P R E S S I N G E R

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1700s - 1900s

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Descendants of Edward Pressinger, Augustin Pressinger

& Thomas Pressinger, and their cousins ~

with Church Records (Baptisms-Marriages-Burials)

Census, civil & military records

in the British Isles & North America.

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British Isles / England (& Ireland) - With the assistance of church records this summary begins with Mary Anne Pressinger and forebear Thomas Pressinger, fl. 1740, who were contemporaries of John Pressinger (fl.1790 US) and Michael Pressinger (b. 1750 US), see below; and almost contemporaries of P.Rupert Charles Pressinger, OSB, 1688-1741 (ref. church records). In 1768 Thomas is recorded as Godfather to infant Anne Higgins at her baptism in the same church parish where Edward Pressinger is later recorded a Godfather in 1838 (see below), and also where Mary Anne Pressinger and her husband Lawrence Flynn (Flinn) appear in the baptism records of their three children (Lawrence b.1792, Elizabeth b.1793, Owen b.1795); with Miss Eliza Pressinger recorded as a Godmother. Their cousins Edward, John, Thomas, and Augustin Pressinger were also born in the British Isles at that time. (See below)

Augustin Pressinger (b.1790) had a fairly large family and baptism records in various church parishes list his elder children as: Bridgit (1808), Elizabeth (1810), Thomas (1813), Bridgit Louisa (1818) and Mary (1821). The younger children (Augustin, Francis, and Helen) are recorded in more detail in another parish - see below - with their births/baptisms, father's name, mother's maiden-name, and godparent names.

In the records of the Royal Bavarian Embassy Chapel, Warwick Street, Westminster, England, the names of Augustin Pressinger and his wife Bridget Fallon appear with baptisms records of their younger three children:- (i) Augustin, christened on 16 Dec 1824 (born 13 Dec), Godparents - Elizabeth Pressinger & Patrick McNeal; (ii) Francis, christened 13 May 1827 (born 5 May), Godparents - Thomas Pressinger & Mary Pin; and (iii) Helen, christened 15 Nov 1829 (born 1 Nov), Godparents - Lott Carney & Ann Stuart. (The burial of Francis Pressinger, aged 1 year 7 months, is recorded at St Mary's Church, Moorfields, near Finsbury Square, on 8 Dec 1828). Other records at the same Catholic chapel in Westminster show Elizabeth Pressinger as Godmother to Elizabeth Morris (christened 27 May 1832), and show Augustin Pressinger & Catherine Nolan (wife of Thomas Pressinger) as Godparents to Patrick Kelly, christened there 17 July 1832. (This chapel of the Bavarian Embassy was used by many local Catholic parishioners, and later became known as the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption & St Gregory).

Augustin's eldest daughter Elizabeth Pressinger is later recorded married to John Gardiner in 1833 at All Souls Church, Marylebone, London England (one of the witnesses recorded being 'Augustin Pressinger'). Nearby in St James Church, Spanish Place, Marylebone, Elizabeth's name reappears in the baptism record (Jan 1835) of her eldest child Augustin Pressinger Gardiner. Eighteen months later Elizabeth and her husband appear again for the baptism of their daughter Catherine Helen at the Bavarian Embassy Chapel, Warwick St., Westminster. (Later Elizabeth died in 1888 in Pittsfield, Mass. US)

Also worth mentioning is the record of 'Augustin Pressinger and Mary Pressinger' as witnesses to the marriage of Charles James Sheeky and Matilda Kelly at St Patrick's Church, Westminster, England on 18 August 1827 - The same church where Catherine Pressinger (daughter of Thomas Pressinger & Joan Kelly) was recorded christened in 1844.

