Roswell; brothers, Sam Childers and Raleigh Childers, both of Rockmart, and Joe Childers and Hugh Childers, both of Forest Park; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Jones-Wynn Funeral Home

Tuesday, January 11, 1994
Man claims half of $2 million jackpot
ATLANTA: Saturday was Elvis Presley's birthday, and it was a lucky day for Walter Presley of Powder Springs.

Presley, who correectly picked all six numbers in the Georgia lotto drawing, claimed his half of a $2 million jackpot on Monday. Another player who picked the winning numbers has not yet come forward to claim a share of the prize.

Presley, 58, said he closed his eyes when he picked his numbers . After he watched the drawing on television Saturday night, he called his daughter to make sure the numbers on his ticket did not have to be in the same order in which they were drawn.

Presley, a retired carpet installer, will receive about $52,000 a year for 20 years, before taxes. He and his wife, Lois, have three children and eight grandchildren. Althoug last week's jackpot was only $2 million, players apparently were still excited by the $15 million that was won by s Smyrna couple the week before. About $4.6 million was wagered on Lotto last week, the most for any week in which the jackpot wasestimated at $2 million. When a drawing fails to produce a winner, the jackpot is rolled over to the next week.

Submitted by La Groon Redmond

I am interested im finding out more about my maternal grandmother's family. Her maiden name was Dicey Presley. She was daughter to John Presley, son of Richard Presley, son of Abner Abraham Presley, son of Dunnan Presley (I believe) .

May L. Bailey

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Katherine Presley Bennett

Descendant of Barney Harrison Presley, son of Thomas Presley:

"I have done quite a bit of research on this family and have a lot of material on them. I have a copy of Richard C. Fulcher's latest book on the Presley family history. The information he has on Barney Harrison Presley and his family contains errors that have been passed on by several other persons. If anyone is interested in this family they might want to contact me. Barney was my great-great grandfather. He lived and died in Leake County, Mississippi and is buried near Carthage, MS, my home town. Barney lived in Henderson Co.. TN before moving to Mississippi. One of his sons, Alexander, moved to Arkansas and I am trying to locate his family. My great-grandfather was Barney's son, Elias Harris, and he was visiting his brother Alexander when he enlisted in the Confederate Army at Johnsville. Ark. There is an Alexander Presley and Sallie listed in the household of James Martin on the 1860 Johnsville, Ark. census. I also found the marriage license for James A. Presley and Sarah Ann James. 23 April 1860. It states that they were married at the home of James A. Martin. Any help on this family will be appreciated."

Patricia J. Achramowicz

I am looking for the Pressly (Presley) boy who married a Northcutt girl (Hannah, Thirza, Nancy M., Sophia A., or Susannah) in Monroe. Butler or Conecuh Co., AL c. 1830-42. Her parents would have been John & Susannah (Harrell) Northcutt, formerly of Darlington, SC. Wanting to confirm if this Pressly family had a daughter Sarah Elizabeth C. Pressly who married James Jackson Terrell, Jr., a cousin.

Phoebe R. Lame

Daniel Bressler m. Martha Hack circa 1833 in PA? Need date & place. Also need date & place of birth of Martha. Eleven Ch. all born in PA: Henry, b. 19Nov 1834; Sara,b. 1838;Levi. b. 1839; Deborah, b. 1840 (m. Sol Rough); Marietta, b. 1842; Susan, b. 1843; David, b. 11843; Lucinda. b. 11847;Charles A., b. 1850 (m. Viola__); William, b. 11852; and Emma, b. 11854. Where in PA were children born? Fam moved to Berrien Co.. MI approx. 1860. Where were they in 1950? Henry went to C A in 1861. Where did others go? Danieel remarried after death of Martha, to whom? When? Where? Who was child "Elvisa" in household with Henry, Sara, & levi in Bertrand, Berrien Co., MI in 11860 census? Please write.

