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Tracing the History of the Family from about 1040,

A.D., in Great Britain, in the New En'j-

lanJ States, and in Virginia, to

the Present Time,



EDITED SY



L. A. WILSON,



AT THE INSTANCE /IND N O 6 R THE
OiRECTION CF



WiLLLAM BOWKER PRESTON.



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COPYRIGHT BY

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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

PAGE
••f N tALOGK AL DlAGRA:^iS

I'KKFACE

Thk I^restoxs IX Great Britain' ... 1

i!KAy( irES, UxCOX'XEi TED .... TilJ

TiiK Pkestoxs IX' THE Xew ExGi.ANn States . . Si

1>i:an'ches, Uxcoxxectei* .... Os

Thl Prestoxs IX Vir.GixjA .... T^^'

'■RAXCH, UXGOXXECTED . . . . '^l-'

i''!"r;RAPHV OF WlLLIAM 1). PrESTOX . . - olo
Al'l'EXIHX :

I. — Furxess Abbey . . . . ;)3T

II.— William III. or James II. ? . . ''H

III. — The Origixal L)E( laratiox of Ixi)EI'Exi»excl 'M^>

IV. — IxDiAX Dei'Redatidx's IX Utah . . ooo

Peksoxs Burx Pkestox .... :>'^T

Person's Xot Borx Prestux . . . 3'io



TABLE OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE.

I'oRTUAiT uF "Wm. B. Pueston' . . Ffontispiece
I'Ry.sTOx FAiiii.Y Ci:kst . . . .
Maxor ITouse, of Furxess Abrey . . Facixg 1-1

I^riNS OF FuRXESS A'lBEY (Arch Wixdqws) '' "^'.t

GoRMAXSTOX' Crest .... " -i'»

Portrait of Thomas L. Prestox (Xo. .30, p. I'.'S) '• 1-0

Portrait of Stephex Prestox (Xo. 15, p. '^-dT) " ;-il'.*

PiEsiDEXcE of W.m. B. Prestox, Salt Lake City " 313
Portrait of Mr.?. Harriet Anx' Thatcher

Prestox . . . . . "319

Rrixs AXD Site of Furxess Abbey . . " 337

Grouxd Plax' of Furxess Abbey , . 3-11



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PREFACE.

This is only a i)arlial record of the Pi'eston Fam-
ily. Xot only does it partake of the incompleteness
common to most g-enealoo-ic-al works, but some of the
connecting links between the dift'erent branches of
the family are wanting. All the infoi-mation within
I'each. however, is pi'esented, and it is believed enough
progress has been made in tracing the family tree to
arouse interest in the several branches of the family
who, it is hoped, will com]dete the record.

This is the object of William B. Preston in pub-
lishing this work. If, therefore, the members of the
Pi-'r'ston kindred, scattered in various pai-ts of the
worhl, will supply him with all the information they
liave concerning the Preston Family, the time may
come when a memorial shall be published .worthy of
the name.

The arrangement of the genealogical matter will
aihnit of additions being readily made, blank leaves
iiaving been supi)lied for this purpose aftei* each divis-
ion of the work.



■ . riJEF-U K.

The aiithoi*. L. A. Wilson, heartily thanks those
who have so readily and kindly furnislied tlie data of
the several V)i'anehes of the family here pj'esented.



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EXPLANATORY.



I E:icli ])erson is given a numl.ier in the left hand, or index

f oolunui. If snch ])erson\s name appears again, tlie number in

[ tlie reference, or riglit hand column, will indicate wliero to louk

[ for it. The reference numbers always refer to the index num-

bers.

If additional information is to be M'ritten, extend ihe index
numbers, Avrite tlie infi)rnnition, and, after placing the new in-
dex number opposite the name of the person, in the book, carry
his number forward to the reference column opposite your note.



THE



PRESTON Family



IN



GREAT BRITAIN.



Index No.



Rkf. Xc



The (lei'ivation of the name of Pi'eslon
is a matter of doubt. Some of the writers
claim that it is derived fi-om prae-s/a/iS,
"'excellent,'" and others say the name was
assumed b}' the family from their landed
estates in Mid-Lothian, Scotland, while
there are indications thai the estates were
named from the cii'cumstance that the
owner somewhere along- the line was a
priest; thus Priest-town, or Preston. This
is almost certainly the oriu'in of the name
in the case of the cit}- of Preston, from
the fact that the first settlement made
there was by a company of monks. This lat-
ter theory seems to be borne out, more-
over, by the family crest, adopted from tlie
earliest time, which is thus descrilu-d:

''Tills crest bore the i>retty conceit of a
castle, from whose higdi tower rose an
eagle, illumed for higher flight, witli the
pious aspii-atioM ill its base— 'Si Dieu veult



2



PKESTOXS IX GREAT BRITAIN.