America & British Isles: Augustin Pressinger, his wife Bridget, and their younger children appear (on 18th May 1836) in the passenger lists of the ship "Gladiator" sailing from London England to New York, New York. As confirmed by the ship's master (Thomas Britton) among the passengers were: 'Augustin Pressinger & Bridget Pressinger both 46 yrs; Augustin Pressinger (junior) 11 yrs; and Ellen Pressinger 5 yrs - all from the British Isles'. Two other unidentified family members are listed with them (presumably Bridget-Louisa and Mary). Afterwards Augustin, Bridget , Helen and Augustin (August. E) are listed in the NewYork 1840/50 census. Augustin and Bridget (both aged 70) subsequentally appear in the 1860 census, living in Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey. Other US records at that time list some of their children living in the US: Thomas (NY), Elizabeth (Mass.), Bridget Louisa (NJ), Ellen (NJ), and Augustin E Pressinger (Tennessee) - see below.

(Captain) Augustin E. Pressinger was married in NY to Mary D. Price by Rev Thomas Skinner in May 1853 (NY Times), having joined the US army in 1851 (some years prior to the American Civil War). He died in 1877. His daughter Mary Augusta Pressinger (born 27 June 1858) had her baptism recorded on 19 Feb 1860 at St Mary's RC Church, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey. Two years later the NY Herald recorded her death (and the death of 'Winfield S. Pressinger') on 5th June 1862, and the death of an 'Augustine Pressinger' on 17th March 1862. Captain Augustin Pressinger's other (surviving) children were: (i) Austin E Pressinger, who also had his baptism recorded at St Mary's Church, Jersey City (on 30th Sept 1863), and later married (1894), became a Councillor at Law, died 1926; (ii) Arnott M Pressinger b.1866 d.1938; (iii) Salletta b.1868, who was later married to M.K. Miller by the Rev. Clarke & Rev. Macoubrey, ref. New York Times, Oct 1890; and (iv) Whitfield P Pressinger born 1871, married 1897 (and had issue) died 1920 [Obituary: New York Times] ~ son b.1899 also had issue.

Another Mary Pressinger (most probably the daughter of Augustin (senior) & Bridget) with her husband J.A. Harris, of London, are given as parents of John Harris born Newark, New Jersey in 1848. (Ref. History of Woodbury & Plymouth Counties, Iowa). In the 1860 Tennessee census a young 'John Harris' is listed living with [his uncle & aunt] Augustin E. & Mary D. Pressinger.

It is worth noting the name Augustin /Austin Pressinger also appears in its Spanish form 'Agustin Pressinger' as author of a book on English Grammar. This 'Gramatica Inglesa' was co-written with Martin L. Munro and published in Buenos Aires, 'Imp. Y Lib. De Juan H. Kidd y Cia' in 1886. A second volume appeared in 1887. He had moved to South America from the US, and later married Julia Laprida from San Juan, Argentina. He was born in same year as 'Augustus' Pressinger (born in England 1840, son of Thomas and grandson of Augustin, see below) and possibly is same person. Some years later a similar namesake appears in Central America (although not a descendant of Augustin or Edward) as a clergyman, b.1865 d.1934 - Bishop of Limon, Costa Rica, 1922 - ref RC church records.

It is apparent the names Augustin, Edward, John, Thomas, and Francis have regularly recurred among the descendants of the Pressinger family (sometimes spelt Pressenger). Less usual ones were Frederick Pressinger (a soldier in the H77 Infantry, residing at Reynolds, enlisted in Illinois; recorded in the '1893 Roster of Nebraska Veterans - Illinois Enlistees'), Stephen Pressinger (b.1818 Pennsylvania; living in Belmont, Belaire, Ohio in 1880), George Pressinger (b.1851 Virginia; recorded in 1880 as the Town Marshal of Warren, Huntington, Indiana. The name John Pressinger, born 1802 in Pennsylvania, appears in 1850 census at Winchester, Adams, Ohio. He was married with eight children - his sons being Andrew b.1832 Pennsylvania, Benjamin b.1838 Ohio, and William A. b.1840 Ohio. Henry Pressinger is another name that appears occasionally. For example, baptism records of Mary Ann Elizabeth Pressinger, christened on 26th Sept 1819 (born 9 Sept), show she is daughter of Elizabeth and Henry Pressinger, a Private in the 1st Battalion, 60th Regiment (British Army), Quebec Garrison ~ as recorded by Chaplain to HM Forces, Joseph Langley Mills in his baptism register/book ~ the Godparents being Mary & James Leeson (Srgt 60th Reg) and Ann Renaldo (ref. Church Records ~ Baptisms 1817-1821, Quebec Garrison, HM Forces). Another Henry Pressinger, a soldier in the 22nd Indiana LA d.1917, had his burial recorded at Marian National Cemetery, Grant County, Indiana). There was also a Henry Pressinger, living in Indiana 1880 was b.1857 Virginia; not to be confused with a Henry Pressinger (living in NY 1880, born in British Isles in 1845), or Henry (Harry) E. Pressinger (grandson of Edward & Anna Pressinger - see below).

