David Preston1

#75, b. 17 March 1777, d. 30 September 1849
Last Edited14 Sep 2017

Family

Nancy Jane McCann b. 20 Jun 1781, d. 15 Oct 1863
Nancy Jane McCann; W. E. Preston in his autobiography names the children of David Preston and Nancy Jane McCann as:
James (1799), John, Washington, Buck (Ga), Brady (Ala), William (Ala) in 1817, Thomas (Ga, 1819), Mary Jane (born March 21, 1821, in Crawford County, Ga). Mary Jane married James M. Mathews Dec 1843, moved to Dale County, Ala in 1851, and died Oct 8, 1899 (at age 79); had 9 children.2 
Marriage*4 January 1799Nancy Jane McCann1,2,3 
Children 1.James Preston2 b. 1799
 2.John Preston3 b. bt 1801 - 1810
 3.George Washington Preston+10 b. c 1807, d. 27 Aug 1835
 4.Andrew James Preston+3 b. c 1810, d. c 1876
 5.William Sanford Preston+3 b. 13 Sep 1816, d. 3 Sep 1886
 6.Thomas Webb Preston8,3 b. 1819, d. c 1880
 7.David Brady Preston3 b. c 1820
 8.Mary Jane Preston+8,2,3 b. 21 Mar 1821, d. 8 Nov 1899
Birth*17 March 1777Ireland; in the 1850 census, David is listed as age 80 and born in Ireland; date is from the cited autobiography and from the tombstone.2,1,3,4 
Marriage*4 January 1799Nancy Jane McCann1,2,3 
(Immigrant) Immigration*1801(Immigrant) Nancy Jane McCann; Kentucky, USA; W. E. Mathews wrote that David Preston and Nancy Jane McCann moved to relatives in Kentucky in 18012 
Residence*say 1810Nancy Jane McCann; Georgia, USA; son Andrew James Preston was born c1810 in Georgia 
Tax List*1840Capt Brook District, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; David Preston appeared on the tax list with 9 slaves and owner of Lot 255, 1312 acres, in District 7.5 
Cen-Head*1840GA Crawford Co Census 1840; Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "David Preston", male 60-69, female 60-69; with male 20-29, female 15-19. Slaves m 2 u10, 1 10-23; f 1 u10, 3 10-23, 1 24-35. Close to household of James Preston, possibly a son.6 
Tax List1845Capt Lowe District, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; David Preston appeared on the tax list with 12 slaves, owning Lot 255, 880 acres.5 
Event*between 1845 and 1849James Preston; Superior Court, Knoxville, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; David Preston vs. James Preston
In the loose estate papers for Crawford County at the Georgia Archives are details associated with a suit brought in Superior Court by David Preston against James Preston. The complaint had to do with Crawford County Lot 230 in District 7, 202 acres that David said that he owned and that James had possession of from before 1838 to the then current date in 1845. Tax Lists in 1840 and 1845 show James being taxed on Lots 229 and 230, each 202 acres. David sued to have James cited for trespass on Lot 230 and to eject him. James disputed David's ownership and his attorney George R. Hunter took depositions from various parties to support his side. James also cited the statute of limitations as removing David's right to bring suit at all. A jury found in favor of David and awarded him $17.62.
I have copies of records of the case and included one paper here (click on the exhibit).7
(Testator) Will*13 August 1849Inferior Court, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; David Preston left a will (see attached photocopy). Named were wife Nancy Preston, son Thomas W. Preston (Executor), children Andrew James Preston, John Preston, William S. Preston, David Brady Preston, and Mary Mathews, wife of James Mathews.
Witnesses included Enoch Mathews and Charles H. Walker (witnesses are from a later court document, not the surviving will copy itself).
The will was proved in Inferior Court in September 1850.7
Heir: Nancy Jane McCann
Heir: John Preston
Heir: Andrew James Preston
Heir: William Sanford Preston
Heir: David Brady Preston
Heir: Thomas Webb Preston
Heir: Mary Jane Preston
Witness: Enoch Mathews
Death*30 September 1849Crawford County, Georgia, USA2,3 
Comment*Children of David and Nancy Preston, not named in his will, include James Preston born 1799, George Washington Preston born 1807, and Buck Preston. James' location is not known. George Washington Preston died in 1835. Buck was likely Andrew James Preston who was named in the will. 
(Deceased) Executor*November 1850Thomas Webb Preston; Inferior Court, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; appointed Executor of the will of his father David Preston8 
Census*14 November 1850GA Crawford Co Census 1850; Division No. 20, hh#754, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "David Preston" age 80, planter, born in Ireland. Real estate assets were listed as $3500 [David Preston had been deceased for a full year when this census was taken yet he was counted];
"Nancy Preston" age 75, born in Ireland. Their household was the last listed in Division 20.9 
Resident: Nancy Jane McCann
Event*Nancy Jane McCann; in his autobiography, William E. Preston writes:
"Grandfather and mother Preston inherited money from Ireland, and about a hundred of their negroes drove and rode the mules and wagons off to Savannah when Sherman marched through Georgia in 1864.
There was a sale of the land and division of the proceeds in 1867."2 

