Inventory of the Preston Family Papers 1755-1826 Preston Family Papers 1755-1826. Mss. 39.1 P91

Inventory of the Preston Family Papers 1755-1826

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Manuscripts and Rare Books Department
Collection Number Mss. 39.1 P91


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Repository
Special Collections, College of William and Mary
Collection number
Mss. 39.1 P91
Title
Preston Family Papers, 1755-1836, 1786-1815.
Extent
90 items.
Creators
Preston Family, William Preston, Francis Preston, John Preston, William C. Preston.
Language
English
Abstract
This inventory is dated primarily from 1786 to 1815, and concerns three generations of the Preston family of western Virginia. The papers reflect their involvement in the administrative and political life of Virginia and the nation, as well as family concerns on the Virginia frontier.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Publication Rights/Restrictions on Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

Preston Family Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

Gift: 90 items, 05/25/1940.

Alternative Form

Several of the items in this collection have been reprinted. These include the letters written between 1786-1813, by John Preston to Francis Preston printed in the William and Mary Quarterly, 2nd Ser., Vol. 1, pp. 42-51 and Vol. 2, pp. 188-193. A list of these items is located below. A typed list is located in the first folder of the collection.

18 May 1786. John Preston to Francis Preston. Series 2, Vol. 1, pp. 42-45.
2 November 1786. John Preston to Francis Preston. Series 2, Vol. 1, pp. 45-47.
26 December 1786. John Preston to Francis Preston. Series 2, Vol. 1, pp. 47-49.
17 February 1787. John Preston to Francis Preston. Series 1, Vol. 27, pp. 203-205.
31 May 1793. John Preston to Francis Preston. Series 2, Vol. 2, pp. 188-189 [dated as 3 May].
25 Nov. 1794. John Preston to Francis Preston. Series 2, Vol. 2, p. 187.
14 May 1799. John Preston to Francis Preston. Series 2, Vol. 1, pp. 49-51.
19 December 1802. John Preston to Francis Preston. Series 2, Vol. 2, pp. 189-192.
3 March 1813. John Preston to Francis Preston. Series 2, Vol. 2, pp. 192-193.

Some letters are also available in typescript.

Biographical Information

William Preston (ca. 1729-1783) held various county offices and militia offices. His sons were John Preston (1764-1827), who was a member of the Virginia General Assembly and treasurer of Virginia, and Francis Preston (1765-1836). Francis Preston was born in Botetourt County, graduated from the College of William and Mary and practiced law in Montgomery and Washington counties. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate and served in Congress 1793-1797. His son was William Campbell Preston (1794-1860) who attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and South Carolina College (now University of South Carolina). He also studied law in Scotland and practiced in Virginia and later in South Carolina. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives and in the United States Senate. William Campbell Preston was president of South Carolina College.

Scope and Content Information

This inventory, chiefly 1786-1815, represents three generations of the Preston family, and likewise can be divided into the following:

Items relating to William Preston (ca. 1729-1783), 1755-1782, primarily photostats of appointments to various county offices (coroner, sheriff and surveyor) and to positions in the Virginia militia; but also including original appointments, 1763 and 1776; a surveyor's entry; 1774; and letters, 1773-1782, to Preston concerning land, the Cherokee Indians and a court martial.

Items, 1785-1819, relating to William's sons, Francis Preston (1765- 1836), lawyer, member of the Virginia Legislature and the U.S. Congress; and his brother John Preston (1764-1827), member of the Virginia Assembly and long-time Treasurer of Virginia, including letters from John Preston to Francis Preston as well as correspondence of the two men with other people. Subjects covered in the letters include politics; the War of 1812; a carriage; the College of William and Mary; duels; the building of a house; and Indians. These papers also contain a certificate, 20 September 1793, of emancipation for a slave signed by Francis Preston; and his appointment of two military aides.

Items relating to the correspondence of William Campbell Preston (1764- 1860), son of Francis Preston, and a member of Congress from South Carolina, including a circular and letter, 1827, concerning protest by citizens of South Carolina of a protective tariff.

Arrangement

Organization

This inventory has been organized into four Series: 1. William Preston Papers; 2. Francis Preston Papers; 3. John Preston Papers; 4. William C. Preston Papers.

Arrangement

Each folder contains the papers of their creators/persons, identified by series title. Items are then arranged chronologically by date.

Related Material

Other related material concerning the Preston family can be found in the Robert Morton Hughes Papers at Old Dominion University.

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Components List

William Preston Papers, 1755-1782
Folder 1
16 items.
Series 1: William Preston Papers
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Francis Preston Papers, 1786-1799.
Folder 2-3
35 items.
Series 2: Francis Preston Papers
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John Preston Papers, 1785-1819.
Folder 4
8 items.
Series 3: John Preston Papers
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William C. Preston, 1827-1826.
Folder 5
3 items.
Series 4: William C. Preston
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