Family of John Preston and Eleanor Stiles

It is assumed that John Preston was born about 1708, as he was the eldest son of his parents John and Mary Preston.  He was born in Andover, MA or Killingly, CT and died after 1775, where remains somewhat of a mystery.  He married in Mar 1730/1 in Windham Co., CT to Eleanor Stiles.   Preston Genealogy by John Totten (1950) states that he was dismissed from the Church at Ashford to the Church in Litchfield in 1747.  He and son Jonathan were in Winchester in 1767 and 1769.   I looked for records in Litchfield, but the First Congregational Church of Litchfield has records back only as far as 1895 as earlier records were destroyed in a fire.  Totten states that “he was last heard of in Litchfield, CT, in 1775, and it is said that he and his sons Asa, Stephen and Jonathan removed to Sheffield.”  I have not been able to locate them there.

John and Eleanor had the following children, from town records, and the Descendants of Roger Preston:

Asa (b. abt 1732 Windham) m.  24 Dec 1755 Ruamah Taylor.  Children:  Jehiel, Asa Jr. , Ruhamah

John (b. 12 Apr 1735 Windham) – probably died as a child

Infant (b. 1737) – died as an infant

John (b. 1739).  Perhaps the John who m. 6 Nov 1775 Susannah Andrews in Litchfield.   Children:  Susannah and Diedamia

Anne (b. 7 Aug 1741 Ashford)

Stephen (b. 19 Aug 1743 Ashford – d. 23 Sep 1801 New Lebannon, ,NY) m. Thankful Hopkins

Jonathan (b. 10 May 1746 Ashford) m. Prudence Barber

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