Citations

  1. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Crawford County, Georgia, Division 20, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S348] The Writings of W. E. Mathews (later Preston), c1880, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=BookList&dbid=29650&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0, transcribed from original by E. H. Hayes.
  3. [S35] Researcher Janet Dozier, http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/o/z/Janet-L-Dozier/index.html
  4. [S425] Find A Grave Website, online <http://www.findagrave.com/>, Memorial# 72944765, Tombstone photographed by M. T. researcher. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S416] Ancestry Database On-Line, ancestry.com, Ancestry.com. Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT. Original data: Georgia Tax Digests [1890]. 140 volumes. Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives.. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry Database.
  6. [S15] Census, U.S. of 1840, Crawford County GA pg 365 image pg 4, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  7. [S461] Georgia Wills and Probate Records, Crawford County - Probate Court - Misc Records of the Inferior Court, Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia, USA.
  8. [S461] Georgia Probate Courts, Crawford County - Probate Court - Misc Records of the Inferior Court, Will of David Preston, Georgia Archives.
  9. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Crawford County, GA page 432B, HH 754, Ancestry.com.
  10. [S35] Researcher Janet Dozier, access date 2017, http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/o/z/Janet-L-Dozier/index.html

David Brady Preston1

#2348, b. circa 1820
Last Edited15 Apr 2008
Father*David Preston1 b. 17 Mar 1777, d. 30 Sep 1849
Mother*Nancy Jane McCann1 b. 20 Jun 1781, d. 15 Oct 1863
Death*Russell County, Alabama, USA1 
Birth*circa 1820Georgia, USA1 
Marriage*circa 1848Prussia Cole1 
(Heir) Will13 August 1849(Testator) David Preston; Inferior Court, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; David Preston left a will (see attached photocopy). Named were wife Nancy Preston, son Thomas W. Preston (Executor), children Andrew James Preston, John Preston, William S. Preston, David Brady Preston, and Mary Mathews, wife of James Mathews.
Witnesses included Enoch Mathews and Charles H. Walker (witnesses are from a later court document, not the surviving will copy itself).
The will was proved in Inferior Court in September 1850.2

Citations

  1. [S35] Researcher Janet Dozier, http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/o/z/Janet-L-Dozier/index.html
  2. [S461] Georgia Wills and Probate Records, Crawford County - Probate Court - Misc Records of the Inferior Court, Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia, USA.

David W. Preston1

#310, b. circa 1854
ChartsDescendants of James Preston & Elizabeth Jane Clark
Last Edited16 Dec 2000
Relationship1st cousin 2 times removed of Euel E. Balkcom
Father*David Preston1 b. 1826
Mother*Delphia Sarah Lightfoot1 b. c 1828
Birth*circa 1854Georgia, USA1 
(Resident) Census6 July 1860David Preston, GA Crawford Co Census 1860; Knoxville District, Knoxville, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; David Preston", a 33 year old male born in England, farmer, read/write yes, real estate $800, property $180. He was living with wife Delpha and three sons.
"Delpha" age 33, born Ga;
"Wm C." age 9, born Ga;
"David W." age 6, born Ga;
"Andrew J.", age 1, born Ga.2 

Citations

  1. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Crawford County, Georgia, page 920., Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Crawford County, Georgia, page 919, ancestry image 14 of 23, Ancestry.com.

David W. Preston1,2

#1075, b. circa 1872
ChartsDescendants of James Preston & Elizabeth Jane Clark
Last Edited1 Jun 2003
Relationship1st cousin 2 times removed of Euel E. Balkcom
Father*John Washington Preston1,2 b. 1830, d. 2 Oct 1906
Mother*Mary Faison Shine1,2 b. 10 Jan 1836, d. 20 Jan 1895
Birth*circa 1872Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census16 June 1880John Washington Preston, Mary Faison Shine; ED#56, pg 22, hh#190, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "J. W. Preston", head, age 53, farmer, born in England, both parents born in Ireland;
"Mary Preston", wife age 44, keeping house, born in North Carolina, birthplace of parents not listed. Note difference in age with 1870 census, reported then age 30;
"James T. Preston", son age 13, attending school, father born in England, mother NC;
"Robert Preston", son age 10, attending school, born in Alabama, father born in England, mother in NC;
"David Preston", son age 8, attending school, born in Alabama;
"Elen J. Preston", female age 6, born in Alabama, relationship column blank, possibly of other parents?, but this census taker left this column blank for younger children of other families;
"Nancy Preston", female age 4, born in Alabama, relationship column blank;
"Frances Preston", female age 2, born in Alabama, relationship column blank;
"Cane Preston", black female age 16, laborer, born Alabama, parents born Georgia, no read/write;
"Celey Preston", black female age 15, laborer, born Alabama, parents born Georgia, no read/write.3 

Citations

  1. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL page 755B. HH190, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S266] Researcher J. McCarver.
  3. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL, Ancestry.com.

Eddie Preston1

#1091, b. circa 1879
Last Edited21 Jan 2001
Father*Paul Preston1 b. c 1848
Mother*Elmeda (?)1 b. c 1848
Birth*circa 1879Alabama, USA1 
Cen-Enum*18 June 1880AL Dale Co Census 1880; Beat No. 9, Dale County, Alabama, USA; age 1, son of Paul, born in Alabama.1 
Witness: Paul Preston

Citations

  1. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL page 636D, HH12, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Ellen Jane Preston1

