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Sarah Buchanan Campbell

Female 1778 - 1846  (68 years)


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  • Name Sarah Buchanan Campbell 
    Born 22 Apr 1778  Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 23 Jul 1846  Abingdon, Washington Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2373  Dabneys of Virginia
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2018 

    Father Gen. William Campbell,   b. Aug 1745, Augusta County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1781, Front Royal, Warren County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Henry,   b. 10 Jul 1749, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1825  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1776 
    Family ID F530  Group Sheet

    Family Francis Smith Preston,   b. 2 Aug 1765, Botetourt County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1835, Richland County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1798  Botetourt County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F1596  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Sarah Buchanan Campbell was born to William and Elizabeth (Henry) Campbell April 22, 1778, in Washington County, Virginia. After her father’s death in 1781 and her mother’s remarriage in 1783, she was reared by Thomas Madison, a brother of President James Madison.
      She married Francis Smith Preston January 10, 1793, in Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia. They had fifteen children: William Campbell, born December 27, 1794, died 1860; Eliza Henry, married Edward C. Carrington May 16, 1820, Washington County; Francis Smith Jr., died young; Susannah Smith, born March 5, 1800, married James McDowell, later Governor of Virginia, died 1847; Sarah Buchanan, born February 14, 1802, married John B. Floyd, later Governor of Virginia; Ann Sophonisba, married Robert J. Breckenridge, had 11 children; Jane Robertson, born 1804, died aged 2 months; Charles Henry Campbell Sr., born September 13, 1807, died January 13, 1832; John Smith, born April 20, 1809, married Caroline Hampton April 28, 1830, Brigadier General in Confederate Army, died May 1, 1881; James Madison, born May 18, 1811, died January 22, 1812; Thomas Lewis, born November 20, 1812, married 1st to Elizabeth Breckinridge Watts, 2nd to Anna Maria Saunders, died in March 1903; Robert Gamble, born October 9, 1815 in Washington County, Virginia, died in same year; Margaret Buchanan Frances, born January 13, 1818, married Wade Hanpton IV, died June 27, 1852.
      Francis Smith Preston was born at Greenfield Farm, Botetourt County, Virginia, August 2, 1765, to William and Susannah (Smith) Preston in Botetourt County, Virginia. He attended the College of William and Mary from 1783 to 1787. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. He settled at Abingdon in Washington County and set up a practice in Washington and Montgomery Counties. In 1788, he was elected to represent Montgomery County in the House of Delegates and reelected the following year. He was elected to the U. S. Congress in 1793 and 1795, serving until 1797. He was elected again to the House of Delegates from 1812 to 1814, but when the War of 1812 broke out, he was appointed a colonel of volunteers, and later promoted to Brigadier General. After the War, he was elected to the state senate and served from 1816 to 1820. He died May 26, 1835, at the home of his son, William C. Preston in Columbia, Richland Countiy, South Carolina. In the 1840 census, Sarah was living alone with 26 slaves in Washington County and died July 23, 1846. [1, 2, 3, 4]

  • Sources 
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