Ancestry of William Preston (1729-1783)

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William A. LaBach
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Lexington, KY 40502
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Ultimate Family Tree, ver 2.9
LABACH Project Version 1312
December 28, 2000

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Table of Contents

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Lynn, Patton, Preston

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First Generation

1. William1 Preston (John2, Archibald3), son of John Preston and Elizabeth Patton, was born in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland December 25, 1729. William died June 28, 1783 in Botetourt Co., VA, at 53 years of age.

He married Susanna Smith in VA, January 17, 1761. Susanna was born in Hanover County, VA January 23, 1740. Susanna was the daughter of Francis Smith and Elizabeth Waddy. Susanna died June 19, 1823 in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, at 83 years of age. At 22 years of age Susanna became the mother of Elizabeth Preston in Augusta Co., VA, May 31, 1762. At 24 years of age Susanna became the mother of John Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, May 2, 1764. At 25 years of age Susanna became the mother of Francis Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, August 2, 1765. At 27 years of age Susanna became the mother of Sarah Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, May 3, 1767. At 29 years of age Susanna became the mother of Anne Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, February 12, 1769. At 30 years of age Susanna became the mother of William Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, September 5, 1770. At 32 years of age Susanna became the mother of Susanna Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, October 7, 1772. At 34 years of age Susanna became the mother of James Patton Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, June 21, 1774. At 36 years of age Susanna became the mother of Mary Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, September 29, 1776. At 39 years of age Susanna became the mother of Letitia Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, September 29, 1779. At 41 years of age Susanna became the mother of Thomas Lewis Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, August 19, 1781. At 44 years of age Susanna became the mother of Margaret Brown Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, February 23, 1784.

