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King Hiram C. Preston (1825-1889)


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Onondaga County, New York Patentees. Extracted earlier from a Rootsweb site, ... ~nyononda/patents/patentees1790‐1879.html; link now broken.

July 1, 1790 ‐ December 30, 1879*

Preston, King H. C., Manlius, improvement in guard fingers for harvesters, 33265 (2261), 9/10/1861
Preston, King H. C., Manlius, assignor to E. P. Russell, of same place, improvement in harvesters (mower), 33975 (2971), 12/17/1861
Preston, King H. C., Manlius, improvement in harvester droppers, 69838, 10/15/1867
Preston, King H. C., Manlius, assignor to himself, Stephen Cheney, and M. B. Snook, improvement in harvester‐rakes, 81685, 9/1/1868
Preston, King H. C., Manlius, assignor to himself, Stephen Cheney, and Marcellus B. Snook, improvement in harvesters (mower), 81686, 9/1/1868
Preston, King H. C., Manlius, improvement in harvester‐rakes, 212153, 2/11/1879

Early Settlers and Development of the Town of Manilius," submitted by Kathy Crowell, citing "Dwight H. Bruce (ed.), Onondaga's Centennial. Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. I, pp. 769‐801; 805‐806"; rootsweb link no longer functions.

In 1863 K. H. C. Preston began manufacturing the Preston harvester in Manlius, and ten years later established his own factory. This was burned, and on the site S. Cheney & Son built their present upper foundry. At a later date they purchased the lower foundry, where in early years stood a brewery, and later a cotton factory, which was operated many years by Azariah Smith. Soon after the organization of the Star Foundry Company it passed to Cheney & Son, who now carry on the three establishments, in the extensive manufacture of furnaces, stoves and general work, employing 20.

Business Directory of 1868‐1869, Town of Manlius. Submitted by Sue Goodfellow, The Manlius Historical Society. (link no longer functions)

Preston, Cheney & Snook, (Manlius), (King H. C. Preston, Stephen Cheney and Marcellus B. Snook), manufacturers of Onondaga Chief mower and reaper.
Preston, King H. C., (Manlius), (Preston, Cheney & Snook.) Preston, N. D., (Fayetteville), dealer in burned and manufactured water lime and gray plaster, and proprietor of Fayetteville plaster and lime mills.

1911 News item. Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York) 1911 January 22.

For the Brides:

Miss Hazel Andrews gave a very enjoyable thimble party on Wednesday afternoon in honor of Miss Georgiana Kinne, who will be one of the February brides. Mrs. Andrews invited to meet Miss Kinne: Miss Agnes Hanchett, Miss Maude Clark, Miss Christina McLennan, Miss Mable Lowther, Mrs. William W. Townsend, Miss May Nell Dosser, Miss Marion Chappell, Mrs. Harry Newton Burhans, Miss Ruth Laycock, Miss Edith McLennan, Miss K. Grace O'Hara, Mrs. George G. Bailey, Miss Roberta Hill, Miss Edith Andrews, Miss Helen Croadsdale, Miss Lucy Rumrill, Miss Jeanette Wilson, Miss Marguerite Clift, Miss Charlotte Eblelin, Miss Louise Ebeling, Miss Mollie Wilkinson, Miss Norma Ackerman, Miss Minnie Boyd, Miss Mildred Lincoln, Miss Ethel Webb, Miss Marion Brace, Miss Marjoie Lipe, and Mrs. Elbert I Greene.

1911 News Item. Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York) > 1911 > January > 15, Weddings. "The marriage of Miss Georgianna Kinne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Kinne, to Roy Putnum Brace of Jordan will take place at the home of the bride's parents, No. 438 Gifford Street, on Thursday, February 2d. Miss Kinne will be attended by Miss Hattie Longard of Halifax, N. S., as maid of honor."

Registration Location: Onondaga County, New York; Roll: 1818608; Draft Board: 3.

