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  • ID: I24520
  • Name: George Washington H. "Wat" PRESLAR
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 7 JAN 1836 in North Carolina
  • Death: 1869 in Anson Co, NC
  • Note:
    1860 Anson Co, NC Census
    Morven, Lilesville PO
    19th July 1860
    Reel: M653-887 Page: 278B
    Dwelling 900 Family 865
    W. Preslar, 24 yrs, M, Farm Laborer, - -, 100, NC
    Susan Preslar, 27 yrs, F, NC
    James Preslar, 6/12 yrs, M, NC


    Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 10:48 AM
    Subject: GWH Presley

    GWH PRESLEY civil war discharge I posted on our web page. It has Presley on it. I talked to Callie mae Preslar Wife of Brice Preslar who is son of Wes Preslar, William Wesley Preslar one of the sons of GWH. Callie is 93 yrs old , she said that her husband always said that Wes was only 3 years old when his father GWH died he was born 1866 so his father GWH died in 1869. I have ordered a civil War Marker for GWH to put at Hopewell beside Susan his wife. that is the death date i am using on it. Also I am checking the anson co census and in 1860 listed as living in the Diamond hill section of Anson co i find Daniel age 78 Diamond Hill --Henry Preslar age 33 Diamond Hill-- John age 45 Diamond Hill--Levi age 20 Diamond Hill--and Archie Harris age 50--Archie Harris Jr age 22 This was Susan Harris father and brother. Callie Preslar said there use to be a Dimond Hill School about 1 mile from where Wes Lived James Riley lived about 3 miles from Wes and Harvey lived about 2 miles from them. So they all lived within walking distance from each other. And GWH found a wife in the same area of Anson Co. Callie also said she went to school at the Dimond Hill School. I am going to see if I can find amy info on Diamond Hill School at the Anson Co Libuary . In 1860 census GWH was 24 married to Susan with one child James 6mo old. I think GWH Preslar family lived close to Diamond Hill Sec of Anson Co . The 3 Churches that All 3 sons of GWH were members at are within a 5 mile area of Diamond Hill area. What Do you think? Email me and give me your input on this thanks Elwood Preslar

    Preslar-Pressley Yahoo List:
    Message: 4
    Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 22:21:43 -0000
    From: "hard2dotime" <>
    Subject: GWH Presley Civil War Record

    I just received my Grear great Grandfathers Civil War Records.

    Certificate of Disability for Discharge from the army of the
    Confederate States
    Private G.W.H. Presley of Captian Coles company F. of the 2nd N.C. regiment of Congederate States volunteers was inlisted by Captian Cole of the 2nd regiment of the N.C. volunteers on the 16th day of August 1862 at Richmond Va.To serve during the war. He was born in Anson Co N.C. is 27 years of age, five ft 6in high, swollen
    complexion,gray eyes, brown hair and by occupation when enlisted a farmer. During the last two mounts said solder has been unfit for duty sixty days.

    Station Lynchburg VA.
    Date January 21st 1863

    We Certify that we have carefully examined the said Private G.W.H. Presley of Captain Coles Company and find him incapable of performing the duties of a decause of Pulonomary Tuberulosis

    Board of { WC Warren
    Examiners Sam Annan
    [R.L. Baldwin Assant Surgon
    Discharged the 22 day of January 1863

    With this info I am going to order a free civil war, grave marker for GWH Preslar. If any one wonts to do the same for a civil War vetern you can go on line at Burial & Memorial Benfits Headstones and Markers. you can print of the form Va form 40-1330 from that web page. This service is free for amy vetern of amy Service. Civil War, the Gulf War. Just thought I would pass this info out. Elwood

    From Preslar Yahoo List
    Message: 6
    Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 23:36:03 -0000
    From: Elwood <>

    ...I went to the New Hope area of Anson Co and talked with ... Jonah Brice Preslar who was the son of William Wesley Preslar. She told me that William Wesley born 1-Aug-1866 always said that he was 3 when his father [GWH] died. William Wesley is where Susan, wife of GWH, was living when she died in 1903. The old William Wesley home place is still standing and in good shape. (She) also said that GWH came home from civil war sick, got better, went back to his unit in Virginia and reenlisted, was wounded that is the other G. William H. Presley. [One line of Preslars say that his name was George William H. Preslar not George Washington H Preslar]. Back to (what) she stated that Diamond Hill was a school not far from Hopewell Church. The Census 1850 records show Archie Harris age 55 in Diamond Hill. Where Susan was 14 years old and Archie Jr age 22. Also I found in the 1860 census listed at Diamond Hill census area a Daniel Age 78 Preslar, Henry Preslar, age 33, John Preslar age 45, and Levi Preslar age 20. Why would GWH Preslar go to Diamond Hill area and Marry Susan Harris ? Was some of his kin living there?