At 32 years of age William became the father of Elizabeth Preston in Augusta Co., VA, May 31, 1762. At 34 years of age William became the father of John Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, May 2, 1764. At 35 years of age William became the father of Francis Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, August 2, 1765. At 37 years of age William became the father of Sarah Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, May 3, 1767. At 39 years of age William became the father of Anne Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, February 12, 1769. At 40 years of age William became the father of William Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, September 5, 1770. At 42 years of age William became the father of Susanna Preston in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, October 7, 1772. At 44 years of age William became the father of James Patton Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, June 21, 1774. At 46 years of age William became the father of Mary Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, September 29, 1776. At 49 years of age William became the father of Letitia Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, September 29, 1779. At 51 years of age William became the father of Thomas Lewis Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, August 19, 1781. At 54 years of age William became the father of Margaret Brown Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, February 23, 1784. William Preston was County Lieutenant, Sheriff, and Surveyor of Fincastle County, VA 1772-1776 during which time most of the best land in Kentucky in the central Bluegrass and around the Falls of the Ohio was surveyed and granted to various individuals for services in the French and Indian War. Fincastle County came into existence in 1772 and went out of existence in 1776 when it was divided into Washington, Montgomery and Kentucky Counties. William Preston never lived in Kentucky. His biographical sketch from The Prestons of Smithfield and Greenfield in Virginia by John Frederick Dorman (Filson Club, 1982) follows: William Preston, eldest son of John and Elizabeth (Patton) Preston, was born 25 Dec. 1729, Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, and died 28 June 1783, Botetourt Co., Va. He married 17 Jan. 1761, Susanna Smith, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth (Waddy) Smith who was born 23 Jan. 1740, Hanover Co., Va. and died 19 June 1823, "Smithfield," Montgomery Co., Va. William Preston received a rudimentary education during the early years of his mother's widowhood but was later placed by his uncle, Col. James Patton, with the Rev. John Craig, pastor of Tinkling Spring Church. Because of his advanced age, a classical education was not attempted, but he was instructed in history, mathematics, and penmanship. When Col. Patton was sent in 1752 to Log Town, sixteen miles below Pittsburgh, to make a treaty with the northwestern Indians, William went along as his uncle's private secretary. In 1750 he became clerk of the Vestry of Augusta Parish, and he continued to hold that office until 22 Nov. 1766. During the first years of this service he brought together the papers which had been loosely preserved and throughout the years prepared a detailed account of the proceedings of the Vestry. On 22 March 1749/50 he purchased from William Beverley a tract of 334 acres in Beverley Manor and another of 365 acres on Lewis Creek above the Court House, and on 16-17 Nov. 1752 he acquired an additional 277 acres on the Second Fork of Morney Branch from James and Agnes Brown. He qualified as deputy surveyor of Augusta County on 20 Nov. 1752 and made use of his opportunities for locating good land on the frontier by entering numerous tracts and making further purchases. He became a justice of the Augusta County Court on 21 March 1755. Later that year, on 14 July 1755, he was commissioned Captain of a company of rangers in Augusta County. This company was in service as early as August 1755. He served with Col. James Patton until he was killed, then for a time under the immediate command of the Governor and finally under Maj. Andrew Lewis of the Virginia Regiment. In the late winter of 1755-56 the company marched on an expedition against the Shawnee Indians, setting out from Fort George on 9 Feb. 1756 and from Fort Frederick on the nineteenth. They proceeded to Sandy Creek, one of the tributaries of the Clinch River, but were unsuccessful in locating either the enemy or sufficient food to support the troops. As a result of the privations there was a virtual mutiny among the troops, and Preston and the other commanders were eventually forced to return home. He was one of the candidates for Burgess from Augusta County at the election held 17 Dec. 1755 but was not successful. In June 1756, after his company had been discharged on 24 June, there was another incursion of Indians among the settlements. Preston gathered together some of the men who had served under him, left ten at the fort, and marched with the others to join the militia. Previous to this he had built Fort William in one of the mountain passes, and this location served to protect the settlers in a large neighborhood. In early Oct. 1756 he accompanied George Washington from Augusta Court House to Col. John Buchanan's at Luney's Ferry on the James River during Washington's survey of the frontier and reported on the difficulty of raising men for military service. In Nov. 1756 William Preston was ordered to take charge of drafted militia, march to Millar's Fort to relieve the company there, and, if he had a sufficiently large body of men, to garrison Wilson's Fort in the Bull Pasture as well. In the summer and fall of 1757 he was again in command of a company on the Bull Pasture at Fort Prince George, his commission being dated 8 June 1757, and he continued in this service until November when he was ordered to engage as many as possible from his company of militia to serve as rangers on the frontier until the following August and was directed to keep out scouting parties regularly and to purchase supplies for the troops. He was again stationed at Fort George between September and November 1758. He qualified as major of the Augusta County militia on 17 Nov. 1758 and although holding this rank was on 11 Dec. 1758 commissioned captain of a company of rangers in Augusta County. The company was stationed at Fort Young in Jan. 1759. His service continued until 4 May 1759. He was commissioned lieutenant colonel of Augusta County on 14 June 1759 and qualified before the Court on 17 Aug. 1759. On 21 Nov. 1759 he became sheriff, coroner, and escheator of Augusta County. On 11-12 Feb. 1759 he purchased from Stephen Rentfro 191 acres on Buffalo Creek which became the nucleus of his plantation, "Greenfield," in what is now Botetourt County. It was in reality a block house or fort surrounded by a stockade. About 1762 he moved his family to this location. In 1765 the plantation where Col. William Preston lived contained 1590 acres 35 and at the time of his death "Greenfield" plantation comprised 2175 acres. In Nov. 1761 he was named as one of the trustees in the Act incorporating the town of Staunton. He became colonel and commander of the militia of Augusta County on 16 Aug. years later he was elected one of the two Burgesses from Augusta County and attended the session of the Assembly which began in Nov. 1766, being placed on the Committee of Public Claims. He did not attend the sessions of 1767 and 1768. On the formation of Botetourt County he was on 22 Dec. 1769 commissioned colonel of its militia and one of the coroners of the county. When the county court was organized on 13 Feb. 1770 he produced his commissions as surveyor, coroner, and escheator and two days later took the oaths as colonel. From 1769 to 1771 he was elected to represent Botetourt County in the House of Burgesses but he did not attend any of the sessions in those years. When Fincastle County was formed in 1772 he was named first in the commission of the peace and was recommended by the Council as County Lieutenant. He was commissioned sheriff of Fincastle County on 1 Dec. 1772. On 24 May 1773 he purchased tracts of 315 and 220 acres at Draper's Meadows from Edmund Winston and there established a plantation which he called "Smithfield. His wife and children moved there in March 1774 and in August he began to fortify the house in anticipation of further difficulties with the Indians. He did not participate in the expedition to Point Pleasant in Oct. 1774 on account of the illness of his wife, who was not expected