— which fi'eely rendered means, 'Leaving-
the towers of earth we soar D. V. to liea-
ven. '"

Relating' to names in o-eneral as also
to the condition of the people of that early
time the following- quotation will be inter-
esting- : ■

"U}) to about 900 years ag'o tliere were
no permanent names among European peo-
ples. Every man iiad a name, but it per-
tained to him individually and passed away
at his death. The son did not inherit his
father's name, but in his turn received a
sobriquet equally transient. In fact, a man's
name was liable at any time to be changed
throug-h the humor or caprice of his
neighbors and acquaintances, just as nick-
names are at the present time.

"In those davs men did not rove about
as they do now, but g-enerally lived and died
in the community in which they were born.
Each pei'son was well known to all the rest,
and one name was all that was needed to
distinguish him. Indeed, under the system
of villeinage which then obtained in Eng-
land a lai'ge portion of the population was
attached to the soil b}' such restrictions that
the peasants were practically bought and
sold, bargained and granted with the land.

"Most of the country was covered with
forests and there were but few roads, those
few being very bad. Thei'e was no stable
central government and little community
of interest even between neighboring ham-
lets, towns and boroughs.



FlIiST, SECOND AND TKira) GEXERATIONS,



'•In the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth
centuries eomnieree increased rapidly and
the nucleus of our present civilization was
established, at first largely by the accession
of foreigners.

•'It was during this ]')eriod that sur-
names were introduced and became both
general and permanent."

Whatever ma}' have been the origin of
tiie name of Preston, it was borne by the
family as early as the time of Malcolm I. of
Scotland, who reigned from A. D. 944 to
953.

FIRST GEXERATIOX

LeOLPHUS De Pr.ESTOX

was the first of the Preston name (^f whom
we have any record. lie lived in the
time of William, surnamed the Lion, who
reigned in Scotland from A.D. 1165 to 1214.
•Xo record whatever is left us of his son
and the heir of his estate, whom to keep
the number of the generations complete
we shall have to name

SECOXD GEXERATIOX

Mr. De Prestox,
but the grandson of Leol[)hus,

THIRD GEXERATIOX

I
William De Pre.stox. j

was one of the Scottish nobles chosen l)v •
Edward I. of England, at the death of |



Rff. Xo.



4 PRESTOXS IX GREAT RRITAIX.

iMiK.X X.J. REF. X.

: Mai-o-aret, ''the Maid of Xorwav," to arbi-

I o

j trate between Baliol and Bruce, tlie main

1 disputants for the crown of Scotland, an

account of wliich is given as follows:

I

j "To prevent an armed contest for the

! cvown. Fraser, Bishop of St. Andrews, in-

j vited Edward to intervene, and certain

i Scottish nobles made a similar reciuest. He

i accordinoiy summoned the Scottish estates

i to meet him on the 10th of May and the

i Engdisli parliament on od .June, 1291. at

1 Norham near Berwick. When the Scots

j came Edward refused to iudo-e the cause of

!

i the Scottish succession unless his title as
I superior of Scotland was admitted. After
I some delay the barons and clergy o-;ive the
j admission, as also did the claimants —no
I fewer than thirteen — but the representa-
j tives of the commons withlield ai]y such
j ackiKJwledgment. The court for tlie decis-
! ion of the cause was then appointed. Forty
j members were named by Baliol and as many
[ b}' Bi'uce, between whom the competition
I really- lay, while Edward chose twenty-
I four."'



This is the point upon which our intei -

est is centered, for it was William De Pres- i

ton who was chosen by Kino- Edward, as I

one of these twentv-four nobles to re')re- i

I sent the crown. But it will be interesting 1

[ to learn the determination of the cause. j

"On the following dav the competitors !

I agreed that sasine of the kingdom shouhl j

be given to Edward: a week latcrthe reLi'ent !



