B: about 1525 Collingham, Nottingham, England
M: Unknown
D: Unknown
Children: 1.1.William Presley


B: 7 May 1562 London
D: Unknown
M: unknown


B: about 1608/1609 Dorset, England
M: 1632 Jane Newman b.1613 England
D: 20 Jan 1656/1657

1.1.1.William Presley was an early inhabitant of Northumberland County and was Burgess in 1647, 1648. He died in 1657 and his will is copied below.

Date of the arrival of William Presly into the colony has not been determined. He is recorded representing Northumberland County in the House of Burgesses, 3 Nov 1647. This is two years before he claimed a patent for his transporting of 23 persons, in 1649. Nell Marian Nugent, compiler of Cavaliers and Pioneers of Virginia, records the arrival date of the Preslys in America as 1649 when William Presly transported his wife, Jane, and three sons, Peter, William and Paule Presly.

William Presley received an additional grant, 29 Jul 1650, easterly upon the Potomack River and southerly upon the land of John Earle for transporting of two people. These two people have been identified as Hannah Newman and Jane Presley. Jane is probably a sister of Robert Newman since no mention is made of her, as a daughter, in William Presley’s will. Hannah Newman is said to have been the wife of Robert Newman. From the preceding records we can surmise that William Presley’s family consisted of his wife; his oldest son, William; his second son, Paule; and his third son, Peter. Paule Presly’s only mention in the early records is in the transported listing above. The name Paule is a surname found extensively in Dorset and Devon. It is spelled Paule, Paul, and Pawley in the early records. It would suggest that the family had a connection to the Preslys or the Newmans. No christening records have been found, to date, so the birth dates are up to conjecture.

Children: Presley Presley Presley. (William was paid for transporting his wife Jane and 3 sons (William, Peter and Paul). No other record of Paul.

Children: Presley. He died before his father. Presley. He died without male children. Presley was Burgess in the long assembly 1661-1675, but was returned to Bacon's assembly in June 1676. He also served as sheriff. After the restoration of Berkeley, he was again a representative. PRESLEY
M:c1660 Elizabeth Thompson (b.1642 Kent Island, MD
D: 19 Apr 1693 Presley, Peter was a justice of the county and a Burgess during the “Long Assembly” from 1662 until 1676, at the time of Bacon’s Rebellion.

Children: Presley (b 29 Jun 1664) m.1.Richard Rogers, m2.Christopher Neale, m3. Presley bc.1666, m. Hannah Rodham Presley (b.12 Nov 1671) m1:John Cockerill m2:Ebenezer Saunders m3:Thomas ? (Milly) Presley bc.1675, m.Alexander Cleveland Presley (bc.1675) m1:Daniel Neale, m2:Wharton Ransdell Presley bc.1680


Children of Jane Presley and Christopher Neal (Capt.) were: Neale Neale Neale

Children of Jane Presley and Richard Rogers were: Rogers Rogers Rogers, born 12 Apr 1686, died c1725. Rogers

Ref. Names of Jane's children from Rootsweb "1658-1758 Charles County MD Families ... The first 100 years" Presley

Peter Presley lived at 'Northumberland House", Northumberland county. He was a justice of the peace and Lt.Colonel of the militia, and a Burgess for Northumberland from 1711 to 1748, about which time he was murdered by two of his white servants. His will was proved September 10, 1750. He married Winifred Griffin ???, daughter of Colonel Leroy Griffin, and left an only daughter, Winifred, who married Anthony Thornton. His grandson Colonel Presley Thornton, inherited all the Presley estates and was member of the council 1760-1769.

Peter was the last male Presley of the Northumberland Presleys. Presley

Children of Elizabeth Presley and John Cockerill were: Cockrell (Jr.) bc.1695 Cockrell. Cockrell bc.1699 Cockrell, bc.1700 Cockrell bc.1702 Cockrell, b.10 Dec 1704

Children of Elizabeth Presley and Ebenezer Saunders were: Saunders Saunders Presley

Ursula's 1st husband was David Neale. Their children (in the order named in David Neale's will) were: bc 1695 (m.James Carter 3 Oct 1715, d.9 Oct 1722) bc.1699, m1.Margaret Funtleroy, m2.Margaret Stanford bc.1704 bc.1700(the only child listed as a minor) bc,1704 (dtr), bc 1710, m.John Spence Neale, bc 1912. Ransdell Neale was not named in his father's will. Perhaps he "may" have been conceived or born after the will was written. And, he may have been named after his mother's second husband if they were married when he was born.

The dates of birth of the Neale children came from "The Arnold and Moberly Family Genealogy", a web site and were without reference to source.

