Preston, William, 1729-1783

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Revolutionary War officer.

From the description of Letters [manuscript], 1776. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647860488

Capt. William Preston (1729-1783), the son of John Preston (1699-1747), was born in Londonderry, Ireland, and settled with his family in Augusta County, Va., in 1737. He was a surveyor, landowner, member of the House of Burgesses, and captain during the French and Indian War. In 1756, he was a member of the abortive Sandy Creek Expedition against the Shawnee Indians. Preston also served as a colonel with the Virginia militia during the American Revolution until he was wounded in 1781.

From the description of Account book, 1758-1759. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259640

Surveyor and justice of the peace of Botetourt County, Va.

From the description of Papers of William and John Preston, 1740-1960; (bulk 1783-1817). (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20071643

William Preston (ca. 1729-1783) held various county offices and militia offices. His sons were John Preston (1764-1827), who was a member of the Virginia General Assembly and treasurer of Virginia, and Francis Preston (1765-1836). Francis Preston was born in Botetourt County, graduated from the College of William and Mary and practiced law in Montgomery and Washington counties. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate and served in Congress 1793-1797. His son was William Campbell Preston (1794-1860) who attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and South Carolina College (now University of South Carolina). He also studied law in Scotland and practiced in Virginia and later in South Carolina. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives and in the United States Senate. William Campbell Preston was president of South Carolina College.

From the guide to the Preston Family Papers, 1755-1836, 1786-1815., (Special Collections, College of William and Mary)

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referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: Virginia papers, 1772-1869. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809. Correspondence, 1771-1778. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Preston family. Papers of the Preston family[manuscript], 1789-1845. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Davie, Preston, 1881-. "Greenfield" and the Prestons of "Greenfield" and "Smithfield," Va. [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Preston family. Preston family : miscellaneous papers, 1776-1823. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: George Rogers Clark papers, 1756-1891. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799. Letter, 1777 September 1, Williamsburg [Va.], to Col. [William] Preston. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers, 1747-1897 Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
creatorOf Washington, George, 1732-1799. Papers of George Washington [manuscript], 1774-1780. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Austin, Moses, 1761-1821. Papers of the Preston and related Radford families [manuscript], 1726-1895. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Preston family. Papers, 1727-1896 (bulk 1751-1823). Virginia Historical Society Library
referencedIn Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820. Draper manuscripts: Daniel Boone papers, 1760-1911. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Preston, William, 1729-1783. Letters [manuscript], 1776. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Preston, William, 1729-1783. Journal of Captain William Preston : Shawnee expedition : typescript copy, 1756 Feb. 9-Mar. 13. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Preston, William, 1729-1783. Papers of William and John Preston, 1740-1960; (bulk 1783-1817). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: Kentucky papers, 1768-1892. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891. Collection of Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts, 1735-1890. Library of Congress
referencedIn Beale, Lucy Preston. Interview summary, 1922. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Preston, Caroline Hancock, 1785-1847. Recipe book, ca. 1808-1827. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Brock, R. A. (Robert Alonzo), 1839-1914. Commonplace book, 1874-1892 [microform]. Virginia Historical Society Library
creatorOf Preston, William, 1729-1783. Account book, 1758-1759. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn College of William and Mary. President and Masters. Appointment, 1774 February 21, of Hancock Taylor to assistant Surveyor of Fincastle County, [Va.]. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
creatorOf Preston family. Preston family papers, 1755-1836, 1786-1815. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Preston, William, 1729-1783. Journal of Captain William Preston : Shawnee expedition : typescript copy, 1756 Feb. 9-Mar. 13. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume III, Miscellany, 1756-1807. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Davie, Preston, 1881-1967. Papers, 1750-1967 (bulk 1924-1966). Virginia Historical Society Library
creatorOf Geddy, James, Jr., 1731-1778. Receipted account, 1772 May 5. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891. Draper manuscripts: Draper's notes, 1841-1868. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Du Pont de Nemours, Pierre Samuel, 1739-1817. Jefferson facsimiles collection [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Campbell, Arthur, 1742-1811. Arthur Campbell Papers, 1752-1811. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume III, Miscellany, 1756-1807. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Preston, William, 1729-1783. List of military warrants lodged in the surveyor's office of Fincastle from the Virginia Land Office,. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Preston Family Papers, 1755-1836, 1786-1815. Special Collections, College of William and Mary
creatorOf Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809,. Lord Dunmore letters [manuscript], 1773-1775. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: frontier wars papers, 1754-1885. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Preston, William, 1729-1783. Draper manuscripts: William Preston papers, 1731-1791. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Preston, William, 1729-1783. Some words and phrases in several Indian dialects taken from a M.S. note book of Capt. William Preston : manuscript copy, [17--?]. University of Chicago Library
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associatedWith Bank of the United States (1816-1836) corporateBody
associatedWith Beale, Lucy Preston. person
associatedWith Brock, R. A. (Robert Alonzo), 1839-1914. person
associatedWith Brown, John, 1728-1803. person
associatedWith Brown, John, 1757-1837. person
associatedWith Buchanan, John. person
associatedWith Byrd, Richard Willing. person
associatedWith Campbell, Arthur, 1742-1811. person
associatedWith Christian, William, ca. 1743-1786. person
associatedWith College of William and Mary. President and Masters. corporateBody
associatedWith Davie, Preston, 1881- person
associatedWith Davie, Preston, 1881-1967. person
associatedWith Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891, person
associatedWith Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809. person
associatedWith Fleming, William, 1729-1795, person
associatedWith Floyd, John. person
associatedWith Geddy, James, Jr., 1731-1778. person
associatedWith Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799. person
associatedWith Johnston, Charles Clement. person
associatedWith Lewis, Andrew, 1720-1781 person
associatedWith Patton, James, 1692-1755. person
associatedWith Pleasants, James. person
associatedWith Preston, Caroline Hancock, 1785-1847. person
associatedWith Preston family. family
associatedWith Preston family. family
associatedWith Preston family. family
associatedWith Preston family. family
associatedWith Preston family. family
associatedWith Preston Family family
associatedWith Preston Family, family
associatedWith Preston, Francis. person
associatedWith Preston, John. person
associatedWith Preston, John, 1764-1827 person
associatedWith Radford, William. person
associatedWith Reuben T. Durrett Collection on Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley (University of Chicago. Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Robertson, James, 1742-1814. person
associatedWith Russell, William, d. 1793. person
associatedWith University of Chicago. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Virginia. Land Office corporateBody
associatedWith Virginia. Militia. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
associatedWith William C. Preston. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Williamsburg (Va.)
Ohio River Valley
Montgomery County (Va.)
Fincastle County (Va.)
Ohio River Valley
Virginia
United States
Kentucky
Virginia
Virginia--Botetourt County
Virginia
United States
United States
Virginia
Botetourt County (Va.)
United States
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Indians of North America--History--19th century
Land grants
Lord Dunmore's War, 1774
Carriage and wagon making
Cherokee Indians--Government relations
United States--History--War of 1812
Bounties, Military
Manuscripts, American
Indians of North America
College of William and Mary--History--18th century
Dueling--Virginia
Cherokee Indians--Government relations--History--18th century
Slavery--Virginia--History--18th century
Cherokee Indians--History
Architecture, Domestic--Virginia
Soldiers
Virginia--Militia
Justices of the peace
Indians of North America--Languages
Indians of North America--Government relations--to 1789
United States--Politics and Government--1789-1815
Surveyors
Shawnee Indians--History
Shawnee Indians--Government relations
Tariff--United States--History
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Birth 1729-12-25

Death 1783-06-28

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