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The Bresslers/Presslers of Niederhochstadt
by Elizabeth Bressler Bunting
Offprint from
Mennonite Family History
Volume XI, No. 1, January, 1992

There were two Pressler/Bressler families who emigrated fromNiederhochstadt/Pfalz in 1749 and settled in Pennsylvania.

The children of Hans Georg Pressler, baptized at Niederhochstadt. came to the colonies on the ship Lydia, arriving in Philadelphia on October 19,1749. Their Pennsylvania records are easily confused with the issue of Johannes Veltin Pressler. also ofNiederhochstadt. who are not recorded in the ship's lists, but are registered in the church records ofNiederhochstadt, and who brought with them a family Bible, still extant.

Hans Georg Pressler's children, who came on the Lydia, settled in the Tulpehocken region of Berks County, later migrating north to the Pine Grove area and northern Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

The children of Hans Valentlin Pressler settled in Lancaster County upon arrival, staying in that area until well after Revolutionary War. Each family used many of the same given names, and it is difficult to untangle their histories. I hope to alleviate the confusion about these family groups by presenting a four-generation account of the descendants of the Valentin Presslers ofNiederhochstadt who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749 and are not found in the aforementioned ship's list.

I will spell the family name as I found it in the records, realizing the name was/is spelled variously, in all times. I understand that the B-P confusion is caused primarily by the Germanic nearly-identical pi enunciation of those consonants. The names are one and the same name-Bressler and Pressler. spelled with a single "s", a double "s", or with a dropped "1" or an added "ch" to read Breschler.

Niederhochstadt and Oberhochstadt (today combined as 674 Hochstadt) are small villages in West Germany's wine country. They are about eleven miles southwest of Speyer and the Rhine River, thirty miles southeast of Kaiserslautern, and three miles northeast of Landau. Presslers live there today-just as they did when the first tax accounts were recorded.

In 1590, the first extant tax list names Harms Pressler. Other tax lists enumerates Neidercochstadters during the Thirty Years Wars: Georg Pressler and Georg Prasler der Junge in 1619; Lorenz Presler, 1619-1626; and Valtin Pressler, 1619-1628, are among them.

In 1688, the listing includes the widow of Lorenz Presler, Hannes, Hannes Jerg, Valtin. Hannes Stoffel, and Philipp Pressler, each named separately.

The church registers of the Reformed Church at Niederhochstadt begin in 1708 and have large gaps; marriages are listed from 1708 to 1716 and then jump to 1730; deaths are recorded after 1729.

Emigration to the colonies was large in proportion to the population of the villages, starting about 1732 and continuing for twenty years. The Hochstadt emigrants often settled near one another. Host Church (St. John;s Reformed), the earliest Reformed Church in Berks County, was formed by a congregation of immigrants, many of whom came from the Hochstadt area. They probably took the name Host, from the dialectical name for Hochstadt. It was also served early by the Rev. Philip Boehm, a native son of Hochstadt.

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Hans Valentin Pressler

The burial record for Valentin Bressler on February 16,1736, gives his age as sixty-seven years, his birth therefore being about 1669/70. He had died by the time his son Johannes married in 1738, as the Kirchenbuch speaks of Johannes as the relict legitimate son of the late Valetin Bressler. late of this place.

In 1712 and 1717, the baptismal records of Maria Elisabetha and Johannes, children of Valentin and Anna Catharina Presler. were recorded. Catharina Pressler was buried September 8,1743, age sixty-six years, disclosing her birth as 1676/77.

In the Bressler Bible there is a marginal notation on the left of the first page which reads only, Hans Velten Bressler.

Hans Valentin and Anna Catherina Pressler had issue:
     1 .     i. Maria Elisabetha babt. Sept. 22,1712
     2.      ii. Johannes, bapt. Aug. 22,1717. Sponsors were Johann and Anna Barbara Best Mez.
     3.      iii. Jacobus, b.Sept. 20,1728.