Ursula's 2nd husband was Wharton Ransdell. Their children were William, Wharton, Edward.

Will of 1.1.1. William Presley

When William Presley wrote his will, his son William was of age and his son Peter was not. However, by 1652 when they signed the Oath of Allegiance Peter has reached the age of 21.

William Presley’s will follows: 15 Aug 1650, probate 20 Jan 1656/57, For my body I bequeath it…….in certain hope of a joyful resurrection to be buried as near to my deceased wife as conveniently may be.

To my sonne William Presly - land lying and bounding as is exprest in the Pattent being by Estimation three hundred and fourty acres , be it more or lease to him and his heires for ever moreover I give to him the rights to one huncred acres of land due to me for Anne Gilbert and Jonathan Parsons and one hundred acres more or less above Yeocomico River between John Earle and Phil….Silvster.

Item - I give to my sonne William one Pyd cowe black and white wch was formerly John Haynies and one red cowe which came from Mr. Humphrey Polk, one steere of twelve months old and the advantage my sonne Peter sees fit to deliver.

Item - I give him the sd Wm two steere calves.

Item - My will is that a thousand pounds of pork --being paid to George Berry for a servant I am to have of him this yeare -- and another thousand pounds of Porke being laid out of my stock of hoggs for ye buying of another servant this yeare that the remains of my hoggs be divided into two parts -- two parts whereof I give to my sonne Wm and the third part to my son Peter.

Item - I give to my sonne Wm. either the boy Jonathan or the Servant Berry shall bring in, wch my sonne Peter shall think fitt. and the other thousand pounds of Porke aforementioned I give to my sonne William to buy him a man.

Item - I give to my sonne Wm one of the pieces of -- wch I bought of Mr. Henry Roche and one of my best suits of Clothes either Cloth or Stuffe--cloth Cloake.

After Henry Roche or James Willis is paid for his Cloth either in Porke or Corne, the Corne of this Crop is to be divided into three parts -- two parts thereof I give to my sonne William and the third part I give unto my Sonne Peter.

Item - I give unto my Sonne Wm a thousand pounds of Tobco to build him a house.

Item - I give him one hundred of the apple trees yt be in the nursery. I desire that my two sonnes may live together & in case they part that my sonne Peter help my sonne Wm to rleave his plantation at convenient times when Peter and his Servants be most at leisure and not hindered by it.

Item - I give to Humphrey Fulford at the end of the time hee is to serve me one cowe calfe.

Item - My will and pleasure is yt if either of my sonnes dies without issue the survivor be heir to his brother.

I give to my sonne Wm the wooden chest that stands inye Room in which he lodgeth.

Item - I give to my grandchild Wm Presly one cowe calfe to be delivered at the next valuing.

Item - All the rest of my goods household - Stuffe debts cattle & chattal whatsoever with all the rest of my land not herein given or bequeathed with all my houses, Tobacco houses & other edifices to the same Plantation belonging with what Servants I shall then be possessed of at the time of my death and herein otherwise given, I give to my sonne Peter Presly, whome I make the full and whole Executor of this my last will and Testament, Ratisfying Confirming the same - and renouncing all former wills by me made - I appoint Wm Presly my sonne to be Guardian unto my Sonne Peter till he comes of age and that they live together till my sonne Peter comes to one and twenty and longer if they think good and that they live together. And I will that my Sonne Peter have the Benefitt of his Cattle and Labour during his minority. In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand seal this fifteenth day of August Ano Dni 1650.

William Presly

Witness of the Subscribing, Witnessing and Delivering hereof, John Aires, Simon Demebiello, Th Willford, No’ry Public 20 Jan 1656

This will was proved by the oathes of Mr. Tho Willford & John Aires & is recorded. [21]

Will of Wharton Ransdell, 2nd husband of Presley

Wharton Ransdell’s will, in Westmoreland County Virginia Book 13, page 143, starts off in the “standard form” and mentions his son, Edward Randell “the lands on which I now live,” his Mulatto girl, Susanna Wood, and Negro girl, baptized by the name of Mary, also his silver “wach” and silver-hilted sword, as well as his “still and worm,” and all “tyte casks.” Land bought of Willoughby Newton, on Beaver dam run of _?_ River, in Stafford County, part of which he had given his daughter, Sarah Elliott Pierce. Then he mentions son, Wharton Randell-2, to have a Negro named George, and his clothes of every kind. Son, William-ii received lands in Prince William County and a Negro girl named Pegg, and his “molatto boy,” Robert Wood. He next mentions Sarah Elliott Pierce, his daughter, to have money to buy a mourning ring, as she had already received her portion. He mentioned his wife, Sarah Randell, having chairs and a couple of horses. The rest of the estate was to be divided between his wife, Sarah, and his three sons, Edward, Wharton and William. His will was probated April 25, 1758.