    Message: 2
    Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:02:42 -0600
    Subject: Re: George Washington H." Wat " Preslar-Presley


    I have addressed this line several times, possibly here on the list. If so, I apologize for repeating myself, and I regret that I have nothing really new to offer.

    I have no information about the 1850 Tallapoosa Co., AL, family, but it would seem unusual to me if a Presley family supposedly born in SC which moved to AL by 1850 would then have a son who moved back to North Carolina---using the name Preslar--where he served in the Civil War. It just seems "backwards," both regard
    to the change in name and in the fact that people were generally looking for land when they made these long moves, which meant they were generally moving west, not back to the East. Let me suggest an alternative, starting with what we know about George W.H. Preslar.

    G.W.H. Preslar was born in Anson Co., where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Wake Co. at age 26, Aug. 15, 1862, for the war. He was discharged at Lynchburg, VA, Jan. 21, 1863, by reason of "pulmonary tuberculosis." (North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, Vol. 3, p. 438). So, based on the military record, he was apparently born in NC, not SC, as was the 1850 AL individual.

    The above may indicate how George W.H. died shortly after the war, since he is not in the 1870 census. The 1870 census lists his widow: p. 362. 225/199 Susan Preslar, 35, keeps house, born NC; with Harvy Preslar, age 5, born NC, and William Preslar, 3, born NC.

    Thus, there is a period of three years between the birth of the youngest son (1867) and the 1870 census, which narrows down the time period during which G.W.H. Preslar must have died.

    Susan Preslar deeded for $260 a tract of 65 acres in Anson Co. to W.M. Wright on 27 Nov. 1885 (DB 25, p. 26). Susan A. Preslar (15 Nov. 1834-1903), wife of George Washington H. Preslar, was buried at Hopewell Methodist Church in Anson Co.

    It has been reported from family members that George W.H. Preslar was born 17 Jan. 1836, married Susan Harris and lived in Cheraw (Chesterfield Co., SC). After his death, his widow moved to Anson Co. to live with their son William Wesley Preslar and where two other sons, James Riley Preslar and Harvey Washington Preslar lived. Of course, the census shows that Susan was in Anson Co. in 1870 with two young sons in her household. Perhaps she moved her young family back to be near her parents.

    Susan Harris may have been a daughter of Archelas and Elizabeth Harris (both age 40) listed in the 1850 Anson Co. census. There is a Susan Harris, age 15, in the household.

    The obituary for J.R. (James Riley) Preslar, oldest son of G.W.H. & Susan Preslar (I do not have the primary source for this, but presumably in Anson Co.) states he was born Jan. 18, 1860 in Chesterfield Co., SC, married Margaret Sikes, had eleven children. This seems to indicate that G.W.H. Preslar was in Chesterfield Co., SC, in 1860 and moved his family to Anson Co. before he enlisted in 1862 (see above).

    So, where was George W.H. Preslar in the 1850 and 1860 censuses? I have not found him in the NC or the SC censuses. However, was the family in Chesterfield Co., as has been alleged?

    Chesterfield Co. records were destroyed by Sherman's troops in 1865. However, in the 1880 census of Chesterfield Co. there is listed a Levi and Lydia Preslar, ages 68 and 69 respectively, who could have been the parents of George W.H. Preslar. Levi Preslar was listed in the 1840 census of Anson Co., NC, with two males 0-5,
    one male 20-30, one female 0-5, one female 20-30. I have not found Levi listed in the 1850 or 1860 or 1870 censuses of NC or SC, and his children have not been identified. Are they the missing parents of George? Is he one of the male children in Levi and Lydia's household? As far as I know, the records of Chesterfield Co. or
    the Equity Court records of Darlington District have not been searched for an estate settlement of Levi and/or Lydia Preslar.