2. Johannes Bressler, "the relict legitimate son of Valentin Pressler, former citizen and inhabitant of this place," married Eva Maria Ohli, July 29,173 8. Eva Maria is named as the legitimate daughter of Nicolaus Ohli, citizen of this place. Children of Johannes and Eva Maria Bressler were:
     4.      i. Johann Georg, b. Sept. 4,1738, bapt. Sept. 5,1738; sponsors: Joh. Georg and Anna Elisabetha Bressler.
     5.      ii. Stephan, b. Apr. 17,1740, bapt. Apr. 21,1740; sponsors: Stephan Franck, school teacher at Mertzheim and wife Eve Catharina.
     6.      iii. Elizabetha, b. Apr. 4,1743; only a Bible record, no extant church record.
     7.      iv. Johannes, b. Oct. 30,1744, bapt.Nov 1,1744; sponsors: UrichGuth and Anna Barbara.
     8.      v. Barbara, b. Jan. 13,1748, bapt. Jan. 14,1748,; sponsors: Hieronymus Kornmann and Barbara.
     9.      vi. Eva Catharina, b. Jan. 1,1749, bapt. in Germantown, Pa., by Michael Haderdt.

It is reported that Johannes married Eve Emelia Kendig after his arrival in the Co lonies. and fathered two more sons. There is also a daughter's birth and baptism recorded to Johannes and Eve Emelia Bressler.
     10.      vii Johann Nicholas, b. June 1752; tombstone gives b. Apr. 6,1751.
     11.      viil Johann Peter, b. Mar. 1, 1757.
     12.      ix. Mary Margaretta, b. Dec. 9,1759, bapt. Dec. 16,1759.

3. Jacobus Bressler, as a son of Valentin of Niederhochstadt is evidenced on the first page of the Bressler Bible. Three dates are listed—1723,1724, and Sept.29,1728. The last date notes the birth of Jacobus. He is probably the Jacob Brescher who married Margaret Kramer on Jan. 4,1771, and who took the Oath of Allegiance in Lancaster Co., on June 13,1777.

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Jacob and Margaret Brescher (Presser, Bressler) had issue:
     13.      i. John,b. Feb. 23. 1772. bapt. Apr. 12. 1772.
     14.      ii. Jacob, b. Dec. 2, 1773. bapt. Jan. 16. 1774.
     15.      iii. Elizabeth, b. July 22, 1775. bapt. Aug. 12. 1775.
     16.      iv. Catherine, b. Dec. 31. 1776. bapt. Feb. 9. 1777.
     17.      v. Anna Margaret, b. June 13, 1778. bapt. July 12, 1778.
They also had issue:
     18.      vi Anna Barbara, b. Jan. 31. 1789. bapt. Apr. 17, 1780.
     19.      vii. William, b. Oct. 19, 1781, bapt. May 5. 1782. Letters of administration for Jacob Bressler are dated 1784.

4. Georg Bressler. b. Sept. 4,1738, married May 26,1767, Veronica Herr, who was the daughter of Christian Herr and Mary Kendig of Willow Street, Lancaster Co., and named in C. Herr's will of 1772 as the wife of George Bressler. George Bressler enrolled in the Lancaster Co.. Militia. 1783.

He was listed as an "innkeeper in Leacock Twp." when he acquired land in Lancaster County, either by purchase or in the acquisition of Herr properties through his marriage. He owned land in Lampeter and Leacock Townships and Strasburg, Pa. and in 1796 he purchased of Grederick Richards, 200 acres with a gristmill on Fishing Creek, Lower Bald Eagle Twp., Centre Co., building another mill nearby in 1800. In 1801, he is listed as an inhabitant of Lower Bald Eagle Twp., having two gristmills and two sawmills.