LeRoy Putnam Brace
‐‐‐, Jordan, Onon, NY; ae 34, b. 12 Sept 1884. Occ: Hardward merchant (appears self emp.) on Main, Jordan, Onon, NY. Nearest relative, Georgiana K. Brace at the home address. Desc. Tall, and of med. Build with blue eyes and brown and auburn hair. He reports a stiff knee joint. Dated 12 Sept 1918 (his birthday).

Year: 1920;Census Place: Elbridge, Onondaga, New York; Roll: T625_1246; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 56; Image: 442. 9 Jan 1920 Dwelling 292; Family 281

Brace, Leroy, head, M W, ae 35, married, b. NY/NY/NY, occ: retail merchant, hardware
" Georgianna, wife, F W, ae 32, married, b. NY/NY/NY


WIP - more to add

Some research challenges

Summary of some 2009 research notes about King H. C. Preston

Attachments included: (1) Obituary of Mrs. Calista (Preston) Kinne, Evening Herald : Syracuse (New York), Monday, September 20, 1897, page 10, col. 3; digital image, NewspaperArchive.com; subsequently transcribed. (2) Mrs. Robert T. Williams, "Miss Preston Bride of Popular Detroit Physician : Syracuse Acress Surprises Parents by Telegraphing Announcement of Wedding," notice of marriage of Ethel Preston to Dr. Robert T. Williams, The Syracuse (New York) Herald, Sunday morning, March 28, 1915, page 24, cols. 3 and 4; digital image, NewspaperArchive.com. (3) Louise Pearl Preston Tank, news item, 1906, “Groom 14, Bride 16: Their marriage was a Failure and the Husband has left,” The Syracuse ( New York) Herald, Sunday morning, November 4, 1906, page 6, col. 7; digital image, NewspaperArchive.com.

King and Louisa had three known sons, Melvin, Charles, and Albert. Efforts to further identify them are frustrated by records showing initials only.

1. At the time of Louisa's death, Charles and Albert were of Syracuse, and Melvin was “of Cleveland Ohio.” Now then, there are only 6 years between her death and the 1900 census. Calista died just a few years later. Her obituary is included (see bookmarks), and transcribed as an endnote.i You’ll note that just three years later, the siblings are called out differently.

"W. M. Preston, C. H. Preston, A. C. Preston, Mrs. Myron J. Wheeler and Mrs. George M. White of Syracuse and Mrs. E. J. Upham of Duluth, Minn."

(2) CHARLES H. PRESTON quest ...who we believe was born c1857 by earlier census record under parents: Possibly this is Charles at 1900:

1900 U.S. census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse ward 13, page 67 (stamped on prior sheet), enumeration district (ED) 129, sheet 9B (penned), dwelling 172?, family 216, 1102 West Onondaga Street, Charles Preston household as of 7 June 1900; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 September 2008), citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1137<; [CD]>.

Preston, Charles, head, W M, . June 1857, ae 42, married 17 yrs, b. NY/NY/NY, occ: machinist
" Maud, wife, W F, b. Oct 1867, ae 32, married 17 yrs, has had three children, three survive, b. CAN/SCT/SCT
" Ethel M., dau., W F, b. Apr 1884, at 16, single, b. CAN/NY/CAN
" Alfred Charles, son, W M, b. Mar 1886, ae 14. b/ CAN/NY/CAN
" Louise Pearl, dau., W F, b. Oct 1887, ae 12, single, b. NY/NY/CAN

See attached news clip for the sad tale of Louise Pearl, reported in attachment. Ditto, for the above Charles’ dau. Ethel, who I have still other notes about through what I believe is her death entry, and that of her daughter. Here is that research note:

Did “our Charles” have dau. Ethel who m. Robert T. William b. c1883 MI/CAN/PA, who resides Detroit at 1920 with wife Ethel M. and dau. Roberta M, ae 1 5/12; Mary Williams also lives there, ae 67. Ethel says her b.p. is CAN, shows father b. NY and mother, b. CAN.

