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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

52 Ancestors: #29 William and Elizabeth (Clark) Preston


52 Ancestors: #29 William and Elizabeth (Clark) Preston

This year, Amy Johnson Crow has issues a new 52 weeks blogging challenge:

 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

on her No Story Too Small blog.


The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.

My approach: I have made this a Tuesday Theme, and, use it to enhance my WikiTree ancestor profiles. That is, focus on a different ancestor on my WikiTree list of profiles, each week (include possibly adding new profiles), Great idea! Thanks to Randy Seaver's post for bringing this to my attention!
Note: Third shift (not change) to approach. Beginning with #25, I will be doing direct ancestor couples.


#29 William and Elizabeth (Clark) Preston

These are a set of my 3rd great-grandparents, #40 and #41 on my Ahnentafel Report, for my genealogy friends.

Their first-born, a son, was my 2nd great-grandfather, William Charles Preston, see #25, in this series.


This William Preston was a legitimate American Revolutionary War hero - his service included:

    1.    Mr. William Preston, of Rumney, N.H., died lately at the advanced age of 87 years (in 1842).
    2.    In the course of that glorious struggle which secured our independence,
    3.    he was three months captive with the Indians,
    4.    when a British general bought him of the natives for a keg of rum,
    5.    and sent him to a prison at Quebec;
    6.    there loaded with irons, and suffering from cold and hunger,
    7.    he remained until the exchange of prisoners permitted him to resume the fatigues of the camp,
    8.    and serve his country for several years.

For further details, see: http://prestonfamilysagas.wikispaces.com/Another+Revolutionary+Hero+Gone

William Preston (b. 6 Jul 1755, Chester, Rockingham Co, NH; d. 17 Jan 1842, Rumney Co, NH) married 10 May 1779, NH; bur. Rumney Depot Cemetery)
Elizabeth Clark (b. 22 Jul 1760; d. 17 Jun 1807; bur. Rumney Depot Cemetery)

Their known children were:

1) William Charles Preston (1780-1837) See #25
2) Collins Preston (1782-1837)
3) Benjamin Preston (1784-1828)
4) Elizabeth Preston (1786-??; married to Frazer in 1808)
5) Henry Dearborn Preston (1788-1853)
6) John Preston (1789-1819)
7) Michael Preston (1792-1849)
8) Wells Preston (1794-??)
9) Hannah Preston (twin) (1796-??)
10) Joseph Preston (twin) (1796-1868)
11) Washington Preston (1798-??)
12) Adams Preston (1801-??)

Note: My daughter, Annette, and her husband, Larry, visited the Rumney Depot and wrote this report:
http://eduscapes.com/lamb/update04gg.html

What fun! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

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