Virginia Davis Preston

1861–25 October 1896 (Age 35)
Bedford, Virginia, United States

The Life of Virginia Davis

When Virginia Davis Preston was born in 1861, in Bedford, Virginia, United States, her father, John F. Preston, was 42 and her mother, Mary Polly Ann Nichols, was 42. She married Leonidas Pompey Austin on 2 April 1882, in Bedford, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Virginia, United States in 1870. She died on 25 October 1896, in Otter Magisterial District, Bedford, Virginia, United States, at the age of 35, and was buried in Huddleston, Bedford, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Leonidas Pompey Austin
Virginia Davis Preston
Marriage: 2 April 1882
Frank North Austin
Robert Kirkwood Austin
Susie E Austin
Frances Ethel Austin

Spouse and Children

2 April 1882
Bedford, Virginia, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Mary Polly Ann Nichols




    Susan Rhoda Preston


    J. K. Preston


    Eliza May Preston


    W. J. Preston


    Mary Ann Preston


+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 0

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 11

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

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)

  • Virginia D Preston in household of John F Preston, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Virginia Austin, "Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912"
  • Virginia Preston in entry for Susie Proctor, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"

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