William David Priest

Brief Life History of William David

When William David Priest was born on 31 August 1848, in Knox, Ohio, United States, his father, Mark Priest, was 27 and his mother, Rachel Stough, was 18. He married Rosella Burwell on 28 October 1869, in Wayne, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Blachleyville, Wayne, Ohio, United States in 1880 and Ohio, United States in 1910. He died on 20 November 1910, in Jefferson Township, Knox, Ohio, United States, at the age of 62.

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William David Priest
Rosella Burwell
Marriage: 28 October 1869
Anna Z. Priest
William B. Priest
Emma Larey Priest
Daisy Arabella Priest
Charles Roy Priest

Sources (39)

  • William O Priest in household of Mark Priest, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William David Priest - Published information: birth-name: William David Priest
  • William D. Priest, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016"

World Events (8)

1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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