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Joseph Benjamin Prestridge
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1842
Choctaw County
Alabama, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 1885
Johnson County
Texas, USA

Confederate Parole Records:
Pristridge J B PVT 40th AL INF Unti F Paroled at Field.
1870 Census, Johnson co, Texas; p. 603:
J. B. Prestige 28 b. AL
Sarah A. 26 b. AL
Joseph R. 3 b. AL
James 1 b. Texas
1880 Census Alvarado, Johnson, Texas
Joseph B. PRESTRIDGE Self M Male W 38 AL Farmer MS GA
Sarah A. PRESTRIDGE Wife M Female W 36 AL Keeping House GA GA
J. Russell PRESTRIDGE Son S Male W 19 AL Works On Farm AL AL
James E. PRESTRIDGE Son S Male W 10 Texas Works On Farm AL AL
Imogene PRESTRIDGE Dau S Female W 8 Texas AL AL
John F. PRESTRIDGE Son S Male W 5 Texas AL AL
Willie E. PRESTRIDGE Son S Male W 2 Texas AL AL
1900 Soundex, Johnson County, Texas V65, ED 60, Sheet 9, line 24:
Presridge, Sarah 56 b. May 1844, AL
Will E. son 22 b. Nov 1877, Texas
Ruth E. dau 18 b. Jan 1882, Texas
Perry Isaac W brother 22 b. April 1878, AL
1910 Soundex, Johnson County, Texas, V85, ED 54, Sheet 133:
Prestridge, W. E. 22
S. A. (Mrs) mother 65 b. Oklahoma
. B. Prestridge went to the Army in the "War Between the States" on October 15, 1861. He was in Company E, 40th Infantry and was transferred to Company F, Alabama on December 14, 1861. He was
promoted to Sergeant on January 1, 1864.

The "Union Prisoner of War" records show he was captured at Big Shanty, Georgia on June 15, 1864 and that he was received March 23, 1865 at Boulware's at Cox's Warf, Virginia, for exchange.
This record came from Lutz Wall, Brigadier General,
Acting the Adjutant General
War Department

Joe B. went through the war without a scratch, came home, fell off a load of hay and broke his shoulder; and afterward could never reach his hat to tip it. Rachel has heard Grandma Sallie tell that so many times. Joe & Sallie Prestridge left Choctaw County, Alabama October 12, 1866, one year after their marriage, and arrived in Johnson County, Texas on December 8, 1866. Their first child, Joseph Russell was only six weeks of age when they left Alabama. They traveled in a covered wagon, which was pulled by an ox team.

Joe & Sallie Prestridge bought their first home in Texas, in a partnership with Uncle Alex Bryant and Aunt Tip, who was Grandpa's sister. The land (57 acres) was south of Alvarado in the fork of the Turkey and Chambers Creeks. At some point, Joe and Sallie bought the Bryants share of the place, living there several years then moving in to Alvarado. They bought the farm two miles east of Alvarado in 1884.

One of the Rayburne boys said that he had moved the log cabin into Fort Worthsome years ago (prior to 1997), but did not know if it became part of the Log Cabin Village.

The oldest daughter, Imogene, died 29 Feb 1884, aged 12 years, 5 months, and 20 days of measles and pneumonia. Ila Dell, the youngest of the 7 children was born 22 March, 1884 and died 10 Sept,1884, almost 6 months of age, of diarrhea and dehydration compliations.

Joseph Russell, the oldest child, born 30 Aug 1866, died 29 Oct 1885, aged 19 years 2 months, of Typhoid Fever. He was serving with the Texas National Guard.

Grandpa Joe born, 15 Jan, 1842, died 13 Nov 1885, aged 43 years, 9 months; from injuries received when the "team" of horses ran-a-way . He was hauling a bale of cotton to the gin. At that time, the cotton was transported, still in the bags into which it was picked, with the bags piled on the wagon, and strapped down.

This was a very sad time for Grandma Sallie and her remaining children. They had seen one baby sister born, and had buried that child along with another sister, a brother, and Grandpa Joe in a period of 20

Grandma Sallie lived with Papa Will for a number of years before he married Grandbum (Dora Senter).As Grandma's children married, they were given their part of the farm. Uncle Jim & Aunt Kate lived East of the house; Uncle John & Aunt Maud lived South of the house on the hill, and that house was moved to the "home" place with Papa was 18 years old, replacing the two story house that existed when Granpa Joe bought the property. Papa said he and George Fenley learned to walk a tight wire up in the attic of the old two-story house. George was Grandma's nephew, and near the same age as Papa; and he spent a great amount of time with the family. Aunt Ruthie & Uncle John had the South side of the place and they built a new house over on the hill and lived there for several years. As one each decided to move away, Papa Will bought each parcel, until he owned all of the place, where he lived for 77 years . His daughter, Lleta Lightfoot and Granddaughter, Benja Lightfoot Allen now own all of the "Prestridge Home Place" as it is known., the land having been in the family since 1884.

The story goes that Grandma could not talk for some ten years, for some reason, she had lost her voice. Rachel remembers when she began to talk, and make sounds, but does not know the year that it happened. Grandma had been quite ill with the "Grip", or bad cold. Grandma had been sick to her stomach and when she lay back down, she said "Oh, me !" and Mama Dora said "You talked, keep talking ! ! !" and she did. The family was so happy. She could whisper, and the people who talked with her whispered to her. As time passed, she lost most of her hearing ability, and she said she would rather be able to hear than to talk. Grandma continued to live with Will and his family in the winter and she went to Aunt Ruthie's in the Spring, after it got warm, but was back home before cold weather. She wanted to be in front of the fireplace when it got cold. She tatted to fill most of her time, and read to fill the rest of the time.

Rachel learned to read and write, and Lleta most of the material covered in first grade so that she started to school in the second grade, all taught by Grandma Prestridge.

Grandma was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvarado.

Jan '98 LOliver
Family links: 
  James Madison Prestridge (1814 - 1893)
  Emily S Ezell Prestridge (1816 - 1887)
  Sarah "Sallie" Almida Finley Prestridge (1844 - 1927)*
  Joseph Russell Prestridge (1866 - 1885)*
  James Ezell Prestridge (1869 - 1951)*
  Imogene Prestridge (1871 - 1884)*
  John Fenley Prestridge (1875 - 1950)*
  Willie Edmund Prestridge (1878 - 1962)*
  Ruth Edna Prestridge Senter (1881 - 1968)*
  Ila Dell Prestridge (1884 - 1884)*
  William Augustus Prestridge (1835 - 1898)*
  Elizabeth Ann Prestridge Ward (1838 - 1864)*
  Joseph Benjamin Prestridge (1842 - 1885)
  Matilda Emaline Prestridge Bryant (1844 - 1923)*
  Mary Louise Prestridge Jordan (1846 - 1878)*
  Martha Prestridge Ray (1850 - 1895)*
  Emily Ellen Prestridge Wilder (1852 - 1874)*
*Calculated relationship
Balch Cemetery
Johnson County
Texas, USA
Created by: Harold Prestridge
Record added: Jul 31, 2007
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Joseph Benjamin Prestridge
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Joseph Benjamin Prestridge
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