Preston Hampton (c.1748 - 1776)

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Death: Died
Cause of death: Killed by Indians
Managed by: The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo
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About Preston Hampton

("Wade Hampton" by Walter Brian Cisco; page 5): "Traders Edward and Preston Hampton routinely journeyed to the Cherokee towns and made no secret of their Whig sympathies. There, on a spring day in 1775, they were surprised by a force of white Tories and Indian warriors. The young men were robbed, made sport of, and then taken to an Indian village deep in the mountains. Just as these "enemies of the Crown" were about to be transported to confinement in Pensacola, West Florida, they managed to escape. When once again among friends, they warned of Indian trouble, but as the months passed and nothing happened, settlers began to let down their guard." (what followed, on July 1, 1776, were the murders of Preston, their parents, and others by Indians...see "Anthony") Preston was shot to death by Indians while visiting his parents.

There is another version of this story posted on the Rootsweb WorldConnect of Victoria Johnson, email tjwsu@earthlink.net

In 1776, the American colonies were in a state of rebellion and one Alexander Cameron, deputy British Indian agent, had recruited the Cherolkee’s to fight for the British. On the morning of 30 June 1776 according to an eye witness account made by John Bynum and some histrias say “that Cameron himself led the strike force of Torys and Cherokee’s. Elizabeth (Hampton) Harrison was visiting her parents while her husband was away recruiting militia. Only one of her brothers, namely Preston, was there. His wife and two children remain at their home up the hill. Elizabeth Harrison left her infant son in the care of her mother and went to vist the Sadler family on the next plantation.

The Indians appeared at the Hampton house and Preston saw a friendly chief in the party and went outside to greet him. His father followed him into the yard. Old Mr. Hampton (Anthony) gave the Chief a cordial welcome and handclasp, but almost immediately Preston was shot down by a Tory and Anthony had a tomahawk go through his skull. Mrs. Hampton appeared and was killed in a like fashion.

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Preston Hampton's Timeline

1748
1748
1776
July 1, 1776
Age 28