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William Preston

Birthplace: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, UK
Death: Died in Frankford, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Preston and Jane Lawson
Husband of Ann Taylor Preston
Father of Henry Preston; Barbary Preston; William Preston; Elizabeth Preston; Rebecca Preston and 5 others

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About William Preston

Baptism Date: 30 Apr 1650 Baptism Place: St Andrew Par Reg and Nonconf ,Newcastle Upon Tyne,Northumberland,England Father: Henry Preston

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5TZ-792 : 30 December 2014), William Preston, 30 Apr 1650; citing ST ANDREW PAR REG AND NONCONF ,NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE,NORTHUMBERLAND,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 0095010-0095013.


From "William Preston of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Allied Families" by Charles Starne Belsterling, 1934

William and his wife sailed from England in the ship America in company with Francis Daniel Pastorius, agent for the Germans who bought land in Pennsylvania, Thomas Lloyd, lieutenant-governor of provincial Pennsylvania and a Quaker preacher, and some 80 other passengers, leaving June 10, 1683 and arriving August 20, 1683. The Captain,who signed his name Joseph Waseye, was a Quaker mariner of London. From the writing of Pastorius, translated from his German, we learn that several accidents occurred during the voyage, the foremast of the ship was broken in a violent storm, one of the sailors went mad, and the ship was shaken by repeated attacks of a whale. Unless the passengers had brought their own supplies, the food was poor. The allowance for ten persons was three pounds of butter a week, four measures of beer a day, two measures of water a day, two dishes of peas at midday, meat at midday four times a week, and fish for the midday meal three times a week. This they had to prepare with their own allowance of butter and save enough from the midday meal for supper. The worst of all was that the meat and fish were so salt and stale that they could scarcely eat it.


"My worthy husband William Preston departed this life ye 19th 7 month about half an hour after 9 o'clock in the morning, aged 67 years, 5 mos., lacking three days." - recorded in the Ould Preston Bible by his wife Ann

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William Preston's Timeline

April 30, 1650
Newcastle, England
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, UK
Age 23
August 1674
Age 24
Age 28
May 10, 1680
Age 30
May 10, 1682
Age 32
January 7, 1684
Age 34
Frankford, Philadelphia
Age 40
Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 43