Dunning Presley Sr
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Dunning John Presley Sr (abt. 1784 - abt. 1850)

Dunning John "Dunnin" Presley Sr aka Pressley
Born about in Lancaster, South Carolinamap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of
Husband of — married about 1803 (to about 1825) in North Carolinamap
Husband of — married 1826 (to 1850) in Monroe County, Tennesseemap
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 66 in Polk County, Tennesseemap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2010
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1812 US Army Enlistment: Dunning Pressley AKA dunnin Presley b. 1784 in South Carolina, aged 28 at enlistment[1]

1820 US census shows Dunnen Presley living in Buncombe, North Carolina. He was a farmer. Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820.[2]

  • 1 Free White Persons - Males - Under 10
  • 1 Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15
  • 1 Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44
  • 2 Free White Persons - Females - Under 10
  • 1 Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44
  • Total Free White Persons: 6
  • Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 6

1830 US census shows Dunnin Parsley AKA Dnnin Parsley living in Buncombe, North Carolina:[3]

  • 2 Free White Persons - Males - Under 5
  • 1 Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9
  • 1 Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59
  • 1 Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39
  • 3 Free White Persons - Under 20
  • 1 Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:
  • Total Free White Persons: 5
  • Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 5

1850 census shows Durring/Dunning/Duning/Dunnan Presley aged 70y (born in South Carolina) living in Subdivision 25, Polk, Tennessee. Wife Mary 50y, daughter Nancy 14y[4]

Residences Lancaster County, SC is across the state line from Mecklenburg County, NC.

Mecklenburg County was formed in 1762 from the western part of Anson County, both in the Piedmont section of the state. It was named in commemoration of the marriage of King George III to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, for whom the county seat Charlotte is named. Due to unsure boundaries, a large part of south and western Mecklenburg County extended into areas that would later form part of the state of South Carolina. In 1768, most of this area (the part of Mecklenburg County west of the Catawba River) was designated Tryon County, North Carolina. Source: Wikipedia

Determining the final boundaries of these "western" areas between North and South Carolina was a decades-long process. As population increased in the area following the American Revolutionary War, in 1792 the northeastern part of Mecklenburg County was taken by the North Carolina legislature for Cabarrus County. Finally, in 1842 the southeastern part of Mecklenburg County was combined with the western part of Anson County to become Union County."

"The city of Lancaster is the county seat of Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States, located in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area."

Dunning Sr was married to a Catherine on about 1808 in Lancaster County, South Carolina. In the 1850 US Census, he was married to Mary, age 50, Dunnin was 70 and died that year.

The military enlistment document on 13th September 1812 specifies that Dunning Sr is age 28 would make his birth year 1784, not 1780 that is indicated on other genealogy sites. Perhaps more research will surface to determine his exact day and month date of birth.

Dunning Sr. and his family relocated to Buncombe County after the war - moving west toward Tennessee which was typical in those days.

Dunning may have been derived from the Scottish Gaelic name spelled DUNOON, but pronounced DANUN or DUHNUN.

Dunning was born in 1780. He passed away in 1850.


  1. Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  2. 1820 U S Census; Census Place: Buncombe, North Carolina; Page: 118; NARA Roll: M33_80; Image: 120
  3. 1830; Census Place: Buncombe, North Carolina; Series: M19; Roll: 118; Page: 209; Family History Library Film: 0018084
  4. 1850; Census Place: Subdivision 25, Polk, Tennessee; Roll: M432_892; Page: 251A; Image: 500


  • Unsourced family tree handed down to Melissa Bohan.
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/125225331/dunning-john-presley : accessed 23 April 2022), memorial page for Dunning John “Dunnin” Presley Sr. (1780–1850), Find a Grave Memorial ID 125225331, ; Maintained by Suzanne E Presley (contributor 47978293) Buried or Lost at Sea, who reports a Polk County, Tennessee.

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Presley-1342 and Presley-3 appear to represent the same person because: They are the same person
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