At 1930, this couple at Los Angeles, with two children: Roberta, now 11 and Ruth E., ae 5; Ethel again says she b. at CAN..

He seems the Robert Taylor Williams, b. 21 Jan 1883 (WWI draft), reports his wife is Ethel Maud; all of Detroit. California Birth Index, 1905-1995

Name: Ruth Ethel Williams
Birth Date: 2 Jan 1925
Gender: Female
Mother's Maiden Name: Preston Birth County: Los Angeles
California Death Index, 1940-1997 Name: Ruth Ethel Williams
Social Security #: 563083047 Sex: FEMALE
Birth Date: 2 Jan 1925 Birthplace: California
Death Date: 4 Aug 1983
Death Place: Orange
Mother's Maiden Name: Preston

Possibly this is Charles:

"Death in 1919 claims many Syracusans," news article including mention of a Charles H. Preston's death, Syracuse (NY) Journal, Wednesday, December 31, 1919, page 11, column 5‐7; digital image, FultonHistory.com (http://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 2 January 2009); reports this Charles H. Preston died 20 Jun 1919, website compiler cites NewspaperArchives.com as reference.
"Death Record," death notice about Charles H. Preston, Syracuse (NY) Journal, Tuesday, July 1, 1919, page 19, col. 5; digital image, FultonHistory.com (http://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 2 January 2009); website compiler cites NewspaperArchives.com as reference. Syracuse (NY) Journal
Tuesday, July 1, 1919
Page 19, col. 5
Death Record
Charles H. Preston.
Charles H. Preston, 65, died Mondday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. G. Lonsdale, 214 Reid av. The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Lonsdal Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. In- terment will be in Oakwood Cemetery

(3) Melvin Preston quest. While Melvin was of Cleveland at the time his mother died, he’s W. M. of Syracuse in his sister’s obituary; there’s a “William M.” in Syracuse at 1900: 1850 U.S. Census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse, Ward 13, District 131, page 94 (stamped on prior sheet), enumeration district (ED) no. 13, sheet 7B (penned), dwelling 130, family 165, 216 Tallman St., William M. Preston household as of 6 June 1900; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 December2007), citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1137; William M. is b. Oct 1851, ae 48 and has been married 20 years, is a shipping clerk; his wife Carrie b. Dec 1861, has had no children, a Kate Webster, mother in law b. Aug 1828 resides with them, reporting she has had one child, who survives<; [CD]>. Preston, William M., head, W M, b. Oct 1851, ae 48, married 20 yrs, b. NY/NY/NY, occ: shipping clerk " Carrie E., wife, W F, b. Dec 1861, married 20 yrs, no children, b, NY/NY/NY Webster, Kate _, mother in law, W F, b. Aug 1828, widow, has had one child/one survives, b. NY/NY/NY

(4) Albert C. Preston. Maybe this is him – married within the year? Year: 1880; Census Place: Manlius, Onondaga, New York; Roll: T9_906; Family History Film: 1254906; Page: 11.1000; Enumeration District: 180; Image: 0023. 11 June 1880 Pleasant St. Dwelling 62; Family 67 Preston, Albert, W M ae 22 [b. c1858], married within the year, works in machine shop, b. NY/NY/NY " Julia, W F, ae 23 [b. c1857], wife, married within the year, keeps house, b. NY/NY/NY

Ditto – this mentions the man I believe is our Albert with _family_: "Central New York News: Manlius," about move of Albert Preston and family to Syracuse, Syracuse (New York) Standard, Friday morning, August 14, 1885, page 6, col. 2; digital image, NewspaperArchive.com (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 1 September 2008); transcription by GJ, 1 September 2008: Syracuse (New York) Standard Friday morning, August 14, 1885, page 6, col. 2 MANLIUS--Albert Preston, who has been at work in Syracuse for some time, moved his family to that city last week.





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