|Birth: ||Jan. 8, 1820|
Cedar Springs (Abbeville County)
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 1891|
Rev. David Pressly, D. D., son of Samuel Patterson Pressly, M. D. and the former Miss Elizabeth Knox Hearst, was born near Cedar Springs church, in Abbeville Co., South Carolina on January 8th 1820. His educational opportunities were such as the country afforded. He graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1839. His theological studies were prosecuted at Allegheny and Erskine Theological Seminaries. He was licensed to preach by the Second Presbytery in 1841 and ordained by the same Presbytery, at Due West, South Carolina on Oct. 12, 1842. That year he was called to the Starkville, Mississippi A. R. P. church and was installed pastor April 7, 1843; where he continued in this pastorate for over 40 years. Subsequently he preached at Mt. Carmel Miss., and Beulah, Tenn, and was pastor of Bloomington, Tenn., for a number of years.
He married Miss Lettie Ann Fair, daughter of James Fair and Anne Glasgow, who was born January 13, 1825. She bore five children and died Oct. 10, 1849. He was married the second time to Miss Sarah Brown Peden, daughter of Thomas and Isabella Peden, April 27, 1852. Seven children were born to them. Sarah Pressly died January 17, 1883. He was married the third time May 18, 1886, to Mrs. Janie Moffatt Grier, widow of the late Rev. R. L. Grier. There were no children by this marriage.
Rev. Pressly received the honorary degree of D. D. from Erskine College. He was the author and publisher of a number of pamphlets. He was a good preacher and a very pious man. He regularly in addition to family worship, upon retiring, committed himself as a little child to God—in fact repeated the child's prayer "Now I lay me down to sleep." etc., and soon as the morning awakened his the incense of a grateful heart rose from his lips to the "Keeper of Israel." He was rarely if ever sick, and his life overflowed with kindness and good cheer. He was wont to say "Never better, " or "Better than ever," and his beaming face reflected the happiness of a heart in touch with God. On the 29th day of July, 1891, his spirit returned to God and his body the following day was laid to rest in Salem Churchyard cemetery.
Samuel Patterson Pressly (1792 - 1837)
Elizabeth Knox Hearst Pressly (1791 - 1875)
Lethe Ann Fair Pressly (1825 - 1849)*
Sarah Brown Peden Pressly (1827 - 1883)*
Infant Pressly (1843 - 1843)*
Annie Fair Pressly Bell (1844 - 1912)*
Calvin Preston Pressly (1847 - 1919)*
Thomas Peden Pressly, D.D. (1853 - 1923)*
William Cornelius Pressly (1857 - 1935)*
David Pressly (1860 - 1861)*
Joseph Peden Pressly (1863 - 1866)*
Isabella Teresa Pressly (1866 - 1945)*
Susan Montgomery Pressly Smith (1869 - 1939)*
Born in Abbeville,
S.C. Jan. 8, 1820 Died
July 29, 1891
A.R. Church at Starkville,
Miss. from 1843 - 1885
and of Bloomington,
Church Tenn. from 1886
until his death.
Salem Associate Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Debbie Cromwell
Record added: Jan 25, 2005
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