1.MOSES1 PRESTON I(PHILLIPA, GEORGEB, GEORGEC, GEORGED) was born July 17, 1762 in Bedford Co., VA, and died April 18, 1842 in Lawrence Co., KY.He married FRANCES ARTHUR July 09, 1783 in Bedford Co., VA.She was born 1764 in Bedford Co., VA, and died December 30, 1844 in Floyd Co., KY.
Notes for MOSES PRESTON I:
Moses, along with his brother Nathan, served in the Virginia Line as soldiers during the Revolutionary War, along with several other Preston men (unknown if these were related). Moses Preston was with George Washington at the surrender of Yorktown, October 18, 1781.
According to The Revolutionary War Records of Virginia, (page 261) Moses was one of several soldiers who was reported to the Senate of the United States, as not having claimed his Warrants (land Grant), as of 1835 no Bounty land was received. These same records show on page 301, that Nathan Preston did receive 3,892 – 100 (unknown but believed the first number was acres of land and the second money), there was an assignee listed on Nathan’s warrant, Cadwallader Wallace.
Revolutionary War Record:
Moses Preston Sr.
Revolutionary War Service
Pension #S 17251 & W 8533
Moses Preston Sr. enlisted in 1779 for 18 months, “under Major Hill’s Company in Colonel Abraham Buford’s Regiment in Halifax County, Virginia and marched to Hillsborough, North Carolina, where General Cornwallis had retired with the British Army after his repeated failures to overtake General Greene as he retreated across the Carolinas after the disastrous defeat of the British Army under Colonel Tarleton at the Cowpens.
He served also under Captain “Boyers” (Bower?) in a regiment commanded by Colonel William Campbell in the Army commanded by General Horatio Gates subsequently commanded by General Nathaniel Green. He was in the battles and or engagements at Guilford Court House (March 15, 1781); at Camden (August 15, 1780); and at Ninety-six (June 29, 1781); and continued in the service until the close of the War at which time he was guarding the home of General Hugar near the Eutaw Springs, South Carolina.
He was honorably discharged in South Carolina in 1783, by Captain Crawford, a regular officer; and received a certificate for his bounty lands which, as he stated in his declaration for a pension, he “sold for 20 or 25 dollars.” (Early Families, by William C. Kozee, page 519)
His service in the American Revolutionary War has assured his place in History and in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) and the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (S.A.R.).
From Lawrence County, Kentucky Court Records:
Lawrence County Soldiers in the Revolution
Order Book 1 – Lawrence County Courthouse, January 1, 1826, pages 37, 38, 39, page 318 June 18, 1828.
“Moses Preston, an old Revolution Soldier presented his declaration. Aged about 66 yrs. Enlisted for 18 months in 1781 in Halifax, VA. Company commanded by Captain Bowyer in the regiment commanded by Col. Hill in Virginia. Was discharged in 1783 in South Carolina. Number of pension 17251.
On this 10th day of June 1828 personally appeared in open court, being a court of record, for the County of Lawrence, Moses Preston resident in said county aged about sixty six years who being first sworn according to law, doeth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the Acts of Congress of the 18th of March and the 1st of May 1820.
That the said Moses Preston enlisted for the term of eighteen months in the year 1781 in Halifax County in the State of Virginia in the Company commanded by Captain Bowyer in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Hill in the line of the State of Virginia and the Infantry Continental establishment that he continues to serve said corpse until he was discharged in the State of South Carolina.
That he hereby relinquishes every claim what ever to a pension except the present.That his name has been placed on the pension list that the number of his pension certificate is 17251.That he never before exhibited a schedule of his property because he was notable until very lately to be advised that it was necessary.
