Edward Henry Pressley was a son of Enoch B. Pressley and Mary E. Barrington, born 3 November, 1845 in Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia. (Edward Henry Pressley’s Texas Death Certificate states that he was born in Edgefield County, South Carolina; however, his Civil War service records indicate that he was born in Bartow County, Georgia. Additionally, the book entitled, History of Texas Together With a Biographical History, confirms that he was born in Cartersville, Barstow County, Georgia. However, this same book also contradicts his year of birth stating that he was born in 1843 – not 1845 as per his Texas Death Certificate.)
Edward served the Confederacy in the Civil War. He enlisted in Bartow County, Georgia in March of 1861 as a private and was later promoted to full Corporal. He was a member of Co. H – 60th Georgia Infantry. Edward lost a portion of his left hand when he was shot by a mini-ball. Edward was captured in Virginia and taken prisoner and was present on the day of surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia on 9 April 1865.
After the war, on 5 May 1868 Edward Pressley married Sarah “Sallie” T. McKie in Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi. Sarah McKie was a daughter of a Mississippi planter. Sarah graduated from the University of Mississippi at Oxford. The couple had one son, Edward Ward Tupper Pressley born in 1869. By 1880 the family was in Texas – Hamilton County. Sallie died there in about 1880-81.
On September 1, 1884, Edward married Martha Isabell Curbow Hodges Bedwell in McLennan County, Texas. Edward and Belle had two children: Jennie May in 1889 and Walter Gordon in 1891. Nothing much is known about either of these two children. I would like to be in touch with anyone that has any information on them.
According to the book entitled, History of Texas – Together with a Biographical History (page 635), Edward and Belle are living in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas in 1895 where Edward is a “merchant.”
In the 1900 census the family is in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas where the family is indexed as “hotel keepers.”
By 1908 Edward and Bell are in San Antonio. There I find them in various city directories and census records for the remainder of their lives.
Edward died at the age of 81 on 31 Jul 1927 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. He is laid to rest near his wife in Mission Burial Park.
OBITUARY: Published San Antonio Express, Monday, 1 Aug 1927, Page 11: PRESSLEY – Edward Henry Pressley, aged 81 years, died at his residence, 134 Beldon Avenue, at an early hour Sunday morning. Besides his widow, Mrs. Belle Pressley, he is survived by his daughter, Mrs. C. T. Harper and his son, W. G. Pressley, all of San Antonio. Funeral services will be held from the Porter Loring Chapel, Monday, Aug 2nd at 4 o’clock. Dr. A. E. Rector of Harlandale Methodist Church.
- Martha Isabell Curbow Hodges Bedwell Pressley (curbowfamily.wordpress.com)