to survive, but he was much involved with the preparations for that expedition. On 20 Jan. 1775, pursuant to resolves of the Continental Congress, the freeholders of Fincastle County met to organize a Committee of Safety. Col. William Preston was among those named to serve. He was commissioned Lieutenant and Commander in Chief of the militia of Fincastle County on 7 Oct. 1775 and on 8 Nov. 1775 when the Committee of Safety was reorganized, he was chosen as chairman. He continued to serve in that capacity until the committee was no longer required to function. When Montgomery County was formed he continued to hold the office of County Lieutenant, his commission being dated 21 Dec. 1776. He was commissioned justice of the new county the same day. During the whole of the Revolutionary War he was actively engaged in planning the military affairs on the Virginia frontier. With Col. William Christian and Maj. Evan Shelby he was on 18 Jan. 1777 named a commissioner to make a treaty with the Cherokee Indians. He was present when a treaty was concluded at the Long Island of Holston in July 1777. After the murder of Cornstalk at Fort Randolph late that year, Preston and other frontier leaders were fearful of further Indian troubles. Preston attempted to alleviate the situation through an address to the Shawnees which Governor Patrick Henry on 5 May 1778 described as "very proper " but the situation was such that on 12 May the Council ordered Preston to keep a sergeant and twelve men at his house at Draper's Meadows since if he were to move his family most of the back country inhabitants would also quit their settlements. During the spring and early summer of 1779 Preston was concerned with the possibility of a Tory insurrection in the frontier area. In June he called upon his neighbors to meet at his house to discuss the matter, requesting that they come unarmed and assuring them of their safety. He had been censured for not taking measures against those who refused to acknowledge their allegiance to the State. He was commissioned surveyor of Montgomery County on 11 March 1780. In the latter part of 1780 Preston assisted in planning the campaign which led to the defeat of the Tories at King's Mountain but sickness in his family prevented his participating in that contest. On 13 Oct. 1780 Gen. Gates ordered him to prepare a place at Fort Chiswell for the reception of prisoners from King's Mountain but the exposed situation of that place and the ill prepared conditions for confinement later persuaded Gates to place them in Botetourt County instead. Early in 1781 when the prospect of British control in western North Carolina and the invasion of Virginia loomed, Preston called out troops to march to the south without waiting for orders from the Governor. On 13 April 1781 he wrote Thomas Jefferson explaining that on 8 February he "called a number of the Officers together, to consult on a plan for raising a body of men on the Frontiers, for the defence of the country against the Common Enemy; . . . I believed it my duty to order out all the militia I could raise, without waiting any other call than that of the danger to which the country stood exposed. In this I was seconded by every Officer present, and in order to encourage old and young to go, who were fit to bear arms, I not only proposed to go myself, but sent for my son, just turned of sixteen, from a school in another country. I went to the Lead mines, where the militia was to rendezvous, and continued there and in the neighborhood until the 18th., when I marched with about 350 riflemen, mostly on horse-back; with whom I proceeded by long marches, until I joined Genl. Pickens, by Gen. Green's order, at no great distance from Hillsborough, and within three miles of Tarleton's Legion, who had repassed Haw River. The disaffected, and some others whom I had drawn out, deserted. With the remainder we did hard duty, under Genl. Pickens, twelve or fourteen days, on the Enemy's lines, greatly straitened for provisions. Part of the men were in one action, and the whole in the second; in both overpowered by numbers, and in the last broken and dispersed with the loss of their blankets. After which no arguments that could be made use of by myself, or the other officers, could induce the remaining few to continue another week; the time Genl. Green requested. After staying a few days at the Moravian Town, to have the wounded taken care of, Colo. Crocket and myself came home, accompanied by only two or three young men." Jefferson subsequently wrote him in commendation of his course of action: "I am obliged to you for the Narrative of your Proceedings to the Southward. It was certainly not only justifiable but laudable and even indispensably necessary that you should have proceeded as you did to oppose the public Enemy without orders from Government which it would have been fatal to have awaited." On 2 March 1781 Col. Preston's troops joined Greene's army at Guilford in North Carolina. His company with others was left to cover the rear of Pickens' wing and was attacked by British cavalry at Whitsell's Mill on 6 March 1781. In this engagement his horse took fright, dashed through the mill pond and threw its rider. Had not Col. Joseph Cloyd leaped from his horse and helped Preston to mount again, he would probably have been a casualty of the battle. Preston's troops also served at the battle of Guilford Court House on 15 March 1781. Gen. Greene appointed him on 26 Feb. 1781 as one of the commissioners to treat with the Cherokee Indians and on 24 March 1781 the Virginia Council also named him, Col. William Christian, and Maj. Joseph Martin to join with commissioners from North Carolina to make a treaty with the Cherokees, but on 17 April 1781 the Council advised the Governor to withdraw Virginia's appointment since the three were already appointed by Gen. Greene. On 20 July 1781, however, the Council appointed Preston with four others to serve as commissioners for the Western Country to settle the disbursements of public monies and other matters and to meet at the Falls of the Ohio. Preston's health had declined steadily following his return from North Carolina, and he had the premonition of apoplectic seizures a number of times during the two years following. As a result, he resigned as commissioner, and Granville Smith was appointed in his place. On 26 April 1782 Col. Preston wrote to Governor Benjamin Harrison concerning recent Indian atrocities in Montgomery County. The Governor replied on 4 May that the defense of the frontier inhabitants would be left to Preston's prudence, but on 10 June the Commissioner of War ordered a meeting of the field officers of Montgomery and Washington counties with Col. Preston in command. The officers encountered many difficulties in getting the men who were drafted during this year to report for duty. William Preston's death occurred while attending a muster of the Montgomery County militia in company with Gen. Evan Shelby and his son John Preston. The day was warm and after several hours on the reviewing field, near Michael Price's house about three miles from "Smithfield," he complained to his son of a severe pain in his head and desired to lie down on a bed at Price's. Shortly afterward he attempted to mount his horse to return home but fell back into his son's arms and was again laid on a bed at Price's house. He lost the power of speech but made motions to be bled. His wife was sent for and was recognized by him but shortly after this his breathing became labored and about midnight he died. His daughter Mrs. Floyd gave this description of him: "Col. Preston was above the ordinary height of man--five feet eleven inches. He was large, inclined to corpulency; was ruddy, had fair hair and hazel eyes. His manners were easy and graceful. He had a well-cultivated intellect and a fine taste for poetry. I remember reading several beautiful productions of his, addressed to my mother, in praise of her domestic virtues." His correspondence gives evidence of an acquaintance with the literature of this time and he acquired a library which was evidently well used. Consistent with the times and frontier conditions, the family acquired many of the amenities of life. His widow made her home at the Horseshoe Plantation until 1791. She later resided at "Smithfield.'' When she became too advanced in years to manage her affairs the Negroes belonging to the estate of Col. William Preston were on 11 Oct. 1816 divided among the heirs. There is a book published about the life of William Preston: William Preston & the Allegheny Patriot by Patricia G. Johnson (Walpa Publishing, 1976).