    For sake of further discussion, let's assume that Levi is the ancestor in question was father of George W.H. If so, who was Levi Preslar? A deed in Anson Co., dtd. 10 Oct. 1843 was for 175 acres on McCoys Creek which had belonged to William Diggs decd. Dorgan D. Diggs, Guilford Diggs by atty., Henry Liles & wife Elizabeth, John McRae & wife Wincey, Dudley Diggs & wife Ann, Harvey W. Diggs, James Permenter & wife Susan, Levi Preslar & wife Lydia all of whom inherited the land from William Diggs decd. deeded it to James Wall. (DB 11, p. 394)

    If we examine the 1840 census of Anson Co. for heads of household with males age 40-50 or older, who could have been the father of Levi, they include: Joshua 60-70, Stephen 50-60, Daniel 40-50, Levi 40-50, John 70-80 (he also had two males 20-30 in the household). Going back to the 1830 census (Levi would then have been 18 years old, if he was born in 1812), Joshua, Stephen, Daniel and John had males in the 15-20 age group in their households.

    In 1820 (Levi would have been 8 years old), the heads of household with males in the 0-10 age group included John, Elias, Joshua, Stephen, and Salathiel. The children of Elias Joshua, Stephen, Daniel, and Salathiel have been identified. This leaves John (1820, 1830, 1840 censuses), as a possible father of Levi. John appears in the land records of Anson Co. from 1789 to 1815.

    There may be another line of descent for G.W.H. Preslar, but this seems the most likely one to me based on the evidence currently at hand. I believe this branch of the Preslar was moving back and forth across the line between Anson Co., NC, and Chesterfield Co., SC.

    This is a very tentative line of descent, of course, but I hope someone will pursue further research on the basis that it might prove to be correct.


    From Craig Smith's family tree:

    "GWH Presler Private in Company F 2 North Carolina Infantry. There is another GWH Presley entry in Company H 57 North Carolina Infantry

    He was wounded in the Civil War and sent home.

    Following From: "Ed Dunn" <>
    I don't know if I sent you this Diggs information or not, but someone sent it to me back in 1997.

    William Diggs, son of Marshall & Ann (Snead) Diggs, was born abt. 1760 and died abt. 1831 in Anson Co., NC. He married Nancy (possibly Dickson or Dixson). Their children were:

    1) Guilford Diggs, b. abt. 1801, m. Anna Maria Pond

    2) Dargan Dixon Diggs, b. abt. 1809, m. Sarah Ann Ratliff

    3) Harvey W. Diggs, b. abt. 1814/15, m. Mourning P. Cox

    4) Ann Diggs m. Dudley Diggs, her cousin and son of John M. & Penelope Diggs

    5) Wincey Diggs m. John McRae

    6) Susanna Diggs m. James Permenter

    7) Lydia Diggs, b. ca. 1812, m. Levi Preslar

    8) Elizabeth Diggs, m. Henry Liles

    An Anson Co. deed (DB 11, p. 394), 10 Oct. 1843: Dorgan D. Diggs, Guilford Diggs by atty., Henry Liles & wife Elizabeth, John McRae & wife Wincey, Dudley Diggs & wife Ann, Harvey W. Diggs, James Permenter & wife Susan,
    Levi Preslar and wife Lydia to James Wall, for $755.25, 175 acres on McCoys Creek in Anson Co. Tract belonged to William Diggs decd. and descended to grantors subject to widow's dower which she relinquished. Rec. Oct. 1843.

    The widow, of course, was the Nancy Diggs whose will I noted in an earlier message on the list. Levi & Lydia Preslar, born 1812 & 1811 respectively, were noted in the 1880 census of Chesterfield Co., SC, but we've not found them in the 1870, 1860, or 1850 censuses of either Chesterfield Co., SC or Anson Co., NC. Going back to 1840, I find Levi as head-of-household in Anson Co. with two males 0-5, one male 20-30, one female 0-5, and one
    female 20-30.

    One of the males in Levi's household in 1840 could have been George Washington H. Preslar (b. 1836 Anson Co.), and this household seems the most likely in which he could have been living.

    In 1840, the heads-of-household with males 40-50 or older, who could have been a father of Levi, include Joshua 60-70, Stephen 50-60, Daniel 40-50, Levi 40-50, John 70-80 (he also had two males 20-30 in his household).

    Going back to 1830 (Levi would have been 18 years old), Joshua, Stephen, Daniel, and John had males in the 15-20 age group in their household.

    In 1820 (Levi would have been 8 years old), the heads-of household with males in the 0-10 age group, included John, Elias, Joshua, Stephen, Salathiel.

