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William Presson family page

Pioneer Sketches

William Presson Family - of Beverly, MA, and Old Chester, NH

Compiled by William L. (Bill) Smith

This page includes sketches I have compiled from my family history research for my own use. I am posting them on the Internet in the interest of sharing this information with interested parties. If you appear to be directly related, based on the information in the the sketches, or have comments to share with me about these sketches, I would be happy to hear from you. I do not do research for others, nor am I particularly interested in speculative relationships or unrelated surname discussions. There are many other worthy sites for these activities. I hope you enjoy reading some of these interesting stories.
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This story of our ancestory, as it appears here, now, has been established through individual contributions of Gene Preston, Elena Anderson, and Bill Smith during the May-June 1998 period, based, necessarily, on works of many others, largely anonymous, over the years. We, of course, are just beginning to assemble pieces of the true story, bit by bit, as we scrape away the sediment of time. The true story happened. We can but reveal as much of this truth as is still available, in the records, both oral and written, for us to find.
Bill Smith, Complier, 7 Jun 1998

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Introduction and Overview

William Presson Family

Capt. Edward Presson Family


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Introduction and Overview

The basic information on this page is based on research by Elena Anderson, shared with the Compiler in May, 1998. References [ ] are at the end, of course, and { } are my added comments. Comments, corrections, and updates are sought.

More complete background information is provided with the sketches for the later (more recent) generations.

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William Presson Family

William Presson was born 1 Jan 1704/05 in Beverly, MA, the son of William and Priscilla (Randall) Presbury (as well as Preston/Presson). He died 1766. He married Mary Unknown in Beverly, MA. [5] We have learned that Mary is Mary Raymond, a descendant of Roger Conant, the founder of both Beverly and of Salem, MA! [Oct-Nov 2002]

"William Presson came from Beverly {to Chester, NH}, and settled on Add. No. 44, nearly opposite where Rufus Phillips now lives. His wife Mary took out administration on his estate in 1766." [3, p. 576] by way of [5]

Children of William and Mary Presson:

William Presson, Jr., b. 5 Aug 1728, Beverly, MA. [5]

Rebekah Presson, b. 12 Mar 1728/29, Beverly, MA. [5]

Capt. Edward Presson, b. 11 Nov 1733, Beverly, MA. [5]

Elizabeth Presson, b. 8 Feb 1735/36, Beverly, MA. [5]

Mary Presson, b. 10 Feb 1737/38, Beverly, MA. [5]

Benjamin Presson, b. 23 Jan 1739/40, Beverly, MA. [5]

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Capt. Edward Presson Family

Capt. Edward Presson was born 11 Nov 1733 in Beverly, MA, and died 21 Feb 1823, in Chester, NH. He first married Molly Moore in Chester, NH. He second married Widow Pollard in Chester, NH. He third married Edna Greenough in 1763 in Chester, NH, daughter of Robert Greenough and Edna Knight. [5]

Children of Edward and Molly Presson:

Edmund Moore Preston, died in Baltimore, MD. He married Polly Weeks. [5]

John Preston [5]

Benjamin Preston [5]

Children of Edward and the Widow Pollard:

Rament Preston [5]

Nehemiah Preston [5]

Emerson Preston [5]

Paschal Preston [5]

Children of Edward and Edna Presson:

Robert Greenough Preston [5, direct ancestor of Elena Anderson]

Moses Preston [5], born 1764.

Edna Preston [5]

Edward Preston [5]

Note for Edward: "went to Vt." [3, p. 576]

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[1] Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Sybil Noyes, et al, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Baltimore, 1979, pp. 567 - 568, and, interpretation by Elena Anderson.

[2] Genealogical Dictionary of First Settlers of New England, Vol. 1 - IV, James Savage, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1860-62, Reprinted 1965.

[3] History of Chester, New Hampshire, Vol I & II, Benjamin Chase, Heritage Press, 1869, Reprinted in 1992.

[4] IGI files at Midcontinent Library, Independence, MO, viewed by Bill Smith, June 1998.

[5] From Elena Anderson, May 1998.

This page created 7 Jun 1998. Last updated 9 Nov 2002, by William L. (Bill) Smith.