Bernard Preston, who is practically living retired in a comfortable home in West Carlisle, was throughout a
long period identified with agricultural and business interests in Coshocton county. He was born in Belmont county,
Ohio, September 25, 1822, a son of Silas and Ann Maria (Brown) Preston, the parents coming to Pike township, Coshocton
county, from Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1833. The father was a tanner and was engaged in business in West
Bernard Preston, whose name introduces this record, was reared under the parental roof and at an early age entered
his father's tannery, under whose direction he learned the business. He worked in his father's tannery until he
had reached his majority, when he became apprenticed to learn the harness and saddler's trades. After completing
his term of indenture he engaged in business in West Carlisle, where he remained until 1865, when he took up his
abode upon a farm, which he had purchased a few miles north of West Carlisle, and here he engaged in general agricultural
pursuits and stock raising until 1892, when he once more took up his abode in West Carlisle, where he owns and
occupies a nice home, which is supplied with all modern conveniences and accessories for the comfort of the inmates.
He was also in early life engaged in buying wool, shipping a large amount annually. His activity in business in
former years. has brought to him a good competency, and now in the evening of his days he can look back over a
life well spent and enjoy in comfort and ease the fruits of his former toil.
Mr. Preston was married in May, 1844, to Miss Mary Westlake, a daughter of George and Ann Westlake, and their union
has been blessed with twelve children, of whom four are deceased: William W., John H. and Howard, all of whom have
departed this life; Louis B.; Silas; George; Charles B.; Albert D.; Ann, now the wife of George W. Gault; Sarah,
now the wife of John Almack; Adeline, the wife of John H. Axline; and Bernard, who is also deceased. The wife and
mother departed this life about twelve years ago.
Mr. Preston is a republican in his political views d affilations but has never been active as an office seeker.
He has, however, served as assessor of the township for a number of years and has served as a member of the school
board, the cause of education finding in him a warm and stalwart friend. He has not only beeh active in business
affairs but has been a public spirited citizen, interested in movements along all lines tending to promote material
and substantial progress.
Centennial History of
Coshocton County, Ohio
By William J. Bahmer
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Coshocton County, Ohio Biographies
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