Mericus Sylvanus (MC) Van Pressley b. 1860 N.C d. 1928 S.C need parents and Grandparents, Thanks

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Buried in Anderson County, South Carolina as M.C Pressley,  census are just a mess if possible to find parents or sibling's and Grandparents information I may can fugue out what his name is , Please help this is my Wife's family,  Thanks
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Did Alice marry more than one Presely?  This is the death cert  son. WC:

Source: "South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 April 2016), Van Pressley in entry for W.C. Pressley, 20 Feb 1937; citing , Pressley, W.C., 1937, Department of Archives and History, State Records Center, Columbia; FHL microfilm 1,943,839. 

Name     W.C. Pressley
Death  20 Feb 1937  Death Place     Greenville Township, Greenville, South Carolina
Burial Date     22 Feb 1937
Cemetery     Mt. Springs
Address     212 White House Rd.
White Male Age 49      Married
Ethnicity ??Canadian Occupation     Textile
Birth Date 27Mar Birth (Est) 1888 Birthplace     S.C.
Father     Van Pressley   Birthplace     S.C.
Mother     Alice Holcombe   Birthplace     S.C.  
Spouse     Emma Lee Black

And their seem to be several more children of an Alice/Alice Virginia Holcombe  and Van/Van Houston/Van Census Presley here:


by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (768k points)
selected by Donnie Blackstone
This is where I need to start from , Walter would be the direct line, so I need to remove Americus Pressley , is this right?
Chris Hoyt do you see any more information on this line I been doing a little more research on this line and need some help. Thanks
Which individuals are you asking about? The census and the other answers show some of this siblings.
I'm needing help with Mericus Presleys siblings i didn't know if you knew anything else and I believe we have his name correct now before we had all the names he went by, by what the census takers put down Mericus Sylvanus Van for short and Presley or Pressley seems to be how ever they wanted to spell it doesn't seem anyone knows. but that's fine long as we all have an understanding about that, I have added about all I can find on him. I'm working on up the line. I'm going to meet a cuz at the library on this line and do some research I'm just trying to get all the names added I just didn't know if I'm missing anyone before I go. It just makes it easier for me.  Thanks for helping
This may be him in 1870:

United States Census, 1870 North Carolina, United States
: Marilla Pressby         F     42     Georgia
: Andrew Pressby         M     22     Georgia
: James N Pressly         M     14     Georgia
: George Pressly         M     12     North Carolina
: Sylvanus Pressly     M     9     North Carolina
: Marion Pressly         M     7     North Carolina
: Samantha Pressly     F     3     North Carolina
: David Moore         M     25     North Carolina
<ref>FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Sylvanus Pressly in household of Marilla Pressby, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 10, family 65, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,641. </ref>
Andrew may or may not be Andrew Porter Presley???

United States Census, 1850 Union county, Union, Georgia
: James Presly         M     33     South Carolina
: Mercilla Presly        F     22     Georgia
: William Presly         M     5     Georgia
: Andrew Presly         M     3     Georgia
: Mary Presly             F     0     Georgia
<ref>"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Andrew Presly in household of James Presly, Union county, Union, Georgia, United States; citing family 881, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). </ref>
OK Thanks
I added some death records of the children of Adam to his page, with the sources, so you can check them out.

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This is son Golden C. Presley, also GC Presley, Clinton Presley???

Source: "South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 April 2016), Golden C. Presley, 04 Oct 1953; citing , Presley, Golden C., 1953, Department of Archives and History, State Records Center, Columbia; FHL microfilm 2,401,904.  (see image)

Name     Golden C. Presley
Death      04 Oct 1953    Columbia, Richland, South Carolina
Male    Age     61      Married Birth  (Est) 1892
Father     Van Presley
Mother     Alice Halcombe
Spouse    Bessie Presley

Source: "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 April 2017), Golden Pressley in household of Sa* Pressley, Brushy Creek Township (west part), Anderson, South Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 45, sheet 6B, family 87, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,516.

United States Census, 1900 Brushy Creek Township (west part), Anderson, South Carolina

Sa* Pressley

  Head M 40 N Carolina
Alice Pressley Wife F 35 South Carolina
Arthur Pressley Son M 18 South Carolina
Henry Pressley Son M 16 South Carolina
Crayton Pressley Son M 13 South Carolina
Willie Pressley Son M 11 South Carolina
Stephen Pressley Son M 9 South Carolina
Golden Pressley Son M 7 South Carolina
Minnie Pressley Daughter F 5 South Carolina
Hattie Pressley Daughter F 3 South Carolina
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (768k points)
And on this one what is Sa. Pressley
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More records on Golden Clinton:

Source: "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 April 2017), Clinton Pressley in household of Americus S Pressley, Sugar Hill, Gwinnett, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 63, sheet 4B, family 73, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 194; FHL microfilm 1,374,207.

United States Census, 1910 Sugar Hill, Gwinnett, Georgia

Americus S Pressley     Head     M     49     North Carolina
Alice Pressley     Wife     F     45     North Carolina
Bertie Pressley     Son     M     21     South Carolina
Lenzie Pressley     Son     M     19     South Carolina
Clinton Pressley     Son     M     16     South Carolina
Minnie Pressley     Daughter     F     15     South Carolina
Hattie Pressley     Daughter     F     13     South Carolina
Oliver Pressley     Son     M     6     South Carolina

Source: "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 April 2017), Clinton Presley in household of Allice Presley, Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States; citing ED 21, sheet 22A, line 34, family 506, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1698; FHL microfilm 1,821,698.

United States Census, 1920 Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina

Allice Presley     Head     F     53     South Carolina married
Clinton Presley     Son     M     28     South Carolina
Oliver Presley     Son     M     17     South Carolina


by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (768k points)
Chris I don't know why I'm just seeing this , I don't know if Alice married twice this is my Wife's family W.C Presley and Emma Black I'm sure this is her line , so Sa. Presley and Americus Presley you thank this is the same person,  I would like to know if they are and who their parents was and sibling's,  these Presley are confusing to me ,

After looking at all the dates of census and ages and ages of some of these children, I came to the conclusion that Alice married a Presley - likely only one - and that Presley went by numerous first names, including Americus, Van, Van Houston, Van Census, maybe Sa? MC?

I looked at enough to see W C/Walter  is likely also Crayton in the census.  Golden and Clinton are Golden Clinton, GC etc. one person:.   I think Henry from the census was James Henry: Harriet is Hattie Virginia -( birth record).  The other names/nicknames Bertie/Lenizie/Stephen etc. I don't have a clue.

So if you look at the profile you will see Crayton and Clayton should I merge these two , the more I look at it they look like the same man , Thanks for helping me
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Death Cert. #235 ,William W. Pressley ,Born July 25 1845,died June 10 1921,  age 75. Father  Adam Pressley, Mother Marilda Stephens, He died

in Soldiers Home,Raleigh North Carolina.He is listed as being a carpenter.

Death of Marion Stephens Pressley,Born May 30 1863,Died Sept 29  1940

son of Adam James Pressley and mother Marilda C,Pressley,and 2 brothers, George Roland Presley, Marion Stephens PressleyBuried Oakland Cemetary,Floyd County Georgia.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (919k points)
OK I'm going to work on these with it being my wife's line I don't know much about them her Pressley/McDonald line is her great grandparents they said they came out of Georgia and moved to Greenville, SC

Thanks for helping

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