ROGER PRESTON, the emigrant, came from London, England, in 1635; then aged
21. He was first mentioned in the records of Ipswich, Mass, 1639. He married
Martha , b, in 1622. Their children were born in Ipswich, and were:
THOMAS PRESTON, b. in 1643, m. Rebecca Nurse, the daughter of the witchcraft
SAMUEL, b. 1651, m. Susanna Gutterson.
JOHN, b. , m. widow, Sarah (Gary) Holt. JACOB, b. 1655, was lost at sea, 1679.
LEVI, b. , settled in Killingly, Conn.
ELIZABETH, b. , m. Wm. Henfield of Salem.
MARY, b. , m. Nathaniel Ingersoll of Salem.
Roger Preston removed from Ipswich to Salem in 1657, and died there Jan. 20,
1666. Widow Martha married 2d May 21, 1666 Nicholas Holt of Andover; to which
place she took her sons Samuel, Jacob and John Preston. She died March 21, 1703,
aged upward of 80.
Samuel2 Preston (Roger1 & Martha) m. May 22, 1672, Susanna
Gutterson, and had eleven children of which the 5th was Jacob3
Preston and the 7th was John3 Preston or " Preston."
Jacob3 Preston (Samuel2, Roger1) born Feb. 24,
1651, m. Sarah Wilson June 2d, 1702, and had children:
Joseph, William4, John, Jacob, David and Benjamin.
Jacob3 Preston's children (William4 and brothers) nearly
all were born in Andover, and settled in Windham.
William4 Preston (Jacob3, Samuel2, Roger1)
married in Windham Lois Simons, daughter of Jonathan, and had Lois Preston who
married James Smith.
Lois Preston, the wife of James Smith, was the daughter of William and Lois
(Simons) Preston, Lois Simons being the daughter of Jonathan and Miriam (Allyn
or Allen) Simons of Windham. Miriam Allen was probably the daughter of Joshua
Allen, an early and prosperous settler in that part of Windham, now Mansfield,
and "was probably from Massachusetts, perhaps Yarmouth." Jonathan Simons was
born in 1687, and was one of the sons of Robert and "Thomasin" (Walden) Simons
of Wenham, Mass., who settled in 1710 in Windham.
Edward Walden of Wenham (perhaps brother of John of Marblehead, one of whose
descendants, John Walden, Jr., and wife, Abigail Cutler, settled about 1717 in
Windham), in his will of 1678, names his children, apparently all of them, but
one of the witnesses deposed in the court, that Mr. Walden, excepted his
daughters 11 Mary" and 11 Thomasin," as he had formerly given them their shares;
thus they were particularized,-no other records giving a precise account of
- MARY WALDEN m. Robert, son of Robert Hibbard of Salem or Beverly, and settled
about 1698 in Windham, Conn.
- THOMASIN m. Robert Simons, b. 1645; he d. in Windham, Aug. 29, 1724. Of his five
sons, Jacob and Jonathan settled in Windham.
- JONATHAN SIMONS, b. 1687, died Sept. 14, 1727, at age of 40. He m. Miriam Allyn,
16 Dec., 1702.
Lois was the fifth of eleven children; was born March 15, 1711 ; she was but 16
years of age when her father, Jonathan, died in 1727. Lois Simons married, Feb.
28,1734, William4 Preston (of Windham), born in 1711. Their children were ten in
number, of which seven married in or near Windham. Lois Preston was the third,
born Feb. 16, 1737-S. She married James Smith, April 30, 1766; when she died it
is not known.
The will of William Preston, Aug. 6, 1778, mentions "son Stephen, daughter Tamar
Parish, Richama Kennedy, wife of Daniel; daughter Lois Smith, wife of James
Smith; daughter Mehitable Simons, wife of Jacob Simons, Jr.; daughter Sybil
Baker, wife of Samuel Baker. Son William the executor," etc.
The relationship of William Preston, the father of Lois, who married James
Smith, and John Preston, the father of Mary, who married Stephen Smith, can be
seen by the following brief genealogy of the Preston name, from Roger Preston of
John3 Preston the brother of Jacob3 born May 1, 1635, m.
Mary Haines of Haverhill. Of their children, Mary Preston, married Stephen Smith
of Windham; and their son James (Smith) m. Lois5 Preston (William4).
JOHN3 PRESSON (as he always spelled his name) (Samuel2,
Roger1) b. May 1, 1685, married June 10, 1706-7, Mary, daughter of
Jonathan and Sarah (Moulton) Haines, b. March 3, 1686. After marriage it is
probable that they immediately settled in Killingly, Conn., as he was enumerated
among the proprietors in 1709. Here they remained until they had ten children
born to them, when in 1727 they removed to Windham, where two more children were
added. John, the father, died July, 1733.
The children of John and Mary were:
- JOHN, b. --, m. Eleanor Styles, March 18, 1730-1
- MARY, b. --, m. Stephen Smith, 1736.
- SUSANNA, bapt. Sept. 9, 1711, m. Thomas Adams.
- JONATHAN, bapt. Feb., 1714.
