Early Settlers - Preston


Early settlers in the Town of Preston (#14) of Original Twenty Towns taken from "1874 History of Chenango & Madison Counties, NY" by James H Smith; pub. 1880. Tried to use year, where stated, person and where they were from.
Preston was formed from Norwich April 2, 1806. McDonough was taken off April 27, 1816, and a part of Norwich in 1808. A part of the latter town was re-annexed in 1820. Presently it forms major portion of No. 14 of the Twnety Townships.
1787
first settler-james GLOVER, Norwich, Conn; soon after 1800 moved to Montezuma

1795
David FAIRCHILD; he & sons moved to Plymouth & afterwards to Holland Purchase

1796
Randall BILLINGS, Conn, and
Silas CHAMPLAIN, Conn

1797
David ECCLESTON, Stonington, Conn

1799
Jonah MARSH, Mass; then moved to Pharsalia,
Colonel GURDON and
Dudley & Gurdon HEWITT, brothers, New England states.

about 1800
Capt. Stephen BROWN, Rowe, Mass, and
Siimon TURNER, born Stonington, Conn; 1798 Burlington, Otsego; 1799, Norwich; 1800 - Preston

1801
John WAIT

1802
William CLARK, from Hampton, Conn. to Burlington, Otsego Co. in 1795; then Preston
Alfred CLARK, son of William Clark
William WADSWORTH

about 1802 or '3
Eli WIDGER, New London, Conn

1803
Judge John NOYES, native of Stonington, Conn; from Guilford, Vt.; moved to Norwich

1804
William PACKER, Guilford, Vt
Elder Davis ROGERS, Waterford, Conn
Joseph TRUMAN, son-in-law to Elder Davis Rogers, Waterford, Conn

1805
William KELSEY, brother of Dr. Alex. Kelsey, New Boston, N. H.

1805 or '6
Gashan NOYES, cousin of Judge John Noyes, Stonington, Conn

1806
Ethan Rogers, half-brother of Elder Davis Rogers, Waterford, Conn

Other early settlers:
Rev. Hazard BURDICK,
Abraham AVERY,
Micah GROSS,
Phineas WELLS,
Lucius GRAVES,
Capt. John HARVEY
Major James McCALL
Wade and Clark HOUGH, brothers, New England States,
Gurdon WHITELEY, born Lebanon,Ct., bachelor; made home with
Clark HOUGH,
Ephraim WELLS,
Angell STEAD,
Capt. Joseph SLATER
Major Gideon WETMORE
Asa FANNING, brother-in-law of Dadvid Ecclelston, New England states
Cyrryl CARPENTER, New England states,
Joshua ALDRICH,
George CRARY, and
William ALPINE, first teacher.


Transcribed and contributed by Sandy Goodspeed, 1999.
Last updated: 28 Mar 2000

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