The History of Martha's Vineyard by Dr. Charles Banks:
Volume III Family Genealogies:  pp. 410-411


Compiled by Dr. Charles Banks, c. 1925.
Transcribed and prepared for the web by C. Baer 1999.
[Comments in brackets added by C. Baer, 1999. Sources upon request.]

The ancestor of the Vineyard family of this name was JOHN PRESBURY, an early settler of Sandwich (1643), who d. May 1648. His wid. CATHERINE m. (2) RICHARD CHADWELL 22 July 1649. They had issue:

10. JOHN, b. (1640).
11. MARY, b. 10 May 1644; m. LODOVIC HOXIE.


10. JOHN PRESBURY, (John1), b. abt. 1640; res. Sandwich, shoemaker; perh. rem. to Salisbury but certainly to Saco, Me. bef. 1665, where he purchased a considerable tract of land in 1670. (York Deeds III 42.) He m. DORCAS BESSEY, 1664, dau. of Anthony and Jane Bessey of Sandwich and d. bef. April 1679 when adm. of est. was granted to Major Bryan Pendleton of Saco. Two months later Major Francis Hooke of Kittery was substituted as adm. and made guardian of "the children" of John Presbury. Inventory of est. was returned 3 Nov. 1684 in amount £37-3-2. They had the following named children:

20. WILLIAM, b. (1664); m. PRISCILLA RANDALL; res. Beverly, Mass.
21. NATHAN, b. (1665); in. ELIZABETH GANSON, 16 Feb. 1698; res. Boston.
22. STEPHEN, b. (1666).


22. STEPHEN PRESBURY*, (John 2-1), b. abt. 1666; res. E., of whom a biographical sketch may be found in Vol. II, Annals of T., pp. 24-5. He m. DEBORAH SKIFF (21) abt. 1693, who was b. 14 July 1668 and d. 11 Mch. 1743. [She is buried at Crossways Cemetery.] He d. 17 May 1730 and his will 5 Apr. 1730 was pro. 30 June 1730. [He is buried next to his wife.] (*The compiler found a family of this name living in the parish of St. Nicholas Cole Abbey, London, and among the children was a Stephen Presbury baptized 22 Nov. 1607.) They had the following named children:

50. MARY, b. 28 Aug. 1694; m. THOMAS WEST (14) 29 Jan. 1712-13.
51. KETURAH, b. 28 Apr. 1696.
52. DORCAS, b. (1698); m. ELISHA WOLLEN.
53. JOHN, b. 1700.
54. ABIGAIL, b. (1708); m. EBENEZER PERRY of Sandwich, Mass.
55. DRUSILLA, b. 1708; m. THOMAS WEST (20).
56. CONTENT, b. 1711; m. STEPHEN LUCE (140) 5 Sept. 1735.
57. SARAH, b. 1713; m. TIMOTHY LUCE (32) 18 Feb. 1731.


53. JOHN PRESBURY, (Stephen,3 John2-1), b. 1700; res. E., yeoman, with whose death 20 Sept. 1728 the name of Presbury became extinct in the male line on the Vineyard. [He is buried at Crossway Cemetery.] He m. ABIGAIL COTTLE (21) abt. 1719, who was b. 6 June 1702 and surviving him m. (2) BENJAMIN LUCE (34) 20 Mch. 1730-1, and (3) SAMUEL LAMBERT (14). They had but one child, viz:

60. MARIA, b. 1720; m. ELIAKIM NORTON (420).


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