Family of Loring Porter Preston and Louisa Maria Crane

Loring Porter PRESTON was born 16 Mar 1812 in Hamilton, NY and married on 26 Dec 1832 in Hamilton to Louisa Maria CRANE.  Loring has the distinction of appearing in the 1850 census in Placerville, El Dorado Co., CA, living in a tavern and working as a “miner for gold,” and having left his wife and children in New York for the year while he tried to find his fortune.  He supposedly returned by way of Panama in 1856.  Loring died in Stansbury, MO in 1887.

Louisa was born in 31 Oct 1813 in Hamilton, the daughter of Lucas (Luke?) Crane (1775 – bef 1855) and his wife Nancy (abt 1782 – aft 1855).  Lucas Crane and his brothers (Roswell and George ?) are mentioned in several histories of Madison county, having arrived there about 1810, among the original settlers of the community.  Lucas and his wife were both born in Massachusetts.  Their origins are unknown, although Lucas may be the son of Adonijah CRANE (see Genealogy of the Crane Family by Ellery Bickerell Crane).

Loring Porter PRESTON and Louisa Maria CRANE had the following children:

Thomas Jefferson Preston (1836 – 1915) m. Mary Elizabeth TRUAX (1843-1928)

Lewis Orlando Preston (1842 – ~1870) m. in Avon, NY to Jane Bancroft (1840 – ).  Children:  Frederick Dewitt (b. 1861) and Lewis (b. abt 1865)

Electa Preston – died in infancy (~1850)

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