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Elizabeth Preston (Patton)

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Newton Limavady, County Derry, Ulster, Ireland
Death: December 25, 1776 (76)
Greenfield, Amherst County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Patton, III and Sarah Cameron Patton
Wife of John Preston
Mother of Letitia Breckinridge; Col. William C. Preston; Margaret Brown; Ann Smith; Mary Stone Howard and 2 others
Sister of Robert Patton, Sr.; Capt. John J. Patton, Sr. "the Immigrant"; William Patton; Andrew Patton; Captain James Patton and 11 others
Half sister of <private> Patton

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About Elizabeth Preston

I am Captain Patton's sister and I came with him from Ireland

Elizabeth was born in Burncrannack, Ireland December 25, 1700. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry Patton and Sarah Lynn. Elizabeth died December 25, 1776 in "Greenfield", Botetourt Co., VA, at 76 years of age. Elizabeth became the mother of Ann Preston in Ireland.

At 27 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of Letitia Preston 1728. Elizabeth became the mother of Margaret Preston in Ireland, ca 1728. At 29 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of William Preston in Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland, December 25, 1729. At 39 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of Mary Preston 1740. At 41 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of James Preston in unknown, October 18, 1742.



  • Col. William Preston (December 25, 1729 – June 28, 1783)[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]
  • He was a founding trustee of Liberty Hall (later Washington and Lee University), when it was made into a college in 1776.[4]
  • William Preston was born on Christmas Day, 1729, in Limavady, Ireland, to Col. John Preston and his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth's father Henry Patton was a prominent shipwright and merchant, and her brother James Patton served with such distinction in the Royal Navy that the Crown granted him between 100,000 and 120,000 acres in America to permit British colonization beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains.[5] The family immigrated to Augusta Co., Virginia, in 1738 on James's ship.[6] Subsequent French and Indian resistance and reversal of British policy limited the impact of the family's grants, but Prestonsburg, Kentucky, was named in John's honor by its later founders.[7] In 1755, he survived an Indian attack against a settlement that was part of a property (later known as Smithfield Plantation) that he inherited from his uncle, Colonel James Patton who died in the incident.
  • Remaining in Virginia, William married Susanna Smith on January 17, 1761, and together they had 12 children. .... etc.
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Preston_(Virginia)


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Elizabeth Preston's Timeline

December 25, 1700
Newton Limavady, County Derry, Ulster, Ireland
December 25, 1729
Age 29
Newtown-Limavady, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
Age 28
Age 29
Age 36
Newton, Limavaddy, Ireland
Age 38
Age 39
Spring Hill,, Augusta County, Province of Virginia
October 18, 1742
Age 41
December 25, 1776
Age 76
Greenfield, Amherst County, Virginia, United States