William Preston and Susanna Smith had the following children:

child 2 i. Elizabeth Preston was born in Augusta Co., VA May 31, 1762. Elizabeth died February 4, 1837 in Montgomery Co., VA, at 74 years of age. She married William Strother Madison in "Smitfield", Montgomery Co., VA, January 14, 1779. William was born ca 1752. William was the son of John Madison and Agatha Strother. William died March 17, 1782 in near "Madisonville", Montgomery Co., VA, at 29 years of age.

child 3 ii. John Preston was born in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA May 2, 1764. John died March 27, 1827 in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, at 62 years of age. He married twice. He married Mary Radford June 11, 1798. Mary was the daughter of William Radford and Rebecca Winston. Mary died March 26, 1810. He married Eliza Ann (Carrington) Mayo in Richmond, VA, March 30, 1811. Eliza was born 1768. Eliza was the daughter of George Carrington and Margaret Bernard. Eliza died 1839 at 71 years of age. John Preston was Treasurer of Virginia 1810-1819. Prestonsburg, Kentucky is named for him.

child 4 iii. Francis Preston was born in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA August 2, 1765. Francis died May 26, 1835 in Columbia, SC, at 69 years of age. He married Sarah Buchanan Campbell in Botetourt Co., VA, January 10, 1798. Sarah was born in "Aspenvale", Smyth Co., VA April 22, 1778. Sarah was the daughter of William Campbell and Elizabeth Henry. Sarah died July 23, 1846 in Abingdon, VA, at 68 years of age. At 24 years of age Sarah became the mother of Ann Sophonisba Preston in "Salt Works", Washington Co., VA, April 9, 1803.

At 37 years of age Francis became the father of Ann Sophonisba Preston in "Salt Works", Washington Co., VA, April 9, 1803. The biography of Francis Preston taken from the Biographical Directory of the American Cngress follows: -------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------ PRESTON, Francis, 1765-1836

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PRESTON, Francis, (father of William Campbell Preston and uncle of William Ballard Preston and William Preston), a Representative from Virginia; born in Greenfield, Botetourt County, Va., August 2, 1765; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1783; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Montgomery and Washington Counties; member of the State house of delegates in 1788 and 1789; elected to the Third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1797); declined to be a candidate for renomination; settled in Abingdon, Va., and resumed the practice of law; again a member of the State house of delegates 1812-1814; colonel of Volunteers in the War of 1812; served in the State senate 1816-1820; died at the home of his brother, William C. Preston, in Columbia, S.C., May 26, 1836; interment in Aspinvale Cemetery, near Seven Mile Ford, Va.

child 5 iv. Sarah Preston was born in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA May 3, 1767. Sarah died July 3, 1841 at 74 years of age. She married James McDowell in Montgomery Co., VA, February 1792.

child 6 v. Anne Preston was born in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA February 12, 1769. Anne died 1782 at 13 years of age.

child 7 vi. William Preston was born in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA September 5, 1770. William died January 24, 1821 in Montgomery Co., VA, at 50 years of age. He married Caroline Hancock in Botetourt Co., VA, March 28, 1802. Caroline was born in Fincastle, VA March 26, 1785. Caroline was the daughter of George Hancock and Margaret Strother. Caroline died December 20, 1847 in Louisville, KY, at 62 years of age.

