A Guide to the Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers, 1747-1897 Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers Ms1985-020

A Guide to the Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers, 1747-1897

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1985-020


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech
Collection Number
Ms1985-020
Title
Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers, 1747-1897
Physical Characteristics
1.5 Cubic Feet 3 boxes; 1 folder
Creator
Preston, William, 1729-1783
Creator
Patton, James, 1692-1755 (Preston family, Montgomery County, Va.)
Creator
Preston, John, 1764-1827
Language
English
Abstract
The Didier Collection of Preston Family Papers includes papers of James Patton, Patton's grandson William Preston, and Preston's eldest son, John Preston, all of Montgomery County, Virginia. The papers consist of business and legal documents, surveys, and correspondence.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers, Ms1985-020, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1985. Additional materials were donated in March and April 1990. Later additions are denoted by folder numbers containing the letter "a."

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers commenced and was completed in 1985. Additional materials were processed, arranged, and described in 1990. Some addition description and arrangement was completed in November 2014.


Scope and Content

The Didier Collection of Preston Family Papers includes papers of James Patton, Patton's grandson William Preston, and Preston's eldest son, John Preston, all of Montgomery County, Virginia. The Preston family was important in the surveying, settlement, military affairs, and government of Southwest Virginia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Their papers consist of business and legal documents, surveys, and correspondence. Much of the collection relates to John Preston (1764-1827), treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1810 to 1819. For further information on the Preston family, see John F. Dorman, The Prestons of Smithfield and Greenfield in Virginia (1982).

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in series by individual or family name. Within each series, materials are arranged chronologically with undated materials at the end.

Materials relating to James Patton are in Box 1, Folders 1-4. Those relating to William Preston (1729-83) are in Box 1, Folders 5-13. John Preston materials are in Box 2, Folders 1-39, and materials relating to members of his family in Box 2, Folders 40-41. Box 3 contains miscellaneous and unidentified papers. Wherever possible, materials are arranged chronologically.

Related Material

Special Collections has a number of other collections related to the Preston family, including:
Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, Montgomery County Branch Papers, 1754-1996. Ms62-001. Finding aid available online.
John Preston Deed, 1826. Ms2005-014.
John Preston Papers, 1806-1830, 1844, n.d. Ms1994-034. Finding aid available online.
Preston Family (Alice Preston Moore Collection) Papers, 1745-1882. Ms1962-004.
Robert Taylor Preston Papers, 1849-1871 (Bulk 1861-1862). Ms1992-003. Finding aid available online.
Smithfield Preston Foundation Papers, 1784-1881. Ms1997-002. Finding aid available online.
William Preston Land Grant, 1773. Ms1994-027.
Willard Preston Genealogy, c.1998. Ms2009-121. Finding aid available online.
George Green Shackelford Papers, 1899-1990 (Bulk 1955-1989). Ms1983-008. Finding aid available online.


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Container List

James Patton Papers, 1747-1770
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Papers Relating to William Preston (1729-1783) and Family, 1755-1806
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John Preston (1764-1827) Papers, 1780-1830, n.d.
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Papers Relating to the John Preston Family, 1811-1833, n.d.
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Papers from Other Families, 1756-1897, n.d.
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Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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