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Jason Presley
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RE: Grandmother, Emma Presley, Wilson
As far as I know, Emma has no grave marker. It is only an assumption on my part that she is even buried at Pleasant Hill, that based on it being the primary burial ground for the Presley family before Fairview was established. Emma's parents, along with two sisters and a brother, and niece and an infant of John & Birtie Wilson are all there which is why I created the listing there.
Added by Jason Presley on Jul 10, 2014 2:55 PM
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RE: Grandmother, Emma Presley, Wilson
Emma Presley Wilson was a sister to my great great grandfather, James Richard Presley. The photo belonged to my James Richard's daughter Drucilla, "Aunt Dru" to everyone in the family for as long as I knew her. She passed in 2000 and I started getting into the family history a year or so later.

I had a particularly difficult figuring out who Emma Presley was. She was born just after the 1880 US census, the 1890 US census was lost to a fire and she was already married to John Wilson by 1900, so she never appeared as "Emma Presley" in a census return. In fact, I couldn't even find John and Emma Wilson in the 1900 US census. Lots of the census pages for Dyer County have some kind of damage at the bottom, obscuring the last 2 to 6 lines, and I suspect they are lost in there somewhere.

Unfortunately, Tennessee didn't require the documentation of deaths to be reported to the state until 1908, so Emma has no death certificate. Available Curry Funeral Home records only go back to 1913, so no luck there. To be honest, my placing her grave in Pleasant Hill is only due to family tradition, as nearly all of the Presleys, and related families were buried there around that time.

The only record I have found at all for Emma is her marriage record to "Jno B. Wilson" in January 1899. I have a letter from Aunt Dru to Tim Bane from 1989, where she mentions as much of the family as she can recall. In it she writes "Aunt Emma married John Wilson but she died before I was born so I don't know her children" and that finally helped me understand who the photo was. Almost everything I know about Emma is based on those three things, the photo, the letter and that marriage record. The rest is process of elimination. I wish I had something more substantial to relate. The photo is currently in the possession of my Aunt Wanda Presley-Hays of Jackson, TN. It is in Aunt Dru's old photo album, and is about the size of a business card.
Added by Jason Presley on Jul 05, 2014 9:35 AM

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