#1076, b. circa 1874
ChartsDescendants of James Preston & Elizabeth Jane Clark
Last Edited13 Sep 2009
Relationship1st cousin 2 times removed of Euel E. Balkcom
Father*John Washington Preston1 b. 1830, d. 2 Oct 1906
Mother*Mary Faison Shine1 b. 10 Jan 1836, d. 20 Jan 1895
Birth*circa 1874Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census16 June 1880John Washington Preston, Mary Faison Shine; ED#56, pg 22, hh#190, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "J. W. Preston", head, age 53, farmer, born in England, both parents born in Ireland;
"Mary Preston", wife age 44, keeping house, born in North Carolina, birthplace of parents not listed. Note difference in age with 1870 census, reported then age 30;
"James T. Preston", son age 13, attending school, father born in England, mother NC;
"Robert Preston", son age 10, attending school, born in Alabama, father born in England, mother in NC;
"David Preston", son age 8, attending school, born in Alabama;
"Elen J. Preston", female age 6, born in Alabama, relationship column blank, possibly of other parents?, but this census taker left this column blank for younger children of other families;
"Nancy Preston", female age 4, born in Alabama, relationship column blank;
"Frances Preston", female age 2, born in Alabama, relationship column blank;
"Cane Preston", black female age 16, laborer, born Alabama, parents born Georgia, no read/write;
"Celey Preston", black female age 15, laborer, born Alabama, parents born Georgia, no read/write.2 

Citations

  1. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL page 755B. HH190, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL, Ancestry.com.

Frances S. Preston1

#1078, b. May 1879, d. 1922
ChartsDescendants of James Preston & Elizabeth Jane Clark
Last Edited13 Sep 2009
Relationship1st cousin 2 times removed of Euel E. Balkcom
Father*John Washington Preston1 b. 1830, d. 2 Oct 1906
Mother*Mary Faison Shine1 b. 10 Jan 1836, d. 20 Jan 1895
NicknameFanny 
Birth*May 1879Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census16 June 1880John Washington Preston, Mary Faison Shine; ED#56, pg 22, hh#190, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "J. W. Preston", head, age 53, farmer, born in England, both parents born in Ireland;
"Mary Preston", wife age 44, keeping house, born in North Carolina, birthplace of parents not listed. Note difference in age with 1870 census, reported then age 30;
"James T. Preston", son age 13, attending school, father born in England, mother NC;
"Robert Preston", son age 10, attending school, born in Alabama, father born in England, mother in NC;
"David Preston", son age 8, attending school, born in Alabama;
"Elen J. Preston", female age 6, born in Alabama, relationship column blank, possibly of other parents?, but this census taker left this column blank for younger children of other families;
"Nancy Preston", female age 4, born in Alabama, relationship column blank;
"Frances Preston", female age 2, born in Alabama, relationship column blank;
"Cane Preston", black female age 16, laborer, born Alabama, parents born Georgia, no read/write;
"Celey Preston", black female age 15, laborer, born Alabama, parents born Georgia, no read/write.2 
(Resident) Census9 June 1900John Washington Preston; ED#68, Precinct 11 Skipperville, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "John Preston", head, age 66, born Oct 1833 at-sea, parents born in Ireland, widowed, farmer, owned farm free of mortgage;
"Fanny S. Preston", daughter age 21, single, born May 1879 in Alabama, father born at-sea, mother North Carolina.3 
Death*1922Dale County, Alabama, USA 

Citations

  1. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL page 755B. HH190, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL, Ancestry.com.
  3. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Dale Co AL, Enum Dist 68, Precinct 11, image 10, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

George Washington Preston1

#1251, b. circa 1807, d. 27 August 1835
Last Edited26 Aug 2017
Father*David Preston1 b. 17 Mar 1777, d. 30 Sep 1849
Mother*Nancy Jane McCann1 b. 20 Jun 1781, d. 15 Oct 1863

Family

Elizabeth W. McCant b. b 1820
Child 1.Georgia Ann Washington Preston4 b. c 1836
Name VariationG. F.; in 1830 census seems to be G. F. Mathews 
Birth*circa 18071 
Cen-Head*1830Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "Washington Preston", male age 20-30, with a male 15-20, a male slave 10-24 and female slave 10-24.
Neighbors (same census page) John Mathews (age 40-50), Micajah Mathews (50-60), G. F. Mathews (male age 30-40)2 
Neighbor: Micajah Mathews
Neighbor: John Mathews
Neighbor: George T. Mathews
(Groom) Marriage*1 January 1835(Bride) Elizabeth W. McCant; Crawford County, Georgia, USA; George W. Preston and Elizabeth W. McCant (possibly McCants)3 
Death*27 August 1835Crawford County, Georgia, USA; The Court of Ordinary, Sept term 1835, notified Mrs. Elizabeth W. Preston of intent to enter the will of George Preston into the public record.4,1 
Witness: Elizabeth W. McCant

Citations

  1. [S35] Researcher Janet Dozier, access date 2017, http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/o/z/Janet-L-Dozier/index.html
  2. [S241] Census, U.S. of 1830, Crawford County, Georgia, census page 400, ancestry image 15/46, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S143] Frances T. Ingmire, compiler, Crawford County Georgia Marriage Records 1823-1953 (10166 Clairmont Dr; St Louis, MO 63136: n.pub., 1985). Hereinafter cited as Marriages Crawford Co GA 1823-1853.
  4. [S461] Georgia Wills and Probate Records, Crawford County - Probate Court - Misc Records of the Inferior Court, Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia, USA.

Georgia Preston1

#1088, b. circa 1873
Last Edited21 Jan 2001
Father*Paul Preston1 b. c 1848
Mother*Elmeda (?)1 b. c 1848
Birth*circa 1873Alabama, USA1 
Cen-Enum*18 June 1880AL Dale Co Census 1880; Beat No. 9, Dale County, Alabama, USA; age 7, daughter of Paul, born in Alabama.1 
Witness: Paul Preston

Citations

  1. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL page 636D, HH12, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Georgia Ann Washington Preston1

#2669, b. circa 1836
Last Edited17 Aug 2017
Father*George Washington Preston1 b. c 1807, d. 27 Aug 1835
Mother*Elizabeth W. McCant1 b. b 1820
Birth*circa 1836Crawford County, Georgia, USA; Elizabeth Preston was appointed guardian of Georgia Ann Washington Preston, orphan of Washington Preston, on 3 January, 1837.1 
Event*3 January 1837Elizabeth W. McCant; Inferior Court, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; Elizabeth Preston was appointed Guardian of Georgia Ann Washington Preston, Orphan of Washington Preston. Bond was given by Elizabeth, James A. Wright, and Allen Marshall.1 

Citations

  1. [S461] Georgia Wills and Probate Records, Crawford County - Probate Court - Misc Records of the Inferior Court, Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia, USA.

