FAMILY RECORD (BIBLE FORMAT) OF THE POYTHRESS & PRESTON FAMILIES

 

transcription by Barbara Ellen Poythress Neal

 

     The record below is transcribed from a February 1995 examination of an original handwritten transcription done on 9 August 1938 by Ben Edward Poythress, Jr.  The second and third pages listed below (front and back of one sheet) are the family record of James Edward Poythress and his wife Catherine Speed Preston who married in Brunswick County, Virginia on 26 February 1828 and who moved from Mecklenburg County, Virginia in 1853 to Sumter County, Alabama with their eight children.  The first page, dated at the bottom of the sheet as 6 February 1828 (just prior to their marriage), was apparently from a copy which the couple had made (or which they were given) of the family record of the Joshua Preston family into which Catherine had been born in 1800.

 

     As stated at the end of the 3-page document, Ben Edward Poythress, Jr. made his original handwritten transcription 9 August 1938 and he intended to sign it the following day on his 18th birthday, 10 August 1938, perhaps with witnesses since he left three lines under "Signed by."  When making that handwritten transcription, Poythress used a quill pen (with green ink) and attempted to duplicate both the handwriting and the format in which the original record was written.  The middle names which here are typed above the middle initials on the James E. Poythress record are written in the same handwriting and with the same green ink and quill pen but are written smaller, squeezed above the middle initial of the names originally written; thus the middle names are the most difficult names to now read.  Where letters/numerals are underlined below, Poythress in his original 1938 transcription had traced over a few portions with a black fountainpen to clarify what he could then see by using a magnifying glass to examine the original record.  Where a smaller font is used below, Poythress has in 1994 added information with a black ballpoint pen in an effort to clarify his 1938 transcription.  Each 8.5" x 14" page was ruled down the center with the green ink, and single/double lines were drawn across the page with green ink where single/double lines are here indicated.   Ben Edward Poythress, Jr. died 8 Feb 1998 in Petersburg, Virginia.  The original quill and ink transcription he made in 1938 is maintained in his family, as of 2002.
 

     When Poythress made his 1938 transcription, the original family record he was copying was then held by his uncle, Nathan Hamet Poythress, who was born to Algernon Edward Poythress and Ellen B. McKinley 30 July 1878 in Sumter County, Alabama, and who died 18 March 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama.  As stated at the bottom of Poythress' transcription, that original family record was represented to him as having been written/transcribed by Algernon Edward Poythress; that family record by A. E. Poythress has unfortunately not been located by his descendants since N. H. Poythress' death.

 

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 Family Record of the Poythress' & Prestons    

Births

Deaths

Ages of Joshua Preston's Children

Jones Preston was born
September 7th, 1795
in Brunswick, Cty, Va.
Died March 4th, 1850
in Tennessee
Frances Preston was born
April 17th 1796 in
Brusnwick, Cty, Va.
 
Died January 25th, 1825
in Brunswick Cty, Va.
Nelly Preston was born
Sept. 17th 1798
    Brunswick, Cty, Va.
        Nellie Cleaton
 
Catherine S. Preston was
born Jan. 20th 1800 in
Brunswick, Cty. Va.
Died in Oct. 1884
in Sumter, Cty. Ala.
Nathan F. Preston was
born August -- 1802 in
Brunswick, Cty, Va.
Died 1851 in
Baker, Cty, Georgia

Marriages
Jones Preston Married Rebecca Sargett
                                                                       Stanley
Frances Preston Married Benjamin Stanley
                                                       Jan. 15th 1824
Nelly Preston married John Cleaton, Oct.,1822
                                                       Cleaton
Catherine Preston married, James E. Poythress
Feb
26th
1828

                       

Feb. 6th 1828

 

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                   Births             Deaths
         Family Record of J. E. Poythress  
        Edward
James E. Poythress was born
August 13th, 1803                
In Mecklenburg, Cty, Va.
Died January 17th 1863
In Sumterville, Sumter Cty, Ala
    Speed
Catherine S. Preston was born      
January 20th 1800 In Brunswick     
Cty, Va., and was married to      
James E. Poythress Feb. 6, 1828
                                                 1828
Died October 1884
January [sic]
His wife d [sic]
    Lewis
Joshua L. Poythress was           
born Nov. 10th, 1828, in           
Mecklenburg, Cty, Va.             
 
 
Died June 12th, 1854
In Sumter Cty, Ala.
His wife died June 1st, 1859
    Francis
Nathan F. Poythress was           
born Oct. 18th 1830 in            
Mecklenburg, Va.
 
Died March 11th 1862
In Charlottsville, Va.
    Huel
William H. Poythress              
was born Dec. 10th 10th [sic] 1832
Mecklenburg, Va.
 
Died June 26th 1854
In Sumter Cty, Ala
    Jane 
Catherine J. Poythress            
was born Aug. 10th, 1838         
in Mecklenburg, Va.
 
Died at Binnsville, Miss.
 in 1889
    Barter Jane
Rebecca B. J. Poythress           
was born November 10th, 1840
in Mecklenburg, Va.      1840
 
Died
    Frances
Penelope F. Poythress was         
born Aug. 4th, 1843               
in Mecklenburg, Cty, Va.
     
Died Dec. 1915
Meridian, Miss.
    Edward
Algernon E. Poythress             
was born Aug. 12th, 1844          
in Mecklenburg, Cty, Va.
 
Died April 11, 1918
in Meridian, Miss.
    Priscilla
Virenda P. Poythress was
born Feb. 19, 1848 in
Mecklenburg, Cty, Va.  
 

 

 

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Births
Deaths
          Huel
William H. Poythress,Jr.
Son of Joshua L. Poythress   
& Elizabeth J. Poythress
was born Nov. 30th, 1853
In Sumter, Cty, Ala
Died July 21st, 1854
in Sumpter, Cty, Ala

 

Marriages

Joshua L. Poythress and Elizabeth J. Crowder
were married Oct. 17th,1852, in Mecklenburg,
Cty,Va.  
Catherine J. Poythress and William Gilbert
were married Apr. 24, 1856
Rebecca B. J. Poythress and John D. Lavendar
were married Dec. 20th 1860
 
      Penelope 
Penelope F. Poythress and David L. Bennett, were married Feb. 7th, 1867
Algernon E. Poythress and Ellen B. McKinley
were married Aug. 25th 1868
V. P. Poythress and Robert N. McKinley
were married Jan. 20th, 1869
The Last of J. E. Poythress Family         
Last 5 were married in Sumter Cty, Ala.
This resume' was written by A. E. Poythress,
father of Ben Edward Poythress, and my
grandfather.  This copy, made this day
of August 9, 1938, and signed this
day of August 10th, 1938, my 18th birthday
                            Signed By

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