Benton County



The Presson family settled several miles northwest of Camden at an early date. They were proud of their York County, Virginia, and Anson County, North Carolina, origins. Most of them came from North Carolina in the 1830s. Allen Columbus Presson (1806-1896) was one of the county's first teachers and in due course a county sheriff, surveyor, and county court clerk. His kinsman, James Freeman Presson (1824-1895), a Camden merchant, served as a county magistrate for some 43 years and filled other responsible local offices. Both men literally helped to mold the county's early political structure.
Excerpt from "Tennessee County History Series" by Jonathan K.T. Smith Sep 1979


By: Isaac Newton Presson

Benton Co. History Book Vol. 2

A hundred years - so long ago, Longer than memory lets me know,
All that I know I have been told, Or found in a book - that was old,

The truth was plainly written there, And the book preserved with care.
On hundred years back from today I started life's journey this way,

Live is good if properly used, But an evil if it is abused.
In many ways have been employed, During all these many years

Of much labor and many care - The good I have done I may forget;
But the bad will bring me regret. We must know bad to enjoy good,

And govern "Life" just as we should. It is by mistake that me learn.
If we enjoy we must first earn, We receive when due, not before,

All we have earned -- No less no moore. There is a cause for all we do
For the wrong and the good and true. Nature with her awards is just,

To abide her just laws - we must, If pleasure enjoy every day,
A pleasant way that we can live. Kindness receive and kindness give.

Make this way our life a success. It is the way to happiness.
It is one of natures just laws. For all things there must be a cause.

For aall her vasat and boundless range; There's cause for every thought we think,
And the things for which our thoughts link, It is uselesss here to rehears

For "Cause" governs the universe --- end.

Isaac Newton Presson was born 6 November 1837 in NC. He died 12 Feb 1939 and was buried at Mabton Cemetery in Yakima WA. Isaac was the son of Allen Columbus born in NC and Sarah Angeline (Martin) born in TN. Both died here in Benton Co.

Allen and Sarah were the parents of 6 children - Nancy Jane, Christopher Columbus, Elizabeth A., Susan E., Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin Presson. Benjamin Franklin Presson - the youngest of Allen and Sarahs' childen was born abt 1845 and died in the civil war 15 September 1865 Camp Douglas IL. Benjamin was captured near Alpine, GA on 18 Oct 1864. He died of pneumonia in the infamous prison at Camp Douglas. He was buried in Chicago Cem., grave 763, block 3. Benjamin married Elizabeth Ann Cole (sister of Martha Cole). They were married on 10 Dec 1863 in Benton Co. Benjamin was a Confederate soldier. Elizabeth was married a second time to Miles Washington Little 15 February 1867 in Benton Co. She then became the mother of 7 children. Elizabeth Ann Cole Presson Little died 29 August 1922 and is buried at Prairie Coop Cemetery in Manfield Arkansas.

Martha Caroline (Wife of Isaac) was born 10 September 1848 was the first wife of Isaac Newton. They married 29 January 1867 in Benton County. His second wife was Luncina V. Johnson who was born about 1851 and married Isaac about 1878. Martha Caroline was the daughter of Willis Howard and Marilda (Jordan) Cole. Martha died 22 Sep 1874 in Benton County. Martha and Isaac had 1 child - Allen W. Presson 08 Jan 1872-08 Dec 1961.

Isaac and Virginia Lucinda had at least 2 children - Benjamin Franklin 1879-1930 and Alliscon C. 1881 - 1956.

Information from various sources - I have pieced it together and if you have anything to add or correct.... let me know.
Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly Jan.-Mar 1997
Rootsweb World Connect Marion McEwan
Find-A-Grave by Arthur Allen Moore