And in pursuant of the Act of the 1st May 1820, I do solemnly swear that I was resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818,
And that I have not since that time by gift, sale, or in any manner disposed of my property in any part thereof with intent thereby to distinguish it as to being myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress entitled “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and navel service of the United States in the Revolutionary War” passed on the 18th day of March 1818,
and that I have not nor has any person I trust for me any property of securities, contracts, or debts due me; nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribing,
2 cows $1 heifer, 6 head of sheep, 2 sows, & 8 pigs, 4 stands of Bees worth in the whole not more than $30.
his Moses X Preston mark
That since the years 1818 the following changes have been made in my property. To Wit:
Description of Names of Persons to Time of Sale Amount of Money or Property Whom disposed of property rec. in return
In 1818 I had two mares & colts all of which are now dead.
his Moses X Preston mark
Revolutionary Claim, Acts March 18, 1818, May 1, 1820
Moses Preston of Floyd County, Kentucky, in the State of Kentucky he was a private in the Company commanded by Captain Bowyer of the Regt. commanded by Colonel Hill in the Virginia Line, for the term of eighteen months from 1781 to 1783.
Inscribed on the Roll of Kentucky at the rate of eight dollars per month, to commence on the 16 day June 1818.
Certificate of pension issued the 29 of May 1820 and sent to John M. McConnell, Greenupsburg, KY.
Continued on the Roll on the 1 day of July 1828 and notification sent to pensioner at Louisa, Kentucky. Pension commencing on the 14 of June 1825.
Amount due on the 4th of September 1828:$21.59
Moses enlisted in 1779 under Major Hill’s Company in Colonel Abraham Buford’s Regiment in Halifax County, Virginia.He participated in the battles of Milford, Camden, and Ninety-Six.He served a total of 18 months.He also served under Captain Bowyer in Colonel Campbell’s regiment as well as serving under George Washington.
According to the Revolutionary War Records of Virginia, page 261, Moses was one of several soldiers who were reported to the Senate of the United States, as not having claimed his Warrants (Land Grant) and as of 1835 no Bounty land was received.
Moses Preston, Sr., Revolutionary War Service Pension #S 17251 & W 8533:
Moses and Frances settled about 1800 at the mouth of Beaver Creek on the Big Sandy River on the Morgan Farm near Allen in Floyd Co., KY.About 1814, they moved to Deep Gut Branch on the Levisa Fork just south of the Mouth of George’s Creek.Moses and Frances both died there. They are buried in the Moses Preston Cemetery near Deep Gut Branch.
His grave is marked with a government stone.Frances’ grave is only marked with a field stone.Their son Stephen and his wife Pricilla Miller are also buried in this cemetery. Moses tombstone reads:
VA Line/ Revolutionary War Soldier/Served under George Washington/h/o of Fanny Arthur
The 1810 Census for Floyd Co., KY listed Head of Family: Moses Preston-Free White Males-4 under age 10, 1 age 10-16, 2 age 16-25 and 1 45 years & on.Free White Females-2 under age 10 and 1-45 years & on, Slaves-7.
Lawrence County, Kentucky, March Term 1845, Page 197:
Moses Preston was a pensioner of the United States at the rate of five dollars per month, was resident of Lawrence Co., KY and died in the County of Lawrence in 1844 on the 3rd day of Dec. Left widow Fanny Preston, who has since died leaving children; Susan Mead widow of Abram Mead, Isaac Preston, Polly Haws widow of John Haws, Lyndia Price, wife of Jesse Price, Stephen Preston, Moses Preston, Jayne Borders, wife of Archibald Borders, Henry Preston, Elizabeth Childers, and Arthur Preston.
More About MOSES PRESTON I:
Burial: 1842, Moses Preston Family Cemetery, George’s Creek, Lawrence Co., KY
Military: Bet. 1779 – 1783, Revolutionary War 7th (Virginia Line)
Miscellaneous: Served in the Revolutionary War in place of William Hallegin
Tombstone Epitaph: VA Line Rev. Soldier Served under General George Washington
Notes for FRANCES ARTHUR:
County of Bedford Sct State of Virginia
I Robert O. Mitchell Clerk of the County Court of said county, in the state aforesaid, do hereby certify that the following is a true and correct extract from a certificate of marriage returned to the Clerks Office of said Court by William Johnson a Minister of the Gospel, which certificate is of record on file amongst the archives of said County Court:
“Married Moses Preston and Fanny Arthur, July the ninth, Seventeen hundred and eighty three.”
