Tuesday, June 17, 2014

52 Ancestors: #25 William and Asenath Preston

52 Ancestors: #25 William and Asenath 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.

#25 William and Asenath (Butler) Preston

These are a set of my 2nd great-grandparents, #20 and #21 on my Ahnentafel Report, for my genealogy friends.

I have written extensively about this pair. Even more information is available on the Preston line as a result of invaluable research by my cousin, known as GeneJ in genealogy research circles.

On 14 June 2014, I did a Google search on ["the old sheriff" William Preston] and the first five entries were as follows, all by me:


The sixth was also about our direct ancestor, written by my cousin, an invaluable collaborator on this particular ancestor:


If you enter a search of "old sheriff" in this blog, you'll find even more entries were I have referred to him, such as his birth certificate in New Hampshire, at:

Here is their family:

William Charles Preston (b. 30 Dec 1780, Rumney Twp, Grafton Co, New Hampshire; d. 1837, St. Joseph Twp, Williams Co, Ohio)
married on 7 Dec 1820, in Wood Co, Ohio (which included Defiance, later in Williams Co, later in Defiance Co)
Asenath Butler (b. 23 Mar 1803, Michigan; d. 4 Apr 1888, Jones Co, Iowa)

They had five children of which we know:

1. Alice Loraine Preston (b. 17 Feb 1827, Defiance, Ohio; d. 1920, Webster City, Hamilton Co, Iowa)
2. Charles William (William) Preston (b. 7 Feb 1826, Defiance, Defiance Co, Ohio; d. 1911)
3. James P. Preston (b. 22 Feb 1835, Defiance, Ohio; d. 30 Dec 1906, Deer Lodge, Montana)
4. George W. Preston (b. 7 Dec 1832, Williams Co, Ohio; d. 25 Nov 1901,  Jones Co, Iowa)
5. Henry Clay Preston (b. 7 Dec 1832, Williams Co, Ohio; d. 10 Mar 1910, Jones Co, Iowa)

Finally, a couple of notes on Asenath, who had incredible life on her own account:

A tribute to her on her 210th birthday anniversary.

A Fearless Female tribute to her.

Her family background on a Surname Saturday

The story of her father, and her with her family being "saved" by "Hull's Surrender." Thanks, again, General Hull!!

What fun! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

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