PRESBUREY (see Presbery, Presbury), Deborah [w. Stephen], D. Mar. 11, 1743, in 73d year G.R.6.
PRESBURY (see Presbery, Presburey), Stephen, son , May 17, 1730, age 58. [[husband Deborah] gravestone record, Company Place Cemetery Vineyard Haven]
Source: Vital Records of Tisbury, Massachusetts To The Year 1850, Tisbury Deaths To The Year 1850
Dukes County originally consisted of the parent towns of Tisbury, Chilmark, and Edgartown which are now divided into seven towns: Tisbury, West Tisbury, Chilmark, Gay Head, Gosnold, Edgartown, and Oak Bluffs.
Tisbury was originally called "Middletown" until it was incorporated as the Town of Tisbury in 1671. It includes (and is now often synonymous with) the village of Vineyard Haven, which was called Holmes Hole until 1871.
STEPHEN PRESBURY. (The following is from "The Annals of Tisbury" by Dr. Charles Edward Banks, c. 1908, Vol.II)
He was probably the son of John Presbury, a shoemaker, sometime of Salisbury and later of Saco, Maine, where in 1670 he had bought a tract of land. [York Deeds, III, 42. John of Saco was probably the son of that John of Sandwich, Cape Cod, whose death in May, 1648, is recorded.]
This John died in that Province before Nov. 3, 1684, leaving three sons, of whom one was Stephen, and the name is so unusual and without recurrence at that period, that we can assume the relationship fairly established. [Ibid, V(I), 35.] This Stephen was a witness to a deed in Kittery, Maine, in 1686, and the next we learn of him is in 1704 when he was called 'of Chilmark, ' meaning that part of it known as Chickemmoo. [Dukes Deeds, III, 77; comp. York Deeds, IV, 134.] It is not known where he had resided in the eighteen years intervening, but it can be surmised that he may have gone to Sandwich, Cape Cod, where he married, about 1693, Deborah, daughter of Stephen and Lydia (Snow) Skiffe of that town. His homestead was at the head of the Lagoon within the boundary line of Edgartown, but his closer proximity to the settlement at Homes Hole, where he lies buried, makes his classification as an early settler of this region the natural one. [He was a land owner in the three towns. (Deeds, III, 114, 504; IV, 108, 217).] His residence here was absolutely without incident of any kind, as he held no offices, appeared in court once as a plaintiff (1729) and in all the twenty-five years of his life on the Vineyard he did not so much as witness a deed or document of any kind, an unusual fact. His will, dated April 6, 1730, was proved June 30, 1730, and disposes of his property to 'my seven daughters' and the children of his only son John, deceased. [Dukes Probate, II, 56.] He had died May 17, I730 in his 58th year and his widow Deborah survived, dying March II, 1743, in the 73d year of her age. [These are the gravestone records, but both seem to be incorrect. The birth of Deborah Skiffe is recorded in Sandwich on July 14, 1668, and thus she was in her 74th year. The age given on his stone would make his birth year 1672-3, but in 1686 he was a witness in Maine. He was probably older than his wife.]
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.)
DEATH: PRESBURY (see Presbery, Presburey), Stephen, son ___, May 17, 1730, age 58. [[husband Deborah] gravestone record, Company Place Cemetery Vineyard Haven]