Francis Pressinger born 1834 in England, son of Thomas Pressinger and Catherine Nolan(d) - see details below - married Maria Searles of NY in 1879, and had issue: Francis David, born 1883, in Manhattan NY. Francis (Frank) David Pressinger later married Lucy (b.1884 NY), and had a son: John D. Pressinger (b.1913 NY), who in turn married Celine and had a son John. [Another Francis Pressinger, born in England 1845, is recorded in the NY census of 1880. Also a passenger 'F. Pressinger' was recorded on the ship 'Guiding Star' sailing from Aspinwall Panama to New York on 13 Aug 1868; age: 29 years, place of origin: US; and another F. Pressinger appears in the 1885 Colorado State census residing in Pueblo].

Almost a century earlier, in 1791, John Pressinger, of 92 Bowery Lane, New York City was listed in the New York Directory. [Note: his contemporary appears in The Pennsylvania Archives, vol 140, page 269 - which record a 'Michael Pressinger' born in 1750, Pennsylvania. Also see above John Pressinger born 1802 Pennsylvania who moved to Ohio.]

Much later the New York Directories list Augustin E. Pressinger and (his brother) Thomas Pressinger living in New York City in 1869. Also listed living in Brooklyn NY (1888-90) are (Thomas's sons) Edward Pressinger and Thomas E. Pressinger. The 'Brooklyn Daily Standard Union' newspaper records the death of Thomas (senior) on 3rd Sept 1889 aged 77 yrs, of Powell St, Liberty Ave. Aged 77 upon his death he is most likely the same Thomas Pressinger (b. 1812/13) husband of Catherine Nowlan(d), and thus elder brother of Augustin E Pressinger.

British Isles: Thomas Pressinger & his wife Catherine Nowlan(d) had the following children: (i) Francis Pressinger, christened on 26 Jan 1834 at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Westminster, England (with baptism records giving his godmother as Bridget Pressinger - wife of Augustine), see above for marriage in NY and issue; (ii) Thomas Pressinger, b. 21 April and christened 19 June 1836 (also at St Patrick's Catholic Church Westminster) - godparents G. Steward & Mary Gilbert; (iii) Edward Pressinger b. 17 Dec 1837, christened 28 Jan 1838 at St Aloysius RC Church, Marylebone (with Godparents: William Donnally & Martha Murray); (iv) Augustus Pressinger 1840; and (v) Catherine (Kate) Pressinger 1843 - all born in Westminster, England. [note: Thomas, Catherine and Francis were later listed together in the 1870 census, NY ward 17, New York.]

On 9 Aug 1801 the marriage of another Thomas Pressinger, husband of Catherine Ward, is recorded in the church parish of St Mary, Pro-Cathedral, Dublin; and later on 9 Jan 1814 the marriage is recorded of Edward Pressinger & Margaret Doolan in the church parish of St Andrew. This was followed in July 1835 by the marriage of Theresa Pressinger & Thomas Davis in the church parish of St Michael & St John, with 'Margaret Pressinger' mentioned as a witness. Also in these parishes are the baptism records of: Bridget Pressinger (25 Oct 1808), Elizabeth Pressinger (16 Dec 1810), Thomas Pressinger (16 Jan 1813), Bridget L (16 Mar 1818) ~ all recorded in the church parish of St Mary, Pro-Cathedral; and Mary Pressinger (1821) in the church parish of St Andrew. Later Edward Pressinger is recorded as Godfather to Mary-Anne Banks at her baptism in the church parish of Michan on 14 Aug 1838.

