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Biographical Sketch of Abner Preston

Abner, son of Samuel (4) Preston, was born at Littleton, July 31, 1756. He was a soldier in the revolution. He enlisted in the Continental army for three years in the quota of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, in April, 1777 (vol. i, p. 375, New Hampshire Revolutionary Rolls.) He was in Captain Isaac Farwell’s company, Colonel John Stark’s regiment, October 20, 1778. He was on the pay roll of the New Ipswich company in February, 1778 (vol. i, p. 583.) He was a drummer in the Seventh Company, First Regiment, Colonel Joseph Cilley (Roll dater January 1, 1780, vol. ii, p. 710, vol. iii, p. 199.) About 1786 he was among the first settlers of Hancock, New Hampshire, having lot No. 20. He died at Hancock, December 8, 1829. The name of his wife was Zerviah Miles. Children: 1. Samuel, born March 18, 1787, died August 22, 1845: married Rebecca Cobb, born March 20, 1787, died February 21, 1863. 2. Charles, born April 8, 1789, died November 3, 1793. 3. Betsey, born June 2, 1791, died 1863. 4. Lydia, October 10, 1793, died September 28, 1839. 5. Ruth, October 2, 1795, died June 1, 1853. 6. Charles, born October 3, 1797, died September 1, 1800. 7. Lucy, born June 28, 1800. 8. Martha, born October 18, 1802. 9. George W., mentioned elsewhere. 10. Zurviah, born June 19, 1807. 11. Mary. born January 31, 1810, died September, 1869. Samuel Preston, son of Abner, had three sons, Samuel, Plummer and Marvin, who settled in Webster, Monroe county, New York, then a part of the town of Penfield. He with his family afterward went West, except Plummer, who remained in Webster and died there, leaving four daughters, but no sons.

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