Gray Preston1

#2667, b. circa 1824
Last Edited13 Aug 2017
Birth*circa 1824Georgia, USA1 
(Resident) Census1 November 1850(Resident) Andrew James Preston; Division 20, household 5??, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "A. J. Preston", male age 40, [occupation illegible, possibly merchant ] born in Georgia;
"Mary Preston", age38, born Georgia;
"Gray Preston", male age 26, planter, born Georgia [relationship unknown].
They lived in the household of Jno Andrews male age 67, a planter, born North Carolina and Hiziah Andrews, female age 68. [Possibly Mary's parents]. Another Andrews family lived adjacent.1 

Citations

  1. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Crawford County, Georgia, page 419, ancestry image 77/104, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Henry Preston1

#1776, b. between 1791 and 1800
Last Edited17 Aug 2003
Birth*between 1791 and 18001 
Cen-Head*1830GA Crawford Co Census 1830; Crawford County, Georgia, USA; male age 30-39, female 30-39, with males 3 u5, 1 10-14; female 1 u5. Listed slaves are males 2 u10, 1 10-24, 1 24-36; females 1 u10, 2 10-24.1 

Citations

  1. [S241] Census, U.S. of 1830, Crawford Co GA pg 398, image pg 11, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

James Preston1,2,3,4

#68, b. circa 1797, d. 5 December 1863
ChartsAncestors of Euel Balkcom
J Balkcom Tree (Paternal) - Ancestors of Euel Balkcom
Descendants of James Preston & Elizabeth Jane Clark
Last Edited14 Sep 2017
Relationship2nd great-grandfather of Euel E. Balkcom

Family

Elizabeth Jane Clark b. c 1798, d. bt 1871 - 1880
Marriage*before 1826Elizabeth Jane Clark; England; Possibly England where their first child was born but no direct evidence.5,3,2 
Children 1.David Preston+3 b. 1826
 2.Nancy Ann Preston+1,2,3 b. 1828, d. Aug 1900
 3.John Washington Preston+3 b. 1830, d. 2 Oct 1906
 4.Jane Preston3 b. c 1836
Research Note*Is James Preston b. c1797 (Ireland) [person #68] who migrated to America in 1832 and who lived in Crawford County 1836-1857 a son of David and Nancy McGann Preston) [see person #2657 in this database]? See attached document for my reasoning.
Journal*Elizabeth Jane Clark; James Preston and Elizabeth Ann Clark are the earliest known Preston and Clark ancestors of the Oklahoma Balkcom/Baldwin families and are the most recent immigrant ancestors. James and Elizabeth were born in Ireland in around 1797-98. By 1826 they lived in Carlisle, England and in 1832 they emigrated to America with their children ages 6, 4, and 2, arriving at Whitehall, New York on Lake Champlain in August 1832. By 1836 they lived in Crawford County, Georgia near relatives from England and Ireland. Sometime after 1856 they moved to Dale County, Alabama where some of their adult children lived.

The earliest records found for James and Ann are Christenings of their children at Carlisle St. Mary Church (Church of England) in Carlisle, England between 1826 and 1830. While James and Ann were born in Ireland, they were Protestants and so more likely than not their parents were first or second generation English or Scot settlers in Ireland. They may be been among those encouraged or granted land, often confiscated from local Irish owners, by the English crown to settle in Ireland. 
CommentResearcher Penny Dodd published a web site at one time and included an excellent narrative on the James Preston family. I don't often cite her as a source for the information below because I have since found most of the original records, some of which I may have not encountered without her work. 
Birth*circa 1797Ireland; age 53 in 1850 census, 63 in 1860 census.1,2,3 
Marriage*before 1826Elizabeth Jane Clark; England; Possibly England where their first child was born but no direct evidence.5,3,2 
Immigration*August 1832Elizabeth Jane Clark; Whitehall, New York, USA; James and Elizabeth Preston lived in Carlisle, Cumberland, England for at least six years where they had three children. In 1832, with children ages 6, 4, and 2, they migrated to the U.S., arriving at Whitehall, New York in August of that year according to James' later oath of loyalty associated with application for U. S. citizenship. They likely went directly on to Georgia where others of the Preston family were established.

There appear to be no surviving records of immigrants arriving at Whitehall and in fact records may not have been kept. According to the Whitehall Historical Society, "Whitehall is mentioned quite often as a "port of entry" early in the 19th century but we have found no records here. ... Many immigrants stopped in Whitehall only to change transportation from lake to canal or coach on their way to other areas." It may be that immigrants listed Whitehall as the entry point because it was their first land stop in the U.S. Without knowing the specifics for the Preston family, in general Canada was a favored immigration route for families from Ireland and England who wanted to resettle in Canada or the U.S. Among other factors, the route through Canada was less expensive due to tariffs that England placed on fares to U.S. ports, intended to encourage settlement of British Canada while discouraging further U.S. settlement.

