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William J Priest (#47116835)
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Bio Photo I am the oldest son of Wilbur James Priest and Rose Louise Cupps. I was born and raised in the Toledo, Ohio area. I have been doing genealogy research since I was about 9 years old.

I am a member of:
GCS - Genealogy by Computer Society of Toledo
LCCOGS - Lucas County Chapter OGS
NGS - National Genealogy Society
OGS - Ohio Genealogical Society, serving as a Trustee
APG - Association of Professional Genealogists
I am a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national society meetings and seminars.

I am doing a one name study and have done extensive research on the surname Priest. I am currently preparing an interactive CD and a multi-volume book which will exceed 4,800 pages on the Priest family when it is released. My direct line ancestors came from Wales and settled in Virginia, then later moving to Licking County, Ohio.
I am also researching my other paternal line - Ankney/Ankeny and my maternal lines - Cupps and Schumacher.

Please feel free to contact me with additional information or corrections.

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Sarah Van Buren
Who was William H. Priest?

Looking for information on my possibly ancestor. Wm. Henry Priest b. 1816 or 1820. Died 1889 in VA hospital Leavenworth. Buried under stone marked Wm. K. Priest. I do know he was wanted by the law on charges that may have included murder. I have reason to believe he was Native American. His wife was Kerenhappuch "Happy" Hamm. He is described at death by the VA as 71, dark complexion,hazel eyes, grey hair. Had a sister named Martha who married a Rose.
Family traveled to Missouri from KY after his legal problems he may have been born Robert Henry Priest, used AKA's that we know of William Henry and Henry Priest. He served in Union during civil war, probably because he was wanted in the South. His son Henry Franklin served in the Confederacy. Please contact me Sarah @
Added by Sarah Van Buren on Apr 27, 2016 8:55 AM
Louise Karoline Marie Nitz
Hello William: WOW! I just found her picture on my memorial. Thank you SO much. She was so hard to find. I never dreamed there would be a stone found for her. You made my day!
Added by Chris on Mar 07, 2016 2:21 PM
mary lewis
jasper lewis
In Jasper's records have you found any notations of any possible WW2 injuries? Jasper is my great uncle.
I trying to find Lewis family members with such injuries.
Thank you, Mary Lewis
Added by mary lewis on Apr 25, 2015 9:34 PM
kevin Myers
hi i see your related to the Priest family ,,i also related to Priest by way of Westbrook and Belt family, Looking for pics or connections by way of Harriet J Belt daughter of Jacob Priest and and Sara Jones. i can find no markers for either.Harriet J Priest and Erza Belt are in Wilson cemetery in Newark,Ohio kevin myers Lorain,Oh
Added by kevin Myers on Nov 30, 2014 5:48 PM
Roy priest edit/correction
Thank you for the correction of the death year - an obvious error. Also, Roy Priest is a grandson of William Priest who also came from Wales. I have a hand written copy of his journal with documentation of many of William's descendants. Perhaps you have run across his journal in your Priest research.
Added by gr8hobby on Oct 11, 2014 2:40 AM
Nancy Jackowiak
incorrect link of spouse
Name: Mary Ann Priest
Event Type: Death
Name: Samuel W. Priest
Birth Date: 1844
Birthplace: Breckinridge Co., Ky
Age: 29
Spouse's Name: Mary A. Compton
Spouse's Birth Date: 1845
Spouse's Birthplace: Breckinridge Co., Ky
Spouse's Age: 28
Event Date: 18 Dec 1873
Event Place: Breckinridge, Kentucky
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01250-9 , System Origin: Kentucky-EASy , GS Film number: 422137 , Reference ID: bk 11 p 38+

this is the marriage record

Name: Mary Ann Priest
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Breckinridge, Kentucky
Gender: Female
Father's Name: Ruben Compton
Mother's Name: Betsy Ann Whitworth
Spouse's Name: Sam Priest
Reference ID: 26501 , GS Film number: 1913067

this is the Kentucky Death Record

Mary Ann Compton Priest find a grave memorial #80568579 was married to Samuel Priest...find a grave memorial #64684268

Not Henrietta Compton Priest #64684925

I see the confusion on these 3 people but not sure how it all happened.


Nancy Elzey Gilkey Jackowiak
Added by Nancy Jackowiak on Oct 03, 2014 8:47 PM
Re: Will Lang
Please disregard my previous message, was sent to you by mistake.


Added by Carole on Sep 02, 2014 5:20 PM
Re: Will Lang

Apparently, we are both related to the Lang family. At this time, I have been adding info to the memorials I have management of and would prefer to keep them for now.

For many years, I have visited the Sumner Cemetery and placed flowers on the Lang graves once or twice a year. It appears no one else takes the time and/or they live too far away to visit.

I hope you don't mind sharing the Lang family.


Added by Carole on Sep 02, 2014 5:17 PM
Allee (Peet) Forsberg
RE: Transfer of Noah Priest
Thank you so much for transferring my great great grandparents. I was not aware of the Priest Reunion in Ohio, but thank you for letting me know. :) I knew there were a lot of Priests around Ohio, though. My lineage: Noah > Albert > Keith (living) > Barbara (living) > Myself.
Added by Allee (Peet) Forsberg on Aug 30, 2014 7:17 PM
Bonnie Grant
Elizabeth Beaubien
Could you tell me if this cemetary & Junction Cemetary are the same cemetaries. I have a conflict with a relative. I have been to Junction Cemetary & found my great grandmother. Helen says she is buried in St,Mary's cemetery because she was catholic. She moved all of our relatives into St. Mary's & I made her move them back. Thank You for your help.
Added by Bonnie Grant on Aug 19, 2014 5:28 AM
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