William Preston

29 April 1836–
Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Preston was born on 29 April 1836, in Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, William Preston, was 35 and his mother, Leah Blackburn, was 35. He married Drusilla Speechley in April 1864, in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and St Ives, Huntingdonshire, England, United Kingdom in 1881.

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William Preston
Drusilla Speechley
Marriage: April 1864
Anne Laura Preston
Ellen Jessie Preston
Emily Drusilla Preston

Spouse and Children

April 1864
Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom


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World Events (8)


Age 7

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1863 · Lendal Bridge Opened

Age 27

The Lendal Bridge was opened in 1863, after a previous failed attempt at building it Thomas Page was brought in to design it. It is an iron bridge styled with the gothic style popular in England. When it was first opened, it was a toll bridge but in 1894, it accepted it’s last toll.
1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 44

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

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)

  • Wilm Preston in household of Wilm Preston, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • William Preston in household of Leah Preston, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • William Preston, "England and Wales Census, 1881"

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