- JOSEPH, bapt. Sept. 15,1717, m. Mary Frame, April 8, 1738.
- BENJAMIN, bapt. June 22, 1718.
- THEODORE, b. 1720, m. Eunice Bunde, Jan. 29, 1741-2.
- WILLIAM, b. 1721.
- ABIGAIL, bapt. Sept. 15, 1723.
- DAVID, bapt. Oct. 10, 1725, m. Susanna Mason, June 22, 1747.
- SAMUEL, b. in Windham, Aug. 20, 1727.
- SARAH, b. Feb. 6, 172g, d. March 8, 1730.
During the settlement of the estate, as the sons came of age they disposed
of their shares by which recorded deeds we know that Benjamin and Joseph, who
were then of Pomfret, sold their shares of the estate of their "honored father,
John Preston" to their "brother-in-law, Stephen Smith of Windham"; and in Oct.,
1739, Stephen Smith "Tanner" and Mary, his wife, sold to Ebenezer Griffin of
Windham "their own rights, together with those of their brothers, Joseph and
Benjamin." William sold his right' to Theodore. It is probable that widow, Mary
(Haines) Preston continued to reside with Theodore, and removed with him
elsewhere from Windham, after the year 1748.
After the successful ending of King Phillip's War, in the great battle at
Narragansett, this part of New England became quite peaceful and free from
Indian invasions. One John Preston or " Presson " as be spelled the name,
supposed to be the uncle of John of Killingly, had a part in this celebrated
war; so helped to make peaceful this country that John and Mary were destined to
occupy. There is a shadow of mystery or romance over the lives of most of those
who were engaged in this short and sanguinary campaign.
Quoting from a deed dated Dec. 18, 1727, recorded in Windham, is the following :
-" 1, John Preston Sen., of Windham (John2 Roger1), sell
to my cousin (grand nephew), John Preston, Jun., of Windham (John4,
Jacob3, Samuel2, Roger1), land granted me for
serving his majesty in the expedition to Narragansett under Capt. Gardner. I,
being then of Andover, and called John Jun." He was not junior to any other John
in Roger's line, so must have had reference to some John of other Preston
In one of the oldest cemeteries in Hampton, Conn. (the second parish of
Windham), can be seen the gravestones of this John of "Narragansett," and John
of Killingly, the latter of which reads : -"John Presson, died July 26, 1733 in
the 42 year of his age."
On another stone is simply, "Mr. John Presson." Standing by its side is a stone
having the inscription, "Mrs. Sarah Preston, died 1751." It is supposed that
these two stones are those of John, the Narragansett soldier, and his wife,
Sarah. Mary, the wife of John of Killingly and Windham, lived longer, and died
elsewhere probably than in Windham.
Mary Haines, the wife of John Presson, was a daughter of
Jonathan and Sarah
(Moulton) Haines of Newbury and Haverhill, Mass. She was born March 3, 1656-7,
in Haverhill. She married John Presson of Andover, Jan. 10, 1706-7, when nearly
21 years of age. Her life before marriage was eventful, and the account of it,
with the history of her parentage, or their ancestry, will take the reader to
the towns of Essex County, and other towns on or near the Merrimac River, and to
earlier periods of time.
Her mother was Sarah, daughter of William Moulton of Hampton, N. H.; her father
having first married a Mary Moulton, who died within a few months after,
-supposed to have been sisters.
Jonathan Haines and Sarah Moulton were married by Rev. Samuel Dalton, of some
celebrity, the pastor of Hampton church, Jonathan being at this time a resident
Says the Moulton Genealogy:
"William Moulton, born in Ormsby, Norfolk, Eng., about 1617, married Margaret,
daughter of Robert and Lucy Page, with whose family he came to New England, his
age being 20 when embarking in; England, 1637. They landed probably at Boston,
thence he and the Pages went to Newbury, Mass., and remained somewhat more than
a year, and then joined the new settlement at Hampton in 1639." William Moulton
died 1664, and in his will he mentions eight children, the 4th being Mary, and
the 6th Sarah.
Robert Page of Salem, says one authority, came from Ormsby, Norfolk, Eng., in
1637, aged 33, with his wife, Lucy, aged 30, with three children, Francis,
Margaret and Susanna. They had with them two servants, William Moulton, 20, and
Ann Wadd, 15. Robert Page was a freeman in 1642; and was among the first
settlers at Hampton, N. H. He was of the first board of selectmen, and six times
after to 1670. Was a member of the general court in 1657 and again in 1665. He
was marshal of the old county of Norfolk, which then included Hampton. His tax
in 1659 was the highest among 76 persons, amounting to one-twentieth of the
whole. He was the only deacon of the church for 20 years. He died 1679, aged 75;
wife, Lucy, died 1665, aged 58. In his will, 1679, he mentions, among others,
"Margaret, wife of William Moulton."
NOTE.-The term "servant," applied to those who were not of the children of the
family, but among them and with the family, was' given them probably to comply
with some technical demand in the passenger lists in the custom house of the
port of embarkation.