Hon. William Preston, Esq.

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Hon. William Preston, Esq.

Birthplace: Stratford, Connecticut/ Dominion of New England, Colony of England
Death: September 05, 1754 (77)
Woodbury, Litchfield, Province of Connecticut, Colony of England
Place of Burial: Woodbury, Litchfield County, Province of Connecticut, British Crown Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Hackaliah Preston and Emma Preston
Husband of Martha Preston
Father of Samuel Preston; Elizabeth Nichols (Preston); Martha Curtis; Sarah Susanne Minor; Emma Eunice Hinman and 6 others
Brother of Hannah Gregory (Preston); Jeheil Preston; Lydia Preston; Sarah Welles; Emma Sherman and 1 other

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About Hon. William Preston, Esq.

Hon. William Preston, son of Hackaliah Preston and Emma Preston (Fairchild),[ daughter of Thomas Fairchild of Stratford, one of the principal planters and first magistrates of that town.] was born at Strarford, March 21, 1676, just before his father's removal to Woodbury and was, therefore, in one sense a son of the soil having spent his active life in the town and rested from his labours September 5, 1754 in his 78th year of his age. He was a leading man in town, county, and colony.//He was a member of the General Court 35 sessions and stood high in the Militia having attained the rank of Colonel. He was Justice of the Quorum 11 years from 1740.//On the formation of the new county of Litchfield in 1751 he was appointed its first Judge which office he held 13 years till his death; performing its duties to the credit of himself and the interests of the people. He was a man of fine talents and commanding influence, of sterling integrity and unflinching determination. He was active and efficient in all the walks of life and died much lamented. Such was the character of the early men of Woodbury. We would gladly delineate the lives of more of them did the time and space permit. Such was the culture of the men who laid the foundations of our institutions both local and general. It is of such ancesters a virtuous descendant has a right to be proud, and the memory of whom should shame into reformation anyone who may have decamped from the boundaries of good character and correct principal.///From "A History of Ancient Woodbury Book Two"

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Hon. William Preston, Esq.'s Timeline

March 21, 1677
Stratford, Connecticut/ Dominion of New England, Colony of England
August 15, 1680
Age 3
Woodbury, Connecticut, USA
February 25, 1706
Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, British Colony
February 21, 1707
Woodbury, Litchfield County, Province of Connecticut, (Present USA)
April 23, 1709
Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, British Colonial America
September 9, 1711
Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
December 18, 1713
Woodbury, Litchfield County, Province pf Connecticut, British Crown Colony
February 17, 1716
Southbury, Connecticut, British Province
November 24, 1718
Woodbury, New Haven County, Connecticut