European immigrants to Canada would most often arrive at Quebec City where they would transfer to river steamboats. Several steamboat companies operated between Quebec City and Montreal, ferrying passengers to Montreal, and carrying cargo intended for export back to Quebec. One with some surviving records was the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company but a search of their records does not show Prestons traveling on their ships in 1832. From Montreal, travelers could take a coach south to the nearest navigable point on Lake Champlain on the Richeleau River at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. There they could board a steamboat (from a company such as the Lake Champlain Steamboat Company) to Whitehall, New York at the southern tip of Lake Champlain. From Whitehall travelers could travel by stagecoach or canal boat to Albany and the Hudson River and further to New York City.

In his book American Notes, Charles Dickens journals his travels through America in 1842, and describes in some detail the trip from Montreal to Whitehall as well as his experience on a steamboat carrying immigrants from Quebec City to Montreal.3,6,7 
Immigrant: David Preston
Immigrant: Nancy Ann Preston
Immigrant: John Washington Preston
Naturalization*19 August 1836Superior Court, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; In an oath stating his intention to become a U. S. citizen, James Preston states that he is a native of Ireland and that he arrived as an immigrant at Whitehall, New York in August 1832.

Personally appeared in open court James Preston who being sworn said that he is a native of Ireland that he
arrived at White Hall in the state of New York in the month of August in the year Eighteen hundred and thirty
two. It is his bonifide intention to become a Citizen of the United States, to renounce forever all allegiance and
duty and fidelity to any foreign state or all rights and allegiance to King William Fourth the King of the Kingdom
of Great Britain and Ireland.

