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William Jeffrey Preston (1892 - 1982)

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Rev. William Jeffrey (Jeff) Preston
Born in Boissevain, Manitoba, Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Brantford, Ontario, Canadamap
[children unknown]
Died in Burlington, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 5 May 2014
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Jeff[1] served as a lieutenant with the 86th Machine Gun Battalion in WW1; at the time of his enlistment he was a student and lived at his parents' home at 48 Shrewsbury St., Stratford, Ontario.[2] He may have been wounded in Sept., 1918.[3]

In 1927 Jeff was called to St. Andrew's United Church in Chatham; his wife, Margaret, later said the 13 years in Chatham were the happiest years of their lives. The previous minister had been a bachelor and the congregation appreciated having a minister with a young family. Jeff's son, Gus, wrote, "Dad was an adequate preacher, but he was a people person and I think his parishioners remember him more for the man he was and - as a shepherd of his flock."[4]

In 1956 Jeff was a minister at First United Church in Hamilton.[5]


  1. First-hand information as remembered by Marian MacLeod, Monday, May 5, 2014.
  2. William Jeffrey Preston, Personnel Records of the First World War, Library and Archives Canada,,
  3. Descendants of William Jeffrey compiled by Ward Skinner
  4. Memoirs of Grant Alan Preston, held in the Jeffrey family collection
  5. Descendants of William Jeffrey compiled by Ward Skinner

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On 13 May 2014 Marian (Jeffrey) MacLeod wrote:

March 2,1952 a son was born to Jeff Preston .

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