William Preston

William Preston (1591 - bef. 1647)

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William Preston
Born in Giggleswick, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in New Haven, New Haven Colony, New Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Apr 2010
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Categories: English Immigrants to America | Truelove, sailed September, 1635 | New Haven, Connecticut | Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | Puritan Great Migration.

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William Preston, son of Adam & Isabel (Braithwaite) Preston was born on January 23, 1590 in Settle, England, and Baptized on January 28, 1590 in Giggleswick, Yorkshire, England. William was a church warden in Chesham in 1617. He came from Chesham, Buckinghamshire to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the "Truelove." (On 19 Sep 1635, "W[illia]m Preston," aged 44, "Marie Preston," aged 34, "Eliz[abeth] Preston," aged 11, "Sara Preston," aged 8, "Marie Preston," aged 6, & "Jo[hn] Preston aged 3, were enrolled at London as Passengers for New England on the Truelove.) She sailed 19 Sept 1635 from London and arrived at Boston late in November. William and his family first settled in Dorchester then moved to New Haven in 1640. He signed the fundamental agreement and was a churchwarden. In his will, dated July 9, 1647, he speaks of children of the first and second wife. Hence we conclude that the Mary Preston, ‘. 34, who came with him from England was his second wife. He died between Jul 1647 New Haven New Haven County Connecticut, USA(date of will) & August 30, 1647 (date of inventory).

Spouse: #1

Elizabeth (Sale) (b. June 9, 1590 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England d. February 22, 1633/4) married on October 11, 1613 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England. Daughter of Edward Sale of Chesham.

Children: #1 wife

  • William Preston bpt: 5 Oct 1614 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • John Preston b. say : 1616
  • Edward Preston bpt 14 Nov 1619 Chesham
  • Daniel Preston bpt: 3 Mar 16221/2 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Elizabeth Preston b: 18 Jan 1623/4 chesham
  • Sarah Preston bpt 23 Jul 1626 Chesham; m. by 1647 William Meeker
  • Mary Preston bpt: 13 Dec 1629 Chesham
  • John Preston bpt: 4 Mar 1631/32 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England

Spouse #2

  • Mary (Unknown) (b: Abt 1601) Formerly thought to be Mary Seabrook

Children: #2 Wife

  • (possibly) Hannah Preston b. say 1636; m. by 1655 Abraham Kimberly. Hannah is listed by Anderson but not by Jacobus. Jacobus however presents: ""Winthrop wrote of Goody Kimberly, G. Preston's daughter. This was two years before Thomas Kimberly's first wife died, and Goodwife Preston became his second wife. Winthrop's note seems to imply that she had a daughter already married to a son of Kimberly's. The only Kimberly to whom this could apply was Abraham, son of Thoms, who had a child born in New Haven in 1656. This Abraham was survived by a widow Hann, but whether she was the same wife whom he had in 1657 cannot be asserted. William and Mary Preston were m. by 1635, and their eldest child could have been a daughter who m. Abraham Kimberly.[1]
  • Jehiel Preston bpt: 14 Jun 1640 in New Haven Colony, Connecticut
  • Eliasaph Preston bpt: 9 Apr 1643 in New Haven Colony, Connecticut
  • Hackaliah Preston bpt: 9 Apr 1643 in New Haven Colony, Connecticut
  • Joseph Preston bpt: 24 Jan 1646/47 in New Haven Colony, Connecticut

Will dated July 9, 1647

"I, William Preston, a member of the Church of New Haven, being upon my death bed as I conceave, thorugh the blessing of God have my understanding and memory perfect as in years past, doe make and ordayne this my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge: To Joseph Alsop's wife, my daughter, i give 20 s or if her husband be willing to take 3 acres of land, lying in first division by the seaside and build and dwell there he may. But if he intend not to dwell there, the 20 s is all she can demand.

My son Edward, I giv him in the same lott before mentioned three acres of round if my wife see it may be a beneift to him to further him is way according to God or else 20 s is all he can demand. To my son Danyell I give 20 s and John is to have 20 s when he comes to bee twenty years of adge; and I give my daughter Mary 20 s to be paid when she is nineteen years of adge, and for the rest, when the time for payment is not mentioned I leave it to my wfie when she can conveninetly pay it.

As for Mr. Meaker's wife, in that upon her marriadge, and since, I have given her is more that I can give to any of her brothers and issters, yet I give her 5 shillings. As for the rest of my estate which consists in house, lands and cattles, moveable goods which I have here in New Haven in New England, I give all to my wife for the bringing up of my children that God hath gien me by her, in consideration she was a means to bring mee and the rest to New England. I have an estate in Old England, and for part of my house and land and other goods given by my father to my elder brother and myself wherein a foefment of law calling to counsel and left in the hands of two foefees, namnely Mr. William Lamsour and Mr. William Banks tobe kept in our behalfe when he should demand it, ourselves, heirs, executors, administrators or assigns, laying in Yorkshire in a town called Giglesweke in Craven. This land and goods what is of it, is to be divided into foure parts to be equally divided amongst the children I had by my former wife as Daniel, Edward and John Preston and my daughter Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary, and for my son John, I leave him in the hands of Brother Rogr Allen and Brother Thomas Munson, to palce him where they shall think good to dispose of him to such calling either by land or sea, as he shall like his calling and master. To these former I set my hand, William Preston as my owne act.

