Biography of Amasa and Norman C. Preston



Berrien County

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Amasa Preston, father of Norman C. Preston, was born in Connecticut, Dec. 2, 1788. When he was ten years of age he moved, with his parents, to the then western wilds of Ohio, settling in Portage County, and remained with his parents until his marriage, April 25, 1811, to Electa Johnson, a native of Massachusetts. He raised a family of six daughters and two sons, Aliso and Norman C., the latter (the youngest son) being born in Portage County, Aug. 25, 1814. In 1838 the family removed to Van Wert Co., Ohio, where Norman entered one hundred and sixty acres of wild land, which he cleared and improved, and .there he made his home for ten years.

Sept. 10, 1846, Norman Preston married Mrs. Sarah Cook, who was a native of Richland Co., Ohio, born Sept. 25, 1829, but at the time of her marriage a resident of Van Wert County.

In the fall of 1848, accompanied by his parents and two sisters, he removed to Berrien County, and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in the township of Pipestone, upon which, with his father, he lived until his death, which occurred July 31, 1862. He was universally beloved and respected. His widow and three children (Zoetta, Milton, and Artlissa) survive. In his will Mr. Preston made provision for the care of his aged father and mother while they lived. His mother died April 26, 1863, and his father married Mrs. Sarah Allen, March 13, 1864. The latter, notwithstanding she was sixty-five years of age, was as active as a girl of twenty years; she celebrated her eightieth birthday in September, 1879, at the home of Mrs. Sarah Wells. Her husband, the father of Norman C., died April 2, 1873, at the advanced age of eighty-four years. He was a devoted Christian, and a member of the church for over sixty years.

Mrs. Norman C. Preston married, Sept. 13, 1863, Washington P. Wells. They resided on the estate until her son attained his majority, when they moved on to a small place which they had purchased, and which was formerly a part of the homestead. The fruit of this union was two children, Asa W. and Sarah E. Wells. Mr. Wells' death occurred Aug. 31, 1876. Mrs. Wells is still living in her home, enjoyng the society of her children, and of many kind and endeared friends.

Milton Wells is living upon the old homestead, which he is improving and beautifying. On the 29th of October, 1879, be was married to Miss Alice Trowbridge, an estimable young lady of the same township.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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