William Hawkins Presley

23 February 1811–16 July 1852 (Age 41)
Oswego, Oswego, New York, United States

The Life Summary of William Hawkins

When William Hawkins Presley was born on 23 February 1811, in Oswego, Oswego, New York, United States, his father, Mathew William Presley, was 36 and his mother, Abiar Tifft, was 31. He married Eleanor Hepzibah Johnson in 1834, in Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Charlestown Township, Portage, Ohio, United States in 1840. He died on 16 July 1852, in Mormon, Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States, at the age of 41, and was buried in Plains, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, British Colonial America.

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William Hawkins Presley
Eleanor Hepzibah Johnson
Marriage: 1834
Lydia Aby Presley
Daniel Presley
Joseph Smith Presley
Emma Ellen Presley
Alma Presley
William Hawkins Presley Jr.

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1834Ontario, Canada
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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1812 · War of 1812
    Age 1
    Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 14
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Priestley with loss of -t- through assimilation into the preceding -s-.Americanized form of German Pressler .

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

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    Story Highlight

    William Hawkins Presley

    William Hawkins Presley was a man of rare courage. Once he accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he never flinched at the opposition that came his way. Always faithful to the Prophet of God. He pas …

    Sources (8)

    • Wm H Prisley, "United States Census, 1840"
    • Wm H. Presley in entry for Amanda Jane Eldridge, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • William H Presley, "United States 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War"

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