Signed
James Preston
Sworn before me
In open court this 19th August 1836
Eli Amos, Clk
8 
Comment*1840James Preston in 1840 lived near Ezekiel Mathews and Micajah Mathews. Lots of Mathews were in the area including George T. Matthews, John, Philip, Philip N., James, Samuel J, Jesse, E. J., and Joel Matthews. 
Cen-Head*1840Crawford County, Georgia, USA; James Preston, head, male age 30-39, the family, and 1 male slave age 10-24. Neighbors are Micajah Matthews and David Preston.
There are inconsistencies between this census and the known ages of James' family:
2 males under 10 (sons David and John Washington);
1 male 10-15 (unknown);
1 male 30-40 (James, age too young by at least 3 years);
2 females 5-10 (unknown); Nancy Jane age 12 unaccounted for;
2 females 20-30 (Elizabeth Jane Clark, age too young by at least 11 years, and unknown woman)]9 
Neighbor: David Preston
Neighbor: Micajah Mathews
Tax List*1840Captain Brook District, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "James Preston" appeared on the Tax List for Crawford County District 7 Lots 229 (202 1/2 acres) and 230 (202 1/2 acres). Also for Decatur County District 19 Lot 64 (202 1/2 acres).10 
Tax List1845Captain Lowe District, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; Lots 229 and 230, 202 acres each. David Preston was nearby on lot 255.10 
Event*between 1845 and 1849David Preston; Superior Court, Knoxville, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; David Preston vs. James Preston
In the loose estate papers for Crawford County at the Georgia Archives are details associated with a suit brought in Superior Court by David Preston against James Preston. The complaint had to do with Crawford County Lot 230 in District 7, 202 acres that David said that he owned and that James had possession of from before 1838 to the then current date in 1845. Tax Lists in 1840 and 1845 show James being taxed on Lots 229 and 230, each 202 acres. David sued to have James cited for trespass on Lot 230 and to eject him. James disputed David's ownership and his attorney George R. Hunter took depositions from various parties to support his side. James also cited the statute of limitations as removing David's right to bring suit at all. A jury found in favor of David and awarded him $17.62.
I have copies of records of the case and included one paper here (click on the exhibit).11
Event*16 January 1847513th District, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "James Preston" gave bond associated with having been elected Constable for the term of one year.11 
Occupation*1850Crawford County, Georgia, USA; Planter according to the 1850 Census, with real estate assets of $2000.3 
(Witness) Event1 July 1850William E. Mathews; Inferior Court, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; In application to the court and payment of $100 bond, 12 year old "Poor Orphan Child" of the county Josephine Warren was bound to William E. Matthews until she reached the age of 21. Josephine was the daughter of Sarah Warren. William E. Mathews and James Preston (his father-in-law) were jointly responsible for the bond and both signed.11
(Neighbor) Census2 November 1850(Head of Household) Ezekiel Mathews, GA Crawford Co Census 1850; Division No. 20, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; [poor legibility, transcriptions for initials and age are a best guess]
"E. Mathews" male age 44, planter, born in Georgia, real estate $2500;
"A. Mathews", female age 42, born Georgia [certainly wife Ilsa but initial here seems to be A.];
"J. Mathews", male age 15;
"N. Mathews", male age 14;
"A. Mathews", male age 12;
"Benj. Mathews", male age 9;
"E. Mathews", male age 5 [may be Enoch age 17 in 1860, or Ezekiel age 12 in 1860, seems likely Enoch];
"M. Mathews", female age 7;
"S. A. Mathews", female age 2;
"E. Mathews" male age 1.
All children born in Georgia.
Nearby household Ezekiel Mathews born 1806.12 
(Head of Household) Census6 November 1850Division No. 20, household 588, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "Jas Preston" age 53, born Ireland, planter,real estate $2000;
"Elizabeth Preston" age 52, born Ireland;
"David Preston" age 23, born England, planter;
"D Preston" female age 22, born Georgia (Delphia, wife of their son David);
"Jno Preston" male age 19 (age barely legible but most likely 19), born England, planter;
"Jane Preston" age 15, born Georgia;
"R Caswell" m age 21, born Georgia [note: Possibly a hired hand. A year later, in 1851, he married Jane Preston who would then have been age 16.]
They lived next to the household of Mary Mathews.13 
Resident: Elizabeth Jane Clark
Resident: Jane Preston
Resident: David Preston
Resident: Delphia Sarah Lightfoot
Resident: John Washington Preston
Resident: Robert Knight Carswell
Neighbor: Mary (?)
(Neighbor) Census6 November 1850(Head of Household) Mary (?), GA Crawford Co Census 1850; Division No. 20, household 587, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "Mary Mathews" age 54, born in South Carolina. She lived with her family next to the household of James Preston and Elizabeth (Clark) Preston.
James Mathews, age 24, planter, born Ga;
Benjamin Mathews age23, planter, born Ga;
M. Mathews female age 20, born Ga;
Mary Mathews age 19, born Ga;
William Mathews age 18, born Ga.14 
Tax List1851Capt Beasley District, #573, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; Jas Preston appeared on the tax list with 375 acres in District 7, lots not listed. Nancy Preston, widow of David Preston, was nearby with 664 acres.10 
Tax List1854District #573, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; James Preston appeared on the tax list with 476 acres, his lot # not listed. Nearby Lot 255 was registered to T. W. Preston, son of David Preston, deceased, as executor of his estate.10 
Tax List1856Knoxville District, #573, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; James Preston appeared on the tax list with 475 acres, his lot # not listed. Also in the district a lot was registered to T. W. Preston, son of David Preston, deceased, as executor of his estate.10 
Residence*after 1856Elizabeth Jane Clark; Echo, Dale County, Alabama, USA; Between 1856 and 1860 James and Elizabeth moved from Crawford County, Georgia.2,3 
Event*15 February 1859William E. Mathews; Knoxville, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; The death of William E. Mathews before 1859 is confirmed in legal papers before the court, untitled as to which court. James Preston, through attorney Thomas Andrews, paid bond associated with a property dispute, where a claim in Superior Court against William E. Mathews, deceased, had been held in favor of the complaining merchants Scott Carhart and Company. The property was described as a house and lot in Knoxville where William E. Mathews resided when he died. These papers imply that the earlier Superior Court decision related to debt owed by William E. Mathews and awarded the property to the complaining merchant. James Preston, father-in-law of William E. Mathews, then gave an affadavit that the house belonged to him, not to William E. Mathews, and filed these papers making a claim on the property.11 
Comment*June 1860Elizabeth (?); Dale County, Alabama, USA; Living close together in the 1860 census were families of Elizabeth Baldwin, widowed, her son W. J. Baldwin, son John C. Baldwin, James and Elizabeth Preston, their daughter Nancy Mathews, widowed, and children, and James M. Mathews. Not far away was the Wiley Balkcom family. Elizabeth Baldwin's son Bryant later married adjacent Nancy Mathews' daughter Josephine.15 
Neighbor: James Madison Mathews
Neighbor: William Sanford Preston
Neighbor: Esther M. Mashburn
Neighbor: Temperance Causby Calhoun
Neighbor: Wiley Balkcom
Neighbor: Josephine L. (Missie) Mathews
Neighbor: Nancy (?)
Neighbor: William J. Baldwin
Neighbor: Martha J. Gilmore
Neighbor: Bryant F. Baldwin
Neighbor: John Christopher Baldwin
Neighbor: Rhoda Ann Gilmore
Neighbor: James Monroe Mathews
Neighbor: Mary Jane Preston
Neighbor: William Eldridge Mathews
Cen-Head*17 July 1860Dale County, Alabama, USA; Slave Schedules - "James Preston", 1 slave house and females ages 45 and 10, males 17, 15, and 7.16 
(Head of Household) Census*18 July 1860Newton Post Office, hh#404, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "James Preston" age 63, born in Ireland;
"Elizabeth Preston", age 63, born in Ireland.
The adjacent household was their daughter Nancy Mathews. Other census details - land value $845, property $4400, reported as not reading/writing [not correct, James signed legal documents as early as 1850].17 
Resident: Elizabeth Jane Clark
Neighbor: Nancy Ann Preston
Death*5 December 1863Echo, Dale County, Alabama, USA; not found in census of 18701,4 
Witness: Elizabeth Jane Clark
Burial*Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama, USA18 

Citations

  1. [S11] Census, U.S. of 1870, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Dale County, Alabama, Echo Community, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Crawford County, Georgia, Division 20, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  4. [S33] Researcher Penny Dodd, http://www.flash.net/~pdodd, reference date 2000.
  5. [S393] Church Records , "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N1LZ-HV3 : accessed 17 Nov 2014), David Preston, 04 Jun 1826; citing Carlisle, Cumberland, England, reference 146; FHL microfilm 90583.
  6. [S33] Researcher Penny Dodd, citing Crawford County, Georgia Superior Court Minutes August 1836, http://www.flash.net/~pdodd
  7. [S426] Web Site - The Ships List, http://www.theshipslist.com, St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. Passenger Records. Hereinafter cited as Web Site - The Ships List.
  8. [S458] Superior Court, Crawford County Georgia, Court Minutes August Term, 1836 (microfilm record), Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia, USA.
  9. [S15] Census, U.S. of 1840, Crawford County GA pg 365, ancestry image 8/54, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  10. [S416] Ancestry Database On-Line, ancestry.com, Ancestry.com. Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT. Original data: Georgia Tax Digests [1890]. 140 volumes. Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives.. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry Database.
  11. [S461] Georgia Wills and Probate Records, Crawford County - Probate Court - Misc Records of the Inferior Court, Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia, USA.
  12. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, GA, Crawford Co p 419B hh 571, ancestry image 78/104, Ancestry.com.
  13. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Crawford County, GA page 420B, HH 588, Ancestry.com.
  14. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, GA, Crawford Co p 420B hh 587, Ancestry.com.
  15. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Dale County, AL page 556, Ancestry.com.
  16. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Slave Schedules - Dale County, Alabama, Ancestry.com.
  17. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Dale County, Alabama, vensus page 555, Ancestry.com.
  18. [S391] Find A Grave Website, http://www.findagrave.com. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave Website.