Witnesses: Roger Allen, Thomas Munson..


The Preston surname is of French origins, having been written as "dePreston." Following the Norman Conquest, French families flooded into the country and became the Feudal lords appropriating much of the land. As to William's parentage, a varying theory is published in a book called "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut". It states his father was John Preston, who was a different son of George (d.23 Apr.1685) and Anna Saunders. (George is the same grandfather in both lineages found for William.) George (or his father George?) of Valley Field was given the title of Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1637. (F-436c) George's death date is listed 100 years too late in this document.


  1. Source S78 Jacobus, Fam. of old Fairfield p. 491.
  • Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), Vol , pages 519-525.subscription site
  • 'Baptized Giggleswick, Yorkshire, 28 January 1590/1, son of Adam and Isabel (Braithwaite) Preston [TAG 14:134-37].'
  • Source S78 Jacobus, Donald Lines. History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield. (New Haven, Conn.: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1930-1932), 1:490-91. 'Preston, William. ... His will mentions land at Giggleswick, co. York, inherited by elder bro. and himself from his father. The late James Shepard, of New Britain, Conn., obtained a record to the effect that William, son of Adam and Isabel (Braithwhet) Preston, was bapt. at Giggleswick, 23 Jan. 1590/1, but we do not know how authentic the record is. ... The family settled in New Haven, where William d. in 1647.'
  • The American Genealogist. (Demorest, Habersham, Georgia, United States: D.L. Jacobus), 14:135. '1590-1 Jan 28 William, s. Adam' (in a list of Preston baptisms in the Giggleswick Church Registers)
  • Ancestry of Samuel Relf Durand Author: Durand, Samuel Relf (1904-1996; Publication: Palo Alto, CA: Handwritten, circa 1999 Page: 352-53
  • Media: CD Abbrev: Savage, Vol. 3 Title: A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, etc, Vol. 3 / Compendium of New England Pioneers: A Collection of 14 Classic Genealogical Dictionaries of Early New England Settlers Author: Savage, James A. Publication: Columbia, MD: Archive CD Books USA, 2006 Page: pg. 483: Source S-1374143289 Public Member Trees Ancestry.com Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.
  • Author: Gale Research Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009
  • Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project
  • Buckinghamshire, England, Extracted Parish Records: Marriage of Wm Preston & Elizabeth Sale on 11 October 1613.
  • Mildred Bradford, Moses S. Curtis Descendants and Ancestors, Baltimore 2000, page 147.
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley & His Wife Emma Arabella Bostworth, 1960, pages 133-135.

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William Preston III
William Preston III


On 9 May 2018 at 20:53 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Jacobus doubted the 2nd wife of William Preston, was the daughter of Robert Seabrook. The identification may have been based on a misinterpretation of a deed in Stratford. In 1960 Jacobus further stated, "evidence for this claim was a deed in which her son Jehiel Preston mentioned land that came from his grandfather Robert Seabrook. However, it is known that Jehiel's wife was a granddaughter of Robert Seabrook, and that fact suffices to explain the term used in the deed. Mary's identity remains unknown." see here:

https://www.americanancestors.org/databases/great-migration-immigrants-to-new-england-1634-1635-volume-v-m-p/image?pageName=522&volumeId=12155&rId=23909054 top of p. 522.

On 11 May 2017 at 22:16 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Preston-4295 and Preston-13 appear to represent the same person because: same/similar birth and death, same wife and child

On 28 Apr 2015 at 02:08 GMT Darlene (Scott) Kerr wrote:

To the best of my knowledge, William Preston does not come after a father named William Preston; so he should not have a III after his name. It's confusing to people who don't know. Thank you for sourcing and cleaning up the merge, I know what a pain that can be!

On 30 Jun 2014 at 16:21 GMT Randy (Limpp) Dayton wrote:

Preston-2394 and Preston-13 appear to represent the same person because: I've been able to trace my dad's family back to William through his son Daniel.

Daniel's son had a daughter Deliverance who was the mother of Josiah Carpenter who was the grandfather of Lucy who married Ezra Follett. Ezra was the great great drand father of Strausie Verona Follett. Strausie was my dad's mom.

Randy Dayton

On 24 Oct 2013 at 13:32 GMT Philip Smith wrote:

You may have missed the proposed merge – it is on the bottom left of the profile. Thank you.

On 11 Oct 2013 at 21:17 GMT Philip Smith wrote:

This profile has been identified as a duplicate by Phil Smith, an Arborist. Please review the proposed merge - bottom of the profile on the left. If they are duplicates please approve the merge. If you have questions or would like assistance please ask. Thank you.

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