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1780-1855
Inclusive dates
1780-1855
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Language
eng
Summary
Papers, 1780-1855, of the Preston family of Washington County, Virginia, consisting of accounts, birth records, correspondence, judicial records, and receipts. Most of the correspondence contains letters to Francis Preston (1765-1835) concerning legal and business matters, including the issuing of land grants, payment of debts, and sale of property. One letter, 4 November 1823, from Benjamin Watkins Leigh of Richmond, Virginia, to Preston concerns a legal case in federal court involving Andrew Moore (1752-1821) of Lexington, Virginia, and his bond as a U.S. marshal. Also includes letter, 30 July 1830, from John Floyd of Georgia to Governor John Floyd of Virginia discussing slavery, national politics, sectional relations, and Georgia politics, including Georgia Congressman James Moore Wayne. Also contains a letter, 30 October 1855, from H. K. Cochran, a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania medical school in Philadelphia, to his brother Howe P. Cochran of Charlottesville, Virginia, discussing his medical studies and describing poor relations and violence between Southerners and Northerners attending the school. Judicial records concern a patent for land in Botetourt County, Virginia, for Benjamin Tearman; money owed by Francis Preston to Neil McNeil for McNeil's appearance as a witness for Preston in court; and a release of dower by Amelia Conn to Preston for land purchased by Preston. Also receipt and account are for money owed to Daniel Sheffy. Collection also includes Bible records of the Wilkinson and Brown families of Virginia
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Biographical or historical data
The Prestons were a prominent western Virginia family. Francis Preston was born 2 August 1765 in Botetourt County, Virginia, to William Preston 91729-1783) and Susanna Smith Preston (1740-1823). Preston attended the College of William and Mary from 1784 to 1787, studying law, and was admitted to the bar in Montgomery County, Virginia. He represented Montgomery County in the House of Delegates from 1788 to 1789. He served as deputy commonwealth's attorney from 1788 to 1793. Preston moved to Washington County, Virginia, in 1793. He was elected to the United States Congress and served from 1793 to 1797. Preston again served in the House of Delegates from 1812 to 1814, this time representing Washington County. He later served in the Virginia senate from 1817 to 1820. Preston served as a brigadier-general and a major-general in the Virginia state militia. Preston married Sarah Buchanan Campbell 91778-1846) 10 January 1793. He died 26 May 1835 during a visit to Columbia, South Carolina. Preston's sister Letitia (1779-1852) married John Floyd (1783-1837) who served as governor of Virginia from 1831 to 1834.
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Vi
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Papers
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
38
Immediate source of acquisition
Bundy, William, Jr., Mrs.
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000491344
Reproduction note
Photocopies.
Type of unit
leaves.

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