William Preston and Mary

My 10x Great Grandparents, William Preston and Mary are the immigrants of this branch. William born in 1590 and baptized 28 January 1590 in Giggleswick, Yorkshire, England.  Mary has had a maiden name attached to her but I have no proof this is right so for now, I don’t know what it is.

William Preston married first Elizabeth Sale in 1613. They had 8 children: William 1614, John 1617, Daniel 1620, Elizabeth 1623, Sara 1626, Mary 1629, and John 1632. Elizabeth Sale died 22 February 1634 in England.

William then married Mary and they had 5 children: Hannah 1635/6, Jehial 1640, Eliasaph 1643, Hackaliah 1643, and Joseph 1647. It is thought that Hannah was born in Dorchester, MA and the rest are know to be born in New Haven, CT.

This is one time that the manifest of which ship they came over on exists. They came over on the Truelove which left England in September 1635. The family listed on the passenger list (name and age) were: William 44, Marie 34, Elizabeth 11, Sara 8, Marie 6 and Jo. 3. They first settled in Dorchester, MA where they can be found on some records. Edward and Daniel came to America earlier. William Jr died in 1633 in England and the older John died in childhood.

William is on the list of Grantees of Land in Dorchester prior to 1636. He was granted 3 acres in the swamp, 3 3/4 acres in the neck and in the pasture. Also in 1636, Mary was admitted to the First Church in Dorchester. About 1639 they joined a group that removed to New Haven, CT.

In New Haven, the town was set up in 9 squares as I explained in a previous post about Thomas Kimberly. That post I added a map of the 9 squares. Abraham was in the bottom middle square whereas William Preston is just about across the street in the bottom left square. His lot is located on the corner of Chapel and State streets.


In 1640, they had 10 people living in the household and 40 pounds. They had a total of 67 acres in various areas of New Haven.

In 1643 William was admitted a freeman and signed the Oath of Fidelity in 1644. In 1645 he was the pound keeper, and 1647 fence viewer. A fence viewer would check the fences to make sure they are sturdy and settle disputes between neighbors if fencing comes down and livestock crosses over and does damage. Also in 1647 he was on a committee to handle the business concerning the sheep.

In 1643,  Mary was in charge of taking care of the meeting house. Later in 1647, William was in charge of making sure the doors were opened and closed. He was to open them before the first drum beat on the Lord’s days and lecture days.

In 1646, William was censured by the church for lying but must have been reinstated as he was in charge of the church doors the following year. In 1647, the seating of the meeting house indicates that William was in the first seat on the side for the men and that Mary was in the fourth of the cross seats at the end.

In December 1642, William and 2 other men were ordered to repay John Owen for damage done to his corn by hogs of these men because they did not keep the fence in good repair. The had to perform 8 days labor and 2 pecks of corn. In December 1643 a similar incident occurred with different parties and this time William was one of 2 men chosen to assess the damage and decide what the compensation should be.

William died in the summer of 1647. His will was made in July and the inventory was taken in August. He named all his children from his first marriage and the rest of the estate was given to his wife for bringing up the children she had by him. He did not name them. He also had an estate in “old England” located in Gigleeweke, Yorkshire. It was given to him by his father and was being taking care of by a trust. It was to be divided up into 4 parts, 3 parts to be divided by his children from his first wife and the fourth part to his wife. His son John who was 15 was to be left in the hands of Roger Allen and Robert Munsen “to dispose of him in such a calling either by land or sea as he shall like his calling and master”. His estate was appraised at 65 pounds 15 schillings.

Mary remarried in 1660 to Thomas Kimberly who was already the father in law to Mary and William’s daughter Hannah.  Thomas died in 1672 and named Hannah in his will. He also gave Mary the home and the land it stood on for the remainder of her life. It is unknown when Mary died but some researchers think it is after 1680. In Thomas’s will, the home and land that Mary received was to be given to his son Eleazor when she died. Finding out when he received the land will be a good clue as to when Mary died.

I do not know where either William Preston or Mary are buried.


William Preston and Mary their daughter,

Hannah Preston  and Abraham Kimberly their son,

Abraham Kimberly and Abigail Fitch their daughter,

Hannah Kimberly married James Hard their son,

Abner Hard married Hannah Beers their daughter,

Currence Hard married David Bostwick their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother



Winthrop society.com, Passengers of the Truelove, Master John Gibbs, September 1635

Gleanings for New England history Savage, James, 1784-1873 Published 1843 p30.

History of the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society (Dorchester, Boston, Mass.) Published 1859 p 39.

Records of the First Church at Dorchester, in New England, 1636-1734
First Church (Dorchester, Boston, Mass.) Published 1891 p 3.

Ancestry . com William Preston New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 Birth: 1591 Death: 1647 Origin: Chesham, Buckinghamshire Departure: 1635 p 519-525.

History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut
By Edward Elias Atwater

Historical catalogue of the members of the First church of Christ in New Haven, Connecticut (Center church) A. D. 1639-1914; Dexter, Franklin Bowditch, Published 1914

Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science, New Haven Issue 1
By Johns Hopkins University

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