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child 8 vii. Susanna Preston was born in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA October 7, 1772. Susanna died June 21, 1833 in "Spring Hill", Woodford Co., KY, at 60 years of age. Her body was interred in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY. She married Nathaniel Hart, Jr. in Montgomery Co., VA, August 26, 1797. Nathaniel was born in Caswell Co., NC September 30, 1770. Nathaniel was the son of Nathaniel Hart and Sarah Simpson. Nathaniel died February 7, 1844 in "Spring Hill", Woodford Co., KY, at 73 years of age. His body was interred in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY. At 27 years of age Nathaniel became the father of Susanna Smith Preston Hart August, 1798. At 29 years of age Nathaniel became the father of Sarah Simpson Hart June 8, 1800. At 31 years of age Nathaniel became the father of Letitia Preston Hart March 15, 1802. At 33 years of age Nathaniel became the father of Louisiana Breckinridge Hart in "Spring Hill", Woodford Co., KY, December 3, 1803. At 34 years of age Nathaniel became the father of Nathaniel Hart April 27, 1805. At 36 years of age Nathaniel became the father of William Preston Hart July 25, 1807. At 38 years of age Nathaniel became the father of Virginia H. Hart June 14, 1809. At 40 years of age Nathaniel became the father of Susanna M. Hart July 9, 1811. At 43 years of age Nathaniel became the father of Mary Howard Hart July 17, 1814.

At 25 years of age Susanna became the mother of Susanna Smith Preston Hart August, 1798. At 27 years of age Susanna became the mother of Sarah Simpson Hart June 8, 1800. At 29 years of age Susanna became the mother of Letitia Preston Hart March 15, 1802. At 31 years of age Susanna became the mother of Louisiana Breckinridge Hart in "Spring Hill", Woodford Co., KY, December 3, 1803. At 32 years of age Susanna became the mother of Nathaniel Hart April 27, 1805. At 34 years of age Susanna became the mother of William Preston Hart July 25, 1807. At 36 years of age Susanna became the mother of Virginia H. Hart June 14, 1809. At 38 years of age Susanna became the mother of Susanna M. Hart July 9, 1811. At 41 years of age Susanna became the mother of Mary Howard Hart July 17, 1814.

child 9 viii. James Patton Preston was born in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA June 21, 1774. James died May 4, 1843 in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, at 68 years of age. He married Ann Barraud Taylor in Norfolk, VA, June 23, 1801. Ann was born in Smithfield, Isle of Wight Co., VA March 29, 1778. Ann was the daughter of Robert Taylor and Sarah Curle Barraud. Ann died June 8, 1861 at 83 years of age. James Patton Preston was Governor of Virginia, 1816-1819.

child 10 ix. Mary Preston was born in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA September 29, 1776. Mary died February 4, 1824 in Sweet Springs, WV, at 47 years of age. She married John Lewis in Montgomery Co., VA, November 8, 1793. John was born in ugusta Co., VA August 24, 1758. John was the son of William Lewis and Ann Montgomery. John died June 4, 1823 in Sweet Springs, WV, at 64 years of age.

child 11 x. Letitia Preston was born in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA September 29, 1779. Letitia died December 13, 1852 in Burkes Garden, VA, at 73 years of age. She married John Floyd in Franklin Co., KY, May 13, 1804. John was born in Floyd Station, Jefferson Co., KY April 24, 1783. John was the son of John Floyd and Jane Buchanan. John died August 16, 1837 in Sweet Springs, WV, at 54 years of age.

child 12 xi. Thomas Lewis Preston was born in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA August 19, 1781. Thomas died August 11, 1812 in Lexington, VA, at 30 years of age. He married Edmonia Madison Randolph in Richmond, VA, June 12, 1806. Edmonia was born April 17, 1787. Edmonia was the daughter of Edmund Jennings Randolph and Elizabeth Carter Nicholas. Edmonia died October 1, 1847 in Lexington, VA, at 60 years of age.

child 13 xii. Margaret Brown Preston was born in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA February 23, 1784. Margaret died May 4, 1843 at 59 years of age. She married John Preston in "Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA, October 5, 1802. John was born July 8, 1781. John was the son of Robert Preston and Margaret Rhea. John died October 10, 1864 at 83 years of age. At 48 years of age John became the father of Jane Preston June 26, 1830.

