William C. Preston (c.1729 - 1783) MP

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Birthplace: Newtown-Limavady, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
Death: Died in Blacksburg, (Present Montgomery County), Virginia, United States
Managed by: William Anderson LaBach
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About William C. Preston

married by Rev. Patrick Henry

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Preston_(Virginia)

Col. William Preston (December 25, 1729 – June 28, 1783) played a crucial role in surveying and developing the colonies going westward, exerted great influence in the colonial affairs of his time, ran a large plantation, and founded a dynasty whose progeny would supply leaders for the South for nearly a century. He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses, and was a Colonel in the militia during the American Revolutionary War. He was one of the thirteen signers of the Fincastle Resolutions, a predecessor to the United States Declaration of Independence.

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Only son. Came to US w/parents 1738. Built his home "Smithfield" in what is now Blacksburg, Virginia (original name of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Was first named Olin and Preston Institute - then Virginia A&M - finally Virginia Tech.

http://members.fortunecity.com/labach/prestona.htm

William1 Preston (John2, Archibald3), son of John Preston and Elizabeth Patton, was born in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland December 25, 1729. William died June 28, 1783 in Botetourt Co., VA, at 53 years of age.

http://members.fortunecity.com/labach/prestona.htm

He married 17 Jan. 1761, Susanna Smith, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth (Waddy) Smith who was born 23 Jan. 1740, Hanover Co., Va. and died 19 June 1823, "Smithfield," Montgomery Co., Va. William Preston received a rudimentary education during the early years of his mother's widowhood but was later placed by his uncle, Col. James Patton, with the Rev. John Craig, pastor of Tinkling Spring Church. Because of his advanced age, a classical education was not attempted, but he was instructed in history, mathematics, and penmanship. When Col. Patton was sent in 1752 to Log Town, sixteen miles below Pittsburgh, to make a treaty with the northwestern Indians, William went along as his uncle's private secretary. In 1750 he became clerk of the Vestry of Augusta Parish, and he continued to hold that office until 22 Nov. 1766.

William Preston's death occurred while attending a muster of the Montgomery County militia in company with Gen. Evan Shelby and his son John Preston. The day was warm and after several hours on the reviewing field, near Michael Price's house about three miles from "Smithfield," he complained to his son of a severe pain in his head and desired to lie down on a bed at Price's. Shortly afterward he attempted to mount his horse to return home but fell back into his son's arms and was again laid on a bed at Price's house. He lost the power of speech but made motions to be bled. His wife was sent for and was recognized by him but shortly after this his breathing became labored and about midnight he died.

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Col. William C. Preston's Timeline

1729
December 25, 1729
Newtown-Limavady, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
1761
January 17, 1761
Age 31
VA
1762
May 31, 1762
Age 32
Augusta Co., Va
1764
May 12, 1764
Age 34
Botetourt, Virginia, America
1765
August 2, 1765
Age 35
Greenfield, Botetourt County, Va.
1767
May 3, 1767
Age 37
Greenfield, Botetourt, Virginia, United States
1769
February 12, 1769
Age 39
"Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA
February 12, 1769
Age 39
Botetourt, Va
1770
September 5, 1770
Age 40
Botetourt Co, VA
1772
October 7, 1772
Age 42
"Smithfield", Montgomery Co., VA