Another Thomas Pressinger, husband of Joan (Kelly), appears in the baptism records of their daughter (another) Catherine Pressinger, christened on 7 July 1844 at St Patrick's Church Westminster. (Also, in April of the same year the church's records show: 'John Pressinger & Eliza Pressinger' as Godparents to a William Dunn. See below: John Pressinger).

America: Edward Pressinger junior (b. 1815 British Isles, ref US records) married Anna Melvin at Buffalo NY state in 1852. In the US Civil War he served with B Company 74 Ohio Regiment, and died in 1894. The local directories of 1888-92 listed Edward, his wife Anna, and their son John T Pressinger, all living in Dayton, Ohio. His wife Anna's obituary appeared in Xenia Daily Gazette on Nov 23rd 1903, and St Brigit's Church (Xenia, Ohio) recorded her burial at its Catholic cemetery. Their children (born in 1850s/60s) were: sons - William Edward (b.1853 NY state), John (b.1861 Ohio), and Edward Pressinger (b.1867 Ohio); daughters - Margaret Pressinger (b.1861 Ohio, who married C. Weber in Greene Ohio 1882), Kate Pressinger (b.1859 Ohio, who married G Sawyer), and Mary (b.1857, who married W Shoemaker) The whole family appear together in the 1870 census. [Much later the burial of a "Caroline Weber (Pressinger)", b.1864 d.1939, is recorded at 'Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery' at Kranzburg, South Dakota. It is possible she is related to Mr C. Weber & his wife Margaret Pressinger (b.1861 Ohio) mentioned above.]

William Edward Pressinger married Caroline (Callie) Dumbaugh in 1880 at Morrow, Ohio; and had issue: Anna P. (b.1890 Ohio), Rosa I. (b. 1886 Ohio), and Harry E. Pressinger (b.1877 Kentucky). Harry later married Rose-Blanche and had : Marie June (b.1917 Michigan) and Edward L. Pressinger (b.1913, d.1980 Wisconsin). Harry E. Pressinger died suddenly in 1936. (Other ref. Standard & Poors 1975 edition).

Other family records: John and Rose Pressinger are given as the parents of Rose Pressinger, b.1885 at Mt. Dams, Hamilton, Ohio (ref Ohio Probate Court - Hamilton County 1863/1908 records). And another John Pressinger, and wife Maria (nee Berren), are recorded in 1870 at the christening of their daughter Mariam Pressinger in St Patrick's Catholic Church, Eau Clair, Wisconsin. [A Dorathy Pressinger is recorded born in 1901 in Milw. Wisconsin.]

The name Edward Pressinger appears as a corporal serving with the New Jersey Volunteers, Company H, Second Regiment in 1861-64. He fought for the Union, and is mentioned (with noted 'Distinguished Service') in the New Jersey US Civil War Records. The Bath National Cemetery New York records the death & burial of an Edward Pressinger on 22 May 1899.

Back in the British Isles: Edward Pressinger (senior) is recorded as father of at least three children: (i) John Pressinger b.1821, d.1897 - who married Ellen in 1849 at the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, England; and had issue - see below (ii) Eliza(beth) Pressinger b.1830, d.1844. (iii) Thomas Pressinger b.1834 - who married Anastasa in 1853 also at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church, with brother John & wife as witnesses, and served in British Army with the 58th Foot Regiment (Northamptonshire & Rutlandshire). Although Thomas and his wife Anastasia Byrns both appeared in the 1861 census, he died later (Oct) that year in Newcastle-on-Tyne. As for John & Ellen Pressinger's children, there were seven - two daughters: Alicia 1852-1934 London, Jane Amelia 1856-57 Westminster; and five sons: John P Pressinger b.1850 d.1886 London; Francis Pressinger b.1861 Westminster; Arthur Hamilton Pressinger b.1859 Westminster, Edward James Pressinger b.1854 d.1855; Thomas James b. 1865 Westminster, d.1942 Middlesex. (John & Ellen, along with their son John P Pressinger, all had their burials at St Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, London). In 1908 Francis Pressinger occupation engineer is listed on the passenger ship 'Kensington' travelling from Liverpool to Halifax, Canada. A few years earlier Thomas James H Pressinger is recorded married at Brompton Oratory RC church Kensington, London in 1904. He & his wife Alice had three daughters and the following sons: Thomas Philip b.1906 (church records of St Mary's Moorfields - see below, Arthur John b.1908 (see below), Francis Harold (birth/baptism Oct 1912 ref St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church records), Joseph (birth/baptism July 1916 prior to infant death, ref St. Francis de Sales records), Clement Joseph (birth/baptism Mar 1918, ref same church's records).