Will of Presley

Virginia Colonial Abstracts ... Captain Peter Presly. On motion of Danl McCarty Esq in behalf of Mr. Wharton Ransdale and Charnock Cox, Col. Peter Presley came into Court and made oath that he wrote Capt. Peter Presley’s will and that the dec’d intended to give his negroes not bequeathed to his two sisters Ursula Ransdale and Mary Cox. 21 Jan 1719/1720 6.353 Presly, Peter Junr. Deceased. Will presented by Ursula Ransdell and Mary Cochs his exors and proved by oaths of witnesses: Rd Haynie Jr, Jno Bridgman and Jas Magoon 19 Nov 1718 6.296

Will of David Neale (husband of Presley)

In the name of God amen, I Daniel Neale of the county of Westmoreland and parish of Cople in Virginia, Gent. Being sick in body but whole in mind and of full & perfect memory, thanks & praise be unto almighty God, do make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner and form following. That is to say, first & foremost revoking all former wills & testaments by me made written or unwritten and this only to be taken deemed & esteemed to be my last will & testament in manner and form following.

First & principally, I commend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God, my maker & redeemer & blessed savior Jesus Christ in sure & certain hope it shall be reunited to my body at the general day and glorified and my body to be decently buried in the earth from whence it came at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named and for such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bestow on me far beyond my desires I will & dispose of in manner & form following.

First & foremost, my will is that all my just debts be duly paid by my executrix.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Neale one Negro girl called Molly to be delivered to her at the day of her marriage.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Presly Neale one Negro girl called Betty to be delivered to him at the age of twenty-one years.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Daniel Neale one Negro woman called black Hannah to be delivered to him at the age of twenty-one years.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Christopher Neale one Negro girl called Nanny to be delivered to him when he attains to the age of twenty-one years.

Item. My will & pleasure is that my two Negro men Jack & Dick remain & continue, that is to say the use & benefit of them to be wholly to my dear & loving wife Ursula Neale, and after her decease Negro Dick to descend to my son Rodham and Jack to my son Christopher.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Frances Neale one Negro to be paid out of the increase of the before expressed Negro women if it should so happen that any of them brings children and if it so happens that none of the said Negro women brings children that live, then I give & bequeath to my said daughter Frances three thousand pounds of tobacco to be paid her in the lieu thereof and the second living child born of the aforesaid Negro women I give & bequeath unto my son Rodham Neale.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my son Presly Neale all my land on which I now live to him & his heirs forever, and all the remainder part of my estate to be equally divided , my loving wife & children all to have equal share thereof.

Item. It is my desire that all my children stay & remain with their mother until they be of age or be married unless they go away by their mother’s consent.

Item. I appoint my dear & loving wife Ursula Neale to be my whole & sole executrix of this my last will & testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & fixed my seal this nineteenth day of December Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred & thirteen.

Signed Daniel Neale (seal)

Signed, sealed, & delivered in the presence of us
Richard Bell
Elizabeth Colston
Thomas Thompson

Westmoreland. At a court held for the said county the 24th day of February 1713, the last will & testament of Daniel Neale, deceased, was produced into court by his relict Ursula Neale who made oath thereto and being proved by the oaths of all the witnesses thereof, is admitted to record and upon motion of the said Ursula, certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form. Test: Tho. Sorrell, Clerk

Recorded 2nd day of March 1713 XXXXX

Excerpt from Will of Robert Newman (brother of Jane Newman)

The last will and testament of Robert Newman signed and sealed the 2nd of January 1655. I Robert Newman laying grievously sick in body but of sound judgement and perfect memory ...... I appoint Mr. William Persly my loving nephew to be my sole executor ...

My relationship to William Presley:

William Presly (1525 - )is your 10th great grandfather

William Presly (1652 - )Son of William

William Presly (1608 - 1655)Son of William

Col. Peter Presley (1625 - 1693)Son of William

Ursula Presley (1675 - )Daughter of Col. Peter

William Ransdell (1720 - 1776)Son of Ursula

Hannah Ransdell (1758 - 1810)Daughter of William

Elizabeth G. "Betsey" Moore (1791 - 1840)Daughter of Hannah

David Barton Brite (1831 - 1863)Son of Elizabeth G. "Betsey"

Mary Magnolia Brite (1862 - 1945)Daughter of David Barton

Ava Eugenia McMahan (1885 - 1966)Daughter of Mary Magnolia

Edward Eugene (Dick) Fox (1912 - 1980)Son of Ava Eugenia

Dick D. Fox (-1939) Son of Edward Eugene (Dick) Fox