He died at home in Strasburg on Oct. 10,1806, leaving a will in which he names his wife Veronica, an only son George, and daughters Fanny, Elizabeth, Mary (deceased), Catherine, Rebecca, and Harriet. He left all his Strasburg, Pa. property to his wife Veronica (Freny), his Centre Co. property was given outright to his son George, and provisions were made for his daughter to acquire and further share in his estate.

He named his wife and his brother "Peter Bressler of Leacock Twp." as executors, signing his will July 24,1806, and attaching a clarifying codicil the following August 1 st. It was probated Oct. 16, 1806. He is buried in the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, Strasburg, Pa. His wife Veronica (Herr) died Oct. 22. 1826, in Mill Hall, Pa.

Children of George Bressler and Veronica nee Herr:
     20.      i. Mary, b. Sept. 14, 1768: d. before father in 1806 m. Joel Ferree.
     21.      ii. Catherine, b. Nov. 11.1770; d. 1853, Salona, Pa. m. Samuel Wilson.
     22.      iii. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 12, 1775; d. 1829, Salona, Pa. raSept. 25. 1794. Jacob Hartman.
     23.      iv. Rebecca, b. Feb. 6, 1778; d. 1873, Salona, Pa. m. Jan.9, 1800. Daniel Herr (Preschler).
     24.      v. Fannie, b. Sept. 30, 1782; d. 1866, Salona, Pa. m. Joel Herr.
     25.      vi. Charlotte, b. Apr. 6,1785;d. 1877, Lancaster Co., Pa. m. Henry Barnett.
     26.      vii. George, b. Mar. 17, 1788; d. 1864, Mill Hall, Pa.
     27.      viii. Harriet, b. Oct. 10, 1791; d. 1869 m. Samuel Miller.

26. George Bressler, only son of George and Veronica (Herr) Bressler. was born in Lancaster Co., Mar. 17,1788. He married 1.) Elizabeth Huston who died in 1812 without issue, and married 2.) Ann Elizabeth Domeck of Lancaster Boro, by whom his ten children were born.

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He inherited all his father's lands in BaJd Eagle Twp., Centre Co., acquiring more in his own name and building an additional mill, as well as a furnace at Mill Hall. PA. An old portrait of him was painted byJacobEicholtz.

George Bressler was the first schoolteacher in Clinton Co., a retailer of foreign merchandise, wine, and spirit. President of the Bald Eagle, Nittany and Brush Valley Turnpike Co. in 1834, Justice of the Peace for Bald Eagle and Lamar Townships of Clinton Co., and Associate Judge of Clinton County Courts Feb. 12, 1850.

George Bressler died Mar. 14, 1864, in Mill Hall, Pa., and Ann Elizabeth (Dorneck) Bressler died Jan. 31,1853; they are among the first burials at the new Cedar Hill Cemetery, one mile south of Salona, Pa.

Children of George and Ann Elizabeth nee Domeck"
     28.      i. Elizabeth Frances, b. 1814; died 1816, Mill Hall.
     29.      ii Sarah Anne, b. Feb. 9, 1816; died July 8, 1879, Mill Hall; m. Sept. 15, 1840, John D. McCormick.
     30.      iii. George Bressler, b. June 8, 1818; d. Jan. 28, 1901; m. 1.) ca. 1845, Phoebe A.
(1823-1850); ml.) Elizabeth Hendershott, d. 1852; bu. at sea on way to gold fields; m.3.) Josephine Vanatta (1843-1875), 8 children:
     31.      iv. Charles Huston, b. Feb. 4, 1821; d. Feb. 22. 1894, York, Pa.; m. Sarah A. Toner.
     32.      v. Henry Clay, b. Apr. 4, 1824, Mill Hall; d. May 15, 1873, m. Isabella Henderson.
     33.      vi. John Jay, b. Nov. 8, 1826. Mill Halljd. July 8, 1879, Flemington; m Rebecca Slenker.
     34.      vii. Catherine Wilson, b. 1829; d. 1841, Mill Hall.
     35.      viii. Daniel Webster, b. Jan. 19, 1832, Mill Hall; d. 1914, Chattanooga, Tena.m Harriet F. Hartman.
     36.      ix. Huston, b. Jan. 18, 1836; d. 1905, Mill Hall.
     37.      x. Charlotte, b. Feb. 7, 1839; d. 1916, Mill Hall.