At 46 years of age Margaret became the mother of Jane Preston June 26, 1830.

Second Generation

14. John2 Preston (Archibald3) was born in Ireland. John died circa 1748 in Augusta Co., VA. His body was interred in Tinkling Spring Church, Augusta Co., VA.

He married Elizabeth Patton in Ireland. Elizabeth was born in Burncrannack, Ireland December 25, 1700. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry Patton and Sarah Lynn. Elizabeth died December 25, 1776 in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, at 76 years of age. Elizabeth became the mother of Ann Preston in Ireland. At 27 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of Letitia Preston 1728. Elizabeth became the mother of Margaret Preston in Ireland, ca 1728. At 29 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of William Preston in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, December 25, 1729. At 39 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of Mary Preston 1740. At 41 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of James Preston in unknown, October 18, 1742.

John became the father of Ann Preston in Ireland. John became the father of Letitia Preston 1728. John became the father of Margaret Preston in Ireland, ca 1728. John became the father of William Preston in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, December 25, 1729. John became the father of Mary Preston 1740. John became the father of James Preston in unknown, October 18, 1742. John Preston came to Virginia in 1738.

John Preston and Elizabeth Patton had the following children:

child 15 i. Ann1 Preston was born in Ireland. Ann died 1813. She married Francis Smith August 1761. Francis was the son of Stephen Smith and Phebe Hawkins. Francis died 1817 in "Woodburn", Woodford Co., KY. Francis became the father of Elizabeth Smith in unknown, October 16, 1762. Francis became the father of John Smith 1765. Francis became the father of Susanna Smith in Ma, 1775. Francis became the father of Jane Smith in Ma, 1777. Francis became the father of Agatha Smith in Ma, 1780.

Ann became the mother of Elizabeth Smith in unknown, October 16, 1762. Ann became the mother of John Smith 1765. Ann became the mother of Susanna Smith in Ma, 1775. Ann became the mother of Jane Smith in Ma, 1777. Ann became the mother of Agatha Smith in Ma, 1780.

child 16 ii. Margaret Preston was born in Ireland ca 1728. Margaret died 1802 in Kentucky, at 74 years of age. Her body was interred in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY. She married John Brown in Augusta Co., VA, ca 1754. John was born in Ireland circa 1728. John was the son of James Brown and Jennet Stevenson. John died 1803 in Frankfort, KY, at 75 years of age. His body was interred in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY. At 27 years of age John became the father of Elizabeth Brown December 4, 1755. At 29 years of age John became the father of James Brown September 12, 1757. At 29 years of age John became the father of John Brown in near Staunton, VA, September 12, 1757. At 31 years of age John became the father of William Brown November 22, 1759. At 32 years of age John became the father of William Brown November 22, 1760. At 35 years of age John became the father of Mary Brown Augusta Co., VA, July 14, 1763. At 38 years of age John became the father of James Brown in near Staunton, VA, September 11, 1766. At 40 years of age John became the father of Samuel Brown in Rockbridge Co., VA, January 30, 1769. At 43 years of age John became the father of David Brown July 8, 1771. At 44 years of age John became the father of Eben Brown April 27, 1773. At 46 years of age John became the father of Preston W. Brown in Rockbridge Co., VA, January 15, 1775.

At 27 years of age Margaret became the mother of Elizabeth Brown December 4, 1755. At 29 years of age Margaret became the mother of James Brown September 12, 1757. At 29 years of age Margaret became the mother of John Brown in near Staunton, VA, September 12, 1757. At 31 years of age Margaret became the mother of William Brown November 22, 1759. At 32 years of age Margaret became the mother of William Brown November 22, 1760. At 35 years of age Margaret became the mother of Mary Brown Augusta Co., VA, July 14, 1763. At 38 years of age Margaret became the mother of James Brown in near Staunton, VA, September 11, 1766. At 40 years of age Margaret became the mother of Samuel Brown in Rockbridge Co., VA, January 30, 1769. At 43 years of age Margaret became the mother of David Brown July 8, 1771. At 44 years of age Margaret became the mother of Eben Brown April 27, 1773. At 46 years of age Margaret became the mother of Preston W. Brown in Rockbridge Co., VA, January 15, 1775.

child 17 iii. Letitia Preston was born 1728. Letitia died March 1797 in Fayette Co., KY, at 68 years of age. Her body was interred in Lexington Cemetery. She married Robert Breckinridge July 1758. Robert was the son of Alexander Breckinridge and Jane Preston. Robert died 1773 in Ma. Robert became the father of William Breckinridge in unknown, May 2, 1759. Robert became the father of John Breckinridge in near Staunton, VA, December 2, 1760. Robert became the father of James Breckinridge in Ma, March 7, 1763. Robert became the father of Elizabeth Breckinridge in unknown, circa 1766. Robert became the father of Preston Breckinridge in unknown, March 17, 1770.

