Origin of the surname
Press is probably an occupational surname derived from "Priest". Spelling variations include: Preost, Priest, Prest, Preist, Prestt, Press, Prust and many more. Other surnames derived from this source include Priestly, Presley and similar variations.
First found in Hertfordshire, where Aelfsige Preost was recorded in 963.
Daniel Press was born in Wiveliscombe (Somerset, England) in about 1790, son of John Press and Hannah. He was 37 years old when he married Ethelinda Walmouth and they produced nine children during the next twenty years, all born at Wiveliscombe.
When Daniel was 59 years old he decided to emigrate to Australia with his wife and nine children ranging in age from 3 to 21 years old. They arrived at Sydney aboard the Una on 22 November 1849.
A few months later, the family arrived in the Bathurst area where a tenth child, Thomas, was born at Gorman's Hill on 7 October 1850. The Press family members settled on farms in the Rockley, Triangle Flat and Burraga areas. Daniel died on 6 May 1868 and both he and his wife are buried in the old cemetery in Orange, NSW.
Our Press ancestors include:
The Press clan is descended from John Press (died before 1849).