10. Nicholas Bressler, first son of Johannes and Eva Kendig, born 1752, Lancaster Co., married Mar. 29.1785, to Magdalena Stoner. He enrolled in the Lancaster County Militia in 1783 and paid taxes in Lampeter Twp. 1779 and 1783, when classed as a Freeman.

The 1790 census lists him residing in Lampeter Twp. among a family of two females, two males under sixteen, and three males over sixteen. He was listed as a blacksmith when deeded land by his brother George in Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., May 4, 1789.

On Jan. 12, 1791, he deeded 104 acres in Leacock Twp. to his brother and sister-in-law. Peter and Elizabeth Bressler. Nicholas had received 162 acres in Leacock and Lampeter Twps. on Dec.8, 1789, as an heir of Jacob Stoner, who had died leaving seven daughters, among whom Magdalena the eldest had married Nicholas Bressler, Ann married Daniel Eby, Elizabeth had married Peter Bressler, md four others as yet single.

The O.C. refused partition, and valued the land at 1,800L. Nicholas offered to take possession >f the land, promising to pay each heir his just share within eighteen months. All heirs were paid and >sued a release on Dec. 8. 1789.

Of this parcel, Nicholas sod 104 acres to his brother Peter for 900L on Jan. 17,1791. The :mainder he sold to John Smith on Mar. 1, 1792; to Jacob Mumma, Apr. 1, 1794; and to Henry reider,Apr. 11, 1799.

The Stoner (Steiner) heirs' land is mentioned in a deed description as being contiguous to that

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which George Bressler bought on May 22. 1784.

Nicholas bought land in 1796 in Lower Paxton Twp.. Dauphin Co., and were located there in the Census enumeration of 1810.

In 1813 he purchased land from Hartman Rickert in Lykens Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. Nicholas signed a will Sept. 15, 1825, naming Magdalena his wife, his sons Abraham, George, Jacob, and his deceased son Johannes, who had children. The will was probated Nov. 21,1825. by Abraham and George as executors.

Nicholas Bressler was buried at Hoffrnan's Church (St. Peter's Reformed) near Berrysburg, Pa.

Magdalena Bressler. his widow was taxed on ;72 acres of first-rate and 100 acres of second-rate land with a wood or log house, one horse and two cows, all valued at $ 1. 752 until the estate was settled after her death by 1847/48. Her son Abraham and his family lived with her until they moved to Jackson Twp., Dauphin Co.. having bought land from the Executor of John Freeborn Apr. 10,1840.

Nicholas and Magdalena (Stoner) Bressler had issue:
     38.      i. George, d. after 1848 inMuscatine, Iowa; m. Jan. 16,1817. Harrisburg, Rebecca Camel.
     39.      ii. Abraham, b. June 19, 1793; d. July 8, 1861, Enterline, Pa.
     40.      iii. Johannes, d. 1822.
     41.      iv. Jacob, d. after 1845, Green Co.. Ohio.

39. Abraham, son of Nicholas and Magdalena Bressler, bought land in Enterline, Pa., in 1840. He is buried at the Lutheran and Reformed Church Cemetery, Enterline, Pa. His wife, Susanna (surname unknown), born Sept. 10,1794, and died Mar. 24,1859, is buried there also. Abraham and Susanna Bressler had issue:
     42.      i. Susannah, bapt. Mar. 25, 1815; m. Peter Stouch.
     43.      ii. Jonothon,b. Oct. 29, 1817; d. Apr. 17,1852.
     44.      iii. Daniel, b. 1822; d. 1863, Civil War.
     45.      iv. Jacob, b. Dec. 29, 1824; d. Sept. 22, 1894; m. Anna Maria Sweigert, Jan. 8. 1845.
     46.      v. Magdalena, b. July 4,1827; d. Jan 26, 1828.
     47.      vi. Josiah, b. May4, 1828;d. Oct. 25, 1897.
     48.      vii. Elizabeth
     49.      viii. Henry, b. June 10,1832; d. Apr. 20,1862.
     50.      ix. Adam, b. Nov. 14,1835; d. Aug. 25,1863, Civil War.

