John Vance Prestwood

18 October 1862–11 November 1926 (Age 64)
Caldwell, North Carolina, United States

The Life of John Vance

When John Vance Prestwood was born on 18 October 1862, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States, his father, Evander McIver Prestwood, was 41 and his mother, Harriett Caroline Clontz, was 40. He married Rebecca Emeline Jestes on 30 October 1887, in Watauga Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Lenoir, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States for about 10 years and Watauga Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States for about 20 years. He died on 11 November 1926, in Linville, Avery, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Banner Elk, Avery, North Carolina, United States.

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John Vance Prestwood
Rebecca Emeline Jestes
Marriage: 30 October 1887
Grace Pearl Preswood
Birdie Bell Preswood
Ernest Evander Preswood
Harlon Emory Preswood
Elsie Lillian Preswood
Olive Gertrude Preswood
Ruby Agnes Preswood

Spouse and Children

30 October 1887
Watauga Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1865 · Battle of Bentonville

Age 3

The Battle of Bentonville took place in Johnston, North Carolina from March 19, 1865- March 21, 1865. It was considered the bloodiest battle of North Carolina, with around 4,000 casualties.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 19

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English prest ‘priest’ + wode ‘wood’, denoting someone who lived by a wood owned by the Church, or a habitational name from places so named in Buckinghamshire, Staffordshire, and Sussex.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John V Preswood in household of Caroline Preswood, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John V Preswood, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John W Preswood, "United States Census, 1900"

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