Family of Thomas Jefferson PRESTON and Mary Elizabeth TRUAX

Thomas Jefferson PRESTON was b. 23 Feb 1836 in Hamilton, NY and m. 25 May 1872 (probably in Missouri or Iowa) to Mary Elizabeth TRUAX (b. 25 Sep 1843 perhaps in OH).  They had settled by 1880 in Stanberry, Gentry Co., MO, where their children appear to have been born.  By 1900 they had moved to Hutton Valley, Howell Co., MO where they died, TJ in 1915 and Mary Elizabeth in 1928.

Mary Elizabeth TRUAX was the daughter of Job TRUAX (1810-1896) and Eleanor JONES (1816-1896), both from Pennsylvania.  This is another family that moved steadily west from Pennsylvania through Ohio, finally settling in Iowa, not far from where Mary Elizabeth and her husband were found in the 1880 Missouri census.  Job was the son of Benjamin TRUAX Jr. (1774-1844) and Ezediah Pamer (~1780-1879).  Ezediah Palmer has the distinction of spending all 100 years of her life on the same farm in Bedford Co., PA.  Benjamin TRUAX came from a long line, which reaches back to the arrival of his ancestor Philippe du Trieux, a Walloon, who immigrated to New Amsterdam in 1624.


They had children as follows:

Lou Ella Preston (b/d 1873) – from the family bible

Lorin T. Preston (1875 – 1877) – from the family bible

Edward Dooley Preston (1878 – 1964) m. Eary Brown (1880 – 1961).  Had children Karl and Rodney b. in Springfield, MO.

Frank Preston (1880 – ) m. Mary and then Ethel Murphy.  Frank and Mary had children Dorothy and Mary.

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