Gertrude L Preston

1870–1963 (Age 92)
Liverpool Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States

The Life of Gertrude L

When Gertrude L Preston was born on 4 December 1870, in Liverpool Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States, her father, Edwin S. Preston, was 26 and her mother, Sarah Ellen Blanchard, was 22. She had at least 2 sons and 3 daughters with Marion Floyd Shelby. She lived in Liverpool, Fulton, Illinois, United States in 1910 and Elwood Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. She died on 20 April 1963, at the age of 92, and was buried in Ridge Farm, Vermilion, Illinois, United States.

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Gertrude L Preston
Marion Floyd Shelby
Clifton R Shelby
Vada L Shelbey
Joseph Edmond Shelby
Esther Floyce Shelby
Naomi R Shelby

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  • Clifton R Shelby


  • Vada L Shelbey


  • Joseph Edmond Shelby


  • Esther Floyce Shelby


  • Naomi R Shelby


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World Events (8)


Age 1

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

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.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 26

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Gertie L Preston in household of Edwin Preston, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Gertie Shelbey in household of Ma* Shelbey, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Gertie Shelby in household of Marion Shelby, "United States Census, 1940"

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