40. Johannes Bressler, son ofNicholas and Magdalena (Stoner), d. 1822, Washington Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa, and is buried at Hoffmaris Church. He married Magdalena Riegel. John and Magdalena (Riegel) Bressler had issue:
     51.      i. Susanna, b. Aug. 3, 1813.
     52.      ii. George, b. Sept. 10, 1815, d. by 1822.
     53.      iii. Magdalena, b. Feb. 2, 1818; d. by 1822.
     54.      iv. Nicholas, b. Apr. 7,1819; d. Jan 2, 1889; unmarried.
     55.      v. John, b. Feb. 21, 1823.
     56.      vi. Mary Ana

41. Jacob Bressler, fourth son ofNicholas and Magdalena (Stoner), married Jan. 29,1811. in Harrisburg, Pa., to Catherine Fischer. In 1840 he and his wife of Greene Co., Ohio, were joined by

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their son Jacob Jr.. in a suit to regain part of their inheritance from brothers Abraham and George Bressler. the executors of their father's estate.

Jacob and Susanna (Fischer) Bressler had children born in Pa.
     57.      i. Jacob. Jr.. living in Clinton Co., Ind., by 1845.
     58.      ii. Samuel, living in Clinton Co., Ind.. in 1845.
     59.      iii. Sarah A., b. 1828. Pa.
     60.      iv. Emmeline. b. 1840, Pa.

11. Peter Bressler. youngest son of Johannes, b. Mar. 1, 1757. died Sept. 17. 1845, in Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co. He served in the Lancaster County Militia in 1783 in the same Battalion, Company, and Class as his brother Nicholas, and took an oath of allegiance on Mar. 4.1786. Peter deeded his land in Leacock Twp. to his only son Isaac on Apr. 12, 1833, and left a will dated Oct. 1, 1834, naming his wife Elizabeth; four daughters: Maria. Anna. Lydia, and Elizabeth; his son Isaac; and brother-in-law Henry Landis of Lampeter Township as executor; it was probated Oct. 10, 1843. He is buried in Longnecker's Cemetery.

Peter Bressler married Elizabeth Stoner on Feb. 16, 1786, the sister of his brother Nicholas1 wife, Magdalena, both of the women being granddaughters ofHans Steiner, Mennonite preacher from the Emmenthal Valley in Canton Bern, Switzerland.

Elizabeth (Stoner) Bressler, born Aug. 12, 1768. died Feb. 21,1853, is also buried at Longnecker's Cemetery. The Peter Bressler Bible is owned by descendants in Sterling, 111.

Peter and Elizabeth (Stoner) Bressler had issue:
     61.      i. Maria, b. Feb. 19, 1786; m. Sept. 3,1805, Henry Dieffenbach.
     62.      ii. Anna (Nannie), b. Oct. 31,1787; d. Feb. 25, 1852.
     63.      iii. Polly, d. before father's will written.
     64.      iv. Catherine, b. Sept. 29, 1791; d. before fathers's will written.
     65.      v. Lydia, b. Mar. 20, 1799; m. Apr. 2, 1812, Isaac Weber.
     66.      vi. Elizabeth, b. Mar. 20, 1799; m. Jacob Frey.
     67.      vii. Isaac, b. Aug. 1, 1803.

