Jim's Genie Jottings

A history of the Fleming, Jolliffe, Kessey and Murphy families of New South Wales - and their forebears



Origin of the Press 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.

Earliest known Press people

The name was first found in Hertfordshire, where Aelfsige Preost was recorded in 963.

Press pedigree

Our Press ancestors include the following people. Click on any name to access a computer-generated page of information about that person and a list of the information sources.

Notable Press ancestors

Click on the name of any of the notable ancestors listed below to read a short biography that I have written about them.

Press family memorials

For centuries families have created memorials to honour their forebears, including headstones, church monuments, memorial cards, obituaries and much more. This website is, in a way, just another innovation in this regard. Each of the links below takes you to a memorial page that is dedicated to that particular deceased ancestor.

Press family stories

The following Press family stories are published on this website.

Press clan

The Press clan is descended from John Press (died before 1849).

  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Spouse
John Press
(d. Bef 1849)
(d. Bef 1849)
Daniel Press
(b. 1790, d. Bef 1880)
Ethelinda Staid
(b. 1809, d. 1880)
Thomas Press
(b. Aft 1827, d. Aft 1880)
Sarah Press
(b. Abt 1828)
William Press
(b. Abt 1829)
Francis Press
(b. Abt 1831)
Ethelinda Press
(b. Abt 1835)
David Press
(b. Abt 1837, d. 1918)
Susannah Baker
(b. Abt 1848, d. 1907)
Mary J. Press
(b. 1867, d. 1951)
James Kessey
(b. 1858, d. 1944)
Mary G. Kessey
(b. 1891, d. 1941)
Garnet Martin
(b. Abt 1890)
James H. ("Harold") Kessey
(b. 1893, d. 1957)
Eva T. Hade
(d. 1966)
Beatrice S. ("Beat") Kessey
(b. 1895, d. 1951)
Harold Martin
(b. Abt 1890, d. 1967)
Joseph A. ("Joe") Kessey
(b. 1899, d. 1970)
John H. Kessey
(b. 1902, d. 1974)
Cynthia V. Collins
(b. 1906, d. 2001)
Halvar R. Kessey
(b. 1905, d. 1981)
Ena R. Murphy
(b. 1908, d. 1995)
Hilton D. Kessey
(b. 1909, d. 1977)
Josephine V. Shannon
(b. Abt 1916, d. 1983)
Son1 Press
(b. Abt 1868, d. Bef 1907)
Agnes E. Press
(b. Abt 1869, d. Aft 1918)
Daughter1 Press
(b. Abt 1870, d. Bef 1907)
Susan Press
(b. Abt 1871, d. Aft 1918)
Daughter2 Press
(b. Abt 1873, d. Bef 1907)
Joseph Press
(b. Abt 1875, d. Aft 1907)
David Press
(b. Abt 1878, d. Aft 1907)
Henrietta Press
(b. Abt 1880, d. Aft 1918)
Sarah B. Press
(b. Abt 1882, d. Aft 1918)
Daniel Press
(b. Abt 1838)
Joseph Press
(b. Abt 1841)
Mary J. Press
(b. Abt 1843)
Henry Press
(b. Abt 1846)
  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Spouse