IM.KX XO



THIRD GEXER ATIOX.

sui'reiiderod the kino-Jom of Seotlaiu"' aiul
the keepei's, the chief castles into his
hands as lord paramount. He restored pos-
session after addin^j- several Eno'lislniien to
the regenc}-; after another adjournment
the competitoi's put in their claims. Three
descendants of David, earl of Huntingdon,
brother of William the Lion — all English
harons. though one, Bruce, had large es-
tates in Scotland — were alone serious. John
Baliol claimed as gi'andsonof David's eldest
daughtei', Margaret, wife of Alan, lord of
Galloway: Robert Bruce, as son of David's
second daughter, wife of the loi-d of Annan-
dale; while David de Hastings, grandson of
the third daughter. Ada, contended that
the kingdom was jxirtible. This last qucb-
tiou was postponed, until the claims of
Baliol and Bruce had been considered.

''After two . long adjournments it \.as
at last decided (i-lth. October. 1292.^ that
the case was to be ruled by the law of
the kingdom applicable' to titles of earl-
doms, baronies, and other indivisible in-
heritances, and 'that bv this law in every
heritable succession the more remote by
one degree descended from the eldest sis-
ter was preferable to the nearej- in degree
from the second.'

'•Edward accordingly decided Novem-
ber 17,' 1292. in favor \>f Baliol. Two
days afterwards the regents were ordered
to give sasine to Baliol: the day following
he swore fealty t(^ Edward at Norham; ten
days after he was crowned at Scone; with-



C PKESTONS IX GREAT BRITAIN.

INIIKX No. Kkk. Xo.

in a month lie did homatre to Edward at
Xeweastlo.''

Tiie next in succession to the Preston
estates according to the records, was

FOURTH GEXERATTOX



NicoL De Preston,

of whom nothing- more is rehited. As will
be noted in the foreg-oing- decision of the
referees, tithes of estates were held in those
days to be "indivisible inheritances," and.
except in case of the failure of issue, all
that was of consequence, in following* the
famih' genealogy, was to know of the one
person to whom the title and estates de-
scended.

Accordingly, all we have of the first
thirteen generations of the Pi'cston family,
commencing with Leolphus, is the name of
the one person who succeeded to the es-
tates.

Succeeding Xicol De Preston, who is
said to have flourished aftei' tlie death of
Alexandei' III., King of Scotland, v.-as

FIFTH GEXERATIOX

Lawrence De Preston,

who seems to mark a change in the for-
tunes and estates of the family. Whether
the friends]ii}>s formed for the English
King, or foi'some of hiscoui'tiers, dui-ing the
notal)le trial partici])ated in b\- William De
Preston, had anything to do with it or not,
is matter for conjecture only, but



SIXTH, SEVENTH, EIGHTH, NINTH GENERATIONS. I

! SIXTH GEXERATIOX



<> I Richard De Pheston,

j the next in tlie line of succession, owned
I vast estates in the north of Enghuifl. His
! landed possessions, of which there were
; two, were called Preston Richard and
j Preston Patrick, and were located in the
j county of Westmoreland.
j His son and successor was

I SEVENTH GENERATION

I

7 j Sir Richard De Preston,

j whose name appears on several convey-
i ances of land in Lancashire, by Sir John
I le Flerain<^\ alon^' witli thatofSirAVm.de
j Furness and others, as a witness to the
I transfer. He was also a witness to a grant
I and conve3'ance of lands in Preston, Holme,
} and Hutton, by William de Lancaster the
third, to Patric, grandson of Gospatric.
i His "successor,

EIGHTH GENERATION

8 I . Richard De Preston
I

I is named as one of the jai'ors in the post

j mortem inquisition of William de Lindsay.
! He was succeeded b\'

; NINTH GENERATION

Sir Richard De Preston,

; who was one of the jurors called to settle a
1 dispute betw^-en the king of England and



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PRESTOXS IX GREAT BRITAIX.

the Abl)ot of St. Maiy's eoiivciu. Yorkshire,
as to whose riu'ht it was to make nppDint-
ments to the two chuix-hes of Appleby. It
was durino- this ]->e]'i(xl tliat the struo-o-ies
between the siieoessors of Willing the Con-
queror and the adherents of the Pope of
Rome, were in proo-ress. His son and Iieir,

TEXTII GKXERATIOX

Richard De Prestox.

is named as a witness, A.D. 1333. to a eon-
ve^-ance of kind at OhI Ilutton. from Gil-
bert de Cuhven to Thomas, son of Patrie de
Culwen. He mai'ried Annabella. who sur-
vived him, and tjy whom he had issue

ELEVEXTH GEXERATIOX

Sir Richard De Prestox, |

who had the 'nonor to represent his countv. '
T\'estmoi'eland, in the Eno-lish Parliament.
This occurred in the time of Edward III.
when chivalry was at its height. He was
succeeded in the Preston estates as also in
Parliament as knight of the shire for West- :
raoreland, by his son ^ ;

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TWELFTH GEXERATIOX . \

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Sir Richard De Prestox, \

who, in the year 136S, obtained from the '
king a license to impark a tract of land ,
containing five hundred acres. His sue- i
cessor, !