At 30 years of age Letitia became the mother of William Breckinridge in unknown, May 2, 1759. At 32 years of age Letitia became the mother of John Breckinridge in near Staunton, VA, December 2, 1760. At 34 years of age Letitia became the mother of James Breckinridge in Ma, March 7, 1763. Letitia became the mother of Elizabeth Breckinridge in unknown, circa 1766. At 41 years of age Letitia became the mother of Preston Breckinridge in unknown, March 17, 1770.

child + 1 iv. William Preston was born December 25, 1729.

child 18 v. Mary Preston was born 1740. Mary died 1814 in Fayette Co., KY, at 74 years of age. She married John Howard October 1764. John was born February 22, 1733/4. John was the son of Allen Howard and Elizabeth. John died November 7, 1834 in Fayette Co., KY, at 100 years of age. His body was interred. At 31 years of age John became the father of Elizabeth Howard in unknown, January 5, 1766. John became the father of Mary Howard circa 1768. John became the father of Sarah Howard in unknown, circa 1770. John became the father of Benjamin Howard in unknown, circa 1772. John became the father of Margaret Preston Howard circa 1779.

At 25 years of age Mary became the mother of Elizabeth Howard in unknown, January 5, 1766. Mary became the mother of Mary Howard circa 1768. Mary became the mother of Sarah Howard in unknown, circa 1770. Mary became the mother of Benjamin Howard in unknown, circa 1772. Mary became the mother of Margaret Preston Howard circa 1779.

child 19 vi. James Preston was born in unknown October 18, 1742.

20. Elizabeth2 Patton (Henry3) was born in Burncrannack, Ireland December 25, 1700. Elizabeth died December 25, 1776 in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, at 76 years of age.

She married John Preston in Ireland. John was born in Ireland. John was the son of Archibald Preston. John died circa 1748 in Augusta Co., VA. His body was interred in Tinkling Spring Church, Augusta Co., VA. John became the father of Ann Preston in Ireland. John became the father of Letitia Preston 1728. John became the father of Margaret Preston in Ireland, ca 1728. John became the father of William Preston in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, December 25, 1729. John became the father of Mary Preston 1740. John became the father of James Preston in unknown, October 18, 1742. (See John Preston for the children resulting from this marriage.)

Elizabeth became the mother of Ann Preston in Ireland. At 27 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of Letitia Preston 1728. Elizabeth became the mother of Margaret Preston in Ireland, ca 1728. At 29 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of William Preston in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, December 25, 1729. At 39 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of Mary Preston 1740. At 41 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of James Preston in unknown, October 18, 1742.

Third Generation

21. Archibald3 Preston birth date unknown.

Archibald became the father of John Preston in Ireland.

Archibald Preston had the following children:

child + 14 i. John2 Preston.

child 22 ii. Mary Preston. She married Phillip Barger.

23. Henry3 Patton was born near Dundee, Scotland.

He married Sarah Lynn ca 1675. Sarah was the daughter of David Lynn. Sarah became the mother of John Patton Newtown-Limavady, Ireland, ca 1689. Sarah became the mother of James Patton in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, 1692. Sarah became the mother of Elizabeth Patton in Burncrannack, Ireland, December 25, 1700.

Henry became the father of John Patton Newtown-Limavady, Ireland, ca 1689. Henry became the father of James Patton in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, 1692. Henry became the father of Elizabeth Patton in Burncrannack, Ireland, December 25, 1700. Besides the children listed, it is believed Henry Patton had three more daughters and eight more sons: William, Matthew, Thomas, Robert, Henry, David, Benjamin, and Hugh.

Henry Patton and Sarah Lynn had the following children:

child 24 i. Andrew2 Patton.

child 25 ii. Richard Patton.

child 26 iii. John Patton was born Newtown-Limavady, Ireland ca 1689. John died 1757 at 68 years of age. He married twice. He married Miss Rogers. He married Agnes March 23, 1754. John Patton had 9 children.

child 27 iv. James Patton was born in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland 1692. James died 1755 in "Draper's Meadows", Virginia, at 63 years of age. He married Mary Osborn. James Patton had two children. He was killed by Indians.

child + 20 v. Elizabeth Patton was born December 25, 1700.

