James P. Preston was born in Defiance, Williams Co, OH
James' Father, William, drowns in river
I have not been able to confirm any details of this tragedy; or the date, just in 1937...
James' mother remarries
Asenath Butler Preston marries Asa Rugges Thomas
Ellen born in Bryan, Williams Co, OH
James leaves for Gold Fields
James leaves the Omaha/Council Bluffs area on a wagon train for Sacramento, CA.
James arrives in Sacramento
James arrives by wagon train in California gold field area, arriving first in Sacramento
James moves from California to Idaho, then to Montana
In 1862, James sold his interests in California Gold Mines and moved on to Idaho gold fields. He leaves his money with a partner and goes to Montana Gold Fields. The partner abscounds with the money, and James is left in Montana to start over.
James First Married
James married first Ellen Rebecca Miller in Bryan, Williams Co, OH
First son, Ernest, born
Son, Ernest Guy, born in Deer Lodge, MT
Second son, Harry L., born
Son, Harry L., born in Deer Lodge, MT
Third son, John M., born
Daughter, Ellen Rebecca, born
Daughter, Ellen Rebecca, born in Deer Lodge, MT; named for her mother.
James files abandonment
James files papers that Ellen has been gone a year; not returning.
James marries a second time
James married Nora C. Gallagher in Deer Lodge, MT
A daughter is born to James and Nora
Estella is born to James and Nora in Deer Lodge, MT
James and daughter appear in 1900 US Census
James, listed as Widow (often means Divorced) is listed in Deer Lodge with his daughter, Estella.
James died in the Deer Lodge, MT, area on the last day of 1906, according to family records. I have bee unable to confirm, personally.