With ref to other family members (British Isles) - there were also recorded James Pressinger (b.1832) Thomas Pressinger (b.1847) and brothers George (b.1824) & Charles Pressinger (b.1827) all born in England. [note: To avoid confusion, 20th c. records indicate another family apparently with similar spelling of name has resided in Britain in more recent years, and in the US, but is not descended from Pressingers mentioned here]. To conclude: some descendants of Edward Pressinger are still in England. Thomas James Pressinger's sons:- Thomas Philip served as an officer in Britain's Royal Air Force in the Second World War, and later married in the 1950s (ref church records San Silvestro, Rome, Italy) and had issue (ref baptism records of St Joseph's Catholic Church, Guildford, England). Francis also served in the RAF during the war and married abroad in the 1950s (ref RC church records, Gweru ~ formerly Gwelo, Rhodesia) and had issue. Arthur married in the 1930s (ref church records of St Winefride's Church, Wimbledon, Surrey, England) and had a son, who later married, and had issue; ref records of St. Peter's Church, Winchester, England.

[In America descendants of Augustin and Edward Pressinger and their cousins are still to be found in New York State, Ohio, Wisconsin, Arizona, Oregon]

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Revised: 2009

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Regarding References & Sources:

National Census Records and Civil Records (of Births-Marriages-Deaths) proved useful sources of reference, as well as the Church Records of Parish Registers -'Baptisms-Marriages-Burials' - which pre-date Census and Civil (B-M-D) Records.

In Great Britain the first modern national Census began in 1801, and the national Civil Records (of Births-Marriages-Deaths) only began in 1837. Apparently it took a number of years before it was fully comprehensive and included the whole population. Similarly in Ireland, Civil (B-M-D) Records began in a limited way in 1845, and only started including the whole population in 1864. Their first Irish Census was in 1821. In the USA the first national Census began slightly earlier in 1790, while in Canada it started in 1871.

Records of Church Parish Registers mentioned in the above article are also to be found reproduced in books and journals published by a number of historical societies in the British Isles and North America. One example being the Catholic Family History Society (England).

The CFHS's publications include the 'Catholic Ancestor Journal' which contain articles covering the period in England (1700s-1900s) relating to the family. Also the CFHS published books as separate special issues which reproduced records of old church registers: See examples below -

(a) Royal Bavarian Embassy Catholic Chapel (now known as Church of Our Lady of the Assumption & St Gregory) Warwick Street, Westminster, England - Index of Baptisms, Volume II, 1820-1838 (compiled & published by CFHS, 1996).

(b) St Mary's Church, Moorfields, Finsbury Square, London - parish records 1800s-1900s: Burial Register 1819-1853, compiled and published by CFHS, 2003, ISBN 0 9529006 4 4.

(c) St Patrick's RC Church, Westminster - parish records - Index of Baptisms 1830-1840. References published in the society's Ancestor Journal (ISSN 1350-1550) Vol.11.No.6. 2007 and Vol.12.No.4. 2009 by CFHS.

(d) St Mary's Cemetery & chapel, Kensall Green, London - and computer Register of Burials. References published in the society's Ancestor Journal (ISSN 1350-1550) Vol.13.No.3. 2010 by CFHS.

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