28. Sarah3 Lynn (David4) birth date unknown.

She married Henry Patton ca 1675. Henry was born near Dundee, Scotland. Henry became the father of John Patton Newtown-Limavady, Ireland, ca 1689. Henry became the father of James Patton in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, 1692. Henry became the father of Elizabeth Patton in Burncrannack, Ireland, December 25, 1700. (See Henry Patton for the children resulting from this marriage.)

Sarah became the mother of John Patton Newtown-Limavady, Ireland, ca 1689. Sarah became the mother of James Patton in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, 1692. Sarah became the mother of Elizabeth Patton in Burncrannack, Ireland, December 25, 1700.

Fourth Generation

29. David4 Lynn birth date unknown.

David Lynn had the following child:

child + 28 i. Sarah3 Lynn.

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Index

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Agnes (marriage to John Patton) (i3960)

Barger

Barger, Phillip (marriage to Mary Preston) (i5759)

Breckinridge

Breckinridge, Robert (marriage to Letitia Preston) (i833), d.1773

Brown

Brown, John (marriage to Margaret Preston) (i376), b.1728-d.1803

Campbell

Campbell, Sarah Buchanan (marriage to Francis Preston) (i880), b.1778-d.1846

Floyd

Floyd, John (marriage to Letitia Preston) (i885), b.1783-d.1837

Hancock

Hancock, Caroline (marriage to William Preston) (i882), b.1785-d.1847

Hart

Hart, Nathaniel, Jr. (marriage to Susanna Preston) (i126), b.1770-d.1844

Howard

Howard, John (marriage to Mary Preston) (i837), b.1734-d.1834

Lewis

Lewis, John (marriage to Mary Preston) (i884), b.1758-d.1823

Lynn

Lynn, David (i5755)
Lynn, Sarah (i850)
Lynn, Sarah (marriage to Henry Patton) (i850)

Madison

Madison, William Strother (marriage to Elizabeth Preston) (i877), b.1752-d.1782

Mayo

Mayo, Eliza Ann (Carrington) (marriage to John Preston) (i879), b.1768-d.1839

McDowell

McDowell, James (marriage to Sarah Preston) (i881)

Osborn

Osborn, Mary (marriage to James Patton) (i3962)

Patton

Patton, Andrew (i5756)
Patton, Elizabeth (i831), b.1700-d.1776
Patton, Elizabeth (marriage to John Preston) (i831), b.1700-d.1776
Patton, Henry (i849)
Patton, Henry (marriage to Sarah Lynn) (i849)
Patton, James (i3961), b.1692-d.1755
Patton, John (i3958), b.1689-d.1757
Patton, Richard (i5757)

Preston

Preston, Ann (i834), d.1813
Preston, Anne (i870), b.1769-d.1782
Preston, Archibald (i5754)
Preston, Elizabeth (i866), b.1762-d.1837
Preston, Francis (i868), b.1765-d.1835
Preston, James (i838), b.1742-
Preston, James Patton (i872), b.1774-d.1843
Preston, John (i830), d.1748
Preston, John (i867), b.1764-d.1827
Preston, John (marriage to Elizabeth Patton) (i830), d.1748
Preston, John (marriage to Margaret Brown Preston) (i887), b.1781-d.1864
Preston, Letitia (i832), b.1728-d.1797
Preston, Letitia (i874), b.1779-d.1852
Preston, Margaret (i377), b.1728-d.1802
Preston, Margaret Brown (i876), b.1784-d.1843
Preston, Mary (i836), b.1740-d.1814
Preston, Mary (i873), b.1776-d.1824
Preston, Mary (i5758)
Preston, Sarah (i869), b.1767-d.1841
Preston, Susanna (i127), b.1772-d.1833
Preston, Thomas Lewis (i875), b.1781-d.1812
Preston, William (i388), b.1729-d.1783
Preston, William (i871), b.1770-d.1821

Radford

Radford, Mary (marriage to John Preston) (i878), d.1810

Randolph

Randolph, Edmonia Madison (marriage to Thomas Lewis Preston) (i886), b.1787-d.1847

Rogers

Rogers, Miss (marriage to John Patton) (i3959)

Smith

Smith, Francis (marriage to Ann Preston) (i835), d.1817
Smith, Susanna (marriage to William Preston) (i389), b.1740-d.1823

Taylor

Taylor, Ann Barraud (marriage to James Patton Preston) (i883), b.1778-d.1861

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