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Sir John De Prestox,

was tlie last of the name to lu^ld the two '

estates of Preston Kichai'd and Preston ,

Patrick. He. also, was a member of Parlia- i

ment in the tiroe of Edwai-d III. lie had ;

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two sons: I

i Sir Richard De Pi'eston and | 1*^

ii Sir John De Preston. ' IS

The former of these,
FOURTEEXTH GEXERATIOX

Sir Richard De Preston, j 14

left daughters only at his decease, among |

"whom was ,

i Margaret Preston, who married Alan j

Pennington. j

Through the heirship of these daugh- ]

tersof Sir Richard De Pi'eston,the manor of [

Preston Richard was carried from the ;

Preston family. The estate of Preston ;

Patrick, however, passed to the bi-other.

Sir John De Preston, i 15

who was a judge of the Court of Common \
Pleas under two monarchs— Henry IV. and ;
Ileni-y V. : from which position he was I
obliged to retire in A.D. 1427. because of
the infirmities of old age. He was the last
of the /^e Prestons. and left issue:

i Jolin Preston, a Catholic |)i-iest, who
received from Ileni'V V. a grant of



10 PRESTOXS IxX GKEAT BiUTAlX.

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1 the ehiireh of Siindal fi'oiu iht' pri-

i ory of St. PaiK-i'as.

20 I ii Richard Pres!oii, who became bis heir:
I and a

21 ill Daughter, who married Thomas de Ros
the owner of Kendal Castle, from
whom was descended Queen Cath-
erine Parr, the last wife of King-
Henry VIII.



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iMiEX XO.



Ref. No.



11.



FIFTEENTH GEXERATIOX

'^-^ Richard Preston

married Jaeobina Miiklleton, (.laughtei- of
John Middleton, of :vIiddleton Plall.

To the Preston family estate of Pres-
ton Patrick he added the manor of Under
Levins Hall, also in the shire of Westmore-
land; and in tiie thirtietli year of the reign
of Henry \1. A.D. 1452, he and his wife ob-
tained from the archdeacon of Richmond
the privilege of maintaining within the man-
ors of Preston and Levins, an orator}', '" or
house of ])rayer. He was succeeded by his
son

SIXTEENTH GENERATION

Thomas Preston,
I
j who married Miss Redmayne, of tlie estates

j of Twistleton, and had issue; I

24 j i John Preston, who married Margaret ,

i ^ I

! Redniayne;

'^'^ ' ii Lawrence Pi-eston, whose son Henry j
married Miss Butler, and left one I

1

* The oratory in tliose days scpms lo have bei;n a small buiUlinj^
erected on private t'st;uo.>. some distance from auy city orcnurch,
used for private prayir, rather than for congregational worship.



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iMiF.X No.



2t5



PRESTONS IX CHEAT BKITAIX.

Kef. No.

daug-liter and heiress. Ann. who ;

married William, first L(^rd Paget. |

Knio'ht of the Garter; j

iii Helen Preston. wl)o married Lord |

Thomas Stanley, of Monteao'le. I



27



SEVEXTEEXTH (^EXERATIOX

John Preston

succeeded to both the family estates of
Pi-eston I'at]'ick and Under Levins Hall,
and maj-ried ]\Lirg'aret Redma^'ne, daughter
of Ridiard Kedmayne, of Harewood Castle.
Yorkshire, and Over Levins Hall. West-
moreland, and left issue



24



EIGHTEEXTH GEXEPvATIOX

26 Sir Thomas Preston,

who married rVnn Thornburgh, daughter of
William Thornburgh. of Hampsfield in Lan-
cashire. She was a dii-ect descendant in
the fifteenth degree, through the families
of Musgrave, T^itzwilliara, Plantagenet and
DeWarren, of King William the Conqueror.
During his administration of the Preston
estates, Sir Thomas added to Preston Pat-
rick and Under Levins Hall, of Westmore-
land, the valuable properties of Furness
Abbe}' and Holker Park of Lancashire. Tt
was during the time of the suppression of
the monasteries by King Plenr}' VIIL that
the purchase from the trustees of the crov.-n
of the site of the Abbey of Furness, with
other large estates, amounting in value to



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eigiitp:i:ntii (;en ej: ation.