    Several of these candidates can be eliminated as father of Levi. Joshua (my ancestor)(1820/30/40) wrote his will in Anson Co. in 1864 and named his sons, Joshua, Caleb, Parker, James & John. Daniel (1830/40) died intestate
    in 1866, his sole heirs being three grandchildren named Caudle. Stephen (1820/30/40), as we know on this list went with all his children to Henderson Co., TN. Levi (1840) had sons named Sherrod, Elias, Nimrod, Joel, John W.
    and Alvin. Salathiel (1820) died before 1830 and left an only son, John Salathiel. This leaves John (1820/30/40) as the only apparent possibility for the father of Levi.

    This John, born 1760-70, appears in the land records of Anson Co. from 1789 to 1815, but I find no further record of him after that date and his children have not been identified. He did own land which was deeded to him by Elias Preslar who wrote his will in 1835, and I have believed that Elias was his father, although Elias did not name him in his will. Elias only named two sons and two daughters in his will, but mentioned "all my children", and I
    believe he had five sons, one of whom was so identified in a deed.

    This line of descent is very tentative, but I do not see any other possibility at present.

    Message: 7
    Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 04:27:40 -0000
    From: Elwood Preslar "hard2dotime" <>
    Subject: Susan Harris Preslar Wife of George Washington H.

    ...GWH Presley Private born in Anson co Where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Wake Co at age 26
    Aug 15,1882, for the war. Discharged at Lynchburg,Va, Jan. 21,1863 by reason of "pulmonary tuberculosis" came home was dead by the 1870 Census....

    It is said that after the death of her husband Susan went to live near her father with her 3 sons James, Harvey and West. Before she eventually became completely blind, when the family went to the fields to work, they left her dinner hanging in a flour sack so she could find it .

    James Riley settled in the cedar Grove area of Anson Co. N.C. Married Margaret Sikes Burried Cedar Grove ch cem.

    William Wesley also lived in the Cedar Grove area of Anson Co he married {Sally} or Sara Edney Little. He is buried in Hopewell ch cem behind his Mother

    Harvey Washington Lived in Peachland N.C. Anson CO. not far from the Burnsville area. He married Samatha Jane Jackson. Harvey is buried at Deep Springs Church, Rt.1 Peachland N.C. Anson Co....

    Hard2dotime or Elwood Preslar

    From: John Preslar
    Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 7:12 AM
    Subject: Re: Preslar family

    Here is the information I have concerning the wives of the men of this portion of the Preslar family... I stand to be corrected, but I think this info is pretty accurate... See ya...

    Walter Thomas "Wat" Preslar (1888-1971)
    Flonnie Sinclair (1891-1920)
    Caroline Kiker (1888-1945)
    Sadie Bumbadner Baker
    James Riley Preslar (1860-1944)
    Margarett Ann Sykes (1862-1932)
    GWH Presler (1836-1871?)
    Susan Ann Carpenter (1834-1903)
    Levi Presler (1812-?)
    Lydia Diggs (1811-?)
    John Presler (1777-?)
    Elias Presler (1749-1835)
    Nancy ? (1753-?)
    Hans Jurie Presler (1713-1777)
    Mary ? (1727-?)
    Johannis Valentinus Pressler (1669-1732)
    Anna Christiana Framse (1674-1740)
    Hans Valintine (1635-?)

    From Preslar Yahoo List:
    Message: 2
    Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 03:12:07 -0000
    From: "John" <>

    Thanks for the offer to go along... I was visiting my father today... He was wondering how you were related to us. Here's my line as I understand it:

    ...Walter Thomas "Wat" Preslar (1888-1971)
    James Riley Preslar (1860-1944)
    GWH Presler (1836-1871?)
    Levi Presler (1812-?)
    John Presler (1777-?)
    Elias Presler (1749-1835)
    Hans Jurie Presler (1713-1777)
    Johannis Valentinus Pressler (1669-1732)
    Hans Valintine (1635-?)


    Father: Levi PRESLAR b: ABT 1812 in North Carolina
    Mother: Lydia DIGGS b: ABT 1811 in North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Susan Ann "Sookie" HARRIS b: 15 NOV 1834 in North Carolina
    • Married: BEF 1860
    1. Has Children James Riley PRESLAR b: 13 JAN 1860 in Burnsville, Anson Co, NC
    2. Has Children Harvey Washington PRESLAR b: JAN 1866 in Anson Co, NC
    3. Has Children William Wesley PRESLAR b: 1 AUG 1866 in Anson Co, NC

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