67. Isaac, farmer, only son of Peter and Elizabeth (Stoner) Bressler, born Aug. 1, 1803, Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., died Mar. 31,1881, Sterling, Jordan Twp., Whiteside Co., 111., buried Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, 111.

On Nov. 29, 1821, he married Frances Neff (Sept. 3,1800-Nov. 9, 1892). Deeding his land in Upper Leacock and Lampeter Townships on Apr. 1,1851, to Benjamin Landis, and his land in Manheim Twp. to David Ford on the same date, he removed with a large group of relatives and Men-nonitesto Illinois, settling in Jordan Twp., Whiteside Co., by 1853. Many of those who resettled were wiped out by a cholera epidemic.

Isaac and Frances (Neff) Bressler had issue:
     68.      i. Eliza, b. July 10, 1822; m. Henry Bush, Sterling, Ill.
     69.      ii. Levi, b. Aug. 21, 1823; m.Mar. 26, 1850, Frances Eby.
     70.      iii. Anna, b. Sept. 16, 1824; m. Nov. 24, 1846, Jacob Myers.
     71.      iv. Henry, b. May 8, 1826; m. Dec. 21,1849, Margaret Stauffer.
     72.      v. Catherine, b. July 2, 1827; d. Sept. 28,1919; bur. Brethern Cemetery, Roseland. Neb; m. Dec. 14, 1848, John Eby, Stauffer, Lancaster, Pa.

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     73.      vi. Peter. b.Nov. 17, 1828:d. 1911. Seattle, Wah.; m. Sabrina Simonson.
     74.      vii. Isaac, b. Feb. 11,1830; m. Aresuthy Smith. Sterling, Ill.
     75.      viii. Benjamin, b. June 27. 1832; d. 1822; m. Elizabeth Ulner.
     76.      ix. Lydia. b. Jan. 15. 1834: M. John Buck-waiter.
     77.      x. Mary Ann. b. Sept. 23. 1835; m. Weidler Grabill, Neb.
     78.      xi. Veronica, b. Dec. 25. 1837; m. William Echtermacht.

     79.      xii. Susanna, d. at two years. Submitted by Phoebe R. Lame.


Park Presley b. ca. 1850, m. Francis Lucinda Alien b 24 Nov. 1850, d. 10 Feb. 1941 or 1950. Her parents were John R. Alien and Mary Ann Thacker. They lived in Henderson Co., TN. I am searching for descendants. Contact:

Deborah Patt

Would like any information on Isaac Pressley and his daughter Sarah Ellen Pressley.

Sarah Ellen Pressley (Presley) born 29 June 1866: died 23 February 1933. place of death Redlands, - SanBernardino, California

Isaac Pressley married an Ellen Trenthan (spelling could be different, such as Tunthan. Funthans or Tunthams). Isaac is my great-great-great graandfather. Would like more information concerning the Pressley family. I have more information on this family line and also several old photos.

Contact: Mrs. Florence Dunn

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October 26. 1995
Dear Members:

I apologize for the lateness of your newsletter and feel some explanation is due you. My father has been seriously ill and is now at Vanderbuilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN. We had him in the VA. to see doctors at Indianapolis, and for tests at Covenent in Champaign, IL. No one seemed to know what to do or how to help him. The VA doctors told him there was nothing they could do for him so he thought he was going to die.

My brother Jay came up, hounded the doctors until he got the information he needed and a referral for Vanderbuilt for Dad, then took him there last Saturday. I am leaving on Monday to go down there for a week or longer if necessary to help Mom go back and forth from my brother's home in Cookville, TN.

These things have been going on since August so my mind has been anywhere but on the newsletter since then. Dad is cfoing so much better at this hospital; at least they are helping and not making him feel that he is going to die at any time. Mom feels better about him being there and so do I.

Today I am finishing this newsletter so it can go to the publishers and be back to me by Monday for mailing. I had hoped to add much, much more information but will add it to the next letter. Thank you for your patience.

Carol Hicks. Editor