James Preston1

#929, b. September 1866
ChartsDescendants of James Preston & Elizabeth Jane Clark
Last Edited24 Feb 2002
Relationship1st cousin 2 times removed of Euel E. Balkcom
Father*John Washington Preston1 b. 1830, d. 2 Oct 1906
Mother*Mary Faison Shine1 b. 10 Jan 1836, d. 20 Jan 1895
Birth*September 1866Alabama, USA1,2 
(Resident) Census12 July 1870John Washington Preston, Mary Faison Shine; Beat No. 11, Skipperville, pg 68, hh#179, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "John Preston", head, age 37, farmer, born in Georgia. Assets $600 real estate, $450 personal;
"Mary Preston", female age 30, keeps house, born Alabama;
"James Preston", age 4, born Alabama;
"Mary Preston", age 2, born Alabama.3 
(Resident) Census16 June 1880John Washington Preston, Mary Faison Shine; ED#56, pg 22, hh#190, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "J. W. Preston", head, age 53, farmer, born in England, both parents born in Ireland;
"Mary Preston", wife age 44, keeping house, born in North Carolina, birthplace of parents not listed. Note difference in age with 1870 census, reported then age 30;
"James T. Preston", son age 13, attending school, father born in England, mother NC;
"Robert Preston", son age 10, attending school, born in Alabama, father born in England, mother in NC;
"David Preston", son age 8, attending school, born in Alabama;
"Elen J. Preston", female age 6, born in Alabama, relationship column blank, possibly of other parents?, but this census taker left this column blank for younger children of other families;
"Nancy Preston", female age 4, born in Alabama, relationship column blank;
"Frances Preston", female age 2, born in Alabama, relationship column blank;
"Cane Preston", black female age 16, laborer, born Alabama, parents born Georgia, no read/write;
"Celey Preston", black female age 15, laborer, born Alabama, parents born Georgia, no read/write.4 
Cen-Head*9 June 1900AL Dale Co Census 1900; ED 68, Precinct 11 Skipperville, Dale County, Alabama, USA; age 33, born September 1866 in Georgia, single, father born at-sea, mother in Georgia. He was a farmer, owing his farm free of mortgage. His farm was close to that of his father John Preston.2 

Citations

  1. [S11] Census, U.S. of 1870, Dale County, AL page 253B, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Dale Co AL, Enum Dist 68, Precinct 11, hh 93, image 11, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S11] Census, U.S. of 1870, Dale County, AL Beat No. 11, Ancestry.com.
  4. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

James Preston1

#2657, b. 1799
Last Edited7 Aug 2017
Father*David Preston1 b. 17 Mar 1777, d. 30 Sep 1849
Mother*Nancy Jane McCann1 b. 20 Jun 1781, d. 15 Oct 1863
Birth*17991 

Citations

  1. [S348] The Writings of W. E. Mathews (later Preston), c1880, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=BookList&dbid=29650&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0, transcribed from original by E. H. Hayes.

Jane Preston1

#73, b. circa 1836
ChartsDescendants of James Preston & Elizabeth Jane Clark
Last Edited11 Jul 2016
RelationshipGreat-grandaunt of Euel E. Balkcom
Father*James Preston1 b. c 1797, d. 5 Dec 1863
Mother*Elizabeth Jane Clark1 b. c 1798, d. bt 1871 - 1880
Married NameCarswell1 
Birth*circa 1836Georgia, USA; In the 1850 census Jane is listed as 15 and born in Georgia.1 
(Resident) Census6 November 1850(Head of Household) James Preston; Division No. 20, household 588, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "Jas Preston" age 53, born Ireland, planter,real estate $2000;
"Elizabeth Preston" age 52, born Ireland;
"David Preston" age 23, born England, planter;
"D Preston" female age 22, born Georgia (Delphia, wife of their son David);
"Jno Preston" male age 19 (age barely legible but most likely 19), born England, planter;
"Jane Preston" age 15, born Georgia;
"R Caswell" m age 21, born Georgia [note: Possibly a hired hand. A year later, in 1851, he married Jane Preston who would then have been age 16.]
They lived next to the household of Mary Mathews.2 
Marriage*24 April 1851Robert Knight Carswell; Crawford County, Georgia, USA; Robert K. Carswell to Jane Preston3,1,4 
(Resident) Census*1860(Head of Household) Robert Knight Carswell; Newton, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "Robert K. Carswell", age 30, farmer, born Georgia;
"Jane Carswell", age 28, born Georgia;
"James W. Carswell", age 8;
"David C. Carswell", age 6;
"John T. Carswell", age 4;
"William E. Caswell", age 2.
All born in Georgia.5 