[iKX No.

1 more than £3000 a year, was made.
j Sir Thomas liad three sons and six

daughters, as follows:

20 I i John Preston, who was born in loll.

30 i ii Christopher Preston, who became the
founder of the powerful branch of
the Pi-estons of Holker Hall,
iii Geoi'ge Preston, wlio died witliout

issue.
iv Ann Preston, who married William

Banastre, of Easington.
V Ellen Preston, who married first, Sir
James Leyboui-ne, of Cunswick
Park, in Westmoreland: and mar-
ried second. William Stanley, third
Lord Monteagle. by whom she had
Elizabeth Stanley, who was the
mother of William, Lord Morle}' and
Mouteagle, the discoverer of the
GunpowderPlot in A.D. 1605.
vi Jane Preston, who married William
Lamplough. Esq., of Dovenby Ilall,
in Cumberland,
vii Dorothy Preston, who married Wil-
liam Travers, Esq., of Xateby Hall,
in Lancashire,
viii Elizabeth Preston, who married Rob-
ert Cancefield, Esq., of Robert Hall,
in Lancashire,
ix Catherine Preston, who married Sir
Thomas Cams, one of the judges of
the Court of Queen's Bench in the
time of Queen Elizabeth, who reigned
from A.D. 15.38 to 1003.

Sir Thomas died in 1523 and left to his i



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43



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Index So.



PRESTOXS IX (JREAT BRITAIX.

eldest son, John, the estates of Pi'eston
Pati'ick, Under Levins Hall and Furness
Abbey, wliile to his son. Christopher, he de-
vised the mag-niticent estate surrounding'
Ilolker Hall.
When



UKfc. X'



XIXETEEXTII GEXERATIOX

38 Joiix Prestox, Esq.,

entered into the possession of his inlierit-
anees of Preston Patrick, Under Levins
Hall and the manor and Abbe\' of Furner^s.
he established his principal I'esidence at
Furness, and his branch of the family from
that time forward, were known as the
'•Prestons of the ^lanor. '' He married
Margaret Curwen. daughter of Sir Thomas
Curwen, of Workington, in Cumberland, and
his wife, Agnes (Strickkindi Curwen, who
was the daughter of Sir Walter Strickland,
of S.yzergh Castle. He married second, U<)r-
othy Lay ton, widow of Richard Redmayne.
He served the county of Lancaster as Sheiiif
in 1560. He had issue three sons and one
daughter, as follows:

39 i Thomas Preston, who was his father's
successor to the Preston estates.

40 ii Nicholas Preston, who was a lawyer,
and who died without issue.

41 iii Thomas Pj-eston, who married Marga-
ret P\ytche, daughter and heiress of
Roger Fytche, of Ellel, the owner
of the vast Cockerham e-«5tates, and
thenceforward, with his descen.dants.



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beeaaie ideiitilied with that country
seat,
iv Mai^u'aret Preston, who niai-ried Ros'er
Kii'kby, Esq., of Kirkby, in Lan-
cashire.

CiinisTOPiiEri Preston, Esq.,

who inherited from his father Ilolker Park,
niai-ried first. Margaret Southworth, and
second, ^Sliss Jephson, and died on tlie 27th
of Ma}', 1594. By his iirst wife he had issue:
i John Preston; liis successor.
ii Thomas Preston, who man-ied tlie
Lady Wandesworth. of 'Kirklington,
but died without. issue.
iii Ann Preston, who married Charles
Laton, Esq.. of Sexey, in Clevek^nd,
and who also died without issue.
By his second wife Christopher Preston
had issue

iv E]lizabeth Preston, who married fii-st,
Thomas Tildesley. Esq., of Mui'lev.
by whom she had two s<jns. one of
whom was the renowned Sir Thomas
Tildesley, the celebrated loyalist.
who lost his life at the battle of
AVigan Lane. She married secc^nd,
Thomas Latham, Esq., of Parbold;
" she married thii'd, Thomas Westbv.
Esq., of Mowbreck, and had chil-
dren by each husband, but of her


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