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Preston-Johnston family papers, 1755-1962, 1825-1962

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Preston-Johnston family papers, 1755-1962




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Organized into eleven series: William Preston, Wickliffe Preston, Sarah McDowell Preston, William S. Potts, Joshua Brant, McDowell family, Philip Preston Johnston, Philip Preston Johnston II, Margaret Preston Johnston, Wickliffe Johnston, and Philip Preston Johnston III. Arranged chronologically within series.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Preston-Johnston family papers, 1755-1962, 1825-1962, 1M60M150, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


60.9 cubic ft.


Soldiers, politicians. The Preston-Johnston family included Confederate general and diplomat William Preston (1816-1887) and his father, Major William Preston, a Revolutionary War officer and U.S. Congressman. General Preston married Margaret Wickliffe and their son, Robert Wickliffe Preston, married Sarah Brant McDowell, granddaughter of Virginia Governor and Congressman James McDowell. Their daughter, Margaret Preston, married Philip Preston Johnston II.

Scope and Content

These papers reflect the personal and professional lives of several generations of the Preston-Johnston family of Kentucky. Several of the oldest items are legal and military documents which belonged to Major William Preston. In addition, there are manuscripts relating to General William Preston which reflect the personal side of his family life. Documents and correspondence generated by or relating to relatives and descendants of General Preston comprise a large portion of this accession. Mementos, photographs (removed to the Photo Archives), letters, diaries and business records provide a glimpse of their religious beliefs, attitudes toward family, war, and politics.

The variety of material includes the will of U.S. Congressman Benjamin Howard, church records from the Second Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, diaries of Presbyterian minister William Potts, Margaret Preston Johnston and Sarah Brant McDowell Preston, letters by James McDowell written while he served in Congress, Civil War letters by Dr. Eugene Johnston (surgeon, U.S. Army) describing conditions in Chattanooga, Tn. and the papers of Civil War major, Lexington attorney and Kentucky Adjutant General, Philip Preston Johnston. Diaries by Marius E. Johnston chronicle trips he made to the Arctic and Africa in 1910. World War II American field serviceman R. W. P. Johnston's diaries record the African Campaigns of 1941 and 1942.


  • Howard, Benjamin, 1760-1814.
  • Johnston, Eugene M.
  • Johnston, Margaret Preston, 1885-1964.
  • Johnston, Marius E.
  • Johnston, Philip Preston, 1840-1925.
  • Johnston, Philip Preston II, 1877-1937.
  • Johnston, R. W. P.
  • Potts, William S, 1802-1852.
  • Preston, Robert Wickliffe, 1850-1914.
  • Preston, Sarah Brant McDowell, 1850-1923.
  • Preston, William, 1816-1887.
  • Preston, William.
  • Second Presbyterian Church (St. Louis, Mo.)
  • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Africa, North.
  • Soldiers.
  • Politicians.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Africa--Description and travel
  • Arctic regions--Voyages and travels.
  • Chattanooga (Tenn.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Kentucky--History--19th century.
  • Diaries.
  • Photoprints

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