Phillip Preston, "The Immigrant"

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Phillip Preston, III

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Ingestrie Parish, Staffordshire, England
Death: April 1774 (62)
Bedford County, Virginia, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of George Preston, III and Anna Preston
Husband of Mary Ann Preston; Elizabeth Preston and Mary Ann Preston
Father of Nathaniel Preston; Isaac Preston, I; Thomas Preston, I; Phillip Preston, IV; Nathaniel Preston and 4 others
Brother of Anne Preston; Elizabeth Preston and George Preston, IV

Occupation: Planter, Virginia Colonial Militia Sergeant
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About Phillip Preston, "The Immigrant"

PHILLIP PRESTON III was born August 13, 1711 in Ingestrie Parish, Staffordshire, England, and died April 1774 in Bedford, Bedford Co., VA. He married MARY UNKNOWN Abt. 1732. She was born Abt. 1715 in Bedford Co., VA, and died Bet. 1814 - 1820 in Bedford Co., VA.

The first member of this family I have is George Preston who married and had a son George Preston, Jr. and d.5-2-1720. George was born in Ingestrie, Staffs, England. George married ca. 1710 Anne Unknown. George and Anne had a son, Philip Preston, born 8-13-1711 also in Ingestrie, Staffs, England. Philip died in April 1774 in Bedford, Co., VA. He came to America in ???? and settled on the southwest side of Bedford County, Virginia. All three lines of Prestons settled in a relatively small area of western Virginia, Staunton, Bedford, Blacksburg, Abingdon and Bristol.

Philip apparently married twice but there is not much known about the spouse's names or which children are attributed to which spouse. It is said Phillip had as many as 8 children (he was apparently 60 years old when he had Elizabeth) with the two wifes, Mary Unknown and Betty Richardson.

The children of Phillip Preston are as follows:

  • 1. Thomas Preston, who was born about 1740 and married Mary Ballard. Mary was the dau. of Richard Ballard and Elizabeth Orricks. Richard Ballard is thought to be the son of Ambrose Ballard and Betty Wollford/Woolfok. Thomas died sometime after 1797, the date of his last will and testament. T
  • 2. Isaac Preston, Sr. b.abt 1741 m. Margaret Unknown.
  • 3. Phillip Preston b.abt. 1748
  • 4. Nathaniel (Nathan) Preston b.9/4/1750 d. 8-4-1832 m. Elizabeth Vaughn.
  • 5. Mary Preston b. abt. 1758 m. John Hackworth.
  • 6. Susan Sarah Preston b.abt. 1761 m. William Haney.
  • 7. Moses Preston b. 7/17/1762 m. Frances Arthur.
  • 8. Elizabeth Preston b.abt 1771 m. Garland M. Burgess.

---------------------------------- In the Bedford Co., VA Court Order book 6-82 dated 24 Oct. 1774

on the motion of William Mead he is granted letters of administration of the estate of Phillip Preston during the month of april...then bedford co. deed book 7-10 g 495-496 28 march 1785...william mead sold to nathan preston for sum of 5 shillings, 138 acres of land...william mead does forever grant land premisis reserving to said nathan prestons mother mary doss, use of said land for the use of said mary doss during her natural life.

Later Nathan sells same land to John Hackworth, his brother in law for 1000 pounds

Marriage Notes for Phillip Preston and Mary Ann Unknown:


The most accessible document currently being used to obtain Mary's maiden name is Phillip's will. There is a reference to the wife of Phillip and mother of Nathan being Mary Doss. It is possible that this is not her maiden name. Some researchers feel it may be from her marrying John Doss after Phillip died. This is currently being researched by the Doss Family Association.

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Phillip Preston, "The Immigrant"'s Timeline

August 13, 1711
Ingestrie Parish, Staffordshire, England
Age 29
Bedford County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 30
Bedford County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 36
September 4, 1750
Age 39
Bedford County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 38
Virginia, United States
Age 49
Bedford County, Virginia, Colonial America
July 16, 1762
Age 50
Bedford County, Virginia, Colonial America