William Bowker Preston

24 November 1830–2 August 1908 (Age 77)
Franklin, Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of William Bowker

When William Bowker Preston was born on 24 November 1830, in Franklin, Virginia, United States, his father, Christopher Preston, was 34 and his mother, Martha Ann Mitchell Claytor, was 26. He married Harriett Ann Thatcher on 24 February 1858. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Salt Lake City Ward 3, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1900 and Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1908. He died on 2 August 1908, in Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States.

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William Bowker Preston
Bertha Marie Anderson
Marriage: 27 November 1871
Lee Preston
Stephen Preston
Nephi Preston
Samuel Preston
Mary Anderson Preston

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  • Marriage
    27 November 1871Bredstrup, Nørre Nærå, Odense, Denmark
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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 2
    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
    1844 · Lumpkin's Jail
    Age 14
    In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.
    1859 · Logan is Founded
    Age 29
    "\""During the end of April, David Reese and his company settled the land north of the Logan River. That area was the second permanent settlement in Cache Valley and the future location of Logan. The city's boundary was drawn by Logan's first bishop, Jesse W. Fox, a government engineer. The name \""\""Logan\""\"" comes from a trapper that used to frequent the area before the pioneers came to the valley.\"""

    Name Meaning

    English:habitational name from one of the many places (most notably one in Lancashire) so called from Old English prēost ‘priest’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’.occasionally from Middle English prest + son ‘son of the priest’. Priests were forbidden marriage but many produced illegitimate offspring.

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

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    Wikipedia article of William B. Preston

    William B. Preston (Mormon) William Bowker Preston (November 24, 1830 – August 2, 1908) was the fourth Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) between 1884 and …

    Sources (94)

    • Wm B Preston, "United States Census, 1860"
    • William Preston in entry for Harriett Ann Preston, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • William Preston, "United States Census, 1870"

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