Title: History of southwest Virginia, 1746-1786 : Washington County, 1777-1870 / Author: Summers, Lewis Preston, 1868-1943.
Pg. 755 FRANCIS PRESTON.Son of COLONEL WM. PRESTON, of Smithfield.Was born at Greenfield (now Botetourt County) on the 20 day of August, 1765.Graduated at William and Mary College and studied law under Chancellor Wythe.Settled in Abingdon and began the practice of law, and was for many years recognized as one of the ablest lawyers in this section of the State.Married SARAH BUCHANAN CAMPBELL, daughter of GENERAL WILLIAM CAMPBELL, on the 10th of January, 1793.Elected a member of Congress in the same year, and served till the year 1797.After retiring from Congress he settled at the Saltworks.In the year 1810 he moved to Abingdon.Elected to the General Assembly from Washington County.Was commissioned a colonel, and marched with his regiment to Norfolk in 1814.He was elected brigadier-general of militia by the General Assembly of Virginia in 1820.He died at the home of WM. C. PRESTON, in South Carolina, on the 26th day of May, 1836, and his remains were interred at Aspinvale, near Seven-Mile Ford.He left a family of children, all of whom became distinguished, (pg. 756) viz., United States Senator WM. C. PRESTON, of South Carolina; GENERAL JOHN S. PRESTON, of South Carolina; THOMAS L. PRESTON, University of Virginia; MRS. WADE HAMPTON, of South Carolina; MRS. ROBERT J. BRECKENRIDGE, of Kentucky; MRS. GENERAL CARRINGTON, of Albemarle County; MRS. JOHN B. FLOYD, of Washington County; MRS. JAMES McDOWELL, of Virginia; MRS. JOHN M. PRESTON, of Abingdon.