Thursday, December 2, 2010
Love it when a deal comes together!
The 1797 New Hampshire vital record death entry for Hannah Preston of Rumney, Grafton County, New Hampshire, was included in a well documented, modern-day genealogy, Scott A. Bartley, Vermont Families in 1791 (Genealogical Society of Vermont, 1992), 2: 159-167. The death was associated with Hannah Preston born Chester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, 25 March 1756, [citing VR] daughter William Preston and Hannah Healey. [Remarks about births, "Recorded as children of William Presson and Hannah Healay."]
I suspected identities of the Hannahs might be confused as Maj. William Preston and his second wife, Mary Herbert, named a daughter Hannah Herbert Preston (b. 1811). Attempts to located traces of Hannah Preston b. 1796, who was a twin of Joseph, turned up only records of Hannah Preston married 13 Sept 1774, Asahel Brainerd (bef 1754-1813) of Rumney. [The genealogy of the Brainerd-Brainard family in America : 1654-1908 (1908), vol. 1-part 3, pp. 52-3.]
Today the 1797 New Hampshire death record was located at FamilySearch Labs, in the collection, "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947." The record clearly reports the Hannah deceased 1797 as daughter of William Preston and Elizabeth.
Locating this 1797 death record helps with separate on-going research about my direct ancestor, believed Maj. William's eldest child, otherwise Sheriff William Preston of Defiance and Williams counties, Ohio. Among the many documents contributing to that father-son proof is snippet from 1807 obituary of Elizabeth (?Clark) Preston saying she left "eleven children to morn." [The Sun, Dover (New Hampshire) Gazette, and County Advertiser, Saturday, June 27, 1807, pg. 3, col. 1.] The births of twelve children to Elizabeth are recorded in Rumney vital records, so it's nice to have a document identifying the name of one child known to have pre-deceased the mother.