Richard Preston

Richard Preston

Male - 1669

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  • Name Richard Preston  [1
    Gender Male 
    Death 1669  Preston-on-the-Patuxent, Johnstown, Calvert, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1669  Johnstown, Calvert, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I24407  mytree
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2021 

    Family Margaret Marsh 
    Children 
     1. Richard Preston,   b. Bef 1649,   d. 1699  (Age > 50 years)  [natural]
     2. James Preston,   b. Bef 1649  [natural]
     3. Samuel Preston,   b. Bef 1649  [natural]
    +4. Naomi Preston,   b. Bef 1649  [natural]
     5. Margaret Preston,   b. Bef 1649  [natural]
     6. Rebecca Preston,   b. Aft 1650  [natural]
     7. Sarah Preston,   b. Aft 1650  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F9180  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 1669 - Preston-on-the-Patuxent, Johnstown, Calvert, Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Richard Preston came from England, probably, in the year 1635, and settled in Norfolk, VA. In 1649 he left Virginia and settled in Calvert Co., MD, with 7 of his family.

      Richard Preston was chief justice of the first appellate court that sat in the Patuxent River, 1654. He was also speaker of the House of Burgesses, 1654. Preston's house in the Patuxent was the seat of Puritan government, where the Courts and Assembly met, where the Puritan revolt was planned and where the guns and ammunition were stored. Preston seems to have been the most intelligent and important man in the movement, as he was probably the richest.

      Preston was the owner of 4,000 acres of land and had a large brick mansion on the Patuxent, in Calvert County, MD, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, where he lived in grand style to his death. Always prominent, he was Speaker of the Assembly repeatedly and continued in one prominent place or another as long as he lived.

      In 1663, Governor Charles Calvert, in a letter to Lord Baltimore, calls Richard Preston "the Great Quaker."

  • Sources 
    1. [S372] Origins of Clements-Spalding and allied families of Maryland and Kentucky, John Walter Scott Clements, (Name: Standard Press; Location: Louisville, Kentucky; Date: 1928;), p42.


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