Chester A Preston

9 April 1808–25 November 1886 (Age 78)
Onondaga, New York, United States

The Life of Chester A

When Chester A Preston was born on 9 April 1808, in Onondaga, New York, United States, his father, Levi Preston, was 25 and his mother, Wealthy Lathrop, was 30. He married Julianna Rogers on 3 December 1829, in Orleans, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 25 November 1886, in Tyrone Township, Livingston, Michigan, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Smith Cemetery, Livingston, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Chester A Preston
Mary Coy
Marriage: 20 January 1842
Mary Jane Preston
Elmer Preston
Adelbert Preston
Mary Preston
Abigail J Preston
John L Preston

Spouse and Children

20 January 1842
Livingston, Michigan, United States


    Mary Jane Preston


    Elmer Preston


    Adelbert Preston


    Mary Preston


    Abigail J Preston


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



    John Preston




    Anna Preston


    Clarissa Preston


World Events (8)


Age 4

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 19

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 22

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places (most notably one in Lancashire) so called from Old English prēost ‘priest’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the meaning may have been either ‘village with a priest’ or ‘village held by the Church’.2 Scottish: habitational name from Presto(u)n, now Craigmillar, in Midlothian. This name has also been established in Ireland since the 13th century.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Chester Preston, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Chester Preston, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Chester A Preston, "United States Census, 1880"

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