With the exception of the date which is expired on the record in faint legible figures as follows: “July 9th, 1783”.
In testimony whereof I have set my hand and affixed the seal of said court this 31 day of July, one thousand eight hundred & forty three.
Rob. Mitchell, Clk.
Virginia, County of Bedford Sct.
This day Robert O. Mitchell Clerk of the County Court of Bedford personally appeared before the undersigned Justice of the Peace in and for the said County and made oath that the certificate above matter and by him signed, contains the truth.
Given under my hand and seal the 21st day of July 1843.Fred K. Aunspangh JP. (Seal)
I, Robert O. Mitchell Clerk of the County Court of Bedford in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify Fredrick Aunspangh Esq. is a Justice of the Peace as above and that his signature is genuine it having been signed in my presence.
Given Under my hand this 21st day of July 1843.
Rob. Mitchell, Clerk of Bedford County Court
The following power of attorney from Frances Arthur Preston to Stephen Preston is recorded in Lawrence County Deed Book A, pages 44 & 45:
Know all men by these presents that where as Thomas Arthur late of Bedford County in the State of Virginia Deceased by his last will & testament in writing did give & bequeath unto one Frances Preston of Lawrence County & State of Kentucky, a legacy to be paid unto me of the said will made and entrusted Moses Leftwich and David W. Quarles (Justice of the Peace for Bedford County) of the County & state aforesaid bound Executors as in and by the said will may appear executrix.
Know yea that I the said Frances Preston have made and awarded, constituted, and appointed Stephen Preston of Lawrence County & State of Kentucky my True & Lawful Attorney for me and in my name and for my will proper unto and Benefit to ask Demand & receive of & forward the said of Executors the legacy given & bequeathed unto me the said Frances Preston by this said will of the said Arthurs as aforesaid and upon receipt thereof by or payment thereof to my said attorney a general release or discharge for the same to make Execute and deliver hereby ratifying and confirming and allowing whatsoever my said Attorney shall lawfully do in the presences.In testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this 15th day of September 1823.
Recorded 3 Oct 1823
Lawrence County Court
Frances X Preston (Seal)
JW Ward CLCC
State of Kentucky)
Lawrence County) LL
On this 9th, day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty three personally appeared before me the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid, Fanny Preston, a resident of the county of Lawrence and State of Kentucky, aged seventy nine years who being first duly sworn according to law doeth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain her benefit of the provisions made by an Act of Congress passes July 7, 1838 entitled “An Act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows”.
That she is the widow of Moses Preston, who was a private in the army of the Revolution who entered the service sometime in the Spring time year, she thinks in the year 1780, he entered the service as a substitute in the place of William Hallegin as a private. That her husband was in the service as so considered from the time he first entered the service till the close of the war.
That he resided in the county of Bedford Virginia when he entered the service under Col. Campbell who commanded the 7th Virginia Regiment of Infantry.
His Captain was by the name of Bowyer, she states that she does not know of any battles but has heard him say that he was in the battle of Camden. He was engaged, she heard him say in the guarding the house and property of Genl. Huges at the time of this time of the battle of Intaid Springs.
She states that she has no documenting evidence in her possession but supposes that the original discharge of her husband is on file with his application for pension she states that was on the pension roll.
She further reclaims that she was married to said Moses Preston on the ninth day of July seventeen hundred and eighty three and that her husband the aforesaid Moses Preston died on the eighteenth day of April eighteen hundred and forty two.
That she was not married to him to his being in the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety-four viz at the time above states.
