When Elizabeth Maria Priest was born on 25 May 1828, in New York, United States, her father, Arad Priest, was 31 and her mother, Lorenza Louisa Foster, was 23. She married Henry Tanner on 20 March 1851. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Kinderhook, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York, United States in 1865. She died on 14 August 1870, in Sheridan Township, Mecosta, Michigan, United States, at the age of 42, and was buried in Mecosta, Michigan, United States.
English (mainly West Midlands): nickname from Middle English pr(i)est ‘minister of the Church’ (Old English prēost, from Latin presbyter, Greek presbyteros ‘elder, counselor’, comparative of presbys ‘old man’). It may have denoted someone with a pious manner or possibly for someone who had played the part of a priest in a pageant. It may occasionally have been used to denote someone suspected of being the son of a priest but evidence for this is lacking.
History: A John Priest is recorded as being in Woburn, MA, as early as 1675. The Mayflower Pilgrim Digory Priest of the Netherlands died the first winter at Plymouth in 1620, leaving behind a widow who remarried and two daughters, who did not pass on the surname.