Citations

  1. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Crawford County, Georgia, Division 20, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Crawford County, GA page 420B, HH 588, Ancestry.com.
  3. [S143] Frances T. Ingmire, compiler, Crawford County Georgia Marriage Records 1823-1953 (10166 Clairmont Dr; St Louis, MO 63136: n.pub., 1985). Hereinafter cited as Marriages Crawford Co GA 1823-1853.
  4. [S33] Researcher Penny Dodd, http://www.flash.net/~pdodd, reference date 2000.
  5. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Newton Post Office, Dale County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Jefferson Davis Preston1,2

#548, b. circa 1861
Last Edited15 Apr 2008
Father*William Sanford Preston1 b. 13 Sep 1816, d. 3 Sep 1886
Mother*Temperance Causby Calhoun1 b. 16 Jan 1824, d. 9 Jun 1908
Birth*circa 1861Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census28 July 1870(Head of Household) William Sanford Preston, AL Dale Co Census 1870; Beat No. 9, hh#130, Echo, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "W. S. Preston" age 53, a farmer, born in Georgia. He had real estate valued at $2160, personal estate of $1500, and lived adjacent to son Paul Preston age 22.
Household:
"T. C. Preston", female age 47, born Georgia;
"Leonidus", male age 18, working in farm, born Georgia;
"Brady" age 16, born Alabama;
"W. W.", male age 13, born Alabama;
"Patrick", age 11, born Alabama
"Davis", male age 9, born Alabama;
"Babe", male age 6 [is this Wirt Preston as one researcher has it?];
"F. A. Peacock", female age 21, domestic servant.3 
(Resident) Census25 June 1880(Head of Household) William Sanford Preston, AL Dale Co Census 1880; Beat No. 9, household 11, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "William Preston", age 63, farming, birthplace Georgia, parents' birthplace Ireland;
"Tempa Preston", wife age 57;
"William W.", son age 23;
"Patric", son age 20;
"Davis", son age 18;
"Young One", son age 15, attending school [not solidly linked to later name, probably Wirt who was age 6 in household in 1870].4 
Marriage*after 1880Elizabeth Riley 

Citations

  1. [S11] Census, U.S. of 1870, AL, Dale Co, page 227B, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL page 643B, HH11, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S11] Census, U.S. of 1870, AL, Dale Co, page 227B, ancestry.com image pg 18, Ancestry.com.
  4. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL page 643B, HH11, familysearch.org image 22/24, Ancestry.com.

John Preston1

#1796, b. between 1801 and 1810
Last Edited26 Aug 2017
Father*David Preston2 b. 17 Mar 1777, d. 30 Sep 1849
Mother*Nancy Jane McCann2 b. 20 Jun 1781, d. 15 Oct 1863
Birth*between 1801 and 18101 
(Buyer) Land*1832Whitakers, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; "John Preston" drew land in the 1832 Georgia Cherokee Land Lottery, Lot 102, Seventh District, Third Section, Cherokee3 
(Heir) Will13 August 1849(Testator) David Preston; Inferior Court, Crawford County, Georgia, USA; David Preston left a will (see attached photocopy). Named were wife Nancy Preston, son Thomas W. Preston (Executor), children Andrew James Preston, John Preston, William S. Preston, David Brady Preston, and Mary Mathews, wife of James Mathews.
Witnesses included Enoch Mathews and Charles H. Walker (witnesses are from a later court document, not the surviving will copy itself).
The will was proved in Inferior Court in September 1850.4

Citations

  1. [S241] Census, U.S. of 1830, Crawford Co GA pg 399, image pg 13, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S35] Researcher Janet Dozier, http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/o/z/Janet-L-Dozier/index.html
  3. [S41] Ancestry Web Site, www.ancestry.com, Georgia Cherokee Land Lottery, 1832. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry Web Site.
  4. [S461] Georgia Wills and Probate Records, Crawford County - Probate Court - Misc Records of the Inferior Court, Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia, USA.

John M. Preston1

#1090, b. circa 1877
Last Edited21 Jan 2001
Father*Paul Preston1 b. c 1848
Mother*Elmeda (?)1 b. c 1848
Birth*circa 1877Alabama, USA1 
Cen-Enum*18 June 1880AL Dale Co Census 1880; Beat No. 9, Dale County, Alabama, USA; age 3, son of Paul, born in Alabama.1 
Witness: Paul Preston

Citations

  1. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Dale Co, AL page 636D, HH12, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

John W. Preston1

#1875, b. circa 1844, d. after 1860
Last Edited15 Apr 2008
Father*William Sanford Preston1 b. 13 Sep 1816, d. 3 Sep 1886
Mother*Temperance Causby Calhoun1 b. 16 Jan 1824, d. 9 Jun 1908
Birth*circa 1844Sumter County, Georgia, USA1 
(Resident) Census20 July 1860(Head of Household) William Sanford Preston, AL Dale Co Census 1860; Newton Post Office, household 425, Dale County, Alabama, USA; "W. S. Preston" male age 42, farmer, $2000 real estate, $5000 personal assets, born in Georgia. Lived close to families of Josephine Mathews and Bryant Baldwin.
"Temperance Preston", female age 37, born in Georgia;
"John", male age 16, farm laborer, attending school, born in Georgia;
"Sarah", female age 13, attending school, born in Georgia;
"Paul", male age 10, attending school, born in Georgia;
"Leonadas", male age 9, attending school, born in Georgia (the last of the children born in Georgia);
"Braidy", male age 6, attending school, born in Alabama;
"George W.", age 3, born Alabama [is this William W. Preston age 13 in the 1870 household?];
"Winsted", age 7 months born Alabama [is this Patrick McLain Preston age 10 in the household in 1870?].1 
Death*after 1860Alabama, USA; died in Civil War, buried Mobile, AL 

Citations

  1. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Dale County, Alabama, page 558, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.