Fanny X Preston
Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written,
Archibald Borders JPLC
State of Kentucky)
Lawrence County) LL
I Archibald Borders a Commonwealth Justice of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid do certify that Fanny Preston above named have this day appeared before me and from my own knowledge do certify that she is unable from bodily infirmity and old age from attending in court.
Given under my hand this 9th day of April 1843
Archibald Borders JPLC
State of Kentucky Lawrence County Sct.
I Geo. F. Hatcher Clerk of the Court of Lawrence County do certify that Archibald Borders is a magistrate as above and that the foregoing signature purporting to be his is genuine. In testimony whereof I have affixed my seal of office and subscribed my name this 15th day of __ 1843.
Second Comptroller Office
March 28th, 1846
Sir: Under the act of the 6th of April, 1838, entitled “An Act directing the transfer of money remaining unclaimed by certain Pensioners, and authorizing the payment of the same at the Treasury of the United States and the third section of the Act of August 23, 1842, extending the time within which pensioners may receive their pensions from the pension agents,
The Children Fanny Preston, Dec. a Pensioner on the roll of the Kentucky Agency, at the rate of Sixty Dollars per annum, under the law of the 17th June 1844, has been paid at his Department from the 4th of March 1844, to the 30th Dec. 1844.
Respectfully Yours, Thomas K. Penny, Comptroller
To the Commissioner of Pensions, Present
Pension Order Made Out to Wife of Moses Preston
4662 – Paid it under act 6th April 1836, from 4 March Kentucky 1844 to 30 Dec. 1844.Agent notified 24th, April 1846.Fanny Preston Widow of Moses Preston 2 cuts in this case 1838 & 43 who was a private in the Virginia Line
Inscribed on the roll at the Rep 24 Jan 1844 rate 60 Dollars. Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th, day of March, 1843
Certificate of Pension issued the 24 day of January 1844 and sent to Hon. Rich. French Ho. of Rep.
(Act of March 3, 1843)
Recorded in Book A, Vol., Page 172
More About FRANCES ARTHUR:
Burial: 1844, Moses Preston Cemetery, George’s Creek, Lawrence Co., KY
Children of MOSES PRESTON and FRANCES ARTHUR are:
2. i. SUSANNAH2 PRESTON, b. Abt. 1784, Bedford Co., VA; d. November 08, 1859, Steep Gut Branch, Lawrence Co., KY.
3. ii. MARY PRESTON, b. Abt. 1787, Bedford Co., VA; d. Aft. 1870, Louisa, Lawrence Co., KY.
4. iii. ISAAC PRESTON, SR., b. March 20, 1788, Goose Creek, Bedford Co., VA; d. 1864, Peach Orchard, Lawrence Co., KY.
5. iv. LYNCHIA PRESTON, b. 1794, Tazewell Co., VA; d. April 17, 1870, Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY.
6. v. STEPHEN JEFFREY PRESTON, b. October 15, 1795, Bedford Co., VA; d. October 20, 1869, Peach Orchard, Lawrence Co., KY.
7. vi. MOSES PRESTON II, b. May 02, 1797, Bedford Co., VA; d. November 28, 1868, Graves Shoal, Lawrence Co., KY.
8. vii. HENRY PRESTON, b. February 01, 1799, Bedford Co., VA; d. April 10, 1872, Nat’s Creek, Lawrence Co., KY.
9. viii. JANE PRESTON, b. February 01, 1799, Bedford Co., VA; d. August 06, 1888, Catlettsburg, Boyd Co., KY.
10. ix. ARTHUR PRESTON, b. 1806, Floyd Co., KY; d. July 1884, Graves Shoal, Lawrence Co., KY.
11. x. ELIZABETH PRESTON, b. May 05, 1809, Floyd Co., KY; d. 1884, Richardson, Lawrence Co., KY.
12. xi. JOHN PRESTON, b. October 10, 1810, Floyd Co., KY; d. June 07, 1871, Tadpole, Lawrence Co., KY.