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Preston Cemetery

— Historic Smithfield Plantation —

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, July 25, 2020
1. Preston Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Cemetery Map - map by Hartwell H. Gary in 1961.

Roman numerals stand for generations beginning with Archibald Preston. III - Col. William Preston presents the third generation. 28 Marked Graves 2 Memorials 3 Out of situ • 64 Known or Assumed burials

Resources:
1927 Map by Harvey L. Price, dean of agriculture, VPI, 1908 - 1948 c. 1930 Map by Rudolph D. Michael, agricultural editor, VPI 1928 - 1965 1961 Map by Hartwell H. Gary, Sr., revised by C.H. Powers in 1981.

The Preston Cemetery at Smithfield 1782 - 1980 by Anna Whitehead Kenney, revised in 1984. (Anna Kenney was Smithfield's first curator from 1965 - 1972.)

The Prestons of Smithfield and Greenfield in VA by John F. Dorman. Louisville: Filson Club, 1982.

Special Collections of the Virginia Tech Library

BURIED AT THE PRESTON CEMETERY *denotes a shared grave
III-1 WIlllam Preston (1730-1783) m. Susanna Smith Preston (1739-1823)* IV Ann Nancy Preston (1769-1782) no marker, actual location of grave unknown IV-2 William Preston of Kentucky (1768 -1821) IV-3 John Preston (1762-1827) no marker, also said to be

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buried at Greenfield in Botetourt Co., VA IV James Patton Preston (1774-1843) m. Ann Barraud Taylor (1778-1861) no marker, actual location unknown V Sarah BarTaud Preston d. 1804 as infant - grave is not marked or located V-8 Susanna Edmonia Preston (1818-1823) dled young no marker V-10 Virginia Ann Preston (1816-1833) died young no marker V Susan Preston (1825-1835) died young- grave is not marked or located V-18 WIlliam Ballard Preston (1805-1862)t m. Lucy Redd (1819-1891) * VI-20 1. Ann Taylor Preston (1843-1868) m. (Walter Coles 1839-1892) - died from childbirth VII 21 Ann Preston Coles (1868-1869) as infant VI-17 2. James Patton Preston (1846-1920)t- pointed native stone marker VI-16 3. Waller Redd Preston (1847-1872)t m. Harriet Means (1846-1869)* VI-19 4. Keziah Preston (c. 854-c.1861)- native stone marker near her parents VII-23 Ann Radford Beale (1868-1893) child of Lucy Redd Preston and William Beale VII-22 Charles Trigg Beale (1872-1890) -child of Luey Redd Preston and William Beale [V]-24 Robert Taylor Preston (1809-1880)f m. Mary IHart (1810-1881)*? [VI]1. Virginia Ann Emily (1834-1898) m. Robert Stark Means (1833-1874)t *? [VII]-i. Sallie Stark Means (1860-1861) as infant [VII]-ii. Mary Hart Means(1861-1861) as infant [VII]-iii. Ballard Preston Means (1867-1867) as infant [VII]-iv. Courtney Hanson Means (1868-1877) as young
Preston Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 25, 2020
2. Preston Cemetery Marker
child [VI]2. Benjamin Hart Preston (1836-1851) as young child [VI]3. James Patton Preston (1838-1901)t V-11 James Francis Preston (1813-1862)t m. Sarah Anne Caperton (1826-1908) * VI-14 1. Hugh Caperton Preston (1856-1905) m. Cary Baldwin (1858-1935) * VII-13 i. James Francis Preston (1878-1879) as infant VII-25 ii. Robert Baldwin Preston Sr. (1881-1944) m. Merle Page (1892-1973) VIII-30 Robert Baldwin Preston Jr. (1916-1982) m. Elnora Coffman (1920-2001)* VIII-31 Edwin Page Preston (1921-2001) VII-27iii. Cary Baldwin Preston (1883-1960) m. Hartwell Gary (1881-1966) * VII-28iv. Sarah Caperton Preston (1885-1965) unmarried * VII-28vil. Katherine Stuart Preston (1894-1967) unmarried* VII-26 v. William Ballard Preston (1888-1959) m. Lelia Dew (1893-1984) *? VII-29 vi. Hugh Caperton Preston, Jr. (1893-1966) VI-15 2. William Ballard Preston (1858-1901) m. Elizabeth Blackford Scott (1864-1920)* VI-12 3. James Francis Preston (1860-1862) as infant V-9Catherine Jane Preston (1821-1852) m. (Judge George H. Gilmer 1810-1874) [VI]-i. James Preston Gilmer d. 1852 as infant -buried with mother?

Burials in cemetery not related to Preston Family
7 Emily Ann Eyre (1805-1832) - family from Eyre Hall, Northampton, VA m. (Dr. George Terrill) Miss Julia Binners of Pittsylvania Co., VA, d. Dec. 23, 1859 - exact burial location unknown

Ledgerwood

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Photographed By Craig Doda, July 25, 2020
3. Preston Cemetery Marker
Plot (overseers of Whitethorn and Smithfleld in mid-to-late 1800s) L1 Allen Ledgerwood (1857-1880) L2 Anderson Ledgerwood (1823-1892) m. L3 Hester Ledgerwood (1820-1870) L4 Isabell Ledgerwood (1782-1862)

Slave/Servant graves (as marked on 1961 Gary map) S1 "Aunt Ginny” Virginia Capers S2 Unknown S3 Unknown Markers out of situ - unknown/original location in cemetery unknown "Benjamin” d. 1840 probably an infant (near large oak tree) "G.S.” d. Aug. 21, 1841 aged 6 years (behind L4, near Ledgerwood plot) Lavinia Hart Berkeley no date (leaning on Preston/Means Monument) t Veteran of the Civil War There are several unmarked graves scattered throughout the cemetery and other side of north fence.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is August 21, 1841.
 
Location. 37° 12.946′ N, 80° 25.668′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Smithfield Plantation Road. South of the plantation along a treeline. On the grounds of the Historic Smithfield Plantation. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg VA 24060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cemetery Landscape (a few steps from this marker); Smithfield Blacksmith Shop (approx. ¼ mile away); William Ballard Preston

Preston Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 25, 2020
4. Preston Cemetery Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Liberty and Justice for All (approx. ¼ mile away); Revolutionary War Patriots (approx. ¼ mile away); Site Of The Law Offices Of Wm. Ballard Preston (approx. ¼ mile away); 1820 Slave Cabin (approx. ¼ mile away); Slaves' Garden (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 19, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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